Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Era of Disengagement

by Michael Frost. InterVarsity Press, 2014.

“The Incarnation of God in Jesus is God’s ultimate expression of the goodness of bodily existence, and it is a powerful metaphor for what is needed to heal contemporary society’s increasingly dis-embodied existence.” Western culture has long valued the spiritual life at the expense of the carnal, yet never before have so many forces conspired to divide us from the grit and flesh of human existence. Veteran missiologist Michael Frost names and analyzes the many faces of this reality, and then takes up the implications for those who claim an incarnational faith. He calls Christians to embrace the “dirt, worms and compost” of earthly life, and thereby show the world what it is to inhabit one’s own skin and to serve the world with flesh and blood, hands and feet. Individuals and small groups interested in missional church insights or contemporary social analysis could benefit from diving into this resource.