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The Church (#06 in Christian Foundations Series)

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In The Church , Donald G. Bloesch explores with clarity and balance, the contours of ecclesiology. He forthrightly takes up the most controversial of issues ranging from matters of church authority, the sacraments and worship to the church's place in...


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In The Church, Donald G. Bloesch explores with clarity and balance, the contours of ecclesiology. He forthrightly takes up the most controversial of issues ranging from matters of church authority, the sacraments and worship to the church's place in the plan of salvation, the church and the kingdom of heaven, and church reunion.

Evangelical in spirit, ecumenical in breadth and biblical in depth, Bloesch's work presents a theology of the church that calls for reformation and renewal according to the Word and Spirit of God.
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In this volume, Donald Bloesch explores with charity and balance the contours of ecclesiology. He forthrightly takes up the most controversial of issues ranging from matters of church authority, the sacraments and worship, the church's place in the plan of salvation, the church and the kingdom of God, to the issue of church reunion. Evangelical in spirit, ecumenical in breadth and biblical in depth, Bloesch's theology of the church calls for reformation and renewal according to the Word and Spirit of God.
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Donald G Bloesch

Donald G. Bloesch (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He has done postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tubingen and Basel and has written numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Christian Foundations Series, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Theological Notebook Volume 3, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer and Freedom for Obedience. He is also a past president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Preface
  • <strong>1. Introduction</strong>
  • Differing Theological Perspectives
  • Need For A Theological Balance
  • <strong>2. Continuing Issues In Ecclesiology</strong>
  • Authority And Infallibility
  • Reinterpreting The Church's Mission
  • Quandary Over Worship
  • Marks And Signs
  • Christian Unity
  • <strong>3. The Church In The Plan Of Salvation</strong>
  • Roman Catholic Theology
  • Martin Luther
  • John Calvin
  • Emil Brunner
  • Karl Barth
  • Thomas F. Torrance
  • The Redemptive Community
  • The Church's Mandate
  • Mary: A Type Of The Church
  • <strong>4. The Church And The Kingdom</strong>
  • Two Sides Of The Church
  • The Kingdom In The Making
  • The Kingdom And World History
  • <strong>5. Authority In The Church</strong>
  • Papalism Versus Conciliarism
  • Biblicalism Versus Ecclesiasticism
  • Experientialism Versus Rationalism
  • The Church Militant And Triumphant
  • <strong>6. Marks Of The Church</strong>
  • The Catholic Consensus
  • Practical Marks
  • Marks Of The False Church
  • Word And Spirit
  • <strong>7. Worship In Spirit And Truth</strong>
  • Worship In Biblical Perspective
  • God Transcendent
  • Word And Image
  • The Crisis In Spirituality
  • True Spirituality
  • Appendix A: Contemporary Worship
  • Appendix B: An Evangelical Order Of Worship
  • Appendix C: A Reformed Worship Center
  • <strong>8. Rethinking Sacraments</strong>
  • Sacramental Understanding In Christian History
  • Holy Baptism
  • Holy Communion
  • Confession
  • Word And Sacrament
  • Appendix D: An Ecumenical Consensus?
  • <strong>9. The Demise Of Biblical Preaching</strong>
  • A Legacy In Peril
  • Aberrations After The Reformation
  • Toward The Recovery Of Biblical Preaching
  • Postscript
  • <strong>10. A Socio-theological Typology</strong>
  • A Typology Of Religious Association
  • A Theological Interpretation
  • Learning From The Sects
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix E: Further Thoughts On Sects And Cults
  • <strong>11. The Diversity Of Ministries</strong>
  • Protestant Religious Orders
  • Women In Ministry
  • Marriage And Celibacy
  • <strong>12. The Gospel In A Syncretistic Age</strong>
  • Troeltsch's Theology Of Religious History
  • Moltmann's Global Theology
  • The Church's Apostolic Mission
  • <strong>13. Toward The Reunion Of The Churches</strong>
  • The Trauma Of The Reformation
  • The Retreat From Ecumenicity
  • Evangelical-catholic Unity
  • The Ecumenical Imperative
  • <strong>14. A Confessing Church</strong>
  • The Meaning Of A Confessing Church
  • Types Of Confession
  • Hallmarks Of A True Confession
  • A Confessing Church Versus A Cultural Church
  • The Work Of A Confession
  • Appendix F: The Voice Of Orthodoxy
  • Appendix G: The Meaning Of The Gospel
  • Appendix 1. The Cambridge Declaration
  • Appendix 2. The Gospel Of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration
  • Notes
  • Index Of Names
  • Index Of Subjects
  • Index Of Scripture

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