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Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement

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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 goo ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published February 10th 2014 by IVP Books
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Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excarnation denotes the ancient practice of removing flesh and organs from the dead. Author Michael Frost uses this term to connote a set of practices in late modernity which cause us to life ‘disembodied lives.’ This is evident in the problem of Internet pornography or a contemporary fascination with Zombies, but it is more widespread than even these phenomena. Our lives are increasingly transitory, screen-mediated and morally disengaged from community. We objectify others through our language ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Summary: Frost explores what it means to be incarnational people in an "excarnational" world, one marked by increasing focus on disembodied, virtual experience, and disconnection from physical community.

We are becoming a culture that increasingly disengages from embodied experience, that objectifies others and encounters the world via a computer or smartphone screen. This has significant implications for the church, which is also shaped by this "excarnate" culture. Michael Frost explores this "e
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Frost is really smart and makes interesting points. I liked the book. But I had two nagging ideas throughout. 1) I wondered if this was much ado about nothing. Certainly, our culture is more "excarnate" than it has been before in many ways, but he failed to convince me of the importance of this. Certainly, we are screwing up issues that are much more central than this one. 2) I don't have any idea how to fix it. It doesn't seem that Frost does either. Every time he starts to condone a certain fo ...more
Nathan Metz
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It wasn't too far into this book that I began asking my peers if they had it yet. From Frost's description of "excarnate" to "defleshing" I was thrilled to see his assessment of the current state of things in our world. His proposed responses for the Church are not just timely, they are necessary. I highly recommend this book!
Mark Evans
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding - as in other material from Frost, he has great insight on how followers of Jesus can live missionally in relationship and how the Church in our time can speak to people living in a sadly disconnected world.
Zack Morgan
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most important books of our time. It is so important that we engage with the world we live in, especially if we expect to have any say in where it is going. Yet another winner for Michael Frost!
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think I'm going to write a blog post on this book to pull out some of the bits I loved. Looking at the below review, the main difficulty for some readers grasping Michael Frost's enjoyable writing may actually be his huge scope. An authentic pioneer within the missional church movement, he also has command of pastoral theology and missiology, and pushes well into the realms of philosophy, biblical studies and leadership studies. In other words, he wields his scope deftly. As such, the book tra ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've read several of Michael Frost's previous books and been helped and encouraged by each one. Frost's newest offering, "Incarnate" was no exception. Frost's point is that western Christians have largely capitulated to what he terms a disincarnate way of life. By this we are to understand that believers have been swept away with society-at-large by the present day cultural flow towards a "disembodied" existence in which, for believers, Christian faith is reduced to a belief system mostly confin ...more
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What will be our response to the recent events? Dallas police shootings, #blacklivesmatter. Michael Frost challenges today's click activism and he challenges the way we have distanced and "excarnated" ourselves. God didn't sit on a distant throne in heaven, He came to earth and identified with our problems. He owned the problems by his death on the cross and he overcame the problems in his resurrection. God is inviting us to incarnate ourselves with the hope of the gospel. Let's not make these p ...more
Dustin Bagby
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
1/3 felt like stuff I had read in other Frost/Hirsch books.
1/3 felt like reading a book report as he summarized and outlined a variety of other authors books.
1/3 felt like new material that was compelling.

Albert Griffin
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Micheal Frost has accomplished to build a system of bridges which all lead home - as in back to the missional roots of
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting subject matter but the author's thesis if often murky. The last three chapters save the book.
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Michael Frost is the Vice Principal and the Director of the Tinsley Institute at Morling College. He teaches various missiology and evangelism subjects and has written extensively on a missional paradigm for the church in a post-Christian era.

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“Let us ponder over this basic truth until we are steeped in it, until it becomes as familiar to us as our awareness of shapes or our reading of words: God, at his most vitally active and most incarnate, is not remote from us, wholly apart from the sphere of the tangible; on the contrary, at every moment he awaits us in the activity, the work to be done, which every moment brings. He is, in a sense, at the point of my pen, my pick, my paint-brush, my needle—and my heart and my thought. It is by carrying to its natural completion the stroke, the line, the stitch I am working on that I shall lay hold on that ultimate end towards which my will at its deepest levels tends.1” 0 likes
“the beauty and scandal of the gospel is that God in Christ takes on flesh and asks for our help,” 0 likes
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