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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

    $30.00

    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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  • People Of Gods Presence

    $27.99

    In an age when the church is sometimes viewed as irrelevant and inauthentic, leading Pentecostal theologian Terry Cross calls the people of God to a radical change of structure and mission based on theological principles not programmatic ones. Cross, whose work is respected by scholars from across the ecumenical landscape, offers an introduction to ecclesiology that demonstrates how Pentecostals can contribute to and learn from the church catholic. A forthcoming volume by the author, Serving the People of God’s Presence, will focus on the role of leadership in the church.

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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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  • End Times Simplified

    $11.00

    Anthony Jeffrey Ballinger Title

    The world is in a real mess, with wars, rumours of wars, earthquakes, floods, droughts, diseases and famines in every corner of our planet. Is this just a normal part of going forward into the future or are we seeing the culmination of prophecies like never before?

    This book reveals the answer to these questions by looking at current geopolitical events and comparing them with what the Bible has to say. Why is Israel the centre of world attention, who is the antiChrist and will Christ ever return to rescue our planet? Is the Rapture even possible or just a myth and when does it happen? Look no futher to find the answers to these questions and many others.

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  • Ecclesiology In The New Testament

    $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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  • Flawed Church Faithful God

    $35.00

    How can we reconcile the ideal church described by theology with the broken church that we see in the world? In this book Joseph Small argues that the church’s true identity is known somewhere in the tension between the two.

    Small revisits familiar ecclesiological concepts-including the body of Christ, communion of saints, and people of God- but rather than focusing on theological abstractions or worldly cynicism, he evaluates the church in its scriptural, historical, theological, and social contexts. After stripping away the marketing and shallowness that characterizes much of contemporary church life, Small finds hope that the church’s faith, nature, and mission can be lived out within God’s calling.

    Both sociologically honest and theologically discerning, Flawed Church, Faithful God offers a constructive Reformed yet ecumenical ecclesiology for the real world.

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  • Liturgy In The Reformed Tradition

    $18.99

    Pantocrator Press

    A concise yet comprehensive analysis of liturgical traditions, in which the Western liturgical tradition is contrasted with the Eastern, and then the various Western traditions are compared and contrasted. The Reformed liturgical tradition is shown to be the most Biblically based of them all.

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  • Come Let Us Eat Together

    $26.00

    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

    $22.00

    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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  • 7 Practices For The Church On Mission

    $14.00

    Preface
    1. The Lord’s Table
    2. Reconciliation
    3. Proclaiming The Gospel
    4. Being With The “Least Of These”
    5. Being With Children
    6. The Fivefold Gifting
    7. Kingdom Prayer
    Notes

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    Jesus gave his followers seven key practices:

    The Lord’s Supper
    Reconciliation
    Proclaiming the gospel
    Being with the “least of these”
    Being with children
    Fivefold ministry gifting
    Kingdom prayer

    When we practice these disciplines, God becomes faithfully present to us, and we in turn become God’s faithful presence to the world. Pastor and professor David Fitch shows how these seven practices can revolutionize the church’s presence in our neighborhoods, transform our way of life in the world, and advance the kingdom.

    Our communities can be changed when they see us practicing our faith. Go and do.

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  • Ekklesia : Rediscovering God’s Instrument For Global Transformation

    $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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  • Spirituality For The Sent

    $34.00

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction (Nathan A. Finn And Keith Whitfield)
    1. The Missional Church And Spiritual Formation (Nathan A. Finn And Keith Whitfield)
    2. Spirituality, Mission, And The Drama Of Scripture (Craig G. Bartholomew)
    3. Missional Spirituality And Global Missions (Susan Booth)
    4. Missional Spirituality As Congregational (Anthony L. Chute And Christopher W. Morgan)
    5. Missional Spirituality And Cultural Engagement (Timothy W. Sheridan And Michael W. Goheen)
    6. Welcome To Paul’s World: The Contextual Nature Of Missional Spirituality (Gary Tyra)
    7. Lament As Appropriate Missional Spirituality (Soong-Chan Rah)
    8. Godly Love: The Primary Missional Virtue (Diane Chandler)
    9. Missional Spirituality And Worship (Gordon T. Smith)
    10. Missional Spirituality And Justice (Mae Elise Cannon)
    11. Journey In The Spirit (George R. Hunsberger)

    General Index
    Scripture Index

    Additional Info
    Since their rise in the midst of the revivals of the eighteenth century, evangelicals have been dedicated to the importance of both spirituality and mission. In recent years, evangelicals have engaged in the missional theology discussion that advocates a more holistic Christian mission grounded in the eternal mission of the triune God. At the same time, evangelicals have also been key participants in the spiritual formation discussion that seeks to recover biblical and classical practices for contemporary spiritual growth. While these two movements have been largely independent of each other, the time is right to join them together into a single conversation for the sake of ongoing evangelical faithfulness. Spirituality for the Sent brings together evangelical scholars from a variety of disciplines and ecclesial traditions to address the relationship between spiritual formation and a missional vision of theology and practice. The contributors share a common vision for a missional spirituality that fosters spiritual maturity while also fueling Christian evangelism, cultural engagement, and the pursuit of justice. This collection features contributions by Craig G. BartholomewSusan BoothMae Elise CannonDiane ChandlerAnthony L. ChuteMichael W. GoheenGeorge R. HunsbergerChristopher W. MorganSoong-Chan RahTimothy W. SheridanGordon T. SmithGary Tyra

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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

    $20.00

    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

    $21.99

    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

    $25.00

    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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  • Coming Kingdom : What Is The Kingdom And How Is Kingdom Now Theology Changi

    $22.00

    God’s theocratic, mediatorial kingdom is a vast, sweeping subject from the first book of the Bible to the last. Understanding this overarching biblical theme of God’s clearly revealed and sovereign plan is essential not only for believers in Christ to make sense of the chaos in our world but also for the church to know and fulfill its God-ordained role in this era of world history. Are we currently living in God’s promised kingdom? Yes, say a plethora of professing evangelicals today. No, say the careful reading of the Bible and the biblical evidence marshaled by Dr. Andy Woods in The Coming Kingdom. The conclusions of this book are based on accurate interpretation of Scripture, which are then insightfully compared and contrasted with the various forms of contemporary evangelical teaching about the kingdom. Are you confused by conflicting views on the kingdom? Do you long for something better than the current conditions you see in our world today? Then read The Coming Kingdom. This book shows convincingly from Scripture that the establishment of God’s theocratic kingdom on earth is still future and it will be vastly superior to the conditions we see in our world today. The Coming Kingdom clarifies for readers the biblical truth of God’s glorious kingdom, while exalting the coming King and edifying the soul of the reader with its constant appeal to God’s Word.

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

    $24.00

    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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  • World Church In Our Backyard

    $16.95

    How did a culturally diverse world church emerge in our local neighborhoods and backyards? Rather than an accidental coincidence, diversity in our country, neighborhoods and pews was intentionally brought about through the Spirit’s prompting of historical events. The jubilee of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) reminded us how the Catholic Church opened her doors to the world, while the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 revealed how the U.S. opened her shores to migrants around the world. Through both ecclesial and legislative reforms, the U.S. became home to many ethnically diverse people and allowed for the creation of a worship space incorporating their cultural backgrounds.

    Simon C. Kim is a Korean American priest of the Diocese of Orange, California, and serves as the Thomas E. Chambers Assistant Professor of Theology at Our Lady of Holy Cross College. As a theologian of culture-focused on doing theology within a particular context-Kim is able to understand not only his own cultural relevance in theological reflection but also the culture of others as well. His stories, experiences, and theological reflection resonate both with initial immigrants and the next generation and have won high praise from both groups as they draw on their Catholic faith to navigate their way in Church and society. His recent publications illustrate the bridging of his theological endeavors and pastoral engagements.

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  • Church : A Theological And Historical Account

    $28.00

    Renowned evangelical theologian Gerald Bray provides a clear and coherent account of the church in biblical, historical, and theological perspective. He tells the story of the church in its many manifestations through time, starting with its appearance in the New Testament, moving through centuries of persecution and triumph, and discussing how and why the ancient church broke up at the Reformation. Along the way, Bray looks at the four classic marks of the church–its oneness, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity–and illustrates how each of these marks has been understood by different Christian traditions. The book concludes with a look at the ecumenical climate of today and suggests ways that the four characteristics of the church can and should be manifested in our present global context.
    This accessible introduction to the church from an evangelical perspective explores ecclesiology through the lenses of church history and doctrine to reveal what it means for us today. Bray discusses the church as a living reality, offering practical ways churches and individuals can cooperate and live together.

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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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  • Making All Things New

    $25.00

    Many people think eschatology refers to events occurring at the end of history. In this book, two scholars with expertise in biblical eschatology argue that God’s kingdom breaking into this world through Jesus Christ has inaugurated a new creation, a reality that should shape pastoral leadership and be reflected in the life and ministry of the church. Brief and accessibly written, this book articulates the practical implications of G. K. Beale’s New Testament Biblical Theology and features an introductory chapter by Beale. Each chapter concludes with practical suggestions and a list of books for further study.

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  • Liturgical Reform After Vatican 2

    $44.00

    Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC) was the first document promulgated by the Second Vatican Council. The impact of this document was broad and ecumenical-the liturgical reforms approved by the Council reverberated throughout Christendom, impacting the order and experience of worship in Reformed and Orthodox Churches. Unrecognized in most studies, the Orthodox Churches were also active participants in the liturgical movement that gained momentum through the Catholic and Protestant Churches in the twentieth century. This study examines Orthodox liturgical reform after Vatican II through the lens of Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical dialogue. After establishing the retrieval of the priesthood of the laity and active liturgical participation as the rationales for liturgical reform, the study presents the history of liturgical reform through four models: the liturgical reforms of Alexander Schmemann; the alternative liturgical center in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR); the symposia on liturgical rebirth authorized by the Church of Greece; and the renewed liturgy of New Skete Monastery. Following a discussion of the main features of liturgical reform, catechesis, ars celebrandi, and the role of the clergy, Denysenko concludes with suggestions for implementing liturgical reform in the challenges of postmodernity and in fidelity to the contributions of Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical dialogue.

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  • Covenant Community And The Spirit

    $25.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780801049743Robert ShermanBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2015Publisher: Baker Academic Print On Demand Product

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  • Participation In Christ And Eucharistic Formation

    $49.99

    This wonderful book proposes a theological model for understanding Eucharistic celebration that demonstrates its centrality to the Christian believer’s sanctification and spiritual formation. It centres on John Calvin’s framework for understanding the Lord’s Supper which was founded upon the believer’s union with Christ, along with the belief that the Lord’s Supper deepened that union. By bringing Calvin’s Eucharistic theology into conversation with contemporary speech-act philosophy, Kevin Vanhoozer’s divine/communicative ontology, Biblical theology, and historical and liturgical theology, this multidisciplinary dissertation provides a biblical and theological foundation for understanding the role the Eucharist plays in the worship, sanctification, and formation of the church and her communicants.

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  • Living Mission Interculturally

    $24.95

    Our globalized world increasingly brings together people of many different cultures, though not always harmoniously. In recent decades, multinational companies have sought more efficient strategies for authentic intercultural collaboration. But in today’s multicultural world-church, faith communities too-from local parishes to international religious communities-are faced with the challenge of intercultural living. The social sciences have developed some constructive approaches, but people of faith also need to build their endeavors on a sound biblical and theological foundation. Living Mission Interculturally integrates sociology/anthropology with practical theology, reminds us that good will alone is not enough to affect change, and points to a way of intercultural living underpinned by faith, virtue, and new skills.

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  • Fieldwork In Theology

    $22.00

    Examines the relationship between theology and its social context, articulating a vision for the church to live out God’s mission in the world.

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  • Church With Open Doors

    $24.95

    Catholic ecclesiology stands at the threshold of a new moment in the reception of the Second Vatican Council. The election of Pope Francis-coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the council-has inspired a fresh consideration of its teaching in such diverse areas as ecumenism, inculturation, missiology, and ministry. The chapters in this volume have their origin in a special symposium that called together over forty of the leading Catholic scholars from throughout North America in order to discuss the future of theological reflection on the church. The nine essays in this volume guided that conversation and offer an entry into some of the most pressing issues in ecclesiology today.

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  • 50 Years On

    $39.95

    Pope John XXIII prayed that the Second Vatican Council would prove to be a new Pentecost. The articles gathered here appeared originally in a series solicited by and published in Theological Studies (September 2012 to March 2014). The purpose of the series was and remains threefold: – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council – To help readers more fully appreciate its significance not only for the Catholic Church itself but also for the entire world whom the Church encounters in proclamation and reception of ongoing revelation – In their present form, to help readers worldwide engage both the conciliar documents themselves and scholarly reflections on them, all with a view to appropriating the reform envisioned by Pope John XXIII. Contributors: Stephen B. Bevans, SVD; Mary C. Boys, SNJM; Maryanne Confoy, RSC; Massimo Faggioli; Anne Hunt; Natalia Imperatori-Lee; Edward Kessler; Gerald O’Collins, SJ; John W. O’Malley, SJ; Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ; Ladislas Orsy, SJ; Peter C. Phan; Gilles Routhier; Ormond Rush; Stephen Schloesser, SJ; Francis A. Sullivan, SJ; O. Ernesto Valiente; Jared Wicks, SJ

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  • Story That Chooses Us

    $25.50

    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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  • Transformative Church : New Ecclesial Models And The Theology Of Jurgen Mol

    $69.00

    Moltmann has been interested in the ecclesial and societal consequences of systematic theology. From his first major work, Theology of Hope, to his book Experiences in Theology, he has devoted substantive space to what each particular doctrine means for our life in this world, as individuals and as a community. The Transformative Church explores these concerns more deeply, looking at each of his major texts and highlighting themes relevant for a transformative ecclesiology. These themes are augmented by adding the perspectives of a contemporary church movement that reflects, in its practices, many of the same concerns. With these conversation partners, Patrick Oden constructs a more substantive transformative ecclesiology, one that is embedded in this world: we are to become in the church who we are to be in this world, becoming whole in Christ to be a messianic people in any context.

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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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  • Church In The Modern World

    $24.95

    Gaudium et Spes, Vatican II’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, marked fundamental shifts in ethical methodology, in how we do ethics in the Catholic tradition, and in how we think about ethical and ecclesial issues in the Catholic Church in the modern world.

    On the document’s fiftieth anniversary, this book explores the historical origins of Gaudium et Spes, its impact on the Church’s ecclesial self-understanding, and its implications for doing Catholic theological ethics for the specific ethical issues of marriage, social justice, politics, and peacebuilding.

    The book engages in the ongoing communal discernment of the aggiornamento sought by the council’s convener, Pope John XXIII, seeking to bring the Church up to date in the twenty-first century.

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  • Spiritual Heritage In Glass

    $36.00

    Aside from playing a rich part in the nation’s history, Geary County takes no small pride in the tradition of stained-glass use among its well-renowned religious buildings, along with the proofs of faith interwoven in the stories that went with them. St. Mary’s Chapel, for instance, features a long standing Gothic architecture, with exquisite works of arts depicting the central messages of Christianity. Noticeable, of course, are the prominent use of stained-glass windows throughout the chapel, helping accentuate the overall air of sanctity and feeling of sanctuary for the churchgoers. Apart from the interesting tales about the buildings themselves, LeRoy incorporates interesting historical pieces that should intrigue the readers about the subjects found in those sacred sites.

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  • Between Magisterium And Marketplace

    $49.00

    Contents:
    Introduction
    1. Situating Authorship: Insights From Contemporary Literary Theory
    2. The Rock Or The Eagle?
    3. Magisterium Or Marketplace?
    4. Authorship In Public
    5. The Church As Diffusively Spatialized Event
    Conclusion
    Bibliography

    Additional Info
    What is the relationship of the church to theology? How does the church relate to the work of creative theological authorship, particularly when authors propose novel claims? Even more, how do ecclesial models, particularly of ecclesial authority, underwrite or authorize how theology is done? Saler takes up these challenging and provocative questions and argues for a fresh ecclesiology of the church as event, specifically as a diffusively spatialized event.

    Establishing this claim through the fascinating historical encounters between thinkers like Thomas More and William Tyndale, John Henry Newman and Friedrich Schleiermacher, Between Magisterium and Marketplace provides a theological genealogy of modern ecclesiology, arguing that modern and contemporary ecclesiology is a theological contest not between Barth and Schleiermacher, but rather Newman and Schleiermacher. Constructing an alternative path, Saler turns to the work of a diverse array of authors past and present to argue for a humble yet hopeful view of the theological task in light of contemporary ecclesial opportunities.

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  • 2nd Vatican Council

    $24.95

    Convened by Pope John XXIII, the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) profoundly changed the self-image and life of the Catholic Church. But understanding, interpreting, and implementing Vatican II still remain a task far from completed. Pope Francis has given fresh impetus toward practicing the Council’s teaching about a humble, servant Church that pursues justice and peace for the whole world.This book explores and presents Vatican II’s developments in doctrine about divine revelation; the nature, mission, and collegiality of the Church; religious freedom; and the divine grace that reaches all human beings. It takes up the profound significance of the liturgy constitution, which opened the way for the Council’s subsequent teaching.In documenting the renewal and reform conveyed by the message and meaning of Vatican II, this book illustrates the scholarship and accessible style for which Gerald O’Collins has become renowned.

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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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  • Unfinished Church : Gods Broken And Redeemed Work In Progress

    $14.99

    “I love Jesus, but hate organized religion.” We hear this kind of talk all the time, but what if it’s profoundly mistaken? Rob Bentz challenges readers to rethink this popular-yet ultimately harmful-mentality with a biblical alternative to the church bashing so prevalent in our society today. Drawing on his experience as a pastor, Bentz helps those disenchanted with the local church to rediscover its importance for the Christian life by examining the biblical, theological, and historical reasons why Christians should embrace Gospel-centered community-even when it’s hard. With engaging discussion questions at the end of each chapter designed to encourage personal reflection or interactive conversation, this book will help God’s people remain committed to one another with grace, forgiveness, and love.

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  • Simple Life : Roland Walls And The Community Of The Transfiguration

    $32.00

    Roland Walls stood in awe admiring a tiny flower beside the path Isn’t it beautiful? Just sitting there. Not drawing attention to itself. Just being itself. This humble religious Community, founded by Roland Walls in Roslin near Edinburgh, achieved its far-reaching international and ecumenical influence by embodying a simple mode of “Being” in a world where most people are extremely busy “Doing”. Through the story of the Community’s origins and its 50 years of existence, the author explores how, against all trends, this tiny Christian community has been inspirational testimony to the relevance of religious faith in the 21st century. Told by an authorised and involved author with unique access to the Community, the book is full of enthralling stories and anecdotes – and illustrates the practiced values of community over individualism and Being over Doing. This record of a fascinating phenomenon is no pious and sentimental account. The book cites the very real, raw struggles and the success of attempts to live the Christian life in a post-Christian society.

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  • Researching Practice In Mission And Ministry

    $35.00

    This book proposes to bring together three elements for the benefit of those researching practice in ministry and mission:

    * how to design research that enables questions about practice to be answered in a theological framework.
    * how to address the methodological and epistemological issues that arise in relating empirical research to theology.
    * how to manage a piece of research as a project alongside other responsibilities.

    Students in PT mostly rely on research methods books written for social science students which tend to assume that the student is young and full-time. This book will act as a companion to student and supervisor needing to bring all three elements listed above together.

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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

    $35.00

    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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  • Sojourners And Strangers

    $45.00

    The existence of a seemingly endless variety of denominations has left many Christians unsure about the Bible’s teaching on the nature and proper organization of the church. In the latest addition to the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series, Gregg R. Allison offers readers a comprehensive and systematic study of the church, deeply rooted in God’s Word and Christian history. Whereas many books on the church tend to be either excessively academic or merely pragmatic, Allison presents a rich approach to ecclesiology consisting of sustained doctrinal reflection interwoven with wise, practical application. Exploring everything from the relationship of the church and Israel to the nature of the sacraments, this comprehensive resource will be an invaluable aid for years to come.

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  • Explorations In Ecclesiology And Ethnography

    $41.50

    In Explorations in Ecclesiology and Ethnography Christian Scharen and several other contributors explore empirical and theological understandings of the church. Like the first volume in the Studies in Ecclesiology and Ethnography series, this second volume seeks to bridge the great divide between theological research and ethnography (or qualitative research). Grouped in three main categories — “On Congregations and the Church,” “On Congregations and Worship,” and “On Congregations and Society” — wide-ranging chapters cover fascinating topics such as geographic habits of American evangelicals, debates over difficult issues like homosexuality, and responses to social problems like drug abuse and homelessness. Each contributor models a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach, with fruitful results that will set a new standard for ecclesiological research.

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  • Gospel After Christendom

    $32.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780801039430Editor: Ryan BolgerBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2012Publisher: Baker Academic Print On Demand Product

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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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  • Fresh Expressions In The Mission Of The Church

    $25.00

    Church House Publishing

    The impetus of Christians to discover new ways of living out and communicating the Gospel is a big encouragement, but it has given rise to number of challenges and questions, not least about new ways of being church relate to inherited forms of church. This report considers some of the major questions about the ecclesiology of emerging forms of church and provides pointers for creative grappling with them, including: how do fresh expressions relate to parish and local churches, and to the overall ministry and mission of the Churches? how and when does a fresh expression become a church in its own right? how might fresh expressions develop a spiritual and sacramental life that respects the past, yet affirms their pioneering complex?

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  • Early Christian Art And Architecture

    $35.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780334026327Guntram KochBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2012SCM ClassicsPublisher: SCM Press Print On Demand Product

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  • Perspectives On Ecclesiology And Ethnography

    $51.50

    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

    $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

    $43.00

    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

    Additional Info
    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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  • Lay Ecclesial Ministry

    $84.00

    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

    Additional Info
    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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  • Father Make Them One

    $11.95

    On the night before He was crucified, Jesus Christ prayed that His people would be one. That prayer of Jesus has become Michael Stinsen’s prayer as well. In an effort to help bring God’s people together, he has written “Father Make Them One: A Prayer of Jesus.” Father Make Them One explores the reasons for the various divisions and factions in Christianity and presents common sense solutions to overcoming those things that split the body apart.

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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

    SKU (ISBN): 9780801037627Eddie GibbsBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2009Publisher: Baker Academic Print On Demand Product

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  • Rooted In Jesus Christ

    $36.50

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

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  • Space For Grace

    $20.99

    ‘Inclusive’ is a term that is most closely associated with questions of human sexuality, but in relation to theology and to local church life it has many more dimensions which this book explores. Like so many others, the church of which Giles Goddard is rector was, fifty years ago, almost exclusively white, middle class and male-led. As the local community became more diverse, change was inevitable. Theology has followed rather than led this change and this book reflects on what inclusive theology is starting to look like in practice. Including stories of people who have either been instrumental in this change or who have stayed faithful through its various stages, it explores key questions for every local church: embracing the evangelical, orthodox and liberal and seeing beyond labels, treating everyone as equal before God, sharing leadership and responsibility, recognising that freedom needs limits, drawing people from the margins to the centre, and managing change. Theological reflection follows each story and an h

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  • People And Place

    $45.00

    In this final volume of a four-volume series, Michael Horton explores the origin, mission, and destiny of the church through the lens of covenantal theology. Arguing that the history of Israel and the covenant of grace provide the proper context for New Testament ecclesiology, Horton then shows how the church is constituted through the ascension of Christ, the Pentecost, and the Parousia and continues to live by the Word and sacraments. Hortons goal is to demonstrate the potential of a covenantal model for integrating the themes of the church as people and as place, with an urgent concern for contemporary practice.

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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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  • Holiness And Ecclesiology In The New Testament

    $41.50

    Challenges the local church to become a community where holiness is a matter of public concern.

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  • Dwelling In The Household Of God

    $29.95

    In her remarkable first book, God Dwells With Us: Temple Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel, Mary L. Coloe, P.B.V.M., explored the profound insight of John’s Gospel expressed in Jesus’ invitation to his disciples: “Make your home in me, as I make mine in you” (John 15:4). For the gospel’s author and audience, the dwelling of God among humans was, above all, the Jerusalem Temple. The gospel traces how-after the trauma of the destruction of the Temple-the Johannine community came to expand and deepen its knowledge of God’s dwelling among humans, finding it now in the person of Jesus and in the community of believers.

    Dwelling in the Household of God moves us from seeing God’s dwelling place as the Temple to seeing God’s dwelling place within the community of believers. The starting point now is an image in John 14:2: “my Father’s house,” which is given its Old Testament meaning of “my father’s household.” Our awareness thus moves, like that of the first Christians, from understanding “My father’s house” as the Temple (John 2:16) to “My Father’s Household” as a community of believers drawn into Jesus’ own divine filiation. Coloe invites us to re-read the gospel from the post-Easter perspective of those who have become brothers and sisters of Jesus and living Temples of God’s presence. What emerges is nothing less than a profound mysticism of the mutual indwelling of God and believers.

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  • Architecture Of Immanence

    $30.50

    Baroque, Gothic, Romanesque, Greek. These traditional architectural styles are easily recognizable both in public buildings and especially in houses of worship. Each has a particular influence on sacred space, and all tend to highlight the utter transcendence of God. In An Architecture of Immanence Mark Torgerson asserts that modern architecture has heavily influenced the construction of new sacred spaces, producing a new way of building that emphasizes God’s coming near to us. Torgerson begins by discussing a proper understanding of God’s transcendence and immanence and showing how church architecture has traditionally interpreted these key concepts. He then traces the theological roots of immanence’s priority from liberal theology and liturgical innovation to modern architecture. Next, Torgerson illustrates this new architecture of immanence through particular practitioners, focusing especially on the work of theologically savvy architect Edward Anders SAvik. Finally, he addresses the future of church architecture as congregations are buffeted by the twin forces of liturgical change and postmodernism. A celebration and exploration of the modern conception of sacred space, An Architecture of Immanence will interest architects, liturgists, and all Christians who seek to read the sacred spaces of the recent past.

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  • Colonial Germantown Mennonites

    $12.95

    SKU (ISBN): 9781931038416Leonard Gross | Jan GleysteenBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2007Publisher: Herald Press/MennoMedia Print On Demand Product

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  • Holy People : A Liturgical Ecclesiology

    $25.00

    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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  • Co Workers In The Vineyard Of The Lord

    $9.95

    Pistone, John. “Review: Co-Workers in the Vineyard.” Deacon Digest, Sept.-Oct, 2006, pp. 12-13.

    After highlighting some major points of the document, “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord,” Pistone proceeds to define what constitutes a lay ecclesial minister and ends with a discussion of the Bishop’s statement as it relates to the relationship between lay ministers and deacons. Noting that the document is intended as a resource for planning, it is therefore not exhaustive in its analysis of the lay ecclesial minister in the parish and that each diocese needs to “review its own situation and… develop appropriate plans.” His discussion of the statement comes off as generally positive.

    Rake, Kristina. The Catholic Library Association. “Review: Coworkers in the Vineyard of the Lord.”

    Rake notes that this publication stresses the important role of the laity in the Church and the world and recognizes that some laity hear a call to build the Church up from within, a point the bishops encourage. Nevertheless, it is important to notice the important distinctions between the laity and those religious life in this process, a point this Bishop’s publication also emphasizes. Rake proceeds to lay out the general structure of the document and ends by declaring that “it should be considered an important addition to Catholic libraries.”

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  • Great Giveaway : Reclaiming The Mission Of The Church

    $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 Paper Model Laminated

    $19.99

    New! Paper Model of the Tabernacle
    Here is a full-color scale model of the Tabernacle, the Holy of Holies, the Ark of the Covenant, the High Priest, and all of the animals and furnishings. Just cut out the 60 figures. Then fold and tape or glue. Made from heavy chart paper. Perfect for ages 8 and up. Available laminated or unlaminated. Model size: Courtyard is 23″ x 13″ x 3″

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  • Community Of The Word

    $26.00

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    Do North American evangelicals have a clear and strong doctrine of the church? Can we generate one?

    In this volume, editors Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier bring together thirteen scholars and teachers to explore the history of evangelical ecclesiology and the continuing discussion regarding the nature of the church, the question of sacraments, the relation of church to society, and the church’s moral character and missional witness.

    Contributors include William J. Abraham, Gary D. Badcock, Craig A. Carter, Ellen T. Charry, William A. Dyrness, Darrell L. Guder, D. G. Hart, Willie James Jennings, Dennis L. Okholm, James K. A. Smith, Allen Verhey, John Webster and Jonathan R. Wilson.

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  • Temple Pamphlet : The Temple Throughout Bible History

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

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    The Temple pamphlet
    The pamphlet shows beautiful pictures-
    * Old Testament Temple built by King Solomon
    * Old Testament Temple as it was rebuilt after the Babylonians destroyed it in 586 BC, and
    * New Testament Temple where Jesus worshiped (built by King Herod). This is the beautiful Temple where Jesus amazed the scholars as a child, where he threw out the money changers, where he praised the widow who gave all she had, and where the veil ripped from top to bottom when he died on the cross. See the Temple, the Court of the Gentiles, the Court of the Women, and the Portico.
    These Temples were places of worship that were built using the donations from kings and commoners. The Temple was built to honor God and to house the Ark of the Covenant. Drawn to Bible measurements, these illustrations show and explain all of the important features: the Ark of the Covenant, the veil, the Holy Place, the Most Holy Place (the Holy of Holies), the bronze pillars, the “Sea,” the Bronze Altar, and the cherubim. Includes illustrations and diagrams. Includes measurements, explanations, and a time line. Perfect for adults and children.

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  • When Chruch Became Theatre

    $35.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780195179729Jeanne KildeBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2005Publisher: Oxford University Press Print On Demand Product

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  • Making Church Buildings Work

    $23.99

    This title offers ways in which churches can be a more effective local presence and serve their neighbours’ needs.

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

    $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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  • Introduction To Ecclesiology

    $26.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780830826889Veli-Matti KarkkainenBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2002Publisher: InterVarsity Press

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  • City And Sanctuary

    $35.99

    This volume challenges some common assumptions about the culture of the early Byzantine Near East by examining the architecture and urban design of five cities in that period. The author assesses the various kinds of religious structure found in each city, including cult centres, temples dedicated to the Olympian gods and buildings set aside for mystery religions. He also shows how the effects of these sanctuaries on civic religious life were hugely important and influential, and shaped the way that citizens conceived of their city and of themselves. This book should be of interest to: scholars and students of the New Testament and of the Hellenistic period; scholars and students of Judaic studies; scholars and students of Classical studies; and non-specialists interested in the life and times of the ancient world.

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  • When Chruch Became Theatre

    $150.00

    For nearly eighteen centuries, two fundamental spatial plans dominated Christian architecture: the basilica and the central plan. In the 1880s, however, profound socio-economic and technological changes in the United States contributed to the rejection of these traditions and the development of a radically new worship building, the auditorium church. When Church Became Theatre focuses on this radical shift in evangelical Protestant architecture and links it to changes in worship style and religious mission.

    The auditorium style, featuring a prominent stage from which rows of pews radiated up a sloping floor, was derived directly from the theatre, an unusual source for religious architecture but one with a similar goal-to gather large groups within range of a speaker’s voice. Theatrical elements were prominent; many featured proscenium arches, marquee lighting, theatre seats, and even opera boxes.

    Examining these churches and the discussions surrounding their development, Jeanne Halgren Kilde focuses on how these buildings helped congregations negotiate supernatural, social, and personal power. These worship spaces underscored performative and entertainment aspects of the service and in so doing transformed relationships between clergy and audiences. In auditorium churches, the congregants’ personal and social power derived as much from consumerism as from piety, and clerical power lay in dramatic expertise rather than connections to social institutions. By erecting these buildings, argues Kilde, middle class religious audiences demonstrated the move toward a consumer-oriented model of religious participation that gave them unprecedented influence over the worship experience and church mission.

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  • Built Of Living Stones

    $16.95

    In every church building, art and architecture become the joint work of the Holy Spirit and the local community, in preparing a place to receive God’s Word and to enter more fully into communion with him. In this volume, the bishops offer instruction on how to design places of worship that are dignified, beautiful, and “suited to sacred celebrations.”

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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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  • New Creation : A Liturgical Worldview

    $18.00

    Frank Senn, one of today’s most knowledgeable liturgical theologians and historians, contemplates the furture shape of liturgy. He believes that ritual systems-liturgy- express and inculcate a worldview, and implicit theology; and fears that “lest the community of faith gain the whole world and lose its soul.” New Creation proposes the lines of a “Christian culture” or worldview or way of life that can inform liturgical renewal.

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  • Searching For Sacred Space

    $29.95

    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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  • Sacred Drama : A Spirituality Of Christian Liturgy

    $17.00

    Wilson-Kastner’s wonderfully crafted work views the liturgy as a cosmic drama, enacting a sacred meal that grounds us in the universe, draws us into God’s creation and redemption, and poses stiff ethical challenges “deep in our bones” to Christians in community. “Liturgy reconnects us with God and with all creation, rekindles in us the vision of the restoration of all in God, and clarifies and nourishes again in us the hope in which we can live now in justice, peace, and love with each other” she says. Though we don’t have all the details of this script, we are deeply implicated in the plot.

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  • Tabernacle Wall Chart Laminated

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    The Tabernacle: Old Testament Symbolism Points to Jesus
    Whether you are teaching about Moses or the book of Hebrews, you need this chart. The Tabernacle wall chart is a beautiful teaching aid for children and adults. Many adults study the Tabernacle for the rich Old Testament symbolism that points to Jesus. See the parallels between the Old Testament sacrifices and priests’ duties, and Jesus’ service as the perfect sacrifice and perfect high priest. An excellent opportunity to share the Gospel in an unexpected way, by showing how God made a way for people to have fellowship with Him. On the back of The Tabernacle wall chart there are four reproducible worksheets.

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  • Royal Priesthood Essays Ecclesiological And Ecumenical

    $29.99

    Readers will discover that it is not possible to disengage John Howard Yoder’s practice of ecumenical dialogue from his vision of the church. Yoder’s approach to ecumenical dialogue correlates with his conception of the faithfulness of the church. His vision of the church poses challenges for Christians of all communions because he calls both for disciplined dialogue and for faithful servanthood that renders the confession of Jesus Christ’s lordship meaningful. This collection of 17 essays on themes ecclesiological and ecumenical is intended to demonstrate the substantial unity of Yoder’s work over the past four decades.

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  • Confessing The Faith

    $34.00

    At once a deep critique and a stirring manifesto, this final volume in Douglas John Hall’s monumental trilogy addresses the most practical and pressing issues confronting the Christian church today: its stance in the world, its own contours, its mission to a society that seems to have lost its bearings, and – in a time of Christianity’s own disestablishment – its unavoidable mandate as a prophetic minority to confess the faith.

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  • Communion Of The Saints

    $28.95

    Modern Roman Catholic ecclesiology is best presented and understood as the complementary intertwining of pneumatology and Christology. This is the position of Lumen gentium and the vision of Church the author explains and explores in this work.

    The author’s central thesis is an ecclesiology built around the notion of communio: all Church members carry out their respective responsibilities toward the Church at all levels.

    Beginning with Scripture, the foundation of all theological reflection, the author asks: What ecclesiological perspectives can be found in the New Testament? Next, a systematic treatment of the nature of the Church, its structures (communities and offices), and the Church’s mission (evangelization, the relationship between Church and society) reveals a universal Church centered in a community of local churches.

    A bibliography-international in its authorship and ecumenical in its contributor’s confessional backgrounds-completes each chapter.

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  • Church And The Churches

    $103.00

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    Many of the questions individual churches are asking today about their relationship to one another and the goal of unity among them have a very long history. This book tells the story of the way these questions have arisen and discusses why they can be so hard to answer in modern times. The author asks what we mean by “a church” and how different Christian bodies have understood the way “a church” is related to “the Church.” The concept of “communion” is discussed, which looks ecumenically hopeful as a guide to the way forward.

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  • Calvins Ecclesiastical Advice

    $33.00

    “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

    SKU (ISBN): 9780814657898George TavardBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 1991New Theology StudiesPublisher: Liturgical Press Print On Demand Product

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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

    $11.99

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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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