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.
A Must Read!!
I wasn't sure what to expect reading this book. It had sat on my digital book shelf for a while before I turned the first page and began reading. Once I did, I could not put this book down.
The passion Pastor James MacDonald has is felt by his use of scripture in unveiling God's heart and plan for the church. His writing has challenged my "traditional" perceptions and practices of the church and has put into words my thoughts and suspicions of what the local church is missing. In some cases the elements are their but the priorities need to be properly arranged. You will be encouraged and rejuvenated in your efforts to see Jesus glorified, lost people saved, and the church operating at it's fullest potential.
I recommend this book to anyone looking at making an impact for the Kingdom of God on earth.
Refreshing to hear the emphasis of church being on God. The book moved me to examine my own worship and how God deserves better. Excellent read.