Let Yourself Be Out of This World Are you discouraged because your efforts at presenting the gospel to unbelievers through being trendy--in a word, fashionable--aren't making much of a difference? Maybe it's time you tried being "un"fashionable.
Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different by Tullian Tchividjian
As Tullian Tchividjian writes, "Truthfulness, not trendiness is what new generations are thirsting for. They want to know there are different people out there with their sights set on a different world. Only by being properly unfashionable can we once again become a powerful renovating force for God in the world. After all, Jesus made a difference by being--different. Discover the power and the freedom of being unfashionable for God. He does not apologize for the gospel; he wears it like a red badge of courage.
Read this book to recover the faith once for all delivered to the saints in fresh, courageous terms. Order this Item Order this Item. From the foreword to the book by Tim Keller: And yet, there are ringing calls to form a distinct, 'thick' Christian counter-culture as perhaps the ultimate witness to the presence of the future, the coming of the Kingdom.
He does not apologize for the Gospel; he wears it like a red badge of courage. It will recover its identity only if it heeds this challenge by his grandson. It makes for a truly nutritious read. His life and his words speak in stereo. I love reading books that challenge the way I think. And it's a must-read for those brave enough to really follow in the footsteps of Jesus. It is the essential component in reaching the whole person in a fragmented world.
Tullian understands the deep yearnings of this generation and thoughtfully expresses how making a difference as Christians in this world begins with a willingness to engage this world differently. It will challenge you and point you to the radically Christ-centered life you were saved by God's amazing grace to live. Tullian Tchividjian hits us between the eyes when he says, 'Christians who retreat into a comfortable subculture are bad missionaries-it's that simple.
The message of this book is of ultimate importance and its presentation is compelling. Today's church is succumbing to the same error. And this is what makes Tullian Tchividjian's book "Unfashionable" so prophetic and such a book for this day. May the church take note-- and reach the world! Pastor Emeritus, College Church in Wheaton "It is not easy to stand athwart the tides of the culture and challenge them without sounding either terribly prissy or hopelessly out of date.
How can a thoughtful Christian be genuinely contemporary while never succumbing to the merely faddish and temporary? The challenges are enormous-but they are also tied to the most elementary tenets of Christian faithfulness. Tullian Tchividjian is a helpful and engaging guide through these troubled waters. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and author of "Christ and Culture Revisited ""Tullian masterfully articulates the importance of the 'both, and'-showing that in order for Christians to make a profound difference in our world we must both gain a full understanding of the Gospel and express it practically in our world.
Lists with This Book. Oct 08, Brent McCulley rated it did not like it Shelves: The words, "forward by Timothy Keller" was very attractive on this book, which led me to pick this one up while on vacation last year; nevertheless, it proved to be quite a disappointment. More to the point, Tchividjian's theology proved to be a confusing mash of renegade theological points of truth, masked to dismiss other theological truths.
He does a decent job at calling Christians back to an authentic lifestyle which would be considered "unfashionable," and to that he does an OK job, albeit The words, "forward by Timothy Keller" was very attractive on this book, which led me to pick this one up while on vacation last year; nevertheless, it proved to be quite a disappointment.
He does a decent job at calling Christians back to an authentic lifestyle which would be considered "unfashionable," and to that he does an OK job, albeit is prose is much too light -as it seemed to be full of random fumbling thoughts and hot air. Even still, his theology revolves around the persistent belief that our sin has nothing to do with out suffering - necessarily - and that Christ's justification frees us up to do good works 'horizontally,' but not necessarily vertically - as if Christ got no pleasure in the good works of a saint, etc.
Tullian also exhorts Christians to make the change they want to see in their community in a sort of 'reconstruction' of society without waiting around for the Heavenly Kingdom. This, too, was not a very convincing point, and is moot at best. I don't know Tullian personally - I'm sure he's a great guy, with a serious heart for the Lord - but as we all know, the library bookshelves are replete with books that should have never been written: Mar 03, Nathan Beers rated it it was ok Shelves: Just seemed to re-hash and quote from what a lot of others had said better.
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Aug 12, John rated it it was amazing. It's a bit strange to rate a book like this a '5', I know. Tchividjian isn't a master craftsman with the pen nor is he a brilliant thinker. But it was one of those books that my jaw dropped lower with every page I read. So, maybe the '5' merely portrays the theological and ecclesiological kinship I feel with Tchividjian. The book's premise is simple and profound and one I hope that this generation of church leaders will grab hold of and enc It's a bit strange to rate a book like this a '5', I know.
The book's premise is simple and profound and one I hope that this generation of church leaders will grab hold of and enculcate in their congregataions: Christians are called to make a difference in this world, but we make a difference by being different from the world. He blasts both the impulse to comform and the impulse to retreat and doesn't just leave you there but very practically moves you forward. I bought 10 for Westerly's book table and hope they're all gone this Sunday. View all 4 comments. Apr 22, Meredith rated it it was amazing.
I read this book at a time in my life when I had no Gospel, only legalism in my life. Tchivijian points us to the true purpose of the church-to be unfashionable, but not isolationists. We are to be radically different, but not tribal in our thinking. I was both challenged and encouraged that the cross makes a difference. He reminds th I read this book at a time in my life when I had no Gospel, only legalism in my life.
He reminds the reader that the Gospel is so much more than salvific; it is sanctifying. Thank you for redirecting my focus to the cross and the all encompassing Gospel of Jesus Christ! May 06, Stephanie Willis rated it liked it. Having a hard time finishing this one Dec 09, Bryon rated it liked it. Tchividjian pronounced "Cha-vi-jin" , 36, says that living for God is uncool. The way up is down; the way in is out. They're looking for something deeper than what's currently in fashion," Tchividjian says. Tchividjian grew up in a Christian home but pursued everything but God. One Sun 0 inShare Pastor Tullian Tchividjian pushes back against the cult of cool in his new book, "Unfashionable," to be released this month.
One Sunday morning he woke up dazed after a night of drunken carousing. With a hazy head and hungry heart, Tchividian staggered to his feet and out the door to church for the first time in years. The rumpled clothes he slept in were his Sunday best. Although the church service that morning was not notable, he sensed the transcendent presence of God, and it changed him. The experience was the catalyst for "Unfashionable. God's people are called to live lives that put God's truth on display. God's people are not called to be popular; they're commanded to be faithful.
That can mean that Christ's followers will be mocked, criticized or persecuted. They're unfashionable, because they're different. It takes courage to be different from the world, and even the Church has difficulty interfacing with culture. Often, it relies on conventional wisdom rather than biblical discernment when dealing with culture. Christians usually choose one of three methods when responding to culture. They bunch up into groups or "cocoon," as Tchividjian puts it, keeping with their own kind.
In contrast, other Christians clash with culture through "combat. The other option Christians use is to merge with the culture and "conform.
The bottom line, according to Tchividian, is we must make "contact" with the world. Salt and light, by design, make contact to preserve and illuminate. Without contact, neither have any value. How is it then that Christians influence others? Should we focus only on political, social or economic avenues?
Or is there a higher, perhaps less fashionable way to bring God's Kingdom to earth? Tchividjian says that Christ followers need to practice "double listening. These will give the Christian discernment to initiate change that's transcendent rather than trendy.
Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different
His words have a tendency to stick in the memory like Velcro. If the flash and marketing that's crept into the church has left you a little uneasy but you don't know why, "Unfashionable" will help make some sense of things. If Madison Avenue's influence on church practice and culture doesn't make a difference to you, give Tchividjian's book a read.
It will help bring your perspective from the temporal back to the eternal. After all, "[Jesus] calls on people to live for what is timeless and not trendy, to take up the cross and follow him, even when it means going against social norms," as Tchividjian writes in "Unfashionable.
Mar 01, Sarah Wessel rated it liked it. I really liked the first couple chapters, but then it got all bogged down in theology and never fully recovered. The last few chapters had glimmers of thought-provoking ideas, which somewhat parallel some of the Ten Commandments. What I did appreciate is the author's restraint to challenge Christians to be different from the world without his proscribing how to be different.
Nov 24, J. Alfred rated it really liked it. Author and pastor Tullian Tchivdjian makes a strong case for both categories. This book is a short, well articulated argument that Christians should be "against the world for the world" one of the phrases one should take away from the reading , living in a way that is palpably different from the normal community of our day.
The practical applications he makes are particularly well done: And all these categories are wider than one typically believes: Very much a worthwhile read! Jul 26, Michelle rated it it was amazing. I rarely hit the 5th star on my reviews, but I have to say that though this book is not as much a piece of original literature as a well-edited compilation of wisdom and exhortation, it hits on so many of the topics I've been thinking about and working through, that it was worth more than the 4 star "really liked it" setting.
I don't know how I will ever progress through my "to read" list when I keep reading books I want to re-read! He steps into the current state of the church and culture and I rarely hit the 5th star on my reviews, but I have to say that though this book is not as much a piece of original literature as a well-edited compilation of wisdom and exhortation, it hits on so many of the topics I've been thinking about and working through, that it was worth more than the 4 star "really liked it" setting.
He steps into the current state of the church and culture and lines us all up with the tried and true ways of the "unfashionable" gospel and it is truly GOOD NEWS! Apr 27, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: Better than I thought it would be. I think it was limited by its amillennial assumptions instead of going all the way to postmillennialism. The Amillenialist assumes what we see around us is what we have to work with. The Postmillennialist sees the world through the eyes of the Bible and thus believes the world we are looking at is the counter culture.
Instead of trying to be unfashionable in a world gone nuts we should be assuming that when we act like Christians we are being fashionable and ev Better than I thought it would be.