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Is the Institutional Church Really the Church

Is the Institutional Church Really the Church Author Dave Kahle
ISBN-10 1631226940
Release 2014-07-08
Pages 214
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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

Catholic Church Milestones Author William Frank Smith
ISBN-10 9781608448210
Release 2010-11
Pages 180
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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

Death of the Church Author Mike Regele
ISBN-10 9780310200062
Release 1995
Pages 279
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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

Where The Rubber Hits The Road In This Game They Call Life Author Steve Wordsmith
ISBN-10 9781483634951
Release 2013-05
Pages 100
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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.


Source Author John L. McKenzie
ISBN-10 9781606082744
Release 2009-03-01
Pages 228
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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.


Unlearning Author Sean Tucker
ISBN-10 9780620484770
Release 2010-10-31
Pages 432
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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

Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church Author Marie Keenan
ISBN-10 9780199328994
Release 2013-04-01
Pages 400
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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

The Conversion of the Church Author Samuel M. Shoemaker
ISBN-10 1439220409
Release 2009-01-05
Pages 138
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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

Yet With A Steady Beat Author Lee June, PhD
ISBN-10 1575673827
Release 2008-02-01
Pages 152
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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

The Church Has Left the Building Author Michael Plekon
ISBN-10 9781498239578
Release 2016-09-30
Pages 162
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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

Beyond Our Lights and Shadows

Beyond Our Lights and Shadows Author Judith A. Merkle
ISBN-10 9780567658234
Release 2016-07-14
Pages 256
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"Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying of hands by the council of elders" (1Tim. 4:14). Members of the church today can comprehend Paul's sentiment to Timothy. While not all ordained, all baptized Christians have experienced the laying on of hands in baptism. They have been touched by that mysterious mix of charism, initiated into the Body of Christ through the Holy Spirit, as well as launched into life with Christ through the institution of the Church with all its concreteness, ambiguity, sinfulness and goodness. Through the lens of Christian theology, along with the sociology of Max Weber in his study of charism and institution in modern society, Judith A. Merkle analyzes the interaction and tautness between the concept of powerful grace through baptism and the institution in the life of the modern church. Weber asserts that freedom and creativity in modern society only become manifest within social relations. Since these highly valued modern experiences do not exist outside the institutional framework, they exist in tension with the constrictive and creative aspects of the institution. Judith A. Merkle offers the reader perspective on this contemporary experience in the church.

Reimagining Church

Reimagining Church Author Frank Viola
ISBN-10 1434766535
Release 2012-12-10
Pages 320
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Author Frank Viola gives readers language for all they knew was missing in their modern church experience. He believes that many of today's congregations have shifted from God's original intent for the church. As a prominent leader of the house church movement, Frank is at the forefront of a revolution sweeping through the body of Christ. A change that is challenging the spiritual status quo and redefining the very nature of church. A movement inspired by the divine design for authenticity community. A fresh concept rooted in ancient history and in God Himself. Join Frank as he shares God's original intent for the church, where the body of Christ is an organic, living, breathing organism. A church that is free of convention, formed by spiritual intimacy, and unbound by four walls.

Dying Church Living God

Dying Church Living God Author Charles Meyer
ISBN-10 1896836399
Release 2000-01
Pages 158
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Make a new church. That's the challenge Chuck Meyer lays down for readers. He writes that the institutional church we know so well is dying. In fact, it may already be dead. Its structure and theology make no sense today, and haven't for decades. It has ceased to be an adequate instrument for the Living God who refuses to be bound by it, to it, or in it. Dying Church, Living God is a provocative, radical look at the church as it enters the 21st century. "In the midst of all this enormous change, the Church still conducts worship services at hours based around 19th-century milking schedules...There is an incredibly deep spiritual hunger gnawing at people" that Chuck Meyer believes the church must address. Acknowledgement of the death of the church and the inevitable resurrection is both the premise and the promise of this provocative, enlightening book.

Isaiah s Leper

Isaiah s Leper Author Jr. George D. O'Clock
ISBN-10 9780595509836
Release 2008-12
Pages 328
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Roman Church hierarchy, do you need to have a massively destructive entity on a direct path toward your church steeples before you change your Godless ways? What does it take to make you realize the consequences of your denial and self-deception? You have the alleged murder of a recent pope-revelations of financial scandals-revelations of fraudulent excesses-revelations of massive sexual misconduct with children-revelations of avarice-revelations of depravity-revelations of a wide range of criminal acts-revelations of war crimes. These ugly dark deeds are not enough? Do you need a more direct message? Well, hang on to your cassocks reverend fathers, because there just might be another powerful entity, heading in your direction, that will be more than a match for the horror and darkness you have supported, nourished and promoted.

Why We Love the Church

Why We Love the Church Author Kevin L. DeYoung
ISBN-10 9781575673530
Release 2009-06-24
Pages 240
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This book presents the case for loving the local church. It paints a picture of the local church in all its biblical and real life guts, gaffes, and glory in an effort to edify local congregations and entice the disaffected back to the fold. It also provides a solid biblical mandate to love and be part of the body of Christ and counteract the "leave church" books that trumpet rebellion and individual felt needs. Why We Love the Church is written for four kinds of people - the Committed, the Disgruntled, the Waffling & the Disconnected.

Church Charism and Power

Church  Charism and Power Author Leonardo Boff
ISBN-10 9781610978316
Release 2012-01-30
Pages 192
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Why the furor over this book? Why was Church: Charism and Power the subject of a Vatican inquiry? The reason, ironically enough, has little to do with its alleged use of Marxist thought, but rather with its critical understanding of the church in the light of the gospel. Church: Charism and Power is a provocative, devastating critique of the ways in which power, sacred power, is controlled and exercised in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a militant book, a radical book, but it is by no means defective in orthodoxy. In fact, with all its criticism it offers a brilliant defense of the historical claims of Roman Catholicism. Its central thesis argues that since the fourth century the church has fallen victim to a kind of power that has nothing to do with the gospel and everything to do with the dynamics of power with all of its inevitable abuses. This historical reality, enshrined in the monarchical model of the church, was undermined at the Second Vatican Council and replaced by that of the church as people of God. This 'laical' model is closely allied in Boff's exposition with the notion of the church as sacrament of the Holy Spirit: the church as sign and instrument of the now living and risen Christ, that is the Holy Spirit. A pneumatic ecclesiology such as this would lead the church back to its primitive dynamics of community, cooperation, and charism. It would create a church in which everyone shared equally and where flexible and appropriate ministries conformed to needs as they arose. Is such a church possible? Is it not simply the utopian dream of idealists and sectarians down through the ages? No, says Father Boff, given the incredible growth throughout Latin America of comunidades eclesiales de base, base communities, where the people express and achieve their desire for participation and where the hierarchy divests itself of its titles and ecclesiastical baggage, creating a common desire for community and equality. This model of the church has acquired an unexpected historical possibility: the new church is in the process of being born. This church, the church being born from the faith of the poor, has rediscovered for itself--and for the church universal--the living presence of the dangerous memory of Jesus Christ.

Pagan Christianity

Pagan Christianity Author Frank Viola
ISBN-10 1414341652
Release 2010-09-30
Pages 336
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Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we “dress up” for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, and choirs? This ground-breaking book, now in affordable softcover, makes an unsettling proposal: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is rooted, not in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles. Coauthors Frank Viola and George Barna support their thesis with compelling historical evidence and extensive footnotes that document the origins of modern Christian church practices. In the process, the authors uncover the problems that emerge when the church functions more like a business organization than the living organism it was created to be. As you reconsider Christ's revolutionary plan for his church—to be the head of a fully functioning body in which all believers play an active role—you'll be challenged to decide whether you can ever do church the same way again.