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Reframing Paul

Mark Strom

Reframing Paul

Mark Strom

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The Greco-Roman world was shaped by ideals and abstract ideas that continue to shape evangelical thought. This intriguing and challenging book "shows that too much that goes on among conservative Christians reflects the attitudes and practices of the culture of Paul's day rather than of Paul himself." - Robert Banks, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute. "Mark Strom brings Paul's writings back in touch with life as he intended." - Tremper Longman III. From IVP.

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About "Reframing Paul"

The Greco-Roman world was shaped by ideals and abstract ideas that continue to shape evangelical thought. This intriguing and challenging book "shows that too much that goes on among conservative Christians reflects the attitudes and practices of the culture of Paul's day rather than of Paul himself." - Robert Banks, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute. "Mark Strom brings Paul's writings back in touch with life as he intended." - Tremper Longman III. From IVP.
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Introduction1. Reframing Our Conversation with PaulPart 1: Primary Reality & Everyday Reality: Ancient Frames for a Split World2. From Homer to Plato-- The Shape of Primary Reality in Early Greek Literature-- The Emerging Intellectual Consensus on Primary Reality-- Plate Sets the Pattern for Primary Reality3. From Aristotle to Seneca-- Aristotle on Abstractions as the Key to Primary Reality-- Hellenistic Philosophy and the Framing of Primary Reality as Moral Idealism-- Platonist Revivals of Transcendent Reality4. The Inadequacy of Ideals-- The Inadequacy of Primary Reality-- Fate, Fortune and Everyday Uncertainties-- The Everyday Manipulation of Primary Reality5. Rank, Status & Convention-- Ideas and Social Conformity-- Social Order and Convention-- A Tale of Two RealitiesPart 2: Paul on Jesus Christ: Frames for Telling the Story6. Social Frames-- Framing the Story of Jesus Christ-- Respect and Frustration Toward Jerusalem and the Law-- Reconciliation of Jew and Gentile-- Radical Social Relationships Within the Ecclesia7. Historical Frames-- In the Fullness of Time-- Adam, Christ and the Shape of History-- In Christ8. Personal Frames-- The Antithesis of Flesh and Spirit-- Dying and Rising with Christ-- Perspectives on PaulPart 3: Meeting of Two Worlds9. Paul & Philosophy-- The Rationalist-Irrationalist Tension Within Greek Philosophy-- Paul and the Renewal of the Mind in Christ10. Paul & Theology-- Theology and the Constraint of God-- Paul on the Areopagus at Athens-- Paul and the Free Mercy of God in Christ11. Paul & Religion-- Awe and Intimacy-- Paul, Local Religion and the Imperial Cult-- Paul and the Presence of God in the Ecclesia-- The End of Religion in the Ecclesia12. Paul & Morality-- Moral Philosophy and the Pathway to Progress and Perfection-- Honor, Obligation and Virtue-- Paul and the Transformation of the Person in Christ-- Meeting of the Three WorldsPart 4: Frames for Grace & Conversation13. Dying to Rise-- The Experience of Knowing Christ-- The Experience of Strength in Weakness-- The Experience of Social Humiliation-- The Freedom of Slavery to All-- The Shape of Dying to Rise14. Frames for New Community-- Ancient Assemblies and New Communities-- Graeco-Roman Desires for Community and the Shape of the Ecclesia-- The Centrality of the Meal and Conversation-- The Reframing of Human Relations-- The Reframing of Leadership15. The Rhythm of Conversation-- Coherence in Improvisation and Conversation-- Improvising and Conversing from the Old Testament-- Improvising and Conversing Within Graeco-Roman Culture-- Galatians: The Freedom of the Spirit Versus the Tyranny of Law-- 1 Corinthians: The Priority of Love over Prestige-- The Cutting Edge of ConversationPart 5: Now & Then: Reframing Grace-full Conversation16. Living in the System-- The System Is What the System Does-- The Priority of Preaching in the System-- The Absoluteness of Theology and Preaching-- Preaching as Therapy of the Soul-- Idealism and Authority in the System-- Professionalism in the System-- Maintaining System Boundaries: The Biblical-Unbiblical Game17. When Meaning Breaks Down-- The Burden of Being Right-- The Power of Ideals and Rectitude-- Seeds of Disaffection-- Piety, Idealism and Rectitude-- When Meaning Breaks Down-- An Invitation to Conversation at the Crossroads18. Frames for Grace-full Conversation-- Journey into Conversation-- Finding a Rhythm for Grace-full Conversation-- The Group with No Name-- When the World Fell ApartSelect BibliographyIndexesAbout the Author
- Publisher

This book unveils Paul in his original context and invites us to engage him in new terms. Courageously it draws Paul into vital conversation with contemporary evangelicalism. This is a book for those who wonder why people leave churches for alternative spiritual paths--and who may even be tempted to do so themselves. More than anything, it's for those who wonder what's gone wrong and want to learn from Paul how the church can be an attractive community of transfroming grace and conversation.
- Publisher

The Greco-Roman world was shaped by ideals and abstract ideas. The Apostle Paul left them behind. But they continue to shape evangelical teaching and practice.This picture contradicts the common impression of Paul as an abstract theologian, someone who wrestled with deep theological doctrine while hovering six feet above everyday reality. But in fact, it was the philosopher's of Paul's day--and even some of Paul's Christian opponents--who traded heavily in abstractions, one-way rhetoric and top-down hierarchies while depreciating the currency of common experience. By contrast, Paul the tentmaker was a conversationalist of God's good news, a storyteller of Jesus Christ, an apostle who walked the avenues and back alleys of everyday reality. His passion was for communities of grace and conversation where the new reality of Christ was explored and embodied within the daily messiness of life.Reframing Paulunveils this Paul in his original context and invites us to engage him on new terms. Courageously author Mark Strom draws Paul into vital conversation with contemporary evangelicalism. His book is for those who wonder why people leave churches for alternative spiritual paths--and who may even be tempted to do so themselves. More than anything, his book is for those who wonder what's gone wrong and who want to learn how the church can be an attractive community of transforming grace and conversation.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Mark Strom

Mark Strom is currently the CEO of Second Road, a unique strategy and innovation firm based in Sydney, Australia. He was previously President of Laidlaw College in Auckland, New Zealand - the largest Bible college in Australasia. Mark's Ph.D. explored the intellectual and social background of the apostle Paul and his place as a major innovator in Western thought, and this deep study has been the basis of his groundbreaking book Reframing Paul. Mark is an engaging speaker and teacher, dedicated to bringing insights from the humanities to the world of business strategy and leadership.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Reframing Our Conversation With Paul
  • part 1: Primary Reality & Everyday Reality: Ancient Frames For A Split World
  • 2. From Homer To Plato
  • The Shape Of Primary Reality In Early Greek Literature
  • The Emerging Intellectual Consensus On Primary Reality
  • Plate Sets The Pattern For Primary Reality
  • 3. From Aristotle To Seneca
  • Aristotle On Abstractions As The Key To Primary Reality
  • Hellenistic Philosophy And The Framing Of Primary Reality As Moral Idealism
  • Platonist Revivals Of Transcendent Reality
  • 4. The Inadequacy Of Ideals
  • The Inadequacy Of Primary Reality
  • Fate, Fortune And Everyday Uncertainties
  • The Everyday Manipulation Of Primary Reality
  • 5. Rank, Status & Convention
  • Ideas And Social Conformity
  • Social Order And Convention
  • A Tale Of Two Realities
  • part 2: Paul On Jesus Christ: Frames For Telling The Story
  • 6. Social Frames
  • Framing The Story Of Jesus Christ
  • Respect And Frustration Toward Jerusalem And The Law
  • Reconciliation Of Jew And Gentile
  • Radical Social Relationships Within The ecclesia
  • 7. Historical Frames
  • In The Fullness Of Time
  • Adam, Christ And The Shape Of History
  • In Christ
  • 8. Personal Frames
  • The Antithesis Of Flesh And Spirit
  • Dying And Rising With Christ
  • Perspectives On Paul
  • part 3: Meeting Of Two Worlds
  • 9. Paul & Philosophy
  • The Rationalist-irrationalist Tension Within Greek Philosophy
  • Paul And The Renewal Of The Mind In Christ
  • 10. Paul & Theology
  • Theology And The Constraint Of God
  • Paul On The Areopagus At Athens
  • Paul And The Free Mercy Of God In Christ
  • 11. Paul & Religion
  • Awe And Intimacy
  • Paul, Local Religion And The Imperial Cult
  • Paul And The Presence Of God In The ecclesia
  • The End Of Religion In The ecclesia
  • 12. Paul & Morality
  • Moral Philosophy And The Pathway To Progress And Perfection
  • Honor, Obligation And Virtue
  • Paul And The Transformation Of The Person In Christ
  • Meeting Of The Three Worlds
  • part 4: Frames For Grace & Conversation
  • 13. Dying To Rise
  • The Experience Of Knowing Christ
  • The Experience Of Strength In Weakness
  • The Experience Of Social Humiliation
  • The Freedom Of Slavery To All
  • The Shape Of Dying To Rise
  • 14. Frames For New Community
  • Ancient Assemblies And New Communities
  • Graeco-roman Desires For Community And The Shape Of The ecclesia
  • The Centrality Of The Meal And Conversation
  • The Reframing Of Human Relations
  • The Reframing Of Leadership
  • 15. The Rhythm Of Conversation
  • Coherence In Improvisation And Conversation
  • Improvising And Conversing From The Old Testament
  • Improvising And Conversing Within Graeco-roman Culture
  • Galatians: The Freedom Of The Spirit Versus The Tyranny Of Law
  • 1 Corinthians: The Priority Of Love Over Prestige
  • The Cutting Edge Of Conversation
  • part 5: Now & Then: Reframing Grace-full Conversation
  • 16. Living In The System
  • The System Is What The System Does
  • The Priority Of Preaching In The System
  • The Absoluteness Of Theology And Preaching
  • Preaching As Therapy Of The Soul
  • Idealism And Authority In The System
  • Professionalism In The System
  • Maintaining System Boundaries: The Biblical-unbiblical Game
  • 17. When Meaning Breaks Down
  • The Burden Of Being Right
  • The Power Of Ideals And Rectitude
  • Seeds Of Disaffection
  • Piety, Idealism And Rectitude
  • When Meaning Breaks Down
  • An Invitation To Conversation At The Crossroads
  • 18. Frames For Grace-full Conversation
  • Journey Into Conversation
  • Finding A Rhythm For Grace-full Conversation
  • The Group With No Name
  • When The World Fell Apart
  • Select Bibliography
  • Indexes
  • About The Author

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A most terrifying and helpful book
5 stars By Adriaan, Sep 17 2007
When I first read this book 7 years ago, I reacted very strongly against it. It was obvious that Mark Strom was just an angry man with things to get off his chest.

I came back to it some 6 years later. And I have encountered it as a very different book. I have also had the pleasure of some dialogue with Mark and with his other material, and that has helped to 'flesh out' the picture.

As a 'professional Christian' (in other words, an ordained minister) this book has been very confronting for me. The arguments are solid, and well-supported. I fear the middle section of the book may lose some readers, and you may want to read the first few chapters and the last few chapters before coming back to the middle. I think the middle philosophical-theological section is important, so don't ignore it - just work with it as best suits your personality and learning.

Bottom line: this book has changed my life. It means that I have now asked those questions I was too afraid to ask before, and am now making radical changes to the shape of life and ministry. It's driven me deeper into scripture and into a biblical-theological understanding of grace that actually makes sense of life and the gospel. This book is the box of dynamite AND the matches!
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Critical analysis on what church really was, is and should be
5 stars By Mal Green, May 02 2007
Every few years, a book comes along that radically and permanently shapes my life.  Most times, I read such a book and continually mutter, "That's what I always thought but could never express."   This is one of those books.

  It is not for the fainthearted.  The first and last sections of the book, talking about church as it was in Paul's day and as it is today and as it could be, are challenging and disturbing (in a good way) and mostly accessible to anyone who has read something about Church history and life.  The middle section, on Judeo-Graeco-Roman philosophy and sociology, is somewhat more demanding.  Strom seeks to delve deeply into stuff I was glad to leave behind years ago when I studied classics in Uni.  But, his exploration is important if we are to understand how we got to where we are today with church and why we shouldn't be here and where we could be if we re-read Paul with a different mindset.

  This book should be read by anyone involved in any way with leadership in the Christian environment.

  The challenge now is to take the organic approach to church that Strom reveals in Paul and work out how to apply it in real life.  I am finding that it gives God room to work in ways that our existing mechanistic expressions of Christianity have managed, structured and programmed out of church as we know it.
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  • Catalogue Code 146245
  • Product Code 0830815708
  • EAN 9780830815708
  • Pages 256
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Paul
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Nov 2000
  • Sales Rank #27771
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 20 mm
  • Weight 0.357kg

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