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Common Roots: The Original Call to an Ancient-Future Faith
Robert Webber's legacy testifies to the vitality evangelicals experience when insights of the early church inform community life and ministry. His original expression of this theme, presented here with a foreword by David Neff (director of the Robert E. Webber Center for an Ancient-Evangelical Future), promises to stimulate new and ongoing conversations about ancient-futur...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Zondervan
(first published November 1978)
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Robert E. Webber was one of the earliest proponents of the "ancient-future faith" movement. He advocated that Protestants and evangelicals recover the practices, formations and traditions of the early Church. "Common Roots", originally published in 1978, would be the first of his many books on the subject. This book broaches on the topics of the Church, worship, theology, mission and spirituality. Webber's chief concern is that evangelicalism on its own, devoid of Christianity's historical roots...more
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“We must learn, then, not to HAVE a spirituality, something we turn on at a particular place or time, but to BE spiritual, as a habit of life, a continuous state of being. It is to this end that we seek after God in the stillness and hubbub of life, but always and everywhere in and through the church, where Christ is made present to us and, through us, to the world.”
“The church has unfolded in many forms, and no one single external form stands alone as the CORRECT visible expression. As the church settled in various geographical areas and as it penetrated through a variety of cultures, it found expression in multifaceted forms. Thus, the insistence that the church must exist in a single form is a denial not only of the richness of creation, but also of the complexities of the human response.”More quotes…