I’m not sure how, but a couple of weeks ago I remembered a book with the thought, “I need to reread that book.” For the last two or three weeks I have been looking for the book. Today, “Eureka!” I found it! The following is the first paragraph from the preface. How is it possible for a book published 21 years ago to sound like it was written yesterday as a commentary on our present situation? But here it is.
“The church, in the Western world, faces populations who are increasingly ‘secular’—people with no Christian memory, who don’t know what we Christians are talking about. These populations are increasingly ‘urban’—and out of touch with God’s ‘natural revelation.’ These populations are increasingly ‘postmodern’; they have graduated from Enlightenment ideology and are more peer driven, feeling driven, and ‘right-brained’ than their forbears. These populations are increasingly ‘neo-barbarian’; they lack ‘refinement’ or ‘class,’ and their lives are often out of control. These populations are increasingly receptive—exploring worldview options from Astrology to Zen—and are often looking ‘in all the wrong places’ to make sense of their lives and find their soul’s true home.”
From the Preface to Celtic Evangelism, p. 9
My normal pattern with most books is to try to carry on a conversation in the margins with the author. But I think I may try to start a reading group to study George G. Hunter III’s book. It is not long but I think I might gain more from it if there were others helping to discuss and interact with its content. If you would like to join me either on line or in person let me know.