Culture of Honour

 Culture of Honour- Danny Silk 

A Book review written by Simon and Nikki Mills 

I’m a big fan of Bethel, CA… but, I’m not usually a big reader of these ‘mega-ministry’ type books. They usually come packed with dramatic anecdotes and pithy principles and little else. That being said I have found that my mind still reverberates with the thoughts provoked. To be really honest I found a couple of sections really offensive to my way of thinking - but that is where the book’s power resides.

It is a provocation and it will, potentially, offend some of our sensibilities – especially in how we deal with people and dare I say, how we ‘judge’ people. Let’s be honest, we do judge, we do have a yard stick and we measure people against it. This book just challenges those norms.

It does come with anecdotes – the situations explored are difficult and challenging… of course the outcomes were great. What I really wanted to do after reading was grill Danny Silk on all the times these ideas failed.

It does come with pithy principle – but, if we apply the level of thinking and discussion required, then we will find it changing our ideas about leadership, restoration and discipline.

This book is not a massive tome of theology; it’s a taster, a challenge and a push in a different direction. It’s rewarding if time is taken to follow up the provocation. Ultimately it will result in healthier church communities where the fear of failure is eradicated, where broken people are restored, brought through and released into their potential rather than sidelined to do some arbitrary penance. For far too long the Church has been a place where we ‘shoot our wounded’ – the more high profile the quicker the judgement is meted out. To address this we’ve only changed the method or duration of execution. This book pulls the rug on this thinking and promotes something entirely different.

It’s the beginning of a journey and offers glimpses of the goal. It reveals something that has empowered Bethel, CA and in my opinion it rings true with the Kingdom of God.