Jesus’s Broken Church: Reimagining Our Sunday Traditions from a New Testament Perspective (ebook)

Jesus’s Broken Church: Reimagining Our Sunday Traditions from a New Testament Perspective (ebook)

Today’s church is broken. It’s just that most people don’t know it.

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Do you have a nagging feeling that something’s missing from your church experience?

You’re not alone. And it’s time to discover a better way.

Church-reform advocate and Bible scholar Peter DeHaan, PhD is a strong proponent of meaningful Christian community. In Jesus’s Broken Church, he uses Scripture to guide us into right practices and away from the off-track customs that most every church adheres to.

The problem is that today’s church follows an Old Testament model. We go to a building where we have professional clergy serve as our liaison between us and God. Then we pay for the whole thing with our tithes and offerings—just like Moses instructed.

But Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament. Through him we are the church, we are living stones. We don’t need to go to a building. As the church, we take it with us wherever we go. And we don’t need paid clergy either. Each of us serves as priests to one another. Or at least we should.

In Jesus’s Broken Church, you’ll discover:

  • How Jesus moves us from an Old Testament understanding to New Testament enlightenment
  • The early church’s approach to their meetings, which we neglect to follow today
  • Essential New Testament practices that are more important than song and sermon
  • Biblical ideas to inform the activities of our spiritual communities
  • Seven religious concepts that require reformation

If you happen to like how your church functions, then don’t buy this book. It will only make you mad. But if you sometimes leave your Sunday service feeling let down, that something is lacking and there must be more, then this book can guide you into a new direction.

Get your copy of Jesus’s Broken Church today to discover what’s missing and how to fix it.

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Zealous about Church

“Why do you so hate the church?”

Shocked, I furrow my eyebrows and scowl at my friend. “I don’t hate church.”

“But you’re always criticizing it in your blog.”

This gives me pause. True, much of my writing about the church doesn’t celebrate what she does well but rebukes her for what she does poorly or doesn’t do at all.

“I don’t hate the church,” I say again, as if trying to convince myself. “I love the church, really I do. I write to challenge her to do better because I know she can.”

My friend nods, but I’m not sure I convince her.

In truth, I’m zealous about church.

Over the centuries the church has done much to advance the cause of Jesus, help people find their way to eternal life, and perform acts of generosity that point an unbelieving world to Jesus. Today’s church continues to do that. And I hope church has done that for you.

But lest we feel smug about the church’s achievements, today’s church does only a small fraction of what she could be doing, of what she should be doing. I’m sad to say that the church has lost her way. She’s off track and has missed the mark for much of her existence. This pains me as much as a spike driven into my heart, into my very soul, the core of my being. I mourn what the church is because she’s falling far short of her potential, of her calling.

It’s like being a parent of a brilliant, gifted child who muddles her way through school and gets Cs, even though she could be earning As in advanced classes. As a loving parent, we’d do whatever we could to shake the apathetic inertia out of our child and get her to live up to her potential. But since she won’t, we prod her to do better.

Just as we would do this for our children, I do this for my church with the same imperative passion. I metaphorically shake her in hopes that she’ll do better—because she can. I do this through the words I write. It’s the best way I know to help.

At this point, some of you may be saying “Amen, preach it!” but others—most of you, I suspect—may have felt your hackles rise at my insulting, impertinent words.

You’re angry and thinking about slamming this book shut. You might be yelling at me right now. That’s okay. I get it. But before you bail on me, I challenge you to stick with me a little bit longer.

Give me a chance to explain...

Meet Author Peter DeHaan

Peter DeHaan, PhD, often makes religious people squirm, but spiritual seekers cheer. He’s not trying to be provocative, but he seeks truth, even if it makes some people uncomfortable. He yearns for Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.

Peter earned his doctorate, awarded with high distinction, from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife in beautiful Southwest Michigan and wrangles crossword puzzles in his spare time.

Learn more about Peter