A Rationale for Resistance

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : September 27, 2006

There is a revival of Anabaptist thought today. While a growing number of academics and thinkers are conceiving of the church as an alternative culture or a counter-culture, not enough of this is directed towards practitioners and lay-leaders. Am I wrong on this assessment? What are some good books that explore the counter-cultural nature of the church but are written for practioners and conscientious lay folk?

Fewer sill are the books out there that suggest how to practice resistance or point to existing counter cultural communities that may serve as role models for embodying resistance. It is trendy to be subversive, but some of the subversive impulses I see in emerging churches today stem from an American sub-culture rather than a rich understanding of the subversive quality of the Kingdom of God. So, for some this book will be a call to resistance, to others it will be a gentle rebuke to resist in a Kingdom-centered way.

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5 Responses to “A Rationale for Resistance”

  1. michael on September 28th, 2006 1:35 am

    Are you familiar w/ “Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire” byt Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat?

  2. Van S on September 28th, 2006 11:33 am

    I am. It is a great book, one that I will probably build upon in my own book. One of the aims of my own book will be to take some of the best stuff out there and take it more deeply into the realm of praxis.

  3. eric judge on September 30th, 2006 5:20 pm

    Chrck out Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World, by Lee C. Camp. The best book I read in 2004. It is a J.H. Yoder for the masses. Highly reccomended.

    Grace and Peace.

  4. Van S on September 30th, 2006 6:10 pm

    I enjoyed Camp’s book, though I don’t know if he brough the language low enough for it to be a book for the masses. His is one of the better books out there that really help to recast a discipleship that is centered around the ethics of Jesus. David Augsburger’s Subversive Spirituality is another.

  5. Kyle on October 1st, 2006 10:51 pm

    I’ve heard good things about Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love, and of course Hauerwas and Willimon wrote Resident Aliens a few years ago (and a sequel) which is quite provocative.

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