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Product Details

  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; First edition (November 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830837299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830837298
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

About the Author

Tim Morey (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is founding and lead pastor at Life Covenant Church in Torrance, California. He also serves on the Evangelical Covenant Church's national church planting team and as adjunct professor teaching practical theology at Talbot School of Theology.

Eddie Gibbs is senior professor in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a senior adviser to the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts. His seminars for church leaders about leadership in the emerging church have been held in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Australia, South Africa and around the United States. Gibbs has also written several books, including Good News Is for Sharing, Ten Growing Churches, In Name Only, ChurchNext, LeadershipNext and (with Ryan Bolger) Emerging Churches.

More About the Author

Tim Morey (M.Div., Bethel Seminary; D.Min., Fuller Seminary) is founding and lead pastor at Life Covenant Church in Torrance, California. He also serves on the Evangelical Covenant Church's national church planting team and as an adjunct professor teaching practical theology at Talbot School of Theology. Tim is the proud father of Abby and Hannah, whose beauty and charm prove that his wife Samantha has strong genes.

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I highly recommend this great and well-written book.
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Morey gives great examples from his experience as a church planter how our churches can function in ways that assist people to meet and become disciples of Jesus!
Derek A. Olson
I also appreciated Tim's thoughtful and encouraging style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clint M. Rothell on January 29, 2010
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I enjoy reading and always have three to five books going at a time. But Embodying Our Faith has to be one of the most pleasurable reads of 2009 for me (I'm one of the few that was able to read this book before its 2010 release). As a youth pastor, I am always reading a book on youth ministry, but out of all the books I've read on youth ministry, none compare to this book (which is not aimed at youth ministry). I think this bears witness to the fact that Tim Morey has a strong sense of where our culture is at. Since I have been applying some of the principles in this book I have seen a dramatic change in the kids under my care. They are more excited about their faith. I know much of the credit is due to the wisdom within Morey's book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jared Totten on May 26, 2010
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If I were to give the award today for the book that most exceeded the low expectations I'd placed on it, Embodying Our Faith by Tim Morey would certainly win (of course, I can't give that award out until the end of the year). The marked presence of such names as McClaren, Pagitt and McManus in the reference notes at the back of the book set me on high alert for anything "too Emergent" (don't ask for a definition, I have none).

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Hoiland on May 20, 2010
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The tendency towards polarization in our society is rampant. We see it perhaps most clearly and prominently in political debates, but it happens all over the place, not the least of which being debates within and about the church. While polarizing voices do tend to get a lot of attention, it's debatable whether they're really all that helpful in any positive, constructive sense.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Handley on May 14, 2010
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I enjoyed reading this book for several reasons. I appreciated Tim's contribution to the broader conversation on ecclesiology for emerging generations. In particular, I found three things refreshing about Embodying Our Faith: 1) The clarity of focus and commitment to evangelism was a breath of fresh air. Many books in this field of conversation tend to downplay the importance of evangelism so having that as a key aspect to this contribution is significant; 2) in addition, many of the books in this genre tend to go light in their theological approach and Tim does his homework well - presenting a strong biblical argument for his assertions; 3) finally I think Tim has done fairly well at presenting a missiological framework for ministry in this era of American church history. I admire all of these and hope that they become a model for other authors.

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.
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