Book Review: Uncommon Ground

Uncommon Ground book cover

In today’s Western society, how often are we finding ourselves with the dilemma that a friend, colleague or family member has a different view on a polarising issue. On topics about the nature of common good and how we can flourish there is a multitude of different thoughts. Whether it is on subjects of equality, global warming, how to respond to COVID there is an ever-growing list of profound divisions, there is an increasing need to be able to show respect to those who have thoughts that are different to our own whilst remaining faithful to the gospel truths. 

In showing how difficult this can be, just think of how much time some of us spend scrolling through the comments section on social media platforms!

The 20’s and 30’s home group at Tayside Christian Fellowship (TCF), have been studying the book ‘Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference by Tim Keller and John Inazu (2020)’. In this book there are 12 authors from a variety of backgrounds from rappers, lecturers, book writers, pastors, doctors, lawyers etc. to provide a wide spectrum of perspectives on how to tackle this challenge.

The wide variety of authors has really allowed the whole group to engage with different chapters at different points, based on what backgrounds we relate to most. At different times, members of the group have engaged with topics on politics, engaging with a secular city, adventurers, entrepreneurship, writers/artists, translating, building bridges & reconciling.

These topics have challenged the group to consider how we could be engaging more with of the city of Perth and equipping ourselves with biblical lessons on humility, patience and tolerance. Lessons have come from biblical examples such as Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” and Matthew 13: 31-32 “He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven us like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches”

Uncommon ground is a book recommended for anyone looking to be equipped with modern examples of showing Gospel love to those in our community and providing patience and humility when interacting with those with different views.

For anyone wanting to find out more about the group or Uncommon Ground, reach out to any of the 20’s and 30’s Group on a Sunday after the 11:00am Family Service! 

– Andrew Watson

Header photo by Tom Hermans on Unsplash

Article published November 2023