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and the People of God

A review of
Right Here, Right Now:
Everyday Mission for Everyday People
.
By Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford.

Reviewed by Chris Smith.

Right Here, Right Now:
Everyday Mission for Everyday People
.
Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford.

Paperback: Baker Books, 2011.

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RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW - Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford.What Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford have offered us in their new book Right Here, Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People is a sort of handbook for being part of a missional church.  Most of the books to date on “the missional church” require a fair amount of theological background, and as such, have been aimed primarily at church leaders (pastors, church planters, etc.)  This book, however, is not that sort of book.  Generally, as I read a book that I know I will be reviewing, I’m thinking about what I will say in the review, and the thought was running through my head as I was reading is that Right Here, Right Now was for both clergy and laity.  However, I arrived at Alan Hirsch’s final chapter in which he makes the passing comment that he rejects the clergy/laity distinction, and I realized that, of course, he was right, and it is better to speak of this book as being for all members of the church.  The book is structured to provide a good mix of basic missional church theology, which comes primarily in the form of Alan Hirsch’s introductory and concluding chapters which frame the book, and discussion of the practicalities of how this theology is embodied in church contexts – in the intervening chapters by Lance Ford.  Although a good deal of the book will be beneficial for churches in any setting, I should be clear up front that the chapters on praxis are targeted primarily at suburban readers (and maybe upper-/middle-class urban folks as well).

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