Troubador Navigating by the Son

Released: 28/01/2021

ISBN: 9781800462335

eISBN: 9781800468665

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Navigating by the Son

Finding Our Way in an Unfamiliar Landscape


Some years ago I discovered that my son is gay. We came to different understandings of what the Bible says on this topic. This in no way dented my love for him, and in many ways deepened my admiration for his amazing example of Christian discipleship. At the same time parts of the church were falling prey not only to division but at times to vitriolic and un-Christlike behaviour in response to this topic.

This book is an exploration of how Christians can live with deep disagreements. It is about what is important to a healthy church (and society) in rapidly changing times when anger and division are the easy and common responses. Starting with how Jesus lived, the books examines what it means for individuals, and for a church to be Christlike.

What does it mean to say that Jesus was fully human? Unless we give this it’s full weight, how can we realistically be expected to follow Him?

Why did Jesus invite obedience, but never coerced it? Should the church ever take on the role of a law enforcer? Can institutions be Christlike? Does a multicultural and diverse society illuminate understanding of the Bible? Is there a healthy place for human anger? What is truth? Is it ideological, or is it personal, and what are the implications of all of this for politics and civic life in an age of populism?

It is far too undemanding to seek simply to be ‘right’. We aren’t called to be ideologues, we are called to be Christlike. Grasping this afresh will help us be good news, not only to gay and straight people, but to all sides in the growing ‘culture wars’, and to those weary of ‘religion’.

Being a functioning Christian can be difficult, never more so than when genuinely sincere people disagree about God's intentions. This has always been a challenge for the Church and as all kinds of societies all around the world fragment, the volume of argument and even confrontation is rising. And yet Jesus said we would be known by our unity. Stephen Cox brings nearly 50 years of Christian life, most of it as an ordained minister, to this problem.

'Navigating by the Son' is meticulously referenced but accessible. It is beautifully written but also practical.. And by taking us to first principles, to the unarguable foundations of our faith, he demonstrates how we can believe with passion whilst remaining in unity with those whose passion takes them to alternative conclusions..

It is a very important book for our times,

by Richard Eyre

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