God still walks the earth, but these days he does it through his people. Far from an impersonal institution or a closed religious club, the church is really a life-giving spiritual community, the place where God touches humanity through those who follow him. It’s where God’s stories are told and taught, where hope is lived out, where people are reconciled, and where God is encountered.
Join in this conversation about the real life of faith, the spiritual journey that is shared with others who hunger for God. The life of faith is a team sport, with God’s people gathering to hear his voice and then going out to do the work of his kingdom on earth.
If you’re curious about how God shows up on earth today, then you’re ready for honest dialogue about the real life of faith. It’s time to take a new look at God on Earth.
About Douglas Banister
Doug Banister, author of The Word and Power Church, is a writer, pastor, and mentor to businessmen in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has a doctorate of ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and is working on a Ph.D. in medieval history at the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Sandi, have four children.
E. Glenn Wagner, general editor of the Dialogue of Faith series, is the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a former vice-president and the minister at large for Promise Keepers. He holds a Ph.D. in religion and society from Oxford Graduate School and D.Min. from Northwest Graduate School. He is the author of numerous books, including Escape from Church, Inc. and The Church You’ve Always Wanted. Glenn and his wife, Susan, have two children.
“If you’ve got your bags packed and are ready to go and incarnate the gospel in this culture, think again. Better let the books in the Dialogue of Faith series rearrange what you take with you. Already this series has shown me my desperate need to unpack some baggage and repack for the challenges of tomorrow.”
–Leonard Sweet, author of Out of the Question…Into the Mystery
“Doug Banister takes us to some of the less-clear edges of the spiritual life, where many believers do not venture. And he can do this because he is clear that Christ is the Center. If your faith raises issues that are not often touched on in church, then read God on Earth. It will make you think. And hope!”
–Leighton Ford, president of Leighton Ford Ministries
“Good essays offer a thoughtful writer’s flashes of insight on one focused topic after another. God on Earth is the work of a good essayist, and this collection works like a night of watching fireworks.”
–Brian McLaren, pastor, author of A Generous Orthodoxy and The Church on the Other Side
“Open this book and step inside a church that is true to Scripture, yet reconfigured for today’s world. If you suspect there is more to church than the Sunday morning production; if you are a Christian leader, tired of playing church; if you are a new Christian who wants an excellent introduction to church, then you must read this book.”
–Chuck Smith, jr., pastor, author of Epiphany: Discover the Delight of God’s Word