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Transforming Conversion

Gordon T Smith

Transforming Conversion

Gordon T Smith

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This volume offers much-needed theological reflection on the phenomenon of conversion and transformation. Gordon Smith provides a robust evaluation that covers the broad range of thinking about conversion across Christian traditions and addresses global contexts. Smith contends that both in the church and in discussions about contemporary mission, the language of conversion inherited from revivalism is inadequate in helping to navigate the questions that shape how we do church, how we approach faith formation, how evangelism is integrated into congregational life, and how we witness to the faith in non-Christian environments. We must rethink the nature of the church in light of how people actually come to faith in Christ. After drawing on ancient and pre-revivalist wisdom on conversion, Smith delineates the contours of conversion and Christian initiation for today's church. He concludes by discussing the art of spiritual autobiography and what it means to be a congregation.

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About "Transforming Conversion"

This volume offers much-needed theological reflection on the phenomenon of conversion and transformation. Gordon Smith provides a robust evaluation that covers the broad range of thinking about conversion across Christian traditions and addresses global contexts. Smith contends that both in the church and in discussions about contemporary mission, the language of conversion inherited from revivalism is inadequate in helping to navigate the questions that shape how we do church, how we approach faith formation, how evangelism is integrated into congregational life, and how we witness to the faith in non-Christian environments. We must rethink the nature of the church in light of how people actually come to faith in Christ. After drawing on ancient and pre-revivalist wisdom on conversion, Smith delineates the contours of conversion and Christian initiation for today's church. He concludes by discussing the art of spiritual autobiography and what it means to be a congregation.
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Meet the Author

Gordon T Smith

Gordon T. Smith (Ph.D., Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University) grew up in Ecuador and is president of reSource (formerly Overseas Council Canada), which works with other reSource affiliates to support and enable excellence in theological education in the developing world. Formerly academic dean and associate professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.

He is author of a number of works in theology and the spiritual life including A Holy Meal; Beginning Well: Christian Conversion & Authentic Transformation; Courage and Calling; Listening to God in Times of Choice and The Voice of Jesus.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
    1. The Language Of Conversion: Revivalism And The Evangelical Experience
    2. Conversion And The Redemptive Purposes Of God
    3. Chapters In The History Of An Idea: Part 1
    4. Chapters In The History Of An Idea: Part 2
    5. Conversion And Spiritual Maturity: Avoiding The Worst Tragedy In Life
    6. The Contours Of A Christian Conversion
    7. The Penitential Dimension Of Conversion
    8. The Sacramental Dimension Of Conversion
    9. Spiritual Autobiography And Conversion Narrative
    10. What Then Does It Mean To Be A Congregation?
    index

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 302481
  • Product Code 9780801032479
  • ISBN 0801032474
  • EAN 9780801032479
  • Pages 218
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category Evangelism
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Aug 2010
  • Sales Rank #55100
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 14 mm
  • Weight 0.349kg

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