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Publisher's Summary

In our quest to renew the church, Christians have walked through seeker-friendly, emergent, missional, and other movements to develop new expressions of the body of Christ. Now, in the post-Christian world in North America, we're asking the question again: Is there a way to be the church that engages the world, not by judgment nor accommodation but by becoming the good news in our culture?

In Faithful Presence, noted pastor and scholar David Fitch offers a new vision for the witness of the church in the world. He argues that we have lost the intent and practice of the sacramental ways of the historic church, and he recovers seven disciplines that have been with us since the birth of the church. Through numerous examples and stories, he demonstrates how these revolutionary disciplines can help the church take shape in and among our neighborhoods, transform our way of life in the world, and advance the kingdom. This book will help you reenvision church, what you do in the name of church, and the way you lead a church. It recovers a future for the church that takes us beyond Christendom. Embrace the call to reimagine the church as the living embodiment of Christ, dwelling in and reflecting God's faithful presence to a world that desperately needs more of it.

©2017 eChristian (P)2017 eChristian

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What a disappointment!

Would you try another book from David E. Fitch and/or Jim Denison?

No.

What could David E. Fitch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less judgmental for a start. Less blunt -- one catches more flies with honey than with vinegar. More humility. More down to earth. Some of his examples were horrific.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Denison’s performances?

Not really

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Faithful Presence?

The overly long and overly judgmental chapter on reconciliation. There are much better ways to broach the subject. Probably the best way for a Canadian to talk about the racial issues is the US is to talk about racial issues in Canada only. While speaking on difficult topics is good, it is not his place as a foreigner (in my humble opinion and practice).

Any additional comments?

I listen to a lot of books about spirituality. Most of them are helpful to me. I would have never selected this book except a church class used this book. The three-circle motiff is okay but not applicable to me. I wish I had never purchased this Audible book. I have never returned an Audible book but I will see if I can return this one.