John Marshall Crowe, an elder in the NC Conference, published a book this year titled, Church Health for the Twenty-First Century: A Biblical Approach. We interviewed Rev. Dr. Crowe with three questions about how his book helps us to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Study questions are included in the book.
The author also answered these same questions in written form on the Facebook page for the book.
Here is the full quote that Rev. Dr. Crowe summarized in the interview: “Scripture is the foundation of the Church: the Church is the guardian of Scripture. When the Church is in strong health, the light of the Scripture shines bright; when the Church is sick, Scripture is corroded by neglect; and thus it happens, that the outward form of Scripture and that of the Church, usually seem to exhibit simultaneously either health or else sickness; and as a rule the way in which Scripture is being treated is in exact correspondence with the condition of the Church.” John Albert Bengel, 1742.
The book was endorsed by the Dean of the School of Biblical Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary, David R. Bauer, Ph.D., Ralph Waldo Beeson Professor of Inductive Biblical Studies:
“This is a different kind of book, and one desperately needed. No issue is of greater significance than the health of churches. And Dr. Crowe addresses this concern out of successful pastoral experience, a deep and quite proper conviction that the health of churches is achieved by centering on the Scriptures and especially preaching, and a practicality that discusses specific congregational evaluation and enhancement. At a time when discussions of church growth or congregational health draws heavily from dubious secular models, it is exciting to see a treatment that has a strong theological and biblical orientation.”
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