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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus; 1ST edition (July 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845504682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845504687
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"WARNING: Arturo Azurdia's Connected Christianity will make people uncomfortable. Despite the warning (or because of it) by all means read this book, slowly and prayerfully." ~ Dennis E. Johnson (Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary in California, Escondido, California)

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Arturo G. Azurdia III is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology/Director of Pastoral Mentoring at Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon. He was the founding minister of Christ Community Church in Fairfield, California, where he subsequently pastored for 19 years. He is married to Lori and they have 2 children.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David Steele on September 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
Connected Christianity is a refreshing look at the responsibility before Christ-followers in godless culture. Art Arzurdia writes with the patience of a tender-hearted pastor and the depth and breadth of a well-grounded Reformed theologian.

He addresses the mission of every Christian, namely to stand as a bright light and offer the purifying saltiness of a biblically informed disciple. Arzurdia is clear concerning the mandate: "To remain in this world for the express purpose of declaring to it the saving benefits secured by the conquest of Jesus Christ ... His clarion call for them [disciples] was to a worldly Christianity."

Some readers might jump to an unwarranted critical conclusion of Arzurdia's choice of words. However, the criticism would be premature and wrong-headed. Arzurdia argues that Christians must be both theologically grounded and missional in their approach to contemporary culture. And he carefully balances his assertion with biblical insight: "And so, while we cannot be missional without being theological, we must never be theological without being missional ... we cannot hope to be authentically Christian without being meaningfully worldly."

The author roots his admonition in Jesus' high priestly prayer. Consider some of the high points of our Lord's prayer:

* "I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one" (John 17:15, ESV).
* "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth" (John 17:17).
* "As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world" (John 17:18).

Arzurdia acknowledges that the world is the playing field where believers carry out their divine mission.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve on February 3, 2013
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His clear and thoughtful distinction between holiness and morality was worth the reading of the book. This is a book that has the potential of changing your thinking. We all take refuge in lies. This book can help root out some of those lies by exposing them and replacing them with such wonderful truth.
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