Greetings from crazy land!
My family is square in the middle of a cross-country move, and insanity doesn’t even begin to describe the chaos. Tomorrow my son and I will board a plane to North Carolina, and Ike is currently in the car driving the 14 hours from Chicago to Charlotte so he can pick us up at the airport when we land. At this moment, I am sitting on one of the few piece of furniture left in our house, feeling overwhelmed at all there is left to do before we leave, and trying to keep Isaac entertained/safe in the process.
Cross-country moves with a toddler should be outlawed. Never do it. NEVER.
All of that to say, I am poking my head out from the craziness to share my latest summer book giveaway! This one is a little different than the other books I’ve given away so far, because it is a teaching book. Co-written by Trevor Joy and my long-time friend Spence Shelton, it’s called The People of God and it “lays out the theology and practice of community,” showing why “community is central to the Christian life, and how to practice it in the 21st century church.”
Basically, if you care about building intentional Christian community, this book is for you.
I have not read the book yet, but Ike had a chance to sit down with it a few weeks ago and he really liked it. When I asked him what he appreciated about the book, he shared, “I like how they move from theology to practice. It isn’t just about being practical for practical’s sake, but there’s an intentional thought foundation that they ground the practice in. For example, they talk about how our community should reflect the community of the Trinity, and I thought that was really helpful. The application of theology makes it relevant for people doing ministry.”
I asked Spence for an excerpt from the book, and he sent me one on that very topic of Trinitarian community. Here’s what it said:
“The trinity is our model for community. We will never perfectly replicate it because we are both finite and sinful. God knew we would be that way when he created us, yet he created us in his image anyway. In fact, God when looking on man after creation in Genesis 2 describes his existence as incomplete. Stop and soak in this scene. God looks at man and says this will not do, you shouldn’t be alone. This is before sin ever enters the picture! Community was not God’s response to sin, but a building block in the DNA of our creational image. So our imperfection does not stop us from looking to the perfect Godhead to learn who we are and how we are to live because the image of God wasn’t destroyed in the fall, but distorted. If God is the perfect community, then building a community that reflects him is our responsibility to the people he’s placed around us….we are created in the image of the Trinity. This simple idea carries massive implications, only one of which we will explore in depth. This reality separates Christianity from every other religion. We are not merely subjects of God (Islam), we are not trying to attain godhood (Mormonism), and we are not a part of God (eastern mysticism). We are in the likeness of God. We reflect Him.”
I don’t know about you, but Christian community is something I care deeply about. God has used His people to grow me, restore me, and rescue me. But that kind of powerful community does not happen on its own. It has to be fostered, and it has to be intentional. This book is a resource to that end.
If The People of God sounds like a resource you’d love to have, or if you know someone in ministry who would benefit from the message of this book, I invite you to enter the third installment of my summer book giveaway. Simply share a comment about what your church community has meant to you, and I’ll enter your name for a chance to win!
Now, back to packing…prayers welcome!!