The Right Church

Live Like the First Christians

By Charles E. Gutenson Published
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Live with faith like the first Christians.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.


Ancient wisdom for the church of tomorrow--that's the gift Chuck Gutenson offers in The Right Church. You'll learn about the church's past to help you contribute to a better future for the church of today.
--Brian McLaren, author/activist (

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,

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

About the Author

Charles E. Gutenson

Dr. Charles (Chuck) Gutenson is a church consultant andformer Chief Operating Officer of Sojourners. He previously served 10 years atAsbury Seminary in Kentucky, most recently as the professor of Theology andPhilosophy. He received an M.Div. from Asbury in 1995 and a PhD inPhilosophical Theology from Southern Methodist University in 2000. A member ofthe International Society of Theta Phi, an honor society for theological students, scholars in the field of religion and outstanding religious leaders,Chuck is the author of three books (one forthcoming) and numerous articles on avariety of theological and philosophical articles.