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Reimagining Church : Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity
by Frank Viola


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Author Frank Viola gives readers language for all they knew was missing in their modern church experience. He believes that many of today's congregations have shifted from God's original intent for the church. As a prominent leader of the house church movement, Frank is at the forefront of a revolution sweeping through the body of Christ.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Author Frank Viola gives readers language for all they knew was missing in their modern church experience. He believes that many of today's congregations have shifted from God's original intent for the church. As a prominent leader of the house church movement, Frank is at the forefront of a revolution sweeping through the body of Christ. A change that is challenging the spiritual status quo and redefining the very nature of church. A movement inspired by the divine design for authenticity community. A fresh concept rooted in ancient history and in God Himself.

Join Frank as he shares God's original intent for the church, where the body of Christ is an organic, living, breathing organism. A church that is free of convention, formed by spiritual intimacy, and unbound by four walls.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781434768759
  • ISBN-10: 1434768759
  • Publisher: David C Cook
  • Publish Date: August 2008
  • Page Count: 318
  • Dimensions: 8.22 x 5.56 x 0.84 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.82 pounds


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Books > Religion > Christian Church - General
Books > Religion > Christian Rituals & Practice - Worship & Liturgy
Books > Religion > Christian Theology - Ecclesiology

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 51.
  • Review Date: 2008-05-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

Viola (Pagan Christianity), a leader in the house church movement, believes the church as we know it today is nothing like what God intended it to be. According to Viola, the first-century church, which should be our pattern, met in homes without any official pastor. All members of the church were involved in worship, spontaneously breaking out with teaching or song as they were moved. Decisions were not made until everyone reached consensus. There were no official leaders or elders, but there were men who served and taught and helped others, thus leading by example. Viola believes that to bring the church back on track, both clergy and denominations must be completely abolished. Churches should not have buildings nor should they worry about doctrinal statements. Such radical ideas will best be received by Emergent and postmodern readers. Skeptics will cringe at Viola's strident tone and all-or-nothing approach. More concrete examples of what Viola has seen work well in his 20 years of house church work would have greatly strengthened the book. (Aug.)

 
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