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Book Review – God’s Unwelcome Recovery


If you would like to purchase a copy of God’s Unwelcome Recovery you may purchase it through Kregel Publications or on Amazon by following this link.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

About the Author

SODSean Oliver-Dee is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, Regents Park College, University of Oxford and the interreligious advisor for the diocese of Peterborough. He is also associate researcher for the Anglican representative to the European Union. He is a regular consultant for government on identity issues and has written several papers for NGOs and think tanks.


8 thoughts on “Book Review – God’s Unwelcome Recovery

  1. Rebecca Gorman

    I always wondered about these polls. My husband thought it was funny how you ended it.Of course I didn’t get the humor and he had to explain it to me. I also learned that’s what we are. Post mil he says. Sounds as good as anything else to me so there we have it!

    • Rebecca, congrats on your newfound identity!

  2. I totally expect things to get worse near the end but I really don’t believe we are anywhere near that point. If we are losing numbers so be it. The tide will turn eventually then turn again and again. There are more important things to worry about. Like is Peyton Manning going to recover in time for the playoffs.That causes more anxiety in me than pew counting.

    • Joyce, I agree that we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be burdened over the numbers. On the other hand we do want to see new disciples. Peyton Manning healthy for the playoffs? That is scary.

  3. You make a good point about authentic vs just Christian in name. Some of these ultra charismatic prosperity gospel kind of churches are not preaching anything like the Christian gospel at all and yet are likely counted. On the other hand we know a lot of the worlds Christians meet in secret and don’t answer surveys or are tribal and never get the invite to participate . Too much of a focus on numbers but in public perception the numbers mean everything.

    • I agree Marie…and to the author’s point, there is a lot going on in an attempt to change public perception.

  4. Steven

    Following up on your last statement what do you think about the expansion of the kingdom in the public sphere? I think I remember you commenting at one point that you are a reformed two kingdom amill guy so you wouldn’t necessarily put an emphasis on growth right? I know this is somewhat off topic but it is relevant because it could affect whether you would even care about growth or non growth.

    • Steven now this is a loaded question! Briefly, I believe that the reign of Christ in our hearts and in the church is the kingdom. I would not equate the kingdom with the world although it is a kingdom which Christ also rules over. The church is to be about the business of Word and Sacrament. That said, individual Christians must operate in the kingdom of the world and do so explicitly as Christians. So this affects the way we vote, entertain ourselves, and go about our vocation. Christ rules over both the heavenly kingdom with one hand and the kingdoms of earth with his other hand. Both are under his subjection. The church is never to bear the sword and the state does not keep the keys to the kingdom.

      As far as growth, it can’t be measured in numbers but in righteousness (self-government ). I care about numeric growth if that means discipleship and not just headcounts.

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