When church and culture look the same...
For the many Christians eager to prove we can be both holy and cool, cultural pressures are too much. We either compartmentalize our faith or drift from it altogether—into a world that's so alluring.
Have you wondered lately:
Disappearing Church will help you sort through concerns like these, guiding you in a thoughtful, faithful, and hopeful response. Weaving together art, history, and theology, pastor and cultural observer Mark Sayers reminds us that real growth happens when the church embraces its countercultural witness, not when it blends in.
It's like Jesus said long ago, “If the salt loses its saltiness, it is no longer good for anything…”
Mark Sayers has written a book that should be on every pastors shelf, indeed on every Christ followers shelf as well. He has obviously spent many hours working with God on the reasons behind the decline in the Church as a whole. I love one of the lines in the book which says "In a world where friends are added with a button and the beautiful, blank faces of stock photography stare out at us, church and faith offer us true, face-to-face encounters." As Mark points out, it is only with these encounters that we can live out the words of Christ in Matthew 28:19-20. Gnosticism has indeed reared it's ugly head in the modern church in new, stealthy ways that make self seem more important than obedience to God's calling in our lives. As Mark says "the enemy is not outside the ramparts, it is inside the castle." It is time for the Church to sit up and take notice. "To learn to abide in Christ, we also must break from the lures that surround us, while still offering good news to the culture that seduces us." An excellent book.
When I started reading this book, one of my friends asked me, “How is it?” and I quickly replied, “It’s spot on.” That was only about 2 or 3 chapters in.
This is a solid book that identifies the problem in the church today and some possible solutions. I appreciate the authors gentle style of writing – it’s deep but not a hard read. I do plan to go through it again right away with highlighter, pen and notebook in hand and jot down the places where, as I was reading, I would nod my head or say “yes, that’s it” out loud.
Pick up a copy if you’re interested in getting back to REAL church. You’ll be glad you did!