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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Brazos Press
Publication Date: 2004
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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.
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."