Ministry on the Fireline: A Practical Theology for an Empowered Church

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"The best theory for fighting fires comes from actually engaging in the battle against the flames," Ray Anderson writes. "For the thousands of pastors and church leaders who are on the 'firelines' of God's mission in the world, we need a theology that sings, even as it stings, igniting the mind and stirring the heart."

In these pages, then, Anderson passionately sets forth a vision of the church's work and mission based on its birthday: Pentecost. At Pentecost, Christians were given the Holy Spirit in order to ...

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Overview

"The best theory for fighting fires comes from actually engaging in the battle against the flames," Ray Anderson writes. "For the thousands of pastors and church leaders who are on the 'firelines' of God's mission in the world, we need a theology that sings, even as it stings, igniting the mind and stirring the heart."

In these pages, then, Anderson passionately sets forth a vision of the church's work and mission based on its birthday: Pentecost. At Pentecost, Christians were given the Holy Spirit in order to understand the incarnation and come alive to God. So this key event directs and empowers the church in its service to the world.

In the light of Pentecost we learn that we can come to know God only in praxis—truth discovered through action. In the process of elucidating this praxis, Anderson seeks to construct a theology that not only truly respects and aids ministers on the firelines, but will also heal the breach between Pentecostal and mainline church theology.

RAY ANDERSON (1925-2009) was Senior Professor of Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary and served on the faculty of the School of Theology since 1976. He has published over twenty books, including Spiritual Caregiving as Secular Sacrament, The Soul of Ministry, Self-Care, Living the Spiritually Balanced Life, and Dancing with Wolves while Feeding the Sheep. The Musings of a Maverick Theologian.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780830818501
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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Ray Anderson (1925-2009) was Senior Professor of Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary and served on the faculty of the School of Theology since 1976. He has published over twenty books, including Spiritual Caregiving as Secular Sacrament, The Soul of Ministry, Self-Care, Living the Spiritually Balanced Life, and Dancing with Wolves while Feeding the Sheep: The Musings of a Maverick Theologian.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Firefighters and Theologians: A Parable 13
Pt. I Christopraxis 19
1 The Christ of Pentecost 21
2 A Vision of Healing and Hope 41
3 A Vision of Forgiveness and Freedom 55
4 A Vision of Emancipation and Consecration 73
5 A Vision of Entitlement and Empowerment 87
Pt. 2 Mission Theology 99
6 A Pauline Perspective 101
7 An Apostolic Mandate 119
8 An Emerging Church 135
9 A Charismatic Dynamic 149
Pt. 3 Orthopraxis 165
10 A Concern for Truthful Life 167
11 The Christ of the City 183
Epilogue: Memo to Theological Educators 197
Notes 211
Bibliography 227
Index 233
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