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An interesting read
on 19 June 2007
As the subtitle makes clear, the contents are "the convictions of a lifelong pastor"; and it is interesting to compare these with "9 marks of a healthy church" (Mark Dever) and "Do we have a policy?"(Peter Masters), both of which have a similar objective - ie is the Christian church of the 21st century anywhere near what it should be? And how should we plan to achieve progress towards that end?
After a chapter on "Essentials", (a learning church, a caring church, a worshipping church, and an evangelizing church), there are deeper considerations of worship, evangelism, ministry, fellowship, preaching, and giving - and a thought-provoking chapter on Salt and Light - followed by a conclusion called "Looking for Timothys in the 21st Century".
The author's CofE background surfaces only occasionally; and there is an appendix explaining why he is happy to remain in that denomination. However, the fact that he does so should not detract from the aim of the book - which is to challenge the reader as to the current state of the fellowship to which they belong.
In a day when many churches have no vision other than to preserve tradition and the status quo, while others are intent on casting off all restraint, it is good to be brought back to biblical principles, and made to think about what could be, what should be, and what needs to be if we are to have any impact in this generation.