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Reclaiming the Church [Paperback]

By John B. Jr. Cobb (Author)
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What has happened to the mainline church, once a bastion of faith, power, and commitment? John Cobb argues that the very term "mainline" is no a misnomer and that "oldline" more aptly describes this formerly robust body. Should this church opt to survive at the margin? If it attempts to do so, Cobb contends, what has been valuable and relevant for generations will disappear. Honest and provocative, this book will both disturb and inspire all those who care about the fate of the mainline church.

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What has happened to the once robust mainline church in the United States? Decrying the professionalization of theological education, Cobb calls for the church to return to its theological vocation so that its members can in turn resume their passionate commitment to faith.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   110
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.49" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 1997
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0664257208  
ISBN13  9780664257200  

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Honest to God's People: Is Church's sickness unto death?  Feb 28, 2005
"This book undertakes both to diagnose the current sickness of the church and to propose a remedy." Book's Preface

The New Ecumen:
The geographical shift of Christianity, with increasing numbers of believers in developing countries, has played a part focusing more on religious persecution. The typical Anglican, is no longer a tea-drinking English vicar, but a young African mother. the churche left a main part of its ministry to 'Faith-based groups' who use a sophisticated array of tactics in the pursuit of their human cause. Pressure is applied through legislative measures, petitions, protests, international campaigns, and stock divestment in companies that are seen to support repressive regimes.(from:Religion's Role in Human Rights)

Exhortation to Honesty:
Dr. John Cobb, who challenged Christians to think, while keeping his other foot in the Church, exhorted us to find out and judge for ourselves, if salvation, into eternal life as defined by Jesus; "And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God," then how the 'misnomer oldline' church could fit into this Socio-spiritual facilitating role of "a bastion of faith, power, and commitment (To its true role)?

Stopping the Decline:
"Continuing decline is not, however, inevitable. We who have participated in, and contributed to, the decline can still make choices. The purpose of diagnosing a disease is to find a remedy." The Honest to Christ theologian gave a Prescription:
1. Recovering the loss of shared conviction.
2. Responding to the loss of cultural props.
3. Realizing God at Work in Transformation.
4. Continuing repentence to realise unity.
5. sharing with people 'A renewed vision of God'.

Cobb mutual Engaging:
"Honest and provocative, 'Reclaiming The Church', will both disturb and inspire those who care about the face of main line churches." Back cover.
If this book is written to help our dying churches can yet have new life, cobb's proposal should find the Psalmist ear that; "Today you would listen to his voice." Ps 95:7. So when we hear him, we should not harden our hearts, but repint.
This applies to churches in the USA and abroad, mainstream and peripheral, Orthodox and Catholic as much and even more so than reformed and Protestant. Lord Have Mercy. Lord Help Us. Amen.

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