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InnovateChurch Paperback – September 1, 2008
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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I enjoyed most of the chapters. I found those by Jonathan Falwell and Charles Billingsley interesting because I could better understand some of the things I have seen happen/change in the church, primarily in the worship service. Matt Wilmington's chapter on volunteers was insightful; the need for a culture of service, for the volunteers service to be matched with their spiritual gifts is a true need of the church. We are doing a much better job at this but as recently as yesterday our class was presented with a list of ministry opportunities that very few of us knew existed.
Rod Dempsey's chapters on Discipleship and David Wheeler's on Outreach were some of my favorites. I took pages of notes on these chapters. Dempsey provides loads of good information and scripture on characteristics of a disciple and the process of discipleship within the church. In Wheeler's chapters he proposes various strategies for church growth grounded in a biblical foundation.
The chapters by Doug Randlett on "Leading From the Middle of the Pack" and by Dave Early on "Church Planting" were probably more applicable for those in the ministry. But I still enjoyed learning about the rationale for some of the things we do and for how things work behind the scenes. Dave Earley's two chapters still had a lot of good information for the layperson, especially as our church has recently planted two new churches in communities about an hour away and another team just left this summer to plant a church in Florida.
The chapters on how the church is engaging the culture from a legal standpoint was interesting, not so much from what J.M. Smith and Matt Staver said, but from how much our culture has declined from when this book was written. Since Staver wrote this chapter, the Defense of Marriage Act has been thrown out, gay and lesbian soldiers are required to be allowed to join the Armed Forces, and schools continue to try to curtail the freedom of religious speech of students. The government is attempting to force Christian/religious business owners to provide abortions that violate the business owners conscience. The government increasingly endorses such activities over the religious beliefs/rights of Christians or others whose religious views are being violated.
Ergun Caner has been gone from our church for several years and I still miss his sermons. His chapter on Apologetics was just like he speaks. Excellent, and with Bible verses to back him up. Ed Hindson on "What is Worth Defending" about our faith is well worth the read.
Daniel Henderson on prayer is just like he spoke in our Sunday School Class. And Elmer Towns recounts the importance of prayer in the beginning of Thomas Road as Jerry Falwell prayed for the church each step of the way and then proceeded in faith that God would answer his prayers. I have heard This taught before and still enjoy reading it again.