I have witnessed two growing trends that concern me deeply. First, old, stagnant, traditional churches that could care less if they reached anybody, they just don't want to change anything about the way they "do" church. Second, the new, cocky, looks like every other young pastor guy who wants to plant the next "GREAT" church who doesn't even really care about the people in his community, but instead idolizes a possible position of status and greatness in the church world. In addition to this, this pastor/church have such loose or non-existent theology that they are on a dangerous slippery slope.
When I read this book, it had a couple of equations that were brilliant and profound. Check them out and weigh in about what you think.
- Gospel + Culture - Church = Parachurch (Promise Keepers, Women of Faith, etc.)
- Culture + Church - Gospel = Liberalism
- Church + Gospel - Culture = Fundamentalism
- Gospel + Church + Culture = A Radical Reformission