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The God Of The Mundane: Reflections on Ordinary Life for Ordinary People Paperback – December 1, 2012
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Matt and his wife Bethany have three children: Emma, Knox, and Dylan. Matt's writing has been published by the Gospel Coalition and other publications.
Matt began writing The God of the Mundane because he realized that contemporary portrayals of the God of the Bible left little room for a God who was concerned about ordinary things. Building on his conviction that the biblical God was an everyday God, Matt's reflections on this topic coalesced into a nascent collection of essays.
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In the blog posts and the book, Matt addresses the current movement of radicalism in the church. He makes mention of "rock star" preachers who preach and demand that we must give up everything and move to a remote island somewhere as missionaries in order to show our faithfulness. He warns us that we make Paul the focus of the story rather than the many nameless, ordinary faithful to whom he wrote his letters. Matt questions whether people realize that God can be glorified even in the mundane lives of the majority.
Like Matt, I grew up in the South. I also grew up in an ultra-conservative denomination. The career choices of pastor or missionary were always held in great esteem and also provided proof of one's spiritual maturity. As a little girl, I dreamed of being a missionary. I always stood up or raised my hand when pastors or speakers evoked the call of Isaiah, "Whom shall I send?" I felt the call down to my toes. Every part of me was willing, desirous, of that life no matter the trials that came with it.
When I read those initial blog posts, I admit I bristled. The emphasis on missions only intensified when I entered college ministry, and I had attended many conferences like the ones Matt seemed to be calling out. They had moved me.Read more ›
Their lives matter.
Their jobs matter.
Their relationships matter.
All about them matters and it all matters to God.
Matt Redmond has written the book I wish I could have written on the subject.
I might have failed to write it, but I won't fail to promote it.
In the American church we place great importance on the big and the successful..."As I look around the landscape of evangelicalism, the world I find myself in, the mundane escapes notice. The ordinary is given lip-service, but overlooked like the garnish on a steak dinner. What the evangelical church really wants is something as large as God Himself, whether personality or performance, workers or windfalls."
After confessing that he used to preach to fit this model, Matt writes the following;
"Really? Is this the normal Christian life? Is God sitting around waiting for each and every believer to do something monumental? Is this the warp and woof of the New Testament? Are the lifestyles of the Apostles the standard for the persons in the pew? Are the first-century believers the standard? Is this our God? In the economy of God, do only the times when we are doing something life-changing have any spiritual cache with Him? Does He look over the mundane work of the housewife only to see the missions trip she may go on? So, I wondered. I wondered about the great majority I have known and know. The great majority living fairly ordinary lives. Is there a God, for instance, for those who are not changing anything but diapers?Read more ›
Years ago, I read The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. This 17th century monk coined the phrase "the God of the pots and pans." This "nothing special" friar penned his thoughts about serving God in his day-to-day activities in the kitchen of a French monastery. Interestingly, the words of this "not so special" kitchen monastic have survived while most of us have forgotten who the movers and shakers were in that region and time. Matt Redmond is the Brother Lawrence of our day.
Most of us live out quiet lives, tending to our families, loving our neighbors, volunteering in our churches and schools. Some of us are stuck in boring jobs but are grateful because these jobs put bread on the table. Some of us have lost jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. Then, we go to church and are told we need to be "radical." We are encouraged to be like the Apostle Paul, William Wilberforce or Martin Luther, causing a revolution and changing our world. Then, we walk away, feeling that we have somehow failed God.
Matt makes the important point that Paul was writing to the church, most of whom were not making missionary journeys or writing the great theological works of the day. The nascent Christian faith grew because average people faithfully lived their lives as servants, slaves, tradesmen or shepherds. Jesus himself chose the fisherman to be His disciples, not Roman senators.Read more ›
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Matt B. Redmond has hit one out of the park with The God of the Mundane. As you can tell by my rating scale below, I just don't give out 5-star reviews for every book that gives me... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Foster
Liked the book. Great price. Redmond really has some good insights that he relates easily. Learned much. I recommend this book.Published 3 months ago by Chad J.
What I liked:
Redmond's book is an honest and reflective one. He openly expresses his struggles with monotony and living an average life. Read more
Matt is a spot on thinker/writer. His blog is awesome too. Great insights.Published 6 months ago by Grace
If you've ever wondered if your boring life matters or has any connection with the Kingdom of God, this is the book for you. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Persis
I liked the layout, prose, and thread of the book. It brought one to a fuller understanding of where we've gone soft, or wrong in out testimony of Jesus Christ.Published 9 months ago by James E. Milleville
Excellent book that really makes one think about how God wants to use one where He has placed him.Published 9 months ago by Benton Hobgood
“We are not saved from mediocrity and obscurity, the ordinary and the mundane. We are saved in the midst of it. We are not redeemed from the mundane. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Linda Gabriel