Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community beyond Us and Them

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A Christian of Jewish origins and the founding pastor of a thriving new church that intentionally resurrected itself from the wounded remnants of a previous congregation that tore itself apart over issues of human sexuality, Ken Howard brings a unique perspective and unusual sensitivity to the challenge of creating Christian community whose sense of "US" doesn't require a "THEM." Adroitly avoiding both oversimplification and academic jargon, Howard examines the many ways the Church currently finds itsef stuck, explains how we got here, and lays out seven Biblically-grounded principles that church leaders can employ to lead their congregations and their denominations into the future into which God is calling them.

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Over the last decade or so, in my work with clergy, congregational leaders, and people in the pews around the church, I have sensed in the body of Christ a powerful and growing desire for a different way of thinking about Christian community.  Liberal and conservative Christians alike are yearning to move beyond the issues and controversies that are dividing them from one another, draining their congregations of their vitality, and distracting them from sharing the love of Christ with a world that desperately needs it.I wrote Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them to give voice to that yearning, and to provide a language and a vocabulary with which to articulate it. Paradoxy provides a new way of thinking about Christian community in which unity does not require uniformity: a way of Christian community grounded in faith, hope, and love, rather than certainty, security, and power.I invite you to join me on a journey of exploration into a new way of being Christian...

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WESTERN CHRISTIANITY IS MOVING TOWARD A RELIGIOUS REALIGNMENT OF EPIC PROPORTIONS. HOW WILL YOUR CHURCH NAVIGATE THESE CHANGES? This is a book for those who will lead congregations in challenging times. Paradoxy helps you understand and explain what's happening, gives everyone a chance to speak and be heard, and moves you into the future as one body, together. "Paradoxy resonates with my own experience. When the intention of people on opposite sides is to connect, not to win, they can bring forward the best of themselves. Deep human connection takes place in the presence of profound disagreement. It is a holy mystery."           -- Mary Jacksteit, JD, MS, Project Manager, Public Conversations Project

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