In the next few weeks, let’s discuss our way through the book Unfashionable by Tullian Tchividjian (Billy Graham’s grandson who stepped out of and back into a relationship with Christ) to explore ways to make a difference in the world. If you’d like to read the book and discuss, great. If you just want to discuss by reading the posts and discussions, great. Either way, let’s talk.
I’ll post highlights and topics from a different chapter each Monday and Thursday morning until we’re through.
Unfashionable‘s intro holds 10 points in a Letterman Top 10 format that “in an uncomfortably fun sort of way” help us understand what is meant by “unfashionable” as Tchividjian uses in his writing. Some on this list are funny, some hit a little too close to home.
10. You can look around at church and notice that everybody is basically the same age as you are, and they look and dress pretty much like you do.
9. You think it’s very uncool to sing a worship song that was ‘in’ five years ago – much less sing a hymn from another century.
8. It’s been a long time since you disagreed with anything said by Oprah.
7. You’ve attended a ‘leadership conference where you learned more about organization and props (structural renovation) than proclamation and prayer (spiritual reformation).
6. Your goal in spending time with non-Christians is to demonstrate that you’re really no different than they are, and to prove this you curse like a sailor, drink like a fish, and smoke like a chimney.
5. You’ve concluded that everything new is better than anything old or that everything old is better than anything new.
4. You think that the way Jesus lived is more important than what he said – that his deeds are more important than his doctrine.
3. You believe that the best way to change our culture is to elect a certain kind of politician.
2. The church you’ve chosen is defined more by its reaction to ‘boring traditional’ churches than by its response to a needy world.
1. The one verse you most wish wasn’t in the Bible is John 14:6, where Jesus says, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ That’s way too close minded.
This book is a great look at making a difference in our world by being different. If Christians aren’t different, what do we have to offer? If you’ve already read the book, are going to start reading it, or just following along with these posts, I’m anxious for the conversation to start. Leave a comment and let us all know your thoughts about how this relates or doesn’t relate to how you, your church, churches, Texas Baptists and other Christ followers engage the world.