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Progressive Christians Speak

Author: John B. Cobb
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664225896
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In this earnest discussion, revolutionary theologian John Cobb Jr. implores Christian churches to take a more active role in the solution of contemporary issues such as food security and the ever-expanding world population, the welfare system, civil and human rights, the war on drugs, abortion, immigration, and the destruction of ecosystems.

Culture Wars

Author: Roger Chapman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317473515
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The term "culture wars" refers to the political and sociological polarisation that has characterised American society the past several decades. This new edition provides an enlightening and comprehensive A-to-Z ready reference, now with supporting primary documents, on major topics of contemporary importance for students, teachers, and the general reader. It aims to promote understanding and clarification on pertinent topics that too often are not adequately explained or discussed in a balanced context. With approximately 640 entries plus more than 120 primary documents supporting both sides of key issues, this is a unique and defining work, indispensable to informed discussions of the most timely and critical issues facing America today.


Author: John B. Cobb
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 0664232876
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Convinced that several crucial historical trends are moving in the wrong direction, John Cobb and his coauthors urge Christians to live in countercultural waysas individuals and as communities. Consumerism, inequality, imperialism, and global warming, they contend, are of such magnitude that the only real response for progressive Christians is to actively resist them. In part 1, they explore how the Word of God calls Christians to resist the worlds dominant forces and reflect on how prayer can provide the conviction and commitment necessary for sustaining such a life. In part 2, they examine particular destructive forces, showing how these trends attained dominance and analyzing their effects. Part 3 then explores two theological movements that have stressed the need for resistance: Latin American liberation theology and feminist theology. Concluding, in part 4, they give specific examples of how individuals and churches can live in countercultural ways.

The Dialogue Comes Of Age

Author: John B. Cobb (Jr)
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1451411154
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Increasingly world religious traditions present not just an intellectual or apologetic challenge to Christians but a daily encounter, a source of religious practices, and even live religious options. How are Christians to relate to these traditions and the neighbors and friends who live by them? This lively and engaging book is a great resource for faithful wrestling with the new realities. Led by theologian John B. Cobb Jr. and historian Ward M. McAfee, the Progressive Christians Uniting has distilled the historical and existential import of both Abrahamic and other traditions and stressed the differences among traditions and the richness they can afford Christian self-understanding. Includes study materials.

The 6 Marks Of Progressive Christian Worship Music

Author: Bryan J. Sirchio
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 9781477249567
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Something about the lyrics of many of the hit contemporary Christian worship songs is at best problematic for many clergy persons in mainline denominations. Sometimes the songs are downright offensive theologically to the pastor. Often the problem is rooted in a theological nuance or doctrine that the pastor does not embrace. Sometimes these contemporary worship songs use too many Christian buzz words or clichés—words or phrases that the pastor deliberately avoids in every other aspect of the liturgy. Often the problem is that the new songs show no sensitivity at all to things like “inclusive language” or the theological challenges of doctrines like “penal substitutionary atonement.” Sometimes the pastors feel that most of these new songs lack substance, that they’re too sugary, too individualistic, and too other-worldly. Sometimes there’s an emotional tone to this contemporary worship music that might work well in another kind of church but which just doesn’t feel authentic in a traditional or mainline congregation. Now I would imagine that at least some of you began to glaze over a bit as you attempted to read those last few paragraphs. Or maybe you didn’t fully understand some of the terms I just used. If so, don’t worry—that’s why I wrote this book! If you have no idea what things like “penal substitutionary atonement” or “inclusive language” are about, this book will help you understand what these terms mean and why it’s important to your pastors for you to know your way around these issues and concepts a bit as you seek new songs to bring into the worship life of your congregation. And I promise--I’ll do my best to use down-to-earth language that you’ll be able to easily understand without a seminary education!

Spirit Of Liberality

Author: George Newlands
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630877557
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The themes covered in this collection of essays span a wide area, from Christology and the doctrine of God to human rights and Christian spirituality, and they were written and delivered in a variety of contexts, from colleges to churches, on both sides of the Atlantic. Some have been published previously, while others are new. The papers speak from within the liberal tradition of theology, and were written from 2005-14, following on an earlier volume, Traces of Liberality. The author has added a biographical essay and a personal bibliography.

Gaither S Corner

Author: Chuck McCullough
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1450016588
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When one asks me if I believe in angels, I always answer yes! I cannot prove there are any otherworldly/spiritual beings “out there”; the angels in which I believe are those who have graced my life—some for long periods of time, others for but moments. Whichever, at the time, each was crucial to my emotional survival. Most of these I list in categories, as to name them individually would fill another book. First, I list my parents, Herman and Bertha McCullough, and siblings (Lee, Al, Eileen, Paul, and Doyle) who, though at times mystified by my struggles for faith, have loved me no less. Next, I mention the members of the church congregations I served (all United Methodists): Camp Creek Emmanuel and Manhattan College Avenue in Kansas and Rivera, Mission First, Oxford, and Helotes Hills in Texas. Others who hold a special place in my soul, listed from my youth forward, are Bob and Marie Gaither, Bill Gaither, J. T. Truax, Uncle Floyd Goins, cousin Howard Goins, Leo Slagg, Walter and Naomi Larsen, A. Bond Woodruff, Elmore E. Vail, Dick Neiderhiser, Jim Mitchell, Wendy Parsons, Delbert Gish, Joe Grider, Cecil Findley, Larry Guillot, Clyde Miller, Bob Winkler, Byron Hollinger, Muriel Hunkins, John Lewis, Mel Witmer, Bryce Kramer, Martin Pike, Jay Brown, Patty Johnson, Don Carper, Jerry J. Smith, Homer Bain, and my canasta-playing friends, who have endured twelve years of listening to my angry complaints against what I consider to be the madness of the status quo. My daughters, Kira and Dana, somehow survived despite my, at times, being adrift in near mental illness. Thus I am deeply indebted to their patience and love. And finally, I make tribute to my wife, Jean, who, though not religious, is the most nurturing—and, thus, spiritual—person I have ever known. - Xlibris Podcast Part 1: - Xlibris Podcast Part 2: - Xlibris Podcast Part 3: - Xlibris Podcast Part 4: - Xlibris Podcast Part 5:

Preaching After God

Author: Phil Snider
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1610974980
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Preaching After God is written for progressive preachers trying to find ways to effectively communicate with those who increasingly identify as "the nones," i.e. those who aren't sure what to make of God and/or Christianity, including those who believe in God some of the time, or none of the time, or all of the time, which Snider tends to think includes all of us some of the time and some of us all of the time. By drawing on the insights of several prominent postmodern theologians and philosophers, Snider provides possibilities for preaching that highly resonate with postmodern listeners who are often suspect of religion. Six lectionary-based sermons are included as examples.

Kissing Fish

Author: Roger Wolsey
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 145683942X
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Christianity receives a lot of attention in the media, but the most frequently discussed version represents a type of Christianity that sometimes turns people away from the Church. Kissing Fish presents a postmodern systematic theology of progressive Christianity, a growing movement that reclaims the radical message of the Gospel. This informative, contemplative, and entertaining book will guide you through the beliefs that inspire us to love one another in the transformative way that Jesus proclaimed, including practices that will take your faith to a new level. Kissing Fish is a scholarly yet thoroughly accessible introduction to progressive Christianity. While the intended target audience for this work would seem to be those who have either left the Christian faith or never adopted it at all; the work is filled with pearls of wisdom for all of us, whether associated with Christianity or not. Kissing Fish is a truly remarkable work, serving both as a reminder of the beauty and grace that form the central tenets of the faith, while offering a graceful yet prophetic rebuttal to its more exclusionary tendencies. Kissing Fish is part theological text and part tell-all personal spiritual journey. Imagine a down-to-earth combination of the works of Marcus Borg, Anne Lamott, Jim Wallis, Rob Bell, Shane Claiborne, Diana Butler-Bass, Brian McLaren, Walter Wink, Wes Howard-Brook, and Donald Miller. A profound romp that informs and inspires.