This book considers basics of Christian faith about the church, conveyed through the perspectives of the Reformed tradition, particularly in its Presbyterian expression from Donald McKim's own context in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The six chapters deal with ecclesiology: understandings...
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This book considers basics of Christian faith about the church, conveyed through the perspectives of the Reformed tradition, particularly in its Presbyterian expression from Donald McKim's own context in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The six chapters deal with ecclesiology: understandings of the church. The book begins by considering the call to follow Jesus in the church, the beginning of the Christian journey. The Reformation slogan "the Church Reformed and Always Being Reformed according to the Word of God" orients us to the nature of the church and God's ongoing work of Word and Spirit within the community of faith. Three of the chapters discuss phrases from the Apostles' Creed. These are "I believe in the Holy Spirit," "the holy catholic church," and "the communion of saints." The final chapter, called "Imagine the Church!" provides theological resources for helping us recognize and experience the God of superabundance who is at work in the world, in the church, and in our own lives (Eph 3:20). Together these essays provide theological understandings of the church while also exploring the meanings and implications of the church for Christian life and experience today.
Dr. Donald K. McKim (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) is executive editor for theology and reference at Westminster John Knox Press. He is the author and editor of a number of books including the Encyclopaedia of the Reformed Faith; The Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters; The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin; Calvin and the Bible; Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters and The Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms, and most recently Ever a Vision: A Brief History of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1959–2009
Dr McKim is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and has served as Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary, and as Professor of Theology at Dubuque Theological Seminary
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