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God of Tomorrow

How to Overcome the Fears of Today and Renew Your Hope for the Future

Caleb Kaltenbach

About God of Tomorrow

With a voice of reason and grace, pastor Caleb Kaltenbach challenges the church to choose the path of hope in response to polarizing cultural issues that are straight from the front pages of today’s newspapers.
      Divergent politics, immigration issues, bullying, re-defining family, racism, terrorism, new ways of categorizing people, and multiple other issues are negatively impacting our communities today. Some feel the country we live in now isn't the same one they lived in twenty years ago. Culture is consistently changing, and many Christians are nervous about what tomorrow will bring.
      However, we don't need to worry, because we serve the God of tomorrow. Culture will always change, but God never changes. God owns tomorrow. He has been in tomorrow, prepared tomorrow, and will walk with us into tomorrow. He will help us handle our ever-shifting culture as we journey forward.
      Every cultural issue we deal with today is something that Jesus dealt with in his day. The issues are the same, they just look different. Yet Jesus trusted the God of Tomorrow and knew that he was in complete control. Because of his trust in God, Jesus engaged culture in a very intentional way, and we can do likewise.
      God of Tomorrow includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter, providing a great platform for small groups to dialogue about these culturally-relevant topics.

Praise

“Caleb Kaltenbach lets us know that even if today looks bleak, our future is right with God. God never changes and in no way will abandon us, yet he chooses to transform us and revolutionizes his world through us. Thank you, Caleb, for reminding us that our good God is here now and is going to be here tomorrow.”
—Kyle Idleman, best-selling author of Not a Fan and Grace Is Greater

“We have no idea how much rises and falls on our ability to love people. God of Tomorrow gives us perspective to love others well, no matter what—not only because everyone matters to God but also because we matter. And love is the only path to freedom.”
—Kristen Ivy, executive director of messaging at Orange and founder of the Phase Project

“Jesus told us to love our neighbors, because He knew that love changes everything. If you want to be challenged to love, invest in, and serve your neighbor, then I can’t recommend God of Tomorrow more highly.”
—Reggie Joiner, founder and CEO of Orange

“In an age when most voices seem extreme and debate is highly polarized, Caleb brings a needed sane, faithful perspective. He will show you how to keep your heart and mind engaged in a culture that you might not like but still need to love.”
—Carey Nieuwhof, founding pastor of Connexus Church and author of Didn’t See It Coming

“More than anything else, what our chaotic and complicated world needs is hope. Caleb Kaltenbach reminds us that Jesus is the only place where hope is found and encourages us to live so that others might see hope within us.”
—Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
 
“In God of Tomorrow, Caleb Kaltenbach couples brilliant insight with compassion. He powerfully demonstrates how we can exchange fear for faith and invite others into hope for the future. This well-written book is an essential guide for navigating the changes of life and culture with grace and truth.”
—Jud Wilhite, senior pastor of Central Church and author of Pursued

“The best thing about our God is that he’s the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. This work, shaped by Caleb’s unique life experience and per­spective, is an important conversation for ‘such a time as this.’ Thanks, Caleb, for taking the deep dive into hard conversations!”
—Tyler Reagin, president of Catalyst

“Rather than any words we say, it’s how we treat people that communicates God’s love. God of Tomorrow will help you show people the love of God.”
—Carlos Whittaker, author of Kill the Spider

“I love Caleb’s disarming style of delivering tough, enduring truths. He is an authentic voice for this generation.”
—Dennis Rainey, cofounder of FamilyLife, a Cru ministry

“In a growingly divisive world, the church is at a crossroads. Caleb’s work provides a powerful and hopeful way forward that every Christian needs! In fact, the future influence of the church might just depend on whether or not we choose to apply the road map provided by God of Tomorrow.
—Clay Scroggins, lead pastor of North Point Community Church and author of How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

“Kaltenbach is a voice of hope for Christians struggling to remain at ease despite the uncertainties of today. I affirm his gracious reminder to Chris­tians that the future is relentlessly and eternally hopeful, regardless of politi­cal and social upheaval. God of Tomorrow propels Christ followers to trust in God, who never changes and never ceases to watch over his people.”
—Barry H. Corey, president of Biola University and author of Love Kindness
 
“Hurting people don’t need clever advice or another self-help book—they need the gospel! They’re desperate to know the God who cares, is in control, and has a plan for their lives. In God of Tomorrow, my friend Caleb gives us tools so we can point to the Savior who gives us a future and offers hope.”
—Dr. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church

“For people of faith, tomorrow can be confusing when colored by the changing world we live in today. I’m thankful that Caleb Kaltenbach has given us another must-read book that practically and biblically helps us navigate the chaos of today and restores genuine hope for tomorrow.”
—Gene Appel, senior pastor of Eastside Christian Church

“How do we as imperfect people offer hope to a broken world? Caleb urges us to look beyond ourselves. If we focus on God’s power and plan of re­demption, we’ll discover renewed courage to share hope.”
—Mike Foster, author of People of the Second Chance

“Combining solid biblical content with a pastoral heart that engages the cultural issues of the day, Caleb provides hope and encouragement for fol­lowers of Jesus amid the challenges our culture presents to faithfully living out biblical convictions. This is a calm and well-reasoned voice that is much needed today.
—Scott B. Rae, Ph.D, dean of faculty and professor of Christian ethics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

“The world is broken and people are hurting. Though society doesn’t al­ways offer healthy solutions, Jesus followers have what’s needed. In God of Tomorrow, my friend Caleb reminds us that God’s promise to redeem em­powers us to be people of joy with a message of hope.”
—Gabe Lyons, founder of Q Ideas and author of Good Faith

“I don’t know many people who’ve been through as much uncertainty and change as my friend Caleb. If your tomorrow looks similar, you need to devour this book.”
—Ashley Wooldridge, senior pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley
 
“Caleb Kaltenbach has a unique perspective on culture and faith. From the roots of his story in Messy Grace, he has forged a foothold in both worlds that enables him to embrace reality without abandoning hope. If you struggle with getting though the day after reading the headlines, then God of To­morrow is a must-read.”
—Lane Jones, executive director of multisite ministry at North Point Ministries

God of Tomorrow speaks life and hope into this world by reminding us who we follow and who holds our future. This is a must-read for any person who’s ever thought, Everything seems to be getting worse!
—Rusty George, lead pastor of Real Life Church and author of When You, Then God and Better Together

“Caleb Kaltenbach is an exceptional storyteller with a passion to point oth­ers back to the gospel of Jesus Christ. This book is much needed in a society that needs to know there is hope for the future.”
—Jason Romano, former ESPN producer and author of Live to Forgive

“With wise insight and pastoral skill, Caleb constantly lifts our gaze from the difficulty and toxicity of frightening headlines, cultural chaos, and even personal trials to the One who rules and loves.”
—Jared C. Wilson, director of content strategy at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of Supernatural Power for Everyday People

“As Christians our priority should be clear: share Jesus by relentlessly loving people, no matter what. This should happen more often, but too many of us fight against or fear society. In God of Tomorrow, my friend Caleb helps us discover courage to share hope with people who so desperately need it.”
—Dr. Tim Harlow, senior pastor of Parkview Christian Church and author of Life on Mission

“In this winsomely unique book, anchored in the antique truth of Scrip­ture, my friend Caleb Kaltenbach reminds us that God is not popping Tums over tomorrow. He is in control, so we need not fear. We can actually rejoice. What a refreshing book!”
—Bryan Loritts, lead pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship and author of Saving the Saved

“At a time when the world appears to be drifting further and further from the things of God, Caleb Kaltenbach has thoughtfully written an encour­agement to us that, no matter what happens, God is not surprised or afraid. Our peace comes from knowing that God is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow . . . and forever.”
—Dudley Rutherford, senior pastor of Shepherd Church and author of Compelled

“Caleb Kaltenbach’s new book is a breath of fresh air for a culture chok­ing on the failed philosophies and empty promises of those who have no clue about the future because they don’t know the God of tomorrow.”
—Barry L. Cameron, senior pastor of Crossroads Christian Church and best-selling author of The ABC’s of Financial Freedom

About Caleb Kaltenbach

Caleb Kaltenbach is a pastor and the author of Messy Grace. He speaks widely on issues of faith, reconciliation, and sexual diversity. Caleb is a graduate of Talbot School of Theology (Biola University) and received his doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Amy, have two young children and reside in southern California.

Product Details

240 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: May 15, 2018

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

Read the first chapter of God of Tomorrow. With a voice of reason and grace, pastor Caleb Kaltenbach challenges the church to choose the path of hope in response to polarizing cultural issues that are straight from the front pages of today’s newspapers. Divergent politics, immigration issues, bullying, re-defining family, racism, terrorism, new ways of categorizing people, and multiple other issues are negatively impacting our communities today. Some feel the country we live in now isn't the same one they lived in twenty years ago. Culture is consistently changing, and many Christians are nervous about what tomorrow will bring. However, we don't need to worry, because we serve the God of tomorrow. Culture will always change, but God never changes. God owns tomorrow. He has been in tomorrow, prepared tomorrow, and will walk with us into tomorrow. He will help us handle our ever-shifting culture as we journey forward. Every cultural issue we deal with today is something that Jesus dealt with in his day. The issues are the same, they just look different. Yet Jesus trusted the God of Tomorrow and knew that he was in complete control. Because of his trust in God, Jesus engaged culture in a very intentional way, and we can do likewise. God of Tomorrow includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter, providing a great platform for small groups to dialogue about these culturally-relevant topics.

Press Release

A Hopeful Guide to Effectively Engaging with
Today’s Cultural Issues with Both Kindness and Confidence
 
Kaltenbach Helps Readers Escape
from Prevalent Fear, Indifference and Stereotyping
 
“More than anything else, what our chaotic and complicated world needs is hope. Caleb Kaltenbach reminds us that Jesus is the only place where hope is found and encourages us to live so that others might see hope within us.”
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
 
For most people, thinking about the future creates anxiety. And our society is anything but stable; the constant state of change keeps us off balance and on guard. Rather than embattle, fully embrace, or ignore society, pastor and author Caleb Kaltenbach offers a more radical solution. He suggests Christians should engage society with both kindness and confidence. In God of Tomorrow: How to Overcome the Fears of Today and Renew Your Hope for the Future (WaterBrook, 5/15/18), he challenges readers to make a powerful, lasting difference in the world by equipping them with tools they can use in everyday conversations and relationships.
 
Kaltenbach, an in-demand speaker who grew up with two gay parents, reveals how Jesus, Paul, and Peter faced the same foundational issues in their society that everyone does today—from divergent politics, warped spiritual beliefs, and identity issues to immigration, racism, and terrorism—and yet faced these things in a loving yet bold way.
 
He writes to those across diverse faith and political camps, sharing practical, time-tested advice including:
-resisting the urge to stereotype certain people and groups;
-prudently using self-control with one’s opinions;
-being gracious, empathetic and authentic;
-ways to fuel compassion and say goodbye to indifference;
-how to overcome fear and stand up for what is right—in the right way.
 
“In an ever-changing, diverse society, our goal isn’t to make people more like us but to introduce them to Jesus through the Gospel,” he writes.
 
This timely and accessible guide will help new and seasoned believers of all ages who want to engage with people from all walks of life.
 
Helpful reflection and discussion questions at the end of each chapter are included for individual study and small groups.   
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Caleb Kaltenbach is a pastor and the author of God of Tomorrow and Messy Grace, chosen by WORLD Magazine as one of the top books of 2016. An in-demand speaker, he teaches and consults churches widely on issues of faith, reconciliation, and sexual diversity. He’s a graduate of Talbot School of Theology (Biola University) and has a doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. Kaltenbach has been interviewed in dozens of media outlets including The New York Times, Fox News, Christianity Today, Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, The 700 Club, The Glenn Beck Program, and the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. He and his wife, Amy, and their two children reside in Southern California.
 
Website: http://www.calebkaltenbach.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/calebwilds
Facebook: https://facebook.com/calebwilds
 
Notable Quotes from God of Tomorrow
We can be orthodox in our theology while committing heresy by how we treat others.
 
Our differences with people should drive us to them, not from them.
 
Having high faith and low worry takes my eyes off myself so I can do what God wants me to do: graciously offer hope to people today.
 
It doesn’t matter how much you know if you have no compassion to show.
 
Indifference extinguishes any compassion we might have toward others….Indifference is injustice.
 
If God loves everyone, then that grants us the strength to love everyone.
 
Love relies on acceptance, not agreement.
 
If God’s kindness leads people to repentance, shouldn’t my kindness lead people to God?
 
When people look at your life, it should be so easy for them to see Jesus in how you treat them, love them, and share truth with them.
 
There is nothing any present-day society is processing that societies of the past did not work through. Every trend or event that has occurred in our day is based on a more fundamental human issue that Jesus, Paul, Peter, and other biblical leaders had to address in a different way.
 
You and I do not have to make the Bible relevant, but instead we reveal how the Bible is relevant to the everyday person in society.
 
We need to be respectful of our leaders, whoever they are, because of the authority granted to them temporarily by God. That doesn’t mean we must like them or like what they are doing to our society.
 
Whatever leaders do while they have authority, God brings good out of the good and even good out of the bad.
 
In an ever-changing, diverse society, our goal isn’t to make people more like us but to introduce them to Jesus through the gospel.
 
When our expectations of God don’t align with the reality of what happens in life, God is still with us.



Praise for God of Tomorrow:
“Caleb Kaltenbach lets us know that even if today looks bleak, our future is right with God. God never changes and in no way will abandon us, yet he chooses to transform us and revolutionizes his world through us. Thank you, Caleb, for reminding us that our good God is here now and is going to be here tomorrow.”
Kyle Idleman, best-selling author of Not a Fan and Grace Is Greater

“In an age when most voices seem extreme and debate is highly polarized, Caleb brings a needed sane, faithful perspective. He will show you how to keep your heart and mind engaged in a culture that you might not like but still need to love.”
Carey Nieuwhof, founding pastor of Connexus Church and author of Didn’t See It Coming
“We have no idea how much rises and falls on our ability to love people. God of Tomorrow gives us perspective to love others well, no matter what—not only because everyone matters to God but also because we matter. And love is the only path to freedom.”
—Kristen Ivy, executive director of messaging at Orange and founder of the Phase Project

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By Paul Mastin

Caleb Kaltenbach has a reminder and a word of encouragement for people who are anxious about the future (and isn't that all of us, at one time or another?).  He calls it "The God of Tomorrow Principle: Since tomorrow belongs to God, we can graciously offer hope to people today."  This axiom encapsulates the two main thrusts I took from Kaltenbach's book God of Tomorrow: How to Overcome the Fears of Today and Renew Your Hope for the...

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By Nick Duffel

In an era of unpresented division in America, both in the political arena and in the Evangelical Christian community, Caleb Kaltenbach's is the lucid voice of reason and compassion that we need.  In his latest book, God Of Tomorrow, he brings more of that potent cocktail of truth and grace that made Messy Grace such an important book.  Where Messy Grace addressed the Church's response to the LGBT community, God Of Tomorrow widens the scope to...

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By Elsie Racite

This book was wonderful, and it really helped open my eyes a lot. It focuses on the different issues that we face in society today and how we should confront these issues. He refers back to different pieces of scripture that relate to the different topics that are focused on throughout the book, and he also talks about himself and things he's faced dealing with these issues. Overall this book has one main point and that is that we shouldn't...

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By Ruth Nguyen

It doesn't happen very often when you read a book at just the right time. For me, this book was it. I read one chapter of this book at a time because I wanted to absorb the information. It addresses the issues of today by focusing us on the Bible and providing Bible passages to help guide us.  He helps us find hope today and tomorrow. Culture today is very polarized and it can seem hopeless. However, Kaltenbach reminds us God is the same...

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By Thereasa Winnett

I don't know about you, but if I watch a news channel for very long, I begin losing hope for the future. It's easy to believe the world is getting worse and there is little if anything we can do to stop it. If you are a student of history, you know that isn't the case, but even knowing the world has had periods of time equally bad or worse is still of little comfort.The danger for Christian parents is losing hope for the future of our...

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