Confident Witness, Changing World: Rediscovering the Gospel in North America

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Craig Van Gelder
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1999 - Religion - 313 pages
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How do we make the gospel clear and the church relevant to the changing culture in North America? In Confident Witness - Changing World, twenty-two scholars and skilled ministry practitioners explore this complex question not only theoretically but also in practical terms immediately useful to pastors and church leaders. Designed to serve as a springboard for group discussion or for deeper study of the subjects covered, this volume will be a valuable resource for those currently working on the front lines of ministry.
 

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Contents

Introduction
xiv
The Missionary Location of the North American Churches
3
Christian Living in a Fragmented World
16
The Gospel in a Digital Age
26
Reading Postmodern Culture through the Medium of Movies
39
From Christendom to Diaspora
67
Engaging the Powers in Urban North America
80
Syncretism in North American Christianity
94
Hearing the Gospel with AsianAmerican Ears
171
Witness to the Gospel and Refounding the Church
189
The Model of E Stanley Jones
203
The Prophetic Voice of Poverty
219
Gifts from the Global Church
232
The Church in a Postmodern Context
241
A Practical Approach to the Renewal of the Church
260
A Theology of Worship for the Church in Postmodern Times
270

A New Mission Situation for the Church 1 Peter 112 and 1725
110
Hearing the Gospel Again for the First Time
127
Models for a Missional Church in North America
141
Preaching to Postmodern People
155
How to Facilitate Change toward a Missionary Identity
283
Epilogue
301
The People of God as a Hermeneutic of the Gospel
303
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Page 7 - Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.

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