What I’m Reading: Stop Dating the Church

Stop Dating the ChurchJoshua Harris’ little book Stop Dating the Church is a quick read and well worth the hour or two it takes to complete it. It is well-illustrated and engaging. Despite (or because of) its intentional simplicity, it packs a powerful punch. Harris addresses a problem that would be difficult to overstate: the “take-it-or-leave-it” attitude that many professing Christians have toward the local church.

Harris defines the church, demonstrates why it is so important (both to Christ and to Christians), encourages active and passionate participation, gives 10 things to look for in a church, and gives practical tips on how to get the most out of every Sunday. Again, it’s good stuff. Here’s a great statement:

“You see, the strongest argument I know for why you and I should love and care about the Church is that Jesus does. The greatest motivation we could ever find for being passionately committed to the Church is that Jesus is passionately committed to the Church.” (p. 31)

Stop Dating the Church is accessible to young Christians and brief enough for people who “don’t like to read” to get through it. My heart was encouraged by it. Its message needs to be heard.

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