Blog Review Round-up

I have been really, really overwhelmed by the wonderful reviews that people have been writing for Reframing Hope. Most recently, Greg Smith named it as one of the top 10 books published in 2010. Here are some of the other reviews, for your perusal…

“Reframing Hope–Review,” by Bob Cornwall at Ponderings on a Faith Journey
“Restructuring the Church, Restructuring the Conversation,”
by Cynthia Coe at ET Christian Formation
“Reframing Hope: A Review,” by Jennifer Warner at Presbymergent
“A New Book: Reframing Hope,” by Tripp Hudgins at Conjectural Navel Gazing: Jesus in Lint Form (anglobaptist.org)
“Reframing Hope: A Book Review,” by Terri Pilarski at Seeking Authentic Voice
“From Scarcity to Hope,” by Dawn Leger at The Flags of Dawn
“Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation,” a review by Martha Williams Jordan at Pastor Martha’s Thoughts
“Reframing Hope: A Review,” at Simplecountrypastor’s blog
“Reframing Hope by Carol Howard Merritt–A Review,” by Mark Smith at Mark Time
“Book Review: Reframing Hope,” by Gord Waldie at Ministerial Mutterings
“Book Review–Reframing Hope,” by Nick Phillips at Maritimers.ca
“Review of Carol Howard Merritt’s Reframing Hope” by Jim Kane
“Reframing Hope: A Review” by the Expatriate Minister
“Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation,” a review by Ann A. Michel for Leading Ideas

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One thought on “Blog Review Round-up

  1. At the core of what the church is to be is a message, the gospel of Christ. At the core of the message is a person – Christ Himself. What we do and how we go about doing it must be driven by the message we have been entrusted to share and by the Person in Whom the message is embodied. Truly, He is our hope. We can never reframe our hope as being anywhere other than in Him.

    God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)

    The problem as I see it is that we tend to lose our zeal for and our focus upon the grace of Christ which is found in the Gospel and in the Lord Himself. This causes us to lose intimacy with Him and our overall level excitement about all of this wanes. What we should do is fight tooth and nail to regain our focus upon Him but we tragically often look elsewhere to energize the church.

    I do not in the least reject the notion of creativity in ministry and finding new ways to communicate the gospel to various and sundry people groups. However, too often, I do not see the Gospel of grace and the Lord Himself as driving our efforts. This is despite the fact that we are warned in Galatians 1 about being removed from the grace of Christ to a different gospel.

    I, for one, cannot get over the fact that Jesus gave Himself for my sins. This is the main teaching of Christianity as I see it. Truly, having been forgiven much causes us to love the One who forgave us much. Do we honestly propose that there is a better frame for hope? Would we presume to design programs or run a church on some other foundation? I would hope not!

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