Someone asked me the other day what I was referring to in a recent blog post when I spoke of the "classics." Well, in my response I forgot to mention these three books.
I do not suggest that the approaches taken in these books to church and mission will resolve today's controversies, but they will go some ways towards it. I do not know whether my books The Jesus Paradigm and Christian Archy should be included here, but both are designed to build Christian believers up in their understanding of what their baptism into Christ implies and how to handle some of the very real difficulties that keep coming up. Soteriology must be accompanied by solid ecclesiology. Hence there is real value in rethinking the wineskins. At least there would be if the best leaders in the church were leading us. Often, however, good leadership is trumped by the ephemeral, culturally correct issues of the day.