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Paul S Idea Of Community

Author : Robert J. Banks
ISBN : 9781493421589
Genre : Religion
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This highly readable investigation of the early church explores the revolutionary nature, dynamics, and effects of the earliest Christian communities. It introduces readers to the cultural setting of the house churches of biblical times, examines the apostle Paul's vision of life in the Christian church, and explores how the New Testament model of community applies to Christian practice today. Updated and revised throughout, this 40th-anniversary edition incorporates recent research, updates the bibliography, and adds a new fictional narrative that depicts the life and times of the early church.
Category: Religion

Paul S Idea Of Community

Author : Robert Banks
ISBN : 0858920980
Genre : Bible
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It is in Paul that the most profound and clearly developed understanding of community is found. Indeed, what the apostle has to say about community is relevant to far more than just the way people get together in churches. In this timely study, the author examines and clarifies Paul's idea of community, placing it in its historical context (comparing Paul and the Stoic and Epicurean and Cynical philosophers, the Hellenistic mystery cults, and first-century Judaism), and drawing out its significance both sociologically and theologically. According to him, the essence of Paul idea of community is freedom. The freedom that Christ brings to a person means not only independence (from selfish desires and from the law) but also dependence (for the freedom is given by Christ, not earned) and interdependence (it must be lived out in the community). Of the several images Paul uses to describe the community, the author focuses on two: body (depicting the goal of development or growth) and family (dpeicting the goal of harmony). He goes on to discuss the various aspects of the community: the physical expressions of community: "spiritual gifts" and their role in the community; the role of women and racial minorities in the community; and the relationship of Paul himself and his apostolic endeavours to the community. [Back cover].
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The Theology Of Paul The Apostle

Author : James D. G. Dunn
ISBN : 0802844235
Genre : Religion
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Reenvisioning Theological Education

Author : Robert Banks
ISBN : 0802846203
Genre : Religion
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A top leadership theorist offers a compelling proposal for renovating the way religious education is practiced today. Christian colleges and seminaries have not been immune from the cultural influences shaping contemporary education. Challenging the conventional wisdom advanced by the educational debate during the last fifteen years, Robert Banks builds an innovative new model of theological education based on how ministry formation took place in biblical times. Banks takes full account of key issues raised by our current educational context and shows how a "missional model" of education is more holistic, inclusive, and practical than recent versions.
Category: Religion

All Of You Are One

Author : Bruce Hansen
ISBN : 9780567136046
Genre : Religion
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Hansen argues that unity formula employed in Gal 3.28, 1 Cor 12.13 and Col 3.11 offers equality between competing social groups.
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Paul The Convert

Author : Alan F. Segal
ISBN : 0300052278
Genre : Religion
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In this revisionist work, Segal maintains that Paul's life can be better understood by taking his Jewishness seriously, and that Jewish history can be greatly illuminated by examining Paul's writings". . . . a blockbuster of a book about Paul that blazes a new trail".--New Theology Review.
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Paul The Missionary

Author : Eckhard J. Schnabel
ISBN : 0830879005
Genre : Religion
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Drawing on his monumental scholarly study Early Christian Mission (Volume 2), Eckhard J. Schnabel's gives us an overview of Paul's missionary practices, strategies and methods, and then weighs contemporary evangelical missiology and practice in light of Paul.
Category: Religion

Corporate Decision Making In The Church Of The New Testament

Author : Jeff Brown
ISBN : 9781620321003
Genre : Religion
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Debate about church order has gone on for centuries within Christianity, and an end is nowhere in sight. Perhaps that is good, since the debate shows the weaknesses of many ideas that need correction. Corporate Decision-Making examines church order from a careful exegetical perspective, with particular attention to the social world of the New Testament. While most works about church government address structure and qualities of leadership, Brown deals with the interaction of the people of the church, both with their leaders and with one another, in setting policy. In brief, though all believers in the young church of the New Testament revered Christ and his Word as authoritative, not all church decisions were "top down" from earthly leaders. On the contrary, many were "from the bottom up." This should come as no surprise to those familiar with Jesus' admonition in the Gospels, "You have one teacher, and you are all brothers."
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And Man Created God

Author : Robert Banks
ISBN : 9780745955438
Genre : Religion
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A debate of perennial interest, addressing one of the oldest questions posed to religious believers--if God made everything, who made God? Most recently leveled by the New Atheists, the question of the likelihood that God is a human invention was first asked in ancient Greece and has preoccupied religious believers for centuries ever since. Here, renowned scholar Robert Banks explores the history of this objection--from its earliest vocalization in the ancient world to its most famous advocates, including Freud, Marx, and others--and offers compelling evidence that takes both sides of the argument into account. Ideal for those with a general interest in New Atheism or for those studying religion, this informative guide will offer readers the chance to sort out once and for all what--if any--elements of their idea of God are man-made.
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