A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community


A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community Author John Pavlovitz
ISBN-10 0664262678
ISBN-13 9780664262679
Year 2017-10-06
Pages 188
Language English
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
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No one likes to eat alone to approach a table filled with people only to be told that despite the open chairs there isnt room for you The rejection stings It leaves a mark Yet this is exactly what the church has been saying to far too many people for far too long Youre not welcome here Find someplace else to sit How can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry fear and exclusion Pastor John Pavlovitz invites readers to join him on the journey to findor builda church that is big enough for everyone He speaks clearly into the heart of the issues the Christian community has been earnestly wrestling with LGBT inclusion gender equality racial tensions and global concerns A Bigger Table Building Messy Authentic Hopeful Spiritual Community asks if organized Christianity can find a new way of faithfully continuing the work Jesus began two thousand years ago where everyone gets a seat Pavlovitz shares moving personal stories and his careful observations as a pastor to set the table for a new more loving conversation on these and other important matters of faith He invites us to build the bigger table Jesus imagined practicing radical hospitality total authenticity messy diversity and agenda free community

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