- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (January 29, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310267137
- ISBN-13: 978-0310267133
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How the Culture-Controlled Church Neutered the Gospel If you're brave enough to take an honest look at the issues facing the culture--controlled church---and the issues in your own life---read on. Do you ever look at how the Christian faith is being lived out in the new millennium and wonder if we're not doing what we're supposed to be doing? That we still haven't quite 'gotten it'? That we've missed the point regarding many important issues? It's understandable if we've relied on what we've been told to believe or what's widely accepted by the Christian community. But if we truly turned a constructive, critical eye toward our beliefs and vigorously questioned them and their origins, where would we find ourselves? Best-selling authors Brian McLaren and Tony Campolo invite you to do just that. Join them on an adventure---one that's about uncovering and naming faulty conclusions, suppositions, and assumptions about the Christian faith. In Adventures in Missing the Point, the authors take turns addressing how we've missed the point on crucial topics such as: salvation, the Bible, being postmodern, worship, homosexuality, truth, and many more.
About the Author
Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is an author, speaker, activist and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. Brain has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the US and internationally.
Tony Campolo (Ph.D., Temple University) is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, a media commentator on religious, social, and political matters, and the author of a dozen books, including Revolution and Renewal, Let me Tell You a Story, and 20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid to touch.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book brought to my mind the fact that, although the world and parts of the church seem to be moving towards postmodernism, the transition is far from complete, and, in fact, may take a few hundred years! McLaren's final essay on postmodernism, while probably the most difficult passage in the book, gives a great overview of epochs of history and how different eras and transitions have played out. All in all, I find myself having more of a kinship with Campolo than I do McLaren (McLaren's view of absolute truth being relatively unimportant is totally wrongheaded, in my view, but once again, Campolo brings some sanity to the issue with his reply), but, whichever author strikes one's fancy, this is still a terrific read.
That said, there are a few chapters that stand out:
--The one on the Bible, which offers alternative approaches to scripture (beyond analysis.) I want to make copies of this and give it to everyone in my small group.
--The second half of the chapter on worship, in which McLaren condemns chasing "the Feeling" and leaving God behind.
--The last chapter, on Postmodernism. How refreshing to hear the pomo church guru himself admit that he's growing sick of the term and its myriad meanings and mis-usages. (oy, what a thoroughly "modern" use of alliteration that was!)
It's a pretty quick and light read, and might be one to keep on the bookshelf for the sake of lending to those who are just stepping out of the hyper-religious conservative mindset.
PS - the title is a bit misleading. The authors never actually deal with "how the culture" has done anything. They just address where they think mainstream middle class churchianity has missed the point.
A brief overview for those who would like a little more info.
Responsibility for the writing of the various chapters fell on one author affording the second author an opportunity to add, elaborate, counter, or all three at the end of the chapter. For the most part I consider this format a benefit but at times it became annoying. The mild annoyance was caused by some of Campolo's responses. It wasn't the fact that Campolo ocassionaly disagreed with McLaren, but fact that he seemed to expect McLaren in one chapter explain every last little detail and facet of the item being discussed, or he just plain missed McLaren's point altogether. This was my only complaint. You will also become familiar with post modernity if your not already, do to the fact that McLaren talks about it in nearly every chapter that he wrote. Which could be a possible annoyance for some,it didn't bother me though.
Campolo best chapters were eschatology and environmental stewardship.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It seems like a really good presentation of the ideas. I have only read the first few chapters.Published 13 months ago by Duane Heidenreich
This book will mess with your head. Each chapter could be taken as a group discussion-if you have the couragePublished 18 months ago by Kiwi at large
Interesting read...all Christians should read this book!Published on July 30, 2014 by traceyboyrdee
Thought provoking, but some chapters like on worship, were a little too much coming from Brian. Tony Campolo's thoughts and ideas continue to impress me.Published on June 28, 2014 by John Jenkins
I have not read this book, but I have read both authors for years, Campollo for decades. The church is culture-controlled, and in some of the ways the authors seem to suggest. Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by Kerri
The basic premise of the book is total acceptance of Jesus as The Savior, the same concept that the catholic church supports even though historical evidence points in a different... Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Luis G. De La Cruz
One might hope that authors who write so many books might at least say something new in each one, but then, the fans of these two probably expect (and definitely get) more of the... Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Namyriah
If you've every wondered why you feel somewhat dissatisfied with the current church environment, your faith is there but it just doesn't feel the same anymore, read this book. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Dadscamaro
Adventures in Missing the Point is a refreshing look at Christianity and today's culture. I recommend it for anyone, those who call themselves "Christian" and for those who have... Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by voraciousreader