Item description for This Little Church Went to Market: The Church in the Age of Entertainment by Gary E. Gilley...
Overview Publisher Marketing: With many evangelical churches being subscribed to pragmatic rather than scriptural patterns for worship this book calls for the Church to return to its scriptural roots.
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Studio: EP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.32" Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher EVANGELICAL PRESS #532
Series This Little Church
ISBN 0852345968 ISBN13 9780852345962
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More About Gary E. Gilley
Gilley has pastored at Southern View Chapel, Springfield, Illinois, since 1975.
Reviews - What do customers think about This Little Church Went To Market?
Very Good Jan 30, 2007
Still in the process of reading the book...but it clearly outlines how churches sell out to the world...while compromising God's way.
This Little Church Went to Market Aug 13, 2006
This book excellently portrays how the Gospel is being changed into a "different gospel" in order to be appealing. Clearly, a great shift is happening in churches today toward a man-centered philosophy. Easy read for the serious Believer.
This Little Church Went to Market Jun 26, 2006
One of the best complete discussions of the Contemporary Church movement a la Rick Warren/Saddleback, and Bill Hybels/Willow Creek.
Good content, but it's all on the web for free... Feb 24, 2006
Pastor Gilley takes a hard look at the modern church-growth movement and comes away with a shocking truth: The "seeker-sensitive" approach to doing church involves subtly changing the gospel message until it no longer *is* the gospel, but still *sounds* like it.
Anyone faced with Rick Warren's "Purpose-Driven Life" or "Purpose-Driven Church" should read Gilley's chapter, "The Gospel According to Warren."
One complaint is that all of the material in this book is taken, verbatim, from his monthly newsletters, all of which are available for reading online. If you need to have paper in hand, get the book, but you'll get more content from his web site.
The chapter on psychology seems a bit harsh, and doesn't square with my experience. Maybe my therapist was the only one to approach things from a more Biblical view, but I doubt it. Instead of discussing the past in order to cast blame and avoid responsibility, as Gilley maintains, the purpose of examining the past is in order to understand why certain situations lead to disproportionate emotional responses and how to handle the emotional response. It is, in essence, taking charge of emotions because the responsibility for the actions we take is squarely on our own shoulders.
There are numerous formatting issues, even with the updated version, mostly dealing with block quotes. Several times, "emphasis mine" is included after a quote when there is no emphasis in the quote. These mistakes can make it a little harder to read.
That said, this book is a must read if your church is looking to grow using the Saddleback or Willow Creek materials.
A Prophetic and Passionate Call To the Church Nov 5, 2005
I have greatly enjoyed reading Gary Gilley's book THIS LITTLE CHURCH WENT TO MARKET: IS THE MODERN CHURCH REACHING OUT OR SELLING OUT?. Having been a big reader of Charles Spugeon and John MacArthur, I have seen the problems with the modern church through their writing for quite some time and how we need to return to the authority of the Bible alone and not the fads of our time. This book by Gilley is another cry in their tradition.
In this book Gilley takes on the entire Church Growth movement of Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, C. Peter Wagner, and George Barna. He does a graceful job of presenting both the weaknesses and the postives that Christians can learn from these men. Gilley doesn't question their hearts or motives but rather he simply calls the Church to base everything on the teachings of Scripture and nothing else.
The book reveals who modern evangelicals are moving away from sound doctrine (1 Timothy 4:16; Titus 2:1) for experience or for a more pragmatic approach to ministry and life. He doesn't just pick fights with the Church Growth "experts" but he goes directly to the Scriptures to show what God has to say about the issues at hand. His book is filled with the extensive end notes with many coming directly from quotes of popular Church Growth authors and teachers.
I highly recommend this book for all disciples of Jesus (John 8:31-32). I believe Gilley is a voice crying in the wilderness. We need more men willing to stand up for truth in the midst of our intolerant age of tolerance.