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Blood and Fire: Godly Love in a Pentecostal Emerging Church [Hardcover]

By Margaret M. Poloma (Author) & Ralph W. Hood Jr (Author)
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What does it mean to live out the theology presented in the Great Commandment to "love God above all and to love your neighbor as yourself"? In Blood and Fire, Poloma and Hood explore how understandings of godly love function to empower believers. Though godly love may begin as a perceived relationship between God and a person, it is made manifest as social behavior among people.

Blood and Fire offers a deep ethnographic portrait of a charismatic church and its faith-based ministry, illuminating how religiously motivated social service makes use of beliefs about the nature of God's love. It traces the triumphs and travails associated with living a set of rigorous religious ideals, providing a richly textured analysis of a faith community affiliated with the "emerging church" movement in Pentecostalism, one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic religious movements of our day.

Based on more than four years of interviews and surveys with people from all levels of the organization, from the leader to core and marginal members to the poor and addicts they are seeking to serve, Blood and Fire sheds light on the differing worldviews and religious perceptions between those who "served in" as well as those who were "served by" this ministry.

Blood and Fire argues that godly love-- the relationship between perceived divine love and human response-- is at the heart of the vision of emerging churches, and that it is essential to understand this dynamic if one is to understand the ongoing reinvention of American Protestantism in the twenty-first century.

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Blood and Fire: Godly Love in a Pentecostal Emerging Church by Margaret M. Poloma & Ralph W. Hood Jr has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Chronicle of Higher Education - 11/21/2008 page 17
  • Choice - 03/01/2009

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Item Specifications...

Studio: NYU Press
Pages   257
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.3" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2008
Publisher   NYU Press
ISBN  0814767486  
ISBN13  9780814767481  

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Margaret M. Poloma is Professor Emeritus at the University of Akron. She is the author of many books, including "Main Street Mystics," and (with Ralph W. Hood, Jr.) "Blood and Fire: Godly Love in a Pentecostal Emerging Church" (NYU Press, 2008).

Margaret M. Poloma has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Akron.

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Protestantism > General
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Protestantism > Pentecostal
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Worship & Devotion > Charismatic
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Religion

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Humble Pie is Healthy  Nov 21, 2009
Blood and Fire is a mostly readable case study that will greatly aid Christians who must balance the practical management of a mission and Holy Spirit inspiration.

Mostly from the perspective of the sympathetic sociologist Margaret Poloma, Blood and Fire details the painful schism that killed an inner-city church mission among Atalanta's poor and homeless. Those who favor the "intentional unsettledness" of the Emerging Church ideology will reprove Poloma and co-author Ralph Hood for misunderstanding what is nothing other than an evolving vision. To the contrary, I applaud their courage for exposing inconsistencies and inadequacies that were painful to discover. The authors were clearly frustrated that visionary and charismatic pastor David VanCronkhite was a little too impulsive, a little too insulated from the "street-level" dynamics of his mission, and a little too confident to accept accountability to the board he confessed was chosen by God.

Blood and Fire is an academic study, so a few pages are rather dense with jargon as the authors describe the sociological models they use. On the other hand, even a layperson can learn invlauable lessons from the mistakes of Blood-n-Fire church.

I wouldn't waste my time  Jan 8, 2009
I wouldn't waste my time. Boring, and for people who know the facts...not accurate in representation of central figure.

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