Changing Culture and the Christ-Centered Kingdom

Globequake: Living in the Unshakeable Kingdom While the World Falls Apart(Thomas Nelson, 2012) by Wallace Henley  

“Changing Culture and the Christ-Centered Kingdom”

As part of my  July 2012 reading, I have also agreed to read and review Wallace Henley’s new book Globequake through the Book Sneeze review and blogging program.

Wallace Henley is the senior teaching pastor at Second Baptist Church, a 59,000 member church in Huston, Texas. Henley is a respected voice in the area of communication and faith and his diverse experience offers a unique understanding of Western cultural shifts.  

While I appreciated his message, this the first book that I have not given a rating of 5 gold stars in review. I should not that this is not necessarily because of content or the authors tone. In fact, I enjoyed the writer’s style very much so, and resonate with his message to follow Jesus in every area of our lives. The issue I have with the book is the generational reference points to illustrate cultural change. In the Preface, Henley builds his case for being an experienced observed to the many changes witnessed firsthand in the Twentieth Century. As part of the “Boomer” generation, Henley reflects that his birth was just two days prior the bombing of Pearl Harbor and that he lived through the rise of communism and the tension of the Cold War. Henley also notes that his various experiences as a newspaper reporter covering the Civil Rights Movement in the South and in time serving as a White House aide during the Nixon administration, he has certainly had a front row seat to some of America’s most defining decades. However, this is precisely my issue with the book.

As a member of the “Millennial” generation, I found many of the examples, though historic and relevant, also to be quite dated. And this is coming from a student of history and culture. References to President Nixon and the Beetles, though interesting are far less captivating than more recent events. Be it as they may, Henley’s reflections are more geared to his Boomer contemporaries than to young leaders in the Twenty-First Century.

The spheres of influence discussed are the person, church, family, education, government, and business. As a young ministry leader and church consultant, my favorite sections are the chapters on the church. Henley reminds us that Jesus is both the Rock and Light of our faith. Likewise, His leadership should always be at the Head of the Body.

From a biblically based teaching standpoint, Henley does an incredible job at articulating the current climate shifts in our culture. Henley explains that while there is constant change in our worldly institutions, the Christ-centered Kingdom of Heaven is a firm foundation for which we should find our footing.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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About Joshua Lee Henry

Joshua Lee Henry is an executive leadership coach and organizational health consultant, with a background in pastoral ministry, business-2-business sales, and nonprofit management. He serves both pastors and CEO's, helping them to multiply the positive impact of their churches and companies within their communities, to "Advance the Kingdom to Transform Society".
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