Lamenting a Religion That Seems Smaller than Ever, John Pavlovitz Urges Us to Resist

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Disillusioned by America’s faith, John Pavlovitz encourages us to build a table big enough for everyone in his new book, A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community.

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"Redemptive community requires that we extend the invitation to both sides of our political and religious perspectives."

In an ever-polarizing religious landscape, popular blogger John Pavlovitz encourages the church to be a diverse, redemptive, transformational community. His book, A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community (Westminster John Knox Press) helps readers begin new conversations about what faith communities could and should be, imaging a table where everyone gets a seat.

How can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion? “This book isn’t about battling dogmas, it isn’t about competing faith traditions, and it isn’t about opposing politics,” Pavlovitz writes. “Redemptive community requires that we extend the invitation to both sides of our political and religious perspectives, and endeavor to build relationship, or at the very least understanding.”

John Pavlovitz is a pastor, writer, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice, both inside and outside faith communities.

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