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  • State Of Missiology Today


    The 2015 Missiology Lectures at Fuller Theological Seminary marked the fiftieth anniversary of the School of Intercultural Studies (formerly School of World Mission). The papers from that conference present a “state of the art” in the field of missiology, drawing on the past and looking ahead to a diverse, global future.

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  • Apostolicity : The Ecumenical Question In World Christian Perspective


    1. The Problem Of Apostolicity
    2. Apostolicity Under The Horizon Of Schism
    3. Culture As The Nature Of Apostolic Continuity
    4. Apostolicity And Colonization: A Relationship?
    5. Subordinating Apostolicity To The Apostolate
    6. Historical Continuity In The Perspective Of World Christianity
    7. Jesus Christ, The One Ground Of The Apostle
    8. Apostolicity: The Livingness Of The Living Word
    Author Index
    Subject Index
    Scripture Index

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    What constitutes the unity of the church over time and across cultures? Can our account of the church’s apostolic faith embrace the cultural diversity of world Christianity? The ecumenical movement that began in the twentieth century posed the problem of the church’s apostolicity in profound new ways. In the attempt to find unity in the midst of the Protestant-Catholic schism, participants in this movement defined the church as a distinct culture-complete with its own structures, rituals, architecture and music. Apostolicity became a matter of cultivating the church’s own (Western) culture. At the same time it became disconnected from mission, and more importantly, from the diverse reality of world Christianity. In this pioneering study, John Flett assesses the state of the conversation about the apostolic nature of the church. He contends that the pursuit of ecumenical unity has come at the expense of dealing responsibly with crosscultural difference. By looking out to the church beyond the West and back to the New Testament, Flett presents a bold account of an apostolicity that embraces plurality.

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  • Thinking About Religious Pluralism


    We live an era of globalization, and the world’s religious traditions are deeply impacted. Throughout the world, an increased awareness about and access to the world’s religions, whether through modern media, human encounter, or education, raises new questions. How should we think about different traditions? What do they mean? How should Christians respond?

    This book is about how to interpret the fact of many religions, concentrating on what we call the ‘”world religions’,” for this has been the focus of most of the theological debate over the past fifty years or so. It aims to equip Christian thinkers with a positive, affirming understanding of religious diversity, and to help Christians articulate the meaning of this diversity in the real world.

    The result for the reader is comfort, curiosity, and engagement in future meetings with members of other traditions, along with lowered anxiety and deepened understanding of the marvelous diversity of human religious expression in our world.

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  • Wounded Visions : Unity Justice And Peace In The World Church After 1968


    In Wounded Visions Jonas Jonson, who was directly involved with the ecumenical movement for forty years, offers an inside look at an ever-changing global Christianity. Reviewing developments in ecumenism from the 1960s to the 21st century, Jonson discusses the decolonization of mission, interreligious relations, “God’s preferential option for the poor,” and unity in diversity. He also maps the global ecumenical landscape and presents “the fourth church” — comprising charismatic, Pentecostal, and evangelical movements of the 20th century.

    How did the ecumenical movement respond to the fall of communism, the opening of China, and the globalization of financial markets? Why did so many big churches, caught in the whirlwind of change, retreat from their ecumenical commitments in order to promote and protect their own interests? Jonson addresses these questions and more in this comprehensive review of global Christianity and the ecumenical movement.

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  • Serving God Globally


    Dominating the daily news cycle today are the grim realities of grinding poverty, sex trafficking, gender discrimination, child soldiering, HIV/AIDS, failed states, corruption, and environmental breakdown. In the midst of such pain and brokenness, the followers of Christ cannot stand idly by, for God calls them into the mission of reconciling all things, first by easing suffering and then by building flourishing communities through the process of transformational human development. This practical handbook explains what development is, what development workers actually do, and how young people can prepare for mission careers in this field, both in North America and abroad. In addition to setting the big picture for how Christians approach the big questions of international development, the book draws on stories, advice, and wisdom collected from personal interviews with about fifty development professionals.

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  • Dying To Be One


    his book, by a Methodist minister with wide experience of churches in Britain and abroad, has arisen out of a consuming interest in the ecumenical movement in England over a period of years. Written in an open and attractive way, it describes the history of relations between churches since their earlier divisions, and focusses particularly on the situation at the present time. Was the church united in New Testament times, and what were the problems which caused divisions? After looking at these questions against the background of the early church and the Reformation, David Butler then looks at beliefs which have so often been in conflict in the past as they appear to others. What are the ‘strange ideas’ of Protestants and Catholics and why is each side so suspicious of the other? Why can’t Anglicans and Methodists agree, and what about Catholics and Anglicans, Methodists and Catholics? Of course great progress has been made, and in particular growing convergence on understanding the Bible is highlighted, and the reconcilia

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  • What Episcopalians Believe


    The most recent and accessible introduction to Episcopalian beliefs

    Episcopalian identity tends to focus on history and worship, and sometimes on ethics – but “cradle” and new Episcopalians – plus seekers – will benefit from having a brief, accessible summary of the Christian faith as seen through an Episcopalian lens.

    There are two underlying convictions behind the book: FIRST, that ecumenism is at the heart of the Episcopal faith. Episcopalians are well placed to offer themselves as a place of convergance between Roman Catholics and Protestants, and even between Roman Catholics and the Orthodox. SECONDLY, in the current conflicts both within the Episcopal Church and between the Episcopal Church and some of its Anglican Communion partners, there is no fundamental difference in doctrine. The book is an attempt to portray what all parties have in common.

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  • How Can The Petrine Ministry Be A Service To The Unity Of The Universal Chu


    The Petrine ministry has been at the center of the modern ecumenical discussion because it deals directly with the question of the unity of the church. The International Bridgettine Centre in Farfa, Sabina, has seriously undertaken a study of the theological, historical, and dogmatic issues that underlie the issues of Christian unity dealing with the role of unity as exercised by the Pope. This work represents part of the work in which the Centre has been engaged during these past ten years.

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  • That They May All Be One


    More than twenty-five revered pastors, theologians, and ecumenists contributed essays for this volume. These writings celebrate what it means to live in unity and communion in the twenty-first century and stress the importance of ecumenism in working for mission and justice.

    Among the many noted contributors are Jane Dempsey Douglass, Michael Kinnamon, Samuel Kobia, Setri Nyomi, Ofelia Ortega, Gradye Parsons, and Iain Torrance.

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  • Fly In The Ointment


    An ecumenical resource that helps churches and church leaders begin to think about how to transform themselves into vital, flourishing organizations-transformation that requires deep, systemic change on the part of the bodies that are meant to help congregations live into their mission in the world.

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  • Rome And Canterbury



    Author’s Note


    The History

    Chapter I: The Breach In The West

    Chapter II: A New Christian Landscape

    Chapter III: Rome And Canterbury Face Modernity

    Chapter IV: The Ecumenical Movement Gets Up And Running

    Chapter V: Anglicans/Episcopalians And Roman Catholics Initiate Talks And The Anglican Centre In Rome Opens

    Chaper VI: The Anglican Roman Catholic International Comission Begins Its Work


    Chapter VII: Introduction To Authority: Early Leadership, Primacy Infallibility And The Situation Today

    Chapter VIII: Church Governance Today And ARCIC’s Agreed Statements On Authority

    The Future

    Chapter IX: What’s Next?

    Chapter X: My World And Christian Unity



    Appendix I: A Common History: Christianity’s Earliest Days

    Appendix II: Agreed ARCIC Documents: Eucharist (1971), Ordination (1973), Salvations And The Church (1986)

    Appendix III: Morals: Agreed Statement On Teaching And Practice (1994)

    Appendix IV: Mary: Grace And Hope In Christ (2005)

    Appendix V: Timeline

    Appendix VI: A History Of The Gregorian Calendar

    Appendix VII: Population By Continent (400 BC To 1600 AD)

    Appendix VIII: Resources

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    Rome and Canterbury tells the story of the determined but little known work being done to end the nearly five hundred year old divisions between the Roman Catholic and the Anglican/Episcopal Churches. The break was never intended, has never been fully accepted and is experienced, by many, as a painful and open wound. It is a personal account that begins the story by reviewing the relevant history and theology, looks at where we are today, and concludes with some reflections on faith and belief in the US.

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  • Ecumenical Reception : Its Challenge And Opportunity


    In 1988 William G. Rusch offered a volume tracing the developments of the idea of reception to that time. During the intervening years, both reflection about reception and the experience of attempting to engage in it have progressed rapidly. Rusch believes now is the time to re-examine the concept. The first chapter explains some preliminary concepts on this idea and how it is used in various fields. Chapter two eyes reception from a Biblical perspective as a Christian theological process. “Classical” reception in the complete history of the church to the twentieth century is examined in chapter four. The fifth chapter deals with the changes in the concept in the new millennium, focusing on “ecumenical” reception. In Chapter six, Rusch shares examples – successes and failures -of the ongoing process of this new concept. Chapter seven deals with solution to some of the failures examined and offers two new ecumenical concepts: “differentiate consensus” and “differentiated participation.” Finally, the eighth chapter provides a summary and a final word on the topic. Acknowledging the constant growth in understanding the concept of reception, Rusch provides a major treatise on the topic with Ecumenical Reception but leaves the door open for a constant renewal of understanding for the future.

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  • Breaking The Conspiracy Of Silence


    It’s been estimated that perhaps 7,000 people die each day due to AIDS. It is an epidemic that has no easy answer, but Messer prophetically calls upon Christian churches worldwide to respond in ways to increase awareness, help with both prevention and treatment, and offer concrete love and compassion.

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  • Witnessing For Peace


    The rapidly deteriorating situation in Israel/Palestine has dashed hopes of any imminent peace or even accommodation between the Israeli people and the Palestinian people. A leader in Palestinian Christianity, and an outspoken advocate of nonviolence and of Palestinian rights, Bishop Munib Younan directly addresses this situation and its imperatives. Born of Palestinian refugee parents and raised in Jerusalem, Younan has spent his life pastoring Palestinian Christians and searching for nonviolent solutions in this complex and volatile religious and political scene. In this volume, Younan presents first the historical and social context of the Palestinian situation, beginning with the not-well-known story of Arab Christianity and his own background. He elaborates his own theology of nonviolence, centered in the idea of martyria–heeding a call to justice, inclusion, and forgiveness. He illustrates the notion with dramatic and often tragic episodes and shows how it can address key issues in the current struggle with Israel over statehood, land, and refugees. Younan’s model of Christian nonviolence also has demonstrable benefits in addressing terrorism, interreligious strife, and global peacemaking. Younan’s is a voice all Christians of conscience should hear.

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  • Trinitarian Theology : East And West


    This book is a unique contribution to the dialogue between the traditions of Eastern and Western Christian thought. Through the writings of Karl Barth and John Zizioulas, Collins creates an ecumenical dialogue about Trinitarian thought. During the last decade the doctrine of the Trinity and the concept of koinonia have been much in evidence in ecumenical contexts. Collins looks beyond the growing ecumenical consensus to examine the origin for the basis for the consensus, and suggests that it is possible to root it in Western thought as well as in Eastern Orthodoxy.

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  • Fragmentation Of The Church And Its Unity In Peacemaking A Print On Demand


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    The gospel places peacemaking at the center of the identity of the Christian church. Over the centuries, however, churches have divided over the specific place of this peacemaking imperative in their lives and teachings. This volume offers deep, ecumenical discussion of the relationship of the church to its peacemaking mission from the standpoints of history and the contemporary context. Contributors representing ten major faith traditions address this crucial topic from the perspective of their own churches and explore pathways that could lead to the reconciliation of existing differences.

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  • Grounds For Understanding A Print On Demand Title


    This volume surveys the various theological approaches that Christian denominations bring to the issue of religious pluralism. In these diverse essays, writers from eleven different Christian traditions each share their confession’s characteristic approaches to the challenges and possibilities raised by religious pluralism. Readers will gain an understanding of the variety of Christian views and a wider appreciation for the range of Christian resources available for responding to religious diversity.

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  • Medieval Church : From The Dawn Of The Middle Ages To The Eve Of The Reform


    Why is it that one’s concept of the medieval church has a direct bearing on one’s attitude toward ecumenism? What were the methods and strategies used to evangelize Europe as Christianity moved out of its Mediterranean birthplace? This book address these questions and many more that demonstrate the pervasive influence of the past on modern piety, practice, and beliefs. For many years, this period of church history has been ignored or denigrated as being the “dark ages”, an attitude fostered by Englightenment assumptions. Yet not only does this millennium provide a bridge to the early church, it created modern Europe, its nations, institutions, and the concept of Christendom as well. This book, written in an easily accessible style, introduces the reader to the fascinating interplay of authority and dissent, the birth and development of doctrinal beliefs, the spirituality of the common person, and the enduring allure of Christian mysticism.

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  • Called To Care


    Treating the whole of Scripture, Robert Kysar forges the connections between the practice of social ministry and the biblical images undergirding and motivating that ministry. Social ministry is more than charity: It wrestles with the very structures and systems that deprive and oppress. This book examines not only the usual “justice” texts but also those that seem to counter this position and shows how the Bible addresses practical, contemporary concerns and fears.

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  • Bread For The Journey


    A book of resources for contemporary worship services. Written by men and women from various faith communities, these resources emphasize worship as part of an ever-evolving journey toward God.

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