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Adventures In Missing The Point [Paperback]

By Brian D. McLaren (Author) & Tony Campolo (Author)
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Liberal evangelicals McLaren and Campolo assert that Christian faith is being affected because of today's culture-controlled church and believers are missing the point regarding important issues. They invite readers on a journey to uncover and name faulty conclusions, suppositions, and assumptions about the Christian faith.

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How the Culture-Controlled Church Neutered the Gospel If you re brave enough to take an honest look at the issues facing the culture controlled church---and the issues in your own life---read on. Do you ever look at how the Christian faith is being lived out in the new millennium and wonder if we re not doing what we re supposed to be doing? That we still haven t quite gotten it ? That we ve missed the point regarding many important issues? It s understandable if we ve relied on what we ve been told to believe or what s widely accepted by the Christian community. But if we truly turned a constructive, critical eye toward our beliefs and vigorously questioned them and their origins, where would we find ourselves? Best-selling authors Brian McLaren and Tony Campolo invite you to do just that. Join them on an adventure---one that s about uncovering and naming faulty conclusions, suppositions, and assumptions about the Christian faith. In Adventures in Missing the Point, the authors take turns addressing how we ve missed the point on crucial topics such as: salvation, the Bible, being postmodern, worship, homosexuality, truth, and many more."

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Studio: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Pages   286
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 16, 2006
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310267137  
ISBN13  9780310267133  
UPC  025986267131  

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More About Brian D. McLaren & Tony Campolo

Brian D. McLaren Brian D. McLaren is the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Washington-Baltimore area. He is the author of four previous books on contemporary Christianity, including The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix (2000) and A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey (Jossey-Bass, 2001), which won a Christianity Today Award of Merit for Best Christian Living title, 2002.

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Brian D. McLaren currently resides in the state of Maryland. Brian D. McLaren was born in 1956.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Adventures In Missing The Point?

Missing the point is right...  Mar 3, 2007
These two guys are experts at missing the point of the gospel. They are more concerned with social issues than they are with saving souls and bringing people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
It's an Adventure!  Jan 3, 2007
I bought this book while preparing to teach a class on the Emerging Church for my seminary. While I am still adapting to Brian McLaren's style, I share a denominational identity with Tony Campolo, so I was happy to find a book that featured both people in dialog.

Having established that I'm already biased in favor of the writers, I was extremely happy with the book, both in terms of the positions they took and the general "give and take" between the writers on the various issues. There are a lot of people who are going to take issue with this book, but it tackles things that the rest of the world thinks the church has become blind to, and does it very well. The fact that they could differ from time to time, usually with well-reasoned positions, was very helpful.

So here's what I am taking from this book: It's a good starting place for exposing people to some of the dialog that is going on in the Emerging Church; It helped me get some better insight into Brian McLaren's thought by standing him alongside someone I already deeply respect; and it discussed some issues that churches need to stop running from and start talking about. In the process, it might offend a lot of people, but if it gets them talking, it has achieved its objective.
Very thought provoking!  Dec 28, 2006
I have to agree that the book is mistitled but is nevertheless a good read. Throughout the book, McLaren and Tony Campolo gave their opinions on issues, but never really explained how the point was being missed (maybe they missed the point? haha). I thought it was going to be a book that explained how we as Christians get so caught up in proving A point to people (especially to each other), that we forget THE point, and that is to draw people closer to Christ.

It was nothing like that. Campolo and McLaren did touch on that here and there, but mostly focused on presenting their ideas on how to live Christian lives and deal with issues in our present culture. Their ideas fall mostly on the moderate side of things, which I like. But if you are a fundamentalist, you will definitely disagree with at least most of it (although I would still recommend it to you because it should make you think, and I personally like books that make me think, whether I agree with them or not).

The language is easy to understand and interesting. I enjoyed the format, because McLaren and Campolo each write their thoughts on the issue, and occasionally they disagree. I like that you get two perspectives on issues, such as media. A couple times, I was thinking "yes, yes, I totally agree!" during the chapter. Then, at the end of the chapter where the other one responds, I would say, "oh. That's a good point, too. Hmm." It really made me think.

For me, a 23 year old who is still figuring out her belief system and is getting out of the conservative side into the moderate side, this book became a GREAT resource in figuring out what I believe and giving me good arguments as to why.
Twin Sons of Different Mothers  Dec 18, 2006
Brian McLaren and Tony Compolo share the same space in different generations as Christian ministers/writers. Both are iconoclastic, yet have a boundless love for God and a deep but qualified love for God's church. In this book they carry on a conversation-a series of essays followed by a response that help the reader understand their theological views, and at the same time hear the critique of those who might be of a different generation.

The authors break the discussion down into three general areas-God, World and Soul. Included as topics are issues such as salvation, theology, Kingdom of God, End Times, the Bible and particularly running thru many of them the role of culture in shaping our theology and practice. The essays are short and the give and take is enlightening.

I found this to be a stimulating read, and as I suspect the authors wished, I found myself wanting to read more of their work. Good book, highly recommend
Listen and Think  Nov 2, 2006
This excellent set of commentaries by two authors is thoughtful and very much makes one think. Instead of merely comforting you by affirming the wisdom of your Christian faith, the authors alternatively address certain issues and then comment and expand on the other's remarks. We used in a small group setting and the result was lively and helpful discussion.

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