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This is an introduction to thinking theologically about the Christian church--what is known as ecclesiology. The book covers background questions of conception, history, differences among separated Christian churches, and several modern approaches to the study of the church. It also introduces readers to a specific scriptural way of thinking about the church centered on mission, that takes into account problems associated with past approaches, and sensitive to contemporary concerns with the reality of Judaism and other national identities in a global context.
Category: Religion. ISBN: 9781498297103

Drawing on the wisdom and teaching experience of highly respected theologians, the Engaging Theology series builds a firm foundation for graduate study and other ministry formation programs. Each of the six volumes ' Scripture, Jesus, God, Discipleship, Anthropology, and Church 'is concerned with retrieving, carefully evaluating, and constructively interpreting the Christian tradition. Comprehensive in scope and accessibly written, these volumes, used together or independently, will stimulate rich theological reflection and discussion. More important, the series will create and sustain the passion of the next generation of theologians and church leaders. Paul Lakeland's recent award-winning books on the place of the laity in the contemporary Roman Catholic Church have prepared him well to take on this ecclesiology from below." While paying close attention to the classical "marks of the Church, "Lakeland's focus is on what we can learn about the nature of the Church as living communion by examining the values and practices of ordinary believers. Following the advice of Bernard Lonergan, Lakeland adopts a resolutely inductive approach to ecclesial reflection. He explores ten questions that the Church must address, both those that affect the internal workings of the faith community and those that have to do with its relationships to other groups, religious and secular. Finally, he offers a constructive proposal for a contextual ecclesiology of the U.S. Catholic Church that utilizes the images of hospice, pilgrim, immigrant, and pioneer.
Category: Religion. ISBN: 9780814659939

Church will have you simultaneously laughing and crying as it guides you through the antics and heartbreaks of the Patterson/Clay/Ross/Morgan families.Although it is a work of fiction, the book is based upon the real life experiences of author Michael J. O'Hara, who was raised in the Baptist church during the early 1950s. There he observed close-hand the inner working of Pastors and their parishioners.For Isidore Patterson Sr., choosing to forgive rather than seeking vengeance is the struggle of her life. As she is forced to come to grips with her religious beliefs, she also learns to lean on the arms of Jesus. Taboo behavior and an illness that befalls someone who becomes a friend to Isidore Sr. in the most difficult circumstances force her to dig deeper into her faith than ever before.Church! also delves into the custom of shouting in the Baptist church, revealing that the reasons behind the shouting stem as much from the endurance of the parishioners to persevere in the face of life's obstacles as anything else.
Category: Fiction. ISBN: 9781625164810

Church by novelist Joseph W. Michels follows William Church, ex-FBI agent turned freelance recovery specialist, as he is called from his comfortable life in San Francisco to pursue ruthless art thieves who steal priceless masters from a private residence, thus sparking an adventure of cat and mouse across Europe, with deadly results. Church is tested to his limits and finds his considerable talents pushed to the edge as the body count rises and the paintings grow more distant. This book is author Michels first installment in the ongoing adventures of William Church. Written in the best tradition of hard-boiled heist fiction, Church will please thriller and crime-adventure aficionados, and anyone who just loves a good story well told. This is the birth of a new anti-hero in a novel that moves fast and furious, while being populated with rich and multi-dimensional characters.
Category: Fiction. ISBN: 9781440179693

Church at Church
Consider: -The church both learns and becomes what it truly is when it gathers to worship. -Worship tells the story of God's salvation history and invites God's people into it. -By doing so, the church offers the world both a stern warning and a hopeful promise. These are three of the key insights that animated the work of Jean-Jacques von Allmen, a Swiss Reformed pastor and professor who is among the most admired liturgical theologians of the twentieth century. Yet his work is largely and lamentably unknown to most worship leaders. In this book, Ron Rienstra provides an introduction to this important thinker. He offers methodological and biographical context and then explores von Allmen's most generative insights concerning the church as it engages in its most foundational activity: worship. Viewed through the lens of the Nicene marks, Rienstra's exploration yields the outlines of a "liturgical ecclesiology": a way to help the church think more deeply about its identity and to help its leaders shape the worship they prepare and lead today.
Category: Religion. ISBN: 9781532651847

Rich Church, Poor Church
What is the bottom line at your church?
Category: Religion. ISBN: 9781426743368

Quit Church
Based on research among congregations across the country, seasoned church coach and pastor Chris Sonksen reveals habits we need to simply let go, along with spiritual practices we need to relearn in order to thrive as individuals and produce growth in our churches.

ReClaimed Church
ReClaimed Church provides all the practical insights and instructions needed to help a church return to growth.
Category: Religion. ISBN: 9781462790715

Reimagining Church
Author Frank Viola presents a compelling case for a new kind of church based on the model for fellowship found in Acts. Redefine expectations and reimagine a life-changing church.
Category: Religion. ISBN: 9781434768759

Storefront Church
An ambitious and affecting new drama by Academy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Patrick Shanley.
Category: Social Science. ISBN: 9781559364416
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