David Rust commenting on “Radical Welcome” by Stephanie Spellers – CHURCH PUBLISHING INC. Kindle Edition.

I am proposing the following format to get discussion started on this blog. I will summarize in a few sentences a section of the book “Radical Welcome” and then add a few questions or comments of my own. Then, after you have read the same section, you are invited to post your comments on this blog related to the section of the book being discussed. I’d appreciate it if we avoided stating an opinion without knowing the context of the comments from the book. I trust that as we consider the book, we all remain open to the to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to possibly lead us to new insights rather than simply restating what we believed on the topic prior to reading the book. And so……

In the Introduction, this book asks:
“Is it … possible to transform mainline churches into the multicultural, multigenerational, inclusive body of Christ so many of us yearn to become? That’s where radical welcome comes in. Radical welcome is the spiritual practice of embracing and being changed by the gifts, presence, voices, and power of The Other: the people systemically cast out of or marginalized within a church, a denomination and/or society.”
This book wants to:
“study churches that ran the gamut in terms of community composition and who and how they were welcoming. In particular, I opted to focus on how each dealt with embracing across lines of race and ethnicity, generation, sexual orientation, and class privilege. Some wrestled with one issue, most with a combination. No one had the same margins or the same center, so the lessons are truly broad in their application.”

My personal opinion (speaking as myself personally, not as a representative of any church committee):
Why would Trinity Lutheran even consider going down this path? Why would we step away from the church experience many of us have right now? Why would we want to become a “multicultural, multigenerational” church “changed by the gifts, presence, voices and power of the Other.”

My response is because Jesus wants His people to live meaningfully in this world; to bring Him meaningfully to every person in this world. This is the Church’s great calling, and we are missing the mark by not doing this.

AND because if we do not change, our church will die. We will all get old together; our children will either go to another church which offers something more and different, or leave Church altogether.
Your thoughts?


I started writing an ending “Love in Christ, David”, then edited it (made it go away). Why did I do this? I DO want to express to you love in Christ, so why don’t I stand up and say so? I don’t know, so……

Love in Christ


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