Michael Frost is the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study center at Morling College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of more than a dozen books including Exiles and The Road to Missional. He lives in Sydney.
Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Cultureby Michael Frost
Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture presents a biblical, Christian worldview for the emergent church--people who are not at home in the traditional church or in the secular world. As exiles of both, they must create their own worldview that integrates their Christian beliefs with the contemporary world. Exiles seeks to integrate all aspects of life and decision-making and to develop the characteristics of a Christian life lived intentionally within emerging (postmodern) culture. It presents a plea for a dynamic, life-affirming, robust Christian faith that can be lived successfully in the post-Christian world of twenty-first century Western society. This book will present a Christian lifestyle that can be lived in non-religious categories and be attractive to not-yet Christians.
Such a worldview takes ecology and politics seriously. It offers a positive response to the workplace, the arts, feminism, mystery and worship. Exiles seeks to develop a framework that will allow Christians to live boldly and courageously in a world that no longer values the culture of the church, but does greatly value many of the things the Bible speaks positively about. This book suggests that there us more to being a Christian than meets the eye. It explores the secret, unseen nooks and crannies in the life of a Christian and suggests that faith is about more than church attendance and belief in God. Written in a conversational, easy-to-read style, Exiles is aimed at church leaders, pastors and laypersons and seeks to address complex issues in a simple manner. It includes helpful photographs and diagrams.
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As a Christian lay person I have experienced the uneasiness and felt some of the concerns identified by the author in this book. And, I was glad to see someone putting such concerns down in black and white. I was greatly encouraged by the opening chapter or two. Unfortunately, it seemed to me the author was distracted by personal frustrations about the way he thought the world should run. As such, he resorted to sniping at countries, political figures, genders, and racial groups every now and then. It seemed he lacked the self discipline to control himself and focus on topic without getting personal. At least, that was my impression. I tried to ignore some of the earlier instances of this and press on because I felt the book had some good insight to offer. But finally, about a third of the way through I gave up. I really liked what the author had to share but the occasional pettiness and stereotyping wore me down. I thought much of what I was reading was helpful and instructive, but the distractions were tough to ignore. I think it could have been a really good read and something serious Christians need to consider. But, the author's preoccupation with politics and people marginalized his content, at least for me. Some good ideas and insight though.