Friday, October 19, 2007

The Church in Emerging Culture
Edited by Leonard Sweet
272 pages
Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (October 1, 2003)

Authors: Andy Crouch, Michael Horton, Frederica Matthewes-Green, Brian D. McLaren, and Erwin Raphael McManus.

Organization: After an introduction essay in which Sweet introduces the metaphors of garden, park, glen, and meadow, the book is divided into five essays (one by each contributor). Interspersed throughout each contributor essay are conversational comments by the other contributors. At the end of each essay, the author of the essay puts forth a rejoinder to the comments. The conversation in this book takes up what H. Richard Niebuhr started in Christ and Culture, considering the Christian faith along two axes: change in method and change in message. There is at least one contributor in each of the four quadrants.

Intention: To consider from four distinct perspectives three crucial questions:
What should the church look like today?
What should be the focus of the message?
How should it present that message?


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