Incarnate: The Body of Christ in An Age of Disengagement
In this incisive analysis, Michael Frost prophetically exposes the gap between the incarnational, communal nature of Christ's mission and the privatised, inward-looking, neighbourless spirituality of many in today's churches. Frost offers a hopeful way forward through authentic discipleship.Publisher Description...
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In this incisive analysis, Michael Frost prophetically exposes the gap between the incarnational, communal nature of Christ's mission and the privatised, inward-looking, neighbourless spirituality of many in today's churches. Frost offers a hopeful way forward through authentic discipleship.
The story of Christianity is a story of incarnation--God taking on flesh and dwelling among the people he created. God appointing and sending people as his body, his hands and feet. Disciples of Jesus bearing the good news even as they bear the marks of his passion. Whatever Christianity is, it is at least a matter of flesh and blood and the ends of the earth. And yet so much of contemporary Christian culture is rooted not in incarnation but in escape--escape from the earth to heaven, escape from the suffering of this world, escape even from one another. Christianity is increasingly understood as something personal, conceptual, interior, private, neighborless. If Jesus was God incarnate, the church is in danger of being excarnate.Michael Frost expertly and prophetically exposes the gap between the faith we profess and the faith we practice. And he offers new hope for how the church can fulfill its vocation: the hands and feet of Christ to one another and to our neighbors, to the ends of the earth and to the end of the age.
Michael Frost (D.Min) is Vice-Principal and Professor of Evangelism and Missions at Morling College in Sydney, Australia - and a Baptist Minister. He is the author of Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture; Jesus the Fool: The Mission of the Unconventional Christ; Seeing God in the Ordinary: A Theology of the Everyday and the co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church and ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church.