The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity

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A growing number of people are disturbed by the values exhibited by the contemporary church. Worship has become entertainment, the church has become a shopping mall, and God has become a consumable product. Many sense that something is wrong, but they cannot imagine an alternative way. The Divine Commodity finally articulates what so many have been feeling and offers ...

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Overview

'The challenge facing Christianity today is not a lack of motivation or resources, but a failure of imagination.

A growing number of people are disturbed by the values exhibited by the contemporary church. Worship has become entertainment, the church has become a shopping mall, and God has become a consumable product. Many sense that something is wrong, but they cannot imagine an alternative way. The Divine Commodity finally articulates what so many have been feeling and offers hope for the future of a post-consumer Christianity.

Through Scripture, history, engaging narrative, and the inspiring art of Vincent van Gogh, The Divine Commodity explores spiritual practices that liberate our imaginations to live as Christ's people in a consumer culture opposed to the values of his kingdom. Each chapter shows how our formation as consumers has distorted an element of our faith. For example, the way churches have become corporations and how branding makes us more focused on image than reality. It then energizes an alternative vision for those seeking a more meaningful faith. Before we can hope to live differently, we must have our minds released from consumerism's grip and captivated once again by Christ.
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Even if it is doing so seductively and with a velvet glove, consumer capitalism is choking American evangelicalism to death. The church and real Christianity will survive, in various forms. But nothing short of the resuscitation of gospel imagination—a baptized imagination attuned more to faithfulness than to efficiency, more to endurance than to spectacle, and more to quality than to quantity—can now save evangelicalism. As vividly true and quietly brilliant as a van Gogh painting, Skye Jethani's book is an urgent, loving application of CPR. Evangelicals who read it may begin to breathe again. — Rodney Clapp, Author, Border Crossings

Skye artfully examines ways we have become Mc Church in America. He boldly calls us to an alternate way of being without selling out to the consumer culture of our times. Throughout the book, I loved how Skye weaves powerful insights of the church and our values through the lens of van Gogh. This is a great read! — Dave Gibbons, Author, The Monkey and the Fish

This book is a well-written diagnosis of what is seriously ailing the American church. If you want to address some of what is keeping us from being a positive influence in our society today I highly recommend it. If you want to wake up in your bed tomorrow and go on believing everything is fine, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! — Neil Cole, Director of Church Multiplication Associates

Skye Jethani reflects on the Consumer Church and Consumer Christianity with incisive wit, wisdom, humility, humor and prophetic insight. He juxtaposes the ideal of the 'franchise' church with childlike faith, imaginative wonder, and nonconformist community, drawing on the examples of misfits like Vincent van Gogh and his art. Skye doesn't just talk about the imagination; he captures it. — Dr. Rich Richardson, Associate Professor and Director of the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership, Wheaton College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310283751
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Skye Jethani (www.skyejethani.com) is the managing editor of Leadership journal, a magazine and online resource published by Christianity Today International. He also serves as a teaching pastor at Blanchard Alliance Church in Wheaton, Illinois.

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