The church is at its best when it pursues the biblical value of unity in diversity. Our world has been torn asunder by racial, ethnic, and ideological differences. It is seen in our politics, felt in our families, and ingrained in our theology. Sadly, the church has often reinforced these ethnic and racial divides. To cast off the ugliness of disunity and heal our fractured humanity, we must cultivate spiritual practices that help us pursue beautiful community. In The Beautiful Community, pastor and theologian Irwyn Ince boldly unpacks the reasons for our divisions while gently guiding us toward our true hope for wholeness and reconciliation. God reveals himself to us in his trinitarian life as the perfection of beauty, and essential to this beauty is his work as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The gospel imperative to pursue the beautiful community—unity in diversity across lines of difference—is rooted in reflecting the beautiful community of our triune God. This book calls us into and provides tools for that pursuit.
Foreword by Timothy Keller Introduction Part 1: Seeking and Knowing Our Beautiful Creator 1. The Holy and Beautiful Habitation: Our Relational God 2. The Beauty of the Lord: Our God Is Beautiful Community 3. The Perfection of Beauty: Knowing Ourselves 4. A Crown of Beauty in the Hand of the Lord: Beautiful Community as God's Image Part 2: Restoring and Cultivating Our Beautiful Community 5. Your Beautiful Crown Has Come Down from Your Head: Ghettoization of Humanity 6. I Will Beautify My Beautiful House: Identity and Formation 7. Put On Your Beautiful Garments: Culture and Community 8. How Beautiful Are the Feet: Gospel Message—Devote to the Doctrine 9. The Beauty of Holiness: Probe the Preferences and Count the Cost 10. Our Holy and Beautiful House: Toast to the Truth Acknowledgments Notes