The pages are already getting dog-eared and I’ve lifted many great quotes, and I’m only a couple of chapters in. One of my favorite quotes so far, because it states theology so visually: “If you want to win this world to Christ, you are going to have to sit in the smoking section.”
Neil Cole is challenging us to develop an ecclesiology that is more about Jesus:
When you look at the conventional church in America and all that it offers, you are left gazing down an old soggy street. It does not compel you to go further down that road. More vision statements, more Christian concerts, more sermons, and more blueprints for bigger auditoriums are not enough.
You will be amazed what people do for Jesus that they will not do for your vision statement. There is something better. There has to be. Jesus did not die and rise from the dead so that we can have better church bulletins and more comfortable pews.
I’m just getting started, but so far I’ve found something significant on pretty much every page.
Like The Great Giveaway, this book calls us to a renewed ecclesiology (theology of the church).
I hope to have reviews posted on both of these books fairly soon.