Evangelism After Christendom
Most people think of evangelism as something an individual does--one person talking to one or more other people about the gospel. Bryan Stone, however, argues that evangelism is the duty and call of the entire church as a body of...
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Most people think of evangelism as something an individual does--one person talking to one or more other people about the gospel. Bryan Stone, however, argues that evangelism is the duty and call of the entire church as a body of witness. Evangelism after Christendom explores what it means to understand and put to work evangelism as a rich practice of the church, grounding evangelism in the stories of Israel, Jesus, and the Apostles. This thorough treatment is marked by an astute sensitivity to the ways in which Christian evangelism has in the past been practiced violently, intentionally or unintentionally. Pointing to exemplars both Protestant and Catholic, Stone shows pastors, professors, and students how evangelism can work nonviolently.
Contents Part 1 The Practice Of Evangelism Part 2 The Story Of The People Of God Part 3 Rival Narratives Subverted Evangelism Part 4 The Evangelizing Community Part 5 Evangelism As A Virtuous Practice
"Bryan Stone has provided a significant contribution to the important, ongoing discussion of what evangelism is and how it is best practiced. Evangelism after Christendom takes seriously Christ's call to bear witness in the North American context in the twenty-first century. He is attentive to issues of ecclesiology, history, and politics, and he carefully considers conflicting theological interpretations of evangelism. This is a challenging and important book for all those who seek to study how the church can embody a truly Christian evangelistic practice."--Scott J. Jones, Bishop, United Methodist Church"Not often, but every now and then, a book comes along that not only draws together the literature of the last thirty years but also pushes the conversation forward for decades to come. Bryan Stone has written such a book. Everyone writing in the field of evangelism cannot go around, only through, this masterpiece."--Leonard Sweet, author of SoulTsunami "Bryan Stone's Evangelism after Christendom takes the study of evangelism to a new depth. This book brings hope to those perplexed by the popularity of evangelism techniques that seemingly contradict the faithful witness of the church. Evangelism after Christendom, theologically framed and biblically grounded, is essential reading for those seeking an in-depth treatment of evangelism as constitutive Christian practice."--Laceye Warner, Duke Divinity School"This book is thoroughly believable. It brings evangelism into the twenty-first century with the wit of a scholar and the force of the church as its champions."--Robert G. Tuttle, author of The Story of Evangelism: A History of the Witness to the Gospel
Bryan P. Stone is E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts and co-founder and Director of the Center for Practical Theology. He is the author of several books, including "Compassionate Ministry: Theological Foundations", "Faith and Film: Theological Themes at the Cinema", and "Evangelism after Christendom: The Theology and Practice of Christian Witness".
- Introduction: Reclaiming The E-word <br>part 1: The "practice" Of Evangelism<br>1. Is Evangelism A Practice? <br>part 2: The Story Of The People Of God<br>2. Israel And The Calling Forth Of A People <br>3. The Evangelistic Significance Of Jesus 	<br>4. Apostolic Evangelism And The Genesis Of The Church <br>part 3: Rival Narratives, Subverted Evangelism<br>5. The Constantinian Story 	<br>6. The Story Of Modernity <br>part 4: The Evangelizing Community<br>7. Evangelism And <i>ecclesia </i> 	<br>8. Evangelism As A Practice Of The Holy Spirit 	<br>9. Context And Conversion <br>part 5: Evangelism As A Virtuous Practice<br>10. Martyrdom And Virtue 		conclusion: Evangelism Before A Watching World 		bibliography 		<br>index