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Some pastors preach boring sermons. Some church music is dull. But here’s the thing: If Jesus had been boring, the disciples wouldn’t have followed him and the Pharisees wouldn’t have killed him. So if you’re bored, don’t waste another minute. If your church service feels like a failed pep rally that never leads to the actual game, then it’s time for you to follow Jesus onto the field where the opposition is real and the stakes are extraordinary. It will get messy. It won’t always be comfortable. But you’ll make a difference. And you’ll discover that nobody’s bored out there. Nobody.
|Publisher:||David C Cook|
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About the Author
John Hambrick is part of the leadership team at Buckhead Church (the urban campus of North Point Community Church). His experience in Pakistan, London, South Africa, and inner-city Los Angeles has given him a unique perspective on what God is doing in the world. Move Toward the Mess is his first book. John and his wife, Patty, have two children and reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Foreword by Andy Stanley IntroductionPart I: Perspectives and Profiles Chapter 1: Former Chairman of the Bored Chapter 2: The Heart of the Matter Chapter 3: Simon’s Dinner Party Chapter 4: Hot Dogs and Prayers Chapter 5: You Are Here Chapter 6: Buildings in Belfast Chapter 7: The Great Imposter Chapter 8: Staying in Pakistan Chapter 9: Change Your Mind, Change Your World Chapter 10: No More Bored KidsPart II: Two CEOs and Some Practical Advice Chapter 11: Bob Creson and Wycliffe Bible Translators Chapter 12: Where to Start Chapter 13: Work Together Chapter 14: Jim Reese and Atlanta Mission Chapter 15: The Change Agent Chapter 16: Do I Have to Quit My Day Job? Chapter 17: The Big B Chapter 18: Do Something Now
What People are Saying About This
"John Hambrick challenges North American and Western Christians to do the very thing most of us studiously avoid: move toward the messiest people and situations in life. John's book will challenge you to do the very thing you least feel like doing. In the process, you might discover the two things you so desperately need: transformation and Christ."Carey Nieuwhof, author and pastor of Connexus Church
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This week I read Move Toward the Mess by John Hambrick. Its two hundred or so engaging pages are written in the vein of Love Does by Bob Goff, Radical by David Platt, and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. (If you've read any or all of those and don't think this one will offer a new perspective, don't worry. It's a new perspective, written in a fresh way, and worth reading.) The title of this book swept me off my feet. "Yes!" my heart cried. I want to move toward messy people. That is my calling and the calling of all the saints. The interesting thing about messes is that we are surrounded by them. We don't have to go hunt them down or travel the world. Messes don't just exist in huts and villages or in war-torn nations. Messes are here and now: up the street, in our church, in our city. John Hambrick does an amazing job focusing on the heart attitude rather than the actions that we are to take on. Jesus moved toward the messes, and we too shouldn't be afraid of them. The same spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives inside of all believers. The people the church marginalizes are the ones we should be reaching. Jesus didn't eat with the church people. He ate with sinners. Move Toward the Mess challenges readers to take action. It reminds us that nothing Jesus did was boring! If he had been boring, he wouldn't have had followers or enemies or have been killed. I give Move Toward the Mess 4/5 stars (I LOVED IT).