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Healthy Congregations by Peter L. Steinke
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Jan 24, 08

did not like it
Read in January, 2008

This is 'homework' for us as church officers. I'm annoyed at the writer and his publisher, or maybe I just want to know who Steinke's agent is -- this is not a book, it's a short article padded with quotations (from Henry Kissinger and M. Scott Peck, mind you), diagrams, and scattershot examples.

Basic premise: healthy congregations are healthy bodies: holistic. "Mood can affect the body." "Attitude counts." Uh, yeah.

He throws in random bits of scripture without exploring them, and I HATE it when people do that -- as though just quoting from the Bible means your point is a good one. One bit of Scripture I haven't seen him use yet and am guessing he won't touch here is the "if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out -- if your hand causes you to sin, chop it off" bit (I'm paraphrasing, but I think both Matthew and Mark use it).

How's that for "stewarding the whole" and nurturing "loops," eh?


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message 1: by Mark (new)

Mark Interesting. Once I started reading your review, I vaguely remembered reading an article of Steinke's once and being distinctly underwhelmed, which was disappointing, given that he was writing about things that I care about. It was the same feeling I had after trying to read Jim Wallis' political book a year or so ago. Yes, I'm with you on your critique of the religious right, but please learn how to write a book, please please.

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