A Bigger Table
Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community
by John Pavlovitz
Pub Date 06 Oct 2017
No one likes to eat alone; to approach a table filled with people, only to be told that despite the open chairs there isn't room for you. The rejection stings. It leaves a mark. Yet this is exactly what the church has been saying to far too many people for far too long: â€œYou're not welcome here. Find someplace else to sit.â€� How can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion?
Pastor John Pavlovitz invites readers to join him on the journey to findâ€"or buildâ€"a church that is big enough for everyone. He speaks clearly into the heart of the issues the Christian community has been earnestly wrestling with: LGBT inclusion, gender equality, racial tensions, and global concerns. A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, Hopeful Spiritual Community asks if organized Christianity can find a new way of faithfully continuing the work Jesus began two thousand years ago, where everyone gets a seat.
Pavlovitz shares moving personal stories and his careful observations as a pastor to set the table for a new, more loving conversation on these and other important matters of faith. He invites us to build the bigger table Jesus imagined, practicing radical hospitality, total authenticity, messy diversity, and agenda-free community.
"A Bigger Table offers the very wise reflections of a pastor with a heart like Jesus and a life journey that has led him to reject much of organized American Churchianity. In my role as pastor, I will be working to lead my church toward the four marks of the bigger table that John Pavlovitz recommends: radical hospitality, total authenticity, true diversity, and agenda-free community. I strongly recommend this book!”
—David P. Gushee, author of A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends
“John Pavlovitz is a modern prophet, a strong, love-demanding and inclusive voice in the post-Trump American wilderness. In A Bigger Table, Pavlovitz delivers a heartfelt, theology-rich call for followers of Jesus to begin thinking about God’s table as a place where all are welcomed. At a time when so many are angry with the church and disillusioned by America’s faith, Pavlovitz’s passionate ‘Table’ offers a hopeful path forward and some much needed nourishment for the weary.”
—Matthew Paul Turner, author of Churched and When God Made You