Ecclesiology

 

Ecclesiology

Ten Indictments Against the Modern Church

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The modern church is in need of revival. But as author Paul Washer contends, "We cannot simply do what is right in our own eyes and then expect the Holy Spirit to come down and bless our labors." Truth be told, the devil has little need to oppose the church's prayer for revival unless God's people are seeking to live lives and order congregations according to God's Word. This book examines ten areas where churches have neglected clear biblical direction and need to prayerfully seek reformation.
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August 15, 2018

TESTING THE SPIRITS HOW THEOLOGY INFORMS

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In this volume seven scholars provide a helpful map for charting a number of the shifts at the intersection of theological education and congregational development, offering readers keen insights into how to navigate their complexities. Theological educators, seminary students, pastors, and denominational officials and staff will find in these pages substantive biblical and theological perspectives that help to frame specific approaches to moral deliberation and decision-making within congregations -- and through congregations for the sake of the world.

Contributors: Ronald W. Duty
Pat Taylor Ellison
David Fredrickson
Donald Juel
Patrick Keifert
Lois Malcolm
Gary Simpson
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February 1, 2009

THIS LITTLE CHURCH HAD NONE

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Paul informs us in Romans 1:19-23 man's problem is that he has suppressed the truth about God that has been revealed in the creation around him. This suppression has led to darkened hearts and imaginations that are empty of spiritual reality. Man tries to fill in the blanks with whatever might be in vogue at the moment -- in biblical times it was idols and the direct conscious worship of creation. Today it might be New Age philosophy, Eastern religions, human achievement, humanistic theory, modernistic certainty, postmodern uncertainty, or any number of other theories. Bottom line: mankind has rejected God and His truth and suffers the consequences of that choice as God hands him over to enslavement by his own worldview with its resulting sins (1:24-32). It is no wonder people are disillusioned with life; sin and false beliefs ultimately have that affect.
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November 1, 2009

TO SHARE IN THE BODY OP!

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In modern-day America, it is hard for Christians to imagine ever dying for their faith. And yet in To Share in the Body, author Craig Hovey challenges Christians to view martyrdom not as relegated to the past or to remote parts of the world but rather as having profound implications for Christian witness today.
By examining the Gospel of Mark's recurring theme of martyrdom, Hovey argues that martyrdom is a critical aspect of the gospel and therefore crucial to how the church today remembers martyrs and understands Christian discipleship. Written by an up-and-coming theologian, To Share in the Body provides engaging theological reflection that will benefit not only scholars and students of theology but also anyone interested in understanding a biblical view of martyrdom. The book also includes a foreword by Samuel Wells.
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February 1, 2008

UNDERSTANDING FOUR VIEWS ON BAPTISM

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What is the significance of water baptism? Who should be baptized? Is infant baptism scriptural? Which is the proper baptismal mode: sprinkling, pouring, or immersion? Should people be rebaptized if they join a church that teaches a different form of baptism? Should baptism be required for church membership? These and other questions are explored in this thought-provoking book.Four historic views on baptism are considered in depth: - Baptism of the professing regenerate by immersion (Baptist)- Believers' baptism on the occasion of regeneration by immersion (Christian Churches/Churches of Christ)- Infant baptism by sprinkling as a regenerative act (Lutheran)- Infant baptism of children of the covenant (Reformed)Each view is presented by its proponent, then critiqued and defended in dialogue with the book's other contributors. Here is an ideal setting in which you can consider the strengths and weaknesses of each stance and arrive at your own informed conclusion.
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February 5, 2007

UNLEARNING PROTESTANTISM OP!!

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In this clearly written and insightful book, Gerald Schlabach addresses the "Protestant dilemma" in ecclesiology: how to build lasting Christian community in a world of individualism and transience. Schlabach, a former Mennonite who is now Catholic, seeks not to encourage readers to abandon Protestant churches but to relearn some of the virtues that all Christian communities need to sustain their communal lives. He offers a vision for the right and faithful roles of authority, stability, and loyal dissent in Christian communal life. The book deals with issues that transcend denominations and will appeal to all readers, both Catholic and Protestant, interested in sustaining Christian tradition and community over time.
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April 1, 2010

WE HAVE SEEN HIS GLORY

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We Have Seen His Glory sounds a clarion call to worship in light of the coming Kingdom. Ben Witherington here contends that Christian worship cannot be a matter of merely continuing ancient practices; instead, we must be preparing for worship in the Kingdom of God when it comes on earth. The eight chapters in this thought-provoking book each end with questions for reflection and discussion -- ideal fare for church study groups.

-In this study I hope to tease some minds into active thought about what worship should look like if we really believe that God's Kingdom is coming. . . . It's time for us to explore a more biblical and Kingdom-oriented vision of worship.-
-- from the prelude
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January 19, 2010

WHAT IS A REFORMED CHURCH

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"A true church, Reformed according to God's Word, is the dwelling place of God, maintaining and declaring the truth which He has been pleased to reveal," writes author Malcolm Watts in What Is a Reformed Church? Watts then looks specifically at the basics of the Reformed faith and explains, both biblically and historically, the distinctives of a Reformed church, its doctrines, and its practices in worship, church government, church discipline, and evangelism. For both believers who are just discovering the Reformed faith and those who need to be reminded of its distinctives, this handbook offers readers solid answers to the question of what it means to be Reformed.
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February 17, 2012

Who Runs the Church? Four Views on Church & Government

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Churches have split and denominations have formed over the issue of church government. Yet while many Christians can explain their particular church's form of rule and may staunchly uphold it, few have a truly biblical understanding of it. What model for governing the church does the Bible provide? Is there room for different methods? Or is just one way the right way?In Who Runs the Church? Four predominant approaches to church government are presented by respected proponents: - Episcopalianism (Peter Toon)- Presbyterianism (L. Roy Taylor)- Single-Elder Congregationalism (Paige Patterson)- Plural-Elder Congregationalism (Samuel E. Waldron). As in other Counterpoints books, each view is followed by critiques from the other contributors, and its advocate then responds. 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.
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August 26, 2004

Why Church a Basic Introduction

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Is a church just something we create to serve our purposes or to maintain old traditions? Or is it something more vital, more meaningful, and more powerful? This can be hard to believe when we look at what happens in any one congregation or denomination. Certainly not all churches act like Jesus in the world, and many individual churches in the West are dying. When it's so easy to be confused, frustrated, or simply apathetic about the church, how should we understand its purpose today? In this appealing introduction to the nature of the local church, set in the context of Christian history and global diversity, historian and missionary Scott Sunquist shows us the church in motion. Why Church? clarifies the two primary purposes of the church--worship and witness--and unpacks what the church is (and ought to be) using five movements of worship:
  • come together
  • stand to praise God
  • kneel to confess
  • sit to listen to the Word of God
  • go out into the world
  • Packed with stories and insights from experiences in churches around the world, this book explores cultural contextualization, the meaning of conversion, worship in both personal and communal aspects, and how mission combines telling the good news with being good news as a community. From Fuller Theological Seminary's renowned church-planting program, this primer is well suited to leaders and their core teams to read together and share with new attenders as they catch the spirit of the dynamic gathering that is the local church.
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    Why Sacraments

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    The book provides a clear account of the sacraments of the Christian church and of the general idea of sacramentality. It reaches out to a wide audience and presents solid academic theology in an accessible and popular manner. The approach is distinctively Anglican, Thomist, and on the conservative side of "liberal catholic."

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    WORK OF THE GREETER

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    The latest volume in Judson Press's classic Work of the Church series, this book offers practical information for development and implementation of a more structured hospitality ministry of greeters. Beginning with the biblical precedent for such a ministry in the gate-keepers of the Jerusalem temple, the author goes on to provide detailed suggestions for the recruitment, organization, and function of greeters in the life of the church.
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    September 1, 2009