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.
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.
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.