Everyone wants the "old faith" but who wants the work? Is Bible reading, prayer, church-attendance, "accountability partners" really all that necessary? Perhaps there is some other way to achieve intimacy with God...?
Mark begins where so many popular books (especially those of an Emergent bent) begin: Mark was frustrated. He felt "stuck." .... So far, Buchanan sounds much like a typical Emergent writer (although he was writing too early to really be a part of that craze). However, unlike so much Emergent mush of today Mark does not point the finger at "the institutional church," at an insufficiently global vision, at traditionalism, or, in short, at any other human failing in others. He goes much deeper, and cuts to the heart of the issue: the problem is a god who is too safe.