When Everything's on Fire
When Everything's on Fire
  • Length: 196 pages
  • Published: November 09, 2021
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-1-5140-0333-6
  • Item Code: A0333
  • Case Quantity: 28

Is it possible to hold on to faith in an age of unbelief?

Intellectual certainty has long been a cornerstone of the Christian faith. But in an age of secularism, skepticism, and cynicism, our worldviews have been shaken. Various solutions exist—some double down on certainty, while others deconstruct their faith until there is nothing left at all. But Brian Zahnd offers a third way: what is needed is not a demolition but instead a renovation of faith.

Written with personal and pastoral experience, Zahnd extends an invitation to move beyond the crisis of faith toward the journey of reconstruction. As the world rapidly changes in ways that feel incompatible with Christianity, When Everything's on Fire provides much-needed hope. A stronger, more confident faith is possible when it is grounded in the beauty and truth of Christ. Zahnd permits us to risk the journey of deconstruction so that God can forge something more beautiful in its place.

"In our postmodern age ablaze with skepticism and secularism, Brian Zahnd's pastoral instincts and prophetic insights encourage us not to fear the loss of all that is being burned up in the church, but to be reassured that the enduring fire of God's love is branding the entire world with the kingdom of God. This is the burning bush of a book I didn't know I needed. Turn aside, take off your shoes, and read!"

Eric E. Peterson, pastor of Colbert Presbyterian Church and author of Letters to a Young Congregation

"What we need is a wise, unflustered, generous, and disruptive friend. Brian Zahnd is this kind of friend. Engaging wounds inflicted by the church, questions haunting the mind, and those aches deep in the soul, Brian writes as one who has truly encountered Jesus, even while wrestling in the dark. Brian writes with the curiosity and daring of one who has learned to trust the long lyric of love."

Winn Collier, director of the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination at Western Theological Seminary and author of Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church


Foreword by Bradley Jersak

Part 1: When Everything's on Fire
1. The Madman's Lantern
2. Deconstructing Deconstruction
3. The Day Derrida Died
4. The End Is the Beginning
5. Losing Jesus
6. The Dark Night of Unknowing
7. The Only Foundation
8. All Alone Upstairs

Part 2: Faith Forged from the Ashes
9. A Mystic or Nothing at All
10. The Grace of Second Naiveté
11. The House of Love

Conclusion: Every Bush Ablaze


Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. Known for his theologically informed preaching and his embrace of the deep and long history of the church, Zahnd provides a forum for pastors to engage with leading theologians and is a frequent conference speaker. He is the author of several books, including Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, A Farewell to Mars, and Beauty Will Save the World.

BY Brian Zahnd