"The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love" by Jonathan Leeman
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Title: The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love: Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline
Author: Jonathan Leeman
Start Date: 1/1/16
End Date: 1/16/16
# of Pages: 384
Edition: Crossway trade paperback (2010)
Favorite Quotes: (1) “God hates the abuse of authority, even more than George Orwell does.” (2) “It’s as if humanity, hired as a store manager, entered God’s store called ‘Creation’ and changed all his price tags, stamping on every item a price sticker that is completely out of sync with the value and price assigned by God at the store’s opening. The cheap becomes costly and the costly becomes cheap. The authority of redemption is the license to return those price tags to their true value, an activity that will inevitably be fought by the customers whose values now alight with the false prices.”
Why I Chose It: My church has a practice of giving away books at the beginning of services. Mark Dever offered this up and I snagged it, in large part because Alex Duke berated me months ago for not having read it already.
Other Notes: I’m sure the subject and length of this book may not entice everyone, but let me say that it is well worth a read. Especially if you are a Christian and have not thought specifically about what it means to be a member of a local church, especially if you *are* a member of a church and haven’t thought about it. Also read this if you don’t recognize love and authority as related concepts, or if your experience of church does not include real, beautiful, freedom giving commitment. It may be good food for thought.