Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction  -     By: Brad Harper, Paul Louis Metzger
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Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction

Brazos Press / 2009 / Paperback

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This book is an excellent introduction to the issues facing Evangelical Protestants and their ecclesial communities today. Arguing that evangelical churches are overly individualistic and not centered in communities focused on the Trinity, Harper and Metzger provide compelling ways to change the direction of the American church. They cover topics as diverse as worship, interaction with culture, church discipline, ecology, sacraments, service, church order, and gender roles, and many more. This book will serve as an excellent introduction in classrooms to ecclesiology and is an invaluable resource for pastors, deacons, and influential laity who are rethinking what the church is, and what it should be doing.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Brazos Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1587431734
ISBN-13: 9781587431739
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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.

Author Bio

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.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 27, 2009
    Matthew S Farlow
    Exploring Ecclesiology strikes at the heart of contemporary theologys need for the church. The need of today is a profound understanding of what it means to be Church. An exploration into ecclesiology is the way in which we are able to come back to the roots and foundation of the Church. Through their thorough academic, historical and spiritual work, Metzger and Harper provide this very possibility. Whilst Metzger and Harper claim their book simply explores ecclesiology, the reality is that this book is a brilliant engagement with the core of what the Church is, as a being. The book disbands the ever-present dichotomy of practical and academic through its engagement of such issues as leadership, community, individualism, cultural influences, missional life of the Church and the like. Exploring Ecclesiology is important for todays theology. As Metzger and Harper write, we must concern ourselves with bearing authentic witness to the biblical drama centered in Christ. (232). A Christocentric understanding of the Church is essential, it highlights the needed reality of our communion as opposed to the individualized prize of society. Harper and Metzger profoundly remind us that Christ himself is corporate in that he is one with the church as his body and bride. That Scripture never refers to the church as a group of believing individuals or autonomous Christians, but as the body of believers, the body and bride of Christ. Discussion of ecclesiology will remain in need if Exploring Ecclesiology is not readily offered to the student, church goer, pastor and academic. We must recognize the essential reality of the churchit is loyal not to humanitys claims but to Christ, who calls His bride to be the witness to the triune God and his advancing kingdom in the world. Thankfully a reading of Exploring Ecclesiology will do non-other than remind us of this essential point.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    October 13, 2009
    Gregg Hensel
    The emergent themes of community, equality, sacrament, and ecology are fully displayed in this work. The authors consistently claim to be evangelical, but conservative evangelicals are regularly criticized while Orthodox, Catholic and emergent teachers are positively quoted all throughout. Some ideas are helpful but discern wisely when reading this book.
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