I had a chance to read An Army of Ordinary People: Stories of Real-Life Men and Women Simply Being the Church by Felicity Dale this weekend. It was an engaging and thought provoking book all the way through. I really appreciate Felicity’s passion and engaging style of writing. Each chapter is a different story of how God used ordinary people to start house churches. Each chapter also happens to illustrate a principle or two that has been learned through the process of developing house churches or simple churches as the author calls them.
The truth is that stories connect and this book could easily become a manual for how to begin and develop a network of house churches in your area (I’m guessing this was part of the author’s intent). She did a great job pulling the reader in and offering great advice from someone who has “been there.” However, there were several portions of the book where the hermeneutics employed to gain and understanding from a particular passage were a bit off the mark. To my knowledge this didn’t lead so much into theological error as much as it was a misguided interpretation of the passage. This most often occurred with a loose definition of church. Many of what the author calls churches I would be comfortable calling community groups or bible study. In fact according to her definition I have been a part of several house churches in my life time. Never the less its a minor difference, but one worth noting.
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