Vertical Church…

I recently read James MacDonald’s  Vertical Church.  Some parts were incredibly encouraging (and highly convicting) while others were a bit incomplete (and slightly cynical) at times.    

For example, the author suggests, “My point is that when we ask people what they want in church instead of giving them what they were created to long for, we play into the very idolatry that church was created to dismantle” (58).
Though I agree with his premise that a church must show a third-way to live – bringing Christ-centered transformation to a life, people, and culture – I also hold the conviction that we have a responsibility to meet people where they are at before we are able to take them to where they need to be. 

Didn’t the Apostle Paul speak of this when he proposed, “When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23, NLT)? 


All that being said, I appreciate MacDonald’s emphasis of drawing people to the power and presence of God (something that all the production and programming in the world just cannot accomplish).  Likewise, he should not consider all cultural relevancy and intentionality as merely dumbing-down the gospel.    
Vertical Church…

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