The Church in Emerging Culture




The Church in Emerging Culture

Number of page: 272
Author: Andy Crouch
Publisher: Zondervan, 2003
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Category: Religion

What should the church look like today
What should be the focus of its message
How should I present that message
We live in as pivotal and defining an age as the Great Depression or the Sixties-a period whose definition, say some cultural observers, includes a warning of the church’s influence. The result
A society measurably less religious but decidedly more spiritual. Less influenced by authority than by experience. More attuned to images than to words. How does the church adapt to such a culture
Or should it, in fact, eschew adapting for maintaining a course it has followed these last two millennia
Or something in between
These are exactly the questions asked in The Church In Emerging Culture by five Christian thinker-speaker-writers, each who advocate unique stances regarding what the church’s message should be (and what methods should be used to present it) as it journeys through this evolving, postmodern era. The authors are: Andy Crouch-Re:Generation Quarterly editor-in-chief Michael Horton-professor and reformed theologian Frederica Mathewes-Green-author, commentator, and Orthodox Christian Brian D. McLaren-postmodernist, author, pastor, and Emergent senior fellow Erwin Raphael McManus-author and pastor of the innovative and interethnic L.A.-based church, Mosaic Most unique about their individual positions is that they’re presented not as singular essays but as lively discussions in which the other four authors freely (and frequently) comment, critique, and concur. That element, coupled with a unique photographic design that reinforces the depth of their at-once congenial and feisty conversation, gives you all-access entr e into this groundbreaking discourse. What’s more, general editor Leonard Sweet (author of SoulTsunami and AquaChurch, among several other acclaimed texts) frames the thought-provoking dialogue with a profoundly insightful, erudite introductory essay-practically a book within a book. The Church In Emerging Culture is foundational reading for leaders and serious students of all denominations and church styles.

About The Author

Leonard Sweet is an author of many books, professor (Drew University, George Fox University, Tabor College), creator of preachthestory.com, and a popular speaker throughout North America and the world. His "Napkin Scribbles" podcasts are available on leonardsweet.com nbsp;nbsp;

Andy Crouch is editorial director for The Christian Vision Project at Christianity Today International and executive producer of Where Faith and Culture Meet, a series of short documentary films on Christians creating "a counterculture for the common good." He is a member of the editorial board of Books & Culture, and a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission's IJM Institute. His writing has appeared in several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.