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The Right Church

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

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

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.

Book Excerpt: Read Chapter One

Book Excerpt: Read Chapter One

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.

What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

Read what Brian McLaren and others are saying about the book's challenge to learn from the wisdom of Jesus' earliest followers.

How To Live Like the First Christians

How To Live Like the First Christians

Charles Gutenson

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?

Chuck Gutenson's Blog

Chuck Gutenson's Blog

Read more from author Chuck Gutenson at his blog at Sojourner's.

Freedom - Too Much of a Good Thing?

Freedom - Too Much of a Good Thing?

Charles Gutenson

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.

Book Club Roundtable

Ancient Wisdom for Everyday Life

Ancient Wisdom for Everyday Life

James McGrath

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.

A Church So Old It Looks Like New

A Church So Old It Looks Like New

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

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.

Was the First Church the Right Church?

Was the First Church the Right Church?

Tony Jones

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.

Practicing Christ with the Early Church

Practicing Christ with the Early Church

Ragan Sutterfield

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.

Listening to the Old Guys

Listening to the Old Guys

David Swartz

The "right" church isn't something we find; it's something we become.

Living Like the First Christians: An Interview with Charles Gutenson

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