I'm reading an advance copy of this book by Tullian Tchividjian (say cha-vi-jin) so I can review it for next month's issue of the Good News of South Florida. If the following applies to you, you'll want to read the book.
- You look around at your church and notice that everyone there is basically the same age as you are—that they look and dress pretty much like you do.
- You attend a "leadership" conference where you learn more about organization and props (structural renovation) than proclamation and prayer (spiritual reformation).
- Your goal in spending time with non-Christians is to demonstrate that you're really no different than they are and to prove this you curse like a sailor, drink like a fish and smoke like a chimney.
- You think that the way Jesus lived is more important than what Jesus said—that his deeds are more important than his doctrine.
- The church you've chosen is defined more by its reaction to "boring, traditional" churches than by its response to a needy world.
- You believe that the best way to change our culture is to elect a certain kind of politician.
- The one verse you most wish wasn't in the Bible is John 14:6, where Jesus says, "/ am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." That's way too close-minded!
The book is due out April 21, 2009