The Better Way: The Church of Agape in Emerging Corinth

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When Paul came to Corinth he found a culture emerging from the ashes of Roman power. As Julius Caesar rebuilt the fallen city he brought Roman culture to this Greek community. Likewise, Paul's message of salvation in Jesus rebuilt the fallen lives of people dominated by a culture of power. This power was displayed in violence, discrimination, sexuality, and spirituality. As this city emerged from the ashes of humiliation the church emerged, by God's hand, from of the humiliation...

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Overview

When Paul came to Corinth he found a culture emerging from the ashes of Roman power. As Julius Caesar rebuilt the fallen city he brought Roman culture to this Greek community. Likewise, Paul's message of salvation in Jesus rebuilt the fallen lives of people dominated by a culture of power. This power was displayed in violence, discrimination, sexuality, and spirituality. As this city emerged from the ashes of humiliation the church emerged, by God's hand, from of the humiliation of Jesus and the cross.

Today the church emerges in a culture of power, humiliation, and fear. Paul's challenge for the church is to be mature and practice unconditional love. This love is permanent. This love develops and empowers others. This love causes us to be in relationship with God and others. Through this love God's people see face to face. The church can emerge to radiate love, peace, and empowerment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606082256
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 210

Meet the Author

Ron Clark

Ron Clark is the lead church planter for the Agape Church of Christ in Portland, Oregon where he is active in community organizations in domestic violence, sexual assault, and homeless issues. He is the author of Setting the Captives Free: A Christian Theology of Domestic Violence.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Definition of Terms Used ix

Introduction xi

1 Power Run Amuck 1

2 Power to the Powerless 26

3 Sexual and Social Power 41

4 Shared Sexual Power 65

5 Empowering Others 82

6 Empowering the Oppressed 99

7 Spiritual Power 114

8 Resurrection Power: Life Sucks, or Does It? 132

9 Relieving Others 141

10 Revisiting Corinth 157

Bibliography 163

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