If you’re not careful, Lauterbach’s book just might cause a paradigm shift in how you think about grace and the gospel, as well as how you think about the church.
Despite the disproportionate space given to them, the alleged weaknesses are relatively peripheral to McCune’s thesis, which he argues convincingly.
Discipline with Care is a good book on church discipline that will strengthen churches by promoting their holy witness.
Multiple-views books like this provide a perfect opportunity—an opportunity neither book fully makes good on—to set the record straight about positions that are not mutually exclusive.
Emergents, I plead with you, please read those aspects of the book carefully and with open hearts.
Skip it and go read something by David Wells.
I found myself deeply encouraged by the reflections of this life-long pastor, who has been such a clear gift to Christ’s church.
You may find this book helpful if you are a church planter, particularly in urban environment, but you’ll need to buttress it with books that have a more solid biblical ecclesiology.
Kimball’s book provides good insight into how some non-Christians think, and readers will be challenged by his excellent diagnostic questions at the end of each chapter.
This book is a useful prod for anyone who treats Christianity as if it only means intellectually assenting to a set of facts, but not something that changes your life.
The book’s theology is an unbiblical and incoherent synthesis which might be described as popularized Christian anarchism for young, disaffected, middle-class Americans.
Which brings me to my question: why would the church scramble to take advice from someone who does not share its faith?
I think that a less-than-biblical philosophy of ministry shines through at certain points, so read with discernment.
Read the book to be more conversant with the young people of your congregations. But I would not recommend it for basic ecclesiological strategy.
Does your home have the aroma of Christ? This book should help provoke that question.