Free to Be Bound: Church Beyond the Color Line  -     By: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
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Free to Be Bound: Church Beyond the Color Line

Deliberate / 2008 / Paperback

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Color-blind and culturally sensitive, Wilson-Hartgrove's vision of Christianity was transformed when he reached out to his mostly black neighborhood---including a dynamic fellowship. Follow his experience of crossing the color lines that still fragment the body of Christ. His honest and passionate call for true unity within the church will inspire every believer. 208 pages, softcover from NavPress.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Deliberate
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1600061907
ISBN-13: 9781600061905
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Despite Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's progressive worldview, he was unaware of the invisible borders separating neighborhood churches in the New South. Then, as a political candidate, he began to reach out to the black community, including a dynamic church. What he discovered forever transformed his view of the body of Christ.

Author Bio

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is an associate minister at the historically black St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church. He is the author of To Baghdad and Beyond: How I Got Born Again in Babylon (Cascade, 2005) and Inhabiting the Church: Biblical Wisdom for a New Monasticism (Cascade, 2007). His articles have appeared in PRISM , The Other Side , Radiant , The Christian Century , and Raleigh News and Observer .

Author Bio

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove lives with his wife, Leah, and other friends at the Rutba House, a new monastic community in Durham, NC. Wilson-Hartgrove has followed Jesus from a rural Southern Baptist church to Iraq in a time of war to a Christian community of hospitality in an urban neighborhood. Excited by ways that Christian hope takes concrete form, he describes a new monastic movement in America that is witnessing to a world at war that another way is possible. This author's work has been featured in Christianity Today and The Christian Century, as well as in newspaper articles and on national radio.

Jonathan is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School. An Associate Minister at the historically black St. John's Baptist Church, he speaks and writes frequently about Christian hospitality, peacemaking, and discipleship and is actively involved in peacemaking and reconciliation efforts in Durham, NC.

The Rutba House, where Jonathan lives with his wife Leah and other friends, is a new monastic community that prays, eats, and lives together, welcoming the homeless to join them as brothers and sisters. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, an alternative seminary that hosts seminars at new monastic communities around the country and study circles on Christian practices in Durham, NC.

He is the author of To Baghdad and Beyond: How I Got Born Again in Babylon, Inhabiting the Church: Biblical Wisdom for a New Monasticism, with Jon Stock and Tim Otto, New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today's Church, and Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, with Shane Clainborne. His articles have appeared in PRISM, The Other Side, Radiant, The Christian Century, and The Raleigh News and Observer.

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It's a fact: We live in a divided world. Christians have become so immune to the division that we don't notice it infecting the church. But we're compelled to live with a worldview that brings unity instead of division. Rediscover the power of faith as one believer crosses the color lines. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove realizes the need for black and white Christians to become united in a new way and now proposes a fresh vision of Christian identity beyond the confines of race. Encounter a place where believers of all races are free to be bound in Christ.

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