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The prolific Sweet—author of articles, sermons, books—turns his vast knowledge of culture and faith toward what he calls the secret of life: an MRI church where 'M' = Missional, 'R' = Relational, and 'I' = Incarnational. He digs deep into MRI theology, calling it the only theology worth bothering with and offering leaders and laypeople a new paradigm for bringing Christ to the world. Sweet outlines the characteristics of each element: missional—The church is 'sent' to be Jesus; relational—Biblical truth... feasts on relationship and revelation; incarnational—The Incarnational life strikes it rich by multiple connections with community and context. Readers will find much to ponder, but they'll have to wade through Sweet's metaphor-heavy, rambling and jumpy writing style, plus his confusing, frequent use of quotation marks around words and phrases as if tweaking their meaning. His vision for following Christ individually and as the church is commendable; his presentation, however, is confounding. (Apr.)
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There are wonderful quotes and insights in this book but it is tough going. Sweet has a writing style that can drive you to distractions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Prudence A. Cole
I have several books by Sweet that I have intended to read ever since I got them, but have not. There will come a time when the opportunity will present itself and I will be better... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Phil Gilliland
This book does the best job of any I have read in my 20 plus years of ministry in laying out the misguided way in which we often measure the church, and more importantly offers a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Carey Akin
If you're looking for sound bites, I s'pose this guy will be perfect. If you're looking for transformation, change, fire and newness, keep looking, because there are beautiful... Read morePublished 18 months ago by JennyBee
Do you want to be challenged out of complacency? Find out what Mr. Sweet has to say. This is worth your consideration, to be sure!Published on March 23, 2012 by Rodney
Have you ever had an MRI exam? I have. As a radiographer (RT-R), I have studied about MRI machines, how they work,and what they show in the human body. Read morePublished on October 30, 2009 by T. Hyrkas
Len Sweet offers his MRI church as a picture of what could be a church (and therefore Christ-followers) that is "So Beautiful. Read morePublished on August 21, 2009 by Darien Gabriel
This morning, I finished Leonard Sweet's new book, So Beautiful.
I'm still basking in the afterglow and the best words I can use to describe it is: "So Beautiful!! Read more