Dying To Live
This book prepares the church for a future of change. It confronts the hidden tyrannies among the most revered traditions & reveals the promises among the most feared trends. Tells how we got here, where we're going, & secrets to a successful transition.
This book prepares the church for a future of change. It
confronts the hidden tyrannies among the most revered traditions
and reveals the glorious promises among the most feared trends.
It tells how we got here, where we're going, and secrets to a
Perhaps most important, it gives a glimpse of God's nature in a
new worldly order.
For that reason, this book is not the typical "church growth"
book. It does not stand on past paradigms. It does not warm up
yesterday's management techniques. It does not pitch old ideas
as something new. Instead, it provides a compass that can guide
us to a place where no one has ever been.
It paints an accurate picture of the driving forces in the
emerging era and presents the astounding opportunities for the
New Millennium Church. It describes a new Word for a new age . .
. a divine Word for a digital age . . . a transcendent metaphor
for a transcendent moment. It lovingly and honestly lays to rest
the lost legacies of the past, and describes the "digital
demons" of the future . . . or more important, how the church
will defeat them.
In short, this book navigates the church through the stormy
waters of our approaching time.
Recently I attended a Christian convention, on a beautiful
mountain, in a timeless setting. Australian Christians have
gathered on this hill for many decades to find food for their
souls. The message, the mountain, and the manner of preaching
have never changed, not in 50 years. Then I read this book by
Thomas Hohstadt and I thought: not even a mountain top faith can
survive the digital flood that is coming. Thomas Hohstadt has
written a new book about the church. Not another book about the
church . . . there are millions of them . . . but a new book.
That is to say, it is a new book about the new church which is
still somewhere over the digital horizon. I found the book both
disturbing and exhilarating. It is disturbing because it rightly
demonstrates that the church of yesterday and today is doomed.
No amount of pentecostal fire is going to prevent the
institutional church from burning to the ground. Indeed it is
probably hastening the day. The book is exhilarating because
Thomas has immense theological talent and learning. This book is
not a doomsayers diatribe, but a prophet's vision wedded to a
scholar's learning. This is a book about the digital revolution
and its impact on the way in which we encounter the Word, and
the way we form communities. The book also offers a powerful
analysis of "this generation," which is the generation that is
to inherit the digital earth. The 21st century church that they
will inherit (and probably construct) is one that you and I can
scarcely imagine. Our roots go back 500 years, and it is hard to
think in any other terms than the church as we know it. The
church of the 21st century has not even been planted yet, but
Thomas has given us a clearer idea of what it is probably going
to be like. This book is now on my table as a must book to share
Australia, 1999 David Bell, Author, Cyberchurch
"I was very, very impressed . . . enthralled. The big thing that
so impresses me is WHAT Hohstadt is saying . . . how clearly,
succinctly, and boldly he's saying it . . . and how much it
needs to be heard. Hohstadt brings a career as a symphony
conductor to the challenges facing the church. His artistic
sensitivity, his intuitive reach into the unknown, his
fascinating quotations, and his energetic writing style combine
to make this a book well worth reading and recommending to
others. If we listen to him, we'll make more beautiful music in
the years ahead." Brian McLaren, Author, Reinventing Your
"Forget the future. This is a book for the ‘now'. Hohstadt is
neither afraid to speak prophetically nor prone to 'analysis
lite'. His fascinating guide to 'prophetic metaphor' is, in and
of itself, worth the price of admission." Sally Morgenthaler,
Author, Worship Evangelism
"I continue to quote and profit from this book." Leonard
Sweet, Author, Post-Modern Pilgrims
"This is a thought-provoking analysis of how our paradigms of
worship are of necessity going to be changing in today's
accelerating world. 'Dying to Live' will give you an insightful
peek into the landscape that awaits us, and for which we must
prepare." Bob Sorge, Author, Exploring Worship
"It is on target . . . it has passion and conviction, and it is
on a theme that is timely . . . Hohstadt is onto important
ideas." Loren B. Mead, The Alban Institute; Author, The
Once and Future Church
"Powerful . . . Extraordinary . . . Stimulating . . . His images
and prophetic tone are very strong." Rex Miller,
Strategic Planner and Futurist
"An interesting and provocative book on an important subject."
Richard Cimino, Editor, Religion Watch
"Powerhouse . . . true revelation . . . a refreshing clarity of
language." Ed Chinn, Writer and Organizational Consultant