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Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Moral Courage: Motives and Designs for Ministry in a Troubled World (Studies in Practical Theology) [Paperback]

By Mr. Robert L. Browning (Author) & Mr. Roy A. Reed (Author)
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Pages   260
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.24" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 22, 2004
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802827748  
EAN  9780802827746  


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According to the authors of this powerfully reasoned book, only a serious commitment to the Christian ideas of forgiveness and reconciliation can meet the needs of today's troubled world--and the church must take the lead in this process. Partly a survey of existing attitudes and partly a how-to manual for developing an active "public" church, this book highlights the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation in both congregational life and society, and it traces out the intricacies of making them happen. After discussing views of human nature and exploring the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation, Robert Browning and Roy Reed put forth an innovative four-pronged approach integrating recent scientific studies of forgiveness with bold, theologically grounded ministry proposals.

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According to the authors of this powerfully reasoned book, only a serious commitment to the Christian ideas of forgiveness and reconciliation can meet the needs of today's troubled world -- and the church must take the lead in this process.

Partly a survey of existing attitudes and partly a how-to manual for the development of an active, public church, this book highlights the importance of forgiveness in both congregational life and society, and it traces out the intricacies of making it happen. After discussing common views of human nature and exploring the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation as found in Scripture and throughout church history, the authors introduce a four-pronged approach to fostering forgiveness that includes education, community involvement, political advocacy, and strategies for developing the moral courage required to confront secular society.

Bold and constructive, this book offers a powerful vision of the relation of Christianity and culture.

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A MUST TITLE  Sep 24, 2008
There are plenty of books on the shelves regarding forgiveness, in recent years some books have been added that deal with personal, societal, and tribal reconciliation. But the authors go one huge step deeper...they deal with the issue of moral courage. They are blunt. They speak to the issue that the western church has failed in its concern about the sin-structures around the world and a failed voice to speak up about them.

The book begins by looking at four focus groups that took an extensive written survey followed by a face-to-face focus group discussion with each of the denominations to find out what was meant by the answers. The four groups were Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist, United Methodist, and Pentecostal...a wide and fairly strong representation of what we would call the "western church." The written results were startling. They basically revealed that churches (pastors in particular) no longer speak to issues that might be offensive to the general church population (topics of sin, forgiveness, liturgy, etc.). What was even more startling were the direct quotes from the face-to-face meeting with the authors. People tended to excuse their sins, they felt God need not be involved, and they felt that they could participate in activities in the western world even in those activities had a detrimental affect on the peoples and nations around the world. In other words, people believed in forgiveness and reconciliation, but not much in their lives, in their communities, and in their church supported these beliefs.

The book has a subtitle of "Practical Theology." This is truly an understatement, it is not just about be practical, it also spoke with a air of indictment against the actions of believers who say they believe the words of Jesus and the principles of the Kingdom of God, but these principles were often missing in the practice, liturgy, and actions of churches. A superb book that speaks strongly to the church of the west. The only thing I would like to see is a similar volume that is dedicated to the forgiveness, reconciliation, and the moral courage to fight against abuse of women, genocide, mass killings, tribal warfare and more. Part 2 of this series needs to deal with the global implications.
 

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