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.”
, 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
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
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.”
, 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.”
, 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