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Death by Church: Rescuing Jesus from His Followers, Recapturing God's Hope for His People (ConversantLife.com®) Paperback – January 1, 2009


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  • Series: ConversantLife.com®
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Original edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736924965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736924962
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Entertainment-oriented. Hypocritical. Idolatrous. Consumerist. A mess. These are only some of the terms Erre uses to describe the plight of the church in contemporary American culture. A teaching pastor at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, Calif., and author of The Jesus of Suburbia, Erre delves into the Bible and church history to make the case that the church needs to recover its communal, subversive, confrontational, countercultural truth-telling mission of incarnating the upside-down way of the kingdom of God. Drawing on the writings of scholars in and outside of the evangelical tradition, the writer takes a fresh and compelling look at how a kingdom-focused community would approach such Christian fundamentals as mission, worship, evangelism, the Eucharist and apologetics. A culturally marginalized church, he argues, can still be a place of hope, engaging the world and pointing to God's rule. While ceding no ground on traditional Christian doctrine, this thought-provoking book is a powerful bill of indictment and an inspirational template for church reformation that may resonate with believers and nonbelievers alike. A too brief postscript offers suggestions for clergy who want to create the kingdom-focused church in their own congregations. (Jan.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Jones on October 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Mike Erre has written a great summary for cerebral non-theologians about some of the ways that the modern church has veered off track. To me, this was not done in an overly critical or negative way, but rather using scripture as a metric for what the church is called to be and do. Erre relies heavily on ideas of N.T. Wright, as well as other older spiritual authors and theologians. This book is both encouraging and a call for self-examination. Mike uses scripture throughout to make his points. As I was reading, I found myself agreeing over and over with many of the ideas discussed. While authors like Rob Bell and Shane Claiborne make some great points, I am not able to agree with everything they posit, their hearts are full of passion, but their beliefs are sometimes based on fuzzy or sloppy thinking. However, "Death by Church" is highly recommended.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bradley J. Brisco VINE VOICE on May 12, 2009
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This is a thoroughly enjoyable, readable, and spot on critique of the church in the west. Erre does an excellent job of arguing the fact that the early church was a vibrant, counter cultural community of Jesus followers that changed the world with a radical gospel. However, in contrast, the church today has become increasingly irrelevant, in large part because of the consumerist, feed me, inwardly focused nature of the church rather than a community that bears witness to an all encompassing kingdom of God.

While I first obtained and read this book from my local library, I soon purchased a copy of my own and plan to purchase additional copies to give away. I would also recommend Erre's "The Jesus of Suburbia."
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deborah A. Yarnall on March 4, 2009
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I don't know what the other reviewer is thinking - he obviously didn't read this book carefully. This book is ALL ABOUT Jesus and just how big and compelling the gospel really is. It is easy to criticize the church these days, but the author only spends 2 two chapters on critique and the rest of the book explores the relationship between the church and the kingdom of God. I cannot recommend it more highly for believers and unbelievers alike! I recommend Mike Erre's other books as well!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Goble on June 17, 2009
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Mike has a knack for forcing safe, comfortable, suburbanite American "Christians" to look at themselves in the mirror and ask the hard questions: If Jesus was so revolutionary, then why aren't the lives of his followers in America today? If people rioted wherever Paul went, then why are most American christians thought of as "Ned Flanders-esque?" Mike addresses these issues with his typically sharp and self depricating whit, coupled with a brilliant exegetical critique of how we do church, and how "church" should actually be done.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kay L. Wolfe on May 24, 2010
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This book, like Erre's others, is thought provoking. It is uncomfortable and unsettling at times. But, hey, that's were growth starts, right?
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