Mark Buchanan has released his newest book, Your Church is Too Safe, and I been truly challenged.
When a books introduction leaves an impact, you know you are in for something fresh. Mark's introduction had me stopping, setting the book down and considering the implications.
Your Church is Too Safe is not for the faint of heart. 'These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.' -- Acts 17:6 With that Scripture in mind, Mark takes the reader on a journey through the book of Acts with a side helping of Jonah. He speaks from a place of boredom. Boredom with church as it currently exists today. I can honestly say he is not alone.
I like this quote from his book:
What happened? When did we start making it our priority to be safe instead of dangerous, nice instead of holy, cautious instead of bold, self-absorbed instead of counting everything loss in order to be found in Christ?We get Mark Buchanan at his best here as he shares his heart and discusses many aspects of church life. He talks about belief vs conviction, grace and truth and challenges the reader to be bold in their faith.
Anyone who reads this book will not be able to comfortably sit on their backside anymore.
I was especially challenged by the talks on grace and truth. Mark's stories about his own churches experiences in this area were insightful and thought provoking.
If you want to be ruined for the ordinary, this is a book for you!