Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You're Irrelevant and Extreme
In a culture that is openly hostile to the expression of Christian faith, it can be hard to uphold one's beliefs respectfully. Based on cutting-edge research by the Barna Group, this book helps Christians to respond confidently to current issues...
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In a culture that is openly hostile to the expression of Christian faith, it can be hard to uphold one's beliefs respectfully. Based on cutting-edge research by the Barna Group, this book helps Christians to respond confidently to current issues of politics, sexuality, race, gender, and religious freedom.
It is easy to feel overwhelmed as we try to live faithfully in a culture that seems increasingly hostile to the Christian faith. With a growing backlash against religion and people of faith, it's harder than ever to hold onto our convictions while treating friends, neighbors, coworkers, and even family members who disagree with respect and compassion.
Based on groundbreaking research, this timely book by the bestselling authors of unChristian explores politics, sexuality, race, gender, and religious freedom, helping you:
- respond with compassion, clarity and confidence to the most toxic issues of our day
- discover the most significant cultural trends that are creating both obstacles and opportunities for Christians
- know what you believe and why it doesn't make you a judgmental or extreme person
- stop being afraid to talk about what you believe and start having meaningful conversations about tough issues
- understand the heart behind opposing views and learn how to stay friends across differences.
"Good Faith is a wise and accessible guide to 'being a Christian in the public square' today."--Tim Keller, author and pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church
"I love this book. It is a timely reminder that Christians don't have to conform in order to survive."--Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love and You and Me Forever
"Kinnaman and Lyons are second to none. Unrelenting in its research, compelling in its humility, powerful in its approach, Good Faith is a landmark and thought-provoking read."--Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts and A Holy Experience
"Good Faith speaks prophetically to the church by diagnosing our condition and prescribing a course of powerful treatment."--Christine Caine, author and founder of A21 Campaign
"Kinnaman and Lyons turn down the temp and offer leaders a box of cultural engagement tools to use and pass on to our churches. Every pastor and leadership team should read Good Faith."--Mark Batterson, author and pastor, National Community Church
David Kinnaman is president of The Barna Group, which provides research and resources that facilitate spiritual transformation in people's lives. Since joining Barna in 1995, David has designed and analyzed nearly five hundred studies for a variety of churches, nonprofits, and corporations. He and George Barna write a free research report published online at www.barna.org. David and his wife Jill have three children and live in California.
Gabe Lyons is the author of The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America and the founder of Q---a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. Additionally, he is the coauthor of UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters, a bestselling book based on original research that revealed the pervasiveness of pop culture's negative perceptions of Christians. Prior to launching Q (www.Qideas.org), Gabe co-founded Catalyst, a national gathering of young leaders. His work represents the perspectives of a new generation of Christians and has been featured by CNN, The New York Times, and USA Today. Gabe, his wife, Rebekah, and their three children reside in Manhattan, New York