The American Captivity of the Church

BY DARREN HSIUNG

Just want to post a shout-out for a book that’s been promoted this month of October. Michael Horton was one of the professors I had at seminary. Coinciding with the launch of his book Christless Christianity, the Washington Post is going to host a live web forum on Friday, October 31 at 1pm Eastern Time (4pm Pacific), taking questions from the general public. The Post is reportedly impressed at the volume of questions they’ve been receiving:

WashingtonPost Viewpoint with Dr. Michael Horton

The website is also offering at 50% off promotional sale until the end of October, which is… tomorrow.
Christless Christianity Website Link

Unfortunately, I received my copy of the book only yesterday, so I haven’t read enough to provide a full, proper review. A preview of the first chapter is available on the website. What I’ve read so far is an incisive challenge to those of us practicing our faith, encultured in the American setting. As William Willimon, bishop in the United Methodist Church writes in the forward, I too find myself “judged in the process…. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea culpa.” I’ll provide the opening paragraph of the first chapter here to whet appetites:

What would things look like if Satan really took control of a city? Over a half century ago, Presbyterian minister Donald Grey Barnhouse offered his own scenario in his weekly sermon that was also broadcast nationwide on CBS radio. Barnhouse speculated that if Satan took over Philadelphia, all of the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tidy pedestrians who smiled at each other. There would be no swearing. The children would say, “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am,” and the churches would be full every Sunday… where Christ is not preached.

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