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God Shows No Partiality: The Forgotten Slogan of the Early Church
     

God Shows No Partiality: The Forgotten Slogan of the Early Church

by Dave Barnhart
 

If people in the early church had driven cars, "God shows no partiality" would have been on their bumper stickers. It was a well-known principle that led the church to include Gentiles, eunuchs, foreigners, women, and children within its community life. This slogan shows up in multiple books of the New Testament, yet it remains unfamiliar to most Christians today.

Overview

If people in the early church had driven cars, "God shows no partiality" would have been on their bumper stickers. It was a well-known principle that led the church to include Gentiles, eunuchs, foreigners, women, and children within its community life. This slogan shows up in multiple books of the New Testament, yet it remains unfamiliar to most Christians today. Our failure to remember this slogan that once made the church so dynamic has warped Christian theology. What would happen if we reclaimed it as a slogan with which to address racism, homophobia, and religious exclusivism? This book makes the case for a different understanding of what "Lordship" means when talking about an impartial God. By looking at the conflicts of the past, it points the way to a hopeful future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468110951
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/02/2012
Pages:
166
Sales rank:
508,923
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

Meet the Author

Dave Barnhart is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He earned his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology in 1997, and his Ph.D. in homiletics and social ethics from Vanderbilt University in 2004. He is the author of What's in the Bible About Church? (Abingdon, 2009). He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife and son.

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