Plunging into the Kingdom Way: Practicing the Shared Strokes of Community, Hospitality, Justice, and Confession

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What Practices might a community of faith take up that will bear witness to the alternative world Jesus envisions and calls us towards? That is the question that Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, an initially small and fragile group of Christ followers, has kept asking over the last twenty years. Along the way, this small group has spawned a vibrant community of faith that has traveled along four trajectories towards a shared life in community, radical hospitality, justice for the least, and confession leading to...

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What Practices might a community of faith take up that will bear witness to the alternative world Jesus envisions and calls us towards? That is the question that Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, an initially small and fragile group of Christ followers, has kept asking over the last twenty years. Along the way, this small group has spawned a vibrant community of faith that has traveled along four trajectories towards a shared life in community, radical hospitality, justice for the least, and confession leading to transformation. In a culture where individualism, consumerism, injustice, and autonomy shape us all, these practices have re-shaped not only the people of this church but also the neighborhood they inhabit in the East side of Vancouver, British Columbia.

For anyone wanting to recover ancient but newly shaped practices of the first disciples, Plunging into the Kingdom Way offers renewed hope. By relating their story in conversation with a host of theologians, sociologists, and philosophers, Tim Dickau sparks the imagination for how you and your friends, your community, or your church can live out the radical vision of Jesus in your neighborhood today. Plunge in and you will discover renewed hope that you can actually follow the way of Jesus today.

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Tim Dickau is the lead pastor of Grandivew Calvary Baptist church in East Vancouver, British Columbia. Like many in his church, he lives in community with his family and housemates.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Charles Ringma ix

Acknowledgments xv

1 Getting Ready for the Ride 1

2 Navigating the Rapids of Isolation, Fragmentation, and Transience 4

3 Navigating the Rapids of Privacy, Possessions, and Power 27

4 Navigating the Rapids of Complacency and Religious Consumerism 42

5 Navigating the Rapids of Fear, Suspicion, and Alienation 50

6 Navigating the Rapids of Blame and Indifference 76

7 Navigating the Rapids of our Idolatries 100

8 Navigating into the River of Life 119

9 Plunging into the Reign of God 129

Appendix 131

Bibliography 137

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