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Overview 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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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.85" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 2006
Publisher HENDRICKSON PUBLISHER #40
ISBN 1565636708 ISBN13 9781565636705
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More About Michael Frost
Michael Frost is vice principal of Morling College; founding director of the Tinsley Institute at Morling college in Sydney, Australia; and a Baptist minister. He is the author of Jesus the Fool, Seeing God in the Ordinary, and Exiles, and the coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come. He lives in Australia. Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of Shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps megachurches become missional movements. He is the author of numerous books, including The Forgotten Ways, and coauthor of Untamed and Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.
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you are not alone! Aug 27, 2007
If you sometimes feel like the desire and passion to live like Jesus puts you in unusual places doing His work and you wonder if this is "authentic", this is the read for you. I do church every Sunday, but I do more church outside of church (hiking trails, gay bars and events and business networking events) and, not only am I not alone, I am in a group of exiles who worldwide are trying to follow what Jesus would be doing were He here. He is not here in the flesh and expects us to carry on. I am an exile and I felt encouraged and unified by reading this book.
Great ideals...but exiles hurt, too. Aug 16, 2007
I read this book after being involved in an emerging church full of exiles. There's so much I recognise and agree with in this book, which I think accurately portrays the feelings, reasoning, and practical implications of those who are rejecting the current church.
My one criticism of this book is that it seemed to be so angry - not just passionate - and very hard-line. The arguments and experiences need to be heard, but you can't continue to build a church on your anger toward what you define yourself against. I think Mike's disdain for pastoral care of the hurting also assumes that exiles are happy to go from a painful, abusive church to throwing themselves into mission in a victorious, confident experiment, where my experience is that a lot of us want a rest and need to deal with our issues before we inflict our woundedness all over others. I'm not saying we should be the perfect, healed, whole Christian...I'm just aware of how bitter and angry an exile can become.
A rebirth of the Christian movement Jul 26, 2007
I have been a Christian for over 50 years. But for many years I have felt like an outcast by the leadership of the Christian community. I got great comfort from reading this book and connecting with the fact that there are millions of people around the world who are returning to true message of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself was an "exile" and went to the masses with His message, instead of employing the "come to us" philosphy of the modern day church. Michael Frost does an outstanding job of telling you where the modern church is going wrong and helps you to find the pathway to the missional movement.
Imagination Jul 11, 2007
This book has taken me close to a month to read. It's not that it's a difficult read or deep on theology. It was just a slow read for some reason. That was the only negative for me (that and a few pages Piper's hedonism). This is one of the best books on the church I have ever read. The middle part of the book (Dangerous Promises & Dangerous Criticisms) was by far worth the price of the book. For anyone thinking of gathering collectively as a community, this is a book that would be beyond helpful. And I think every pastor still in a "gathered/organized" church should read this before they attend another Sunday service. It's not heavy on theological talk but it's basically the theology of the church as exiles in a culture foreign to God's kingdom. I'll say this . . . it's the only thing that has gotten me inspired, imagining, and dreaming again about our future in gathering as a community.
typical Church bashing May 24, 2007
In reading this book I found cheap ideas and cliche church bashing. If you liked A New Kind of Christian then you would like this. The only redeeming quality for me was that he tried to add leftist politics into the mix. Although I'm not leftwing politically, I do appreciate the attempt to bring some balance, even if it is to the opposite extreeme, somewhere in the middle is where we should be. But it does make for some good discussion. But I honestly felt like I wasted my money by buying this.