Your Church is Too Safe: Why Following Christ Turns the World Upside-Down
(Zondervan, 2012) by Mark Buchanan
The Facts: Taking off from his award-winning book, Your God is Too Safe, Buchanan's latest book calls the church to more high-risk, high-reward expressions of faith. Mining biblical and contemporary stories, Buchanan makes a case for a church that is radically engaged in the world.
The slant: Buchanan longs for something more than "a roomful of people nodding to old platitudes … allergic to self-denial." While many are calling for a purer, more revolutionary form of church, what sets Buchanan apart is that he's no armchair critic or ivory tower intellectual lobbing idealistic manifestos from safe distance. Rather, as a full-time pastor, he's living out his message in the context of the local church. He sketches a vision of a church that truly follows Christ. His arresting prose is sprinkled with powerful anecdotes from his own life and ministry. -Drew Dyck
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