Book Review: The Rabbit and the Elephant: Why Small Is the New Big for Today’s Church, by Tony Dale and George BarnaReview by Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: A New Evangelical Liberalism | 03.01.2010
Though The Rabbit and the Elephant is about the church, there is little explanation of what the church is beyond a series of interconnected relationships.
Maybe small churches do have a lot to offer. This is the heart of Benton’s message, and I think it is worth listening to.
If there’s no steady diet of biblical theology, what do our churches and church members really lose?
Which came first: the seeker-sensitive service philosophy or a commitment to sound biblical exposition?
The New Testament doesn’t seem to pronounce a chasm between teaching or preaching and leadership, yet some church leaders and church growth specialists do.
Will the seeker-sensitive model ultimately be unable to keep up with the culture?
Does God leave churches to decide how to conduct their own worship services?
What were my goals for the day? I wanted to begin shepherding the congregation.
The glory of God is the goal of all of life, isn’t it? Is there a goal in preaching that is unique to preaching?
Yes, the preacher should be sensitive to the unchurched. But if we target the unchurched alone, the message may be lost or so diluted that God’s people become malnourished.