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What is the nature and purpose of the church for a twenty-first-century world? What is the church's calling in an age of globalization? Twenty-one pastors and theologians in the Reformed tradition offer insightful perspectives by bringing into conversation the treasures of liturgical and missional theology. These authors see the church's essential character to be as worshipping-witnessing communities, gathered and sent by the triune God. Topics that are explored include the relationship between worship and mission, baptism and the Eucharist, the formative role of community, the catholicity and ecumenicity of the church, multiculturalism, and hymnody.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625647023
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/10/2016
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Neal D. Presa is Associate Pastor at the Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe, California, and Extraordinary Associate Professor of Practical Theology with the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. He most recently served as Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Editor's Preface xi

Foreword Olav Fykse Tveit xv

Part I Gathering

1 A Call-and-Response Ecclesiology Joseph D. Small 3

2 Locating the Liturgical-Missional Church in the Bible's Story David Stubbs 15

3 Worship as the Missional Church's Whence and Wither Teresa Stricklen Eisenlohr 33

4 Opening the Doors of the Church: Identity and Mission at the Thresholds of Christian Worship David Gambrell 47

5 Ecclesiology Without Metaphor Jerry Andrews 64

Part II Hearing, Proclaiming, Sealing

6 The Church as Missional Community Darrell Guder 77

7 Preaching for Liturgical-Missional Congregations Jennifer Lord 83

8 Baptism: The Already and the Not Yet Martha Moore-Keish 94

9 Is There Any Reason to Join a Church? Baptism as Commissioning to Life Together John Burgess 104

10 The Centrality of the Eucharist Thomas E. Smith 119

11 Missional Eucharist Marney Wasserman 133

12 The Space Between Acts 2 and Acts 10: An Fcclesiology of Text, Time, and the Holy Spirit Frank Yamada 139

Part III Sending and Serving

15 Worship and Justice: The Church's Identity and Calling Mark Labberton 155

14 Mutual Transformation in Mission Heidi Worthen Gamble 167

15 A Praxis of Worship and Witness Allen Permar Smith 177

16 Newbigin House of Studies: An Experiment in Missional Theological Education Scot Sherman 184

17 From the Palace to the Streets Steven Toshio Yamaguchi 197

18 Testificar: A Call to the Presbyterian Church (USA) Ruth-Aimée Belonni Rosario 212

19 From Blueprint to Foretaste: Worship, Mission, and Multiculturalism in Reformed Congregations Corey Widmer 222

20 A PC(USA) Reflection on an Ecumenical Understanding of Ecclesiology Robina Winbush 232

Epilogue: Outside the (United) Church Is No Salvation Edwin Chr. van Driel 244

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"A welcome text! Liturgical-Missional not only addresses a gap within missional church literature, but offers practical wisdom to guide a liturgy that nourishes and sends. . . . Liturgical-Missional draws on the richness of the tradition, biblical reflection, and contemporary context to deliver a vision of the church essentially reformed and missional.

—John Flett, Associate Professor of Mission Studies, Pilgrim Theological College, Melbourne, Australia

"The 1980s saw vastly increased interest in the doctrine of the Trinity but their work remained largely academic. A generation later, the contributors to this volume . . . are using this Trinitarian material to redraw the classic Reformation marks of the Church. Proclamation of the Word, appropriate administration of the sacraments, and the exercise of discipline are no longer enough to identify Christ's body. Such a body must also be missional, as this volume so effectively shows."

—Iain R. Torrance, President Emeritus of Princeton Theological Seminary, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

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