The Second Reformation (PDF)

The Second Reformation (PDF)
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The Second Reformation is an informed, sustained argument for the New Testament pattern of large-group celebration wed to small-group discipleship.

—Howard A. Snyder, Heisel Professor of Evangelization and Church Renewal, United Theological Seminary

In 1517, Martin Luther nailed ninety-five theses on the Wittenberg Church door as an invitation to debate the foundational beliefs of the established church. 480 years later, The Second Reformation lovingly, yet firmly, challenges us to evaluate the church today. This book deals with hard questions that many of us have wrestled with for years: --Why is the church so ineffective at confronting the desperate needs of our society? --Why are so many church leaders experiencing burnout? --How do we shift from just making converts to making disciples? --Can we really experience the church we read about in the book of Acts?

Not satisfied with simply pointing to problems in the church, Beckham provides biblical and practical solutions to these problems. After assessing the current state of the church, he lays a firm theological foundation before outlining a practical design for the twenty-first century church. With years of experience as a pastor, missionary, church planter and teacher, he challenges the church to evaluate her beliefs and design against our sole source of authority, the Bible.

William A. Beckham writes and consults about the concepts found in this book and evaluates how movements develop and mature. For over 15 years, he served as a Southern Baptist church planter in Thailand. Prior to that, he was pastor of three churches in Texas. He and his wife, Mary, have been married for 50+ years and are enjoying their grandchildren. He recently earned his doctorate degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary.