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Overview Change is rapid, subtle, and ubiquitous. As a culture, we find ourselves working harder and harder to keep abreast of the unending shifts in society, business, education, and values. Christians often are overwhelmed in their efforts to provide the leadership of foresight, vision, and imagination needed in a seemingly unstable world. Tom Sine's Mustard Seed vs. McWorld emphasizes how Christians can adopt Jesus' mustard seed perspective by recognizing that God works through the seemingly small and insignificant to bring about lasting change. For McWorld, the ultimate is economic growth and efficiency; from a mustard seed perspective, spiritual and societal transformation are the ultimate goals. This book is ideally suited for business leaders, ministry organizations, and educational institutions seeking measures for coping with rapid change. College and seminary students, students of cultural trends, and all Christians simply desiring to better understand the future and make a difference will benefit from Mustard Seed vs. McWorld.
Publishers Description A guide for helping Christians understand the rapid-fire global changes in society and grasp God\u2019s perspective of working through the seemingly insignificant to effect lasting change.
Awards and Recognitions Mustard Seed vs. McWorld: Reinventing Life and Faith for the Future by Tom Sine & Ravi Zacharias has received the following awards and recognitions -
Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2000 Nominee - Christianity/Society category
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Tom Sine (Ph.D., University of Washington) is a futurologist who consults with Christian organizations around the world. He has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of Washington. His previous books include Wild Hope, The Mustard Seed Conspiracy, and Cease Fire.
Tom Sine currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mustard Seed vs. McWorld: Reinventing Life and Faith for the Future?
You can get through it - Dec 21, 2004
Tom Sine espouses his theories on globalism and how believers in Christ and how they can, do, do not, sometimes, might go together. How does one influence the other? Who should we minister to? Tom relies heavily on statistics, so much so that the book is almost blinding at times. One can really go into statistical overload reading this book. With that said, Sine was ahead of the curve in 1999 predicting global terrorism before 9/11. He also makes a strong case for ministering to the least of us, the homeless, etc. This book has a pretty strong liberal bend to it, and still is useful. Although a bit dated, it still picks up on trends of the McWorld globalization that is still occurring at a rapid rate.
It is frightening to see in every town an office depot, target, old navy, petco, etc. Its like no matter where you go you can get the same exact thing. My wife and I always try to find anything but Applebees.
The only problem is this book. Dec 4, 2002
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? Dec 15, 2001
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 Jul 12, 2001
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...
How to be "in the world, but not of it" Jul 26, 2000
Many Christian writers give solid advice for dealing with family and friends, but downplay our interactions with the "secular" world, as if we're better off avoiding it as much as possible. Others get hung up on social action for the sake of their favorite -ism, often seeming to forget about God in the process. This worthwhile book avoids both these pitfalls. Tom Sine shows that we can live our faith in the world by starting small faith-based projects -- "planting mustard seeds" -- in areas like evangelization, charitable works, ecology, and the arts. He provides many examples and case studies, and talks about why it's important for Christians to want to make a difference. If you're interested in practical ways to share Christian values in society, this book is both thought-provoking and action-provoking.