I haven’t finished Brandon Hatmaker’s book, Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture, but as soon as I do I will write a review. In the meantime here is another challenging quote that forces us to think about what it means to be church.
“Faith can be confusing enough without adding to the mix. Sorting through an unexpected death, processing a tragic natural disaster, or observing evil in the world are things that have shaken individuals’ faith for centuries. People outside the church don’t see hope in a building or a program. They don’t value them like we do because they don’t connect them with a nostalgic faith moment like we do. Culture has shifted. Things have changed. The church is on the fringe of our society, and we need to find new ways to undo the damage to our reputation. We have to change the way we are seen by the world. We have to become good news again.”
Hatmaker, Brandon (2011-11-01). Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture (Exponential Series). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.