Hello old friends...and new ones. My latest book is now out and available at Amazon. From the introduction, here is an excerpt to give you a sense of what the book is about:
At one level, then, this book is about church renewal. In a sense, it is about going forward by looking back, a desire to awaken the church of today by appealing to the church of yesterday, and not just any yesterday, but all the way back to the earliest church period --the period closest to the life of Jesus. The question that lies beneath all of my inquiry is this: how did the early Church understand the nature of faithful discipleship? And, then, how should that impact and influence how we live today?
There’s a good deal of mythology and romanticism about the earliest period of the church. Some perhaps believe the prescription for the contemporary church’s ailments is found in a recovery of the supposed purity of the “early church.” This book is not a romantic inquiry into the “golden days” of the church, but rather an attempt to crack open a window into the early church for the explicit purpose of examining how differently they saw the world. My hope is not that the reader will walk away agreeing with everything one might find in that early period. I do hope, though, that it might inspire some lively debate and that the Spirit might use that debate to sow seeds of renewal in the church. A renewal that will change us so that when the world looks at the church, it sees a genuine and distinct alternative “way of being”—one more consistent with the life lived by our Lord.
Click the link to the right to check it out at Amazon.