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

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jan 1, 2011 - Religion - 160 pages
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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Contents

Navigating the Rapids of Privacy Possessions and Power
27
Navigating the Rapids of Complacency and Religious Consumerism
42
Navigating the Rapids of Blame and Indifference
76
Navigating the Rapids of our Idolatries
100
Navigating into the River of Life
119
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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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