A Review of
Being Church: Reflections on How to Live as the People of God
Reviewed by Ragan Sutterfield.
Reading John Alexander’s Being Church was an exercise in manic-depression. I found myself alternatively soaring in the yeses of insight and then wallowing in the despair that so many of my own experiences of church are so far from the church to which Alexander is calling us. It is a book that will make you long for something better and then ask God, “Why, oh why has the church not lived up to its promise?!” Alexander has some answers for this of course, and he also offers an outline of the hard work to get us out of Babylon and into the kind of church family to which God has called us. Alexander knows the church from the inside—he’s seen communities come and go, he grew up in the heart of evangelicalism, his journey is one of trying to find what it was that God meant when God called us to be Christ’s body in the world.