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We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the church. Not since the Reformation five centuries ago have so many Christians come together to ask whether the church is in sync with their deepest beliefs and commitments. These believers range from evangelicals to mainline Protestants to Catholics, and the person who best represents them is author and pastor Brian McLaren.
In this much anticipated book, McLaren examines ten questions facing today's church—questions about how to articulate the faith itself, the nature of its authority, who God is, whether we have to understand Jesus through only an ancient Greco-Roman lens, what exactly the good news is that the gospel proclaims, how we understand the church and all its varieties, why we are so preoccupied with sex, how we should think of the future and people from other faiths, and the most intimidating question of all: what do we do next? Here you will find a provocative and enticing introduction to the Christian faith of tomorrow.
Table of Contents
|Between Something Real and Something Wrong||p. 1|
|The Quest and the Questions||p. 14|
|A Prayer on the Beach||p. 24|
|Unlocking and Opening|
|The Narrative Question|
|What Is the Overarching Story Line of the Bible?||p. 33|
|Setting the Stage for the Biblical Narrative||p. 46|
|The Biblical Narrative in Three Dimensions||p. 55|
|The Authority Question|
|How Should the Bible Be Understood?||p. 67|
|From Legal Constitution to Community Library||p. 78|
|Revelation Through Conversation||p. 87|
|The God Question|
|Is God Violent?||p. 98|
|From a Violent Tribal God to a Christlike God||p. 108|
|The Jesus Question|
|Who Is Jesus and Why Is He Important?||p. 119|
|Jesus Outside the Lines||p. 127|
|The Gospel Question|
|What Is the Gospel?||p. 137|
|Jesus and the Kingdom of God||p. 147|
|Emerging and Exploring|
|The Church Question|
|What Do We Do About the Church?||p. 161|
|The Sex Question|
|Can We Find a Way to Address Human Sexuality Without Fighting About It?||p. 173|
|The Future Question|
|Can We Find a Better Way of Viewing the Future?||p. 191|
|The Pluralism Question|
|How Should Followers of Jesus Relate to People of Other Religions?||p. 207|
|The What-Do-We-Do-Now Question|
|How Can We Translate Our Quest into Action?||p. 225|
|Living the Questions in Community||p. 242|
|Conclusion: A New Kind of Christianity||p. 252|
|Reading and Discussion Guide||p. 307|
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