Category: Church History

  • In Jesus' Name: Evangelicals and Military Chaplaincy by John D. Laing

    By John D. Laing

    Can army chaplains pray "in Jesus' name?" Are they allowed to proportion their religion overtly? Are evangelical Christians persecuted within the army? Does the overall prohibition opposed to proselytizing within the army violate infantrymen' Constitutional rights? Are liberalism and/or universalism implicitly counseled via the army and political management because the most well-liked faith of the U.S. govt? during this well timed and significant ebook, John Laing attracts upon his wisdom as a professor of theology and philosophy and his event as a military chaplain which will deal with those questions and extra, so one can answering the bigger theological query of no matter if evangelicals can effectively function army chaplains whereas closing precise to their conservative biblical ideals and evangelistic commitments. whereas the e-book is essentially written for these concerned or drawn to army chaplaincy, it has a broader charm, because the matters mentioned are appropriate to all parts of chaplaincy: healthcare, institutional, public provider, campus, and marketplace.

    "In Jesus' identify is a needs to learn for a person contemplating the original name of ministry as an army chaplain. it may even be required examining if you happen to have already responded the decision end result of the author's scholarly examine of the problems that confront the fashionable minister-soldier. This ebook dispels a number of the present myths positioned out via disgruntled chaplains and provides a correct knowing of the demanding situations that confront evangelical chaplains today."
    --Chaplain (Colonel) Paul Vicalvi, usa military, Retired
    Executive Director
    National organization of Evangelicals Chaplains Commission



    "A well timed publication which can offer solutions to the tricky questions confronting trendy chaplains. This publication will be required analyzing for all chaplains."
    --Keith Travis
    Chaplaincy Evangelism workforce Leader
    North American challenge Board

    John D. Laing is Assistant Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's Havard institution in Houston, Texas. He additionally at present serves because the Brigade Chaplain for the 72nd Infantry Brigade wrestle workforce (TXARNG), based in Houston. Chaplain (LTC) Laing's deployments comprise Operation Noble Eagle (ONE), Operation Joint Guardian/KFOR, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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  • Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America's by Elizabeth Drescher

    By Elizabeth Drescher

    To the dismay of non secular leaders, research after examine has proven a gradual decline in association and id with conventional religions in the US. via 2014, greater than twenty percentage of adults pointed out as unaffiliated--up greater than seven percentage simply given that 2007. much more startling, greater than thirty percentage of these lower than the age of thirty now determine as "Nones"--answering "none" while queried approximately their spiritual association. Is the United States wasting its faith? Or, as a growing number of americans opt for diverse non secular paths, are they altering what it potential to be non secular within the usa today?

    In Choosing Our faith, Elizabeth Drescher explores the various, complicated non secular lives of Nones throughout generations and throughout different types of self-identification comparable to "Spiritual-But-Not-Religious," "Atheist," "Agnostic," "Humanist," "just Spiritual," and extra. Drawing on a couple of hundred interviews carried out around the usa, Drescher opens a window into the lives of a vast cross-section of Nones, varied with recognize to age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and past spiritual history. She permits Nones to talk eloquently for themselves, illuminating the approaches during which they turned None, the assets of knowledge and proposal that increase their religious lives, the practices they locate spiritually significant, how prayer features in religious lives no longer based on doctrinal trust, how morals and values are formed outdoor of institutional religions, and the way Nones process the religious improvement in their personal children.

    These compelling tales are deeply revealing approximately how faith is altering in America--both for Nones and for the religiously affiliated family members, neighbors, and associates with whom their lives stay intertwined.
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  • Surviving Toxic Leaders: How to Work for Flawed People in by Kenneth O. Gangel

    By Kenneth O. Gangel

    when you consider that Jean Lipman-Blumen's The attract of poisonous Leaders shook the company international in 2005, numerous articles, books, and net blogs have seemed at the topic.

    Despite such curiosity and reaction, no research of poisonous management had seemed from a Christian viewpoint until eventually this quantity, Kenn Gangel's Surviving poisonous Leaders.

    Gangel starts off by means of exhibiting that poisonous management existed all through biblical heritage. Making beneficiant use not just of biblical fabrics but additionally of up to date management literature, Gangel names the factors and treatments of energy abuse, dishonest, bullying, laziness, and dictatorial habit in cutting-edge leaders.

    Readers will take advantage of Gangel's management event and services. He has been a pastor, a school dean (twice), and a school president. Gangel at the moment edits The Seal, a evaluate of management literature.

    Practical and private, Surviving poisonous Leaders abounds with tales of actual humans and their occasions. each person who has ever had "trouble at paintings" will take advantage of Surviving poisonous Leaders.

    "What an exceptional ebook! And what a wanted book!  it may be put within the fingers of each chief in the US . . . and each follower. this is often the type of fresh readability, honesty and perception which may switch the panorama of the church. learn this ebook and provides it to each Christian you know. It may be the begin of a nation revolution." --Steve Brown, writer, professor at Reformed Seminary (Orlando), and radio speaker at the Key lifestyles Radio Broadcast

    "Dr. Kenn Gangel has contributed to Christian management vastly over the years. this can good be his maximum contribution. the topic is uncomfortable, to assert the least, yet is handled from cautious study and lots more and plenty knowledge. all of us want those stipulations didn't exist within the church yet they do and Gangel has supplied worthy aid. each church chief will reap the benefits of his work."
    --Olan Hendrix, management source Group

    "Surviving poisonous Leaders is sorely wanted by way of leaders today. poisonous leaders are available in every kind of companies, revenue and non-profit. Most I have met in my fifty years in organizational management do not have a clue that they are a challenge. Gangel, as traditional, brings vast own examine and an entire life of practical management event to endure in this pervasive issue. If you're looking to be a godly, nurturing, servant-leader, this book is for you." --Dr. Gilbert A. Peterson, Chancellor of Lancaster Bible collage and administration consultant

    "Sometimes how you can perform reliable management is to spot and steer clear of the malpractice of undesirable leaders. Kenn Gangel has spent an entire life learning management and this booklet issues the right way to fit influence."
    --Marshall Shelley, vice chairman of Christianity this present day overseas and Editor in leader of Leadership

    Kenneth O. Gangel (1935 - 2009) was once distinct Professor Emeritus at Dallas Seminary, the Scholar-in-Residence at Toccoa Falls collage, and a senior advisor with Timothy companions. He held a BA in enterprise management, 3 master’s levels from accepted seminaries, and a PhD in academic management from the college of Missouri. the writer or editor of fifty five books, Dr. Gangel lectured in over 40 academic associations worldwide.
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  • A Realist's Church: Essays in Honor of Joseph A.Komonchak by Christopher Denny,Patrick Hayes,Nicholas Rademacher

    By Christopher Denny,Patrick Hayes,Nicholas Rademacher

    This festschrift honoring Joseph Komonchak comprises various educational essays during which his colleagues and previous scholars paintings to increase his scholarly paintings in various instructions. The booklet honors the achievements of Komonchak, yet extra importantly, it gathers famous researchers to improve present scholarship at the variations of the Roman Catholic Church within the 20th century.
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  • The Ethiopian Church History by Endale Abebe

    By Endale Abebe

    Ethiopia is without doubt one of the famous international locations within the Bible. because the time of Queen of Sheba who visited King Solomon in Jerusalem (Mt. 12: 42), the rustic practised monotheism and accredited the outdated testomony. It was once on the time of her son, Emperor Minilik I (1000 BC) that the Ark of the Covenant used to be dropped at the rustic. because then, Ethiopians used to shuttle to Jerusalem to worship the only real God with Israelites. as a result, a few Ethiopians have been capable of be found in the Holy urban at the day of Pentecost. one of many Ethiopians, who travelled to Jerusalem in advert 34, quite a few months after the ascension of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, used to be the eunuch, treasurer, of Queen Candace of Ethiopia. On his go back trip from Jerusalem the place he worshipped the only real God he turned a Christian baptised via Philip the Apostle (Acts eight: 26-39). Then, he back domestic to Ethiopia and started evangelising his fellow voters, the folks of Ethiopia.

    This publication illustrates how the Roman Catholic missionaries devastated the traditional Christian societies in Ethiopia (the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church). This exam indicates why the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church was once left uncovered to repeated Islamic assaults and the offensive challenge of Chalcedonian missionaries opposed to the aforementioned Church. The later brought on civil battle and Christological controversies that introduced the interior disintegration of Christian Ethiopia, which lasted for greater than centuries.
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  • Paradigms of the Church in Mission: A Historical Survey of by Augusto Rodriguez

    By Augusto Rodriguez

    during this booklet Augusto Rodríguez presents a old survey of the various paradigms of Christianity so that it will know how and why the church has replaced her proposal of being the church and of challenge. This booklet may also help in realizing how different paradigms of Christianity, all through heritage, have replaced the church's self-understanding of being the church and of venture. Rodríguez's target is to supply a chance for Christians to work out the several paradigms the church has undergone and comprehend the current state of affairs of the church with the intention to reside out as totally as attainable the hot testomony figuring out of its undertaking and higher accomplish the task.

    "Rodríguez areas the hot Apostolic flow in the framework of church heritage, envisioning it as a brand new paradigm, a brand new mind set concerning the church in project. He offers a sympathetic point of view at the move, utilizing leaders and different insiders as his vital sources."

    --Juan Francisco Martínez
    Centro para el Estudio de Iglesia y Comunidad Latina /
    Center for the learn of Hispanic Church and Community
    Seminario Teológico Fuller / Fuller Theological Seminary

    Augusto Rodríguez is Adjunct Professor of Missions at Liberty Theological Seminary, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Evangelism at Fuller Theological Seminary. He additionally serves as Senior Pastor of Ministerios Nuevo Vivir in North Hollywood, California.
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  • Called Out of Darkness Into Marvelous Light: A History of by Jeremy Bonner

    By Jeremy Bonner

    within the conflicted global that's cutting-edge Episcopal Church, the diocese of Pittsburgh stands either as a logo of dissent and schism to the liberal majority in the American Church and as a beacon of sunshine and wish to conservative Anglicans around the usa.

    Set within the not going atmosphere of America's Rust Belt, Pittsburgh's Episcopalians have during the last part century gone through a dramatic reordering of priorities to embody a novel--though infrequently unprecedented--vision of Anglican confessionalism. referred to as out of Darkness into brilliant gentle lines the improvement of an Anglican presence in western Pennsylvania from the missionary job of the past due eighteenth century throughout the triumphs of post-Civil conflict Anglo-Catholicism and the 1st stirrings of the Social Gospel, to the unheard of non secular revival of the Nineteen Fifties.

    Championed by way of such males as Bishop Austin Pardue and Samuel Moor Shoemaker, the founding father of the Pittsburgh scan, a prayer-centered spirituality constructed within the Pittsburgh diocese and taken a new release of lively evangelicals to the quarter throughout the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. The founding of Trinity Episcopal institution for Ministry within the mid-1970s consolidated the evangelical presence within the diocese and provoked a dedication to religious renewal that sat uneasily with many within the wider Episcopal Church.

    Grounded in neighborhood learn, this learn seeks to discover the method wherein Pittsburgh received its current evangelical identification and to bare the more and more complex internet of relationships that it now enjoys past America's borders.

    "Called Out of Darkness Into incredible mild is a scholarly, obtainable, and well timed historical past of 1 of crucial forces within the current Reformation of Anglicanism and, in flip, of latest Western Christianity. Dr. Bonner examines the criteria contributing to the belief of Dr. Sam Shoemaker's imaginative and prescient (that sometime Pittsburgh will be "as well-known for God as for Steel") within the context of 250 years of Anglican witness in Western Pennsylvania. This ebook has relevance a long way past the ministry and project of the actual Christian group it chronicles."
    --The correct Reverend Robert Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh; Archbishop-Designate of the Anglican Church in North America.


    "Jeremy Bonner provides a close, considerate, and even-handed account of the historical past of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, now critical to struggles over Anglican id and authority. Bonner's paintings combines the pleasurable weight of neighborhood heritage with the thought-provoking breadth of nationwide and international implications. it is a interesting and profitable learn for these looking to comprehend the historical past of the 'culture wars' in the Episcopal Church."
    --The Reverend Miranda okay. Hassett, writer of Anglican Communion in quandary: How Episcopal Dissidents and Their Anglican Allies Are Reshaping Anglicanism


    "In fresh years while i've got pointed out that i'm from the Diocese of Pittsburgh a few have spoke back via giving me a hug whereas others have (literally!) grew to become their backs and walked away. What has made even the point out of this diocese so polarizing? Jeremy Bonner's special yet readable research of the 250-year heritage of Anglicanism in western Pennsylvania sheds gentle in this unusually vital epicenter within the smooth tale of Christianity in the USA and Anglicanism world wide. such a lot neighborhood histories are appropriate and fascinating to people who name that position domestic. This quantity will be learn even more commonly, as this actual neighborhood position has turn into a focus either for large clash and renewal."
    --Grant LeMarquand, Trinity institution for Ministry

    Jeremy Bonner is an autonomous student in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. he's the writer of the line to Renewal: Victor Joseph Reed and Oklahoma Catholicism, 1905-1971 (2008) and has released scholarly articles on Mormon and Anglican history.
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  • Building the Body: 12 Characteristics of a Fit Church by Gary L. McIntosh,Phil Stevenson

    By Gary L. McIntosh,Phil Stevenson

    simply as a bodily healthy person--at a great weight and with sturdy blood strain and ldl cholesterol numbers--might no longer really be fit sufficient to run a 5k, so church buildings can look healthy--with no seen concerns, keeping a fit size--and but now not convey health. A healthy church is one who isn't happy with simply coasting in addition to no difficulties. A healthy church is actively making disciples, maturing in religion, constructing powerful leaders, achieving out to the neighborhood, and more.

    Building the Body deals pastors and church leaders twelve features of healthy church buildings and indicates them how they could flow their church via 5 degrees of health, from newbie the entire solution to elite--just as an athlete, via education and perform, can develop into the pinnacle in his or her type. contains comparability charts on the finish of every bankruptcy so readers can basically see the place their church at present falls and concluding "Complete the development Chart" a good way to see what their objectives can be for the future.
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  • Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully Engaged Members by Nelson Searcy,Jennifer Dykes Henson

    By Nelson Searcy,Jennifer Dykes Henson

    Fusion deals a step by step, biblically grounded, established, and confirmed plan for constructing a courting with novices that finally activates them to develop into absolutely constructing participants of our church buildings. This leading edge, sensible consultant is filled with how-to details, testimonials, examples, and self-assessment instruments. enticing, informative, and instantly appropriate, this is aid for environment rookies at the direction towards precise existence transformation and religious maturity.
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  • The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to its History, by John Anthony McGuckin

    By John Anthony McGuckin

    • This very important paintings bargains the main finished and up to date account of the Orthodox Church to be had, offering an in depth account of its ancient improvement, in addition to exploring Orthodox theology and culture
    • Written through one of many major Orthodox historians and theologians within the English-speaking world
    • Offers an in-depth engagement with the problems surrounding Orthodoxy's courting to the fashionable global, together with political, cultural and moral debates
    • Considers the assumption culture, spirituality, liturgical variety, and Biblical historical past of the jap church buildings; their patience of oppressions and totalitarianisms; and their modern have to rediscover their voice and self belief in a brand new world-order
    • Recipient of a CHOICE striking educational name for 2009 award
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