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Radical Renewal: The Problem of Wineskins Today [Paperback]

By Howard A. Snyder (Author)
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What kinds of church structures are most compatible with the gospel in our modern, techno-urban society? Author Snyder addresses these questions-and provides some challenging answers.

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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   223
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.48"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1597523283  
ISBN13  9781597523288  

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More About Howard A. Snyder

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Howard A. Snyder is professor of the history and theology of mission at the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. His other books include Models of the Kingdom, The Community of the King, and (with Daniel Runyon) Decoding the Church: Mapping the DNA of Christs Body.

Howard A. Snyder was born in 1960.

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Great Book. Priced wrong, but a great read  Jan 7, 2008
This is an excellent book, and a real ground-breaker when it was first released as "The Problem with Wineskins." What's got me so puzzled is why it's $26 bucks! At that price, only these reviews will be read.

If I were you, I'd find a used copy of it to read. BTW, the used copies sold by others here are probably not the 2nd edition, but the first edition published by TOUCH Publications in Houston, Texas (out of print and no longer available). However, I don't think there is much difference between the outrageously priced one and the first edition, which was really a revision of another version of the book released in the UK.
A Today's Prophet  Jan 18, 2007
An excellent book, Rev. Snyder is right on time with his analysis. Also, another great book which is most revealing for today in the spiritual realm is that of "Community of the King." Both of these books are must haves for your library and study! BRAVO to this man of God! God's words printed for today!
One of Chip's Top Ten (  Sep 11, 2005
I got in trouble for reading this book, and for passing it on to others. This book is a revision of Snyder's 1975 The Problem of Wineskins. I read the original one. It was radical then and it's radical now. I handed them out back then. In fact, a church board member of one of the first churches I belonged to in the 80's carried one into a board meeting only to be greeted by the Pastor, "You've been hanging around Chip again, haven't you?" Worth reading again-whether the older version or the new. It will help you think "out of the box" with regard to your faith, church-life, and community.
Challenging and Compelling Reading  Jan 25, 2003
In Radical Renewal Howard Snyder endeavors to examine the church from a biblical viewpoint within the context of modern culture. Based on Luke 5:37-39, Snyder sees the wine as the message of the gospel, which is essential and primary. He sees the wine skins as the way in which the church touches the culture with the gospel, which is secondary though necessary and useful. The problem comes when we take the ever-new gospel and try to contain it within the old wineskins of "outmoded traditions, obsolete philosophies, creaking institutions, and old habits." When we do, the powerful and life-changing gospel is constricted and must burst free. Snyder believes it is time for the church to update her wineskins. To remedy the problem, Dr. Snyder recommends a cataclysm that explodes the current church structures and creates new wineskins.

Some of the concepts investigated by "Radical Renewal" include the significance of ministry to the poor, the de-emphasizing of church buildings, the dynamic of Christian community, a Biblical church model, and small groups as the church's basic unit. His chapter devoted to "The Gospel to the Poor" was my favorite and was the most compelling portion of the book. Some of his concepts are presented in a radical and even an absurd way and then they are brought back to a practical and applicable balance. Other "radical" concepts (such as the acknowledging and releasing of spiritual gifts) have become accepted practice in many churches since the original release of the work. The year of its release, "Radical Renewal" would have been ahead of its time. It still contains insights and concepts that are of significant value to today's church.

Good look at the way we do church  Nov 23, 2002
Snyder distinguishes between the "wine" of the gospel and the "wineskins" (church structures devised by humans for a particular time and place), as well as between the church, the people of God, and the organizations and structures it uses. He suggests that the institutional church has let structures become hindrances rather than aids to the Gospel, and that Christians need to gather in both small and large groups. This will result, he says, in more personal, less institutional interaction, as well as a more Spirit-led, first century-quality dynamic corporate life. He tackles the do-everything role of the pastor, the wastefulness and rigidity of the church building, the importance of preaching the gospel to the poor, and the role of spiritual gifts in creating an organic, Body-of-Christ type of church. This book is a revision of Snyder's 1975 "The Problem of Wineskins," from which a bit of technophobic, doomsday, 70's dystopian paranoia is preserved in the last chapter. Even so, this book does a great job of outlining the way the church should biblically seek to function. I highly recommend it if you are suspicious of non-traditional means of church organization and operation, or, on the other hand, if you are looking for something outside the imposing brick walls of traditional church structure.

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