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Book Crtitique - Radically Unchurched

Book Crtitique - Radically Unchurched

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EVAN 565 @ Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary | Final Critique
EVAN 565 @ Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary | Final Critique

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Liberty University Online
 Radically Unchurched 
A Book CritiqueSubmitted to Dr. Jeddy KaleliIn Partial FulfillmentOf the Requirements for the CourseContemporary EvangelismEVAN 565 ± B12By Neal Price12 March 2010
 
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Bibliographical Entry
Reid, Alvin L.
 Radically Unchurched.
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rand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2002.
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thor Information
Dr. Alvin L. Reid, prolific author and speaker, wrote
 Radically Unchurched 
in 2002. Hereceived his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts from Samford University. He completed his M.Div. and Ph. D. from Southwestern Seminary. He has travelled around the world as a speaker inover 2000 churches, schools, and other conferences and events in the United States. His passionfor evangelism is evident in the multiple books that he has written and published on the subject.Dr. Reid is presently a Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at SoutheasternBaptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He has been there since 1995.Dr. Reid is also the founding Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism. Dr. Alvin Reid is married toMichelle Reid, and they have two children, Joshua and Hannah.Dr. Reid spreads his infectious passion for the lost to everyone in his speakingengagements across the nation and world. He loves to travel with a worship band when heministers to students and young adults. His son, Joshua, is a featured member of the band as thedrummer for the group. Dr. Reid is a member of several societies on evangelism such as theAcademy of Evangelism in Theological Education, the American Society for Church
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rowth,the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Evangelical Missiological Society. He has taughtat Houston Baptist University and led the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana in evangelism.
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Dr. Alvin Reid breaks his work on evangelism in the postmodern culture down into two parts. Part One covers the profile of the Radically Unchurched giving the reader a glimpse intothe group of people that Dr. Reid is trying to define and ultimately determine how to reach them.
 
4Part Two of 
 Radically Unchurched 
explores the plan to reach this people group that Dr. Reid hasdefined at the ³radically unchurched´.Dr. Reid begins his efforts of defining the radically unchurched in Chapter One. Hedefines this people group as ³those who have no clear personal understanding of the message of the gospel, and who have had little or no contact with a Bible-teaching, Christ-honoring church(p. 21).´ Once he has firmly established the definition for this group of people, he begins todeliver startling statistics about the American church and how the church is dwindling at a rapidrate.Chapter Two asks the reader the question, ³What are we trying to do?´ He states thatthere are three ways that the church is trying to relate to this culture: evasion, pervasion, andinvasion. He takes the time to define each of these terms and how they relate to the churchreaching the radically unchurched. Chapter Three, ³The Power of One´, challenges the body of Christ to look outside of the world we have created of isolation and exclusivity and do what
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odhas called us to do. If all of us as a unified body would each do our respective part to change our world for Christ, we would see an enormous harvest. It all starts with us.Chapter Four introduces the subject of comparing and contrasting the Modern andPostmodern movements in America. Dr. Reid tells the reader that the church must wake up andsee that we are living in a different era than the 1950s. Our approaches to the delivery of thegospel message must change in order to reach this generation. No matter how different the erasthat we are living in, Dr. Reid assures the reader that one thing has not changed ± the worldneeds a Savior. They need to see Jesus through us. Dr. Reid gives us hope in Chapter Five thatwe are seeing a generation of young people rising up to accept the challenge of reaching their 

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