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Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God [Paperback]

By Marva J. Dawn (Author)
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As we embark on a new millenium, uncharted challenges await the church. This volume by one of today's most valued voices on modern church life offers a wealth of insight into the role of local churches in the twenty-first century. Rooted in solid biblical research and extensive experience, Marva Dawn's newest book will help churches and their leaders avoid falling into the temptations of contemporary secular culture, including the popular "success" models of church management. Dawn offers ground-breaking scholarship - from the first significant critique of Walter Wink's work on "the powers" to a relevant new translation of 2 Corinthians 12:9 - and challenges readers to rethink the goals and mission of the congregation, to develop practices that follow God's "hidden" way of weakness, and to expand their sense of what it means to be a faithful church. Complete with discussion questions, this book provides the trustworthy theological and biblical foundations necessary for building strong churches - and keeping them strong - in today's world.

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Armed with solid biblical research and extensive experience, respected theologian Marva Dawn examines the uncharted challenges awaiting the church in the new millennium.

Awards and Recognitions
Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God by Marva J. Dawn has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Book of the Year - 2002 Winner - Top 10 category
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2002 Winner - Church/Pastoral Leaders category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God by Marva J. Dawn has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • CBA Retailers - 05/01/2001 page 72
  • Christian Century - 08/29/2001 page 34

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 19, 2001
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802847706  
ISBN13  9780802847706  

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More About Marva J. Dawn

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Marva J. Dawn is a theologian, author, musician, and educator with Christians Equipped for Ministry, Vancouver, Washington, and Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College. A scholar with four masters degrees and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and the Scriptures from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Dawn has spoken for clergy and worship conferences and seminaries throughout North America and in Madagascar and in Eastern and Western Europe. She has written many books, most of which are published by Eerdmans.

Marva J. Dawn currently resides in the state of Washington. Marva J. Dawn was born in 1955.

Marva J. Dawn has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Living Well

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Engrossing, illuminating, convicting, encouraging!  Oct 2, 2005
I never thought a book could be so good. Marva has given me (1) the overall scheme of the demonic and how they work in the world; (2) a better understanding of my own frustrations with involvement in church; (3) a better focus on where to direct my energies in living the life of a believer in Christ.

It is my firm people that this bok should be required reading for every pastor, a reading that should be studied and discussed with other members of one's community. But I would not leave out the regular guy; he, too, should carefully read it.

The most personally convicting read was when Marva quotes a father Valentine Sventitsky, where the last part of it reads, "Anything wrong, distorted, and impure that we see within the Church is not the Church. To avoid associating with it we do not have to leave the Church enclosure, we must simply refuse to participate in that which is evil. Then will be fulfilled the words 'to the pure all things are pure' (Titus 1:5)" (p.122).

Her discussion on the "armour of God" and hospitality are excellent reads.

I am going to read it again more slowly, more studiously. Each chapter brought me to a greater height of spiritual understanding, like steps up a light that gets brighter and brighter as I get closer and closer.
Practicing what she preaches  Dec 6, 2003
Within this very credible work of scholarship Dawn has not shied away from her own faithful testimony of our own power's coming to an end in weakness. This is a prayerful study, a humble study, and, consequently, a powerful study of the vocation of the Church in the world. This book has opened my eyes to some of my own violation of that true calling. This is the work of a balanced scholar and sister in the Lord. Highly recommended!
Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God  Mar 22, 2002
Bravo to Marva Dawn! This is an important book and very worth reading, especially for those of us who work in and around the church. Marva Dawn reminds us all of the importance God places on authentic personal weakness and vulnerability. Indeed, God tabernacles in it. In a day and age where, in the name of relevance, evangelism, inclusivity, etc. churches are buying into the power strategies of techno-ministry, Dawn prophetically reminds us to beware. Beware that we don't operate as fallen powers rather than Christ's church. My staff was challenged and encouraged by this book. I highly recommend it.

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