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The Late Great Evangelical Church


Why do our churches grow while our influence shrinks?

Many Evangelical spokesmen are upbeat about an “evangelism explosion.” At the same time, an equal number of voices point to an Evangelical implosion-at least when it comes to influencing our world. In fact, if one were to correlate Evangelical growth since the 1940s with the general diminishment of Christian influence over the culture, we are faced with a bizarre fact: more Christians, less impact. Whereas Evangelicals used to represent so much of what was praiseworthy in the church, today they are often confused and ineffective.

Scores of pastors, historians, theologians, journalists, pollsters, and activists have been sounding the alarm about the reasons why this is so:

  • Withdrawal from the culture

  • A limited view of redemption

  • Reductionist theology

  • Compartmentalized, part-time approach to Christian living

  • Overemphasis on individualism

  • Marginalization of the church and its mission in the world

The Late Great Evangelical Church goes one step beyond, explaining how these concerns are not only well founded but interrelated, and how a heresy that has been dogging the church since the days of the Apostles-Gnosticism-is to blame. C. Vaughn Doner chases this heresy through centuries of church history, revealing the startling connections to our present day and how it blunts believers and hamstrings the church, making us ineffective in our world.

But more than a Jeremiad, Doner’s insightful book diagnoses the ills plaguing the church and helps point the way to renewed potential for redemptive change in the world.

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Celebrate Life

C.V. DONER wants you to consider this book “your very own personal ‘life instruction’ manual.” Celebrating Life with Purpose, Passion and Power is a diverse sampling of the extensive inspirational content to be found at www.godonthenet.org, a website launched by Doner in 2000. The idea for God n the Net grew out of the author’s desire to share with his teenage son, C.J., “the lessons of life that I wish my father had been able to pass on to me.” Celebrating Life presents a rich array of  Doner’s writing from the website, as well as provocative contributions from his son, now 22 years of age. From contemplative essays to practical how-to articles to shorter inspirational “nuggets” to longer themed series such as Wilson’s “The Quest,” there is plenty to inspire and support one’s journey. The intention is the same throughout the book: To draw on the wisdom of the ages, as well as the latest insights of science and philosophy, to optimize your ability to live each day with purpose, passion and power… in other words, to celebrate your life!

C.V.Doner, PhD is an author, speaker and creator of “God on the Net,” one of the Internet’s leading inspirational websites. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes, 20/20, and other major network news programs, as well as in hundreds of media articles and scores of books. For the last two decades he also has served as CEO of the Children’s Hunger Relief Fund, which has delivered more than $500 million in life-saving aid to children and families in 50 countries. He also heads The Samaritan Group, a coalition of ministries on four continents, who are committed to sharing resources to more effectively transform lives in their respective nations. He is an avid student, photographer, traveler and host who enjoys mentoring others to celebrate life with “purpose, passion and power.”

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The Samaritan Strategy

Colonel V. Doner became a Christian activist at age fourteen. Over the next twenty-five years he served in numerous political roles culminating in his selection as chairman of the Christian Voter Mobilization Program for Ronald Reagan in 1984. The result was one of the most astonishing presidential landslides in America.

Beginning in the 1980's, millions of American Christians went to the polls believing that their vote would bring about the restoration of a Christian agenda in Washington. The actual result, however, has been failure. Lots of words. No change.

In the mid 1980's after a period of intense soul searching and prayer, Doner resigned from numerous organizations he helped to create. He began to carefully study why the Christian Right had failed in its atempt to restore America. His quest led him to examine the larger issues of why movements succeed or fail. What kind of leadership American Christians were looking for. And, most of all, what the Bible says about Christian activism.

The result of that search is this book, The Samaritan Strategy, and it could be the most important book you ever read concerning the authentic application of your faith.

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