Confident Witness--Changing World

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How do we make the gospel clear and the church relevant to the changing culture in North America? In Confident Witness - Changing World, twenty-two scholars and skilled ministry practitioners explore this complex question not only theoretically but also in practical terms immediately useful to pastors and church leaders. Designed to serve as a springboard for group discussion or for deeper study of the subjects covered, this volume will be a valuable resource for those currently working on the front lines of ministry.
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Editorial Reviews

Southwestern Journal of Theology
"A collection of deeply thoughtful yet highly accessible essays.... Those ministering within a North American context ignore the issues raised—and the answers suggested—by the book's contributors, only at their own peril."
International Bulletin of Missionary Research
"This is a bold book. The challenge to risk is first taken up by the writers, who model for us ways to begin revising outworn attitudes. Rethinking discipleship as radical love in a society that dismisses Christianity and reworking theological constructs in the light of the "manifold nature of experience" are not easy tasks. Other voices need to be heard—and will be—as this book enables educators, pastors, and congregations to rediscover the Gospel in our changing world and respond with confident witness."
Library Journal
With some care, 21 scholars and religious leaders negotiate the modern meaning of the scriptural obligation of mission for North America. Their replies to this complex question make for a fascinating cross-section of mainline Protestantism's view of itself and of contemporary culture: film, post-modernism, poverty, and the growing strength of Asian American Christianity all make appearances here. Recommended for all collections strong in the study of religion and for church study groups. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802846556
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Series: Gospel and Our Culture Series
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 0.74 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

I Understanding the North American Context as Mission Field
The Missionary Location of the North American Churches 3
Wearing Different Hats: Christian Living in a Fragmented World 16
The Gospel in a Digital Age 26
Reading Postmodern Culture through the Medium of Movies 39
II Understanding the Church in the North American Mission Context
Metamorphosis: From Christendom to Diaspora 67
Cathedrals of Power: Engaging the Powers in Urban North America 80
Faith Twisted by Culture: Syncretism in North American Christianity 94
Strangers but Not Strange: A New Mission Situation for the Church (1 Peter 1:1-2 and 17-25) 110
III Understanding the Gospel in the North American Mission Context
Hearing the Gospel Again, for the First Time 127
Living between Gospel and Context: Models for a Missional Church in North America 141
Preaching to Postmodern People 155
Hearing the Gospel with Asian-American Ears 171
IV Relating the Gospel to Ministry in the North American Mission Context
Witness to the Gospel and Refounding the Church 189
Witness in the Midst of Religious Plurality: The Model of E. Stanley Jones 203
The Prophetic Voice of Poverty 219
Gifts from the Global Church 232
V Rethinking the Church in the North American Mission Context
The Church in a Postmodern Context 241
Covenant Community: A Practical Approach to the Renewal of the Church 260
Reaching Out without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for the Church in Postmodern Times 270
Riding the Waves of Change: How to Facilitate Change toward a Missionary Identity 283
Epilogue: The People of God as a Hermeneutic of the Gospel 303
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