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About the Author

Steve Shaw lives in a small town in Oregon where he is still pastoring his first church after 34 years. He has an incredible passion for the presence of God, authentic Christian community, and seeing the Kingdom of God advance in the earth through the empowered church as it did in the Book of Acts. He also has a heart for the unsung heroes of the small churches in small towns and wants to assist them to see their churches move from survival to significance. Steve and his wife Midge have been married for 40 years and have raised two incredible sons.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Love Revolution Press (June 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984581529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984581528
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Shaw's book is such an incredible exploration of our current revival movement.

Have you ever experienced a powerful touch from God at a conference only to return home to struggle with how to articulate that encounter to your friends and family?

After spending 4 years at Bethel Church in Redding, CA, I moved on to finish college where I noticed that my theology and core values had changed deeply. I often struggled to explain why my convictions were different than those I attended church with. Beyond believing in signs, wonders, and miracles, my sense of who God is and how He interacts with us, who I am to Him and to the world, and what my role as a believer is has drastically changed. Steve gave me language to articulate three distinct theological shifts that accompany the current Charismatic revival movement that has swept the world.

This book is a must read for anyone struggling to share what they've experienced in revival culture, or for those who have experienced it but have never had any biblical teaching to support it. It would also work well as a study book or as part of a school curriculum. Steve's heart is evident throughout, as he seeks to serve and father a generation of people hungry for the things and ways of God.
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I just finished reading "The Green Ladder." I have the joy of leading a church in the same region of Oregon as Steve Shaw. Part of my joy is being near such a wise and faithful leader who is able to express Kingdom concepts so clearly. His passion touches all the churches in our area. The Green Ladder unfolds a paradigm shift that God is asking many of us to step into so that we can truly reflect a church of power in our culture. Read this excellent work and let God tinker with your ideas as He did with mine.
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Steve Shaw is a wonderful leader, pastor and insightful Christian in Merlin Oregon. Pastor the Vineyard Christian Fellowship. If you feel like there should be more to Christianity, this book may explain why you feel that way, and help you to see that there IS more to the Christian faith.
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The Green Ladder affirmed for me many thoughts I have regarding the Kingdom of God. It was an inspirational experience to see similar thoughts being expressed by Pastor Steve Shaw. The Green Ladder moves us beyond the gospel of salvation into the full Gospel of Jesus Christ. This book will cause you to think, and then rethink how you view the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a great book for young pastors. For young pastors this book alongside of the Bible will give each opportunity to grow into the dynamic power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. I encourage pastors to read this book and share with church leaders and servants. Sharing the Green Ladder with key church leaders will make a differance as application of the principles are applied to the vision of each church!
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I have just finished reading Steve Shaw's testimonial book, The Green Ladder for the third time, and I have found it helpful and informative. His writing is like that of a pioneer: someone who has already blazed a trail on a road you yourself are on. His book follows three basic paradigms that are shifted in a pursuit of God's active presence among us, in our churches and our cities.
1) A move from the gospel of salvation to the more Biblical and Jesus emphasized gospel of the Kingdom.
2) Shifting from identities as sinners to sons and daughters/saints.
3) Moving from working for God to co-labor in with Him

These are the three main issues to consider when moving from an "I just want to make it to heaven when I die because I am a sinner and can only do what God wills" mindset to seeing ourselves, the message and our role as something more wonderful, rich and amazing than we ever realized.

Buy the book (you'll need more than one because you'll give it to your friends), get the kindle edition and go explore!
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I have been walking with the Lord nearly 4 decades, and yet, I find the more I learn, the less I fully grasp the depth and vastness of God's glorious riches and great Love towards us. I recently read "The Green Ladder" and am excited about the Spiritual treasures that are revealed throughout. This book is compelling to read, easy to understand, and has many profound, insightful "ah ha" moments. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a greater understanding of the will of God......on a global level as well as personally.
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As much as Steve Shaw's heart is good, he has a successful Vineyard Church in Grants Pass and significant amounts of proof texting is included in the Green Ladder, I can only sigh with sorrow. Sweet mercy.

Pursuit of "signs and wonders" as was promised to disciples of Christ can often devolve into pursuit of personal comfort and power in the name of Jesus. We seek healings as if we do not believe in mortality and suffering in this life even though scriptures clearly reveal that suffering is part of the Christian path. Picking up our crosses is not the easy way! We are encouraged pursue speaking in tongues as if there are no warnings against praying in tongues if there is not order and interpretations. These things are encouraged in the scriptures but the some of the most notable miracles that began happening after Pentecost are not worthy of mention in the Green Ladder.

The dramatic shifts in world view that is expressed by the early disciples selling all they had, living together in community, taking care of the widows and orphans, sharing life fully, teaching one another, working together is a far greater sign and wonder of the church of Christ, but is not encouraged in the Green Ladder or even mentioned.

What is mentioned is Shaw's belief that Jesus set aside his divinity to live as fully human, but not fully God during his sojourn on earth. Yet we hear scriptural assertions that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born miraculously of a virgin, aware that the Temple was his Father's house at the age of 12. Of course it is possible that Jesus set aside his divinity at birth, but I far more trust the theology that he lived fully human and fully God and that we too are invited into the divine life of Christ.
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