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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2009
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"Working out his ideas in the crucible of pastoral ministry, Jim Belcher proposes fascinating new ways to arbitrate today's disputes by appealing to the Great Tradition. Read it and learn how your church can go deeper."
" Deep Church is a thoughtful, helpful and practical addition to the growing field of missional church thinking."
"Viewing Christianity and culture through the lens of the Reformed--and reforming--tradition, Jim Belcher judiciously assesses the divide between liberal and conservative factions of evangelicalism. Lucidly analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the emerging church as well as of the traditionalists who critique it, Belcher offers an inspirational 'third way,' the 'deep church,' that synthesizes the best of both."
"In Deep Church, Jim Belcher has given us great thoughts about how a church can walk the tightrope between emerging and traditional, between sound doctrine and openness to our culture, between modernism and postmodernism, and between 'belonging before believing' and the importance of 'community in the conversion process.'"
"Jim Belcher's Deep Church calls our attention to the pressing issues of our day to create a 'third language' conversation between the traditional and emergent church movements. Deep Church provides a healthy theological wrestling full of pragmatic wisdom, bringing a renewed perspective of birthing a church today. I highly recommend this book to pastors and lay leaders alike, to consider what the church, God's artwork, is called to become in the coming days."
"Smart, passionate, thoughtful, hopeful and Jesus-centered--this is the Jim Belcher I used to hang out with in the early nineties (like it was so long ago!) at the Huntington--and this is the Jim Belcher in this book. Lots of people are going to find this book very helpful."
" Deep Church takes us beyond just the surface with what is emerging, emergent or traditional and gives us some wonderful insights toward an alternative future."
"Many have written critiques of the emerging church, and some have attempted 'third way' books that attempt to describe a possible best-of-both path between traditional and emerging mindsets and practices. But I think Jim Belcher's book is the first to be truly gracious to both of these oft-contentious perspectives, suggesting a fair and honest critique of both. Belcher has clearly done his homework, and lives--as a lead pastor of a church plant--with one foot in the Reformed, traditional camp, and one foot in the emerging church. This is a great read for any who are tired of straw man arguments and polarization."
"Jim Belcher shows that we don't have to choose between orthodox evangelical doctrine on the one hand, and cultural engagement, creativity and commitment to social justice on the other. This is an important book."
" Deep Church is a narrative of one man's journey of spiritual discovery involving at core a search for a place to stand. Whether you can fully agree with Jim's findings or not, you will find this book to be an accessible, well-articulated, deeply personal and (thankfully) theologically irenic apologetic for the emerging church."
" Deep Church is a carefully balanced and helpfully critical analysis of the emerging church and the numerous negative reactions against it. It is a fair-minded, truly gracious undertaking that speaks the truth in love and charts a clear third way that I sincerely hope will be embraced by a multitude of younger Christian leaders. Only a thoughtful pastor who knows Scripture, the Christian tradition and the modern challenges to mission in our present context could write such an excellent book."
" Deep Church is the book we need--it's a genuine third way. Jim Belcher is poised like no other to evaluate the emerging movement: he knows theology, he loves the church, he cares about twentysomethings, he knows the entire emerging movement, and he remains faithful to theological orthodoxy. Most of all, Deep Church avoids the clamor for extremes. There are only two or three really good books about the emerging movement, and this is the best analysis I've seen."
"Rising above the usual shallow, facile critiques of the emergent church movement, Jim Belcher has written for us a book that, indeed, goes deep. Jim took the time to listen to emergent voices, and as a result, he appreciates the movement for what it is. And, further, his admonitions ring true. While Jim and I have theological differences, I can heartily recommend Deep Church as an invigorating study of and healthy corrective to both the emergent and traditional church."
"As Christians enter the third millennium, they are in the midst of a great reconsideration. They are asking if the forms of church they have inherited are the right forms for the mission in the future. For some, they believe the forms must be rejected and deconstructed. Others seek to defend and restore them. Jim Belcher points a way that ties orthodox theological moorings with creative thinking and missional engagement, providing a helpful guide to thinking about church."
G BarronToronto, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent assessment of the emerging church movemeFebruary 15, 2013G BarronToronto, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
This book is by far the most objective and understandable evaluation of the emerging church I have seen. Jim Belcher not only clearly explains and evaluates postmodernism and the emerging church, but also assesses the traditional church's reaction to them, and suggests a way forward based on his experience with his own church. His extensive knowledge of the subject, his superb communication skills, his commitment to orthodox theology, as well as his gracious attitude towards others, even when he disagrees with them, all combined to make this one of the most helpful books I have read in several years.
Cheryl BertoVancouver, B.C.Age: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5September 1, 2010Cheryl BertoVancouver, B.C.Age: 45-54Gender: female
I highly recommend this book. The author does a great job of outlining the strengths and weaknesses in what he calls the traditional church (what many of us grew up in) and the emerging church. His purpose is to draw the reader to the conclusion that the "deep" church is a better alternative and he does a good job of outlining what that is. He has an obvious bias which may have him looking at the deep church with less critical eyes.Either way, what he has to offer does a great job of stimulating conversation on the issue of how to do church in the 21st Century. I consider it a must read for those who want to understand the issues of postmodern Christianity without the vitriol. It is a really good book.
Ryan Carlson5 Stars Out Of 5May 10, 2010Ryan Carlson
For someone who resonates with many of the same issues the Emerging Church movement has with some in the greater church at large, but has problems with their answers...this is a great read! You might get hung up on thinking Belcher is trying to promote "his way" of doing church and you would miss the whole point...because Redeemer (SoCal) is one of plethora of churches that are or have been taking the "Third Way" for many years.
Christopher Rollwitz5 Stars Out Of 5September 21, 2009Christopher Rollwitz
Deep Church arrived on a Thursday afternoon. I read it cover to cover before I could go to sleep. It answered many of the questions I had regarding the frustrations I have with the traditional mode of church and the hesitancy I have with the emerging church.Jim Belcher seeks to be honest and passionate about both the traditional and emerging modes of worshiping God. You can sense his pastor's heart in his analysis.This is an excellent read if you are looking for an honest approach to a third wave, a possible bridging of the gap between traditional and emerging philosophies of ministry.
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