Can the Church Move Beyond Making Enemies? - David Fitch - Episode 59

Episode Audio:

In John 17, Jesus prayed, "Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one." You don't have to look far among Christians these days to realize we are terrible at this thing Jesus prayed for in John 17. Legitimate issues of racism and how we can best love our neighbor become an arena in which we attempt to prove our point no matter the cost. In this episode, David offers a solution that we believe hits the nail on the head. Instead of choosing one side or the other, he calls us back to the Christ who saved us and to our calling as Christ's presence in the world.


Who is David Fitch?

David E. Fitch is the B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary. He is also the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community, a missional church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. David coaches a network of church plants in the Christian and Missionary Alliance and he writes, speaks, and lectures on issues the local church must face in mission including cultural engagement, leadership, and theology. He's also the author of numerous articles and books. His latest book, The Church of Us vs. Them, offers new patterns and practices that move the church beyond making enemies to being the presence of Christ in the world.

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Episode Resources: 

The End of Evangelicalism? by David E. Fitch

Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission by David Fitch

The Church of Us vs. Them by David Fitch

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