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Ecclesiology

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  • Spiritual Formation For The Global Church

    $28.00

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

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  • Introduction To Ecclesiology (Revised)

    $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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  • Dogmatic Ecclesiology Volume One

    $50.00

    This groundbreaking work by one of today’s leading theologians offers a major Protestant ecclesiology for the church catholic. This volume, the first of three, considers the priesthood of the church in light of the priesthood of Christ.

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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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  • Art And Architecture For Congregational Worship

    $29.95

    A deep strain of tribal politics is dividing societies around the globe. Organized religions are also coping with scandals, disappointments, and polarizing ideologies. The history of Christianity reveals that such frictions deeply wound the church. Fr. Richard S. Vosko proposes, in a relational way, that when all physical and psychological boundaries in a place of worship are removed, people will discover a common ground. Building on theological foundations and design principles, Vosko envisions what an egalitarian servant church can look like. In a bold but thoughtful manner, he presents progressive insights into the fields of church art and architecture.

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  • Vision Of Vatican 2

    $69.95

    This book is unique in the literature about Vatican II. From the manifold issues debated at the council and formulated in its sixteen documents, Ormond Rush proposes that the salient features of the vision of Vatican II can be captured in twenty-four principles. He concludes by proposing that these principles can function as criteria for assessing the reception of the conciliar vision over the last five decades and into the future. There is no other book that attempts such a comprehensive synthesis of the council’s vision for renewal and reform of the Catholic Church.

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  • Biblical Foundations For Baptist Churches 2nd Edition

    $25.99

    An updated examination of ecclesiology from a Baptist perspective

    In this useful book, professor and former pastor John Hammett helps church leaders think through foundational questions about the nature of the church. Blending biblical teaching and practical ministry experience, Hammett presents a comprehensive ecclesiology from a historic Baptist perspective, examining crucial contemporary issues such as church discipline, the role of elders, and church ministry in a post-Christian culture.

    This second edition contains updates throughout, including:
    *Substantive changes to chapters on the nature of the church, Baptist church polity, and deacons
    *An expanded chapter on baptism and the Lord’s Supper
    *A thoroughly revised chapter on church models like multisite churches and missional churches
    *A brand-new chapter on meaningful church membership

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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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  • 7 Spheres Of Power

    $14.99

    The body of Christ is the powerful representative of the kingdom of God on earth. God’s desire is for the body of Christ to be equipped and built up as an irresistible force in the world. In Ephesians 4:11, the apostle Paul tells us that Jesus appointed five types of ministries, specifically gifted by God, to build up His church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.

    Do we see all five of these gift ministries working together in the church today? Where are the apostles and prophets? Where is their power for equipping and edifying the saints for ministry? How can the body of Christ function when these vital parts are missing? Today, God is restoring the ministries of the apostle and prophet and reestablishing their authority in Christ. Christians are reawakening to our need to move in harmony with God’s original design for the church.

    Pastor Frank Amedia expertly lays out the role of the five ministry offices in Ephesians and explains the place apostles and prophets have in the body of Christ today. More importantly, he helps readers recognize where they fit into the ministries and gifts that the Holy Spirit assigns. By doing so, they take their destined place in the body of Christ. As a result, all members of the church are empowered with gifts and ministries to fulfill God’s call for His kingdom on the earth! The Holy Spirit has assigned each of us a place of value and purpose in the body of Christ. When everyone embraces God’s design, there is freedom, unity, and power in Christ!

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

    $29.99

    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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  • 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 (Expanded)

    $24.00

    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 (Reprinted)

    $15.99

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

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  • Edison Churches : Experiments In Innovation And Breakthrough

    $16.99

    Innovation often brings failure-and that’s okay. Using failure to learn, improve, and continue innovating will help keep the church alive in the twenty-first century.

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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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  • 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

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    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

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    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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  • 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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  • 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

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    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

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Manual De Eclesiologia Para Lo

    $7.99

    La Eclesiologia es una rama de la teologia que se interesa por la naturaleza y mision de la comunidad que Jesucristo establecio: la Iglesia. La Eclesiologia en particular investiga las fuentes de la Teologia catolica, es decir, la Biblia, el magisterio, la tradicion y el sensus fidelium relacionadas con la naturaleza y mision de la Iglesia, y formula interpretaciones de los misterios de la fe alli contenidos para el creyente y el contexto moderno en que vive.

    Temas incluyen:

    La Iglesia del Evangelio de san Marcos
    Las oportunidades y retos de la iglesia contemporanea
    La eclesiologia del Concilio Vaticano II
    Los nuevos moviemientos eclesiares
    Conocer mas acerca de la Eclesiologia puede aportarte desde una comprension mas profunda de como la Iglesia refleja la dinamica de unidad y pluralidad propia de la Trinidad, hasta la manera en que los teologos y teologas de nuestros dias tratan de responder a los desafios contemporaneos que se le presentan a la comunidad que Jesus fundo.

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  • Called To Communion

    $14.95

    This is a book of wisdom and insight that explains how providential are the trials through which the Catholic Church is now passing. The need of the Papal Primacy to ensure Christian unity; the true meaning of the Priesthood as a sacrament and not a mere ministry; the necessity of the Eucharist as the Sacrifice of the Savior now offering Himself on our altars; the role of the Bishops as successors of the Apostles, united with the successor of St. Peter, the Bishop of Rome; the value of suffering in union with Christ crucified; the indispensable service of the laity in the apostolate – all these themes receive from Cardinal Ratzinger new clarity and depth.

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  • Light To The Nations (Reprinted)

    $26.00

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

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  • To See History Doxologically

    $28.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780802865731J. Alexander SiderBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2011Radical TraditionsPublisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Print On Demand Product

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  • Lay Ecclesial Ministry

    $41.00

    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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  • Ministry Is : How To Serve Jesus With Passion And Confidence

    $19.99

    Ministry Is . . . presents in dozens of brief yet powerful chapters a Bible-based, practical guide to serving God in the local church. The insights here from authors Dave Earley and Ben Gutierrez are primarily written for students who are considering church ministry as a vocation, but they are applicable to any active church member who desires to serve through the church with passion and confidence.

    Each compelling entry is set up to finish the sentence that begins with the book’s title. For example, Ministry Is . . . Casting Crowns at the Feet of the Worthy One, Swimming Upstream (or It’s Not Getting Any Better), Becoming Known in Hell, Loving the Bride, Letting Integrity Do the Teaching, and so forth. Throughout, Earley and Gutierrez stay focused on making the reader a spiritual change agent, a difference maker, and impact player for Jesus Christ.

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