strangers and pilgrims once more being disciples of jesus in a post christendom world

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Strangers And Pilgrims Once More

Author : Addison Hodges Hart
ISBN : 9781467440455
Genre : Religion
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In this book Addison Hodges Hart articulates some crucial questions for contemporary Christians: What sort of church must we become in today's post-Christendom world, where we can no longer count on society to support Christian ideals? What can we salvage from our Christendom past that is of real value, and what can we properly leave behind? How do we become "strangers and pilgrims" once more, after being "at home" in Christendom for so long? Summoning readers to wise and faithful discipleship in our post-Christendom age, Hart suggests both how Christ's disciples can say "yes" to much that was preserved during the age of Christendom and why they should say "no" to some of the cherished accretions of that passing epoch.

Two Kingdoms And Two Cities

Author : Robert C. Crouse
ISBN : 9781506425191
Genre : Religion
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The recent emergence of “two kingdoms” and “two cities” approaches to Christian social thinking are shown to have a key—and often unacknowledged—connection to Luther’s reshaping of the Augustinian paradigm. The project works for a better understanding of Luther’s own thought to help understand the convergences and divergences of Christian political theology in the twentieth century and today. In particular, Luther’s two-kingdom thinking issued forth in a strong distinction of law and gospel that was also worked out in twofold pairs of Israel and church, general and special revelation, creation and redemption, and especially the outward and inward life. The work traces this legacy through acceptance and modification by Niebuhr and Bonhoeffer, Lutheran and Catholic neoconservatives, Reformed two-kingdom proponents, Augustinian liberals, and finally Oliver O’Donovan. The conclusion reflects on both the historical narrative and its connection to an account of modern liberalism, as well as a theological reflection on hermeneutical decisions of the “twoness” of Christian theology.

Whole And Reconciled

Author : Al Tizon
ISBN : 9781493415526
Genre : Religion
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The ministry of reconciliation is the new whole in holistic ministry. It must be if the Christian mission is to remain relevant in our increasingly fractured world. This book offers a fresh treatment of holistic ministry that takes the role of reconciliation seriously, rethinking the meaning of the gospel, the nature of the church, and the practice of mission in light of globalization, post-Christendom, and postcolonialism. It also includes theological and practical resources for effectively engaging in evangelism, compassion and justice, and reconciliation ministries. Includes a foreword by Ruth Padilla DeBorst and an afterword by Ronald J. Sider.

Taking Jesus At His Word

Author : Addison H. Hart
ISBN : 9781467435963
Genre : Religion
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Blessed are the poor in spirit. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. You cannot serve God and mammon. Judge not, that you be not judged. Though such sayings from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount are very familiar, many people -- including Christians! -- struggle to fully understand and follow them. For those who are brave enough to reconsider what Jesus really said, Addison Hodges Hart offers Taking Jesus at His Word.

Knowing Darkness

Author : Addison Hodges Hart
ISBN : 9780802863447
Genre : Religion
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Too often, Christians who discover melancholy or skepticism occupying a place in their minds are perplexed, troubled, or even ashamed. Knowing Darkness is a frequently provocative apologetic for the benefits of both skepticism and melancholy for biblical/Christian faith. / Arguing that these concepts are not only not detrimental to faith, but also often decidedly helpful, Addison Hart draws from familiar figures in Scripture like Job and Qoheleth of Ecclesiastes, and from the well-known life and experience of Mother Teresa. Understanding the challenges that melancholy and skepticism present to those who experience them, he reflects on the need for genuine human friendship in the life of faith. / With writing both engaging and forthright, Hart inspires us to look more deeply into troublesome matters of the heart and soul ? emotions we would often rather ignore or condemn ? and therein find a far more authentic faith.

The Woman The Hour And The Garden

Author : Addison Hodges Hart
ISBN : 9780802873392
Genre : Religion
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Opens an illuminating window into John's Gospel Was Jesus ever married? Yes, indeed, says Addison Hodges Hart, who boldly asserts that the church's tradition has always regarded Jesus as "married" -- but not in the way that recent sensationalist writers have claimed. Rather, Christ is "the Bridgroom" of "the Woman" in John's Gospel. In this book Hart explores John's rich, poetic imagery, particularly the metaphorical significance of "the Woman," embodied and imaged by Mary the mother of Jesus, the Samaritan woman, and Mary Magdalene. Hart shows what this image reveals about salvation, personal holiness, and the church as a whole. Inspired by the writings of early church fathers and medieval theologians, Hart presents John's Gospel as an incarnational, sacramental text and shows that it is primarily a revelation of salvation, deeply mystical and intended to lead its readers into a living relationship with the One who is the Bridegroom of his people.

Post Christendom

Author : Williams Stuart Murray
ISBN : 9781780784007
Genre : Religion
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While the transition from modernity to postmodernity has received a huge amount of attention the shift from Christendom to post-Christendom has not yet been fully explored. This book is an introduction: a journey into the past, an interpretation of the present, and an invitation to ask what following Jesus might mean in the strange new world of post-Christendom. Drawing on insights from the early Christians, dissident movements and the world church, this book challenges conventional ways of thinking. For those who dare to imagine new ways of following Jesus on the margins it invites a realistic and hopeful response to challenges and opportunities awaiting us in the 21st century.

The Ox Herder And The Good Shepherd

Author : Addison Hodges Hart
ISBN : 9780802867582
Genre : Religion
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Argues how the messages of the Ten Ox-Herding pictures and the teachings of Christ, present similar guidance for living an authentic spiritual life.

Sacred Fire

Author : Ronald Rolheiser
ISBN : 9780804139441
Genre : Religion
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Beloved author Ronald Rolheiser continues his search for an accessible and penetrating Christian spirituality in this highly anticipated sequel to the contemporary classic, The Holy Longing. With his trademark faculty and thoughtfulness, Rolheiser undertakes the writings of St. John of the Cross and shows how identifying and embracing the three stages of discipleship-Essential, Generative, and Radical-will lead to new heights of spiritual awareness. In this new book, Rolheiser takes us on the journey through othe dark night of the senses and spirit.o Here, we experience pleasure and fervor, disillusionment and boredom. But when we embrace the struggles and yearnings to know God, he shows us we can come together and apply this newfound understanding to our daily lives.

The Bible Made Impossible

Author : Christian Smith
ISBN : 9781441241511
Genre : Religion
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Biblicism, an approach to the Bible common among some American evangelicals, emphasizes together the Bible's exclusive authority, infallibility, clarity, self-sufficiency, internal consistency, self-evident meaning, and universal applicability. Acclaimed sociologist Christian Smith argues that this approach is misguided and unable to live up to its own claims. If evangelical biblicism worked as its proponents say it should, there would not be the vast variety of interpretive differences that biblicists themselves reach when they actually read and interpret the Bible. Far from challenging the inspiration and authority of Scripture, Smith critiques a particular rendering of it, encouraging evangelicals to seek a more responsible, coherent, and defensible approach to biblical authority. This important book has generated lively discussion and debate. The paperback edition adds a new chapter responding to the conversation that the cloth edition has sparked.

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