Friday, October 19, 2007

They Like Jesus but not the Church
By Dan Kimball
272 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (March 2007)

Author: Dan Kimball is one of the pastors of Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz. He is part of the emerging church. Kimball espouses “Vintage Faith,” a return to the “vintage values of the original Christian church and teachings of Jesus.”

Organization: After an introduction in which Kimball challenges pastors and leaders to stand up and transform their ministries into missions, he leads his readers through three parts. Part One describes the changing culture and the necessity of going outside the church to meet those who like Jesus. Part Two describes the various perspectives of those who like Jesus but not the church. Part Three challenges the church to respond in a way that maintains its identity as the body of Christ and creates bridges.

Intention: To make his readers uncomfortable, to encourage self-examination, and to inspire a hope and confidence in God that compels them to mission.


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