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Your Church is Too Safe

Your Church is Too Safe

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'These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.' -- Acts 17:6 That was the startled cry, circa 50 AD, from a hastily assembled mob in Thessalonica. Paul and Silas had been arrested for preaching the gospel. They were viewed as revolutionaries, dangerous men who were upsetting the status quo and inciting riots. But they were just two ordinary men, walking in the power of God, sharing a simple message of his love and grace. It's been a while since we've seen the likes of this. If you ever find church boring or you believe something is missing from our churches today, you aren't alone. Mark Buchanan believes there is a visible gap between the life Jesus offered to us and the life we're living, between the church Jesus envisioned and the church we see today. When Jesus announced that the Kingdom was at hand, this can't be what he meant. Instead of counting everything loss to be found in Christ, we've made it our priority to be safe instead of dangerous, nice instead of holy. Author and pastor Mark Buchanan believes that we need to recover a simple idea: that God meant his church to be both good news and bad news, an aroma and a stench -- a disruptive force to whoever or whatever opposes the Kingdom of God and a healing, liberating power to those who seek it.

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About "Your Church is Too Safe"

'These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.' -- Acts 17:6 That was the startled cry, circa 50 AD, from a hastily assembled mob in Thessalonica. Paul and Silas had been arrested for preaching the gospel. They were viewed as revolutionaries, dangerous men who were upsetting the status quo and inciting riots. But they were just two ordinary men, walking in the power of God, sharing a simple message of his love and grace. It's been a while since we've seen the likes of this. If you ever find church boring or you believe something is missing from our churches today, you aren't alone. Mark Buchanan believes there is a visible gap between the life Jesus offered to us and the life we're living, between the church Jesus envisioned and the church we see today. When Jesus announced that the Kingdom was at hand, this can't be what he meant. Instead of counting everything loss to be found in Christ, we've made it our priority to be safe instead of dangerous, nice instead of holy. Author and pastor Mark Buchanan believes that we need to recover a simple idea: that God meant his church to be both good news and bad news, an aroma and a stench -- a disruptive force to whoever or whatever opposes the Kingdom of God and a healing, liberating power to those who seek it.
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Meet the Author

Mark Buchanan

Mark Buchanan is an author and pastor living on Vancouver Island with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, Adam, Sarah, and Nicola. Mark holds a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Vancouvers Regent College.

He reads widely. He enjoys gardening, woodworking, fishing, cycling and scuba diving. He can often be found swimming in the clear, warm rivers of Vancouver Island, or drinking strong coffee in one of its many coffee houses. He regularly plays squash, poorly, and occasionally golfs, disastrously.

Mark is a popular conference and retreat speaker, but his deep love is the local church. He has published in several magazines and journals, including Christianity Today, Books & Culture, The Christian Century, Leadership Journal, Discipleship Journal, and others. He has written five books, Your God is Too Safe; Things Unseen; The Holy Wild; The Rest of God; and, most recently, Hidden in Plain Sight.

He is working on a novel
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Table Of Contents

  • ?introduction - What Are You Arguing About? (included)
  • ?chapter 1- My Church Is Too Safe (but Is Becoming More Dangerous)
  • ?chapter 2 - They Risked Their Lives: The Early Church And The World
  • ?chapter 3 - Sons Of Thunder: Why Anger Makes Us Too Safe
  • ?chapter 4 -- Three Ways To Be The Church
  • ?chapter 5 - How To Survive A Shipwreck
  • ?chapter 6 -- Ten Men From Every Tribe
  • ?chapter 7 - Radical Welcome: Extending It, Receiving It
  • ?chapter 8 -- The Tale Of Two Communities
  • ?chapter 9 -- Words Made Flesh And Living Among Us
  • ?chapter 10 -- When Clean And Unclean Touch
  • ?chapter 11 -- Break The Roof: Becoming A Church For All Nations
  • ?chapter 12 -- Being One For The Sake Of The World
  • ?chapter 13 -- Healing In Our Wings
  • ?chapter 14 -- Even The Sparrows: For Whom The Church Must Be Safe
  • ?conclusion -- Breaking Walls And Building Them

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  • Catalogue Code 336310
  • Product Code 9780310331230
  • ISBN 0310331234
  • EAN 9780310331230
  • Pages 240
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Mar 2012
  • Sales Rank #42520
  • Dimensions 222 x 146 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.399kg

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