Radiant Church
 

Radiant Church

Restoring the Credibility of Our Witness

by Tara Beth Leach

Radiant Church
paperback
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Published: February 16, 2021
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4762-4
  • Item Code: 4762
  • Case Quantity: 48

Something is not right. The witness of the church in North America is eroding. Many Christians are alarmed by the decline in church attendance and seek a culprit. Too often, we point the finger away from the church, make culture the enemy, and build walls between us and others. But our antagonism and enemy-making are toxins that further eat away at our witness. Is there a better way?

Tara Beth Leach could easily be one of those millennials giving up on the church. Instead, she is a pastor who loves the church and is paradoxically hopeful for its future. In an era where the church has lost much of its credibility, Leach casts a radiant vision for Christians to rediscover a robust, attractive witness. We need to name the toxic soil we've grown in, repent for past wrongs, and lean into a better way to become the church that Jesus proclaimed we would be.

Leach casts down idolatrous false images of God to recover a winsome picture of a kingdom of abundance and goodness. We can be sustained by practices that will tune our hearts to God's and form us into the radiant communities God intends for us and those around us.

"Tara Beth Leach is woman who fell in love with Jesus as a teen and has only fallen deeper in love. As a pastor, she is a prophetic voice for God. In Radiant Church she deploys that voice, as only a prophet can, to call the church back to the heart of God. Tara Beth reminds us of who we are, how God sees us, and how we can be a more loving, thoughtful, a more gracious people in the world. She reminds us that the church is a unique beauty, a radiant beauty."

Sean Palmer, author of Forty Days on Being a Three, teaching pastor at Ecclesia Houston
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CONTENTS

Introduction: A Dim Light
1. A Call to Radiance
2. Radiant Story
3. The Radiant Vision of Jesus
4. A Radiant King and Kingdom
5. Radiant Witness
6. Radiant Togetherness
7. Radiant Evangelism
8. Radiant Humanity
9. A Radiant Future

Acknowledgments
Notes

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Tara Beth Leach

Tara Beth Leach is senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena ("PazNaz") in Southern California. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (BA, youth ministry) and Northern Theological Seminary (MDiv). She is a regular writer for Missio Alliance and has contributed to other publications such as Christianity Today, Christian Week, and Jesus Creed. She is the author of Emboldened and Kingdom Culture and is a contributor to The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life. She has two beautiful and rambunctious sons, and has been married to the love of her life, Jeff, since 2006.

BY Tara Beth Leach