Collin HansenCrossway / 2015 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$3.005 out of 5 stars for Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church. View reviews of this product. 2 Reviews
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Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Excellent for personal use or small group studyMay 7, 2015Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When 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."
I received this book free from Crossway in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Blind Spots: A Book ReviewMay 5, 2015Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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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