eBook Flawed Church, Faithful God: A Reformed Ecclesiology for the Real World, 1st Edition

  • Joseph D. Small
  • Published By: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • ISBN-10: 1467450634
  • ISBN-13: 9781467450638
  • DDC: 262
  • 262 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released July 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018
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How can we reconcile the ideal church described by theology with the broken church that we see in the world? This book argues that the church’s true identity is known somewhere in the tension between the two. It revisits familiar ecclesiological concepts—people of God, the body of Christ, the communion of the Holy Spirit—but rather than focusing on theological abstractions or worldly cynicism, it carefully evaluates the church in its scriptural, historical, theological, and social contexts. Both sociologically honest and theologically discerning, the title offers a constructive Reformed yet ecumenical ecclesiology for the real world.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
1: What (In the World) Is the Church?.
2: We Believe?.
3: Church of the Word and Sacrament.
4: Communion of the Holy Spirit.
5: Body Language.
6: Call and Response.
7: People of God.
8: In Our Time.
9: Professing the Faith.
10: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
11: Hope for the Church.
Index of Authors.
Index of Subjects.
Index of Scripture References.