Real Church: Does it exist? Can I find it?

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Thomas Nelson Inc, May 4, 2009 - Religion - 224 pages
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"Church as I know it usually leaves deep parts of me dormant, unawakened, and untouched.  I don't much like going. So, what now?"

What's happening to the Church? Why are so many people who for decades have been faithful, steady churchgoers (and others who want to start going to church but can't seem to find one that meets their needs) losing interest in even attending church, let alone getting involved? What is fundamentally wrong with the "types" of churches (Seeker, Bible, Emergent, Liberal, Evangelical) that dot the religious landscape? Larry Crabb believes it is time to rethink the entire foundation and focus of what we know today as church -- everything we're doing and are wanting to see happen. In his most honest and vulnerable book to date, the author reveals his own struggles in this area and then offers a compelling vision of why God designed us to live in community with Him and others, and what the church he wants to be a part of looks like.

 

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Outstanding book which the whole world should read

User Review  - dick - Christianbook.com

This book brings forth what I persoanlly have been feeling and searching for answers for for some time. My prayer is that I can use my findings effectively to share with others Read full review

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User Review  - Timothy P - Christianbook.com

This book explores if the real church actually exists, and what constitutes a real church. Crabb, in his wit and frankness, explores the state of the American church. He moves to 3 misconceptions of ... Read full review

Contents

1 Why Have We Lost Interest in Church?
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2 Why Do So Many People Still Attend Church and Like It?
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3 So What Is It that Makes a Gathering a Church?
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4 So What Is It that Causes a Gathering to Cease Being a Church?
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WHY SHOULD I GO TO CHURCH? THREE ANSWERS THAT DONT WORK FOR ME
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WHAT CHURCH DO I WANT TO GO TO?
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MARKS OF THE CHURCH I WANT TO BE PART OF
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A Closing Statement of What I Want in a Church
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Postscript
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Real ChurchReal Responses from Real Pastors
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Notes
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A Sample from Larry Crabbs Next Book 66 Love Letters Discover the Larger Story of the Bible One Book at a Time
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Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminary speaker, Bible teacher, popular author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. He is currently Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University in Denver and Visiting Professor of Spiritual Formation for Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. Dr. Crabb and his wife of forty-six years, Rachael, live in the Denver, Colorado area. For additional information please visit www.newwayministries.org

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