Frogs Without Legs Can’t Hear: Nurturing Disciples in Home and Congregation by David W. Anderson and Paul G. Hill (2003)
This book that has become a church leaders’ “best seller,” with over 20,000 copies sold, helps congregational leaders and homes focus on a life of faith that is not about “playing church” but about being the people of God, the body of Christ, “when at home or away from home” (Deuteronomy 6:7).
Congregational life that equips the home promotes the Reformation theme of the priesthood of all believes, the critical principle that still deserves lots of attention today.
The analogy of a frog without legs seems a strange one to use for the church body, but gets the point across quite well as an analogy of what is needed to effectively promote Christian faith and outreach in the context and setting of the congregation. This book challenges current assumptions about what it is to be the church, arguing for the vital role of the home that partners in ministry with the congregation. This partnership requires a rethinking of what it means to be the church today and how to live the faith as persons, households, and larger communities of faith. Anderson and Hill suggest Five Principles of faith formation, the Four Keys as essential faith practices (caring conversations, devotions, service, and rituals and traditions), and Christians as AAA disciples, people who are authentic, available, and affirming.
The underlining contribution of the power of relationships and a Christian faith that is lived—practiced—daily makes FROGS WITHOUT LEGS an important resource for the renewal of the church, the church in the home as well as the church in the congregation and larger world.
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