Vertical Church by James Macdonald

Vertical Church

By James Macdonald

  • Release Date: 2012-08-01
  • Genre: Christianity
Score: 5
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Description

An emergency call, and I rush from my coziness into the dark community where the police have requested a chaplain. Arriving in minutes, I find the family imploding with grief having just discovered their son hanging in the garage. In a moment of unshakable pain, he jumped off the ladder and into eternity. And I will never shake the look in their eyes when I asked why he hadn't called a church. "Why would he do that?" Across town, a pool of tears on my kitchen table as an out of town guest feels the weight of his infidelity, despairing that his famished soul finds no refuge and that he has to board a plane to feel fellowship. "Has your church tried to help you?" And the Christian leader confesses he hasn't been to church in years.

Infighting, backbiting, heartbreaking, frustrating ... church.

Though exceptions do exist, the reality is that church in America is failing one life at a time. Somewhere between pathetically predictable and shamefully entertaining, sadly sentimental and rarely authentic, church has become worst of all ... godless.

Vertical Church points to a new day where God is the seeker, and we are the ones found. In Vertical Church God shows up, and that changes everything.

If you want to experience God as you never have before and witness His hand at work, if you want to wake up to the first thought, "Thank God it's Sunday," if you're ready to feel your heart beat faster as you drive to your place of worship ... then devour and digest the lessons of Vertical Church.

Reviews

  • Vertical church

    5
    By Laufs67
    I have attended church all my life. I have gone from longing to be in church to is it done yet. Reading this book helped me understand that without Gods presence in our church services it would be like planting a seed and not having the rain and sunshine present for it to germinate and grow. What better way to see evidence of Gods presence (glory) with us than through the changed lives of people who testify to experiencing the saving grace of Jesus Christ. The testimonies of salvation and baptism through the videos at the end of each chapter brought tears streaming down my face as I got to hear and see the glory of God in changed lives. I would recommend this book to those who are needing a refresher or fresh look into the purpose of Gods church. It has changed me!

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