Unexpected Destinations: An Evangelical Pilgrimage to World Christianity

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jun 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
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From Billy Graham to a Trappist monastery, from Capitol Hill to the helm of the Reformed Church in America, Wesley Granberg-Michaelson s personal pilgrimage has covered the length and breadth of Christianity in America. Now, drawing upon forty years of his own spiritual journals, this elder statesman of the church crystallizes his wide-ranging experiences into a sharp, lively memoir.

Unexpected Destinations reveals a unique encounter with evangelical piety, Catholic contemplative spirituality, Reformed theology, Pentecostal practice, and ecumenical efforts an encounter that dares to envision unity between all these strands of Christianity. It provides fresh historical insights into the evangelical subculture of the 1970s, sheds new light on how denominations today grapple inwardly with such issues as homosexuality and missional renewal, and poignantly relates the joy and pain of one man s spiritual life journey.
 

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Contents

A Missionary on Bonnie Avenue
7
Independent Evangelical Nondenominational
21
Can Christians Be Cool?
35
How Would Jesus Vote?
50
The Evangelical Dove
65
The Sounds of Silence
80
Mission to Japan
93
Dayspring
107
The Gospel of Community
143
Claimed by a Call
164
A Second Chapter
188
Mission Comes First
214
From Park Ridge to Selma
233
A Vision from St Marys
249
The Heartland and the Frontier
264
Epilogue
278

Missoula or Bust
125

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About the author (2011)

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson has served as General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America since 1994. He was founding managing editor of Sojourners magazine and has worked with Christian Churches Together in the USA, the Global Christian Forum, and Call to Renewal. His other books include Leadership from Inside Out: A Guide to Leading, Living, Working, and Praying.

Jim Wallis was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 4, 1948. He graduated from Michigan State University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is an evangelical Christian writer and political activist, best known as the founder and editor of Sojourners Magazine and of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian community of the same name. He has written numerous books including The Great Awakening; Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America (2008), God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It (2005), Faith Works: How Faith Based Organizations Are Changing Lives, Neighborhoods, and America (2000), The Soul of Politics: Beyond Religious Right and Secular Left (1995) and The Call to Conversion (1981).

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