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Has the contemporary evangelical church given away much of what it means to be the body of Christ? Indeed it has, argues David Fitch. The North American church has largely conceded its unique calling by relinquishing traditional church functions and adopting modern methods. As a result, the church's role in spiritual formation, leadership, worship, and other essential functions has become barely ...
Has the contemporary evangelical church given away much of what it means to be the body of Christ? Indeed it has, argues David Fitch. The North American church has largely conceded its unique calling by relinquishing traditional church functions and adopting modern methods. As a result, the church's role in spiritual formation, leadership, worship, and other essential functions has become barely distinguishable from other societal institutions.
The Great Giveaway examines the many practices of the church, details how each has been compromised by modernity, and offers suggestions for how the church might recover these practices in a biblically faithful manner.
|Introduction : the great giveaway : toward a postmodern evangelical ecclesiology||13|
|How evangelicals give away ...|
|1||Our definition of success||27|
|When going from ten to a thousand members in five years is the sign of a sick church|
|Saving souls beyond modernity : how evangelism can save the church and make it "relevant" again|
|When evangelical pastors end up in moral failure : the missing link between the pastorate and the virtues|
|4||The production of experience||95|
|Why worship takes practice : toward a worship that forms truthful minds and faithful experience (not merely reinforces the ones we walked in with)|
|5||The preaching of the word||127|
|The myth of expository preaching : why we must do more than wear scrolls on our foreheads|
|6||Justice (our understanding of)||153|
|Practicing redeemed economics : Christian community in but not of capitalism|
|The need for more preaching (and penance) in the psychologist's office, or why therapy never should have left the church in the first place|
|Evangelicals and the training of our children to be good Americans : the example of character education in the public schools|
|Conclusion : let us return to the practices||227|
Posted June 30, 2009
This book was recommended at a service I attended recently, and it blew my mind. It's like David Fitch (the author) had been listening to my complaints about the megachurch I've been attending for years. He critiques the modern church for refusing to take more literally the practice of being the Body of Christ, instead employing business formulas and models to grow their numbers (and their budgets). He also criticizes the palming off of issues that should be resolved in the church itself (by its members), by encouraging members to use therapists or counseling centers linked to the church, which often results in a lack of conflict resolution and the dismissal of important issues. There's a lot here and it's very thought-provoking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2011
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