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The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America - eBook
Multnomah Books / 2010 / ePub
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I recommend The Next Christians, which will give you great insight into the hopes and aspirations of the next generation of Christian leaders.- Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship
When a central challenge to faith is to be both faithful and fresh, Gabe Lyons is a voice I always listen to. - Os Guinness, author of The Last Christian on Earth
A thousand reasons to rejoice here. - Phyllis Tickle, founding religion editor, Publishers Weekly Religion
Gabe Lyons offers hope for Christianitys next one hundred years." - Kevin Kelly, cofounder of Wired magazine
Provocative, yet massively optimistic! - Louie Giglio, pastor and founder of the Passion Movement
Gabe Lyons, a clear voice and a trusted leader, has given us the good news about Jesus followers. - Rob Bell, pastor and author of Velvet Elvis
If I had to pick one leader for the next generation of Christians, it would be Gabe Lyons. - Scot McKnight, New Testament schola
The best book youll read this year. - Margaret Feinberg, author of Scouting the Divine
The Next Christians will challenge us to embrace change as we welcome a fresh move of Gods Spirit. - Sam Rodriguez, National Hispanic Leadership Conference
We're in an important time in Christianity. Leaders are considering the gospel, its implications, and how we might live faithfully in the world we find ourselves. Gabe Lyons is an important voice in that conversation. In The Next Christians, he sets out a vision for Christians making a difference in the world. You should read this book and wrestle with his ideas as we consider together how we might be faithful to the gospel in today's world." - Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research; co-author of Transformation al Church
Lyons (unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters) garnered attention in 2007 with fresh research quantifying evangelical Christianitys image problem among American youth. His newest book aims to restore U.S. evangelicalism by elevating a generation of leaders marked by six traits suitable for a postmodern, pluralistic, post-Christian America. Evangelicals will need to be provoked, not offended; creators, not critics; called, not employed; grounded, not distracted; in community, not alone; and countercultural, not relevant. Lyons surrounds his argument with engaging personal stories; he also draws on the successful community model of William Wilberforces Clapham Hill group, the theology of N.T. Wright and Dallas Willard, andsurprisinglythe sociopolitical strategy of gay rights activists to demonstrate where this youthful evangelicalism is rooted and what effective cultural engagement might look like. Its possible to fault Lyons for his almost exclusively male and predominantly white role models. They dont represent future U.S. generationsevangelical or otherwise. However, for those following what church growth expert C. Peter Wagner called the new apostolic reformation, this is an important book for the shelf. (Oct. 5)Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Praise for The Next Christians and Gabe Lyons
"Gabe Lyons leads an important group of younger Christians who are seeking to avoid both the triumphalism as well as the cultural withdrawal of former generations of believers. We all have a long way to go as we think out how Christ relates to culture in our day. As we do so, we would do well to consider many of the significant insights that Gabe offers in this book."
Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
"The Next Christians is a revolution tightly packaged within a book. As a pastor, it was game changing for me and the people of my church…every person should read it. This is the future!"
John Ortberg, best-selling author and pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
"Gabe Lyons is one of the brightest young Christian leaders Ive worked with and mentored. Ive challenged his thinking; he has challenged mineas he does again with his latest book, The Next Christians. I recommend this book, which will give you great insight into the hopes and aspirations of the next generation of Christian leaders."
Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview
"If I had to pick one leader for the next generation for Christians, it would be Gabe Lyons. If I had to pick one chapter from this book, it would be Relearning Restoration. If I had to pick one sentence it would be this one: Christ didnt come only to save us from something. He wanted to save Christians to something. Gabe Lyons gets it: restoration is the vision for the Next Christians, and Im cheering them on."
Scot McKnight, New Testament scholar and author of The Jesus Creed
"The Next Christians is the best book youll read this year. Filled with stories of hope and grace, its a passionate call to join followers of Jesus everywhere in restoring the faith. You cant afford to miss it!"
Margaret Feinberg, author of Scouting the Divine and The Organic God
"At a time when a central challenge to faith is to be both faithful and fresh, Gabe Lyonss is a voice I always listen to and benefi t from enormously."
Os Guinness, cultural historian and author of The Last Christian on Earth
"It seems an impossible task: restore a 2,000-year-old religion so that it no longer rejects, no longer chases, but actually leads a modern, pluralistic culture running at the speed of Twitter. Gabe Lyons offers hope for Christianitys next one hundred years by profiling the next set of Christians transcending this epic challenge. I found his preview of Christian innovators inspiring post-Christian America persuasive and one of the most encouraging views of Christian faith in recent years."
Kevin Kelly, cofounder of Wired magazine
"The Next Christians is a must-read for anyone seeking to engage a broken world with the healing power of the Gospel. Provocative, yet massively optimistic, Gabe Lyonss message challenges the Christianity vs. Culture paradigm of the recent past with the hopeful template of Christ as restorer of humanity, worked out through a new breed of Jesus followers, who are unashamedly running into the darknessbroken-yet-loved ambassadors for the One who makes all things new."
Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church and founder of the Passion Movement
"What Lyons gives us here, in spades and with proof texts, is the good news about the state of the Good News in tomorrows America. Those who have despaired that even the label Christian might be tarnished beyond credibility, much less affection and influence, will find a thousand reasons to rejoice here. Chock-full of examples and stories, Lyonss work also is full of brilliant insights and piercing applications of traditional verbiage to new ways of being in this world."
Phyllis Tickle, founding religion editor, Publishers Weekly
"Were in an important time in Christianity. Leaders are considering the Gospel, its implications, and how we might live faithfully in the world we find ourselves. Gabe Lyons is an important voice in that conversation. In The Next Christians, he sets out a vision for Christians making a difference in the world. You should read this book and wrestle with his ideas as we consider together how we might be faithful to the Gospel in todays world."
Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research; coauthor of Transformational Church
"The Next Christians is not about rehashing stale debates or reliving the culture wars. It is not about empty ideologies or even about branding a movementit is about reading the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other and listening to God say, Come change the world with me. "
Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and recovering sinner
"Gabe Lyons articulates a fresh and inspiring vision for bringing Christian faith forward in the new cultural paradigm of 21st-century America. May this become the predominant expression of Christianity for an up-and-coming generation of next Christians and those of us who are counting on them."
Tom Krattenmaker, USA Todays Board of Contributors and author of Onward Christian Athletes
"Gabe Lyons is a contemporary innovator who possesses relevant insight and profound foresight relative to Christ, culture, and the next generation of Christians. This must read book will inspire you and guide you to a new place of purposeful passion!"
Charles Jenkins, senior pastor, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
"The prophet Isaiah declared that God would do a new thing. In The Next Christians, Gabe Lyons frames the narrative of a new Christian movement emerging in our lifetime. While addressing the challenges before us, Gabe presents the facilitative platform for the followers of Jesus to reconcile righteousness with justice under a canopy of compassion and love. This book will challenge us to embrace change as we welcome a fresh move of Gods Spirit."
Sam Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
"The Lord has given a great mind and incredible wisdom to Gabe Lyons to be able to speak with such clarity and such understanding of the times. You will be greatly blessed and will desire to turn the next page, only to come to the end and then wish to pass this book along to a good friend so that others can be as informed as you are."
Pastor Johnny Hunt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention
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