The Shaping of Things to Come

The Shaping of Things to Come by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch
Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church

This book has been on my backlog stack since 2006...because of my discontent with institutional church over the last few years, I've known that I needed to read this. Then a few weeks ago, my friend Bill Jones strongly recommended that I read this. So I picked it up and began. Here we go:

  • pg. 19 - against attractional, dualism, hierarchical; redeeming the routine - 10 worrying ways
  • pg. 37 - the incarnational nature of the church
  • pg. 47 - centered and bounded sets for church models
  • pg. 50 - Vincent Donovan quote - "In working with young people in America, do not try to call them back to where they were, and do not try to call them to where you are, as beautiful as that place may seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place that neither you nor they have ever been before."
  • pg. 73 - real connections for those "outside"
  • pg. 82 - knocking on the door in Zanaki culture
  • pg. 88 - the importance of the Incarnation
  • pg. 126 - Torah as an orientation of human religion to concrete expressions of life
  • pg. 127 - unifying our lives
  • pg. 136 - the elements of human searching and yearning
  • pg. 150 - the renting of human consciousness
  • pg. 151 - the non-impact of the sermon
  • pg. 152 - a building as a tool
  • pg. 180 - seminaries producing only pastor/teacher types of leaders (forsaking apostles, prophets, evangelists)
  • pg. 189 - faith not just about saving our souls but really betting on who God says He is
  • pg. 189 - "The kind of thinking that will solve the world's problems will be of a different order to the kind of thinking that created them in the first place."
  • pg. 210 - Christ as the church's primal mission asset
  • pg. 219 - new types of church leader skills
I loved this book, it has stirred my imagination on how we might explore new ways of doing church. Still the lingering questions, doubts and apathy plague me. Are we ready for this kind of life?


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