Church in Emerging Culture
Synopsis A feisty, entertaining, and educational conversation about the shape of the church of the 21st century. Description What should the church look like today? What should be the focus of its message? How should I present...
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A feisty, entertaining, and educational conversation about the shape of the church of the 21st century.
What should the church look like today?
What should be the focus of its message?
How should I present that message?
We live in as pivotal and defining an age as the Great Depression or the Sixties - a period whose definition, say some cultural observers, includes a warning of the church's influence.
The result? A society measurably less religious but decidedly more spiritual. Less influenced by authority than by experience. More attuned to images than to words.
ow does the church adapt to such a culture? Or should it, in fact, eschew adapting for maintaining a course it has followed these last two millennia? Or something in between?
These are exactly the questions asked in THE CHURCH IN EMERGING CULTURE by five Christian thinker-speaker-writers, each who advocate unique stances regarding what the church's message should be (and what methods should be used to present it) as it journeys through this evolving, postmodern era. The authors are:
Andy Crouch - Re:Generation Quarterly editor-in-chief
Michael Horton - professor and reformed theologian
Frederica Mathewes-Green - author, commentator, and Orthodox Christian
Brian D. McLaren - postmodernist, author, pastor, and Emergent senior fellow
Erwin Raphael McManus - author and pastor of the innovative and interethnic L.A.-based church, Mosaic
Most unique about their individual positions is that they're presented not as singular essays but as lively discussions in which the other four authors freely (and frequently) comment, critique, and concur. That element, coupled with a unique photographic design that reinforces the depth of their at-once congenial and feisty conversation, gives you all-access entre into this groundbreaking discourse.
What's more, general editor Leonard Sweet (author of SoulTsunami and AquaChurch, among several other acclaimed texts) frames the thought-provoking dialogue with a profoundly insightful, erudite introductory essay-practically a book within a book.
The Church In Emerging Culture is foundational reading for leaders and serious students of all denominations and church styles.
A feisty, entertaining, and educational conversation about the shape of the church of the 21st century. Five stellar Christian thinkers from diverse walks and perspectives present their views of how the church should respond to culture and specifically to cultural shift, focusing on the message of the gospel and the means used to present it. They comment on and critique each other's chapters and compose five rejoinders. The book does not take sides, but lets readers decide how to take the discussion further.
Leonard Sweet (PhD., University of Rochester), is founder and president of SpiritVenture Ministries and serves as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. He also is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, and the chief writer for preachingplus.com, a resource for pastors and other Christian speakers. A popular speaker himself, Sweet has written more than twenty books, including The Three Hardest Words, Out of the Question Into the Mystery, AquaChurch, SoulTsunami, and SoulSalsa.