Beyond Cheap Grace

Author: Eldin Villafañe
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 080286323X
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As our lives become complex with the demands of our affluent and accelerating society, do we hear the gospel's timeless and insistent call to live the “obedience of faith”? In these three “sermonic essays” Eldin Villafañe takes on the task of awakening true obedience of faith through the triple themes of discipleship, incarnation, and justice. Beginning with discipleship, he draws on the “Christ hymn” of Philippians 2 to challenge Christians to choose the costly Christ-life. He then offers six contrarian perspectives on the incarnation from the early church as correctives to our current, culturally conditioned theological emphases. Finally, taking the book of Amos as a touchstone, Villafañe issues a call for just leadership among the nations. Adding interest and depth to this work are an insightful foreword by Dean Loewen and responses to each essay by Richard Peace, Juan Francisco Martinez, and Veli-Matti Karkkainen. Eldin Villafañe has spent decades calling Christians to take seriously Christ's call to discipleship, incarnation, and justice. Beyond Cheap Grace not only renews that call but extends it to the church, the academy, and Christian leaders of all traditions.

Sanctification

Author: Kelly M. Kapic
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830896937
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Often treated like the younger sibling in theology, the doctrine of sanctification has spent the last few decades waiting not-so-patiently behind those doctrines viewed as more senior. With so much recent interest in ideas like election and justification, the question of holiness can often seem to be of secondary importance, and widespread misunderstanding of sanctification as moralism or undue human effort further impedes thoughtful engagement. But what if we have missed the boat on what sanctification really means for today's believer? The essays in this volume, which come out of a recent Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference, address this dilemma through biblical, historical, dogmatic and pastoral explorations. The contributors sink their teeth into positions like the "works" mentality or "justification by faith alone" and posit stronger biblical views of grace and holiness, considering key topics such as the image of God, perfection, union with Christ, Christian ethics and suffering. Eschewing any attempt to produce a unified proposal, the essays included here instead offer resources to stimulate an informed discussion within both church and academy. Contributors include: Henri Blocher Julie Canlis Ivor Davidson James Eglinton Brannon Ellis Michael Horton Kelly M. Kapic Richard Lints Bruce McCormack Peter Moore Oliver O Donovan Derek Tidball

A Future for the Latino Church

Author: Daniel A. Rodriguez
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830868681
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Many assume that Hispanic ministry in North America still necessarily focuses on Spanish-language congregations. But over 60 percent of all American Latinos were born in the United States and are now English dominant. Daniel Rodriguez argues that effective Latino ministry and church planting is now centered in second-generation, English-dominant leadership and congregations. Based on his observation of dozens of cutting-edge Latino churches across the country, Rodriguez reports on how innovative congregations are ministering creatively to the next generations of Latinos. In-depth case studies reveal how gifted leaders are reaching beyond their own demographics to have lasting impact on their wider communities. The future of the Latino church is multilingual, multigenerational and multiethnic. Those who "live in the hyphen" between Latino and American can become all things to all Latinos, sharing the gospel in ways that language is no barrier.

Building Bridges Doing Justice

Author: Orlando O. Esp’n
Publisher: Orbis Books
ISBN: 1608331601
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These essays by leading Latino/a theologians, both Protestant and Catholic, represent an exciting new stage in the development of Latino/a theological identity, while also making an important contribution to the wider cause of ecumenical dialogue. As Orlando Espn observes, "No ecumenical relation or dialogue today in the United States can be truly reflective of our respective churches unless Latinos/as (and their faith and their lives) are acknowledged as indispensable and equal conversation partners." Among the themes discussed in this dialogue: God, the Holy Spirit, Mary, the Bible and Tradition, Grace and Justification, and Ecclesiology. Contributors: Efran Agoso (Hartford Seminary); Neomi DeAnda (DePaul University); Miguel H. Daz (St. John's University, Collegeville); Orlando O. Espn (University of San Diego); Roberta S. Goizueta (Boston College); Juan F. Martnez (Fuller Theological Seminary); Nstor Medina (University of Toronto); Carmen M Nanko-Fernndez (Catholic Theological Union); Mayra Rivera (Pacific School of Religion); Jos D. Rodrguez (Lutheran School of Theology); Jean-Pierre Ruiz (St. John's University, New York).

Pax Pneuma

Author: Cheryl Bridges-Johns
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1620320703
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PCPJ MISSION STATEMENT To encourage, enable, and sustain peacemaking and justice seeking as authentic and integral aspects of Pentecostal Charismatic Christianity, witnessing to the conviction that Jesus Christ is relevant to all tensions, crises, and brokenness in the world. The PCPJ seeks to show that addressing injustice and making peace as Jesus and his followers did is theologically sound, biblically commanded, and realistically possible. Editorial Board Cheryl Bridges-Johns Pentecostal Theological Seminary Anthea Butler University of Pennsylvania Jong Hyun Jung University of Southern California Martin Mittelstadt Evangel University Dario Lopez Rodriguez Gamaliel Biblical Seminary of the Church of God, Lima, Peru Paul Alexander, Managing Editor Azusa Pacific University Assistant Editors Erica Ramirez Wheaton College Brian K. Pipkin Mennonite Disaster Services Robert G. Reid Brite Divinity School

Missionalia

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Contains abstracts of missiological contributions, book reviews, and articles.

Hispanic Christian Thought at the Dawn of the 21st Century

Author: Justo L. González
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In this book Alvin Padilla, Roberto Goizueta, and Eldin Villafañe bring together an impressive array of Hispanic scholars from across the theological disciplines to articulate just such a comprehensive construction of Hispanic theology. Their purpose is to delineate the common elements in Hispanic biblical studies, theology, and ethics and to draw these together into a statement of what Hispanic theology has to say to the larger theological community, and to the church. To do so they organize their presentation around four theological streams that run through Hispanic theology: * Reading Scripture from the Margins: The contributors will present a reading of the biblical text that incorporates into its interpretative methodology the experience of alienation and marginalization, the central feature of Hispanic sociohistorical reality. * Subversive and Liberating Memories: The contributors discover the subversive and liberating stories and voices within the Christian tradition and demonstrate how the memory of these "liberate" Hispanics and others from contemporary oppression. * Liberating Truth: The authors offer fresh perspective on theological truth, incorporating the distinctive Hispanic sources, locus, and expressions. * Liberating Praxis: Drawing on current Hispanic religious experience (for example, spirituality, church life, and ministry), the authors reflect on the way Hispanic religious experience is changing and how it will change the landscape of Western Christianity in the 21st century.