- Anyone struggling with the tension of faith and culture
- Church leaders and leadership teams
- A pastor’s bookshelf
About the Book
The widening of political, racial, generational, and religious differences often leads to an “us vs. them” mentality all too common today. In The Sacred Overlap, author J.R. Briggs communicates a refreshing vision that embraces tension and calls us to live in radical love and faithfulness between the extremes that isolate and divide people.
Read the gospels and you’ll see how Jesus was committed to crossing cultural, social, political and religious either/or waters, engaging in many and/also activities. He comforted the disturbed and also disturbed the comfortable. He was too religious for the pagans and also too pagan for the religious elites. He hung out with filthy lepers and also dined with the filthy rich. He was alarming and disarming at the same time.
This is not a spineless embrace of religious syncretism where we take bits from world religions, personal preferences, and ideologies and throw them into a cosmic blender for a tasty theological smoothie. Instead, Briggs offers a fresh understanding of evangelism and discipleship, showing how we need to be engaged in both of these at the same time. He shares creative ways to engage with God’s mission with those who are intrigued about Jesus, but turned off by church. He explores what it means to be joyful in the midst of heart wrenching pain and suffering in the world. And he models what it means to maintain a posture of convicted civility which emphasizes equally both grace and truth.
The Sacred Overlap helps readers see that Christians are called to live with their feet firmly planted in two different worlds–in both heaven and earth–living naturally with grace and truth. Only then can a Christian be a faithful witness in the way of Jesus.
About the Author
J.R. Briggs has served in ministry for over a decade in mega-churches, house churches, and church plants. His books include Fail, Eldership and the Mission of God, When God Says Jump, and Redefining Life for Men, and he coauthored The Message // Remix: Solo with Eugene Peterson. J.R. is the founder of Kairos Partnerships, walking alongside and encouraging pastors and leaders in order to better equip them for God-honoring ministry. He also serves as the director of leadership and congregational formation with The Ecclesia Network and is on staff with Fresh Expessions U.S. He was the creator and curator of the Epic Fail Pastors Conferences, and he is cultural cultivator of The Renew Community, a faith community for the hurting and the hungry in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and two sons. J.R. earned degrees in biblical literature and Christian education from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He also studied abroad at Jerusalem University College and holds a masters degree in missional theology from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.
- Page Count: 240 pages
- Video accompaniment: No