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Ecclesiology

Evaluating the Church Growth Movement: 5 Views

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Gaining form and momentum over the second half of the 20th century, the Church Growth movement has become an enormous shaping force on the Western church today. You may love it, you may hate it, but you can't deny its impact. But what exactly is Church Growth? In what ways has the movement actually brought growth to the church, and how effective has it been in doing so? What are its strengths and weaknesses? This timely book addresses such questions. After providing a richly informative history and overview, it explores--in a first-ever roundtable of their leading voices--five main perspectives, both pro and con, on the classic Church Growth movement: -Effective Evangelism View (Elmer Towns)-Gospel in Our Culture View (Craig Van Gelder)-Centrist View (Charles Van Engen)-Reformist View (Gailyn Van Rheenan)-Renewal View (Howard Snyder)As in other Counterpoints books, each view is first presented by its proponent, then critiqued by his co-contributors. The book concludes with reflections by three seasoned pastors who have grappled with the practical implications of Church Growth.The interactive and fair-minded nature of the Counterpoints format allows the reader to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed, personal conclusions.The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Exploring Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series.
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October 1, 2004

Ever Ancient Ever New the Allure of Liturgy for a New Generation

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For many years now, the church in North America has heard figure after figure concerning the steady flow of young people leaving the church. In the midst of these troubling figures, there remains a glimmer of hope for these youth as they transition into young adults. Ever Ancient, Ever New tells the story of a generation of younger Christians from different backgrounds and traditions who are finding a home and a deep connection in the church by embracing a liturgical expression of the faith.

Author and teacher Winfield Bevins introduces you to a growing movement among younger Christians who are returning to historic, creedal, and liturgical reflections of Christianity. He unpacks why and how liturgy has beckoned them deeper into their experience of Jesus, and what types of churches and communities foster this "convergence" of old and new. Filled with stories illustrating the excitement and joy many young adults have found in these ancient expressions of Christianity, this book introduces you to practices and principles that may help the church as it seeks to engage our postmodern world.

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March 5, 2019

Four Views on the Churchs Mission

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This book articulates various evangelical views regarding the church's mission and provides a healthy, vigorous, and gracious debate on this controversial topic. In a helpful Counterpoints format, this volume demonstrates the unique theological frameworks, doctrinal convictions, and missiological conclusions that inform and distinguish the views:

  • Soteriological Mission: Jonathan Leeman
  • Participatory Mission: Christopher Wright
  • Contextual Mission: John Franke
  • Ecumenical-Political Mission: Peter Leithart
  • Each of the four contributors is to answer the same key questions based on their biblical interpretations and theological convictions. What is your biblical-theological framework for mission? How does your definition of mission inform your understanding of the church's mission? How does the Mission of God and Kingdom of God relate to the mission of the church? What is the gospel? How does your view on the gospel inform the mission of the church? How do verbal proclamation of the gospel, discipleship, corporate worship, caring for the poor, social justice, restoring shalom, developing culture, and international missions fit into the church's mission?

    The interaction between the contributors will help readers get a clearer picture of where the differences lie and why different conclusions are drawn and provide a fresh starting point for discussion and debate of the church's mission.

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    October 24, 2017

    From Sabbath to Lords Day a Biblical Historical & Theological Investigation

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    A series of authors assert the premise that Sunday is "a new day of worship that was chosen to commemorate the unique, salvation-historical event of the death and resurrection of Christ, rather than merely being another day for celebrating the Sabbath."

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    November 1, 1999

    Go to Church Understanding the Mystery & Importance of Going to Church

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    Have you ever asked yourself the question: "Why do people go to church?" Have you ever doubted if there is really any importance of going to church anymore? I also had such questions as a kid when my parents always mandated that I go to church, even though I did not understand why. This book is filled with personal experiences and revelations from the Word of God that will help you understand the importance of going to church. It will: - Show the meaning of "THE CHURCH"- Provide access to biblical truths about going to church and why you should never miss it- Help you overcome and see beyond the lie of the devil about the way people behave in church- Help you make the most of your time in church and see the change in your life God wants to provide for you.- Help you grow closer to God and grow spiritually in knowledge and understanding.This is more than just a book, it is a key that opens up the mystery of going to church
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    March 6, 2019

    Gods Ambassadors The Westminster Assembly and the Reformation of the English Pulpit 1643 to 1653

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    The Westminster Assembly is celebrated for its doctrinal standards and debates on church polity. But how often is the assembly noted for its extraordinary intervention in the pulpit ministry of the Church of England? In God's Ambassadors, Chad Van Dixhoorn recounts the Puritan quest for a reformation in preachers and preaching and how the Westminster Assembly fit into that movement. He examines the assembly's reform efforts, tracing debates and exploring key documents about preaching in a way that both highlights disagreements within the assembly's ranks and showcases their collective plan for the church going forward.

    Moreover, Van Dixhoorn reveals the rationale behind the assembly's writings and reforms, both in terms of biblical exegesis and practical theology. Unlike any other book, God's Ambassadors draws attention to the lengths to which the Westminster Assembly would go in promoting godly preachers and improved preaching.

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    June 25, 2017

    Hope & Community A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World Vol 5

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    The culmination of Karkkainen's multivolume magnum opus

    This fifth and final volume of Veli-Matti Karkkainen's ambitious five-volume systematic theology develops a constructive Christian eschatology and ecclesiology in dialogue with the Christian tradition, with contemporary theology in all its global and contextual diversity, and with other major living faiths--Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

    In Part One of the book Karkkainen discusses eschatology in the contexts of world faiths and natural sciences, including physical, cosmological, and neuroscientific theories. In Part Two, on ecclesiology, he adopts a deeply ecumenical approach. His proposal for greater Christian unity includes the various dimensions of the church's missional existence and a robust dialogical witness to other faith communities.
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    October 23, 2017

    HOPE AMONG THE FRAGMENTS

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    The church is fragmented by staggering anxieties involving material stability, personal morality, and doctrinal purity. This work examines how figural interpretation of Scripture can help the church make sense of its divided and splintered state.
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    July 1, 2004

    IRENICUM HEALING THE DIVISIONS AMONG GOD

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    These are the last sermons that Burroughs preached before he died. His heart was obviously broken by the divisions and scuffles he saw his brothers under-going with one another. He pleads for unity among Christians, and addresses the issues that seriously divide.
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    June 1, 2003

    It Takes a Church to Baptize What the Bible Says about Infant Baptism

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    The issue of baptism has troubled Protestants for centuries. Should infants be baptized before their faith is conscious, or does God command the baptism of babies whose parents have been baptized?

    Popular New Testament scholar Scot McKnight makes a biblical case for infant baptism, exploring its history, meaning, and practice and showing that infant baptism is the most historic Christian way of forming children into the faith. He explains that the church's practice of infant baptism developed straight from the Bible and argues that it must begin with the family and then extend to the church. Baptism is not just an individual profession of faith: it takes a family and a church community to nurture a child into faith over time. McKnight explains infant baptism for readers coming from a tradition that baptizes adults only, and he counters criticisms that fail to consider the role of families in the formation of faith. The book includes a foreword by Todd Hunter and an afterword by Gerald McDermott.

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    August 21, 2018

    JOURNEY TO THE KINGDOM AN INSIDERS LOOK

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    The Orthodox Liturgy is not just an act of worship, but a potentially life-changing journey.

    Fr. Papavassiliou takes you through this journey with clarity and passion, exploring the Liturgy as a reflection of heavenly worship, and an invitation to enter the Kingdom of God. The hymns, prayers, creed and actions of the Liturgy are explained, covering subjects such as Communion, Trinity, baptism, sainthood, Resurrection, and much more. The book includes a map to guide you on your journey and 20 illustrations.

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    October 1, 2012

    JOURNEYS OF FAITH EVANGELICALISM EASTERN

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    Research indicates that on average, Americans change their religious affiliation at least once during their lives. Today, a number of evangelical Christians are converting to Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Anglicanism. Longtime Evangelicals often fail to understand the attraction of these non-Evangelical Christian traditions. Journeys of Faith examines the movement between these traditions from various angles. Four prominent converts to Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Evangelicalism and Anglicanism describe their new faith traditions and their spiritual journeys into them. Response chapters offer respectful critiques. Contributors include Wilbur Ellsworth (Eastern Orthodoxy), with a response by Craig Blaising; Francis J. Beckwith (Roman Catholicism), with Gregg Allison responding; Chris Castaldo (Evangelicalism) and Brad S. Gregory's Catholic response; and Lyle W. Dorsett (Anglicanism), with a response by Robert A. Peterson. This book will provide readers with first-hand accounts of thoughtful Christians changing religious affiliation or remaining true to the traditions they have always known. Pastors, counselors and students of theology will gain a wealth of insight into current faith migration within the church today.
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    January 1, 1900