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Is The Institutional Church Really The Church

Author: Dave Kahle
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
ISBN: 9781631226946
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Over the last twenty years, the institutional church has spent $530 billion, but the percentage of Christians in the country has not increased one percentage point. Additionally, in the last two generations: - We have seen the culture go from Christian to anti-Christian. - We have turned off and lost half of our children. - We have inoculated 80 percent of the population from ever accepting Christ. - We have fostered almost incomprehensible division. Can this really be the church for which Christ died? Isn't it time we ask some questions? Join Dave Kahle as he asks and answers a number of questions that will shake your beliefs and provide a new perspective about the church. Your views of the church will never be the same.

Catholic Church Milestones

Author: William Frank Smith
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 1608448215
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Catholic Church Milestones is a concise, easy to read introduction to the people and events that have shaped the Institutional Catholic Church from its beginning to the present day. Counting over one billion members worldwide, the Catholic Church is the world's largest Christian denomination and over the course of the last two thousand years has played a significant role on the world stage. Milestones presents the reader with both the good and not-so-good people and events in the church's history. Included are brief summaries of all twenty-one ecumenical councils; the highlights of several of the most notable papacies; introductions to several of the spiritual mystics who have enriched the church; and, descriptions of some of the world events that played a role in moving the church to where it is today. This is an ideal book for shared group discussion, as well as for personal reading and reference. Milestones starts with a basic understanding that Jesus did not found a "church," rather his apostles and followers began small communities of believers after Jesus' Resurrection. In each of eight discrete time periods, the principle people and events are listed and discussed. Starting with the early local communities founded by the apostles, the first time period encompasses the early persecutions faced by the followers of Jesus and the transition of this new Way from a sect of the Jewish faith into a completely separate, mostly gentile religion. By the fourth century we see the dramatic change as this new belief system becomes the official religion of the Roman Empire, followed by the even more dramatic changes as the Roman Empire splits and then falters, leaving the Pope in Rome as a major player in the political life of the western part of the former Empire throughout the middle ages. At the beginning of the eleventh century the first major split occurs in the Catholic Church, as most of the Eastern Churches reject the leadership of the Pope and form a new "Orthodox" union that exists to this day; followed some five hundred years later by a major split in the West, as Martin Luther and other reformers call for changes in the church, which Rome soundly rejected. Instead the Catholic Church turned inward and put up further walls of separation in its counter-reformation attitudes it would staunchly hold for the next four hundred years, even as the world changed with: the industrial revolution; scientific breakthroughs; communism; and, then two world wars during the first half of the twentieth century. Finally we look at the changing face of the church following the Second Vatican Council."

Death Of The Church

Author: Mike Regele
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310200067
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This is a research-based analysis of forces that are changing culture and how the church must change as well to fulfill its mission.

Where The Rubber Hits The Road In This Game They Call Life

Author: Steve Wordsmith
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1483634957
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Don't give up till you reach the end, or you will miss the message. Introduction My poems are inspired by life's experience, the good times and the not so good times. Recapping significant bits of life and events that have absolutely no significance at all. Sometimes one of my poems will introduce a life changing truth next will lead you down the garden path to some humorous event that's really out for a laugh. I suppose it's not really fair to play with the dynamics of people's emotions but life's not always fair. Anyway if your reading my book and it has touched you enough to move your mind away from reality for a short time it has achieved the desired result. And also paid a small amount to help feed my family. This will also give me the opportunity to write another verse that just may be the poem that touches the hearts of the people that needs a slight encouragement at that particular moment so don't get up off the lounge or out of that comfy chair.


Author: John L. McKenzie
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1606082744
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While it is true that today's civilization presents all sorts of questions about which the Bible had nothing to say directly, in many instances there are passages which, when properly understood, can lead us toward the right answer for modern Christians. And in many instances the Bible addresses itself explicitly to moral and spiritual concerns that are just as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago. But discerning the true intent of the scriptures is not as simple as many people have tried to make it. There are seeming (and sometimes actual) contradictions to be reconciled, there is the cloud of historical context to be clarified, the inaccuracies of translators, the findings of modern biblical criticism, research and archaeological discoveries to be considered. Expert guidance is indeed required. Father McKenzie tackles death, marriage, divorce, suffering, sexual morality, life after death, violence, love of neighbor, faith, the institutional church, prejudice and bigotry, prayer and personal holiness, the role of women in the church, priesthood and varieties of ministry, sin and radical evil. Chapters on these subjects are thought provoking, and readers will appreciate their journey through the scriptures with McKenzie as their perfect guide.


Author: Sean Tucker
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0620484772
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My name is Sean Tucker. For much of my life I wanted to be a Pastor in a local church, that is until I actually got my wish. By then I realized it wasn’t what I was meant to do, I was meant to be a Prophet. I’m always reluctant to use the word ‘Prophet’ because people always think of some strange guy, attempting to predict the future, or manipulating lots of money out of lonely midweek, TV viewers, but that’s not what these guy were, or are, at all. In the Old Testament they were these cantankerous, odd balls who would walk into the courts of the kings and the priests of their day, and point out where they were off track from their God-given mission. Hosea reminded the leaders about fidelity. Amos griped about how the poor and oppressed were being ignored in society. Malachi had a rant about the anemic sacrifices being offered. Jonah‘s very life was an object lesson in not reducing God’s great mission to one elite people group. And these are just a few. In fact, Jesus Himself looks a lot more like these guys than the religious leaders of His day. He holds nothing back in criticizing the institution for where they are off track. Throughout church history there have been a constant stream of prophetic voices. From St Francis of Assissi, to Luther, to Bono they call the institution of the church back to it’s purpose, and we need these voices because apparently we’re easily distracted. Richard Rohr (one of our contemporary prophetic voices) says that, “the Church has always needed a 2 party system to keep it honest”. This has been the tension between the priests and the prophets; between the institutional leaders charged with maintaining the status quo, and the loyal dissidents who challenge us to be better. It’s like the two reins in His hands which provide the necessary lateral tension to keep us on the right track. In this vein I am offering my voice to the mix of the thousands of prophets through the ages calling the Church back to the good stuff, and away from the distractions. It’s hardly a popular calling, but then I suppose if history teaches us anything, I have to be willing to lose some friends and be dropped down some wells if I follow this path. That said, I really have no choice but to continue because this stuff ‘burns in my bones’, and I think being better at what we do is so much more important than our own comfort. So this is the story of how I Unlearned my Western Christianity, and became a prophetic voice to the Western Church.

Child Sexual Abuse And The Catholic Church

Author: Marie Keenan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199328994
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A meticulously researched inside look at child sexual abuse by clergy, this exhaustive, hard-hitting analysis weaves together interviews with abusive priests and church historical and administrative details to propose a new way of thinking about clerical sexual offenders. Linking the personal and the institutional, researcher and therapist Marie Keenan locates the problem of child sexual abuse not exclusively in individual pathology, but also within larger systemic factors, such as the very institution of priesthood itself, the Catholic take on sexuality, clerical culture, power relations, governance structures of the Catholic Church, the process of formation for priesthood and religious life, and the complex manner in which these factors coalesce to create serious institutional risks for boundary violations, including child sexual abuse. Keenan draws on the priests' own words not to excuse their horrific crimes, but to offer the first in-depth account of a tragic, multi-faceted phenomenon. What emerges is a troubling portrait of a Church in crisis and a series of recommendations that call for nothing less than a new ecclesiology and a new, more critical theology. Only through radical institutional reform, Keenan argues, can a more representative and accountable Church emerge. Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church is a unique reference for scholars of the Church and therapists who work with both victims and offenders, as well as a forward-thinking blueprint for reform.

The Conversion Of The Church

Author: Samuel M. Shoemaker
Publisher: carl (tuchy) palmieri
ISBN: 9781439220405
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A down to earth yet powerful expression of the true meaning of Fellowship. working with people on the basis of absolute love and honesty

Yet With A Steady Beat

Author: Lee June, PhD
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 9781575673820
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"A faith in the God of the Bible and an association with the institutional church have had a positive influence on the African American community, and were key in the survival of the slave experience in America," says psychologist and professor Dr. Lee June. This book traces the history of Christianity among African Americans and the development of the "Black Church"-those denominations created by, created for, and stewarded by African Americans. He examines the role the church has played politically and psychologically as well as spiritually in the lives of African Americans. This comprehensive psychological and spiritual look at an historic institution will be a valuable tool for both pastors and seminary professors.

The Church Has Left The Building

Author: Michael Plekon
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498239579
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The origin of the phrase "the church has left the building" lies with Elvis. In order to clear halls of his riotous fans after concerts, it was announced that "Elvis has left the building." Here, the expression highlights intense change within the church. Not only does the church change for its own existence, it also does so for the life of the world. The church cannot avoid the many past and future changes of our constantly transforming society, demographic changes long in process. What you have before you is a gathering of first-hand reflections--stories really--from a diverse group of Christians, lay as well as ordained. While each has a distinctive experience of the church in our time, all of them have something to say about the many changes in our society and how these are affecting our faith, the parish, and pastoral work. Contributors: Mary Breton Nicholas Denysenko Adam A. J. DeVille John C. Frazier David Frost Carol Fryer Kenneth J. Guest Brett Hoover Abbie Huff Wongee Joh Justin Mathews Maria Gwyn McDowell William C. Mills Robert Corin Morris Sarah Hinlicky Wilson Michael Plekon