For churches that already have an expositional ministry, this book will be richly encouraging because we all struggle to live out being the body of Christ.
I know of no other tool that compares with Window on the World for teaching kids and parents to pray together with God’s heart for the nations.
Taken together, the two books constitute a clarion call to the evangelical church in America, as it adapts to its marginalized status in post-modern culture.
In short, Vibrant Church provides a very useful tool for strengthening, energizing, and equipping God’s people for the 21st century.
Does Christianity have am “image problem”?
Simple Church is not a bad book. It just strikes me as an unnecessary book. It points church leaders in the wrong direction—statistical research.
Rather than criticize the book’s handling of Scripture and understanding of the church, let’s just get to the bottom line: should you read this book? No.
An appeal to pragmatic results in order to justify a practice undermines the authority and sufficiency of Scripture.
Like so many before and beside him, Simson believes we need a major reformulation of the church’s life and structure.
It appears that for Scazzero, the evidences of being a true believer are different from those of Scripture.
The church of Christ can survive both bad books and bad reviews. Perhaps in this case, it will have to survive both.
You can either shape your ministry to address the needs and desires of young adults, or you can shape your prophetic challenge to the specific weaknesses of your context.
Despite the disproportionate space given to them, the alleged weaknesses are relatively peripheral to McCune’s thesis, which he argues convincingly.
Skip it and go read something by David Wells.
I think that a less-than-biblical philosophy of ministry shines through at certain points, so read with discernment.