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|Title: A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community|
By: John Pavlovitz
Number of Pages: 188
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 11 ounces
Stock No: WW262670
No one likes to eat alone; to approach a table filled with people, only to be told that despite the open chairs there isn't room for you. The rejection stings. It leaves a mark. Yet this is exactly what the church has been saying to far too many people for far too long: â€œYou're not welcome here. Find someplace else to sit.â€� How can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion?
Pastor John Pavlovitz invites readers to join him on the journey to findâ€"or buildâ€"a church that is big enough for everyone. He speaks clearly into the heart of the issues the Christian community has been earnestly wrestling with: LGBT inclusion, gender equality, racial tensions, and global concerns. A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, Hopeful Spiritual Community asks if organized Christianity can find a new way of faithfully continuing the work Jesus began two thousand years ago, where everyone gets a seat.
Pavlovitz shares moving personal stories and his careful observations as a pastor to set the table for a new, more loving conversation on these and other important matters of faith. He invites us to build the bigger table Jesus imagined, practicing radical hospitality, total authenticity, messy diversity, and agenda-free community.
John Pavlovitz is a pastor and blogger from Wake Forest, North Carolina. His blog Stuff That Needs to Be Said is read and shared by a diverse audience of more than ten million people throughout the world. He serves on staff at North Raleigh Community Church, a growing, nontraditional Christian community dedicated to radical hospitality, mutual respect, and diversity of doctrine. He is the author of A Bigger Table and Hope and Other Superpowers.