For three generations, God's chosen people were exiles in the land of Babylon. Today, many Christians in America feel like exiles within their own country, and there is growing disagreement regarding how to live faithfully in this complex cultural moment. Some desire to conquer our Babylon and return to a type of Christendom they believe existed in an idealized past. Others seek to assimilate the values of our culture into the church. And in between are those who are uncomfortable with either extreme, who feel spiritually homeless. These exiles are looking for a new way of understanding what faith looks like in a polarized, pluralistic, post-Christian culture. They want to know: What does it mean to be the people of God now?
That's the question Rick McKinley seeks to answer. He shows exiled Christians how people of faith from other times and places discovered how to live faithfully, prophetically, and imaginatively, neither compromising their principles nor their compassion, and never giving in to despair.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Rick McKinley (DMin, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary) is the founder and lead pastor of Imago Dei Community and is the author of five books. He is a nationally known speaker at conferences including Q, Catalyst, and The Justice Conference. In 2012, Portland Monthly magazine voted him one of Portland's 50 Most Influential People and he is widely respected as a leader who navigates the issues surrounding faith, culture, and the church. Rick lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and four children.
Table of Contents
1 The Moment 17
2 Where in the World Is Exile? 33
3 Babylon 45
4 Baptize It, Burn It, or Bless It? 57
5 Discerning Faithfulness in Exile 71
6 The Ongoing Conversion of God's People 85
7 Discovering the Rhythms of Grace through Spiritual Practices 99
8 The Centering Practice 109
9 Hospitality 123
10 Generosity 135
11 Sabbath 147
12 Vocation 161
13 To Bless the City for the Sake of the King 173