The Underground Church

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The Underground Church

Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus

By Robin Meyers

Jossey-Bass, Hardcover, 9781118061596, 288pp.

Publication Date: February 13, 2012

A new way to follow Jesus that draws on old ways of following Him

The Underground Church proposes that the faithful recapture the spirit of the early church with its emphasis on what Christians "do" rather than what they "believe." Prominent progressive writer, speaker, and minister Robin Meyers proposes that the best way to recapture the spirit of the early Christian church is to recognize that Jesus-following was and must be again "subversive" in the best sense of the word because the gospel taken seriously turns the world upside down.

No matter how the church may organize itself or worship, the defining characteristic of church of the future will be its Jesus-inspired countercultural witness. Debunks commonly held beliefs about the early church and offers a vision for the future rooted in the past Proposes that the church of the future must leave doctrinal tribalism behind and seek a unity of mission instead Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said,"Robin Meyers has spoken truth to power, and the church he loves will never be the same.

About the Author
Robin Meyers is a United Church of Christ minister and a nationally known preacher and peace activist. A syndicated columnist and award-winning commentator for NPR, Meyers has appeared on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Dateline NBC, and ABC World News Tonight and was featured in the HBO documentary "The Execution of Wanda Jean," a disturbing look at the immorality of the death penalty and Meyer's efforts to save the life of the first woman to be executed in the state of Oklahoma. Meyers also writes for The Christian Century and is a professor of rhetoric at Oklahoma City University.