Check out Leonard Sweet’s new book, So Beautiful.
Here’s the endorsement I wrote for it:
The landscape of today’s Christianity is littered with “church” movements: missional church, house church, mega-church, emerging church, the convergence movement, etc. In “So Beautiful,” Leonard Sweet explores three aspects of the church’s inherent character — missional, relational, and incarnational — “MRI” as he calls it. Sweet reminds us that these three aspects are not simply passing movements, but they are built into the church’s very DNA. Moreover, they are attributes of divine life. While so much of modern Christianity restrictively thinks in terms of “either/or,” “So Beautiful” exhorts us to lay hold of the “both/and” of divine truth. Stimulating and creative, every serious follower of Jesus should own a copy of this helpful work.
To my mind, Sweet is the Frank Zappa of today’s Christianity.
You would do well to get familiar with Sweet and his contribution. As you probably know, he was my co-author for Jesus Manifesto.
Just for kicks, last month, my Facebook friends compared modern-day Christian writers to well-known musicians in style and influence. Here’s what they came up with:
John MacArthur = Glenn Miller
Tony Evans = LL Cool J
Rob Bell = Bono
Eugene Peterson = Woody Guthrie
N.T. Wright = Pavarotti
Alan Hirsch = Slash
Dan Kimball = Elvis Costello (and Brian Wilson)
Frank Viola = Jimi Hendrix (and Jim Morrison)
Creflo Dollar = Snoop Dog
John Piper = John Mayer
Bill Hybels = Wayne Netwon (and Eric Clapton)
Stanley Hauerwas = Fittty cent
Mike Yaconelli = David Lee Roth (and Ozzie Osbourne)
Now for a postscript: What’s the deal with white book covers?