Bestselling author Timothy Keller and legal scholar John Inazu bring together a thrilling range of artists, thinkers, and leaders to provide a guide to faithful living in a pluralistic, fractured world.
How can Christians today interact with those around them in a way that shows respect to those whose beliefs are radically different but that also remains faithful to the gospel? Timothy Keller and John Inazu bring together illuminating stories--their own and from others--to answer this vital question. Uncommon Ground gathers an array of perspectives from people thinking deeply and working daily to live with humility, patience, and tolerance in our time. Contributors include:
LecraeTish Harrison WarrenKristen Deede JohnsonClaude Richard AlexanderShirley HoogstraSara GrovesRudy CarrascoTrillia NewbellTom LinWarren Kinghorn
Providing varied and enlightening approaches to reaching faithfully across deep and often painful differences, Uncommon Ground shows us how to live with confidence, joy, and hope in a complex and fragmented age.
"Loving engagement with folks with whom we disagree does not come easily for many of us with strong Christian convictions. Tim Keller and John Inazu are not only models for how to do this well, but in this fine book they have gathered wise conversation partners to offer much needed counsel on how to cultivate the spiritual virtues of humility, patience, and tolerance that are necessary for loving our neighbors in our increasingly pluralistic culture." -- Richard Mouw, Professor of Faith and Public Life, Fuller Theological Seminary
"For anyone struggling to engage well with others in an era of toxic conflict, this book provides a framework, steeped in humility, that is not only insightful but is readily actionable. I'm grateful for the vulnerability and wisdom offered by each of the twelve leaders who contributed to this book. The task of learning to love well - neighbors and enemies alike - is long and urgent, and it can be costly. And yet, as this book shows us, because it is the work of Jesus, we can pursue this love with great hope." -- Gary A. Haugen, founder and CEO, International Justice Mission
Twelve Christians explore the question of how to interact with others when beliefs differ in this thoughtful set of essays. Each writer dives into the ways Christians can be humble, patient, and tolerant amid culture wars and the dominance of heightened rhetoric due to the rise of social media. Professor Kristen Deede Johnson speaks to the way she, like many Christians, once placed unrealistic hope in politics to effect change, while Keller (The Reason for God) expands on that thought to talk about how his experience in rural Virginia and New York City taught him that the gospel is not the property of either the Right or the Left. Tom Lin speaks to embracing the adventure of God's plan (in his case, becoming a missionary in Mongolia), its costs (the decision devastated his parents), and how God's grace plays out (healing the fractured relationship with his parents). And legal scholar Inazu, singer Lecrae, author Trillia Newbell, and others speak to the racial discrimination they've experienced and the importance of relationships and living by God's command to love thy neighbor to bring about reconciliation. Capturing minister Claude Alexander's statement that "peacemaking is not only between individuals and between cultures, peacemaking is also internal," these vibrant essays will be revealing for any Christian reader.