I bought and intend to read two old books by a since-deceased Quaker named Elton Trueblood. The Company of the Committed and The Incendiary Fellowship (both out of print) were books written in 1961 and 1967, respectively, and contain some revolutionary thoughts that line up shockingly well with what many are talking about today as the "missional church." I have been pleasantly shocked to find a "father" of missional thinking who was thinking and writing about these kinds of issues long before I was born. I intend to share quotes and insights from these books as I read them. The first sentence from the preface of Company will do for now:
"This book is intended to represent the best thinking I can do on what seems to me a most urgent question, the question of how the Church of Jesus Christ can be so reconstructured as to play its potential role in the redemption of contemporary society."