A Great Book by a Church Growth Pastor Turned Confessional, by Pr. Rossow
I had my own conversion from Church Growth psychology to genuine Confessional Lutheran theology and so I am glad to hear of a new book written by LCMS Pastor Lucas Woodford which outlines a similar journey. We also share a devotion to the work of James May and Lutherans in Africa (LIA). Pastor Woodford recently returned from a trip to Africa to see first-hand the work of LIA.
I encourage you to read about his trip to Africa and to order his book and read his insightful comparison of the recent generation’s Church Growth principles of psychology and sociology with the confession of the Apostles Creed and the Scriptural principles that have preserved the church for two thousand years and that he now espouses.
You can read about his trip to Africa here: http://www.lutheransinafrica.com/pdf/newsletter/2013-09-en.pdf
To support LIA’s capital campaign to build a new Lutheran Center in Kenya click here: http://www.lutheransinafrica.com/pdf/newsletter/2013-09-en.pdf
Here is the description of the book from Amazon.com:
There is a great debate going on in the church today. It centers on one question: “What is the mission of the church” From culturally relevant, emerging congregations to strategic methods of organization and outreach, many claim they have the answer. They say the mission must become “missional” Yet the churches of North America continue to struggle. Uncertainty is growing. “What does it really mean to be ‘missional’ Competing claims abound. “Get the message out” “Get the message right” Great confusion has set in, particularly in the postmodern North American church. The Gospel is getting lost. Yet, throughout the ages, the creedal confession of the Holy Christian Church has carried her through uncertainty and struggle. The Apostles’ Creed has steadied and stayed the mission of the church for centuries. It centers on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit-the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. This book celebrates the historic mission of the Holy Christian Church, and it invites the North American church to do the same.
Here is the link to order it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Great-Commission-Confusion-Confession-Christian/dp/1610978773/ref=pd_sim_b_85
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