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There are accumulated customer reviews on the previous edition, some of them are great summaries of the book itself. The ones associated with this new edition actually came out before the new edition and are late in the piece and somewhat more reactionary. 10 years of reviews can be accessed here amzn.to/11Ybsu9 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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"The Shaping of Things to Come . . . calls us forward to a grander view of the church-in-mission than the one to which we have become all too accustomed. I am personally grateful for this new edition."--Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National Community Church; author, The Circle Maker
"Not often does a title of a book prophesy itself. But The Shaping of Things to Come has shaped things to come in the global Christian world like perhaps no one book published in the past decade. It truly is a 'classic,' and this new edition promises to continue its tradition of shaking and shaping."--Leonard Sweet, author; professor, Drew University and George Fox University
"One of those rare books that . . . gets deep into your psyche and alters your perspective on what it means to be the church today, what it means to follow Jesus on his adventurous mission."--Dan Kimball, author, They Like Jesus but Not the Church
"As we look at the depth and breadth of the missional movement, I continually direct people back to The Shaping of Things to Come. Things have definitely shaped around the concepts of this book, and it continues to be a plumbline for missional thought leadership and practice."--Hugh Halter, author, The Tangible Kingdom and Sacrilege
"I first met Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost when they were writing Shaping. They were intellectually nimble, missionally devoted and refreshingly revolutionary. Little did I know that their book would so valiantly impact the future of the Church for at least the next decade."--Linda Berquist, Church planting catalyst and coach, and author, Church Turned Inside Out --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 3727 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- ASIN : B00AHY0W2K
- Publication date : March 1, 2013
- Lending : Enabled
- Publisher : Baker Books; Revised, Updated ed. edition (March 1, 2013)
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #239,232 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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THE BOOK’S AIM AND MOTIVES
It has a bold style: starting by demanding “you read this first” and the reader 'will find it unnerving'. I have concentrated on the last section ‘Apostolic Leadership’ as this is the theme of this module. The APEPT theology is imaginatively argued. There are five types of leaders essential for this church revolution rather than the Pastor/Teacher roles that seminaries present train for. This theme is widened to five ministries of congregants and its is in favour of devolved ‘Eco-leadership’ and small but numerous church plants or cells. . “We believe such a matrix is the antidote to the triangular or hierarchical model that empowers certain leaders and dis-empowers the majority of Christians.”
CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THIS THESIS
I chose it knowing it was from a differing theological perspective to my own; hoping to be challenged. I found it engaging and well written in parts: merging theology and business practices as we have done during our module. The book argues using Einstein “imagination is more important than knowledge.” Creativity is the essence of God and innovation it argues is essential for business survival as seen in de Bono’s hats
As with others from this persuasion it looks back to glory the early Church’s ‘Apostolic Age and believes we need to recapture this essence to find ‘God’s missional truth’. I believe the early church was confused and extremely varied. Paul writes at lengths in his letters addressing many faults with the church in this period. Paul and Peter were at odds about whether Christianity was a new religion or a Jewish sect. I think they over simply the greatness of this ‘Apostolic Age’.
There is also criticism of how the Pentecostals view this same ‘Age’ with their mega-churches; reinforcing my view of the lack of clarity of exactly what the first church was like.
This jars with my postmodern and cultural specific approaches. Here is stated Christ changes cultures rather than adapts to them. Yet the great examples it proposes are being cultural with “gays at the Subterranean Shoe Room” which states “when he does start leading people to faith” revealing to us that he has not yet been successful by the books standards. The Birmingham ‘Maji’ uses “incense, projected images, and ambient religious music” again appears more New Age than distinctly first century Christian
Its a great contribution to the debate
This book will challenge the reader and may disturb the vicar who is often entrenched in a comfort zone of traditionalism.