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Confident witness--changing world : rediscovering the Gospel in North America
Van Gelder, Craig.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans, [1999]

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xvii, 313 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Proceedings of a conference held in 1996.
Missionary location of the North American churches / Wearing different hats: Christian living in a fragmented world / Gospel in a digital age / Reading postmodern culture through the medium of movies / Metamorphosis: from Christendom to diaspora / Cathedrals of power: engaging the powers in urban North America

Faith twisted by culture: syncretism in North American Christianity / Strangers but not strange: a new mission situation for the church (1 Peter 1:1-2 and 17-25) / Hearing the gospel again, for the first time / Living between gospel and context: models for a missional church in North America

Preaching to postmodern people / Hearing the gospel with Asian-American ears / Witness to the gospel and refounding the church / Witness in the midst of religious plurality: the model of E. Stanley Jones / Prophetic voice of poverty / Gifts from the global church

Church in a postmodern context / Covenant community: a practical approach to the renewal of the church / Reaching out without dumbing down: a theology of worship for the church in postmodern times / Riding the waves of change: how to facilitate change toward a missionary identity / People of God as a hermeneutic of the gospel
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How do we make the gospel clear and the church relevant to the changing culture in North America? In Confident Witness - Changing World, twenty-two scholars and skilled ministry practitioners explore this complex question not only theoretically but also in practical terms immediately useful to pastors and church leaders. Designed to serve as a springboard for group discussion or for deeper study of the subjects covered, this volume will be a valuable resource for those currently working on the front lines of ministry.

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With some care, 21 scholars and religious leaders negotiate the modern meaning of the scriptural obligation of mission for North America. Their replies to this complex question make for a fascinating cross-section of mainline Protestantism's view of itself and of contemporary culture: film, post-modernism, poverty, and the growing strength of Asian American Christianity all make appearances here. Recommended for all collections strong in the study of religion and for church study groups. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Richard J. MouwChristopher B. KaiserRobert S. FortnerCraig Van GelderDouglas John HallClinton StockwellWalter C. HobbsDan DevadattaJames V. BrownsonStephen Bevans, SVDLee A. WyattStanley K. InouyeWilliam R. BurrowsMary Lou Codman-WilsonGeorge D. BeukemaIsaac K. Fokuo and Patricia Lloyd-SidleAlan J. RoxburghPaul C. DinolfoMarva J. DawnJon M. HuegliMary Jo Leddy
Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. xiv
I. Understanding the North American Context as Mission Field
The Missionary Location of the North American Churchesp. 3
Wearing Different Hats: Christian Living in a Fragmented Worldp. 16
The Gospel in a Digital Agep. 26
Reading Postmodern Culture through the Medium of Moviesp. 39
II. Understanding the Church in the North American Mission Context
Metamorphosis: From Christendom to Diasporap. 67
Cathedrals of Power: Engaging the Powers in Urban North Americap. 80
Faith Twisted by Culture: Syncretism in North American Christianityp. 94
Strangers but Not Strange: A New Mission Situation for the Church (1 Peter 1:1-2 and 17-25)p. 110
III. Understanding the Gospel in the North American Mission Context
Hearing the Gospel Again, for the First Timep. 127
Living between Gospel and Context: Models for a Missional Church in North Americap. 141
Preaching to Postmodern Peoplep. 155
Hearing the Gospel with Asian-American Earsp. 171
IV. Relating the Gospel to Ministry in the North American Mission Context
Witness to the Gospel and Refounding the Churchp. 189
Witness in the Midst of Religious Plurality: The Model of E. Stanley Jonesp. 203
The Prophetic Voice of Povertyp. 219
Gifts from the Global Churchp. 232
V. Rethinking the Church in the North American Mission Context
The Church in a Postmodern Contextp. 241
Covenant Community: A Practical Approach to the Renewal of the Churchp. 260
Reaching Out without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for the Church in Postmodern Timesp. 270
Riding the Waves of Change: How to Facilitate Change toward a Missionary Identityp. 283
The People of God as a Hermeneutic of the Gospelp. 303