Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement by Michael Frost
Michael Frost, Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement, IVP, 2014.
12th Annual Outreach Resource of the Year Recommendation (Missional Church) 2014 Best Book of Missional Theology, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore The story of Christianity is a story of incarnation―God taking on flesh and dwelling among the people he created. God appointing and sending people as his body, his hands and feet. Disciples of Jesus bearing the good news even as they bear the marks of his passion. Whatever Christianity is, it is at least a matter of flesh and blood and the ends of the earth. And yet so much of contemporary Christian culture is rooted not in incarnation but in escape―escape from the earth to heaven, escape from the suffering of this world, escape even from one another. Christianity is increasingly understood as something personal, conceptual, interior, private, neighbourless. If Jesus was God incarnate, the church is in danger of being excarnate. Michael Frost expertly and prophetically exposes the gap between the faith we profess and the faith we practice. And he offers new hope for how the church can fulfil its vocation: to be the hands and feet of Christ to one another and to our neighbours, to the ends of the earth and to the end of the age.
About the author: Mike Frost is the Vice Principal of Morling College and the founding Director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study centre located at Morling College in Sydney, Australia.