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What if our differences became opportunities?

The world needs bold, united followers of Jesus. It needs you and me to understand and appreciate the contributions of our brothers and sisters in faith. However, too often, our blind spots lead to divisions and disagreements, preventing God's people from testifying to his grace with one voice.

In this provocative book, Collin Hansen helps us view our differences as opportunities to more effectively engage a needy world with the love of Christ. Highlighting the diversity of thought, experience, and personality that God has given to his people, Blind Spots lays the foundation for a new generation of Christians eager to cultivate a courageous, compassionate, and commissioned church.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 143354623X
ISBN-13: 9781433546235

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Publisher's Description

Written to address the problem of disunity within evangelicalism, this book will help Christians who are committed to the gospel view their differences as opportunities for more effective ministry. Part of the Cultural Renewal series.

Author Bio

Collin Hansen (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves as the editorial director for the Gospel Coalition. He previously worked as an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine and coedits the Cultural Renewal series with Tim Keller. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter at @collinhansen.

Collin Hansen (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves as the editorial director for the Gospel Coalition. He previously worked as an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine and coedits the Cultural Renewal series with Tim Keller. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter at @collinhansen.

TIMOTHY KELLER is founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He is the best-selling author of The Prodigal God and The Reason for God

TIMOTHY KELLER is founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He is the best-selling author of The Prodigal God and The Reason for God

Endorsements

I would recommend any book Collin Hansen writes because he's one of the most thoughtful and devout men I know. But when it's a book about what full-orbed and united ministry looks like in a post-Christian culture, I enthusiastically recommend it. The church has a big job in this era, and Hansen's book helps us face into it with courage, compassion, and conviction.
-Mark Galli,
Editor, Christianity Today

Collin Hansen is one of the best younger writers and thinkers in the Lord's church today. Here he calls on followers of Jesus to manifest three marks, each of which is essential for full-orbed discipleship: holy boldness, loving kindness, and a gospel witness that crosses all bounds.
-Timothy George,
Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School; General Editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

Courage to speak the truth, compassion to care for the broken and the oppressed, commissioned to evangelize and plant churches - but how often do all three of these commitments meld together, surfacing as unified Christian maturity in our churches? The simple thesis of this book is that eager submission to the Lord Jesus requires such a unified vision. To opt for only one of these commitments while dismissing those who opt for others is to turn aside from Scripture while flirting with sterility and ugliness.
-D. A. Carson,
Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

This book is Collin at his best. with humility and wit, he examines our moment in history and asks, "What is wrong with the church?." Collin's answer: I am. From that vantage point we begin to understand the beautiful thing God is doing in our generation, encompassing the various gifts he has placed in different Christian traditions. Collin is confident enough in his convictions to write with clarity and authority, yet humble enough to learn from others. This book not only provides insight, it models how to learn from others.
-J. D. Greear,
Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina

Collin Hansen provides a valuable framework to the evangelical community to assess our witness and examine our weaknesses in light of Christ's strengths. This book provides timely, helpful, winsome and wise counsel for believers seeking to encourage others and effectively expand their witness to a watching world.
-Ed Stetzer,
President, LifeWay Research

Collin Hansen is a thoughtful, convictional, and wise leader. This book will help equip all of us to ask what we're not seeing in the mission field around us, and in our own lives. You will find this book both convicting and rejuvenating at the same time.
-Russell D. Moore,
President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

With this timely and challenging publication, Collin Hansen has provided churches with a scripturally based and balanced look at congregational life and ministry. Based on his discerning reflections and an open acknowledgment of his own imbalance and previous blind spots, Hansen offers us an invitation to join him on this important journey toward mature, healthy, and gospel-advancing congregational life. Carefully and thoughtfully written, the descriptors in the subtitle, 'Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned,' point us toward the need for collaborative service involving head, heart, hands, and feet. I am most pleased to recommend this important book.
-David S. Dockery,
President, Trinity International University

Collin Hansen offers the multifaceted evangelical church an incisive, sympathetic approach to self-diagnosis. Here is a hopeful vision in which our differences are not ultimately obstacles but opportunities for greater unity in courage, compassion, and commissioning. My hope is that this brief book will win a broad hearing.
-Stephen T. Um,
Senior Minister, Citylife Presbyterian Church, Boston, Massachusetts

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    Excellent for personal use or small group study
    May 7, 2015
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    When I saw this book was coming out, I was anxious to read it. To be honest, the cover, summary, and unique title of the book drew me in from the very beginning. Add to that the excellent marketing on social media, and I was looking forward to getting this book in my hands.

    This is a short, yet extremely powerful book. I saw myself throughout the pages of this book. I realized, thanks to Collin Hansen's writing and teaching, that I am part of the problem with church. In fact, we all are, if we're honest. We're all gifted with compassion, courage, or commissioning. These are all excellent things to have, but they lead to their own set of blind spots. The blind spot for compassion leads to frustration that others aren't caring for the same group of people/issues as I am. Courage's blind spot can lead to pride and thinking that every thing that happens, whether in the church, your life, or political scene, is meant to argue until the other person comes around or until you are rejected. Commissioning has the blind spot of watering down the gospel because after all, the most important thing is they know and accept God. On the flip side, they have positives. Compassion moves us to action. Courage used wisely helps us pick and choose which issues we need to fight for and when to talk and when to stay quiet. Commission leads to church plants and the spread of the Gospel.

    Needless to say, I had only ever seen the positives of all of these. I obviously was blinded by where my compassion might be a problem. This doesn't just cause a problem in my personal walk with Christ, but it causes a problem in the church. We tend to be with like-minded people. That's not how the church is to be. We should be challenged by those with the other gifts and learn to work together, being thankful for the gifts that others bring to the table.

    This book would be an excellent book to use for small group study. It's only 118 pages with 5 chapters, but it's packed full of truth. Every person will be challenged by this book if you truly search your heart. Know your blind spot so you can fight against it. In the words of Collin Hansen, "let's see our differences as opportunity."

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    I received this book free from Crossway in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
  2. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Blind Spots: A Book Review
    May 5, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
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    The perversity of human nature shows up even in our strengths. If it is in my DNA to stand valiantly for truth, I will likely trample the unenlightened. If my heart bleeds for the underdog, I may provide for them a comfortable path to hell. If the world is my personal mission field, I may accomplish my goals by building a program of iron that even God himself would not choose to circumvent. In Blind Spots, Collin Hansen explores this tendency within the church, offering Christ as the plumb line, the point at which courage, compassion, and commission converge. The degree to which one deviates from His perfect unity is the degree to which ones blind spots will hold sway. Could this be why those who believingly follow Jesus are viewed as oppressive or self-interested, when we set out to be ambassadors of peace?

    Depending on whom you ask, the failing of the church is either a lack of courage, a failure of compassion, or a breakdown in our resolution to fulfill the Great Commission. Rather than addressing the issue as a multiple choice quiz and re-casting Jesus in our own image, Collin Hansen urges believers of all stripes to represent the heart, the head, AND the hands of Jesus in our efforts to be salt and light.blind-spots-chart-07As the graphic demonstrates, no matter what strengths I bring to the kingdom of God, the little red wagon that follows behind me will tote a load of offsetting weaknesses that can serve only to undermine my best attempts at relevant ministry. Even in Scripture, Paul the Commissioned ran roughshod over John Mark in his impatience to win the lost, while Peter the Compassionate Compromiser feasted on BLTs with the Gentiles, but tried to hold the line on the Law when in the company of the Judaizers.

    Having acknowledged our differences, we must embrace the opportunity they represent, resist the urge to divide, and chart a course that most nearly follows the way of Christ. Hanson probes with a question: Can the love of Christ truly enable me to love a Christian who sins differently than I do?

    Blind Spots helps us to see that abiding in Christ is the best defense against division, for it is a way that expects opposition but seeks unity among believers for the sake of the world, a unity that weeps over the worlds brokenness, but then stops to pick up the pieces. Following the tradition of William Wilberforce whose war on slavery should foreshadow a battle plan against present-day sex-trafficking, we need courage to raid a brothel in Bangkok and rescue the women, compassion to nurture them to physical health, and a commissioned heart to coordinate an awareness campaign and mobilize the public.

    It is the work of the kingdom that is at stake, and it is Gods glory that will be advanced when His church refuses to separate what God has joined together. Collin Hansen, in the business of raising a son, has set forth a hope that I share for my own four sons, and for my grandson: . . . that [they] might learn to love and trust the Lord Jesus Christ in a courageous, compassionate, and commissioned church.

    Amen. Let it be so.

    For help in identifying your own blind spots, take the Blind Spots Quiz offered by Crossway!

    This book was provided by Crossway in exchange for my honest review.
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