Tag Archives: Your Church is Too Safe
The 2012 Leadership Journal book awards were recently announced. I was thrilled to see a good number of Zondervan ministry titles on the list. If you’ve not read these books, I hope you’ll give them a shot.
Category: The Leader’s Inner Life
- Sifted: Pursuing Growth through Trials, Challenges, and Disappointments by Wayne Cordeiro with Francis Chan and Larry Osborne
- Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion by Dan Kimball
Category: The Leader’s Outer Life
Best of the Best: Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City by Timothy Keller
- Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend by Andy Stanley
- Your Church is Too Safe: Why Following Christ Turns the World Upside-Down by Mark Buchanan
Chris Brauns: Chris is a pastor, author, and blogger. Today he has a guest post on Zach Nielson’s blog. He talks about why he let’s a child blow out the candles after their service. It’s a good read. It made me think about the little things we do in ministry and how, if we’re prayerful and intentional, they could be used by God to be extremely meaningful later on.
Kevin Harney: Kevin is the author of many books, but his heart’s passion is outreach and evangelism. He’s the author of Organic Outreach for Ordinary People, Organic Outreach for Churches, and coming this fall, Organic Outreach for Families which is co-authored by his wife, Sherry. Kevin’s website has recently gone through a major overhaul. For resources from Kevin about various ministry topics check out http://www.kevingharney.com/
Love Without Walls Blog Tour: Just a reminder for all of you reviewing books: the blog tour is next week! I hope you’re enjoying the reading. There are also videos of the author that you could include in your posts available here.
Audio book: Listen to chapter 1 of Your Church is Too Safe. The entire chapter is available for free on YouTube. Enjoy!
The Zondervan blog has another Buchanan excerpt posted today. Click here for the full post. Here’s the first part…
The primary gift God gives to those who trust in him is reconciliation with him. But the primary gift the people of God give to those who are reconciled to God is a community of reconciled people. We give them the gift of our own wholeness and oneness. We give the gift of community. We invite them to be part of a people where everyone makes “every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” [Ephesians 4:3].
A good friend of mine writes and edits and the Zondervan blog. He has a post up today that excerpts Mark Buchanan’s Your Church is Too Safe. I thought it would be perfect to give away a copy of the same book today.
If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time then you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I love this book. We did a blog tour for it, we interviewed Mark about his other Z project (here and here) and I’ve posted some random thoughts on it before. Excessive? Maybe. Is the book worthy of such attention? Definitely.
For today’s giveaway tell us what one of your favorite all-time books is, and tell us how you’ve told others about it. (We’ll give away two copies. The winners will be chosen randomly and announced tomorrow. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win.)
Do you have a quote from the book in your email signature? Did you review it online? Have you named one of your children or your dog after the main character or the author?
Book nerds, it’s time to come clean.
All this week the blogosphere will be filling with reviews of Mark Buchanan’s Your Church is Too Safe . I’ll be keeping a running list of the reviews here and tweeting the links with @EngagingChurch. Join us for the tour and find out if your ministry needs to be a little bit more dangerous.
Reviews posted so far:
Here’s more from the “My New Day” interview with Mark Buchanan. The blog tour for his book, Your Church is Too Safe, starts next week!
An interview with Mark Buchanan aired last week on Canadian TV and is now available on YouTube. This is nice, lengthy interview. I love when authors get a chance to speak on their books like this. It gives all of us a great opportunity to get to know them a little bit more and see their heart and passion for the message of their book. If you’ve not read Your Church is Too Safe yet, or if you’ve not read any Mark Buchanan books at all, this clip will give you a strong sense of the kind of thoughtful, “wordsmith” type writer he is. Also, he describes what drove him to write the book including his sense that God was calling him and his church to make a difference in the lives of the first nations community in his area.
My favorite lines from the interview:
1) “Fellowship is the natural outflow of mission…Stop trying to get the fellowship, get the mission.”
2) “The one touchstone anybody should look for [in a new church]: Is this church either doing or willing to do that which requires God to do it?”
Here’s a friendly reminder for everyone who signed up for the blog tour for Your Church is Too Safe by Mark Buchanan:
It’s next week!
So, if you haven’t finished it yet, or if you’ve not started penning your review you’ve still got a whole week to work on it. Keep in mind that reviews can be as short as a paragraph and that we ask that you post your review in two places, on your blog and on some other book site that takes reviews. You can post it any time during the next week.
We are looking for honest, helpful reviews. You don’t have to like the book or agree with every statement, but if you critique it, please critique constructively. Helpful conversations around a book are a great way to actually make an impact for the kingdom. Books change hearts and minds. You never know how God might use the blog tour to bless his church.
Looking forward to a great discussion next week!