The Cruciform Church: Becoming a Cross-Shaped People in a Secular World  -     By: C. Leonard Allen
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"This new edition of The Cruciform Church finds Churches of Christ at a quite different place than they were sixteen years ago when the book was first released. On the one hand, our culture is more clearly post-modern and post-Christian. All of the Christian players today are finding themselves cultural outsiders, much like the earliest Christians. We are waking up to the reality that we are in a missionary situation in our own culture, and this is forcing us (slowly, by fits and starts) to rethink our priorities and our mission.

On the other hand, Churches of Christ themselves are engaging more and more in the kind of healthy theological rethinking that this book called for back in 1990. Many congregations are shedding the sectarian or exclusivist outlook, gaining new appreciation for their heritage, refocusing on the central doctrines of the faith, and entering into serious dialogue about carrying out the mission of God in this new time...Perhaps this new edition can continue to provide stimulus and guidance as the adventure continues. Toward that end, this edition contains a new chapter, "Last(ing) Things," that seeks to show the close relationship between eschatology and discipleship, between one's view of the coming kingdom of God and the cruciform life." -from Allen's Preface to the revised edition

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: ACU Press
ISBN: 0891125108
ISBN-13: 9780891125105
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Author Bio

C. Leonard Allen is the author of Things Unseen: Churches of Christ in (and after) the Modern Age, Distant Voices: Discovering a Forgotten Past for a Changing Church, and Participating in God's Life: Two Crossroads for Churches of Christ (with Danny Swick). His book have been translated into Portugese, Korean, and Japanese. He holds a Ph.D. in Christian Thought from the University of Iowa School of Religion, and has taught at Abilene Christian University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Biola University. He lives with his wife Holly in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

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"The Cruciform Church is one of the most formative books of my Christian life...So helpful was it that I've been known to tell people that in my humble opinion it's the most important book written about Christian faith and discipleship from within Churches of Christ in my lifetime." -Mike Cope, from the Foreward

"This book offers a refreshingly candid look from the inside at the Church of Christ tradition, along with a winning perspective for renewing Christian life. In the best sense of the terms, the analysis is edifying and the prescription is evangelical. Change a few of the names and make adjustments for regional accents, and both analysis and prescription become useful for other traditions that may also be caught between the memory of spiritual vitality and the practice of lethargic traditionalism." -Mark Noll, Wheaton College, in Perspectives

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