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About the Author

Scott Kisker lives in the Washington, DC area where he is Associate Professor and the James C. Logan Chair of Evangelism and Wesley Studies at Wesley Theological Seminary. A graduate of Swarthmore College (BA, 1989) and Duke University (MDiv, 1993), Kisker earned his PhD at Drew University in 2003. He was associate pastor of the American Protestant Church in Bonn, Germany and also served as director of the Charles Wesley Heritage Centre in Bristol, England. He is married and has five children.
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  • Perfect Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Discipleship Resources (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088177541X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881775419
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Manskar on November 13, 2008
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Scott Kisker has given The United Methodist Church a much needed wake-up call. He reminds us in the first couple of pages of his insightful book that the denomination is 40 years old. I have heard it said by some that it seems that the church is going through something of a "mid-life" crisis not unlike those feelings of fear of inevitable death and wondering what life is all about experienced by men and women sometime after they reach that age. Kisker's book comes a just the right time.

Dr. Kisker (Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and former James C. Logan Associate Professor of Evangelism at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC) looks at The United Methodist Church with the eyes of a historian and the heart of an evangelist. He brings his deep knowledge of church history, theology, and the Wesleyan tradition to the task of examining the condition of the church that has shaped his own life. Dr. Kisker makes the case that much of the UMC's current malaise has its roots in its alignment as one of the "Mainline" denominations.

The chief problem with "Mainline" churches is that they "bless the values of the larger society, and see very little difference between cultivating good citizens and cultivating Christians." Their striving to be "respectable" and to play a role in the dominant culture "establishment" has resulted in adjusting the gospel of Jesus Christ to make it fit into cultural norms rather than challenging those norms. Kisker writes, "When we became "mainline," we stopped being Methodist in all but name." Meaning that, in the name of "respectability," we jettisoned the practices, structures, and theology that formed the heart and soul of Wesleyan Methodism.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on July 28, 2010
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WOW! If you are tired of all the pomp and circumtstance, tradition and empty actions of basic 'religion' then this book is for you. Tracing the history back to the Wesley era of the beginnings of the Methodist church, the author challenges Christians to return to the basics of evangislism that intentionally searches out the seeking soul instead of staying inside our cozy and complacent institutions. (In my own words "Get out there in your world and make a difference for Christ!" Great book. Be prepared to be thrown outside of the "box".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. MacKay on August 2, 2009
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I lead a Covenant Group at my Methodist Church. We have studied numerous books on our founder, John Wesley. This title caught our attention and the book led to many animated conversations within the group. This is a very good book which shows us where we are in our churches and where we should be following the beliefs and practices our denomination was founded on. Great for a discussion group.John Wesley for the 21st Century
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Vaudt on September 24, 2008
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After taking Dr. Kisker's Evangelism course at Wesley Theological Seminary I can say without a doubt that he wrote this book, which is not a bad thing. I'm almost finished with it and I see where he is coming from. I, too, am one that thinks about how we can recover our Methodist heritage in a positive way so that we, as the church, can reach out to the unchurched and bring them into our church homes so that their spiritual lives may be enriched and so that they can grow in Jesus Christ.

My one huge complaint about this book is the lack of editing. There are way too many editing mistakes and they are quite glaring.
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