Christianity is in a transition, at least in North America. Some fear that the faith once delivered to the saints is being watered down with cheap grace, or corrupted by bad doctrine. Any given week you can find some preacher on the internet declaiming the way other churches are giving in to low standards, and abandoning cherished truth, all in an effort to be culturally relevant. But this is not the transition I see happening in the church.
The church is shedding a hard carapace of certainty and triumphalism for a much softer, more gentle incarnation. The Dusty Ones, by Dr. A. J. Swoboda (Website / Facebook / Twitter) is a compelling example of this.
A.J.’s book presents itself as a discussion about wandering in the life of faith. It tackles the metaphor of wandering wherever it occurs in scripture. Turns out, it occurs there a lot–and not always in a bad way.