The Church Between Gospel And Culture / Edition 1

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This excellent collection of essays, written by a diverse group of Christian leaders working on the frontier of mission in North America, lays the groundwork for the newly emerging missionary encounter of the gospel with North American culture.
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Editorial Reviews

Christian Century
If anyone can get the mission and evangelism conversation renewed, it will be the likes of these authors.
Theology Today
The book provides a smorgasbord of ideas and approaches helpful to us who are seeking a new paradigm for mission and evangelism in North America.
This is a groundbreaking volume, challenging the old Western paradigm of mission and calling us to see mission as the gospel through the church to the world. Seeing the west as a mission field—and a difficult one at that—can help us in the West to discover anew what it means to be the church and what it means to be in mission.
International Bulletin of William H. Willimon in Missionary Research
"Some of the best essays I have read on just what it means to be a "missionary congregation" in North America. This book is required reading in seminaries and among parish leaders. More North American pastors must come to view themselves as missionaries in an essentially pagan culture where the Gospel competes with a variety of other modes of salvation. Congregations must grow toward a vision of themselves as the embodiment of Christ's radical challenge to this culture. Here is the book to help us to just that."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802841094
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/5/1997
  • Series: Gospel and Our Culture Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 1,416,044
  • Product dimensions: 0.86 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Church between Gospel and Culture
The Newbigin Gauntlet: Developing a Domestic Missiology for North America 3
Defining the Center - Finding the Boundaries: The Challenge of Re-Visioning the Church in North America for the Twenty-First Century 26
A Great New Fact of Our Day: America as Mission Field 57
The Culture of Modernity as a Missionary Challenge 69
From Biblical Secularity to Modern Secularism: Historical Aspects and Stages 79
Mission in the Emerging Postmodern Condition 113
The Gospel in Our Culture: Methods of Social and Cultural Analysis 139
Symbols Become Us: Toward a Missional Encounter with Our Culture through Symbolic Analysis 158
Christ All in All: The Recovery of the Gospel for Evangelism in the United States 177
Ecclesia Crucis: The Theologic of Christian Awkwardness 198
Gospel for American Culture: Variations on a Theme by Newbigin 214
Speaking the Truth in Love: Elements of a Missional Hermeneutic 228
Vernacular Theology 260
"Translatability" in the Missional Approach of Lamin Sanneh 270
Acquiring the Posture of a Missionary Church 289
Congregations with Missions vs. Missionary Congregations 298
Up from the Grassroots: The Church in Transition 308
Pastoral Role in the Missionary Congregation 319
Sizing Up the Shape of the Church 333
A Particular People: Toward a Faithful and Effective Ecclesiology 347
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