Emerging Church

Emerging Church

CHURCH IN TRANSLATION VIBRANT CHRISTIANI

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The context of Christianity is ever-changing, but the durability and relevance of the message of Jesus has been proven over time. Imagine life and the very different practice of Christianity in the days of the Early Church the Dark Ages the Industrial Revolution the Great Depression and the Digital Age. The relevant, vibrant, and effective church of today will always ask, Where has God placed us? In what time and what cultural context Cultural changes can seem to diminish the gospel s value as outdated styles and forms create barriers between contemporary people and a timeless God. Dan Collison provides insights into ministry that will help shrink the cultural walls that people must scale to experience Jesus. Jesus Church is a living entity that beautifully fits every context in every century. But it does take work. This fitting in is not pandering or caving in to culture; it is a recognition that we exist not in 1950, 1492, 1060, or 33 A.D. We exist now, today, at a time and place that God designed.
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9780687465163
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2010-11-01
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Abingdon Press

CHURCH OF THE PERFECT STORM

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The church is heading into a perfect storm of cultural forces. Will you sink beneath the waves, or ride the winds of the Spirit?

An array of cultural forces is coming together to present the church with unprecedented challenge and unequaled opportunity. Such category 5" realities as postmodernism, postChristendom attacks on belief in God, and the threat of global warming have coalesced to make a perfect storm that will leave people uncertain of their place in the world, and all they have previously believed in. Like the disciples when Jesus calmed the storm, the church can cower and cry out for relief. Or, when everything is spinning and whirling in the wind, the church can go out to meet the storm, embrace the gale, . . . and pass out kites.
From the Circuit Rider review: "Like other books Sweet has written and compiled, "The Church of the Perfect Storm" is thought-provoking and compelling. The material flows in such a way that allows readers to grasp the gravity of the situation. However, as with most futuristic material, there is also a sense in which readers may want to know: 'Okay, now what? Where do we need to steer this ship? Are mainline and evangelical churches so off-course as to fail to weather the rising tides that are here and soon coming?' Readers of this volume may enjoy the description of a post-Christendom world, but they may also want to know more about the prescription for the days ahead. (Click here to read the entire review.)"

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9780687650897
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2008-02-29
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Abingdon Press

CONVERGENT CHURCH

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This thought-provoking volume seeks to understand and evaluate the currents of the ecclesiastical scene. Authors Alvin Reid and Mark Liederbach combine the strengths of conventional Christianity with the best contributions of the emerging church to envision a "convergent" church. This new model attempts to move beyond the antipathy that has developed between conventional and emergent groups and urges Christians to honestly consider the best that each camp has to offer. Reid and Liederbach find biblical support for their new model of convergent Christianity in the ministry and teachings of the early Christians in Acts, and draw helpful parallels between the early church and the modern church.
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9780825436451
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2008-12-31
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Kregel Academic & Professional

COURAGE TO BE PROTESTANT TRUTH LOVERS &

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" It takes no courage to sign up as a Protestant. "These words begin this bold new work -- the culmination of David Wells's long-standing critique of the evangelical landscape. But to"live"as a true Protestant -- well, that's another matter. This book is a jeremiad against new versions of evangelicalism -- marketers and emergents -- and a summons to return to the historic faith, defined by the Reformation"solas"(grace, faith, and Scripture alone) and by a high regard for doctrine. Wells argues that historic, classical evangelicalism is marked by doctrinal seriousness, as opposed to the new movements of the marketing church and the emergent church. He energetically confronts the marketing communities and their tendency to try to win parishioners as consumers rather than worshipers, advertising the most palatable environment rather than trusting the truth to be attractive. He takes particular issue with the most popular evangelical movement in recent years -- the emergent church. Emergents, he says, are postmodern and postconservative and postfoundational, embracing a less absolute understanding of the authority of Scripture than traditionally held."The Courage to Be Protestant"is a forceful argument for the courage to be faithful to what Christianity in its biblical forms has always stood for, thereby securing hope for the church's future. "
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9780802840073
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2008-04-01
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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

CREATURE OF THE WORD THE JESUS CENTERED

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The Reformers viewed the gospel as not merely one thing among many in the life of a church but rather the means by which the church exists. When the gospel is rightly declared and applied to God s people, the church becomes a creature of the Word. She understands, embraces, and lives out the reality of Christ s birth, life, death, and resurrection in more than her doctrinal statement. The gospel impacts all the church is and does.
"Creature of the Word" lays out this concept in full, first examining the rich, scripture-based beauty of a Jesus-centered church, then clearly providing practical steps toward forming a Jesus-centered church. Authors Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger, and Josh Patterson write what will become a center- ing discussion piece for those whose goal is to be part of a church that has its theology, culture, and practice completely saturated in the gospel."
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9781433678622
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2012-10-01
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B&H Publishing Group

EMERGENT MANIFESTO OF HOPE

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Many have heard of the emerging church, but few people feel like they have a handle on what the emerging church believes and represents. Is it a passing fad led by disenfranchised neo-evangelicals? Or is it the future of the church at large? Now available in trade paper, An Emergent Manifesto of Hope represents a coming together of divergent voices into a conversation that pastors, students, and thoughtful Christians can now learn from and engage in. This unprecedented collection of writings includes articles by some of the most important voices in the emergent conversation, including Brian McLaren, Dan Kimball, and Sally Morgenthaler. It also introduces some lesser known but integral players representing "who's next" within the emerging church. The articles cover a broad range of topics, such as spirituality, theology, multiculturalism, postcolonialism, sex, evangelism, and many others. Anyone who wants to know what the emerging church is all about needs to start here.
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9780801071560
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2008-07-01
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Baker Books

EMERGING CHURCH

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9780975517963
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1901-12-13

EMERGING CHURCH INTRO

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A timely and contemporary look at the many forms of the burgeoning "emerging church" movement. Contemporary music, a shirt-sleeved pastor, and Starbucks coffee. Not a typical church service for most people, but it is becoming more popular. Traditionally, churches have set church services, music, and speakers to fit the expectations of the congregation. Changing the service to appeal to a "contemporary crowd" is a recent phenomenon. Many people have grown disillusioned with the church and want a church on their terms, not their parents'. Enter the emerging church movement. Its goal: to help churches to reach their full potential and to reach a wider audience without compromising their core beliefs. Deals with a worldwide movement.
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9780825460685
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2005-08-01
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Monarch Books

EVANGELICALS ENGAGING EMERGENT A DISCUSS

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While plenty of books related to the conversations as well as controversies surrounding the emergent church have surfaced in recent years, no comprehensive evangelical assessment of the movement has been published until now. "Evangelicals Engaging Emergent "draws from a broad spectrum of conservative evangelicalism to serve as a clear, informative, fair, and respectful guide for those desiring to know what emergent means, why it originated, where the movement is going, what issues concern emergent believers, and where they sometimes go wrong theologically.

Among the dozen contributors are Norman Geisler ( A Postmodern View of Scripture ), Darrell Bock ( Emergent/Emerging Christologies ), Ed Stetzer ( The Emergent/Emerging Church: A Missiological Perspective ), and Daniel Akin ( The Emerging Church and Ethical Choices: The Corinthian Matrix )."

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9780805447392
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2009-05-01
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B&H Publishing Group

EXILES

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"Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture" presents a biblical, Christian worldview for the emergent church--people who are not at home in the traditional church or in the secular world. As exiles of both, they must create their own worldview that integrates their Christian beliefs with the contemporary world. "Exiles" seeks to integrate all aspects of life and decision-making and to develop the characteristics of a Christian life lived intentionally within emerging (postmodern) culture. It presents a plea for a dynamic, life-affirming, robust Christian faith that can be lived successfully in the post-Christian world of twenty-first century Western society. This book will present a Christian lifestyle that can be lived in non-religious categories and be attractive to not-yet Christians.
Such a worldview takes ecology and politics seriously. It offers a positive response to the workplace, the arts, feminism, mystery and worship. "Exiles" seeks to develop a framework that will allow Christians to live boldly and courageously in a world that no longer values the culture of the church, but does greatly value many of the things the Bible speaks positively about. This book suggests that there us more to being a Christian than meets the eye. It explores the secret, unseen nooks and crannies in the life of a Christian and suggests that faith is about more than church attendance and belief in God. Written in a conversational, easy-to-read style, "Exiles" is aimed at church leaders, pastors and laypersons and seeks to address complex issues in a simple manner. It includes helpful photographs and diagrams.
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9780801046278
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2006-08-01
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Hendrickson Publishers

FINDING FAITH

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Despite the masses still lining up to enter mega-churches with warehouse-like architecture, casually dressed clergy, and pop Christian music, the "Post-Boomer" generation-those ranging in age from twenty to forty-is having second thoughts. In this perceptive look at the evolving face of Christianity in contemporary culture, sociologists Richard Flory and Donald E. Miller argue that we are on the verge of another potential revolution in how Christians worship and associate with one another.
Just as the formative experiences of Baby Boomers were colored by such things as the war in Vietnam, the 1960s, and a dramatic increase in their opportunities for individual expression, so Post-Boomers have grown up in less structured households with working (often divorced) parents. These childhood experiences leave them craving authentic spiritual experience, rather than entertainment, and also cause them to question institutions. Flory and Miller develop a typology that captures four current approaches to the Christian faith and argue that this generation represents a new religious orientation of "expressive communalism," in which they seek spiritual experience and fulfillment in community and through various expressive forms of spirituality, both private and public.
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9780813542737
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2008-01-31
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Rutgers University Press

Forgotten Ways Handbook a Practical Guide for Developing Missional Churches

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In his bestselling missional book The Forgotten Ways, internationally known missional church expert Alan Hirsch offered a vision for the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church. Now The Forgotten Ways Handbook moves beyond theory to practice, offering ways for any missionally minded person to apply the ideas contained in The Forgotten Ways to their life and ministry.
This intensely practical handbook includes many helpful tools: summary sections encapsulating the ideas contained in each chapter in a popular way; suggested practices to help readers embed missional paradigms concretely; and adult learning-based techniques and examples from other churches and organizations that enable readers to process and assimilate the ideas in a group context.
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Make no mistake about it; the scope of the change that is required to shift to the kind of movement described in The Forgotten Ways is nothing less than paradigmatic. Every element of mDNA poses a direct challenge to the prevailing ways of doing church and mission. When taken together, all six elements of Apostolic Genius make the task seem enormous. But we don't think it is actually as difficult as it seems. And it is certainly not impossible. The Chinese church proves that a highly institutionalized form of Christianity can become a remarkable movement given the right circumstances. And we don't believe that we have to have persecution to activate Apostolic Genius. Less intense forms of adaptive challenges can, and do, force the church to respond. What we are witnessing in our own day indicates that. Because the church carries the gospel as well as the full coding of Apostolic Genius in her, the potential for world transformation is always present in us. We can always draw upon latent resources and instincts. God is able and very willing to stir his church up. In fact we see this as one of the very special works of the Holy Spirit--to awaken God's people to their calling and destiny as a movement that can and will change the world.
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9781587432491
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2009-04-01
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Brazos Press