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When you hear the word church, what first comes to mind? A building? Your pastor? Your small group?
Francine Rivers is passionate about the church--and just as passionate about the definition. "The church is not the building, but the body of believers who all have a relationship with Jesus Christ," she says. But, she notes, too often the focus turns to programs, the American notion that "bigger is better" is adopted, and things slowly--or, sometimes, quickly--go awry.
The process of how this can happen, and what a sincere Christian can do about it, fuels Francine Rivers's latest: novel, And the Shofar Blew. (The shofar she explains, is the ram's horn that was …