Responding to the Partisan Church Divide
by Mike Slaughter and Charles E. Gutenson
Hijacked is a must-read for anyone who is tired of the partisan bickering that divides not only our political culture, but our churches as well. This is essential reading for Christians of all stripes as we approach the “silly season” of another election that threatens to drive the wedges between people of faith ever deeper."
—Jim Rice, editor, Sojourners magazine Join the Hijacked authors for a LIVE CHAT Thursday, March 15, 2-3 pm EST Here at the Patheos Book Club
A timely and important new book on the relationship between faith and politics explores how to rescue your church from the infiltration of partisan politics.
By Mike Slaughter
"The kingdom of Jesus is neither red or blue, left or right, tea nor coffee. As followers of Jesus, we represent an alternative party, the party of the Kingdom of God." Read an excerpt from the new book, "Hijacked".
Mike Slaughter is Lead Pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio. Dr. Charles (Chuck) Gutenson is Chief Operating Officer of Sojourners. Read more about the co-authors of the new book "Hijacked."
"Let’s say Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and President Obama formed a book club to read this book. What would you want them to learn?" The authors of Hijacked respond to our questions about faith and politics in this exclusive Patheos Book Club interview.
By Frederick Schmidt
There isn't a thing in the list of strategies or even in the bit of theologizing that Slaughter and Gutenson do that I could not find something to like. But I am not convinced that that it is enough to blast free from the ideological bubble.
By Rachel Stone
In a nutshell: faith in Christ is the foundation, and that faith does call us to address social issues, but it also stands in tension with all political systems–and therefore our final affinity can't be with party or nation, but with Christ.
By Fred Clark
The book's subtitle conveys what sets this book apart from much of the genre. The real problem, the authors say, is not the partisanship, but the division.
By Dan King
I think Hijacked is among the best books in this overfull genre, and I think it will be helpful to many Christians during this election cycle.
By Greg Garrett
The problem for mainstream American Christianity has become a simple one: it has gotten itself so tied into the structures of power that it can hardly disentangle itself in its present form.
By Chuck Gutenson
Several research studies have shown that the church is commonly perceived as hypocritical, judgmental, and “too political.” Can anyone really imagine this will not worsen with a renewal of the culture wars?
By Sam Alexander
The authors understand that the conversation has been truncated, sometimes even eradicated, by fear. They offer a prescription to pull us out of that malaise. Love one another and get out of the ideological bubble.
By David Swartz
The authors take us through the twist and turns of how we learn to twist and turn the words of other people we disagree with. I found myself in here and the reader might too. That’s the point.
By Jonathan Fitzgerald
Why are evangelicals throwing their support behind Rick Santorum, a Catholic?