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Turning Around the Mainline: How Renewal Movements Are Changing the Church

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Brings together an introduction to the issues, themes, and documents of the mainline churches and renewal movements, and a practical case study of the relevant issue of the day: the property rights of churches. This study is suitable for pastors, church leaders, and those wanting a better understanding of the changing dynamics of evangelicalism.
Paperback, 270 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Baker Books
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The best part of this book was Thomas Oden's impassioned plea for orthodox believers in mainline churches to remain and reform their communions. He declares “confessing Christians seek to maintain the unity of the church through discipline, not through division…Those who split off leave the patient in the hands of the euthanasia advocates, the Kevorkians of dying modernity. The Holy Spirit will not bless willful unnecessary divisiveness…It seems unthinkable to abandon, without
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Thomas C. Oden (Ph.D., Yale University), formerly Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at The Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, is now director of the Center for Early African Christianity, at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He is the general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and the Ancient Christian Doctrine series as well as the ...more
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