Rector’s Book Discussion: An Invitation

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

At the end of next month I will join several other Anglican pastors and James Davidson Hunter, author of To Change the World, to discuss his recent book and its implications for the church’s role in society. Chuck Colson, who has devoted most of his life to the church’s impact on society, is also expected to attend. I’d like to invite some of you to take this journey with me.

We care deeply about a “Changed World.” It’s one of our core values, in fact. But how do we best do that? Our Core Value statement says “By God’s gracious invitation we join Him in His mission to the world. We boldly share the gospel, act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. Our work is local and global, from serving the city of Austin to having gospel impact around the world. This is a matter of advancing the gospel by speaking the good news of Jesus Christ, doing good works in His name and making culture.”

Hunter, himself a Christian and a distinguished professor of religion, culture and social theory, says this in an interview about his book: “I wrote this book because I saw a disjunction between how Christians talk about changing the world, how they try to change the world, and how worlds –that is culture–actually change. These disparities needed to be clarified.”

As I read this book to prepare for that discussion, I would love for a few of you (limited to 12 people) to read it also and meet with me to discuss it Monday, Nov. 22, 7-10pm (location TBD). If you are interested in joining me please reply to