Dangerous Stories

Alan Hirsch has a new book coming out called Dangerous Stories, in which he brings insights from the Chinese House Church movement into the wider emerging missional church conversation. This is interesting – I have also had good conversations with both Chinese young people and also missionaries like David Garrison, who are describing the movements in China as having emergent behavior but not in those terms. (David does not use that word in his book, but I did recommend he buy Steve Johnson’s book Emergence).

Hirsch argues that the Australian emerging church started missional and is moving towards the emerging, while the USA scene started emerging (in the church-based spirituality sense) and is headed towards the missional. I don’t entirely agree with that but i see their point – I left some comments on the issue at Peregrinato

I described their last book “The Shaping of Things to Come” as “possibly the most muscular apology of emerging-missional ecclesiology in our age” and have it on my TOP 5 list of books. I look forward to the next one.

Interview – Neurotribe

Audio Podcast – Neurotribe

Transcript – Peregrinato

Blog Discussion –NextReformation

[update: i said that alan and mike wrote this book but actually it was Alan. Mike has a seperate book coming out that should also be a good one]


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Sivin Kit says:

    it will be interesting to read what the aussies have to say. I’ve been looking at Watchman Nee’s work on church as possibly part of my Masters programme.

  • Dangerous Stories

    The Shaping of Things to Come authors Alan Hirsch and Mike Frost have a new book coming out called Dangerous Stories, in which they bring insights from the Chinese House Church movement into the wider emerging missional church conversation. The Shaping…

  • Mathias says:

    This sounds really interesting. I’m reading The shaping of things to come now, and it’s an absolutely fantastic read. It’ll be good to see what Hirsch and Frost are cooking up in this one.
    Thanks for the comment on my page btw.

  • Isaac says:

    Very interesting… I’ve been involved with China and with the emerging church, and have often thought that there’s a lot of similarities. Perhaps it just that both are rather biblical. lol.

  • Alan Hirsch Podcast Concerning His New Book

    Stephen Said has another podcast up with Alan Hirsch (co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come).  (HERE) [UPDATE] Andrew Jones outlines some of the details of the book and adds some other resources in Dangerous Stories.  Milton weighed

  • alan hirsch says:

    Just a clarification Jonesy, Mike and I have written seperate books this time–not together. But they will compliment each other very well. I have written on phenomenal Jesus movements (The early Christian Movment, and the Chinese phenomenon are key reference points) and have tried to translate the insights for the church in the West. My book will be published by Brazos. Frosty has written on what can be called missional Lifestyle and perspective. His book will be with Hendrickson.
    Thanks again for the invaluable role you are playing in the international movement at this time.

  • lewi says:

    Probably not critical as the conversation has pasted, but was searching ‘Technorati’ and noticed you have linked to a post that no longer exists. My bad – I converted to WP and can’t reconcile the permalinks. The new location for this post can be found HERE (blogs.peregrinatio.org)

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