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?
Too 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:
- Get the book and commit to reading one chapter per week.
- Encourage one friend to get the book and commit to reading one chapter per week.
- Engage in our online discussion.
- 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.