Many of us long for a faith like the first Christians. We even romanticize the early followers of Jesus and invoke them authoritatively for current church controversies. But what can we really know about these people from long ago? We may be surprised to see how "our" contemporary, hot-button issues have currency in the early church. In this book, author Chuck Gutenson shows us how the early church's addressed issues related to poverty and wealth, war, creation care, social issues, and more. Take a peek into a seemingly lost era and discover that their insights can still work today.
--Brian McLaren, author/activist (brianmclaren.net)
I'm convinced that the future of the church hinges on remembering our past. We have to look back as we move forward. Brother Chuck has created a masterpiece of early Church history to help us find the church of the future.--Shane Claiborne, author and activist, facebook.com/ShaneClaiborne
If the Church is going to become a force of transformation and renewal in a post-Christian world, then we need to be renewed in our understanding of the formative foundations of our theological past. Chuck does a great job of reminding us of our early theological moorings to help us navigate our way to a transformational-missional future.--Mike Slaughter, Ginghamsburg Church