Your Church Is Too Safe: Why Following Christ Turns the World Upside-Down  -     By: Mark Buchanan
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Your Church Is Too Safe: Why Following Christ Turns the World Upside-Down

Zondervan / 2012 / Hardcover

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'These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.' -- Acts 17:6

That was the startled cry, circa 50 AD, from a hastily assembled mob in Thessalonica. Paul and Silas had been arrested for preaching the gospel. They were viewed as revolutionaries, dangerous men who were upsetting the status quo and inciting riots. But they were just two ordinary men, walking in the power of God, sharing a simple message of his love and grace. It's been a while since we've seen the likes of this.

If you ever find church boring or you believe something is missing from our churches today, you aren't alone. Mark Buchanan believes there is a visible gap between the life Jesus offered to us and the life we're living, between the church Jesus envisioned and the church we see today. When Jesus announced that the Kingdom was at hand, this can't be what he meant.

Instead of counting everything loss to be found in Christ, we've made it our priority to be safe instead of dangerous, nice instead of holy. Author and pastor Mark Buchanan believes that we need to recover a simple idea: that God meant his church to be both good news and bad news, an aroma and a stench -- a disruptive force to whoever or whatever opposes the Kingdom of God and a healing, liberating power to those who seek it.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310331234
ISBN-13: 9780310331230
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Your Church is Too Safe is a biblical reflection and roadmap to making the earthly church more like the heavenly Kingdom it is called to represent. Part celebration and part manifesto, this pull-no-punches book by veteran pastor Mark Buchanan is a plea for churches to return to their roots: to be both good news and bad news, an aroma and a stench … a disruptive force to whoever or whatever opposes the Kingdom of God.

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Mark Buchanan is a pastor, award-winning author, and father of three who lives with his wife, Cheryl, on the West Coast of Canada. Educated at the University of British Columbia and Regent College, his work has been published in numerous periodicals, including Christianity Today, Books and Culture, Leadership Journal, and Discipleship Magazine. He is the author of six books: Your God Is Too Safe, Things Unseen, The Holy Wild, The Rest of God, Hidden in Plain Sight, and Spiritual Rhythm.

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Mark Buchanan is an artist. I do not use that term lightly, because it is quite an honor to be considered an artist. The way that Buchanan uses words to imprint visions of the kingdom of God in his writing earn him that title though, and perhaps he has never written better, or more artfully, than in his most recent book entitled Your Church Is Too Safe.


Mark loves the church. He has, however, like many church leaders and parishioners, discovered that the church has become too tame. Buchanan believes that the Church has become compromised to the world's standards. He believes that it has become so distracted with doing the business that churches do that it has failed to attend to its true calling to build and live the kingdom of God here on earth.


In order to address these concerns about the church's ability to lose its way, Buchanan begins to paint pictures of what a kingdom of God based church looks like. Throughout Your Church is Too Safe, Buchanan exegetes Scripture, tells stories, and shares personal testimonies. By the end of each chapter, the reader begins to get a glimpse of the kinds of churches and the kinds of Christians God is calling us to be instead of just the people we are.


The second part of his goal, which is woven through the book, and expressed more explicitly in some parts of Your Church is Too Safe than others, is that we as Christians are going to have to move away from those "safe" places where we feel comfortable and take the risks to live in a way that dares the Spirit to work in powerful ways through our lives. We will not be the church God wants to use if we do what feels normal, safe, comfortable, and easy. Over and over again, we are going to have to stretch into places where we might not feel safe, say things that are not easy, and sacrifice in ways that are uncomfortable to be used by God in mighty ways.

All in all, I found Your Church Is Too Safe convicting, inspiring, and encouraging. I have marked up several of the stories to go back to and revisit and reread. I found myself often putting the book down to ponder what was said, and just absorb what the Spirit was saying to me through it. I think that many other readers will do the same as I have. For this reason, I recommend this book to just about anyone. - Clint Walker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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