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"What happens when you bring together one of the most misunderstood subjects (love) and one of the most ignored practices (church membership and discipline) in the church today? A book like this one. Unlike the generation raised on Mr. Spock's child-rearing advice, the Good Shepherd cares for his flock by loving discipline. There is a lot of talk these days about radical discipleship, but what we need more today is a lot more ordinary discipleship, where we realize not only in theory but in practice what it means to be conformed to Christ's image. This is the best book I've seen on this subject in a long time."
—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Calvin on the Christian Life
“It has been a frustrating reality that there are so few resources on church discipline. This book is not only timely, but definitive. I highly recommend it to those who seek to learn about and desire to practice biblical church discipline.”
—Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri; Vice President, Acts 29; Chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals; author, The Dude's Guide to Manhood
Jonathan Leeman (MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist in Washington, DC. He serves as director of communications for 9Marks and is the editor of its eJournal. Leeman is the author of The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love and has been published in several major newspapers and Christian periodicals. He is currently a PhD candidate in theology at the University of Wales.
Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and pastor of 9Marks Ministries. Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.
He writes: God's love is a boomerang that natural man loves and despises.
This book is highly recommended for pastors and laymen looking for strong, biblical foundations on this utmost important matter.
From here Leeman turns to looking at how church membership and discipline flow from the biblical conception of love.
Great book. Took me a while to get through. Quite a bit to think about as I made my way through the book. By the end, my view of church membership is much higher than before!Published 2 months ago by Chad Carpenter
This book is a very thorough and biblical defense of the the doctrines of church membership and church discipline. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Forrest McPhail
Speaks to the culture of today and why church membership and discipline seems to be "strange" ideas compared to the past. Well written and clearly outlined. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Liz Stepanian
I found Jonathan Leeman very articulate in conveying the clear understanding of Biblical doctrine. This has been very impactful in my life with Christ, demonstrating my love for my... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tim McKinley
Mark Deaver made this comment in a talk he gave so I purchased it. WOW! In the first chapter Jonathan lays out what Love is and articulates it beautifully. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Paul
In today's fog of ever growing confusion on the nature of God's love and the church, Leeman's pivitol work is a beacon of clarity on the topic of the local church. Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by Cooper
I bet you didn't think anyone could write a 360-page book on church membership and discipline, did you? Me either, but Jonathan Leeman did and it is great. Read morePublished on January 24, 2012 by Tyler Holloway
My overall impression of this work by Jonathan Leeman was that it was good, but not as concise as I would have liked. Read morePublished on March 24, 2011 by Adam Smith
I am doing my shortest ever review, just to get my five stars in the mix! I'm only 100 pages into the book, but this is absolutely the stuff for the western church in these... Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by Christian Reviewer