Michael Frost

Dr. Michael Frost is an internationally recognized Australian missiologist and one of the leading voices in the missional church movement.

He joins Ed via Skype from Australia to talk about what it means to live like Christ from his new book, Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement.

Michael is the Vice Principal of Morling College and the founding Director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study center located at Morling College in Sydney, Australia. He is also a senior lecturer with the Melbourne University of Divinity. Michael is the author or editor of a number of theological books, the most recent of which are the popular and award-winning, The Shaping of Things to Come (2003), Exiles (2006) and The Road to Missional (2011). Their popularity has led him to become a sought-after speaker at international conferences.

In 1999, he and Alan Hirsch founded the Forge Mission Training Network, an action-reflection based program for training missional leaders. He remains an international director of that movement which is now based in the USA. In 2002, he founded the missional Christian community, smallboatbigsea, based in Manly in Sydney’s north. He has been the weekly religion columnist for The Manly Daily since 2002 and helped establish Action Against Poverty, a localized micro-financing agency, linking the cities of Manly and Manado, an impoverished Indonesian community. He was also instrumental in launching Street Pastors Manly, a street chaplaincy program for entertainment precincts, originally founded in the UK.

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frost book#3The story of Christianity is a story of incarnation—God taking on flesh and dwelling among the people he created. God appointing and sending people as his body, his hands and feet. Disciples of Jesus bearing the good news even as they bear the marks of his passion. Whatever Christianity is, it is at least a matter of flesh and blood and the ends of the earth.

And yet so much of contemporary Christian culture is rooted not in incarnation but in escape—escape from the earth to heaven, escape from the suffering of this world, escape even from one another. Christianity is increasingly understood as something personal, conceptual, interior, private, neighborless. If Jesus was God incarnate, the church is in danger of being excarnate.

Michael Frost exposes the gap between the faith we profess and the faith we practice. And he offers new hope for how the church can fulfill its vocation: to be the hands and feet of Christ to one another and to our neighbors, to the ends of the earth and to the end of the age.

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