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Exploring Ecclesiology

Brad HarperPaul Louis Metzger
Exploring Ecclesiology
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Exploring Ecclesiology

Brad HarperPaul Louis Metzger

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In this introduction to ecclesiology, respected scholars Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger offer a solidly evangelical yet ecumenical survey of the church in mission and doctrine. Combining biblical, historical, and cultural analysis, this comprehensive text explores the church as a Trinitarian, eschatological, worshiping, sacramental, serving, ordered, cultural, and missional community. It also offers practical application, addressing contemporary church life issues such as women in ministry, evangelism, social action, consumerism in church growth trends, ecumenism, and the church in postmodern culture. The book will appeal to all who are interested in church doctrine, particularly undergraduates and seminarians.

- Publisher "A marvelous volume on ecclesiology in the contemporary setting. I have not read a better introduction to ecclesiology and hope that it becomes a standard textbook in college and seminary classes as well as finding a wide readership outside of the academy. It is a splendid example of theology in service to the church."--John R. Franke, Biblical Seminary"This is an important new book. Evangelicals have often emphasized individual faith in Christ at the expense of the corporate character of the Christian community. This book shows why that dichotomy is false by pointing us toward a more holistic ecclesiology--the church biblical, trinitarian, sacramental, missional, and eschatological. This book needs to be read and heeded!"--Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; senior editor of Christianity Today"Harper and Metzger provide evangelical Protestants an ideal entre into what has been the long-neglected stepsister of systematic theology in North America. A must read for evangelicals who intuitively know that the church is not incidental or just instrumental to the Christian life."--Barry Harvey, Baylor University"Harper and Metzger have written an important evangelical and ecumenical introduction to ecclesiology. Being evangelicals themselves, they have managed to incorporate into their vision of the church important insights from both the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox theology and tradition. I believe that this is a book from which Orthodox students, theologians, and pastors have much to learn."--Rev. Dr. Demetrios Bathrellos, Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge"An evangelical ecclesiology that takes the counter-cultural notion of divine communio as its starting point merits reading. That this book also examines race, sacraments, and Christian art will really grab the attention of a serious and plentiful readership. Metzger and Harper deserve the highest praise for pushing the envelope."--Peter Casarella, DePaul University

- Publisher "This is a marvelous volume on ecclesiology in the contemporary setting. Harper and Metzger have produced a text that surveys the broad range of issues related to the church with freshness, theological depth, and genuine insight. Indeed, I have not read a better introduction to ecclesiology and hope that it becomes a standard textbook in college and seminary classes and finds a wide readership outside of the academy. It is a splendid example of theology in service to the church."--John R. Franke, Biblical Seminary"Harper and Metzger provide evangelical Protestants an ideal entree into what has been the long-neglected stepsister of systematic theology in North America. The authors root ecclesiology in the life and missions of the triune God, nourish it with scripture and the rich tradition of the church catholic, and glean abundant fruit by engaging the crucial issues of our time and place. A must read for evangelicals who intuitively know that the church is not incidental or just instrumental to the Christian life."--Barry Harvey, Baylor University"Harper and Metzger keep their promises with an ecclesiology at once deeply ecumenical and sharply evangelical. They offer a richly Trinitarian and eschatological orientation even as they ground the doctrine of the church in an American context. As a generation of younger evangelicals discover ecclesiology--no, discover the church--I am happy and grateful to be able to refer them to this book."--Matt Jenson, Biola University"Harper and Metzger have written an important evangelical and ecumenical introduction to ecclesiology. Being evangelicals themselves, they have managed to incorporate into their vision of the church important insights from both the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox theology and tradition. I found helpful many of the ways in which the authors used Trinitarian theology, worship, and eschatology in order to shape their ecclesiology. I believe that this is a book from which Orthodox students, theologians, and pastors have much to learn."--Rev. Dr. Demetrios Bathrellos, Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge"An evangelical ecclesiology that takes the counter-cultural notion of divine communio as its starting point merits reading. That this book also examines race, sacraments, and Christian art will really grab the attention of a serious and plentiful readership. Metzger and Harper deserve the highest praise for pushing the envelope--in the generous catholicity of their evangelical faith, in their sharp wisdom on US social and cultural ills, and as noteworthy Christian theologians."--Peter Casarella, DePaul University"Exploring Ecclesiology is true to its subtitle, being both vibrantly evangelical and admirably ecumenical; it is commendable for its depth, breadth, and erudition. Harper and Metzger''s sympathetic engagement with Catholic ecclesiology is challenging and reciprocal. I especially appreciate how the authors emphasize and explore the vital connection between ecclesiology and eschatology, something very beneficial to readers seeking to better appreciate how living the Faith in community today relates to the hope of entering fully into Trinitarian communion in the life to come."--Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight"For people who have wondered whether evangelicalism has a sufficient ecclesiology, this book will be a welcome addition to the conversation. The authors are not afraid to open up wider angles of reflection for evangelicals who are ready to develop a renewed, hearty ecclesiology. They offer a series of soundings toward an ecclesiology that can be both evangelical and ecumenical, both robust and contemporary. The book is especially important for the way it engages ecclesiology in a dialogue between the church''s gospel-shaped identity and the cultural circumstances in which it lives its witness to the gospel."--George R. Hunsberger, Western Theological Seminary"In the 21st century, the institution of the church has become an easy target for criti

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In this introduction to ecclesiology, respected scholars Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger offer a solidly evangelical yet ecumenical survey of the church in mission and doctrine. Combining biblical, historical, and cultural analysis, this comprehensive text explores the church as a Trinitarian, eschatological, worshiping, sacramental, serving, ordered, cultural, and missional community. It also offers practical application, addressing contemporary church life issues such as women in ministry, evangelism, social action, consumerism in church growth trends, ecumenism, and the church in postmodern culture. The book will appeal to all who are interested in church doctrine, particularly undergraduates and seminarians.
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"A marvelous volume on ecclesiology in the contemporary setting. I have not read a better introduction to ecclesiology and hope that it becomes a standard textbook in college and seminary classes as well as finding a wide readership outside of the academy. It is a splendid example of theology in service to the church."--John R. Franke, Biblical Seminary"This is an important new book. Evangelicals have often emphasized individual faith in Christ at the expense of the corporate character of the Christian community. This book shows why that dichotomy is false by pointing us toward a more holistic ecclesiology--the church biblical, trinitarian, sacramental, missional, and eschatological. This book needs to be read and heeded!"--Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; senior editor of Christianity Today"Harper and Metzger provide evangelical Protestants an ideal entre into what has been the long-neglected stepsister of systematic theology in North America. A must read for evangelicals who intuitively know that the church is not incidental or just instrumental to the Christian life."--Barry Harvey, Baylor University"Harper and Metzger have written an important evangelical and ecumenical introduction to ecclesiology. Being evangelicals themselves, they have managed to incorporate into their vision of the church important insights from both the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox theology and tradition. I believe that this is a book from which Orthodox students, theologians, and pastors have much to learn."--Rev. Dr. Demetrios Bathrellos, Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge"An evangelical ecclesiology that takes the counter-cultural notion of divine communio as its starting point merits reading. That this book also examines race, sacraments, and Christian art will really grab the attention of a serious and plentiful readership. Metzger and Harper deserve the highest praise for pushing the envelope."--Peter Casarella, DePaul University
- Publisher

"This is a marvelous volume on ecclesiology in the contemporary setting. Harper and Metzger have produced a text that surveys the broad range of issues related to the church with freshness, theological depth, and genuine insight. Indeed, I have not read a better introduction to ecclesiology and hope that it becomes a standard textbook in college and seminary classes and finds a wide readership outside of the academy. It is a splendid example of theology in service to the church."--John R. Franke, Biblical Seminary"Harper and Metzger provide evangelical Protestants an ideal entree into what has been the long-neglected stepsister of systematic theology in North America. The authors root ecclesiology in the life and missions of the triune God, nourish it with scripture and the rich tradition of the church catholic, and glean abundant fruit by engaging the crucial issues of our time and place. A must read for evangelicals who intuitively know that the church is not incidental or just instrumental to the Christian life."--Barry Harvey, Baylor University"Harper and Metzger keep their promises with an ecclesiology at once deeply ecumenical and sharply evangelical. They offer a richly Trinitarian and eschatological orientation even as they ground the doctrine of the church in an American context. As a generation of younger evangelicals discover ecclesiology--no, discover the church--I am happy and grateful to be able to refer them to this book."--Matt Jenson, Biola University"Harper and Metzger have written an important evangelical and ecumenical introduction to ecclesiology. Being evangelicals themselves, they have managed to incorporate into their vision of the church important insights from both the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox theology and tradition. I found helpful many of the ways in which the authors used Trinitarian theology, worship, and eschatology in order to shape their ecclesiology. I believe that this is a book from which Orthodox students, theologians, and pastors have much to learn."--Rev. Dr. Demetrios Bathrellos, Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge"An evangelical ecclesiology that takes the counter-cultural notion of divine communio as its starting point merits reading. That this book also examines race, sacraments, and Christian art will really grab the attention of a serious and plentiful readership. Metzger and Harper deserve the highest praise for pushing the envelope--in the generous catholicity of their evangelical faith, in their sharp wisdom on US social and cultural ills, and as noteworthy Christian theologians."--Peter Casarella, DePaul University"Exploring Ecclesiology is true to its subtitle, being both vibrantly evangelical and admirably ecumenical; it is commendable for its depth, breadth, and erudition. Harper and Metzger''s sympathetic engagement with Catholic ecclesiology is challenging and reciprocal. I especially appreciate how the authors emphasize and explore the vital connection between ecclesiology and eschatology, something very beneficial to readers seeking to better appreciate how living the Faith in community today relates to the hope of entering fully into Trinitarian communion in the life to come."--Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight"For people who have wondered whether evangelicalism has a sufficient ecclesiology, this book will be a welcome addition to the conversation. The authors are not afraid to open up wider angles of reflection for evangelicals who are ready to develop a renewed, hearty ecclesiology. They offer a series of soundings toward an ecclesiology that can be both evangelical and ecumenical, both robust and contemporary. The book is especially important for the way it engages ecclesiology in a dialogue between the church''s gospel-shaped identity and the cultural circumstances in which it lives its witness to the gospel."--George R. Hunsberger, Western Theological Seminary"In the 21st century, the institution of the church has become an easy target for criti
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Meet the Authors

Brad Harper

Brad Harper (PhD, St. Louis University) is professor of theology at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. He is the book review editor for Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture and has worked as a pastor and church planter. He recently co-authored Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction with Paul Louis Metzger

Paul Louis Metzger

Paul Louis Metzger (Ph.D., King's College, London) is professor of Christian theology and theology of culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary and director of its Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins. He is the editor of the journal Cultural Encounters

He is the author of the award-winning book Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church;The Word of Christ and the World of Culture: Sacred and Secular Through the Theology of Karl Barth; Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction with Brad Harper, and The Gospel of John (Resonate Series; Intervarsity Press, 2010)
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
    1. The Church As A Trinitarian Community: The being-driven Church
    2. The Trinitarian Church Confronts American Individualism
    3. The Church As An Eschatological Community
    4. Eschatology, The Church, And Ecology
    5. The Church As A Worshipping Community
    6. The Worshipping Church Engages Culture
    7. The Church As A Sacramental Community
    8. Sacraments And The Search For The Holy Grail
    9. The Church As A Serving Community
    10. Church Discipline--the Lost Element Of Service
    11. The Church As An Ordered Community
    12. The Role Of Women In The Ordered Community
    13. The Church As A Cultural Community: Christ, Culture, And The Sermon On The Mount Community
    14. Getting Past The Ghettoizing Of The Gospel In Today's Culture
    15. The Church As A Missional Community: The Being-driven Church
    16. From Building Programs To Building God's Missional Kingdom
    a Postmodern Postscript
    recommended Readings
    appendix: Types Of Ecclesiology

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  • Catalogue Code 281842
  • Product Code 9781587431739
  • ISBN 1587431734
  • EAN 9781587431739
  • Pages 352
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Brazos Press
  • Publication Date Mar 2009
  • Sales Rank #78107
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 111 mm
  • Weight 0.560kg

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