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The time has come for evangelicals to reclaim the forgotten faith. And this means doing something many are reluctant to do. It means reflecting on the past to rethink the present and inform the future. It means thinking not just biblically and theologically, but also historically.
RetroChristianity: Reclaiming the Forgotten Faith challenges us to think critically and constructively about those who have come before us and how that informs our current beliefs, values, and practices. This book will adjust our attitudes about evangelicalism, and will lead us along a time-tested path toward a brighter future.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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Don't Call It a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New DayEdited by Kevin DeYoungCrossway Books & Bibles / 2011 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 8 Reviews
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Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to ScriptureEdited by James K. Hoffmeier & Dennis R. MagaryCrossway Books & Bibles / 2012 / Trade Paperback$24.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th-Century CatechismKevin DeYoungMoody Publishers / 2010 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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Addresses the current exodus of Christians from evangelical churches and argues for a return to historical roots.
Michael J. Svigel (PhD) is assistant professor of theological studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is a popular teacher, speaker and author of Heroes and Heretics: Solving the Modern Mystery of the Ancient Church.
-Bryan M. Litfin,
Professor of Theology, Moody Bible Institute; author, The Sword, The Gift, and Getting to Know the Church Fathers
Too often, churches abandon all aspects of tradition in favor of a stripped-down, watered-down worship experience that eventually leaves us let down and wishing for something...anything...that connects us to a story bigger than ourselves and our little slice of history. In RetroChristianity, Michael Svigel has argued well for redeeming and rediscovering a historical and substantive Christianity that can and will stand the test of time, while being nimble enough to incarnate Christ to the culture around us. This book is a well-researched and well written call to engage with historical Christianity both personally and corporately.
Executive Pastor, Terra Nova Church, Troy, NY; Regional Coordinator, Acts 29 Network Northeast
Many evangelicals are recovering their pre-Reformation roots in the early apostolic church and patristic studies. Michael Svigel has shown how pastors and churches can begin to implement this recovery and how to think about it. This is a wise and helpful book that will be exceptionally valuable to those who engage in this revitalization.
-Thomas C. Oden,
Professor Emeritus, Drew University; author, Classic Christianity; general editor, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
Reading Michael Svigels RetroChristianity is like a visit to your physician for an annual exam. Its uncomfortable. Its embarrassing. Its necessary. And, if you follow his instructions, its healing. His diagnosis of contemporary evangelicalism is tough to swallow, but if we take the medicine prescribed by Dr. Svigel, evangelicalism can be revived.
-D. Jeffrey Bingham,
Department Chair and Professor of Theological Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
When story is removed from history, it may be factualbut its really boring. RetroChristianity combines the history of evangelicalism with the pen of an engaging writer. The result is a much-needed and levelheaded analysis of the snags in the evangelical church as well as some practical solutions to get us back to our forgotten faith. If I want to read history with story in ithistory that makes me laugh as well as thinkI want to read Michael Svigel.
Vice President, Insight for Living; author Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
Michael Svigel's RetroChristianity is hard to classify. It is at the same time a book on the doctrine of the church, a study in church history, and a contemporary analysis and critique of modern evangelicalism. Svigel begins by analyzing why so many evangelicals have wandered away from their nests, and ultimately challenges evangelicals to rethink how they understand the church and return to a more authentic expression of the faithone that is rooted in the great doctrines and traditions of the church and yet continues to hold to the core tenets of evangelicalism. Svigel's book succeeds in this and will challenge your thinking! I am requiring it for my master's students studying ecclesiology, but the book would also be very helpful for pastors, church leaders, and educated laymen to help reformulate and recast their vision for the local church.
-David C. Hard, Professor,
Philadelphia Biblical University
Rarely does one find a book so rich in content communicated so well. RetroChristianity is anything but retrenchment. Instead, Michael Svigel advances an agenda to move the church forward without losing the moorings of sound theology grounded in a history of biblical conviction. His words say it best: Its not rewinding to a more favorable era, but reclaiming the forgotten faith for the future. This is a most worthy read!
-Mark L. Bailey,
President and Professor of Bible Exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary
We live in an age when looking like Buddy Holly, practicing the 'domestic arts,' and being a throwback artisan is en vogue. To be current in the present is to be conversant with the past. This trend has influenced evangelical churches in numerous ways. Michael Svigels fun and rich book helps us rediscover our vibrant Christian heritage even as he steers us clear of many common evangelical pitfalls. Full of expertly explained church history, cultural connections, and more clever phrasing than there were hairs in Athanasiuss beard, RetroChristianity is an excellent guide for those who justly wish to allow the story and theology of Gods historic church to breathe fresh life into modern faith.
Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History, Boyce College; coauthor, Essential Edwards Collection
I absorb Michael Svigels work only to slow down and ask brutal questions about the ministry to which I apply myselfwhether or not we are the faithful expression of a rich ecclesial history, or just one more autonomous assembly aroused by size and success and hungrily searching for the comfortable pathway. His is an unsettling read, but timely and, frankly, necessary. -Matthew R. St. John,
Teaching Pastor, Bethel Church, Fargo, North Dakota
RetroChristianity is exactly what the evangelical church needs today. We often lament the issues of shallowness and novelty about the church, but rarely do we offer solid biblical answers beyond these complaints. This book makes the case that we need to get over our chronological snobbery by rediscovering our roots. It is winsome and incredibly fun to read. Michael Svigel does not complain about evangelicalism as teenagers complain about their parents after they have run away. He loves evangelicalism, is committed to it, and seeks to offer hope from within. I love this book.
-C. Michael Patton,
Founder, President, and fellow, The Credo House, Edmond, Oklahoma
Helpful volumes on biblical ecclesiology are rare. Those that cast their vision beyond the modern and pragmatic are even more rare. This is a volume on ecclesiology, which brings light from the New Testament and the early church. However, it is not a volume looking backwards. It shines light on todays church in a way that is desperately needed. IN an era of man centeredness, unserious about the church and discipleship, I predict its light will send many bugs scurrying for some rock to hide under. RetroChristianity teaches biblical ecclesiology.
-Jeffrey J. VanGoethem,
Senior Pastor, Scofield Memorial Church, Dallas, Texas
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