Sande has given the church a helpful guide on how the church can better bear out her testimony to the life-changing power of her Savior.
The theology of prayer that Wilkinson teaches in the book is entirely unconnected to the Christian gospel.
This book will help those who are unfamiliar with the biblical idea of hospitality and provide a useful introduction to the concept.
Waltke’s book is useful, and it’s probably worth the price of purchase just for the section on divination and modern practices of “finding God’s will.”
The kind of person who would perhaps benefit most from this book is the skeptic who is sympathetic to the claims of the Jesus Seminar and other similar scholars.
It’s not difficult to see why this book has stayed in print for so long.
Frank Page wants to do nothing less than save struggling, shrinking churches everywhere.
What he doesn’t do, however, is consider the Bible’s framework for understanding the purposes of the church and mandate for spreading the gospel.
Sider, Olson, and Unruh seem to think that the mission of the church is to do all it can to evangelize, meet people’s needs, and transform society.
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.
This book is a very good resource for pastors seeking a spiritually-focused book on leadership.
Once you have read it, give it away. Give it away because a biblical answer to one of these excuses may be the catalyst for calling a wayward sheep home.
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.