Book review: Faith For This Moment by Rick McKinley

In his new book Faith For This Moment, Portland pastor Rick McKinley asks, What does it mean to be the people of God now?

Today, many Christians in America feel like exiles within their own country. Some yearn to return to the Christendom of an idealized past. Others seek to assimilate the values of our culture into the church. In between are those uncomfortable with either extreme–exiles looking for a new way of understanding what faith looks like in a polarized, pluralistic, post-Christian culture.

In Faith for This Moment, Rick McKinley comforts and equips the spiritually homeless. He shares how people of faith from other times and places lived faithfully, prophetically, and imaginatively, compromising neither their principles nor their compassion and never giving in to despair. For those searching for a better way to live out their faith in our complex cultural moment, this is it.

We live in a crazy time here in North America, and people of faith seem to be either holding onto their beliefs so tight that they forget to love their neighbours, or have become so closely tied to the culture that there’s nothing indistinguishable about them.

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McKinley offers helpful analysis about living in exile and living in the heart of Christendom, and offers timeless practices that we can employ in order to keep the heartbeat of Jesus going in this time and beyond.

“We are called by God to love our neighbour and our enemy, to embrace rather than demonize those who, we disagree with,” McKinley writes. This book certainly helps re-centre the reader towards those ends.

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