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  • Local And Universal

    $40.00

    In the words of the creeds, the church is the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic body of Christ.

    Of those features, perhaps none is as misunderstood as the church’s catholicity (that is, its universality)-because while the church is universal, it is also radically local, connected to a particular community or even found on a specific street corner. How might we reclaim the universality of the church without losing its local situatedness?

    In this Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture volume, pastor and theologian C. Ryan Fields offers a surprising solution: he turns to the Free Church tradition, those churches that are historically separate or “free” from state oversight. Juxtaposing the Free Church with its Episcopal counterpart, he argues that far from neglecting the catholicity of the church, the Free Church tradition can helpfully inform our understanding of the one body of Christ while remaining true to its local roots.

    Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture, edited by Daniel J. Treier and Kevin J. Vanhoozer, promotes evangelical contributions to systematic theology, seeking fresh understanding of Christian doctrine through creatively faithful engagement with Scripture in dialogue with church tradition.

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  • Spiritual Formation For The Global Church

    $28.00

    The church is called to grow in Christ. Yet too often, it ignores the practical dimensions of the faith. The church is one in Christ. Yet too often, it is divided by national, denominational, theological, and racial or ethnic boundaries. The church is a global body of believers. Yet too often, it privileges a few voices and fails to recognize its own diversity. In response, this volume offers a multi-denominational, multi-ethnic vision in which biblical scholars, theologians, and practitioners from around the world join together to pursue a cohesive yet diverse theology and praxis of spiritual formation for the global church. Be fed in your faith by brothers and sisters from around the world.

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  • Introduction To Ecclesiology (Revised)

    $35.00

    What is the church? Why are there so many different expressions of church throughout time and space, and what ties them all together?

    Ecclesiology–the doctrine of the church–has risen to the center of theological interest in recent decades. In this text, theologian Veli-Matti Karkkainen provides a wide-ranging survey of the rich field of ecclesiology in the midst of rapid developments and new horizons. Drawing on Karkkainen’s international experience and comprehensive research on the church, this revised and expanded edition is thoroughly updated to incorporate recent literature and trends. This unique primer not only orients readers to biblical, historical, and contemporary ecclesiologies but also highlights contextual and global perspectives and includes an entirely new section on interfaith comparative theology. An Introduction to Ecclesiology surveys.

    *major theological traditions, including Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Reformed, and Pentecostal

    *ecclesiological insights from Latin American, Africa, and Asia

    *distinct perspectives from women, African Americans, and recent trends in the United States

    *key elements of the church such as mission, governance, worship, and sacraments

    *interreligious comparison with Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist communities

    As the church today encounters challenges and opportunities related to rapid growth in the Majority World, new congregational forms, ecumenical movements, interfaith relations, and more, Christians need a robust ecclesiology that makes room for both unity and diversity. In An Introduction to Ecclesiology students, pastors, and laypeople will find an essential resource for understanding how the church can live out its calling as Christ’s community on earth.

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  • Seeking Church : Emerging Witnesses To The Kingdom

    $32.00

    New expressions of church that are proliferating among Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and other non-Christian religious communities, including so-called “insider” movements, have raised intense discussion in missiological circles.

    In Seeking Church, Darren Duerksen and William Dyrness address these issues by exploring how all Christian movements have been and are engaged in a “reverse hermeneutic,” where the gospel is read and interpreted through existing cultural and religious norms. Duerksen and Dyrness draw on the growing social-scientific work on emergent theory–the concept that social communities arise over time in ways that reflect specific historical and cultural dynamics. This is a missiological process, they argue, in which God has always worked through people and their culture to shape his witness in the world. They illustrate emergent theory through historical and contemporary case studies and consider the church’s contextualized nature by exploring biblical models of the church, worship practices as emergent, and ecclesial markers that identify emerging churches and their distinctive witness. For missiologists, theologians, practitioners, and all who ponder the challenge and opportunities of mission among other religious communities, Seeking Church offers a multidisciplinary conceptual framework with which to understand the global diversity of the body of Christ. The Spirit is constantly drawing people toward God’s community, causing new expressions of church to emerge and thus displaying new facets of his work and character.

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  • Intercultural Theology Volume 3

    $45.00

    Christianity is not only a global but also an intercultural phenomenon.

    In this third volume of his three-volume Intercultural Theology, Henning Wrogemann proposes that we need to go beyond currently trending theologies of mission to formulate both a theory of interreligious relations and a related but methodologically independent theology of interreligious relations.

    Migratory movements are contributing to an ongoing process of religious pluralization in societies that tended to be more religiously homogenous in the past. Interreligious platforms, movements, and organizations are growing in number. Meanwhile, everyday life continues to be characterized by very different modes of interreligious cooperation. Coming to a better understanding of such modes is a major concern for societies with high levels of religious and cultural plurality.

    Wrogemann’s conviction is that much would be achieved if we posed new and different questions. When it comes to interreligious relations, what is significant, and what is meaningful? What exactly is a dialogue? Which factors are at play when people from different cultural and religious traditions come into contact with each other as physical beings in real-life situations? What about the different images of the self and of the other? Which interests and hidden motives underlie which claims to validity? Exploring these questions and more in masterful scope and detail, Wrogemann’s work will richly inform the study of interreligious relations.

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  • Church Of God In Jesus Christ

    $34.95

    The Church of God in Jesus Christ consists of three parts: the first provides a concise historical survey of ecclesiology elucidating the most salient teachings and insights from the Old and New Testaments, the writings of the fathers, the medievals, moderns, up to the present day. It integrates a standard historical overview with a recovery of oft ignored or forgotten insights from the tradition (e.g., beginnings of the Church in prehistoric times and in Israel, Irenaeus’s Trinitarian ecclesiology and St. Bernard’s nuptial vison of the Church.

    The second part is a systematic ecclesiology ordered around the four marks of the Church, then proceeding to treat the participation of all the faithful in the threefold office of Christ, the ongoing renewal and reform of the Church by the Holy Spirit working through her members, and finishing with a hitherto neglected study of the eschatological consummation of the Church in heavenly glory.

    The third part consists of five essays on particular themes of special importance in ecclesiology. Of the five, most notable is the chapter on the relationship between the Church’s infallibility and Mary.

    Fr. Roch Kereszty intends to integrate theological insights with nourishing the reader’s spiritual life by emphasizing the essentially Trinitarian, nuptial and Marian dimensions of the Church.

    The book fills a genuine need in that it offers a rich synthesis of the ecclesiological renewal in an accessible and clear language. It will enrich not only students of theology but all those college educated adults who are interested to delve beyond the cliches of the media into the contemplation of the manifold mystery of the Church.

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  • Seeing Jesus In East Harlem

    $18.00

    Introduction

    Part 1: Show Up
    1. El Testimonio: Go And Show Yourself
    2. The “Here I Ams” Of Life: Calling And Holy Disorientation
    3. Incarnational: Tracing Our Presence Through Christ’s Body
    4. Naming Whiteness: Discerning Space As Disciple Making

    Part 2: Staying Put
    5. Staying Public: Welcoming Home The Prophets
    6. Remaining At Work: Becoming God’s Crowdsource In The Barrio
    7. Staying Together: When Hope Became A Household

    Part 3: See
    8. Look Again: Generous Seeing As A Measure Of Discipleship
    9. Curating Heaven: Dance And Dirge At Christ’s Table
    10. El Culto: Marking Life’s Moments, Rescripting Trauma
    11. Apocalypse: Church From A Different Vantage Point

    Acknowledgments
    Notes

    Additional Info
    We are all located in different places. Some of us move from neighborhood to neighborhood or even state to state. And the way we grow as disciples and lead others in spiritual growth depends on our contexts. Pastor Jose Humphreys recognizes how deeply our faith is tied to our particular stories in our particular places. Grounded in his own deep faith and wisdom, he writes out of his experiences as a Puerto Rican pastor who has planted a multiethnic church in East Harlem. In this book, he offers a framework to help church leaders take discipleship seriously in their places, calling them to show up, stay put, and see what God is doing in their midst. Combining spiritual formation with activism, vivid narrative with exhortation, and realism with hopefulness, Humphreys offers pastors and church planters a thoughtful look at discipleship in a complex world.

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  • Ecclesiology In The New Testament (Student/Study Guide)

    $31.99

    The earliest Christians thought of themselves in communal terms. They did not simply make individual commitments to Jesus as God’s messiah; they constituted themselves as communities shaped by the in-breaking of God’s realm. They likely learned to do so from Jesus himself. When he summoned an inner circle of his followers and numbered them twelve, he signaled that his ministry had the character of a reform movement within Israel. In his work of preaching, healing, exorcism, and prophetic sign actions, Jesus shaped his followers into what would eventually become the church. By transgressing contemporary religious and social boundaries in his ministry, he planted the seeds of the church’s later inclusion of non-Jews. This book will investigate New Testament texts about the church from a comparative standpoint. That is, the various authors adopt different metaphors for their communities-family, assembly, nation, priesthood, and so on–to make varying claims about how they ought to live together and how they ought to live among their neighbors. In their descriptions of themselves as the church, Christians implicitly and explicitly describe their theology but also the Roman empire, the Jerusalem temple, the synagogue, popular philosophical circles, and first-century domestic order.

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  • Come Let Us Eat Together

    $30.00

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. The Supper Of The Lord: Goodness And Grace In 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (Amy Peeler)
    2. Churches And The Politics Of The Sacraments: Rethinking “Unity Of The Church” (D. Zac Niringiye)
    3. In Persona Christi: The Catholic Understanding Of The Ordained Priesthood In Relation To The Eucharist (Thomas G. Weinandy)
    4. A Way Forward: A Catholic-Anabaptist Ecclesiology (D. Stephen Long)
    5. Ascension, Communion, And The Hospitality Of The Priest-King (Cherith Fee Nordling)
    6. The Gospel We Share And The Unity We Seek: An Orthodox Contribution (Bradley Nassif)
    7. Christ The Ursakrament (Katherine Sonderegger)
    8. Visual Ecumenism: The Coy Communion Of Art (Matthew J. Milliner)
    9. The Eucharist, The Risen Lord, And The Road To Emmaus: A Road To Deeper Unity? (Matthew Levering)
    10. The Eschatological Dimension Of Sacramental Unity: An Orthodox Christian View (Paul L. Gavrilyuk)
    11. “For You Have Been Planted Together With Christ”: Sacraments And The Life Of The Church (George Kalantzis)
    12. Who Invited The Baptist? The “Sacraments” And Free Church Theology (Marc Cortez)
    13. Sacraments And (Dis-)Unity: A Constructive Ecumenical Proposal Toward Healing The Divisions And Facilitating Mutual Recognition (Veli-Matti Karkkainen)
    Contributors
    Author Index
    Subject Index
    Scripture Index

    Additional Info
    As Christians, we are called to seek the unity of the one body of Christ.

    But when it comes to the sacraments, the church has often been-and remains-divided. What are we to do? Can we still gather together at the same table?

    Based on the lectures from the 2017 Wheaton Theology Conference, this volume brings together the reflections of Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox theologians, who jointly consider what it means to proclaim the unity of the body of Christ in light of the sacraments.

    Without avoiding or downplaying the genuine theological and sacramental differences that exist between Christian traditions, what emerges is a thoughtful consideration of what it means to live with the difficult, elusive command to be one as the Father and the Son are one.

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  • Canoeing The Mountains (Expanded)

    $25.00

    Part 1: Understanding Uncharted Territory
    1. Seminary Didn’t Prepare Me For This
    2. Adventure Or Die
    3. A Leadership Model For Uncharted Territory

    Part 2: On-the-Map Skill Set
    4. Competence And Credibility
    5. Preparing For The Unknown
    6. Eating Strategy For Breakfast

    Part 3: Leading Off The Map
    7. Navigating The “Geography Of Reality”
    8. My Italian Grandfather Was Killing Me
    9. Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There . . . Then Do Something
    10. The Mission Trumps!
    11. Take A Good Look Into The Coffin

    Part 4: Relationships And Resistance
    12. Gus And Hal Go To Church
    13. Et Tu, Church?

    Part 5: Transformation
    14. How A Nursing Mother Saved America
    15. The End Of Our Exploring

    Epilogue: Taking The Hill With Grandma
    Study Guide
    Acknowledgments
    Notes

    Additional Info
    14th Annual Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year, LeadershipExplorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting. You may even feel that your training holds you back more often than it carries you along.Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world.If you’re going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools. Now expanded with a study guide, this book will set you on the right course to lead with confidence and courage.

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  • Ekklesia : Rediscovering God’s Instrument For Global Transformation (Reprinted)

    $15.99

    In this vital, eye-opening book, bestselling author Ed Silvoso equips believers to transform the world around them. Amid the social, political, and moral chaos in our world today, he shows how we can become the church, the ekklesia, that Jesus called us to be: the revolutionary, transformational, life-giving force that people and nations so desperately need.

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  • Parish : An Anglican Theology Of Place

    $31.00

    The Anglican parish is uniquely embedded in English culture and society, by virtue both of its antiquity and close allegiance with secular governance. Yet it remains an elusive and surprisingly overlooked theme, whose ‘place’, theologically, is far from certain. Whilst ecclesiastical history has long formed a pillar of academic training for ordained ministry, ecclesiastical geography has not contributing to the often uninformed assumptions about locality in contemporary church debate and mission strategy. At a time when its relevance and sustainability are being weighed in the balance and with plans progressing for the Church in Wales’ abandonment of parochial organisation, there is an urgent need for a clear analysis of the parish’s historical, geographical and sociological – as well as theological significance.?

    “Parish” examines the distinctive form of social and communal life created by the Anglican parish: applying and advancing, the emerging discipline of place theology by filling a conspicuous gap in contemporary scholarship. Andrew Rumsey will help in forming a vision for the future of the English parish system, contribute towards the Church’s strategy for parochial ministry and also inform the broader national conversation about ‘localism’ and cultural identity.

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  • Organizing Church : Grassroots Practices For Embodying Change In Your Congr

    $24.99

    What if congregations embraced community organizing? While many theories exist on how to plant or how to renew a church and its leadership, Organizing Church offers a unique perspective that brings together the tools of community organizing and a robust ecclesiology to suggest a new way forward for revitalizing and empowering churches. This book is a helpful field guide for pastors and other church leaders trying to build healthy congregations, create a deep culture of discipleship in their community, and to respond to the challenges presented by the global culture of the 21st century.

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  • Kenotic Ecclesiology : Select Writings Of Donald M. MacKinnon

    $49.00

    Donald M. MacKinnon has been one of the most important and influential of the post-World War British theologians, significantly impacting the development and subsequent work of the likes of Rowan Williams, Nicholas Lash, and John Milbank, among many other notable theologians. A younger generation largely emerging from Cambridge, but with influence elsewhere, has more recently brought MacKinnon’s eclectic and occasionalist work to a larger audience worldwide.

    In this collection, MacKinnon’s central writings on the major themes of ecclesiology, and especially the relationship of the church to theology, are gathered in one source. The volume features several of MacKinnon’s important early texts. These include two short books published in the Signposts series during World War II, and a collection of later essays entitled The Stripping of the Altars.

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  • Faithful Presence : Seven Disciplines That Shape The Church For Mission

    $24.00

    Faithful Presence aims to reshape how we think about the church, what we do in the name as church, and the way we lead as church. It offers seven distinct spiritual practices that are undergirded by sound theology to provide a fuller vision for how people can come together to live in and for Christ and his Kingdom.

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  • Virtual Body Of Christ In A Suffering World

    $22.99

    We live in a wired world where 24/7 digital connectivity is increasingly the norm. Christian megachurch communities often embrace this reality wholeheartedly while more traditional churches often seem hesitant and overwhelmed by the need for an interactive website, a Facebook page and a twitter feed. This book accepts digital connectivity as our reality, but presents a vision of how faith communities can utilize technology to better be the body of Christ to those who are hurting while also helping followers of Christ think critically about the limits of our digital attachments. This book begins with a conversion story of a non-cell phone owning, non-Facebook using religion professor judgmental of the ability of digital tools to enhance relationships. A stage IV cancer diagnosis later, in the midst of being held up by virtual communities of support, a conversion occurs: this religion professor benefits in embodied ways from virtual sources and wants to convert others to the reality that the body of Christ can and does exist virtually and makes embodied difference in the lives of those who are hurting. The book neither uncritically embraces nor rejects the constant digital connectivity present in our lives. Rather it calls on the church to a) recognize ways in which digital social networks already enact the virtual body of Christ; b) tap into and expand how Christ is being experienced virtually; c) embrace thoughtfully the material effects of our new augmented reality, and c) influence utilization of technology that minimizes distraction and maximizes attentiveness toward God and the world God loves.

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  • Becoming A Pastor Theologian

    $28.00

    The Center for Pastor Theologians (CPT) seeks to overcome the bifurcation that has developed between the roles of pastor and theologian. Based on the first annual CPT conference in 2015, this volume brings together the reflections of church leaders and academic theologians to consider how these roles might be reconnected once again.

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  • Shared Mercy : Karl Barth On Forgiveness And The Church

    $44.00

    In A Shared Mercy, Jon Coutts explores Karl Barth’s theology of forgiveness and reconciliation in the final volume of the Church Dogmatics. Combining systematic and pastoral theology, Coutts shows the significance of Barth’s writings for the life of the church today.

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  • Representing Christ : A Vision For The Priesthood Of All Believers

    $28.00

    The priesthood of all believers is a core Protestant belief. But what does it actually mean? Uche Anizor and Hank Voss set the record straight in this concise treatment of a doctrine that lies at the center of church life and Christian spirituality. The authors look at the priesthood of all believers in terms of the biblical witness, the contribution of Martin Luther and the doctrine of the Trinity. They place this concept in the context of the canonical description of Israel and the church as a royal priesthood that responds to God in witness and service to the world. Representing Christ is much more than a piece of Reformation history. It shows that the priesthood of all believers is interwoven with the practical, spiritual and missional life of the church.

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  • Pictures At A Theological Exhibition

    $20.00

    In this collection of essays, Kevin Vanhoozer turns from hermeneutical theory to hermeneutical practice through explorations of how theology informs the church’s worship, witness and wisdom.

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  • Political Church : The Local Assembly As Embassy Of Christs Rule

    $45.00

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. What Is Politics?
    2. What Is An Institution?
    3. The Politics Of Creation
    4. The Politics Of The Fall
    5. The Politics Of The New Covenant
    6. The Politics Of The Kingdom
    Conclusion
    Author Index
    Subject Index
    Scripture Index

    Additional Info
    The church is political. Theologians have been debating this claim for years. Liberationists, Anabaptists, Augustinians, neo-Calvinists, Radical Orthodox and others continue to discuss the matter. What do we mean by politics and the political? What are the limits of the church’s political reach? What is the nature of the church as an institution? How do we establish these claims theologically? Jonathan Leeman sets out to address these questions in this significant work. Drawing on covenant theology and the “new institutionalism” in political science, Leeman critiques political liberalism and explores how the biblical canon informs an account of the local church as an embassy of Christ’s kingdom. Political Church heralds a new era in political theology.

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  • Story That Chooses Us

    $27.99

    Over the course of several decades, missiologist George Hunsberger has written numerous essays on crucial themes for the church’s recovery of its missional identity and practice. The Story That Chooses Us brings these essays together for the first time.

    The book as a whole presents a composite sense of the missional identity and faithful witness to which the church is called in contemporary Western society. Hunsberger engages with well-known missiologist Lesslie Newbigin throughout his work as he carefully discerns biblical and theological roots for a contemporary vision of missional theology. The recurring themes in Hunsberger’s essays provide both theological mooring and practical guidance for churches following Christ on the missional path.

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  • Bodies Of Peace

    $44.00

    Contents:
    Introduction: Ecclesiology, Nonviolence, And The Claims Of War
    1. War, Church, And The Plurality Of Witness
    2. The Church As Witness: John Howard Yoder, Dialogical Nonviolence, And The Church’s Performance
    3. The Church Forming Nonviolence: Dorothy Day, The Mystical Body, And The Logic Of Tradition
    4. The Church As Naming Nonviolence Witness: William Stringfellow, The Powers, And The Word’s Renewing Work
    5. The Church Supporting Nonviolence: Robert McAfee Brown, CALCAV, And Worldly Ecumenicity
    Conclusion
    Bibliography

    Additional Info
    This book argues that Christian nonviolence is both formed by and forms ecclesial life, creating an inextricable relationship between church commitment and resistance to war. Examining the work of John Howard Yoder, Dorothy Day, William Stringfellow, and Robert McAfee Brown, this book explores how each thinker’s advocacy for nonviolent resistance depends deeply upon the ecclesiology out of which it comes. These forms comprise four strands of a comprehensive Christian approach to a nonviolent witness rooted in ecclesial life.

    Because each of these figures’ ecclesiology implicates a different mode of resistance to war and a different relation between ecclesiology and resistance to war, the volume argues that any account of an ecclesially-informed resistance to war must be open to a multitude of approaches, not as pragmatic concessions, but as a foretaste of ecumenical unity. Insofar as the pursuit of peace in the world can be seen as a church bearing out the work of the Spirit, the approach of other ecclesial traditions can be seen not as competitors but as common works of the Spirit, which other traditions may learn from and be challenged by.

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  • Sorting Out Catholicism

    $19.95

    Focolare, Community of Sant’Egidio, Neocatechumenal Way, Legionaries of Christ, Communion and Liberation, Opus Dei. These are but a few of the most recognizable names in the broader context of the so-called ecclesial movements. Their history goes back to the period following the First Vatican Council, crosses Vatican II, and develops throughout the twentieth century. It is a history that prepares the movements’ rise in the last three decades, from John Paul II to Francis. These movements are a complex phenomenon that shapes the Church now more than before, and they play a key role for the future of Catholicism as a global community, in transition from a Europe-centered tradition to a world Church.

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  • Essential Church : A Wesleyan Ecclesiology

    $19.99

    With so many denominations and differing ideas about what the church is and does, arriving at a clear understanding of the church is a formidable challenge. The pastors and educators who have contributed to this book explore the meaning,purpose, and function of the church, as well as its structure. They address topics such as the kingdom of God, worship, and mission, in relation to the body of Christ, and give special attention to Wesleyan theological concerns.This theology of the church is an accessible resource for anyone, minister or layperson, who desires a better grasp of the church. This stimulating ecclesiology is a valuable addition to any theological library.

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  • Community Of Jesus

    $24.99

    Intended for upper division college students, seminarians, and pastors, The Community of Jesus delivers a biblical, historic, systematic, and missional theology of the church.

    Today the word church provokes wide-ranging reactions and generates discussion on a variety of issues among Christians and non-Christians alike. In order to sort through this maze of responses and topics, a biblical and theological foundation must be laid that provides a clear vision of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ and its significance in God’s eternal purpose.

    With extensive pastoral, teaching, missions, and administrative experience, this team of contributors carefully sets forth the biblical teachings concerning the church and then builds on this core material, relating the theology of the church to salvation history, church history, God’s glory, and God’s mission:

    * Paul R. House, “God Walks with His People: Old Testament Foundations”
    * Andreas J. Kostenberger, “The Church According to the Gospels”
    * Kendell H. Easley, “The Church in Acts and Revelation: New Testament Bookends”
    * David S. Dockery, “The Church in the Pauline Epistles”
    * Ray Van Neste, “The Church in the General Epistles”
    * James A. Patterson, “The Church in History: Ecclesiastical Ideals and Institutional Realities”
    * Stephen J.Wellum, “Beyond Mere Ecclesiology: The Church as God’s New Covenant Community”
    * Christopher W. Morgan, “The Church and the Glory of God”
    * Bruce Riley Ashford, “The Church in the Mission of God”

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  • Generous Ecclesiology : Church World And The Kingdom Of God

    $35.99

    Generous Ecclesiology seeks to present a positive theological contribution to Anglican ecclesiology and missiology. It aims to do this by responding to issues raised by For the Parish and mission-shaped church in particular. This is because the editors are aware that the debate generated by these publications risks becoming polarised – with the dangers of either traditional practices/missionary innovation not being taken seriously. The book would respond to a theological need within the church; and open up a generous space for future reflection and practice. It would be rooted in the Anglican tradition and its imaginative response to context.

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  • Gospel After Christendom

    $32.00

    Emerging church movements are an increasingly global phenomenon; they exist as holistic communities that defy dualistic Western forms of church. Until now, many of the voices from these movements have gone unheard. In this volume, Ryan Bolger assembles some of the most innovative church leaders from around the world to share their candid insider stories about how God is transforming their communities in an entirely new era for the church.

    Bolger’s new book continues the themes that he and Eddie Gibbs established formally in their critically acclaimed Emerging Churches and situates new church movements within this rubric. It explores what’s happening now in innovative church movements in continental Europe, Asia, and Latin American and in African American hip-hop cultures.

    Featuring an international cast of contributors, the book explores the changes occurring both in emerging cultures and in emerging and missional churches across the globe today.

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  • Seeking The Church

    $45.00

    Seeking the Church intends to introduce students, teachers and inquirers to key themes and dynamics in being the Church. In a time of significant change and search for new forms of Christian community the book locates such developments within the wider Christian tradition of theological reflection on the doctrine of the Church. The book covers the basic themes in ecclesiology presented in a systematic manner. It draws upon historical examples and engages where appropriate with the Anglican tradition. The intent is to cover the key areas without pretending to be exhaustive so that a reader will gain a solid and creative introduction to a major area of theology. Seeking the Church is an ideal introduction for all who want to engage with the churches theological self understanding in the present day and through the ages.

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  • Perspectives On Ecclesiology And Ethnography

    $53.99

    Within the disciplines of religious studies, systematic theology, and practical theology there exists a divide between empirical and theological analyses of the church. Each volume in the cross-disciplinary series Studies in Ecclesiology and Ethnography attempts to address this gap by exploring the methodological and substantive issues that arise from both theological and empirical studies of the church’s practices and social reality.

    Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography, the inaugural volume in the series, proposes that if theology is to regain its relevance to the church today, theologians must utilize ethnographical tools in order to provide more accurate, disciplined research that is situated in real contexts. Using “ethnography” in its broadest sense — encompassing any form of qualitative research — this volume proposes that the church is both theological and social/cultural, which implies the need for a methodological shift for researchers in theology. Contributions from twelve scholar-practitioners lead the way forward.

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  • Light To The Nations (Reprinted)

    $26.00

    There is a growing body of literature about the missional church, but the word missional is often defined in competing ways with little attempt to ground it deeply in Scripture. Michael Goheen, a dynamic speaker and the coauthor of two popular texts on the biblical narrative, unpacks the missional identity of the church by tracing the role God’s people are called to play in the biblical story. Goheen shows that the church’s identity can be understood only when its role is articulated in the context of the whole biblical story–not just the New Testament, but the Old Testament as well. He also explores practical outworkings and implications, offering field-tested suggestions for contemporary churches.

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  • Lay Ecclesial Ministry

    $49.00

    Foreword
    Amy Hoey
    Preface

    Part I: Response To Co-Workers In The Vineyard Of The Lord

    Co-Workers In The Vineyard Of The Lord: A Pastoral Perspective On Its Reception
    H.Richard McCord, Jr.
    The Theological Reception Of Co-Workers In The Vineyard Of The Lord
    Richard R. Gaillardetz
    Part II: Mining Our Theological Tradition

    Ministry In The New Testament
    Emil A. Wcela
    Being A Ministering Church: Insights From History
    Thomas F. O’Meara
    Theology Of Lay Ecclesial Ministry: Future Trajectories
    Edward P. Hahnenberg
    Lay Ecclesial Ministry And Ritual
    Catherine Vincie
    Lay Ecclesial Ministry And Parish Leadership Options: Canonical Reflections In Light Of Co-Workers In The Vineyard
    Sharon A. Euart
    Part III: Mining Our Spiritual Tradition

    Spirit Guides And Table Companions: Saints As Models For Lay Ecclesial Ministers
    Regina Bechtle
    Formation For Lay Ministry: Learnings From Religious Life
    Juliana Casey
    Part IV: Implications For Pastoral Practice

    The Call Of Co-Workers In The Vineyard Of The Lord For Cultural Diversity In Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Programs
    William H. Johnston
    Adopting Effective Human Resource Development Strategies For The Catholic Church In The United States
    Michael J. O’Loughlin With Michael J. Brough
    Strengthening Ministerial Leadership: Perspectives From Systems Theory
    Zeni Fox
    Index

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    The role of lay ecclesial ministers-professionally prepared laity who serve in leadership roles-is becoming critically more important in the life of the Catholic church. In Lay Ecclesial Ministry, theologians and pastoral leaders from diverse disciplines provide a deeper understanding, envision future direction, and offer inspiration for these new ministers and the community of the church.

    Building on the themes of the first official document addressing lay ecclesial ministry, Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2005, this book delves deeply into key topics. Authors reflect on dimensions of the Catholic tradition to enrich our understanding of this new reality of lay ministry in the church, to envision future developments, and to offer inspiration. Contributors draw on a variety of theological perspectives, including canon law, church history, ecclesiology, liturgy, and scripture, to ground understanding of lay ecclesial ministry within the Catholic tradition and to chart direction for further response to this newly emergent ministry. The book also offers inspiration and models of service to lay ministers, looking to stories of the saints and communities of vowed religious.

    Lay Ecclesial Ministry is an essential resource for the Catholic community in understanding and building upon this new and increasingly important component of church life.

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  • Politics Of Discipleship

    $32.00

    In this fourth volume in the Church and Postmodern Culture series, internationally acclaimed theologian Graham Ward examines the political side of postmodernism in order to discern the contemporary context of the church and describe the characteristics of a faithful, political discipleship. His study falls neatly into two sections. The first, which is the more theoretical section, considers “the signs of the times.” Ward names this section “The World,” noting that the church must always frame its vision and mission within its worldly context. In the second section, “The Church,” he turns to constructive application, providing an account of the Christian practices of hope that engage the world from within yet always act as messengers of God’s kingdom.

    Ward’s study accomplishes two related goals. First, he provides an accessible guide to contemporary postmodernism and its wide-ranging implications. Second, he elaborates a discipleship that informs a faith seeking understanding, which Ward describes as “the substance of the church’s political life.”

    Ward is well known for his thoughtful engagement with postmodernism and contemporary critical theology. Here he provides a broader audience with an engaging account of the inherently political nature of postmodernity and thoughts on what it means to live the Christian faith within that setting.

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  • ChurchMorph

    $24.00

    It is estimated that 80 percent of churches across the theological spectrum are either stalled or in decline. In ChurchMorph, internationally respected church observer Eddie Gibbs goes beyond an analysis of the causes to show how many churches and faith communities are actually breaking the downward trend. He expertly maps current converging church movements–emerging and missional churches, mainline renewal groups, megachurches, urban mission, new monasticism, alternative worship, and expanding networks–and offers a positive assessment of the reshaping of today’s church.

    Gibbs argues that more is required of Western churches than adopting new programs if they are to missionally engage within their context. The church must re-image itself, resulting in its reconfiguration and a comprehensive change in its self-understanding; it must morph in order to be defined by its mission in the world. Gibbs identifies trends that provide signs of the kingdom, reflecting on how different ecclesial communities are working out what it means to be “church” in a post-Christendom environment. He provides a range of examples from North America and the United Kingdom to offer encouragement and assurance that God has by no means abandoned his church.

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  • Rooted In Jesus Christ

    $38.99

    SKU (ISBN): 9780802862792ISBN10: 0802862799Daniel IzuzquizaBinding: Trade PaperPublished: April 2009Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Print On Demand Product

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  • United And Uniting

    $18.00

    This book provides historical perspective and a call to recover the original vision for a greater understanding of the denomination.

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  • Holy People : A Liturgical Ecclesiology

    $29.00

    Introduction: Liturgical Ecclesiology And Its Importance

    PART ONE: A People-Church In Liturgical Perspective
    *Assembly
    *With All, In Every Place
    *The Practice Of Assembly

    PART TWO: One People – Liturgy And Church Unity
    *Knowing Something Together
    *Unity And Liturgical Pattern
    *The Practice Of Unity

    PART THREE: Holy People – Liturgical Assemblies And Earth’s Peoples
    *Assembly, Baptism, And Culture
    *Assembly, Eucharist, And Culture
    *The Practice Of Holiness

    Appendixes
    Indexes

    Additional Info
    This sequel to Gordon Lathrop’s highly successful Holy Things is an exercise in liturgical theology, viewing the activities of worship as a means of defining and discussing the concept “church.” It centers on community and assembly to discuss the sacraments. It focuses on ecumenism and inculturation as central test cases for a liturgically derived idea of church.

    In hopes of invigorating the local church, Lathrop explores the meaning of the term “church,” the relationship of the local liturgical assembly and other Christian assemblies (catholicity); the personal and communal character of liturgical assembly; the unity of the churches; the critical principles of liturgy and culture; openness to what is radically other; and liturgical evangelization. Lathrop’s work grounds a notion of church that is personal yet communal, universal, but not triumphalistic.

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  • Great Giveaway : Reclaiming The Mission Of The Church (Reprinted)

    $22.00

    Has the North American church relinquished her God-given mission to parachurch organizations, psychotherapy, and consumer capitalism? Warning that postmodern evangelicals are increasingly modeling their ministries after secular sciences and “farming out” church functions in the name of efficiency, Fitch challenges believers to reclaim the lost practices of evangelism, physical healing, and spiritual formation.

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  • Tabernacle Pamphlet : Symbolism In The Tabernacle

    $4.99

    High Gloss Plastic Coated Sheet
    Size: 8.5″ X 5.5″ 12-14 Panels Unfolds To 33″ Long

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    The Tabernacle pamphlet
    The pamphlet shows a beautiful picture of the Old Testament Tabernacle in the Wilderness of Sinai. The Tabernacle was the special “tent of meeting” that God instructed Moses to build. It was placed in the center of the camp and could be set up and taken down whenever the Children of Israel traveled. Drawn to Bible measurements, this picture points out all of the important features: the Ark of the Covenant, the High Priest, the Holy Place, the Holy of Holies, the Brazen Altar, the pillar of fire and more. Includes more than a dozen illustrations and diagrams. Includes measurements, explanations, a list of sacrifices, symbols, and a time line. Perfect for adults and children

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  • Tabernacle Workbook : Lesson Guide With 12 Fun Lessons – Ages 10-Adult – Ex (Wor

    $11.99

    The Tabernacle Workbook
    This workbook is packed with reproducible activity and information sheets on the Tabernacle, the sacrifices, the furnishings (including the Ark of the Covenant), the priests’ garments, and the symbolism that points to Jesus. Includes diagrams of the Tabernacle, drawings of all of the furnishings, and pictures of the High Priestly garments. Includes worksheets, codes and clues, puzzles, and activities. Perfect for youth or adults.

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  • Communion Ecclesiology

    $30.00

    Doyle constructs communion ecclesiology as a broad and inclusive category that makes room for a range of legitimate approaches. He examines the approaches of Johann Adam Mohler, Charles Journet, Henri de Lubac, Yves Congar, Karl Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Elizabeth Johnson, Joseph Ratzinger and many others.

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  • Searching For Sacred Space

    $32.95

    Every Sunday we walk through those (probably red) doors and enter a sacred space. It is familiar . . . maybe comforting . . . maybe not . . . maybe downright uncomfortable and unwelcoming.

    In twelve thoughtful and provocative essays, the writers ask important questions about the relationship between sacred spaces and the worship that takes place in them:

    -How do our buildings convey a vision of God’s kingdom on earth?
    -How are our places of worship reflecting our beliefs?
    -In what visible, tangible forms are we proclaiming a faith in the living God?
    -How are our church buildings helping this church bring the Gospel into a new century?

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  • Calvins Ecclesiastical Advice

    $34.00

    “From the Publisher:” The Columbia Series in Reformed Theology represents a joint commitment by Columbia Theological Seminary and Westminster John Knox Press to provide theological resources from the Reformed tradition for the church today. Volumes in this series are intended for scholars, theologians, pastors, and lay people who are committed to faith in search of understanding.

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  • Church Community Of Salvation

    $29.95

    Ecclesiology is now taken for granted as an area of theological research. Before the modern age, however, the Church felt no need to define itself. What Father Tavard presents in this work is a systematic organization of the essential Christian beliefs about what the Church has been, is, and ought to be. It focuses on the awareness of “being” Church that is inseparable from the profession of the Christian faith. Keeping the present historical moment in mind, Tavard investigates the dogmatic or doctrinal nature and structure of the Church in an ecumenical spirit.

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  • Church

    $15.95

    A book about the church that Jesus is building, a church author Chant claims is triumphant and powerful, built on the foundation of the Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.

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  • Tabernacle In The Wilderness

    $15.99

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    While the Old Testament presents many types of the person and work of Christ, few are as detailed and as instructive as the Tabernacle, the offerings, and the priesthood. John Ritchie’s classic study illuminates a richly rewarding area of Old Testament studies.

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