A Living Alternative – Teaser

A Living AlternativeIf you haven’t ordered a copy of A Living Alternative yet, what’s taking so long? Maybe this intro paragraph to my chapter will help whet your appetite:

The Church currently finds itself in a significant state of flux, much like the Reformation era of the 16th century.[1] To see the significance of this shift, we need look no further than two indisputable changes: in context as we move from strength in Europe and North America to strength in Asia and Africa, and in form with the rise of charismatic Christianity. From the perspective of a Western (Canadian) Christian, I hope to answer three questions: What’s the problem in the West and how did we get here? Why is this point such a problem? And most importantly, how do we combat the problem to most effectively and faithfully embody the Gospel of Jesus and his Kingdom during this period of transition?

[1] Phyllis Tickle, The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2008), under “Chapter 1: Rummage Sales: When the Church Cleans Out Its Attic,” ePub edition.

Without spoiling much more detail, my chapter is titled “Being Right and Knowing the Truth” and basically breaks down into those three questions. The first is a predominately historical section, the second discusses the concept of original sin and idolatry of certainty, and the third some ideas for what theology could and should look like in the postmodern world.

My chapter cites lots of awesome people including Christena Cleveland, Greg Boyd, Sarah Bessey, Rachel Held Evans, Tim Day, Phyllis Tickle, Brian McLaren, N.T. Wright, Shane Claiborne, and Alister McGrath. In re-reading it, I really crammed a lot of different ideas from a lot of great thinkers into a fairly short space.

Head over to mennonerds.com/livingalternative to learn more about the book as well as see some store links for where you can pick it up.

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.