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Be committed to church, sure, but can the church reach the world? The book is written by a pastor from a pastors perspective and so the exhortations to serve in church, tithe at church and make your pastor's life a joy, seem a little self serving.
My other review, for another venue needs to extol the virtues of this book a little more (and there are some), so I am using my goodreads to gripe a little.
We should be giving people a break from things with an opportunity to rest at least ounce a week.
We tend to get ourselves so busy that we don't even have the time to think about God.
This isn't bad, but in some ways the book came across as a to do list.
It's still good though that he shows how a church should operate, and gives us a great idea of what we should be striving for at the least.
On top of that, I think in America we emphasize studying your bible strongly, but we see prayer being a primary concern in Jesus example of praying in the mornings.
Loving Jesus Christ involves a passionate commitment to His church — around the world and down the street. It's short and seemed to have a lot more Americanisms that grated after a while.
As I read this book I thought of people I know with 'Church Angst' and found that Harris either is unaware of the ways in which churches can I am reviewing the updated version of this book elsewhere (now titled, "Why Church Matters") so will not provide a full review here, but here are some of criticisms:1.
As I read this book I thought of people I know with 'Church Angst' and found that Harris either is unaware of the ways in which churches can wound people, or he doesn't think that the emotional part of this is important enough to address.2.
The principles are good: people shouldn't church hop but should be fully committed members of their local Gospel preaching church.
I'm sure there must be better books out there on the subject of church membership/commitment.
They love, hurt, have daily challenges and struggles, and strive to be the best they can be.