Reckoning with Power
Brazos Press, 2024
By David Fitch
WHO: David Fitch, the B.R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary and the cofounder of Missio Alliance.
HE SAYS: “Let us examine the way power works and how the church is called to live under a different power.”
THE BIG IDEA: This book shows that when the church submits itself to and cooperates with God’s power, the world is disrupted and changed.
THE PROGRESSION: In Chapter 1, the author reviews how power is defined. Chapter 2 explores the power of God at work in the world and how that power is so different from worldly power. Chapter 3 describes how the two powers have been distinguished from each other and blurred down through church history in the West. Chapter 4 looks at evangelicalism itself. In Chapter 5, the author offers three strategies with in evangelicalism that tempts us to the wrong side of power. The book concludes with a chapter on the church today.
“The church that lives under the power and presence of God, on the right side of God’s power, is unleashed for social revolutionary works of salvation.”