A Heritage in Crisis: Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Where We're Going in the Churches of Christ

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University Press of America, 2008 - Religion - 147 pages
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The Churches in Christ are in growing disagreement about the direction that the Restoration Movement should take. A Heritage in Crisis introduces the background of this "identity crisis," evaluates nine specific issues that threaten to divide the Churches of Christ today--such as worship styles and women's roles--and suggests changes Churches in Christ can make in order to facilitate the change back to God's original intent for the church. More than simply an academic examination of doctrinal issues, A Heritage in Crisis seeks to identify a path by which the Churches of Christ might move into a future illuminated by the light of God's Word.
 

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Contents

THE IDENTITY CRISIS FACING CHURCHES OF CHRIST
1
THE GENERATION GAP IN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST
11
WHERE WE ARE IN THE DISCUSSION OR DESECULARIZING THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN THE 21ST CENTURY
21
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND CHRISTIAN UNION
33
BAPTISM AND OUR VIEW OF OTHER DENOMINATIONS
43
HERMENEUTICS
55
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
67
PURPOSE AND STYLE IN WORSHIP
77
WOMENS ROLES
87
THE QUALIFICATION AND SELECTION OF ELDERS
101
MISSIONARY SOCIETIES AND DENOMINATIONAL STRUCTURES
111
THEOLOGICAL TRENDS FROM 1960 TO THE PRESENT
123
TOWARD A THEOLOGY FOR THE FUTURE IN CHURCHES OF CHRIST
137
BIBLIOGRAPHY
143
Index
145
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Ralph K. Hawkins (Ph.D., Andrews University) is adjunct professor of Bible at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. He is editor of Simul Iustus e Peccator: Essays in Honor of Donald S. Armentrout, author of While I Was Praying: Finding Insights about God in Old Testament Prayers, and contributor to the New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible.

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