Book Review

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The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the Church from Big Business, Parachurch Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism, and Other Modern Maladies by David E. Fitch

For the next couple of weeks I’ll be reviewing the book pictured above. I’ll introduce a chapter from the book, give a summary and a short response to his proposal…

There are almost way too many books that are speaking out against the modernized church that you may not know where to start, but what attracted me to Fitch’s book was his focus on ecclesiology. Basically, his thesis is that the evangelical church has sold out to modernity and that there are profound changes that need to occur. There’s really nothing new to be found here, if you’re at all familiar with the emerging church then you know all about this contention. However, Fitch’s line of questioning goes as so: Has the evangelical church stopped being the church because of its fidelity to modernity? And if so, is there any hope that it can reclaim its mission and be what it is called out to be? These are the issues at hand, and I like these questions. For a lot of emerging/emergent folks, the questions are centered around themselves and how they maintain their faith, and I hope that many go the way of Fitch and ask about what it means to maintain the faith as a church, as a confessing church, and as a church that seeks to be light in a darkened world. I hope Fitch has some helpful suggestions…


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  1. Rob

    I think this is a great idea. Maybe we can all start posting engaging reviews of books we are reading. I know right now I have a huge stack of books to be read, so it definitely helps getting some solid thoughts on where to go next.

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