The Hilarity of Community: Romans 12 and the Meaning of the Church

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Dawn combines biblical study and personal experience with suggestions for developing Christian community and healing human alienation. These reflections are followed by consequences: a list of ``therefore'' questions to encourage readers to reflect and then act upon the principles Dawn finds in Romans 12. These principles offer guidelines for how the church is to be an inclusive, caring community of joyful hope. Recommended for seminary libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802806574
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Getting the Connections 1
2 Two Kinds of Body Offerings 11
3 Set Apart and Acceptable 19
4 Not Squeezed into a Mold 29
5 Transformation to the Truth about Ourselves 38
6 The Constant Adventure of Discovering God's Will 46
7 The Goodness of God's Will 56
8 Thinking into a Sane Assessment 65
9 The Benefits of Genuine Community 76
10 Each Belonging to All 84
11 Gifts from the Fullness of Grace 92
12 The Grace-Gift of Forthtelling 101
13 The Grace-Gifts of Serving and Teaching 111
14 The Grace-Gifts of Encouraging and Sharing 121
15 The Grace-Gifts of Leadership and Hilarious Mercy 130
16 Agape without Hypocrisy 139
17 Love by Abhorring and Cherishing 149
18 Tenderly Affectionate Devotion 158
19 Honoring the Valuable Everyone 169
20 Zeal and Fervor in the Right Lordship 177
21 Handling the Serious with Joy and the Hopeless with Patience 186
22 Constancy in Prayer 199
23 Sharing in the Needs of the Saints and of the World 212
24 Caring for the Persecutors 223
25 "With-ness" in Human Emotions 231
26 Living in Harmony 242
27 Not Evil, but the Good 254
28 Striving for Peace 262
29 Giving Place to God's Wrath 271
30 Heaping Coals of Fire 280
31 Hilarious Overcoming 287
Bibliography 296
Resources on Romans 296
Resources on Prayer 297
Resources on Peacemaking and Justice Building 298
Resources on Community 300
Other Resources Cited 301
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