- Series: ConversantLife.com®
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Original edition (January 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736924965
- ISBN-13: 978-0736924962
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Death by Church: Rescuing Jesus from His Followers, Recapturing God's Hope for His People (ConversantLife.com®) Paperback – January 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Entertainment-oriented. Hypocritical. Idolatrous. Consumerist. A mess. These are only some of the terms Erre uses to describe the plight of the church in contemporary American culture. A teaching pastor at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, Calif., and author of The Jesus of Suburbia, Erre delves into the Bible and church history to make the case that the church needs to recover its communal, subversive, confrontational, countercultural truth-telling mission of incarnating the upside-down way of the kingdom of God. Drawing on the writings of scholars in and outside of the evangelical tradition, the writer takes a fresh and compelling look at how a kingdom-focused community would approach such Christian fundamentals as mission, worship, evangelism, the Eucharist and apologetics. A culturally marginalized church, he argues, can still be a place of hope, engaging the world and pointing to God's rule. While ceding no ground on traditional Christian doctrine, this thought-provoking book is a powerful bill of indictment and an inspirational template for church reformation that may resonate with believers and nonbelievers alike. A too brief postscript offers suggestions for clergy who want to create the kingdom-focused church in their own congregations. (Jan.)
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Top Customer Reviews
While I first obtained and read this book from my local library, I soon purchased a copy of my own and plan to purchase additional copies to give away. I would also recommend Erre's "The Jesus of Suburbia."