The Catholic Church is on the threshold of a bold new era in its two-thousand year history. As the curtain comes down on the Church defined by the 16th-century Counter-Reformation, the curtain is rising on the Evangelical Catholicism of the third millennium: a way of being Catholic that comes from over a century of Catholic reform; a mission-centered renewal honed by the Second Vatican Council and given compelling expression by Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. The Gospel-centered Evangelical Catholicism of the future will send all the people of the Church into mission territory every day—a territory increasingly defined in the West by spiritual boredom and aggressive secularism. Confronting both these cultural challenges and the shadows cast by recent Catholic history, Evangelical Catholicism unapologetically proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the truth of the world. It also molds disciples who witness to faith, hope, and love by the quality of their lives and the nobility of their aspirations. Thus the Catholicism of the 21st–century and beyond will be a culture-forming counterculture, offering all men and women of good will a deeply humane alternative to the soul-stifling self-absorption of postmodernity. Drawing on thirty years of experience throughout the Catholic world, from its humblest parishes to its highest levels of authority, George Weigel proposes a deepening of faith-based and mission-driven Catholic reform that touches every facet of Catholic life—from the episcopate and the papacy to the priesthood and the consecrated life; from the renewal of the lay vocation in the world to the redefinition of the Church's engagement with public life; from the liturgy to the Church's intellectual life. Lay Catholics and clergy alike should welcome the challenge of this unique moment in the Church's history, Weigel urges. Mediocrity is not an option, and all Catholics, no matter what their station in life, are called to live the evangelical vocation into which they were baptized: without compromise, but with the joy, courage, and confidence that comes from living this side of the Resurrection.
Why does the blessing of God rest on certain ministries and NOT on others? And why do some church leaders seem to experience more favour than others? The answer, according to Bishop Tudor Bismark is simple, yet profound: God's hand of blessing and favour rests on those houses that have been reformed into an "apostolic, New Testament" model of ministry! With heartfelt concern and inspiring insight, Bishop Bismark unfolds biblical truths that will help lead us to this place of blessing and favour in ministry. As you read these pages, you'll explore such themes as . . . * Recognizing the characteristics of a genuine apostle * Forming and maintaining the elements found in an apostolic house * Understanding the principle of 'Government Rule' * The importance and necessity of deliverance and other power ministries * Becoming a house of prayer and learning to open the heavens * Understanding and walking in your measure of rule. Bishop Bismark has also provided a fully outlined Appendix of Apostolic Models, giving us specific, practical examples of genuine apostolic qualities and ministries that you can implement and follow. "We are, in fact, saved by grace, but if we desire the Kingdom to come in our homes, our cities, and our nations, we must "pray" and "work"" says Bismark. "Therefore, each one of us must ask ourselves daily: "What part do I play?"" If that is your prayer, then you will discover valuable wisdom, encouragement, and direction in "Reformation In The House." NOW WITH WORKBOOK! Order the companion workbook perfect for individual or group study.
Reforming Reformation Theology for the 21st Century
Author: Mark Ellingsen
This volume is a unique interpretation of what Martin Luther contributes to renewed appreciation of Biblical diversity. The Church in the West is struggling. One reason behind this is that the prevailing models for Theology have imposed logical and modern ways of thinking about faith that renders theology academic, and therefore largely irrelevant for daily life. By letting the first Reformer speak for himself in this book, Mark Ellingsen shows how Martin Luther’s theological approach can reform the Church’s theology today. The real Luther-not the one taught by his various systematic interpreters-presents Christian faith in its entirety, with all its rough edges, in such a way as to direct on how and when to employ those dimensions of the Biblical witness most appropriate for the situation in which we find ourselves.
21st Century Reformed Christian Perspectives on Church and State
Author: Stephen Joel Garver
Publisher: The Hermit Kingdom Press
"Do you want to find out CHRISTIAN ideas on POLITICS? This book is for you!" CHRISTIAN BODY POLITIC is a book that tackles difficult questions regarding the Christian perspective on the relationship between Church and State. Leading Christian thinkers and activists discuss such questions as: Did Jesus support the Death Penalty? What role should the Church play in government? What does the Bible teach about governing authority's legitimacy? Is democracy the only Bible-approved government? Professor Stephen Joel Garver has been teaching philosophy courses to students at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA, for a long time, and Prof. Garver shares insightful thoughts on the concept of Jesus as King. What does it mean for our modern society? Professor Cliff Bates, who is teaching political science at the University of Warsaw in POLAND, shares his insights on the concept of the State and Christian responses to it. Prof. Bates discusses the issue of the Holocaust as well. Rev. David Kim, who is a major leader with an evangelical student campus movement, shares his wisdom on the idea of the City of God. If Christians are citizens of the City of God in Heaven, how does that identity relate to Christians' life on earth. Is there a relationship? Does it matter? Rev. Lee Irons, who hosts a Christian think-tank, The Upper Register, gives an informative account of the the current evangelical-reformed discussion on the relationship between Church and State and offers some of his own ideas. The editor of the volume, Christian Kim, presents cogent arguments about Jesus Christ's attitudes about the Death Penalty.
SING UNTO HIM A NEW SONG!!...(psalm 33:3) Did you ever wish you had permission to change the way you "do church"? Well, now you have it. You have permission to: Welcome His presence Grow in Christ as He has desired Experience a God-orchestrated meeting Become the Church, not attend the church Grow in intercessory prayer This "how to" book provides proven tactics to move your church into a "Third Day" realm fully committed to worship. Follow along with authors Graham Cooke and Gary Goodell as they share their years of experience developing new ways to welcome His presence into your church, home, community, your life and the lives of those in the congregation. God gives all of His children His permission to become the Bride He loves and adores. Remember, "...on the third day, anything can happen."
Many would argue that a true understanding of contemporary Christian thought is impossible without a basic understanding of Calvin's contributions. William Stacy Johnson, a leading Presbyterian theologian, offers this clear and fundamental study of Calvin's insights as a primer for those with little or no knowledge of his work. This volume, enhanced with questions for discussion and a handy glossary, is sure to be an invaluable resource for those who seek an accessible way into a deeper understanding of Calvin's impact on the development of Christian faith and on society.
Why are 80 percent of our congregations stagnant or dying? There are a variety of reasons. This book dives deeply into one of the main reasons--the failure to adapt to the cultural changes of our day. When the Reformation began 500 years ago it sparked a number of radical changes (like worshipping in the vernacular rather than in Latin, etc.) that shocked the church. Over time many saw the merit of those changes and adapted. In the very same way today, major cultural changes are taking place. Is the church open to understanding those changes? And are congregations making the necessary effort to appropriately adapt to them without compromising our central message, the Gospel of Jesus Christ? This "transformational manual" addresses the cultural shifts and provides practical and experience-based ideas to appropriately respond while keeping a strong emphasis on the Gospel of Jesus. Are you ready to become a 21st century church?
Raising 1st Century Churches out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church
Author: Peyton Jones
Publisher: David C Cook
A radical call to reform, Church Zero is a punk-rock approach to the pressing issue of gaining ground as rapidly as the early church. With a fresh perspective forged in the dirty trenches of international post-Christian societies, Peyton Jones pulls no punches as he brings this message to the American Church: We have lost our way. The church is losing ground fast: losing the generation under age 30 and drawing few nonbelievers toward Christ. Christ gave us a leadership model for commando outreach, and the church has ignored it for too long. Will we continue down the path of self-preservation, defending our stalled church structures? Or will we follow the blueprint Jesus lays out? Church Zero challenges readers to once again become a radical, dangerous people who cannot be ignored. It’s time to break out!
Taking a fresh look at the roots and implications of the enduring major historic fissure in Western Christianity, this book presents new insights into the historical dynamics of Protestant-Catholic conflict while illuminating present-day contexts and suggesting comparisons for approaching other entrenched conflicts in which religion is implicated.
The Protestant Church in the Netherlands (Dutch: Protestantse Kerk in Nederland, abbreviated PKN) is the largest Protestant Christian denomination in the Netherlands. This volume marks the 10th anniversary of the denomination, which occurred on May 1, 2014. The book outlines the long history that preceded the unification and the developments that occurred during the first decade of the church's existence. Furthermore, contributors from other countries share the stories of their united churches. Their contributions enrich the picture of what church unification may entail. Thus, the book contributes to the field of ecumenical theology. Additionally, theologians from different backgrounds share some reflections on the issues raised by the book's articles. (Series: Church Polity and Ecumenism. Global Perspectives - Vol. 4) [Subject: Religious Studies, History, Ecumenism]
With Church establishment largely locked in the geopolitics of the late 17th century, this study examines the case for change. How should the constitution respond to an ever more pluralized society; what are the implications for the religious character of the monarchy? This book helps readers consider such questions and reach their own judgments.
In Dr. DeKoven's Supernatural Architecture, the life of the church is presented from a church growth perspective, and within the paradigm of the New Apostolic Reformation. The patterns of Jesus, which are truly timeless, are seen in three pattern churches, Jerusalem, Antioch and Ephesus, and reveal the Supernatural Architecture of God.
What is Ecumenism? Is Christian unity a legitimate hope or just a pious illusion? The aim of this book is to analyze the real obstacles that stand in the path to unity and to propose solutions, where these are possible. Distinguished authors from the main Christian denominations offer a unique insight into the problem of Christian divisions and the relationships between Christian communities. This work is not a politically correct exercise in diplomacy; rather, it informs the reader about the actual state of the ecumenical dialogue.
"This book examines the unique synergy between religion and technology, and explores the many ways that technology is shaping religious expression, as well as ways that religion is coming to influence technology"--Provided by publisher.
The book is a unique stocktaking, by a leading international group of theologians, social scientists and other scholars, on issues facing public theology at the beginning of the 21st century. It combines retrospect and prospect, in that it reflects on the issues and approaches that have characterized public theology in the 20th century, especially its latter half, and attempts to anticipate those which will or should come to the fore in the 21st century, seeking to discern continuities and changes. Three opening chapters deal with the overall theme of public or political theology, with Jurgen Moltmann giving a critical historical account from the Second World War onwards, Raymond Plant relating such theology to cultural pluralism, and Andrew Morton illustrating it from the work of Duncan Forrester. These are followed by pairs of contributions relating public theology to more specific topicsr: History; Technology and Creation; Globalization; Spirituality; Punishment and Forgiveness; Medical Ethics; Tolerance and Human Rights; Social Exclusion and Equality.
Martin Luther would have written a glowing recommendation of this book if he were alive today. In part one, Beckham explors the traditional church paradigm and the history that drives it compared to a cell-based model for church life. In part two, Beckham explains how the structure of a cell-based church reflects God's nature and embraces both Christ's transcendence and immanence. In the third part of the book, Jesus' revolutionary design for the church is explored. The Second Reformation: Reshaping the church for the 21st century is a thinking man's guide to the cell-based church.
We have entered the 21st century and the Church of Jesus Christ is facing new realities and new challenges in this millennium. The Church will have to negotiate and overcome these realities and challenges to be able to greatly advance the Kingdom of God on earth. Our society, technology, communication and information systems have taken a drastic turn. The Body of Christ cannot hope to conspicuously affect our modern society with obsolete methods and dynamics. It is imperative for the Church to innovate. This anointed and appointed work will address certain areas of optimisation and innovation vitally needed by the Church of Jesus Christ to “kingdomize” the earth. Whether we want it or not, the kingdom of God will dominate the earth. The instrument that God will use to make the difference in this 21st Century is an innovative and optimized, sent out Church to “kingdomize” the earth. My question for you is, “Will you be part of the innovative Church that will change the destiny of the 21st Century?” Your determination to grasp and master these important keys in this literary work, will certainly upgrade your candidacy.
Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century
Author: Wesley Granberg-Michaelson
Publisher: Fortress Press
In Future Faith: Ten Challenges Reshaping the Practice of Christianity, author Wesley Granberg-Michaelson provides a lucid view of how the top ten winds of change blowing through global Christian faith are reshaping the practice of Christianity today. He is uniquely qualified to identify and interpret connection points between global Christian trends and the American church. Drawing on the stories, examples, and personalities of pastors and congregations from throughout the U.S. as well as those from Africa, Asia, Latin America, who are the faces of Christianity's future, Future Faith is designed to inform and empower followers of Jesus to seek new ways of becoming the face of Christ to a rapidly changing world. Leaders and practitioners in church growth, renewal, and planting will be a primary audience for this book. Students of religion from Catholic, evangelical, Pentecostal, and historic Protestant streams will find this book an informative and stimulating resource for pondering together the future of their faith. Small groups engaged in congregational nurture and growth will find in the author a welcome companion for guiding them through the multi-cultural landscape of contemporary faith.