Tullian Tchividjian remembers the Sunday morning he woke up hung over, still dressed in the clothes he'd worn until passing out during a night of partying. After five-years of hard living, Tullian had come to the end of himself. He got up and went down the street to church. What he found there shocked him--a community of Christians who joyfully and radically lived out the Gospel in ways he’d never seen before. The encounter showed him a new way of living in the world–and he came to personal faith in Christ.
Tullian's experience convinced him that young Christians today don’t want a faith community that tries to come off as appealing and trendy. Christ followers are called to embrace a standard that’s “out of this world.” Why? Because the only way to make a difference in the world is by being different.
To help his listeners re-imagine a radically “unfashionable” lifestyle, Tullian examines what Gospel-infused priorities would look like in relationships, community, work, finances and culture. Listeners will come away with a clear picture of what it means to live subversively–and redemptively–for God.
- In Unfashionable Tullian Tchividjian argues that...
In Unfashionable Tullian Tchividjian argues that the way the church will have the impact it is meant to have on the world is by being different. In a time where relevance is fanatically pursued at all costs by many Christians and Christians do no better than non-Christians on many moral issues it is a timely message.
The book starts with a critique of the desire to be cool in the eyes of the world. I found it very convicting. Towards the middle of the book is a lengthy discussion of God’s work in renewing everything back to how it is meant to be and our role in that undertaking. I felt this section to be the weakest in the book. It is not that what he said about God’s work in renewing culture was necessarily wrong, but that without also dealing much with God’s work in saving individuals it seemed a bit unbalanced. Some will also likely take issue at the end times theology that forms the basis of what he says in this section. The final section deals with some specific ways in which we as Christians are called to be different. There is much food for thought here.
Despite my concerns with the middle section, I still think that this is a book worth reading that has many important things to say to the church today.