Living at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Christian Worldview

livingatthecrossroads.jpgFor those of you interested in learning more about how living in the Western Story impacts your Christianity, I'd encourage you to pre-order Michael Goheen's book Living at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Christian Worldview.  The sessions he did at the Church Bootcamp caused a room filled with church planters and ministry leaders to feel overwhelmed with the tensions we live in.

Description: How can Christians live faithfully at the crossroads of the story of Scripture and postmodern culture? In Living at the Crossroads, authors Michael Goheen and Craig Bartholomew explore this question as they provide a general introduction to Christian worldview. Ideal for both students and lay readers, Living at the Crossroads lays out a brief summary of the biblical story and the most fundamental beliefs of Scripture. The book tells the story of Western culture from the classical period to postmodernity. The authors then provide an analysis of how Christians live in the tension that exists at the intersection of the biblical and cultural stories, exploring the important implications in key areas of life, such as education, scholarship, economics, politics, and church.

  • David Wayne

    April 29, 2008, 10:52 am

    Hey Drew – David Wayne, the jollyblogger checking in. I haven’t spoken with you in a while so I wanted to say hello and also thank you for this post and the last one with the quote from Michael Goheen. I’m putting the book on my Amazon wishlist right away. And that quote about the fact that we have to have evangelism programs because people don’t ask us about the hope we have in us has me pretty rattled – in a good way. I agree wholeheartedly, what to do about it proves to be quite the practical conundrum. I’m not sure that most of us can think outside of the program mentality. I want to, but even with that being the case, it’s still difficult to think of how to deal with it without defaulting back to the programs.

  • D. Goodmanson

    April 29, 2008, 10:40 pm

    Thanks for your comment David. It’s good to hear from you. These ideas are things we struggle with and these desires to live more missional led us to de-centralize many of the ways we express being the church. We see what programs can we remove and move people to living on mission in community to be a gospel hermeneutic to the watching world around. Instead of mercy ministry programs or evangelism programs we try to instill the identity of what it means to be a Christ follower and how this identity leads us to new patterns in life.

    We still have much to learn in this area. We’ve been blessed by the Crowded House (and their book Total Church) and Soma (where I’m going to their Soma School next week) as we unpack this more. In August we also will have a conference with these two church communities here in San Diego that will dive into this a great deal.

  • David Wayne

    April 30, 2008, 9:17 am

    Very cool – still hope I can come out there and see you guys someday