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.
How do we remain biblically rooted in our corporate worship of God without becoming culturally irrelevant?
This book is a cogent and succinct summary of the central themes of the life of Jonathan Edwards, and Moody does his best work applying those themes to our present context.
We can be grateful for some of the themes sounded in this book. Still, the lack of urgency about our need to repent and believe in the gospel is a blind-spot in Wright.
Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington have invited the church to the lifelong effort of bringing our beliefs in line with the Bible’s teaching on the atonement in all its eternal glory.