4 Stars Out Of 5
A Call for Christians to Be Transformative Agents
May 27, 2011
richard r blake
Age: Over 65
"Christ among the Dragons: Finding Our Way through Cultural Changes" is timely with an important message for Evangelical Christian leader, Clerical and lay alike. In a clarion call for polarization and unity James Emery White addresses four important issues facing the Christian church today: The nature of truth and orthodoxy (the loss of absolutes, Cultural engagement and the evangelistic enterprise, (transformative agents actively engaged versus functional retreat) Christian community and civility, and the identity and character of the church.
In his overview of what is happening in the in the evangelical church White reminds the reader of the role Jesus describes as being the Salt of the Earth. He likens the role of the pastor as one being charged with "shepherding a community." He calls attention to the departure from those things that originally bonded evangelicals together: A network of common social concerns and Para church organizations, and a strong spokesperson uniting evangelical Christians in the cause of evangelism. White maintains the importance of adhering to tradition and principle and being grounded in the scriptures while taking a more aggressive stance in becoming culturally relevant.
White writes with genuine conviction as he leads the reader to a hunger for a deeper engagement in Christ thought as demonstrated within the members of his own church. I appreciate his articulate, intellectual approach in writing. He understands today's culture and man's inner needs, truth and orthodoxy. He boldly takes a stand on the importance of uniting in an intentional global effort of reaching out with love and grace in a renewed effort of taking the message and mission of the gospel to a new generation.
James Emery White reweaves the relevance of truth, theology, and relevance into the every day fabric of the church in his book "Christ among the Dragons." An important and timely message.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes with no obligation to post a positive review.