EMMAUS SUMMER BOOK CLUB: From Christendom to Apostolic Mission: Pastoral Strategies for an Apostolic Age

Joshua Burks
Joshua Burks
Chad Steiner
Chad Steiner
EMMAUS SUMMER BOOK CLUB: From Christendom to Apostolic Mission: Pastoral Strategies for an Apostolic Age

Now comes the summer, when the academic rigor of the school year scales back, and perhaps we let the mind wander a bit. In the interest of keeping the sword sharp; of wandering productively—and thus of wondering about things that matter, or that we believe are soon to matter very much—Josh and I are organizing a book club to ponder the lively ruminations presented in the book pictured to the left.

While this book is written by a Catholic, from the perspective of the Catholic Church’s theological and ecclesial Tradition, and published by a small Catholic university press, we (and to be sure, the author) are all well aware that Christians of good will across numerous denominations are wrestling with precisely the same sorts of consternating matters at issue in its pages. These matters—to the degree that they exert pressure on all those who name Jesus as Lord rather than Caesar, actually press us toward one another, and we want to say ‘Yes!’ to the friendships such pressures—perhaps ironically—promote.

Because of this, Josh and I are quite keen to provide a safe platform within the book club for contributions from (for example) our Reformed friends—especially (though not exclusively) those familiar with the Dutch Reform tradition represented by Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck; but also our Lutheran and Anglican friends, who continue to cherish a high sacramentology; and also our Evangelical friends, whose passion for the Gospel and for personal encounter with the risen Lord we all need to pursue.

So to be absolutely clear: this book club (across its four possible sections, on which see below) is not in any way conceived as a conduit for an apologetic for conversion to the Catholic Church. It is rather an opportunity to be in friendship with one another as we focus our efforts on navigating questions like:

What time is it in the life of those who confess Jesus Christ as LORD? What time is it in the life of our world?

What is the relationship between the nation state in which we live, and the supernatural society to which we belong?

What is the significance of Jesus’ use not only of ‘Church’ to refer to whatever it is he is establishing in the world, but also ‘Kingdom’?

How should we think about the waning of the recognition of the legitimacy of Christianity across the globe, and especially here in the west?

Book Club Meets:

  • Mondays at 7:00-8:00am at the Telegraph Mill (outside on the patio if it’s nice)
  • Mondays at 8:00-9:00pm at Josh’s backyard firepit (we’ll send you the address once you sign up for this section)
  • Wednesdays at 12:00-1:00pm via Zoom (we’ll send you the link if you sign up for this section)
  • Wednesdays at 8:00-9:00pm on the dock of the original Haymarket Mill which is located here

Best way to get the book:

Here’s a break-out of our reading schedule:

Week 1:  Introduction and Chapter One (pp. 1-17)
Week 2:  Chapter Two (pp. 19-28)
Week 3:  Chapter Three (pp. 29-34)
Week 4:  Chapter Four Part 1 (pp. 35-51)
Week 5:  Chapter Four Part 2 (pp. 51-64)
Week 6:  Chapter Five Part 1 (pp. 65-75)
Week 7:  Chapter Five Part 2 and Conclusion (pp. 75-90)

To sign up, click the REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE link directly below: 

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