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John Stott describes the characteristics of an "authentic" or "living" church that conserves Scripture and radically combines tradition and that convention called "culture." He presents the Bible's wisdom with a teacher's skill and applies it with a pastor's heart. Stott shows that becoming a living church is not an impossible goal.
Though many have given up on the church, God has not. Bishop Claude Alexander shows how early Christians did not always understand what the church was supposed to be, but God worked in them anyway. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we too can be transformed by Jesus and model to the world what it means to know him–as the church.
Is a church just something we create to serve our purposes or to maintain old traditions? Or is it something more vital, more meaningful, and more powerful? In this introduction to the nature of the local church, historian and missionary Scott Sunquist brings us a portrait of the church in motion, clarifying the two primary purposes of the church: worship and witness.
Mark Shaw offers ideas from the most significant Christian leaders of the last five hundred years, including Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, William Carey, John Wesley, Richard Baxter and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
In an era where the church has lost much of its credibility, pastor Tara Beth Leach casts a vision for Christians to rediscover a robust, attractive witness and form the radiant communities God intends. Challenging idolatrous false images of God and calling out toxic patterns, she shows how we can recover a winsome picture of a kingdom of abundance and goodness.
Evangelical in spirit, ecumenical in breadth and biblical in depth, Donald G. Bloesch's sixth volume in the Christian Foundations series engages in a critical dialogue with historical and contemporary views of ecclesiology, including church authority, worship and church reunion.
Makayla Payne didn't expect to become Anglican, but then she experienced the historical, theological, and aesthetic depth of this liturgical tradition. Read her story of discovering the liturgical church and how she—and others—have come to appreciate this beautiful and ancient tradition.
In today's fast-food world, Christianity can seem outdated or archaic. The temptation becomes to pick up the pace and play the game. But Chris Smith and John Pattison invites us to leave franchise faith behind and enter the kingdom of God, where people know each other well and love one another as Christ loves the church.
Crises around race have put the church in a reactive, defensive posture, but Jesus wants more. He wants Christians to play offense by discipling people into a new humanity that pushes beyond mere diversity so that the church becomes the aroma of Christ to our culture and gains ground against the demonic foothold of racism in all its forms.
What is it like as a woman in the world of Biblical Studies? For Carmen Imes, author of "Being God's Image" it means being called to teach the Bible but not always embraced within the church. Read about how Scripture's testimony calls for full inclusion of women in gospel ministry.