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This is a much-needed reminder that gospel Christianity thrives when it is out of power, and that Christian courage comes from trusting not in cultural power but in God's power and grace.
--Timothy Keller, Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Manhattan; author of Making Sense of God
We live in an age of increasing hostility toward Christianity in the west. These are days that will require courage, conviction, and clarity of vision. Matt Chandler's new book, Take Heart, is a thoughtful, pastoral, and brave call for faithfulness in a trying time. These pages are filled with practical wisdom and sound theological principles that fuel courage in the face of opposition.
--R. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Matt is a voice I trust. In times of significant cultural shift in the world, we need courage. Instead of walking in fear and making false proclamations about the church's mortality, we must brace ourselves for a deeper sense of commitment to courageous engagement. Pick up this book to get pointed in the right direction, and walk in commitment to strategic courage in this time of shifting uncertainty.
--Eric Mason, Founder and Lead Pastor, Epiphany Fellowship, Philadelphia
Matt Chandler is a man of courage and conviction. He is gifted with a prophetic voice, pointing the church and the world toward the beauty of the gospel, and calling upon Christians to live faithfully in the world. is a sign of that message that Christians can live courageously because Jesus is alive.
--Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; author of Onward
As Christians, we are defined not as a people of fear but a people of hope. Matt Chandler has written a timely book that encourages, inspires, and equips believers to walk in that hope in our current culture. This is an excellent resource for every believer desiring to live as 'salt and light' in today's world.
--Matt Carter, Pastor of Preaching, The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin
How do we engage a culture steeped in secularism? A fear-based operating system invoking a fight-or-flight response has proven to be historically insufficient. Instead we need a cohort of winsomely courageous Christ-followers to show us the way forward: the kind of person Matt Chandler has proven himself to be, and that he writes about in.
--Bryan Loritts, Lead Pastor, Abundant Life Church, Silicon Valley; author of Saving the Saved
For many of us, these seem hard days indeed to be a Christian. But by reminding us of the church's long, rich history and of God's strong, constant love, shows us that even in this difficult age, believers have every reason for courage and to be of good cheer.
--Karen Swallow Prior, Author of Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
In Take Heart, Matt Chandler offers both challenge and comfort to Christians in an age where both are desperately needed. He speaks with both a prophet's urgency and a pastor's heart, and this book will serve all Christians who are wondering how we navigate the troubled waters of our present age.
--Mike Cosper, Executive Director, Harbor Media; author of Recapturing the Wonder
Countless Christians today have simply given up or lost hope. If that sounds like you, Matt Chandler has a word to speak: it's a great time to be a Christian; be courageous; take heart. If that sounds hollow and naïve, you need to read this book. Matt is keenly in touch with the troubles we face but even more so with the Lord of the universe, who ultimately wins. What he advocates isn't a fleshly triumphalism but a courageous faith in a really big God. Take Heart speaks a hopeful and thoroughly biblical word that all of us need to hear. Highly recommended!
--Sam Storms, Lead Pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City; President of the Evangelical Theological Society
Do not be dismayed, for this is not the first time the very heart of God's plan for his people and his world has been questioned, assaulted, and pushed to the margins. This is the central message of this timely book by my dear brother Matt. Yet there is more. Within these pages you will be challenged to think critically about where your hope is actually invested, how you view the church's role with respect to the state, and if you indeed love you neighbor as yourself. Take heart: you are alive in an age ripe with opportunity and you can actually be integral to changing the world!
--Leonce B. Crump Jr., Founding Pastor, Renovation Church, Atlanta; author of Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are
What a wonderful, inspiring work! In a time where Christianity is said to be losing ground in the culture, our impulse may be to panic. But what if this were actually our most opportune moment to experience renewal, and to become the kind of life-giving, world-changing disciples Jesus has always intended for us to be? In characteristic fashion, Matt has done a terrific job of laying out such a vision. In so doing, he has gotten me excited about the many things God still wants to do in the world, and the part we can all play in his plan.
--Scott Sauls, Senior Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church, Nasvhille; author of Jesus Outside the Lines, Befriend, and From Weakness to Strength
Fearing, agonizing, retreating, embracing. These are a few of the responses we see and might be experiencing in a 'post-Christian' culture. Chandler knows how many of us feel in our current cultural moment in the West. Through biblical truth, Chandler helps redirect our eyes to the One who can strengthen and encourage us so we might have courage.
--Trillia Newbell, Author of God's Very Good Idea and Enjoy
This is a deeply encouraging book. I mean that literally: it brings courage to the reader. It is also enjoyably punchy, readably short, practically wise and pastorally insightful, with a warmth and winsomeness that books on this subject sometimes lack. Get hold of a copy, and be en-courage-d.
--Andrew Wilson, Teaching Pastor, Kings Church London; author, The Life We Never Expected
About the Author
Matt Chandler is the Pastor of The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas. The author of Explicit Gospel, Take Heart, and The Mingling of Souls, Matt also serves as President of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network. He is married to Lauren and they have 3 children.
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So what should we as followers of Christ do? Chandler has written a great book to answer this question, not so much with practical steps, but with a call for a valiant attitude of the heart. No spoilers here (it's in the title, and there's a lion on the cover), what he calls for is courage in the shifting sands of of the West, as Christianity begins to be pushed more and more to the margins.
When confronted with cultural shifts like we're facing, Christians have demonstrated throughout history to respond in a number of different ways:
They could play the game with the aim of converting the culture (i.e. Schaeffer), fearing that if they don't make small concessions, the church will run the risk of losing it's relevancy.
They could play the condemnation card (i.e. live like a monk), fearing that any contact with the culture inevitably creates a polution of the church.
Or, they could simple consume the culture (i.e. Rob Bell), insisting that the church and its teachings have become outdate and passe and needs to get with the program.
Chandler plays a fourth card, that of courage. Here's his thesis:
So this book is about where to find real courage and how to live by it. I’m convinced that if we have a God-sized, God-given courage, then we will be freed up to be the people of God, living out the mission of God, marked by the joy of God.
If courage is to be found anywhere, he writes, it's found in the understanding of the greatness of our God. God is playing the "long-game," Chandler says, and we need to focus attention on the place that God has put us, not in the world that we long for and think we've lost. With this perspective in God renewed daily, the Christ-follower walks with courage to pursue holiness, devotion to the Church, and a radical evangelism with our lives, and with our homes.
In sum, a very helpful read for those of us on the seas of change. It brings perspective, it brings hope, it brings urgency, and yes, it certainly brings courage. After all, if history has taught us anything, Christianity rarely thrives in the center and often sees its greatest gains on the persecuted fringes.
"Take heart. You were, quite literally, made for this moment. This is a great time to be a Christian. Take heart."
The book is a short read which makes it pack full of useful content. There's no fluff here as the authors pepper their call to action with history and scripture. This is a book that any Christian could read. And it's one that every Christian should read!
This is a great book about the death of Christendom, but the beautiful future for the church to be missional. I enjoyed this book and already have people I’ll be lending it out to. It’s a quick read and it gives you hope for the future of the church.
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coming from a Pastor who has tried to make his church and changed his teachings over time to mirror the culture as much as possible...