Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You're Irrelevant and Extreme

Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You're Irrelevant and Extreme

by David Kinnaman, Gabe Lyons

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Many Christians today feel overwhelmed as they try to live faithfully in a culture that seems increasingly hostile to their beliefs. Politics, marriage, sexuality, religious freedom--with an ever-growing list of contentious issues, believers find it harder than ever to hold on to their convictions while treating their friends, neighbors, coworkers, and even family members who disagree with respect and compassion. This isn't just a problem that affects individual Christians; if left unaddressed, the growing gap between the faithful and society's tolerance for public faith will have lasting consequences for the church in America.

Now the bestselling authors of unChristian turn their data-driven insights toward the thorny question of how Christians talk with people they know and love about the most toxic issues of our day. They help today's disciples understand what they believe and why, and how to keep believing it without being judgmental and defensive. Readers will discover the most significant trends that offer both obstacles and opportunities to God's people, and how not only to challenge culture but to create and renew it for the common good. Perhaps most importantly, David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons invite fellow Christians to understand the heart behind opposing views and show them how to be loving, life-giving friends despite profound differences. This will be the go-to book for young adult and older believers who don't want to hide from culture but to engage and restore it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493401482
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 332,836
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

David Kinnaman is coauthor of unChristian, You Lost Me, and Good Faith. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with more than one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He and his wife live in California with their three children.

Gabe Lyons is the coauthor of the bestselling unChristian, author of The Next Christians, and the founder of Q, a learning community that mobilizes Christians to think well and advance good in society. Prior to launching Q, Gabe cofounded Catalyst, a national gathering of young leaders. His work represents the perspectives of a new generation of Christians and has been featured by CNN, the New York Times, Fox News, and USA Today. Gabe, his wife, Rebekah, and their three children reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Understanding Our Times

Chapter 1 Bad Faith, Good Faith 11

Chapter 2 Irrelevant 25

Chapter 3 Extreme 39

Chapter 4 The Tension We Feel and Why 49

Part 2 Living Good Faith

Chapter 5 Love, Believe, Live 67

Chapter 6 The Right Questions 79

Chapter 7 Who Will Lead? 93

Chapter 8 Assimilate or Accommodate 107

Chapter 9 After the Revolution 119

Chapter 10 Marriage, Family, and Friendships 129

Chapter 11 Life, Death, and Disability 141

Chapter 12 Race and Prejudice 153

Chapter 13 The Gay Conversation 167

Chapter 14 We Can't Live without Intimacy 181

Chapter 15 Five Ways to Be Faithful 199

Part 3 The Church and Our Future

Chapter 16 Firm Center, Soft Edges 219

Chapter 17 Church in a New World 235

Chapter 18 Faithful in Exile 253

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 267

Glossary 277

About the Research 281

About the Authors 283

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