Soulmates: Friendship, Fellowship, and the Making of Christian Community

by David Horn


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Retail: $14.95
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 173
Pub Date: March 2017
ISBN: 9781619708426
ISBN-13: 9781619708426
Item Number: 708426
Categories: Christian Living; Religion and Culture
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Product Description

What does it mean to develop true community in our churches—and how do we get there? In Soulmates, David Horn addresses these questions with creativity and pastoral love, equipping you with a practical roadmap to achieving deeper relationships in your church community.

For all the vast talk about the nature of the church over the years, our understanding of the actual relationship we euphemistically call “Christian community” is rather thin and incomprehensible. Peel away the institutional hard shell around what we understand to be the church and what fleshy relationship lies within? Soulmates seeks to give definition to this utterly unique relationship—let’s call it “fellowship.” It does so in large measure by setting it against the backdrop of another important relationship that serves most often as its chief counterfeit—“friendship.”

Are we simply to be “more friendly” than those around us? Or, maybe, just maybe, the relationship that we are to engender in one another in our life together is to be far more unique and radical than we often imagine.

Sample chapters include:
- The Many Faces of Relationships
- On Being a Friend
- More on Friendship
- Community in the Making
- More on the Making of Community
- Great Expectations
- The Hospitality of Sojourners and Aliens

Reviews

“For those who have grown weary of shallow or transitory relationships in their churches and communities and who hunger for genuine friendship, Soulmates is exactly the book for you! With refreshing spiritual insight, winsome humility, and delightful humor, Dr. Horn describes the nature of true Christian friendship and challenges each of us to settle for nothing less.”
Garth M. Rosell, Senior Research Professor of Church History, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“David Horn’s Soulmates is a welcome and unique contribution to our understanding and practice of interpersonal friendship and congregational community.”
David W. Gill, author of Becoming Good: Building Moral Character and Doing Right: Practicing Ethical Principles

“This book is about practicing Christian faith within the complex fabric of the church. But it is entered through a discussion of the nature of, and differences between, friendship and Christian fellowship. All of these themes are treated here with rigor, uncommon insight, and a pastoral touch.”
David F. Wells, Distinguished Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Author Bio

David Horn (ThD, Boston University School of Theology) served for over twenty years as director of the Ockenga Institute of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and overseeing the Shoemaker Center for Church Renewal and the Compass Program. Dr. Horn writes and speaks on issues related to practical theology and sociology of religion.