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As a pastor for over thirty years, Atteberry gets to the bottom of some tough questions. Why are so many churches not growing? Why are our efforts to serve God so woefully ineffective? Why do Christians have so little credibility in the eyes of the world? All too often, it's because of dumb moves like: winning people to the church rather than to the Lord, living below the level of our beliefs, speaking above the level of our knowledge, church hopping, and allowing wolves to live among the sheep. This well-reasoned, Scripture-supported treatise is a timely wake-up call for all Christians, including preachers and other leaders who have no idea how much damage they're doing. Includes questions for personal reflection or group discussion.
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2006
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Author and pastor Mark Atteberry takes a fresh look at why believers' efforts to serve God are often woefully ineffective. These dumb things explain why the world has a hard time taking us seriously, and worst of all, they provide Satan with a never ending supply of opportunities to make the people of God look foolish.
Mark is also a jazz saxophonist and has performed for many years as a solo artist, in small groups, and in big bands. In addition to preaching, Mark plays sax every Sunday in the horn section of the dynamic Poinciana Christian Church worship band and is often a featured jazz soloist.
In 1975, Mark married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn. They have one daughter, Michelle.
The ten practices he highlights in the book are: Slinging Mud on the Bride of Christ, Winning People to the Church Rather Than to the Lord, Living Below the Level of Our Beliefs, Speaking Above the Level of Our Knowledge, Hopping from Church to Church, Fighting Among Ourselves, Missing Golden Opportunities, Settling for Mediocrity, Allowing Wolves to Live Among the Sheep, and Accepting the Unacceptable.
Every chapter defines the problem and gives an enumerated list as to the consequences of each problem. Each chapter then concludes with a number of practical considerations that will help believers to avoid the mistake caught in Atteberrys crosshairs.
His chapters are full of personal illustrations, contemporary stories from current trends, and news accounts. His years of pastoral experience and stories of trial are well told. I would readily assume that each of these chapters was part of a sermon series Pastor Attebury preached in his congregation.
The 10 Dumbest Things could be a good book to give to new members before they join the church. Perhaps the church would, in a winsome and pointed way, cause incoming church members to carefully consider their behavior and motives and the impact they have on the life and witness of the church. If you are looking for a book heavy with biblical references or major portions of biblical exposition, The 10 Dumbest Things Christians Do will disappoint you. If you would like a light and practical book based on solid biblical principles that will humorously but also seriously address behavior among Gods people that is distracting from the message of Christ, this book will encourage you. Bret Capranica, Christian Book Previews.com
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