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May 15, 2010
I'm a student of church history and this book is right on the mark. The reviewers who gave it poor reviews have done so for the following reasons: 1. they do not know their history and want to defend practices that are clearly non christian in origin. 2. they are stuck in tradition and have put that above the testimony of scripture 3. they are conventiently overlooking the fact that this book is not a complete work but only the first part of a discussion that "Reimagining Church" and "Finding Organic Church" complete.The book is well written, historically accurate, but challenging because it exposes sacred cows that have no basis in the teaching of Jesus or the new testament literature. if you are an open minded christian who wants to follow God's Word, read the book. if you are close minded and are unteachable, keep your traditions and don't bother being challenged.
Clearly an attack on organized Church. Mr. Viola reflects his lack of study in the areas of church history and basic exegesis. He ignores the facts and takes things out of context. I was disappointed because I really believe the church needs major change but this was not the way.
This is a great book. Very well written and documented. I disagree with the last reviewer. The book deals with where the modern pastor office came from and discusses elders in the process. It's good treatment of it. The sequel, Reimagining Church, goes into much more detail on what church should and can look like today. The chapters on church leadership are outstanding. I highly recommend both books.
After reading this book I found it interesting but lacked integrity in the aspect of dealing with biblical elders in the local church and their called out duties to Oversee, Shepherd, and work hard at preaching and teaching as taught in God's word. It seem to me that brother Frank and George have authority issues, and would rather propegate their views that are basicly under the heading of unsound doctrine regarding the order and form of church gatherings and fellowsip. If one followed theit bias against biblical eldersip, we would have chaos and confusion. I do agree with their take on the false and made made and demonic influences that have crept into the church and passed off as biblical. An interesting read but warn you of their bias negatives toward true biblical eldershiip.