Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture

Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture by Mike Frost is a mission in itself. Short of answering the timeless question of "boxers or briefs?", Mike Frost covers every aspect what it is to live as an exile from both the current Christian culture and general society. It is three hundred and twenty seven pages telling us how we should shop, eat, sing, live.

The book's call to a genuine, all-encompassing Godly lifestyle resonated with me, so I wasn't too put off by the length and sweeping subject matter. Little annoys me more than Sunday Christians: those who go to church sit in the pews, think that their job is done and live hypocritically the rest of the week. Christianity should be an all life deal. This is something that the exiled Church is realising and I find this exciting. I was excited by a lot of what Exiles offered in its beginning chapters. I loved the descriptions of the potential of "a radical, subversive, compassionate community of followers of Jesus."

What did put me off, though, was Frost's willingness to criticise. I should have heeded the warning in the "Note to the Reader" that "this book contains a good deal of pointed critique." It is really important to name and deal with problems within the church. Frost does it well and I agree with he has to say. He could have probably done this, though, without hauling individuals over the coals (such as Matt Redman). Although I agreed with the points he made, they lack a flavour of grace.

It's quite similar to Total Church in its priorities and I would probably suggest starting there, and then moving onto this one. It's shorter for a start.

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds interesting.

    I recently had a debate with one of our friends about whether it was 'Christian' to go and watch Little Faukers at the cinema. Although I haven't seen it I can imagine that most of it was based on inudendo and crass humour and it doesn't seem right to me that we should pay to go and fill our minds with that.
    However, where do you stop? Should I never hire our another chick-flick because it may have bad language or sex before marriage? How far should we go in 'being in the world but not of the world'?


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