It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian
Tod Bolsinger challenges Christians to rediscover the essential nature of God as a Triune community. By doing so, says Bolsinger, the church will recover its vitality as a truly life-transforming communion. Focusing on daily living issues, the book engages writers...
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Tod Bolsinger challenges Christians to rediscover the essential nature of God as a Triune community. By doing so, says Bolsinger, the church will recover its vitality as a truly life-transforming communion. Focusing on daily living issues, the book engages writers including John Calvin and Richard Foster. Reclaiming a true trinitarian practical theology will allow Christians to reawaken and nourish a spirituality that is communal, not merely consumerist or individualistic. It will create Christian communities in which God transforms believers together into the likeness of Christ. It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian is designed for pastors, worship leaders, evangelists, and other church leaders.
"This is an extraordinary book about exceptional living enabled by an authentic church. In a remarkable way, Tod Bolsinger explains, in fresh contemporary language, the majesty of the Triune God and the magnitude of his spectacular intention for our communion with him and one another. Here is a penetrating analysis of culture, a bracing confrontation with the most alarming failure of local congregations, and an impelling description of the open secret we are missing in the 21st century. I highly recommend this book."--Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie"Bolsinger proves himself a reliable guide to living exceptional lives. His sustained reflection on the doctrine of the Trinity and its impact on our life together is persuasive and powerful. He makes it all sing."--Rev. Jack Roeda, Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, Michigan"It's not often that a writer combines in equal measure a practical theologian's expertise, a pastor's ministry experience, and a prophet's insight into contemporary culture. It's more unusual when he can blend all three with a style that is both absorbing and challenging. In this book, however, Tod Bolsinger has done it, and on a topic that should be of interest to us all--how, for the sake of the world, the church can more compellingly reflect the life, interrelationships, and energy of God in all his fullness."--Robert Banks, Macquarie University (Australia)"Tod Bolsinger knows that if God is a trinitarian community in which three are finally one, then proclaiming this God requires churches that are likewise communities deeply united in Word and sacrament. Chock-full of vivid illustrations, this lively book reminds the contemporary church that nothing may eclipse the goal of being transparent to that zestful Trinity of Persons whose effervescent mutual love is the only hope we can offer to a world dying of loneliness."--Rev. Scott Hoezee, Calvin Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan "The Apostle Peter was talking to you. In specific, clear, easy-to-understand language that can be understood and acted upon two thousand years later. With good humor and wonderful illustrations, Tod Bolsinger unpacks the practical, life-changing directions Christ's rock laid out. Do yourself and your family and friends a great spiritual favor: Buy and read this book."--Hugh Hewitt
Tod E. Bolsinger is senior pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church in San Clemente, California, where he lives with his wife and two children.