Reclaiming The Church

Author by : John B. Cobb
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Publisher by : Westminster John Knox Press
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Description : What has happened to the once robust mainline church in the United States? Decrying the professionalization of theological education, Cobb calls for the church to return to its theological vocation so that its members can in turn resume their passionate commitment to faith.


Reclaiming The Church

Author by : Robin Greenwood
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Publisher by : Unknown
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Reclaim

Author by : Tony Sorci
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Publisher by : Independently Published
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Description : The title may be perceived as pridefully suggestive, coming across as a definitive fix-all resource until you realize that this book is the anti-manual for being the liberated people of God in the world. In an age of religious moralism and institutional metrics, Reclaim seeks to help the global Church retrieve its message of indiscriminate grace and reimagine its ministry within freedom and friendships.


Reclaiming Church

Author by : J. J. Warren
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Publisher by : Unknown
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Description : In Reclaiming Church, J.J. Warren continues his call to reaffirm the Church be welcoming to all, including young people like those he led at Sarah Lawrence College who "didn't know God could love them because their churches said God didn't." The book addresses three points of importance to young people looking to be part of a church community, and a call: 1. The identity and nature of God 2. The role of Scripture in discerning God's call 3. The author's own experience of God, church, and identity In the final chapter, "We Are the Church," Warren focuses on practical and positive steps for joining voices, being heard, building bridges, and working together for young people to reclaim Church in their lives. Key Features - Affirms to the LGBTQ community and those who love them that the Church is for all. - Inspires younger progressive people to stay within the Church and work to renew the call of ministry. - Explores the Church's beginnings and emphasis on community. - Calls readers to focus on practical and positive steps to reclaim Church in their lives.


Reclaiming Inactive Church Members

Author by : Herbert W. Byrne
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Publisher by : Trafford Publishing
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Description : This book is designed to provide assistance to pastors and church leaders on how to reclaim inactive church members. Actual real life illustrations are provided to show how some churches have made efforts to solve this problem.


Rethinking Celibacy Reclaiming The Church

Author by : Michael H. Crosby
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Publisher by : Wipf and Stock Publishers
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Description : In this courageous work Michael Crosby offers a trenchant analysis of mandatory celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church. He shows how the imposition of celibacy has now revealed a deeper issue: the abuse of power as well as the abuse of women and homosexuals in the Church. Crosby asserts that: --to argue that the present discipline of mandatory celibacy is based on the New Testament is a misuse of scripture; --imposed celibacy continues to be used as a means of maintaining clerical control through fear and intimidation; --a religious system demanding celibacy exposes a deeper control: the abuse of power endemic throughout the system; --while difficult to live out even when freely chosen, enforced celibacy can result in dysfunctional behaviors at all levels. Integrating his personal experience as a celibate and cleric with biblical exegesis, historical study and the behavioral sciences, Crosby believes that: --healthy celibacy demands intimacy with God and others; --a healthy church will reorder its current power dynamics in a way that mitigates sexual abuse; --this will once again reveal Roman Catholicism to be a religion with an inspiring model of evangelical life and witness. This updated revision of Crosby's award-winning 'Celibacy: Means of Control or Mandate of the Heart?' also addresses the abuse of power in the Catholic Church by those male, clerical celibates who control it. He convincingly points the way to a Church that will be--with all its ministers--healthier and holier.


Reclaiming The Bible For The Church

Author by : Carl E. Braaten
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Publisher by : Wipf and Stock Publishers
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Description : Front-ranking theologians speak out on the crisis of biblical authority and interpretation in the church, focusing in particular on the adequacy of the historical-critical method of hermeneutics. The essays in this volume address from various perspectives the notorious gap between the historical­ critical approach to the study of the Bible and the church's liturgical and dogmatic transmission of biblical faith. The authors, following the central theme suggested by Brevard S. Childs's "canonical method" of biblical interpretation, argue that the historical-critical method does not suffice of itself apart from faith and the church.


Essential Church

Author by : Thom S. Rainer
Languange : en
Publisher by : B&H Publishing Group
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Description : Why do so many young adults (18 to 22) leave the church, and what will it take to bring them back? This important question is examined and duly answered in Essential Church?, a follow-up to Thom S. Rainer’s best-selling Simple Church cowritten this time with his son, research expert Sam Rainer. The book is based on a study of one-thousand so-called "church dropouts" who were interviewed about why they left. Their answers are quite surprising, having less to do with "losing their religion" and more about the desire for a community that isn’t made stale by simply maintaining the status quo. In turn, the Rainers offer churches four concrete solutions toward making their worship community an essential part these young people’s lives again: Simplify - develop a clear structure and process for making disciples. Deepen - provide strong biblical teaching and preaching. Expect - let members know the need for commitment to the congregation. Multiply - emphasize evangelism, outward focus, and starting new churches.


It S Time To Build

Author by : Sondra P Green
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Publisher by : Unknown
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Description : To the ecclesia, the church. More so now than ever, God is urging the church to re-align with his purpose. God is a God of timing. Although throughout scripture God shows us that he does things according to the proper time he has appointed, we tend to forget and need to be reminded. In the pages of this book God is releasing a "rhema" message to the church that it is time to build, why He is calling us to build, and providing strategies that will aid in preparation for building and carrying it through. In this book you will find strategies for reclaiming the church, family, community, and our nation through prayer. To promote and encourage prayer so that it becomes a lifestyle for the believer and so that prayer is strategically planned in every church.


Reclaiming The Urban Family

Author by : Willie Richardson
Languange : en
Publisher by : Zondervan
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Description : A how-to plan for evangelism and practical ministry to inner-city families based on the highly successful ministry of Christian Stronghold Baptist Church in Philadelphia.


Reclaiming God S Original Intent For The Church

Author by : Wes Roberts
Languange : en
Publisher by : Navpress Publishing Group
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Description : If you want a more vital union with God, a richer relationship with others, and a deeper sense of personal wholeness, learn how to look inside yourself and discover how God works real, liberating change when you live from the inside out. Includes a 12-week study guide.


Reclaiming The Church

Author by : Patrick Polis
Languange : en
Publisher by : Unknown
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Description : Building blocks for every church


Community 101

Author by : Gilbert G. Bilezikian
Languange : en
Publisher by : Zondervan
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Description : 'Community 101' is a carefully reasoned and passionately argued plea for the church to fulfill its essential nature and calling.


Reclaiming Christianity

Author by : A. W. Tozer
Languange : en
Publisher by : Gospel Light Publications
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Description : Does the Church use words that have lost their meaning? Are there Christian words and phrases that have lost their power to convict the human spirit and bring transformation to the world? One of the twentieth century's most renowned prophetic thinkers, A.W. Tozer, saw a dangerous trend gaining momentum even before his death---a trend that has become commonplace now in the twenty-first century. In this never-before-published book, Tozer sounds his alarm for the modern Church: We must stop parroting words carelessly, and instead allow the meaning that these words convey to empower, shape and direct the work of the Church. Yet Reclaiming Christianity is not just a warning; it is a spiritual guidebook for reconnecting to the deepest meaning of Christianity's sacred messages.


Reclaiming Glory

Author by : Mark Clifton
Languange : en
Publisher by : B&H Books
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Description : What is there about a dying church that brings glory to God? Mark Clifton's convicting answer is "Nothing." Because a local church is intended to represent the work of God in a community, when that church "loses it saltiness," not only is God's work pictured as irrelevant in that community, but also dishonor and disrepute may well become associated with God's name as a result. In Reclaiming Glory, Clifton draws not only upon his own burden for revitalizing dying churches but also upon years of church replanting experience to offer passionate counsel for how to breathe new life into a dying church . . . all for the glory of the God who is building his church upon the immovable rock of the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Introducing Feminist Ecclesiology

Author by : Natalie Watson
Languange : en
Publisher by : A&C Black
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Description : The church has always been a place of profound ambivalence for women. While the majority of those who attend church are women, women experience hierarchical exclusion and invisibility within its institutional structures. Throughout most of its history, women have not participated in the church's reflections on its own nature. And yet, feminist theologians claim that women are church and always have been church. This book explores women's experiences of being church and reclaiming the church in order to rebuild it as meaningful, open, sacramental space where everybody's presence is celebrated. Natalie Watson proposes a creative and constructive dialogue with existing theological approaches to the church, from different Christian traditions as well as more recent feminist theologians, and suggests the development of criteria which hear women's experiences of being church and reclaiming church into speech. The church is the embodied reality of all women, children and men whose stories tell the story of the Triune God. This book explores the ambivalence of women's experiences of being part of the church, yet often on men's terms, and seeks to establish a constructive and creative re-reading of ecclesiology from a feminist perspective.


The Forgotten Luther Ii

Author by : Paul A. Wee
Languange : en
Publisher by : Fortress Press
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Description : In this critical time in history, this volume argues that what is urgently needed is a cogent, clear, biblically based and theologically grounded rationale for the manner in which the church speaks and acts in the political arena. Lured at times into other-worldly quietism because of the pressure of historical events or distorted through a rigid understanding of the two kingdoms, the church of the Reformation has at times been silent in addressing the political factors that create and contribute to hunger, injustice, and war. This book looks carefully at the public witness of Martin Luther and its meaning for preaching, teaching, and carrying out public ministry today. Luther's conviction was that government is responsible to God for containing evil and maintaining peace and good order, and for ensuring that no person is hungry or in want. The book asks critical questions: When should the church support the state's agenda? When should it resist? What are the options for critical but constructive cooperation? This helpful volume includes essays from leading Lutheran theologians, a summary description of what this means for local ministry, and a study guide to encourage conversation and action.


When Your Christianity Renders You Ineffective

Author by : Derrick a Smith
Languange : en
Publisher by : Unknown
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Description : Does being a Christian mean the same now as it once did in America? Is the church a still prominent figure in our communities today? What happened to the respect and reverence people used to hold for pastors and ministers? If God never changes, what happened to His church and His people? This book eloquently outlines some of the erroneous concepts and practices Christianity and the church have adopted over the years that have led to the diminishing impact of Christianity in this nation. This book attempts to bring clarity to what God intended for His church from the beginning, and also seeks to provide solutions to these issues. Join me as we discover the source of the ineffectiveness of the Christian church today and take a look at how we can begin to reclaim the voice and prominence the Lord desired for His church from the beginning.


Reclaiming Religion From The Church

Author by : Frank Canatella
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Publisher by : Trafford Publishing
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Description : The first rule of life is "survive." And since we are necessarily social we must add the corollary, "together." All "oughts" derive from this two-part rule. Most of us understand this intuitively if not explicitly. The only issue to be resolved is how inclusive is our togetherness. Is it just our tribe, our nation, the northern hemisphere? Or, must we include the whole human family? These are the moral issues we must answer and they are empirical questions. Behavior has consequences. We have to ask ourselves, "Will such and such behaviors promote survival?" The answer can only come from the experience of the community. Present demographics will not allow us to elude the question much longer. Church rules can be faulted on a number of counts, not the least of which is that God gave us the rules so they can't change, even when experience indicates that they should. Also, the church leaders think the purpose of the rules is to save our souls and so our life here has been seriously neglected in many respects especially for the poor and the underclass because everything is supposed to be made right in the hereafter. This I regard as backward. It affirms those who oppress the poor. Scientists make inferences from empirical data and the results are always subject to revision. Church officials make inferences from myths and they are set in stone. A good example is the doctrine of Original Sin that is presented as an occult event that causes all our problems and about which we can do nothing. The church approved of slavery for the better part of two millennia because it was in place when the church was created and St. Augustine justified it as one of the punishments resulting from Original Sin. Clearly, our problem is ignorance, the kind we are born with and the kind we acquire through learning falsely. I call this Ignorance II after Gregory Bateson's Learning II (learning how to learn). Ignorance II is a learning dead end, learning how not to learn. We very obviously do not always know how to act in our own best interests. Our best chance of breaking out of this mold is through sharing the best of our communal experience to discover how to act in our own best inerests in the long run. This is how to develop a proper morality, one we can all live with. With a superior organization in place the church is positioned to unite us in the task of developing a proper morality. However, the church as presently structured can only evolve by backing into the future. It claims to already know everything that is necessary to know so it has difficulty learning, thus denying it's human origin and makeup. To change, the church requires a "spin" on history that demonstrates a development and continuity with the past instead of just saying, "We have been wrong." The People of God, the true Church, show signs of reclaiming religion through various dissident groups. These groups do not yet recognize the intimate connection between morality and survival. My hope is that this book will guide them toward that recognition.


Finding Our Way

Author by : Jeff Lockyer
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Publisher by : Wipf and Stock Publishers
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Reclaiming Repentance In The 21st Century Church

Author by : Larry A. Combs
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Publisher by : Unknown
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Description : Reclaiming Repentance in the Twenty-First Century Church is a must read for every person who claims to be a Christian and for those who are lost as well. Modern Christianity, with its ever-changing paradigms, has left confusion in the minds of many people concerning repentance. Repentance is a timely and urgent message for the church today. Repentance must be clearly taught, persuasively preached, enthusiastically urged among God's people, and then faithfully proclaimed to a lost and dying world. The days are desperate and dark, and the cloud of obscurity hangs over this needed and forgotten truth. The only hope for this generation, which is rapidly spiraling downward, is to reclaim the scriptural truth of repentance in the twenty-first century church.


Reclaiming The C Word

Author by : Kelly A. Fryer
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Publisher by : Augsburg Books
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Description : God is up to something! God is on a mission to save and bless the world, and God calls the church to be part of this mission. That means getting focused, setting people free, taking action, expecting surprises, and being hopeful. A church on God's mission isn't a building or a building plus a pastor. It's people-people who carry out God's mission in the world. Building on her bestselling book, Reclaiming the "L" Word, Kelly A. Fryer gives practical advice on how to transform our idea of church and what that means for our lives as Christians.


Reclaiming Our Roots Volume I

Author by : Mark Ellingsen
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Publisher by : Wipf and Stock Publishers
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Description : Reclaiming Our Roots, the most inclusive church history textbook on the market today, pays special attention to such matters as Christianity in the southern hemisphere, Eastern Orthodoxy, the church among minority cultures in North America, and the role of women in church history. It includes not just names, dates, and events in church history, but also sophisticated theological analyses of the issues that have made history, making it useable as a text for both history of Christian thought as well as introduction to church history courses. Readers are exposed to a variety of credible, scholarly interpretations of issues, events, and major figures, and encouraged to make their own judgments based upon the evidence and with the help of suggested primary source readings. Leading questions that open doors for group discussion and individual reflection on the core issues follow each section.


The Underground Church

Author by : Robin Meyers
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Publisher by : Fortress Press
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Description : The Underground Church proposes that the faithful recapture the spirit of the early church with its emphasis on what Christians do rather than what they believe. Prominent progressive writer, speaker, and minister Robin Meyers proposes that the best way to recapture the spirit of the early Christian church is to recognize that Jesus-following was and must be again subversive in the best sense of the word because the gospel taken seriously turns the world upside down. No matter how the church may organize itself or worship, the defining characteristic of the church of the future will be its Jesus-inspired countercultural witness. Meyers debunks commonly held beliefs about the early church and offers a vision for the future rooted in the past. He proposes that the church of the future must leave doctrinal tribalism behind and seek a unity of mission instead. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says of this volume: "Robin Meyers has spoken truth to power, and the church he loves will never be the same."


City On A Hill

Author by : Philip Graham Ryken
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Publisher by : Moody Publishers
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Description : We are now living in post-Christian times, when Christianity no longer is the prevailing influence on the mind and heart of our culture. But we cannot compromise. More than ever before, it is imperative that Christians understand and embrace the biblical pattern for the church. Philip Graham Ryken knows that the changing face of America makes the need for the church to remain steadfast even more important. City on a Hill will provide readers with a deeper understanding of how to live for Christ in the twenty-first century: go back to the model set out in the first century. Sure to be an encouragement and challenge to anyone concerned about the effectiveness of the church today.


Reclaiming Mission As Constructive Theology

Author by : Paul S. Chung
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Publisher by : Wipf and Stock Publishers
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Description : Reclaiming Mission as Constructive Theology offers a compelling case for the need to integrate God's mission and missional church conversation with a public and post-colonial study of World Christianity. Driven by a commitment to publicly engaged theology that takes seriously the reality of Global Christianity, Paul Chung presents a vital new model for understanding the mission of God as a dynamic word-event. This is argued in conversation with contemporary missional theology and analysis of the development of Global Christianity, and as such brings important transcultural issues to bear on contemporary American conversations about the missional church. All of this serves to innovatively stimulate this missional church conversation and more directly address the various questions that arise in pursuing mission in a multiculuralized American society.


A Cross Shattered Church

Author by : Stanley Hauerwas
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Publisher by : Brazos Press
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Description : In this work, eminent theologian Stanley Hauerwas shows how the sermon is the best context for doing good theology. He writes, "I am convinced that the recovery of the sermon as the context for theological reflection is crucial if Christians are to negotiate the world in which we find ourselves." The book includes seventeen sermons preached by Hauerwas, which he considers his best theological work and hopes exemplify the work of theology. The sermons are divided into four sections: seeing, saying, living, and events. Titles range from Believing Is Seeing and Was It Fitting for Jesus to Die on a Cross? to Only Fear Can Drive Out Fear and To Be Made Human. Each sermon includes where and when it was preached and references relevant Scripture passages. EXCERPT I have increasingly come to the recognition that one of the most satisfying contexts for doing the work of theology is in sermons. That should not be surprising because throughout Christian history, at least until recently, the sermon was one of the primary places in which the work of theology was done. For the work of theology is first and foremost to exposit scripture. That modern theology has become less and less scriptural, that modern theology has often tried to appear as a form of philosophy, is but an indication of its alienation from its proper work. I am, therefore, making these sermons available because I think they are not only my best theological work, but because I hope they exemplify the work of theology.


The First Paul

Author by : Marcus J. Borg
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Publisher by : Harper Collins
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Description : “Borg and Crossan reveal a figure who, besides being neither anti-Semitic, anti-sex, nor misogynist, stresses social and political equality among Christians and between them and others. A refreshing and heartening exculpation of a still routinely maligned figure of the first importance to culture and civilization.” — Booklist (starred review) John Dominic Crossan and Marcus J. Borg—two of the world’s top-selling Christian scholars and the bestselling authors of The Last Week and The First Christmas—once again shake up the status quo by arguing that the message of the apostle Paul, considered by many to be the second most important figure in Christianity, has been domesticated by the church. Borg and Crossan turn the common perception of Paul on its head, revealing him as a radical follower of Jesus whose core message is still relevant today.


Confronting Power And Sex In The Catholic Church

Author by : Geoffrey Robinson
Languange : en
Publisher by : Liturgical Press
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Description : "Offers a critique of the church's use and misuse of power, from the pope proclaiming infallibly down to the preacher claiming a divine authority for every word spoken from the pulpit. Going back to the Bible and the teaching of Jesus, he presents an approach to sexual morality that is profound, compassionate, and people-centered. He stresses the priority of the hierarchy of holiness over the hierarchy of power"--From publisher description.