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 incarnationGod 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 escapeescape 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.
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About the Author
Michael Frost is an internationally recognized Australian missiologist and one of the leading voices in the missional church movement. He is the vice principal of Morling College in Sydney, Australia, and the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study centre located at Morling College. A popular speaker around the world, he has written more than a dozen books including The Shaping of Things to Come, Exiles, The Road to Missional, and Incarnate.
An expert in church planting, Frost cofounded the Forge Mission Training Network with Alan Hirsch. He remains an international director of that movement which is now based in the United States.
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