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Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God

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Armed with solid biblical research and extensive experience, respected theologian Marva Dawn examines the uncharted challenges awaiting the church in the new millennium.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 19th 2001 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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Jeremy Garber
How can we think about the role of the church in a system where institutions follow an agenda that is all too often both dehumanizing and unchristian? Theologian Marva Dawn provides a helpful supplement – but not a standalone replacement – to the work of such “powers theologians” as Jacques Ellul, John Howard Yoder, and Walter Wink. Dawn provides a close heavy reading of the Biblical idea of powers and principalities, suggesting both they exist both as sociological institutions and as spiritual ...more
Garland Vance
Let me begin with a qualification: I absolutely love Marva Dawn's writing and her prophetic voice to the church. Every time that I read her, I am constantly challenged--even when I disagree with her conclusions or methodology. I believe that she should be read by many Christians, not just pastors, as she challenges the status quo of American Christianity.

That being said, this was not my favorite book of hers. She quote Jacques Ellul and Hugh Mackay so much that I found myself wondering why I was
This book knocks the wind out of me. It challenges the farthest reaches of the mind and the deepest yearnings of the soul. Of all the books on 'weakness' this is the best 'theological' one I have read thus far. Marva talks about 'the principalities and powers', what they are, what others have said them to be, and then shows how it is in our weakness that God dwells with us. The evil powers are dismantled, not by direct aggressive attack, but through love, weakness etc.
God works through weakness. We know this. So why does the Western church operate as if the opposite were true?

Oh, Marva Dawn. Her content is always excellent, but there's something about her writing style-- it seems rather repetitive and unorganized. I'm not sure if she needs a better editor, or if it's a me-thing. This book had fabulous concepts, but it took me more than four years to finish reading it. Maybe me and Marva just aren't meant to be.
An excellent read: this book is a powerful, accessible and sophisticated call to the church to reconcieve its identity and the nature of its mission. One has to look hard for American Christian writing that bridges the study of theology and the Scriptures with thoughtful reflection on Christian social praxis. Marva Dawn's work consistently does this.
Gregg Koskela
In the top ten of the books that have most impacted my life.
Nobody wants to be a 'sheep'... to be pathetic and meek, but to forsake this calling is to forsake the tabernacling of God. To be a church of the powerful and people employing the ways of 'wolves', even in Christ's name, is to forsake Him completely.
Having met the author herself years ago, her theological words are stronger because I observed how she lived with weaknesses. A message I need to be reminded of constantly - that God chooses to work in weakness.
Heavy theology and a lot of unusual vocab.
But if you like that sort of thing, Dawn puts of a lot of my internal theological/church culture struggle into words, which is such a relief.
Tom Devries
A really outstanding look at the Biblical issue of "the Powers." I particularly loved her use of Jacques Ellul, who is one of my favorite authors. Stimulating and provocative!
Strong biblical scholarship and provocative, dept interpretation. One of the best treatments of Ephesians 6 I've found.
life changing
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Marva J. Dawn is an American Christian theologian, author, musician and educator, associated with the parachurch organization "Christians Equipped for Ministry" in Vancouver, Washington. She also serves as Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dawn is generally perceived as a Lutheran evangelical.
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