Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we "dress up" for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, choirs, and seminaries? This volume reveals the startling truth: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles.
"This will make Church Lady verrrry mad..."
In this compelling work, authors Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola reclaim the entire Bible as a gripping narrative about Jesus Christ. Virtually every other “Jesus biography” begins with the nativity account in Bethlehem. In this groundbreaking book, Sweet and Viola begin before time, in the Triune God, and tell the complete interconnected story of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation.
"One thing that annoyed me:"
A revolution is moving through the body of Christ, challenging the spiritual status quo and redefining the very notion of corporate worship - a movement inspired by the divine design for holy fellowship. It's a fresh concept rooted in ancient history.
"Exceptional and thought provoking!"
Christians face profound challenges today, including doubt, discouragement, fear, guilt, rejection, materialism, and spiritual apathy. God’s people are also seeking an answer to a piercing question: what does God want from me, exactly? In God’s Favorite Place on Earth, Frank Viola answers all of these challenges with seminal insight. Here is a brilliant retelling of Jesus’ many visits to the village of Bethany and the touching message that it holds for us today. Viola presents this beautifully crafted narrative from the viewpoint of Lazarus, who lived in Bethany with his two sisters, Martha and Mary.
"Fantastic! My Lord Jesus, welcome home!"
Deep within God's Word lies a wondrous story like no other. A drama that originated before time began. An epic saga that resonates with the heartbeat of God. A story that reveals nothing less than the meaning of life. From Eternity to Here presents three remarkable stories spanning from Genesis to Revelation. Each story traces a divine theme that is woven throughout Scripture. Seen together, they offer an extraordinary glimpse into God's highest passion.
"Sometimes we get a glimpse of Gods desires !"
From the author of Reimagining Church comes an essential guide that provides practical, effective tools for finding vibrant Christian communities. Driven by a passion for the body of Christ, Frank Viola has written some of today's most authoritative and celebrated works on the growing home, organic, and missional church movements. Now Viola shares practical keys to a healthy and successful church plant.
"Don't Read! Unless you are hungry for more of God"
What is Christianity? It is Christ. Nothing more, nothing less. Christianity is not an ideology and not a philosophy. Christianity is the Good News that beauty, truth, and goodness are found in a Person. And conversion? It's more than a change in direction; it's a change in connection.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ met face to face with people just like you. Broken, imperfect, sometimes fearful, and without hope. The Day I Met Jesus is a beautifully crafted narrative that chronicles the remarkable encounters of five women in the Gospels who were desperate to find wholeness, security, and purpose. Like all of us, these women struggled with the regrets of their pasts, the stresses of their presents, and the worries of their tomorrows.
A scholar of the New Testament Church and a forerunner of modern Church renewal, Frank Viola casts his gaze back at the birth pangs of first-century Christianity in The Untold Story of the New Testament Church. Using a "you-are-there" approach, this epic volume gives readers a first-hand account of how the witness of Christ's testimony impacted the world.
"Like listening to someone tell you a story"
Revise Us Again calls us to revisit and return to God’s original script for living. Every person follows a script for living, a life-guide that offers cues for our behavior and direction for our choices. As believers, the Word of God gives us a script for experiencing life as God intended. Yet our scripts are often distorted by our environment, our culture, and our religious traditions. As a result, all of us are in constant need of revising the scripts that we live by. Author Frank Viola believes we need to revisit and revise what it means to live the Christian life.
"Frank Does It Again"