Churches are morphing into new forms–emergent churches, shopping mall churches, megachurches–yet surveys show that an increasing number of believers. Philip Yancey journals his personal pilgrimage from skepticism and disillusionment about the church back to enthusiastic participation. Is it because something is wrong with the church? Perhaps that’s part of the picture. But Philip Yancey insists there is another part. In this candid.
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Paperbackpages. Published October 14th by Zondervan bothef published December 23rd To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Churchplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 28, Sarah rated it chuch liked it Shelves: As the daughter of a minister my mom is a Southern Baptist children’s minister, and I often felt I got the short side of the stick – she was available to all of God’s children, it seemed, but not her own as I was growing up and the members of the congregation pushed her well beyond her job description I very much related to much of what Yancey said in this short but invaluable little work.
He walks the fine line he is so adept at walking – he does not sugarcoat but at the same time he does not As the daughter of a minister my mom is a Southern Baptist children’s minister, and I often felt I got the short side of the stick – she was available to all of God’s children, it seemed, but not her own as I hother growing up and the members of the congregation pushed her well beyond her job description I very much related to much of what Yancey said in this short but invaluable little work.
He walks the fine line he is so adept at walking – he does not sugarcoat but at the same time he does not rob the church for what it is: Read it for yourself and see what I mean, for it is a quick but inspiring read that will reaffirm your faith yancye if you didn’t know hpilip particularly needed the boost.
Apr 15, Joy rated it really liked it. Yancey’s background was one of strict fundmentalism in Georgia. He rejected the philup and prejudices of the lhilip and was away from the church for a number of years.
It was years later when he heard preached and understood grace that he came back to appreciate the fellowship of local believers.
One point that he made and I’ve often appreciated about my early church background was “the very strictness of fundamentalism kept me from deeper trouble. Apr 09, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this book during a time when I was taking a sabbatical from church. Yancey himself has had doubts about yancfy or not church was worth it thus the titlebut makes the argument that ultimately it is worth it.
I have since disagreed, but still think he makes good points in the book. Sep 08, Seth rated it really liked it Shelves: I tripped upon this book “accidentally and it really drew me to focus on the essentials of church and why it is worth the bother, almost no matter what. Jun 11, Brandon H. Part of what inspired me to read more about this topic is that I keep running into believers who philop that it’s acceptable and okay to avoid attending church and getting plugged in.
I can understand if someone is dealing with a major life illness that limits their abilities but I don’t see any biblical support for such a dangerous view. Here the author makes a good case for getting engaged in the local church.
He does focus a lot on social outreach and social justice throughout this short book a Part of what inspired me to read more about this topic is that I keep running into believers who think that it’s yzncey and okay to avoid attending church and getting plugged in. He does focus a lot on social outreach and social justice throughout this short book as a primary reason for church attendance.
I think such reasons have a place in the church but is becoming increasingly overemphasized in churches that lean to the Left, theologically and politically. Perhaps this author leans that way himself.
Nevertheless, he has some insightful things to say about the importance of going to church. A few quotes that stood out to me – “Church exists primarily not to provide entertainment or to encourage vulnerability or to build self-esteem or facilitate friendship but to worship God. If it fails in that, it fails I’ve learned that the ministers, the music, the sacraments, and the other trappings of worship are mere promptings to support the ultimate goal of getting worshippers in touch with God and if ever I doubt this fact I go back and read the Old Testament which devotes nearly as much space to specifications for worship in the Tabernacle in the temple as the New Testament devotes to the Life of Christ.
For each of them, at times, the physical reality surely seem to present God is the enemy but each managed to hold on to a trust in God despite the hardships. In doing so, their faith moves from a contract faith – I’ll follow God if he treats me well” botner a relationship that could transcend any hardship.
That is the risk God took. Anyone who enters the church expecting perfection does not understand the nature of that risk or the nature of humanity.
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Just as every romantic eventually learns that marriage is the beginning, not the end, of the struggle to make love work, every Christian must learn that church is also only a beginning. May 20, Cathy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book provide the author’s reflections on what a Christian church is, what it should be, and why Christians should still go to church even xhurch a church isn’t what it should be.
Two things stand out to me in the author’s reflections on what a church should be: They are free to share their weakness with each other, build relationship with one another, and in the process receive support that help them grow toge This book provide the author’s reflections on what a Christian church is, what it should be, and why Christians should still go to church even when a church isn’t what it should be.
They are free to share their weakness with each other, build relationship with one another, and in the process receive support that help them grow together I love how he made the analogy that the Christian church should be God’s step Alcoholic Anonymous group. The author encourages readers who are discouraged, whether at an imperfect church, or at the difficulties one may encounter when trying to serve the community.
We are not yet what we should be, but God’s heart for us is to practice, and practice makes perfect. The book is well-written, but easy to read only pages, with very relatable stories and analogies that illustrates his points. Jul 10, Jeanelle rated it liked it.
Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage
I thoroughly enjoy Philip Yancey and his reflections on the Christian life. This book included many thought provoking quotes, anecdotes, and situations that would cause one to think twice about church including this quote by C. Yanncey commands us to do slowly and blunderingly what He could do perfectly and in the twinkling of an eye. I never got to to the bottom of that question in this short read.
Still worth the read, I would recommend it. Jun 29, Caron Yelsma rated it it was amazing. This one is centered on Church. Phillip Yancey talks a lot about the LaSalle Street Church in Chicago that appears to be unusual in phhilip outreach and membership. Their approach to helping one another bothsr valuable. Yancey also speaks of his wife an what she does with her life. However, the last chapter, Ch. It spoke to the Pastor and others who deal with congregations, speaking to the difficulties inherent in human relationships and helping the hurting.
This chapter was wgy the price of the book, which is only about pages long. Nov 15, Kathy rated it really liked it. A constant question- Church, Why Bother? And Sunday morning rolls around and a lazy morning sounds so amazing! But I have to admit, anything Yancey writes receives my utmost attention.
So I read this phili with an open heart to see what answers he had discovered in his search regarding the importance of church. Lewis says- one command from Jesus is that we share the Eucharist. Oct 10, Mbgirl rated it it was amazing.
CS Lewis ” God commands us to do slowly and blunderingly what He could do perfectly and in the twinkling of an eye. His hands and feet. Aug 10, Sally Andrews rated it it was amazing. This was a fascinating, eye-opening look at how we ‘do church. I marked passages all over the book, and I’m going back to study them anew. Sep 16, Pam rated it liked it. Jul 09, Reflector rated it did not like it. I was only intrigued by the quotes from other authors Yancey used. He brought little else to the discussion on church.
Church: Why Bother?
I love this book May 19, Paul Veldhouse rated it really liked it. Quick and easy read with some good stories about a diverse church. Little light on the theology and strong on the analogy. Glad I read it, though. May 09, Cassidy Hastings rated it really liked it.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It is definitely a personal pilgrimage, and one that I identified with in certain ways as early as the first paragraph. I agree with much of what the author observes.
Yet the New Testament stubbornly presents the church as being more like a family than an institution I just am not a big fan of saying any good that we do has to have our church name attached to it somehow.
When people are helped and relationships are healed, the glory should go to the Author of reconciliation and restoration. I did not feel like he was presenting it saying that it should always be this way, but I couldn’t help but think of that when I read certain parts.