Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement

Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement

by Michael Frost


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  • 12th Annual Outreach Resource of the Year Recommendation (Missional Church)
  • 2014 Best Book of Missional Theology, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore

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: to be 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830844173
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 03/10/2014
Pages: 239
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Frost is the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study center at Morling College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of more than a dozen books.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Defleshing the Human Experience

1 Rootless, Disengaged and Screen Addicted

2 The Schizophrenic Sense of Self

3 Wandering Aimlessly in a Moral Minefield

4 The Moral Ambiguity of Our Time

5 Religion as an Embodied Experience

6 Learning Embodiment from the Master

7 Desire, Idolatry and Discipleship

8 We Are Spirited Bodies

9 Mission in the Excarnate Age

10 Defying Church-World Dualism

11 Placed Persons

12 Adopting an Incarnational Posture

13 The First Page of the End of Despair

14 Getting There

Epilogue: Christ in Us and We in Christ


What People are Saying About This

Dwight J. Friesen

"In a culture obsessed with practices, technologies and forms of entertainment that distance us from what is most real-and-true human experience, Michael Frost wisely takes us back to the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ. Incarnate teases out the real-world implications of the embodied presence of God in Jesus Christ as the missional key for the body of Christ. Essential reading for faith communities seeking to follow Jesus into loving God by loving neighbors."

David Fitch

"We are all facing it—the rootless, disembodied, cyber-based existence of today's modern world. We are struggling to live amidst flat landscapes that separate mind from body from soul. In Incarnate Michael Frost shows us how this world defies the incarnation. He unfolds the glories of returning to the body as the place where God has come in Christ to restore our lives. His writing couldn't be more inspired. His book couldn't be more timely."

Alan Hirsch

"With this book my comrade Michael Frost emerges as not only an already acclaimed missiologist but also as a deeply prophetic cultural interpreter for the church in our time. I have always felt that this was the book Mike was destined to write, and I think the reader will soon agree. Profound and important!"

John M. Perkins

"God has always desired to have his presence with us—the wholeness of his presence in and among us. It is sin that interrupts that presence. But in redemption that interruption has been removed. Incarnate will take the Christian community to the cutting edge of where the Spirit of God is pulling us to go. It is a significant book for a significant time."

Phyllis Tickle

"Once again, renowned Australian missiologist Michael Frost delivers up a rich and wide-ranging combination of astute commentary and informed critique. His central theme—a lament over our increasingly disincarnate lives—is balanced perfectly by his firm and salvific call to all of us to rediscover and reclaim our Judeo-Christian heritage as 'spirited bodies.'"

Neil Cole

"This timely book is about more than simply becoming better Christians, it is about making the world a better place. With biting commentary and insightful critique of society—as well as the church's posture in it—this book may be Mike's best to date (and that says a lot). It is well researched and thoughtful in its summation. I am recommending it to all that I work with to help frame our true mission. We have needed this book for a long time, and I am so glad it is finally here."

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