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How can we reconcile the ideal church described by theology with the broken church that we see in the world? In this book, Joseph Small argues that the church’s true identity is known somewhere in the tension between the two.
Small revisits familiar ecclesiological concepts—including the body of Christ, communion of saints, and people of God— but rather than focusing on theological abstractions or worldly cynicism, he evaluates the church in its scriptural, historical, theological, and social contexts. After stripping away the marketing and shallowness that characterizes much of contemporary church life, Small finds hope that the church’s faith, nature, and mission can be lived out within God’s calling.
Both sociologically honest and theologically discerning, Flawed Church, Faithful God offers a constructive Reformed yet ecumenical ecclesiology for the real world.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2018
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Joseph D. Small is the former director of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Theology and Worship. He now serves as adjunct professor of ministry at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and church-relations consultant to the Presbyterian Foundation. He has written and edited several books, including Conversations with the Confessions: Dialogue in the Reformed Tradition.
Princeton Theological Seminary
"In this magisterial volume Joseph Small draws together decades of thought, study, teaching, preaching, writing, and consulting on the theology and practice of the church. Powerfully relevant for todays challenges, Flawed Church, Faithful God offers an ecclesiology that is wise, concrete, and hopeful."
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
"This is a book of immense ecclesial wisdom; its language is elegant and precise. Small is remarkably honest about the deep failures of the North American church today but also relentlessly hopeful in the God who is at work in human weakness. I know of no other book that so compellingly weaves together such a wide array of insights from Scripture, the churchs great historical traditions, contemporary novels and theological works, and the extensive experience of a gifted pastor, denominational leader, and ecumenical conversation partner."