This week on Mere Fidelity we had the pleasure of having Collin Hansen on to talk about his new book Blind Spots. Don’t worry, though, it’s not just a book plug episode. There was plenty of feistiness, charitable but substantial engagement, and, of course, me stumbling about trying to find something intelligent to say.
But really, I think Collin’s book raises a number of important issue and so does the conversation we have with him. I hope it challenges and encourages you.
ne of the reasons I hated moving from my mid-size SUV down to an old sedan after my first car died was the fact that it was so short. I was used to riding up high, feeling like I could see most things, but now, in the smaller vehicle I felt exposed and off-kilter. Driving on the freeway was particularly annoying as I would frequently find myself being surprised by cars coming up on my sides. It appeared my blind spots had expanded. Now, fortunately, I knew what was going on and so I was able to correct for it.
But what about the blind spots you don’t know you have? Those are the most dangerous of all. And they can happen anywhere, can’t they? Not only on the road, but in our daily life of interpersonal interaction with friends, family, the broader culture, and even the Church. All too often, our conversations break down, our relationships fail, and even our unity is ruptured because we’re operating without an awareness of our blind spots–so we’re not prepared to correct for them. Collin Hansen’s new book, Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church is aimed at helping the Church, which Crossway has graciously made available for free to Christ and Pop Culture members. In a nutshell, Hansen offers his readers a brief theology of the importance of respecting the diverse experiences within the Church for the sake of the Church’s ability to follow Jesus.
Many of you are probably not Christ and Pop Culture members, though you should be, but you can still read the rest of my comments here.
Soli Deo Gloria