Decoding the Church: Mapping the DNA of Christ's Body

Decoding the Church: Mapping the DNA of Christ's Body

by Howard A. Snyder, Daniel V. Runyon
     
 

Using the genetic code as a model, this provocative book will provide you with theological analysis, biblical principles, and practical applications for understanding the structure and mission of today's church and how it can transform the world

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Using the genetic code as a model, this provocative book will provide you with theological analysis, biblical principles, and practical applications for understanding the structure and mission of today's church and how it can transform the world

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Snyder (history and theology, Asbury Theological Seminary) and Runyon (English, Spring Arbor Univ.) argue that the essential nature of the church can be discovered by unpacking and reappraising the image of the body of Christ as having at its core an ecclesiastic DNA, or inborn Christian nature. Thus, the church's genetic heritage comes directly from Christ and, as such, entails a mission to the world. Theologically conservative and Protestant in perspective, the DNA argument serves only as a heuristic. The authors posit a fictional congregation to exemplify their arguments in each chapter, leading to their conclusion that a church can "discover its own unique DNA." The authors never truly plumb the depths of the organic nature of being, creation, selection, or randomness-fruitful metaphors usually associated with genetic images. However, readers familiar with these authors will recognize recurring themes-church as community, small-group processes (including questions for discussion and reflection), and biblical models of congregational leadership. Recommended only for seminary collections developing church leadership holdings.-Sandra Collins, Duquesne Univ. Lib., Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610977104
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
09/22/2011
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Howard A. Snyder is Visiting Director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre in Manchester, England. He has served as a pastor and as a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary (1996-2006), Tyndale Seminary in Toronto (2007-2012), and elsewhere. His books include The Problem of Wineskins, The Radical Wesley, Models of the Kingdom, and Salvation Means Creation Healed (with Joel Scandrett).

Daniel V. Runyon is professor of English at Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan.

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