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Reframing Paul: Conversations in Grace & Community [Paperback]

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Pages   255
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2000
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830815708  
EAN  9780830815708  

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This book unveils Paul in his original context and invites us to engage him in new terms. Courageously it draws Paul into vital conversation with contemporary evangelicalism. This is a book for those who wonder why people leave churches for alternative spiritual paths--and who may even be tempted to do so themselves. More than anything, it's for those who wonder what's gone wrong and want to learn from Paul how the church can be an attractive community of transfroming grace and conversation.

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The Greco-Roman world was shaped by ideals and abstract ideas. The Apostle Paul left them behind. But they continue to shape evangelical teaching and practice.This picture contradicts the common impression of Paul as an abstract theologian, someone who wrestled with deep theological doctrine while hovering six feet above everyday reality. But in fact, it was the philosopher's of Paul's day--and even some of Paul's Christian opponents--who traded heavily in abstractions, one-way rhetoric and top-down hierarchies while depreciating the currency of common experience. By contrast, Paul the tentmaker was a conversationalist of God's good news, a storyteller of Jesus Christ, an apostle who walked the avenues and back alleys of everyday reality. His passion was for communities of grace and conversation where the new reality of Christ was explored and embodied within the daily messiness of life.Reframing Paul unveils this Paul in his original context and invites us to engage him on new terms. Courageously author Mark Strom draws Paul into vital conversation with contemporary evangelicalism. His book is for those who wonder why people leave churches for alternative spiritual paths--and who may even be tempted to do so themselves. More than anything, his book is for those who wonder what's gone wrong and who want to learn how the church can be an attractive community of transforming grace and conversation.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark Strom is currently the CEO of Second Road, a unique strategy and innovation firm based in Sidney, Australia. He was previously CEO of Laidlaw College in Auckland, New Zealand. Mark's Ph.D. explored the intellectual and social background of Paul and his place as a major innovator in western thought.

Mark Strom was born in 1956.

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A Daring Book . . . A Beacon of Hope  Jun 14, 2001
A daring book has appeared at a precipitous moment in history. Mark Strom's Reframing Paul rushes to the rescue of modern churches hopelessly lost in a postmodern world. With rare exception, that's every church! We are still trying to see that the baggage dragging us down is our own culture-a culture more dependent on the classical tradition than on the Judeo-Christian. Whenever religion gets too close to culture, tragic ignorance prevails. With breathtaking clarity, Mark Strom reveals this cultural blindness to Paul's true message. Reframing Paul is a beacon of hope for the future.
challenging if not comfortable  Jun 12, 2001
Reframing Paul in my opinion is a good book - not a 'nice' or 'comfortable' book, but one worth reading, especially if you aspire to having a "Berean" spirit -which implies a willingness to have your ideas about the New Testament (NT) and church challenged. But there is also comfort in this book - it gave shape to my increasing unease (over the last ~ 15 years) about the gap between what the NT seems to say - and what we do, and assert as 'biblical'. I no longer feel quite as alone.

But the book is not easy going in some places (unless you are skilled in reading Graeco-Roman philosophy/history). Someone suggested to me this reading plan: " Read chap 1, then 18, then skip 2-3 (or even 2-5), read the rest (feel free to skip around) and come back to the early ones last. They are important context setting, but a bit tough".

But where to from here? The book does not offer easy solutions. (As a former Australian Prime Minister said: "Life wasn't meant to be easy" ;-) By the way, I admired the author's transparency/willingness to be vulnerable. I think that adds to the book. A book read by humans - a book written by a human.

Reframing Evangelical Practice?  Jun 12, 2001
Mark Strom has written a critique of much current evangelical practice. He outlines the world Paul operated in, a world where elitism and abstraction ruled, he then shows how the apostle Paul challenged this world. His critique is that, ironically, much contemporary evangelical practice more closely resembles the world Paul was challenging than Paul himself. A challenge worth sitting up and listening to.
Playing Church  Jun 9, 2001
A helpful book which has emphasised for me how often we are really "playing church" instead of "being church". It has also been helpful in trying to sort out issues of pragmatic concern as oppossed to issues of the fundamental nature of church. For status quotarians, it is a scary proposition that is raised by Mark, but then we are not called to the staus quo but to real life in Christ expressed in openess and "grace-full conversations". A real challenge for us in our western society who like the anonymity of individualism.

A simplified format (study guide????) would be useful for those to whom the current format is daunting or inaccessable.

Reframation  Jan 23, 2001
It was good to have my thoughts challenged by Mark's analysis of Paul and his time and how cultural thinking affected the Christian community. I did find the early chapters a bit tedious althjough commendingly academic.

I am encouraged by the thought to engage in "grace-full conversations" and can see where the modern cgurch has lost it largely in this area. Proffesionalisation of the church has left the average Christioan wondering what their role is. Mark clarifies this well. A discussion guide could be helpful.

The final chapters clarified and questioned my thinking about the church I am part of.

All in all it is a good book -although it may loose non academic readers in the first few chapters. This is sad because the subject needs to be discussed enthusiastically.

I hope many church leaders read thuis book and resist the temptation to defend the status quo. After all many could be out of a paid job if they took Paul's view of the church seriously.

I am recomending the book.

Nice work Mark. I am waiting for "Reframing the church the practical guide". Please write it.


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