What if the path toward an extraordinary life is becoming more ordinary?
Ordinary is not a call to be more radical. If anything, it is a call to the contrary. The kingdom of God isn’t coming with light shows, and shock and awe, but with lowly acts of service. Tony Merida wants to push back against sensationalism and “rock star Christianity,” and help people understand that they can make a powerful impact by practicing ordinary Christianity.
Through things such as humble acts of service, neighbor love, and hospitality, Christians can shake the foundations of the culture. In order to see things happen that have never happened before, Christians must to do what Christians have always done. Christians need to become more ordinary.
Let’s think together about how we, ordinary people, doing ordinary things, might turn the world upside down.
“I thank God for Tony Merida–not only for his exhortation to apply radical Christian living to ordinary daily life, but all the more for his example of what that looks like in his own life and family.”
“I especially admire how integrative this book is. Tony consistently shows that the gospel of grace is the basis for ministry of both word and deed, for evangelism and social action. He accentuates the harmony of the Old Testament and New Testament accounts of justice. He draws out how worship, prayer, Scripture, community, and hospitality all work together in the life of a committed Christian. He motivates through the dynamics of the gospel, rather than through emotional appeals. And in doing all this, he is completely practical without being pragmatic.”
“Tony writes with simple causal clarity, radical God-centeredness, and contagious missional focus. This is Christianity at its simplest and purest. This book will not only wreck you emotionally, it will change your life—it’s extraordinary.”
“Christians are ordinary people who worship and serve an extraordinary God! This God, revealed preeminently in Jesus Christ, has a special concern for the abused, the enslaved, the fatherless, the poor, the stranger, the widow. And, He has seen fit to care for these who bear His image through His people. Ordinary is a theologically rich, practical guide in how anyone can get involved in caring for those this broken world all too often abuses, exploits, and ignores. These precious people matter to our God. Therefore, they should matter to us. Tony Merida points the way in how to get going. Are you ready? Are you willing?”
“Nothing is more radical than the ordinary lived in consistent, humble, unassuming, selfless faithfulness to God for the sake of His work and witness. Merida wonderfully explore what it could mean today for Christ’s followers to live faithfully amidst life’s ordinary challenges for a radical testimony of God’s grace to family, neighbor, and watching world. This is what it means for others to see our ordinary deeds and give glory to our Father in heaven for the
extraordinary mercy of His Son.”
“Ordinary is not an ordinary book! My friend Dr. Tony Merida takes you on a journey that will deepen and thicken your faith-connection to Jesus. You will see justice and compassion with new eyes and new affections that will compel you to join Jesus in turning the world upside down.”
“It’s God’s habit to do extraordinary feats through ordinary people. Often believers sit on the sidelines of life paralyzed by fear assuming they’re too ordinary for God to use. Tony Merida’s encouraging words will do nothing less than jump-start the heart of the reader to live on mission for God. If you’ve been asking “How,” God wants to use you and this book will shed light on God’s prescribed answer in Scripture.”
“This book puts it plainly—ordinary people doing simple acts of kindness, justice, and mercy can change the world. Rather than pontificate on what others should be doing, Tony challenges you to get busy doing what you can do, where you are, with what you have to impact others. Less talk, more action—that’s the message!”
“Tony wrote a must-read and fresh perspective on justice, mercy, and serving the poor. He is an academic, pastor, and practitioner, and he brings vulnerability and passion through his words. This book promotes a holistic framework on seeking justice and serving the poor as an ‘ordinary’ part of Christian living. Read it and live it.”
“When I think of the name Tony Merida, I immediately think of anointing. The Spirit of God is present all over his ministry, and not just in the pulpit, but in the way that he lives his life. This book on turning the world upside down is part of the result of that dynamic anointing. You will be challenged by this book and called to consider the claims of Christ in areas of life you may never have considered before. This book equips us with wisdom and prepares us for action.”
“Ordinary by Tony Merida is exactly the kind of book you want to read if you feel the brokenness of the world around you and are looking for biblical, practical ways to engage that brokenness. If we had more ordinary Christians in the way Tony Merida describes them there would be more meaningful impact in this world by Christians in the church. This book broke me, stirred me, and also gave me tools to move forward with action.”