Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction

Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction

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In this introduction to ecclesiology, respected scholars Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger offer a solidly evangelical yet ecumenical survey of the church in mission and doctrine. Combining biblical, historical, and cultural analysis, this comprehensive text explores the church as a Trinitarian, eschatological, worshiping, sacramental, serving, ordered, cultural, and missional community. It also offers practical application, addressing contemporary church life issues such as women in ministry, evangelism, social action, consumerism in church growth trends, ecumenism, and the church in postmodern culture. The book will appeal to all who are interested in church doctrine, particularly undergraduates and seminarians.

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ISBN-13: 9781441212924
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 588 KB

About the Author

Brad Harper (PhD, St. Louis University) is professor of theology at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. He is the college adviser for The Institute for Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins and the book review editor for Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture. He has also worked as a pastor and church planter. Paul Louis Metzger (PhD, King's College London) is professor of Christian theology and theology of culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary and director of its Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins. He is the editor of the journal Cultural Encounters and the author of Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church.

Table of Contents

1. The Church as a Trinitarian Community: The Being-Driven Church
2. The Trinitarian Church Confronts American Individualism
3. The Church as an Eschatological Community
4. Eschatology, the Church, and Ecology
5. The Church as a Worshipping Community
6. The Worshipping Church Engages Culture
7. The Church as a Sacramental Community
8. Sacraments and the Search for the Holy Grail
9. The Church as a Serving Community
10. Church Discipline—The Lost Element of Service
11. The Church as an Ordered Community
12. The Role of Women in the Ordered Community
13. The Church as a Cultural Community: Christ, Culture, and the Sermon on the Mount Community
14. Getting Past the Ghettoizing of the Gospel in Today's Culture
15. The Church as a Missional Community: The Being-Driven Church
16. From Building Programs to Building God's Missional Kingdom
A Postmodern Postscript
Recommended Readings
Appendix: Types of Ecclesiology

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