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Embodying Our Faith: Becoming a Living, Sharing, Practicing Church Paperback – December 28, 2009
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"Authority in our postmodern culture has been transferred from those people who merely talk about things in academic vacuums to those people who express their ideas in action and cultural engagement. Tim Morey is a leader who not only writes about how the church can witness to the gospel in this culture but demonstrates, through his own experience and the experience of his church, how we can enact it in a relevant, authentic and very biblical way. He is the sort of leader that I give authority to, and the picture of the church he paints and embodies is the sort of church I want to be a part of." (Adam S. McHugh, author of Introverts in the Church)
"Tim Morey isn't just writing about embodied faith. He and the community he has formed are demonstrating a new, creative, missional way of life. Be prepared to be both inspired and challenged by the mission-focused faith that is at the center of Tim's community and at the heart of this important book, calling us beyond ourselves in the service of Christ." (Tom Sine, author, The New Conspirators)
"In this wonderful book, Tim Morey not only makes the case that the church is called to live missionally right here in North America, but he does a fabulous job laying out what the vision and structure of such a church would look like. Using his experiences as a church planter and years of deep thinking about missional living, Tim paints an enticing picture of what it means to incarnate our witness in worship, community and mercy ministry, that is, an embodied apologetic that can bring real transformation to individuals and the culture around us. This is an exciting and helpful book." (Jim Belcher, author, Deep Church)
"How can the church stay both biblical and relevant for a postmodern generation that is mostly unreached, unchurched or dechurched? Tim Morey answers that question not from the ivory towers of academia (though he has certainly done his homework there!), but through a real-life ministry that is relational, missional and incarnational. This book should be read by anyone who longs to see the church thrive in the twenty-first century. (Mark L. Strauss, professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary--San Diego)
"Tim Morey is a disciple who is becoming like his master, Jesus of Nazareth (Luke 6:40). As a fellow ECC church planter, it has been my honor and joy to watch Tim's church-plant ministry grow and develop here in the South Bay of Los Angeles. He has learned his lessons well, because he himself has lived them well. First and foremost, Tim Morey embodies his faith. I am so thankful he has taken the time to pass on what Jesus has taught him!" (John Teter, senior pastor, Fountain of Life Covenant Church, Long Beach, California)
"Tim Morey is a missionary to our culture. In Embodying Our Faith he demonstrates a robust commitment to sound biblical principles, practically applied, as the church produces disciples of Christ in a postmodern context. Illustrated with stories from a true pastor's heart, this book is one of the best examples I have seen of contextualization--applying the changeless truth of the gospel to the deep spiritual needs of a changing culture." (Dr. John Hutchison, professor of Bible exposition, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and founding member of Life Covenant Church)
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However my fears were ill-founded. Tim Morey pleads with a generation of Christians who were largely won and schooled by a modernist apologetic, as many of these same Christians are at a loss as to why the same apologetic is ineffective with a postmodern crowd. After defining our postmodern climate as one that is characterized by deconstruction, moral relativism and religious pluralism, Morey poses his big question this way:
"How do we bring the message of Jesus to a culture that is deeply skeptical about truth claims, rejects metanarratives (such as the gospel), considers the church a suspect institution, takes offense at moral judgments and believes any religion will lead them to God?"
His answer in a phrase is the embodied apologetic. He suggests that our postmodern culture is hungry for transcendence, community and purpose. Of course, we have all experienced these to varying degrees within the walls of our churches, but seldom do we consider those our strongest cases for Christianity when reaching out.
For all the reading I have done on the postmodern mindset and philosophy, I had not considered--at least on the level Tim Morey has--how this should impact our apologetics and evangelism. I was completely thrilled by this book and the approach Tim Morey has offered--in largely orthodox fashion it seemed to me.
This book was a free review copy provided by InterVarsity Press.
For that reason, I'm thankful for thoughtful people who know where they stand, but who aren't intentionally or flippantly divisive about it. Tim Morey, author of Embodying Our Faith: Becoming a Living, Sharing, Practicing Church, is one of those thoughtful voices.
Morey is a pastor and church planter in California, and this book is a reworking of his dissertation from Fuller Seminary. What I so appreciate about the book is that while Morey asks a lot of penetrating questions ("Is a church really a church if it exists only for itself?") he goes about the task humbly, without any apparent axe to grind. He seems genuinely concerned with helping the church - his own and the North American church more broadly - to become, as the subtitle says, a living, sharing, practicing church. His is a high ecclesiology without ever slipping into the realm of wishful thinking.
Morey writes as one who at one point walked away from the church before coming back to make pastoring and church planting his life's work. This gives his perspective and insight some added legitimacy, in my opinion. He understands and empathizes with those in our "post-Christian" culture who have left the church or simply see no reason for it, but he is also deeply committed to help bring them back. Or, perhaps more accurately, he is committed to helping the church go to them.Read more ›
I do have one minor critique and it applies to the broader array of evangelical American contributions as well. There seems to be a re-definition of the term "unreached" that concerns me. For many in roles like mine, that term has been defined in such a way to refer to places and peoples where the gospel is not able to advance because the resources of the local church is not adequate on it's own strength to reach it's people. However, many contributors now seem to re-define the term in such a way that it refers more to what many have called unevangelized areas or peoples. I know this may sound a bit picky or technical but I believe it's important. America has many areas that need evangelism but the church is still strong enough to share the gospel within it's own setting. Yes, it is more challenging in many ways but it still doesn't make it an "unreached people" or country.Read more ›
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Pastor Tim really captures the difference between doing church when it's a cultural thing with political favor or when it's truly transformational in a hostile environment. Read morePublished 10 months ago by mwilson
I picked up this books after having been asked to other books on "church growth" (RENOVATE OR DIE & SECOND RESURRECTION). Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by Vaughn
This is the best book I have yet to read on reaching our upcoming generations for Christ. Incredibly thoughtful, humble, strategic and with convition. My "must read book" for 2011. Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by Karen
Shocking but true revelations! It has dramatically changed how I approach evangelism and the need for repackaging the basic truth of the Gospel to appeal to today's culture. Read morePublished on November 1, 2010 by Joi
Tim has a wonderful way of taking the Scriptures and showing us through the lenses of history and the current culture that God's hope for the Church and the World remain the same. Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by Suzie Lind
Morey's book does a great job of explaining the importance of having an embodied faith... that is, that our faith is not just words but that our faith must cause us to act in ways... Read morePublished on May 13, 2010 by Derek A. Olson
I love Jesus and I love his church. When done right, the church should be a taste of God's dream for the world. Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by John M. Alexander
Tim has given us a necessary book to aid in the process of moving from concepts to people, in our everyday walk of life as followers of Jesus. Don't miss this important book.Published on April 15, 2010 by Nick L. Warnes
A great book. A must read for anyone concerned with the future church. Good insightand examples.Published on April 5, 2010 by Steven A. Siani