This is an amazing book published in 1961 that predicted what has happen to the church. Trueblood calls for things that many Christians and churches today are just waking up to.
Summary: The Church is a company of soldiers, metaphorically speaking, who live with Jesus and go forward on his mission in the world. The Church is loving communities established not for themselves, but in order to help and bless everyone else.
Preaching may not in some instances be helpful to those who listen, but it is almost always helpful to those who speak.
“I just let my life speak.” What one of among us is so good that he can let his life speak and leave it at that?
Sometimes the best witness if that of the church as a whole.
The vital idea is that the pastor is the helper of the ordinary lay members in the performance of their daily ministry in the midst of secular life.
The concept of a churchgoer is inept. Christians may indeed come in but they do so only that they may go out.
In many churches the entire church operation points to a climax on Sunday morning.
The church building [should be like] a drill hall for the Christian task force
Great discipline in regard to style as well as content must be learned if we really seek to reach contemporary minds.
We ask what Presbyterians believe but we seldom ask how Presbyterians love.
In all periods of great vitality the church has been deeply concerned for the welfare of those who are not adherents at all.
If God, as we believe, is truly revealed in the life of Christ the most important thing to Him is the creation of centers of loving fellowship which in turn infect the world.
Complaints: ?? None really. I love this book.
Also, this book is available for FREE online!