Monday, October 5, 2009

Book review: Tullian Tchividjian- Unfashionable

Tullian Tchividjian
224 pages
Published by Multnomah Publishers 2009

In Unfashionable Tullian Tchividjian argues that the way the church will have the impact it is meant to have on the world is by being different. In a time where relevance is fanatically pursued at all costs by many Christians and Christians do no better than non-Christians on many moral issues it is a timely message.

The book starts with a critique of the desire to be cool in the eyes of the world. I found it very convicting. Towards the middle of the book is a lengthy discussion of God’s work in renewing everything back to how it is meant to be and our role in that undertaking. I felt this section to be the weakest in the book. It is not that what he said about God’s work in renewing culture was necessarily wrong, but that without also dealing much with God’s work in saving individuals it seemed a bit unbalanced. Some will also likely take issue at the end times theology that forms the basis of what he says in this section. The final section deals with some specific ways in which we as Christians are called to be different. There is much food for thought here.

Despite my concerns with the middle section, I still think that this is a book worth reading that has many important things to say to the church today.