By Ross A. Lockhart,Darrell L. Guder

“I’m wealthy and that i don’t want a thing,” bragged the early Christians within the immense urban of Laodicea. The Apostle John, despite the fact that, observed their affluence and conceitedness via a theological lens. He declared them to be bankrupt, “lukewarm Christians” whom God might gladly gargle and spit out. this day, the mainline church within the West unearths itself in a dominant tradition of Laodicean affluence, the place even religion is a commodity to be ate up. whereas the gospel spreads and prospers within the international South and East, the Western mainline church appears to be like longingly again at Christendom and ahead in worry. As Christians dwelling in a North American tradition that hugely prizes the unholy Trinity of individualism, consumerism, and secularism, we require a brand new type of missional management to “pray” cognizance to what God is doing on the planet round us. This booklet names the demanding situations and offers inherent in partnering with the Holy Spirit for you to provide missional management in a tradition of affluence. it's approximately either residing in Laodicea and leaving it at the back of. we're now not in a Babylonian captivity yet a Laodicean one. This paintings is helping chart a path for Christians who lengthy to allow pass of “country membership faith” and in its place belong to a neighborhood that is helping equip missionary disciples, proof against the dominant tradition and resplendent within the love of our triune God.
“Ross Lockhart has given us a hard-hitting, fast moving, biblically grounded research of our cultural captivity in North American affluence. He has additionally written a really useful, hopeful booklet that might supply encouragement and embolden pastors and congregations to extra devoted engagement in Christ’s challenge to Laodicea and beyond.”
—Will Willimon, United Methodist Bishop, retired; Professor of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity institution, Durham, NC; writer of the lately released novel, I’m no longer from right here: A Parable (Cascade Books)

“With the Bible in a single hand and an iPad within the different, Ross Lockhart reads affluence and apathy because the websites of the ‘Laodicean’ captivity of the church. to damage unfastened from that captivity, a person must say anything; the an individual is the missional church, the whatever is Jesus Christ, crucified and risen.”
—Richard R. Topping, relevant; Professor of reviews within the Reformed Tradition,
Vancouver institution of Theology

“It is unusual that our wisest commentators on issues churchly and cultural also are our funniest. Ross Lockhart has knowledge and humor to spare. those essays are one way or the other either impatiently prophetic and graciously pastoral. They’re additionally pleasant. You won’t positioned the ebook down extra cynical. You’ll positioned it down extra able to serve.”
—Jason Byassee, Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics, Vancouver tuition of Theology

“Practical and provocative, witty and clever, Lockhart supplies once more with a e-book that pushes Christians and their religion groups past self-interested upkeep into major, life-changing, and genuine undertaking. This booklet is for we all who're confident that church can now not be ‘business as usual.’”
—Robert C. Fennell, Atlantic college of Theology

“Ross Lockhart reveals within the letter to Laodicea a major missional situation during this first-century neighborhood, which benefits shut realization at the a part of modern groups rising from Christendom, specifically in North America.”
—Darrell L. Guder, Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

Ross A. Lockhart is affiliate Professor at St. Andrew’s corridor on the college of British Columbia. he's the founding Director of the Centre for Missional management and writer of Gen X, Y religion? (2002) and coeditor of 3 methods of Grace (2009).

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