Mustard Seed Vs. McWorld: Reinventing Life and Faith for the Future
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ISBN/ASIN : 0801090881
Manufacturer : Baker Books|
Release data : 01 August, 1999
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The only problem is this book.
Well, maybe not the only problem. That would be too pressumptuous of me. Would you like to know the problem in short? Mustard Seed Vs. McWorld is simple. It's books like this vs. the Bible. Read your Bible as it relates to itself, practice distanciasion, and you'll be set. Why doesn't God focus on problems as presented in this book? Because they're not the point. This book is about a social gospel, God was about the gospel of and for His glory. Why did Jesus never tell His disciples, "you know, celebration is the key"?
"Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?" Isaiah 2:22
"Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation." Psalm 146:3
"Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength." Jeremiah 17:5
God's salvic nature (Luke 9:56) is to reconcile all things to Him self (Col. 1:20), that His glory be known (Rom 9:23). Not....anthropocentricism.
"WWJD" = symptom of a problem in Christendom?
Sine is not your typical conservative Christian author. If you're looking for a book by one of Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell's buddies, then you're in the wrong aisle; try checking over in the area with all the "WWJD" bracelets and T-shirts.
Sine's book would surely ruffle the feathers of the average church-going, capitalist-loving, suburban Christian. After all, this guy (Sine) has the audacity to claim that we, as Christians, are actually supposed to place the teachings of Jesus on a higher level than the priorities of an American culture based on consumerism. Sheesh!!! Who does he think he is? Sine's emphasis is on re-organizing our lives to get away from the perceived need to mold them in a way that feeds off of materialism, and to focus our efforts instead on the work of God's kingdom. Rather than having our priorities be 1) material things, 2) family, and 3) God, Sine rightly states they should be 1) God, 2) family, 3) material necessities.
If you're disappointed with working 50-60 hours per week striving for that next promotion while trying to find time to race the kids to their activities, feed the dog, mow the lawn, and do the dishes, (Oh! and I'll find time for God next week) all to end up with high blood pressure, a divorce, and bankruptcy court, then you definitely should read this book. It will either scare you or inspire you to start over! Or both...
Get out of your box
Sine takes awhile to get to his point, having to lay some groundwork in the earlier chapters. However, once he does you will never look at the world around you the same. He challenges all the existing paradigms of the church, and what we're about as Christians. This is a must read for anyone in church leadership...