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Where Resident Aliens Live: Exercises for Christian Practice [Paperback]

By William H. Willimon (Author), Stanley Hauerwas (Author) & Stanley M. Hauerwas (Joint Author)
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Item description for Where Resident Aliens Live: Exercises for Christian Practice by William H. Willimon, Stanley Hauerwas & Stanley M. Hauerwas...

A no-nonsense sequel to Resident Aliens, this book tells how to go about transforming a church into a gathering of "resident aliens". It is an assessment of the world and culture in which we live, and an analysis of what is called for to retain a Christian stance within that culture.

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Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon return with spirited offensive strategies for feisty resident aliens. A resident alien knows who the enemy is, and here is a guide to the Christian initiation, practice, and discipline that is required for a people at war with the world.

Some Christian liberals think that resident aliens are sectarian, and that they wish to withdraw from engagement with the world. God forbid The book is thus full of stories of resident aliens who have been baptized, trained, and conditioned -- like Marines in boot camp -- to be new citizens and find a new home in the distinctly Christian community.

Some Christian conservatives want a "to do" list that lays out the program for becoming a congregation or small group of resident aliens. Or perhaps they want a list of beliefs that might be defended. You won't find that here, for these desires are what ails the disestablished church. A list of options and choices, or an elective program for "wannabe" resident aliens, is an accommodation to the false god of freedom. Resident aliens are imitated and understood by telling their stories, by enfleshing their practices in the narrative that becomes part of the unfolding Christian story.

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  • Library Journal - 03/01/1996 page 84

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   124
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.68" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.39 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1996
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687016053  
ISBN13  9780687016051  

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More About William H. Willimon, Stanley Hauerwas & Stanley M. Hauerwas

William H. Willimon The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School, Duke University. He is recently retired after serving eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he led the 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama. For twenty years prior to the episcopacy, he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Willimon is a graduate of Wofford College (B.A., 1968), Yale Divinity School (M.Div., 1971) and Emory University (S.T.D., 1973). He has served as pastor of churches in Georgia and South Carolina. For four years, beginning in 1976, he served as Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Worship at Duke Divinity School, teaching courses in liturgics and homiletics and served as Director of the Ministerial Course of Study School at Duke, and Presiding Minister in the Divinity School Chapel. When he returned to the parish ministry in 1980, he was Visiting Associate Professor of Liturgy and Worship at Duke for three years. He has been awarded honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and universities including Wofford College, Lehigh University, Colgate University, Birmingham-Southern College, and Moravian Theological Seminary. In 1992, he was named as the first Distinguished Alumnus of Yale Divinity School. He also serves on the faculties of Birmingham-Southern College as Visiting Distinguished Professor and as Visiting Research Professor at Duke Univeristy Divinity School.

He is the author of sixty books. His Worship as Pastoral Care was selected as one of the ten most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. Over a million copies of his books have been sold. In 1996, an international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world.

His articles have appeared in many publications including The Christian Ministry, Quarterly Review, Liturgy, Worship and Christianity Today. He is Editor-at-Large for The Christian Century. He has served as Editor and Expositor (with his wife, Patricia) for Abingdon’s International Lesson Annual. He has written curriculum materials and video for youth, young adults, and adults. His Pulpit Resource is used each week by over eight thousand pastors in the USA, Canada, and Australia. A 2005 study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found that Bishop Willimon is the second most widely read author by mainline Protestant pastors.

William H. Willimon currently resides in Birmingham, in the state of Alabama.

William H. Willimon has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Belief Matters
  2. Horizons in Theology
  3. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary
  4. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
  5. Pastor's Handbook
  6. Preaching About-- Series

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Christian Practice or Legalism  Jun 5, 2005
Each man is accountable to God. Because of his disobedience to the Almighty, Man brings condemnation upon himself and God does deliver it. Only through faith in Jesus as Savior may a sinner receive imputed righteousness. One is recognized as righteous because of the One who died on the cross. Where Resident Aliens Live does not contain an argument that man's good works or good behavior is needed to keep one's salvation, nor does it state purgatory exists. The thesis in this book is not about good behavior and working for God's Kingdom so one may acquire or keep one's salvation, but as a proper loving response to receiving God's grace. The authors do encourage the believer to become more obedient to God. The argument is made that the local church has the obligation to demand that members obey God's word. This argument is consistent with scripture up to a point. Paul does tell the Church to excommunicate with those who profess Christ and whose practice is to behave certain types of unrepentant sin. I do concur that members who practice sexual sin (physical fornication & homosexuality), cheating one financially, stealing, physical violence, or worship another God should be thrown out of the local church and Christian believers should withhold fellowship until one seeks forgiveness from God. The authors do not stop here. Yes I believe a Christian should serve God by working inside a local church, I do not believe not doing so is grounds for excommunication. And yes I do believe a Christian should serve his fellow man ( the believer and the nonbeliever),but I do not believe a Christian for his lack of service should be excommunicated. I do agree with the authors encouragement of the believer to seek God's Will. I certainly should practice a more God loving life style. The Christian walk should not be altered because of outside pressures nor be conformed to the current Culture.

The writers of this book are Methodist Pastors. Their teachings come closer to the founder of the Methodist movement John Wesley. The authors of this book do distance themselves from certain church practices in today's Methodist church. The word Alien comes from First Peter 2:11
Beloved, I beseech you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against your soul.

The home for a Christian is in heaven. The nonbelievers home is here on earth. The Christian therefore should live differently that then those that do not have hope of salvation. The word practice is used to describe the habits, choice of activity, what he participates in, and how one engage with other human beings. There should be some reflection of ones behavior and one's fellowship with God. To this I agree.

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