Announcement: The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor

In light of recent news events, it is my earnest desire to initiate dialog that is God-honoring, productive, and brings us to a place of unity in the body of Christ. We should have enough courage to be honest with ourselves, wrestle with hard things, and acknowledge what we don’t understand. We should be able to listen and empathize with others who have different life situations and experiences than us. We should commit to loving our neighbors.

To this end, I’m announcing our next book discussion on Mark Labberton’s The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus.

From the fold of the book.

What Do You See?

The Dangerous Act of Loving Your NeighborToo often when we look at people we see problems or inconvenience on the one hand, and ways we’ll get taken advantage of on the other. When we begin to see others with the eyes of Jesus, the stage is set not only for our own heart change but for a change in the world where life and justice can flourish.

Through the self-examination that unfolds by the power, grace, and wisdom of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, we begin to bear the fruit of love towards others that can make a difference in individuals and in society.

Here is a chance to reflect on why our ordinary hearts can be complacent about the evils in the world and those in our neighborhood…

This book is timely. It beckons us to discover where we live, challenge what we see, choose the way we “name,” and respond with proper action which glorifies God. It challenges us to reflect on our perceptions verses the reality of the situations that we think we see. We need to do this challenging work and we need to do it together.

We will officially begin the book discussion on Tuesday, August 6 and will continue discussions every Tuesday until we wrap-up during the month of November.

Here’s what I would like for you to consider:

  1. Get the book and commit to reading one chapter per week.
  2. Encourage one friend to get the book and commit to reading one chapter per week.
  3. Engage in our online discussion.
  4. Host a small group in your home or at your church to go through this book with us. (I hope to address the “big picture” items online, which will jump start other discussions. You will get the most out of discussing this information with people that you “do life” with every day. Together you can challenge each other, commit to change, and take tangible action in your own homes, churches, and communities.)

I’m looking forward to our time together. In the meantime, let’s continue to pray.

Blessings, Natasha

10 thoughts on “Announcement: The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor

  1. Hi Natasha,

    I’m unclear about the engagement piece. Do you intend for people to form offline groups and then comment online, or do you want the groups to “officially” join a bigger online group where there’s participation at specific dates/times?

    1. Hi Chandra, Great questions! How you want to work this out locally is totally up to you. You may choose to meet weekly or every other week. I’ll be hosting the online “public” and “open” discussion here on the blog. We normally hang out with people who are similar to us or think the way that we do. So if offline groups are developed, I would encourage participants of the group to also dialog with the people online or maybe bring comments from the previous week’s online discussions to their local group discussions. This will hopefully expand and challenge the perspectives of the local group discussion. Does that make sense? Also, if you have a lively discussion in your local group, I would love to hear from you! Send me an email with questions or comments through the “contact me” tab and maybe I will share online on a Friday or the next week’s book discussion. How does that sound?

  2. Looking into the book now! Though our furlough is ending and we’re flying out Aug 6, I’m hoping to jump in soon after.

      1. I’ve searched many a brick and mortar bookstore within a 15-mile radius of my house and have not had success in purchasing this book. (That adds up to a lot of stores considering where I live.) I will keep my eye open for this book down the road (perhaps literally) and will try to participate in the next book discussion; they always look so good.

  3. Have you tried purchasing online? I buy A LOT of books and mostly buy online. They normally cost significantly less than the local stores (though I try to support those as well) and they can normally get them to you with a two week window. Additionally, if a local book store does not have the book, they can order it for you to pick up at the store for no additional cost. Just want you to know your options. Blessings, Natasha

    1. My husband located a copy for me. I won’t be able to get my neighbors to participate this time, but I should be able to hop right into the discussion next week.

      1. Great! Looking forward to having you join in the discussion. The posts will remain up, so you can gather a good of neighbors or friends to discuss at any time and I’m glad to engage here when you do. Blessings, Natasha

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