Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Simple Church: Unity Within Diversity
Here are a few thoughts from our editor, Eric Carpenter, on what this book is all about:
"What is simple church? This is a simple question that does not have a simple answer.
"Simple Church: Unity Within Diversity is an attempt to shed light on the above question and provide some answers. The twenty-four contributors all hope this book will help people, both inside and outside the church, better understand what simple church life is all about.
"Far too often discussions about the church descend into arguments that accomplish little. We have no desire to take part in that. Rather, each person who has written a chapter for this book desires that it will lead to increased communication, understanding, and ultimately unity within the body of Christ.
"Twenty-four writers means twenty-four slightly different perspectives. We certainly do not agree on everything. You will see that as you read through the book. What we do agree upon is that simple practices often lead to great opportunities for edification and service - both inside and outside the church. We want to share these ideas with other followers of Christ and explain what it is all about. If you would like to know more about simple church from a positive perspective, then this is the book for you!" (Taken from the back cover of the book).
Well there you have it; simple church. I'm sure all the fine contributors would agree that we've still not got this Christian walk perfectly figured out, but by the grace of God, perhaps we're a little closer today to where He would have us to be than when we've first begun our walks of faith. Again, I am grateful to be counted among such an insightful and fine group of sisters and brothers. If any praise be had, may it all be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As for my own chapter, it is entitled: "Losing the Graffiti" and deals with the important subject of "Mutual Edification" in the Body of Christ. If you're curious to know more, please do watch your favourite Christian bookstore for "Simple Church: Unity Within Diversity," expected to be on the shelves by Christmas 2014. Oh, and by the way, a special "Thank You" has to go to Wayne Jacobsen for his kind words in the foreword.
May God bless each of you and give you and yours His perfect peace. Amen.