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Informal Christianity Perfect Paperback – December 15, 2007
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About the Author
With an advanced, formal and diverse, Liberal Arts education, majoring in Philosophy, Ross aquired a broad-based perspective of Scripture, history, logic, emotion, people and values. Following his post-ordination conversion to biblical Christianity, he has labored for Gospel renewal through radio, music, counseling, and writing. As a reformed student of Liberalism, Eastern religions, New Religious Movements and the Church Growth movement, Ross has an unusual perspective on both the need for and the fear of church renewal, revival, restoration, reformation — whatever you prefer to call it. That labor has included more than twenty years of ministry leadership and experience with the unique circumstances involved in contemporary Christian ministry in many different churches and situations. Over many years of reading and personal reflection, sometimes brought about through the crucible of conflict, Ross found himself to be squarely seated in the historic Reformed Christian tradition, in the midst of a people who are not, a people who have lost all sense of historical mooring. As a published author of many books and many articles, Ross further engaged his language and communication skills, and trained himself in graphic and web design, to start a business. During these professional years, Ross continued to preach and write freely, apart from the demands of political correctness in order to produce a less fettered body of literature that addresses and corrects various problems that dog contemporary churches. Too many churches have become stuck in the bog of politically correctness while lusting in their corporate hearts for worldly growth and power. Ross chips away at these barnacles on the hull of Mother Kirk to free the gospel to speak again to her estranged children. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in Marietta, Ohio, and have three sons in college.
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Concerning the author’s take on mega-churches, some do indeed focus on their “success,” but are all big churches therefore formal in their approach to spreading the gospel? Some pastors slog along faithfully but never have a large or “successful” church, for many reasons. But what, after all, is success? Other pastors are gifted by God to preach, teach, and lead in ways that draw followers. Think John Wesley, George Whitfield, Billy Graham, and any number of powerful speakers. The best of these work toward the informality of effectively shaping disciples. The heart of any preacher must be inclined toward loving the Lord with heart, mind, soul, body, living out the gospel authentically and not focused on building a church. Organizations—church and otherwise—may (and have) come out of these ministries, but great spiritual maturity is necessary to avoid making the organization itself centerpiece.
My husband particularly liked the Reformed/Calvinistic chapter and scribbled notes like, “Well said!” and “Good analogy.”
I found Informal Christianity well written, with good editing, though a bit heavy on the negativisms of the formal aspects.