I haven’t done this on “this blog”, nor on my alternate one for a long time… But there are some reads you might want to consider….
A comment from http://missionalchurchnetwork.com/ shares:
Right Here, Right Now: Everyday Mission For Everyday People is a great new book released this week from Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford. I hope to post a full review later this week, but for now here is a short excerpt where Alan and Lance both speak on the importance of mission being the organizing principle of the church.
A comment on this work from http://www.reclaimingthemission.com/ shares: I found this book to be a lucid unfolding of the confounding traps pastors fall into as they continually try to grow their church. As a result, we end up looking at church upside down and repeatedly end up working against participating in God’s Mission. In this book, Roxburgh helps us untangle these traps and helps us see what we are doing to ourselves! He has a wonderful exposition of Luke 10 that can be used to teach and expand the imaginations of our congregations for what God is calling us to be “in the neighborhoods.”
Finally, my top recommendation, written by a friend:
An Amazon review says:
The Anabaptists are beginning to make more and more sense to a world that is increasingly aware of the emptiness of materialism and the ugliness of militarism. Anabaptist logic is rooted in the wisdom of the cross of Jesus, which Scripture says confounds the wisdom of this world. It seems the world is poised for a new Anabaptist movement, and The Naked Anabaptist may well be the spark that lights the fire. –Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution
I am finding a growing hunger for a more authentic whole-life faith that makes a difference in the lives of others. Many are discovering their answer in the Anabaptist witness, as I did 30 years ago. The Naked Anabaptist is a treasure for those who want to become more faithful followers of Jesus in our troubled world. Stuart Murray compellingly explains how the Anabaptist witness calls us to take Jesus seriously in every area of our lives and in response to the urgent issues of peace and justice that fill our world. –Tom Sine, author of The New Conspirators
Anabaptist Christians have been around for almost 500 years. But what does Anabaptism look like when not clothed in Mennonite or Amish traditions? Writing from Great Britain, Stuart Murray peels back the layers to reveal the core components of Anabaptism and what they mean for faith in his context and ours. It’s a way of following Jesus that challenges, disturbs, and inspires us, summoning us to wholehearted discipleship and worship. Read this book, and catch a vision for living a life of radical faith! Available April 1, 2010.
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