• The Church as Salt

You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?

It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.

Matthew 5:13

The Jesus community is called to be the salt of the earth, a metaphor that contains rich and disruptive challenge. Salt is little. We weep salty tears and grow up in dark salty wombs. Salt preserves. Salt draws out taste and too much salt spoils everything.

With scholarly insight into the biblical text, early church writers and theology, as well as her pastoral experience in ministry, Sally Douglas invites us to wrestle afresh with the metaphor of being salt. Here we discover a call into discipleship that is free from the success criteria of consumerist culture and free from nostalgia.

The Church as Salt is not a ‘how to’ manual. Instead, through stories of ancient and contemporary salty communities, reflection questions and liturgies, the book is a nourishing resource for people and communities seeking faithful ways of being church today.

‘… a profound and joyful book… With colourful stories from church history and from the present, Douglas… shows how congregations today can be “seasoning pockets of grace” for the sake of the world.’ – Ben Myers, Associate Professor, Alphacrucis College.

Douglas ‘…reminds her readers of the simplicity — and demand — of following a gospel that is seen more in generosity, neighbourliness, gathering, vulnerability and sharing than in the competitive and exhausting culture that religion sometimes occupies… In scholarship, story and vision … a compelling read and — more — a call to the local. – Pádraig Ó Tuama, poet and theologian.

‘Beautifully written with clear, poetic language and exquisite images, this book both draws its readers into prayerful reflection and provokes into active salty living.’ – Sharon Hollis, President, Uniting Church in Australia ‘“The church is dying…. Thanks be to God.” So writes theologian and pastor, Sally Douglas… The church as a custodian of morals, a purveyor of respectability, a friend of empire, is all coming to an end. It is now time to tell a “different story” … an ideal resource for church communities or individual members who want to hear this “different story” about the past and the future of the church.’ – Geoff Thompson, Associate Professor, Pilgrim Theological College.

Sally has been on a number of Podcasts speaking to this book, click here to hear her first of three episodes on By the Well, or click here to hear her on Love Rinse & Repeat.

Sally Douglas is a Uniting Church minister, who works in the mode of ‘scholar pastor’. She ministers with an innercity parish, lectures at Pilgrim Theological College and is an Honorary Research Associate within the University of Divinity. Her interdisciplinary doctoral research, spanning biblical studies and theology, was completed through the United Faculty of Theology in Melbourne and published to critical acclaim as Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine: The Scandal of the Scandal of Particularity (T & T Clark Bloomsbury, 2016). As a theologian, biblical scholar, author and minister, the question that continues to infuse Sally’s work is ‘so what?’.

to find out more about Sally check out her website https://www.sallydouglas.net/

Author Sally Douglas
Pages 150
Publication Date August 2021
Imprint Coventry Press
ISBN 9780648982265

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The Church as Salt

  • Authors Sally Douglas
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