July 31, 2010 Tony Morgan

Not Like Me

I’m so excited about Eric Bryant’s new book Not Like Me. Or, maybe I should say his newly titled book (it’s first name was Peppermint-Filled Pinatas).

Bryant, a pastor at Mosaic Church in Los Angeles, shares his insights and experiences reaching out to people of different races, cultures, and religions. He also includes  “field notes” with more ideas on engaging people who aren’t like you from leaders including Ed Stetzer, Margaret Feinberg, and Kevin Harney.

Here are a few of Eric’s thoughts from the book:

  • The most effective and attractive way to share the Gospel is through love.
  • Begin to view your neighborhood as a mission field, and make friends with non-Christians.
  • Common goals (like cheering on the high school football team, or training for a marathon) unite people despite different beliefs and backgrounds.
  • Political views should always be secondary to living daily in Christ’s will.

Not Like Me challenges us to pursue relationships with people who are different than us. Bryant writes candidly, communicating biblical truths with humor and honesty. I’d encourage church leaders who want to see more diversity on a Sunday morning to pick up a copy. And, if you’re looking for opportunities to minister to the people right around you, Not Like Me includes great strategies and examples of relational ministry.

Here’s my Amazon link for Not Like Me, if you’d like to check out Eric’s book.

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Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group, theunstuckgroup.com. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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