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More Ready Than You Realize

Brian Mclaren

More Ready Than You Realize

Brian Mclaren

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WARNING: This is not just another book on evangelism. This book contains fresh, encouraging, challenging, groundbreaking, and doable ideas you'll want to share with your pastor, your small group or class, your board, or your parachurch organization.OUT: Evangelism as sales pitch, as conquest, as warfare, as ultimatum, as threat, as proof, as argument, as entertainment, as show, as monologue, as something you have to do.IN: Disciple-making as conversation, as friendship, as influence, as invitation, as companionship, as challenge, as opportunity, as conversation, as dance, as something you get to do.You're more ready for this than you realize, and so are your friends!

- Publisher WARNING: This is not just another book on evangelism. It's a simple idea of evangelism through friendship first, and the opportunities to share your faith that follow. It will bring friendships you already have to a new levels, and create opportunities for new, authentic friendships with those you will eventually meet. OUT: Evangelism as sales pitch, as conquest, as warfare, as ultimatum, as threat, as proof, as argument, as entertainment, as show, as monologue, as something you have to do. IN: Disciple-making as conversation, as friendship, as influence, as invitation, as companionship, as challenge, as opportunity, as conversation, as dance, as something you get to do. You're more ready for this than you realize, and so are your friends!

- Publisher

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About "More Ready Than You Realize"

WARNING: This is not just another book on evangelism. This book contains fresh, encouraging, challenging, groundbreaking, and doable ideas you'll want to share with your pastor, your small group or class, your board, or your parachurch organization.OUT: Evangelism as sales pitch, as conquest, as warfare, as ultimatum, as threat, as proof, as argument, as entertainment, as show, as monologue, as something you have to do.IN: Disciple-making as conversation, as friendship, as influence, as invitation, as companionship, as challenge, as opportunity, as conversation, as dance, as something you get to do.You're more ready for this than you realize, and so are your friends!
- Publisher

WARNING: This is not just another book on evangelism. It's a simple idea of evangelism through friendship first, and the opportunities to share your faith that follow. It will bring friendships you already have to a new levels, and create opportunities for new, authentic friendships with those you will eventually meet. OUT: Evangelism as sales pitch, as conquest, as warfare, as ultimatum, as threat, as proof, as argument, as entertainment, as show, as monologue, as something you have to do. IN: Disciple-making as conversation, as friendship, as influence, as invitation, as companionship, as challenge, as opportunity, as conversation, as dance, as something you get to do. You're more ready for this than you realize, and so are your friends!
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Brian Mclaren

Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. He's also a senior fellow with emergent village(www.emergentvillage.org), a growing generative friendship of missional Christian leaders.

He is the author of three best selling books on Emergent beliefs written in the form of fiction The Last Word and the Word after That; A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey and The Story We Find Ourselves In: Further Adventures of a New Kind of Christian.

Two books on Finding Faith, A Search for what is Real and A Search for What makes Sense

Three books on Emergent evangelism and culture, More Ready than you Realise; The Church on the other side: Doing ministry in the Postmodern matrix, and A Is for Abductive: The Language of the Emerging Church

Three books on Kingdom beliefs, A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, and Everything must change: Jesus, Global Crisis and a Revolution of Hope. and a book on Emergent Spirituality Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices .

Table Of Contents

  • Acknowledgments | 9
  • Introduction | 11
  • 1.i Read Your Book This Morning | 19
  • 2.closed-minded And Bigoted And Brainwashed
  • And Everything Bad | 29
  • 3.three Realizations | 38
  • 4.err . . . I'll Deal With It Later | 43
  • 5.the Modern View Of Christianity Vs.
  • The Postmodern View | 52
  • 6.reaching Christians For Christ | 59
  • 7.there's No Conflict In My Mind | 63
  • 8.it Hasn't Been An Issue Yet, But It Will Be | 68
  • 9.i Must Be Interpreting It Wrong, Right?
  • (or, Why Am I Even Trying To Like This?) | 72
  • 10.well, Neither Did Jesus | 77
  • 1 1.the Idea Of Playing For And Through God | 83
  • 12.on The Verge Of Tears . . . Since I Woke Up | 92
  • 13.more Ready Than You Realize | 97
  • 14.event And Process | 103

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Misses the mark
2 stars By Robert, Sep 03 2012
McLaren presents a case-study of his friendship with a post-modern seeker, extracting insights from this that he contends could revolutionise evangelism. McLaren argues that evangelism is about responding to people's experiences, but he tells us little about the Gospel message, unfortunately. He demonstrates that rapidly presenting the Gospel rarely has any lasting effect. Instead, questioning should be encouraged.

McLaren falls short of achieving his goal of cultural engagement, writing as if post-modernism dominates the world today. Instead of seeing post-modernism as a threat to Christian truth, McLaren embraces it as a good approach, since we only see in part anyway. Tragically, however, he fails to realise that this requires a shift from post-modern suspicion to a more amenable humility. And even more tellingly, is it true that society has moved decisively from modernism to post-modernism?

The book's critical failure is its lack of theological depth. On page 34, McLaren lists many competing ideas of God. His point is that God transcends categories and is more amenable to post-modernism which constantly questions. However, he never provides any biblical basis for this. He says that God is "alive and out of the box" (page 64), but why should we agree with him (Luke 20:3, anyone?). This is a major shortcoming. In his eight factors in chapter 18, none of them focus on searching the Bible in order to know Christ. Overall, the book recommends a subjective approach to the Gospel; one that is only tangentially interested in the Bible's teaching.
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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 186768
  • Product Code 0310239648
  • EAN 9780310239642
  • UPC 025986239640
  • Pages 208
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category Evangelism
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Jan 2002
  • Sales Rank #18049
  • Dimensions 181 x 127 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.154kg

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