An Uncertain Certainty: Snapshots in a Journey from ''Either-Or'' to ''Both-And'' in Christian Ministry

An Uncertain Certainty: Snapshots in a Journey from ''Either-Or'' to ''Both-And'' in Christian Ministry

by Graham Buxton


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An Uncertain Certainty: Snapshots in a Journey from ''Either-Or'' to ''Both-And'' in Christian Ministry by Graham Buxton

Many people in Christian ministry are tired of simplistic certainties; what they need is permission to live with uncertainty, with mystery, ambiguity, and paradox. Because we live in a world that is far removed from the modernist version of reality, with its rational, clinical, and superficial presentation of life, we need the courage and wisdom to embrace the presence of uncertainties in the midst of certainty. In this book, the author offers snapshots of a number of central Christian topics—God, the gospel, the church, salvation, ministry—inviting us to treat them as features of a landscape to explore rather than a set of propositional statements to sign up to. Each chapter—short enough to provoke interest and curiosity—will be a catalyst for deeper reflection and enquiry, inviting us to discover a new freedom in ministry as we embrace a more generous "both-and" perspective in place of a more narrow "either-or" interpretation of the Christian faith. In the process, we may find ourselves rediscovering "the Life we have lost in living" as we imaginatively participate in the life, ministry, and mystery of the triune God of grace in our midst.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610972215
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 09/25/2014
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Graham Buxton is Director of the Graeme Clark Research Institute at Tabor Adelaide. He is the author of Dancing in the Dark (2001) and Celebrating Life (2007).

Table of Contents

Foreword John R. Franke ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: "We also know there are known unknowns" xv

Chapter 1 "Where is the Life we have lost in living?" 1

Chapter 2 "The unexamined life is not worth living" 18

Chapter 3 "Transcendent mystery and glorious immediacy" 32

Chapter 4 "We have to become People of the Story" 48

Chapter 5 "A hell of a problem" 61

Chapter 6 "The wayfaring people of God" 76

Chapter 7 "A communion corresponding to the Trinity" 93

Chapter 8 "Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense 111

Chapter 9 "I am a bishop for you, I am a Christian with you" 124

Chapter 10 "What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem?" 141

Chapter 11 "A wager on transcendence" 156

Chapter 12 "Earth's crammed with heaven" 173

Chapter 13 "For anything to be real it must be local" 192

Chapter 14 "Now I know in part, then I shall know fully" 208

Bibliography 219

Names Index 231

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