Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God   -     By: Marva J. Dawn
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As we embark on a new millenium, uncharted challenges await the church. This volume by one of today's most valued voices on modern church life offers a wealth of insight into the role of local churches in the twenty-first century. Rooted in solid biblical research and extensive experience, Marva Dawn's newest book will help churches and their leaders avoid falling into the temptations of contemporary secular culture, including the popular "success" models of church management. Dawn offers ground-breaking scholarship - from the first significant critique of Walter Wink's work on "the powers" to a relevant new translation of 2 Corinthians 12:9 - and challenges readers to rethink the goals and mission of the congregation, to develop practices that follow God's "hidden" way of weakness, and to expand their sense of what it means to be a faithful church. Complete with discussion questions, this book provides the trustworthy theological and biblical foundations necessary for building strong churches - and keeping them strong - in today's world.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 152
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0802847706
ISBN-13: 9780802847706

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As we embark on the new millennium, uncharted challenges await the church. This volume by one of today's most valued voices on modern church life offers a wealth of insight into the role of local churches in the twenty-first century. 

Rooted in solid biblical research and extensive experience, Marva Dawn's newest book will help churches and their leaders avoid falling to the temptations of contemporary secular culture, including the popular "success" models of church management. Dawn offers groundbreaking scholarship--from the first significant critique of Walter Wink's work on "the powers" to a relevant new translation of 2 Corinthians 12:9--and challenges readers to rethink the goals and mission of the congregation, to develop practices that follow God's "hidden" way of weakness, and to expand their sense of what it means to be a faithful church.

Complete with discussion questions, this book provides the trustworthy theological and biblical foundations necessary for building strong churches--and keeping them strong--in today's world.

Author Bio

Marva J. Dawn is a theologian, author, musician, andeducator with Christians Equipped for Ministry, Vancouver,Washington, and Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology atRegent College. A scholar with four masters degrees and aPh.D. in Christian Ethics and the Scriptures from theUniversity of Notre Dame, Dr. Dawn has spoken for clergyand worship conferences and seminaries throughout NorthAmerica and in Madagascar and in Eastern and WesternEurope. She has written many books, most of which arepublished by Eerdmans.

Editorial Reviews

Academy of Parish ClergyTop Ten Books of the Year (2002)
Christianity TodayWinner for The Church/Pastoral Leadership (2002)

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Catholic New Times
"An excellent and timely book. . . All those huge suburban churches which in the greedy '80s conformed to the culture's reigning ethos of success in secular terms, will profit from this challenging book."

Stanley Hauerwas
"This may well be the best and most important book Marva Dawn has written. That, of course, is saying a great deal, since she has written quite wonderful books. In this new work Dawn uses her profound reading of Paul's understanding of powers to illumine the challenges before the church. Drawing on the work of Jacques Ellul, she helps us see how the powers insidiously gain influence over our lives. Turly a wonderful book."

Eugene H. Peterson
"This is the kind of writing and teaching that can save the church from being duped by the 'deceitful tongue' of slick contemporaneity — if we will only listen. Careful and honest exegetical work combined with years of frontline experience in dealing with the lies and illusions of our culture come together here as Marva Dawn brings clarity and urgency to the elusive 'principalities and powers."

Provident Book Finder
"This is excellent theology applied to the vital issues of a relevant contemporary congregation. . . A good book for group study."

Religious Studies Review
"The prolific Dawn builds on her reputation as an ecclesial theologian — one who does theology from the church and for the church. As before, she combines biblical exegesis with personal experience, cultural criticism and pastoral concern."

Walter Brueggemann
"Marva Dawn has become a powerful interpretive force of late, and this book advances significantly the weightiness of her contribution. In the wake of Jacques Ellul she asks hard questions about the church's carelessly and eagerly embracing too much of the world's notions of success and power. Into the middle of that gigantic misstep in the church, Dawn points yet again to the cross. She agilely moves back and forth between sharp theological critique and the concrete practice of the church. In her hands the disciplines of the early church in Acts become accessible and credible. She has the real church and real pastors in purview; and to us she speaks the reality of the gospel that has been so much distorted. Dawn is gifted in clearing the deck of old carelessnesses and inviting us to fresh and urgent, yet not complex, decisions. An important read!"

Carnegie Samuel Calian
"Marva Dawn insightfully challenges our present practices and priorities in the church. She locates the church's well-being in weakness, not in following the powers and techniques of a market-driven society, 'so that Christ's power may tabernacle in us and the purposes of God might be fulfilled through us.' This useful text is a needed reminder to seminarians and parishioners alike that the church's renewal is not of our own doing — it is a gift from God."

Church Libraries
"Too many churches and Christians have grown mentally comfortable and even lazy in today's world. Dawn's is a strong voice jolting us back into the reality of radical, biblical thinking. . . In addition to many Scripture verses that teach this truth, Dawn draws on a wealth of quotes from godly men and women throughout church history. Highly recommended for church libraries."

Worship Leader
"A theologically-intense book... A powerful and bold look at the contemporary church and its functioning within culture. . . For the ambitious and interesting objectives in this book, it is worth the read. And there is enough accessibility in Dawn's writing for anyone to get through it, but I would recommend this book to those willing to delve deeply into the theology of the church, and urge those in leadership positions to answer the call to restore the church to the ideal recounted in the book of Acts."

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 20, 2005
    Nelson
    I never thought a book could be so good. Marva has given me (1) the overall scheme of the demonic and how they work in the world; (2) a better understanding of my own frustrations within the local church; (3) a better focus on where to direct my energies in living as a believer in Christ. It is my firm people that this bok should be required reading for every pastor, a reading that should be studied and discussed with other members of one's community. But I would not leave out the regular guy; he, too, should carefully read it. The most personally convicting read was when Marva quotes Valentine Sventitsky, where the last part of it reads, "Anything wrong, distorted, and impure that we see within the Church is not the Church. To avoid associating with it we do not have to leave the Church enclosure, we must simply refuse to participate in that which is evil. Then will be fulfilled the words 'to the pure all things are pure' (Titus 1:5)" (p.122). Her discussion on the "armour of God" and hospitality are excellent reads. I am going to read it again more slowly, more studiously. Each chapter brought me to a greater height of spiritual understanding, like steps up a light that gets brighter and brighter as I get closer and closer.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 30, 2001
    david dark
    This is the next step for anyone already taken with Dawn's insights elsewhere. Christ's victory made perfect our weakness and our call to suffering servanthood. If you have the creeping suspicion that the triumphal, quick-fix theology most loudly among American churches is killing us, this is what you're looking for. SO much of the tabernacling described (incidentally) is evident in Sarah Masen's _The Dreamlife of Angels_. check it out at sarahmasen.com
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