It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian  -     By: Tod Bolsinger
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It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian

Brazos Press / 2004 / Paperback

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In this book, Tod Bolsinger challenges Christians to embrace Trinitarian spirituality as the basis for exceptional Christian community. Focusing on daily living, this book engages the ideas of writers such as John Calvin and Richard Foster in a discussion of how living in light of the Trinity can transform communal life. Critiquing the myth of American individualism, Bolsinger claims that a relationship-centered, sacramental life--receiving the presence of God revealed in the ordinary--will transform communal worship and witness. In a world full of spiritual seeks, Christianity is simply not as creditable as we might hope, says Bolsinger. To draw hungry seekers to Christian community, we must be conduits of divine love and ever-hospitable hosts. This book is designed for pastors, worship leaders, evangelist, and other church leaders. It is important reading for all Christians--those who are called to embrace the communitarian life of the triune God.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Brazos Press
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1587430894
ISBN-13: 9781587430893
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Tod Bolsinger challenges Christians to rediscover the essential nature of God as a Triune community. By doing so, says Bolsinger, the church will recover its vitality as a truly life-transforming communion.

Focusing on daily living issues, the book engages writers including John Calvin and Richard Foster. Reclaiming a true trinitarian practical theology will allow Christians to reawaken and nourish a spirituality that is communal, not merely consumerist or individualistic. It will create Christian communities in which God transforms believers together into the likeness of Christ.

It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian is designed for pastors, worship leaders, evangelists, and other church leaders.

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Tod E. Bolsinger is senior pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church in San Clemente, California, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Author: Tod Bolsinger
Located in: San Clemente, CA
Submitted: March 15, 2004

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am the Senior Pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church, an adjunct professor for Fuller Theological Seminary. I am married and have two children, as well as a St. Bernard named "Huge" and a cat named "Mad Max".

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I wanted to extend the dialogue about the church beyond methods of growth and evangelism to help pastors and church leaders develop a vision for an authentic and life-transforming Christian community.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  A renewed vision and passion for forming authentic, healthy and holy local churches. Practical helps in how to make worship, the teaching of the Word and witness to the world both more consistent with the character of God and more relevant to spiritual seekers.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I was greatly influenced by Emil Brunner's book The Misunderstanding of the Church, the writings of Miroslav Volf, Dallas Willard, Henri Nouwen, and especially John Calvin. This book is offered as a kind of coffee shop conversation with these scholars, mega-church leaders, and spiritual seekers.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  If Bill Hybels is correct that the "local church is the hope of the world" then it is imperative that the church be all God intended it to be. My message is "As God is, the Church should be. The more the Church is like God, the more Christians will be like Christ."

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