The Right Church
Live Like the First Christians
by Charles E. Gutenson
"...the future of the church hinges on remembering our past. Brother Chuck has created a masterpiece of early church history to help us find the church of the future."
—Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and founder of The Simple Way
Charles Gutenson challenges Christians to reconsider their faith by examining Christ's earliest followers, a diverse community of believers who overcame conflicting opinions to address issues like poverty and war.
Charles E. Gutenson
Taking a look at the writings of the early church can reveal how often our contemporary faith communities overlook the deep and wide riches that constitute the broader Christian tradition.
Read what Brian McLaren and others are saying about the book's challenge to learn from the wisdom of Jesus' earliest followers.
The question that lies beneath all of my inquiry is this: how did the early Church understand the nature of faithful discipleship? And, then, how should that impact and influence how we live today?
Read more from author Chuck Gutenson at his blog at Sojourner's.
I affirm that the right to exercise our freedom of choice is an important and good thing, yet I also have to ask whether or not this particular sense of freedom has the highest priority within the biblical narrative.
Gutenson explains why it is crucial to hear from the early church and not ignore the early voices of our Christian heritage, while also not treating ancient Christianity as though it were a panacea or a model that we can transfer to our time directly.
Direct, accessible, and even fun to read, Chuck’s book is one-half intro to church history (if it were taught by the most popular professor on campus) and one-half invitation to imagine a way of life with Jesus in the world today.
It makes for a good book when both sides of American Protestantism are challenged. That's not easy to do, but Chuck Gutenson - with some help from the early church - has done just that.
While some of the book is focused on broader theological questions, this book is more deeply focused on Christian ethics—how to actually live out the faith.
The "right" church isn't something we find; it's something we become.