Prodigal Christianity: An Interview w/ Geoff Holsclaw

00 Geoff Holsclaw is a co-pastor at Life on the Vine, a professor at Northern Seminary and is married to Cyd Holsclaw. Geoff Holsclaw and David Fitch have written a theologically accessible new book titled Prodigal Christianity.   I deeply appreciate David and Geoff’s work. Both are giving a fresh voice to the Missional-Anabaptist expression (check out my review here). Together they forge some tough ground beyond the exhausted Conservative, Liberal, and even Emergent landscape.  At the heart of Prodigal Christianity is a deep wrestling with how to be the presence of Jesus as the vestiges of Christendom’s influence crumble. I recently caught up with Geoff Holsclaw to chat about his new book and how it lands for him as a pastor. Dan Jr: This was the first book that you wrote (with David Fitch), what did you find to be the main challenge in writing it? Geoff: Yes, this was our first book written together.  The main challenge we had in writing it was blending our writing styles.  Each of us was convinced that we were the better writer, so we were constantly battling over just how to phrase things (ha).  Thankfully all our theology was congruous, so really, we […]

Book Review: Prodigal Christianity by Fitch & Holsclaw

00 As a missional practioner, I am always looking for help, real help. Pioneering communities in a very Post-Christian context is a daunting task. What I’m not looking for is the commodity of Missional. So I was deeply delighted to discover that this book was anything but a “product”.  Prodigal Christianity by David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw is saturated in their tangible work of forging ahead and beyond the exhausted conservative, liberal, and even emergent brands of Christianity.   In this context where old lines are blurred and new challenges are being posed, its hard to orient your whereabouts. I continually ask these questions on my search “Has anyone else been here before?” “Can this be done?” “Is there a way forward?”.  Prodigal Christianity seems to be listening in on my haunting questions and humbly submits keen responses. At the heart of Prodigal Christianity is a deep wrestling with how to be the missional presence of Jesus as the last vestiges of Christendom’s influence crumble. This is no easy task and David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw do not give simple steps.  Instead they give signposts that are drenched in their own pastoral practice. These signposts point beyond worn paths and attempt […]