How can Christians represent the love of Christ in an age when Christianity has earned a bad name from centuries of intolerance and cultural imperialism? Is it enough to love and serve your neighbor? Can you be a missional Christian without a church?
How can Christians represent the love of Christ to their neighbors (let alone people in foreign countries) in an age when Christianity has earned a bad name from centuries of intolerance and cultural imperialism? Is it enough to love and serve them? Can you win their trust without becoming one of them? Can you be a missional Christian without a church?
This provocative book, based on a recently uncovered collection of 100-year-old letters from a famous pastor to his son-in-law, a missionary in China, will upend pretty much everyone’s assumptions about what it means to give witness to Christ.
Blumhardt challenges us to find something of God in every person, to befriend people and lead them to faith without expecting them to become like us, and to discover where Christ is already at work in the world. This is truly good news: No one on the planet is outside the love of God.
At a time when Christian mission has too often been reduced to social work or proselytism, this book invites us to reclaim the heart of Jesus’ great commission, quietly but confidently incarnating the love of Christ and trusting him to do the rest.
Read the foreword by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.
Read excerpts from chapter three: See How Christ Is Already at Work.
This is an unusual and extraordinary book. It gets past all the unfortunate church posturing and marketing to the heart of the Gospel: the love of ALL of our neighbors. "Businessmen, church workers, the military -- all in their own way want to put people into their own pocket, instead of into God's hands" (page 25). Jesus irritated and offended all of the pious and reached out to each and every person that crossed his path with compassion, regardless of reputation.
I'm reading the book now. Blumhardt's words transcend time, political parties, and religious "lines in the sand". It is shaping my thinking in a fresh, compassionate, non-judgmental way. Thanks for putting this out there for us lovers of Christ, who don't really fit into much of what is called "Christian" today.