The Local Church in a Global Era: Reflections for a New Century

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How is the church being affected by globalization? What does wider and more direct contact between the world religions mean for Christians? What is God doing in the midst of such change? This important volume explores the implications of today's emerging global society for local churches and Christian mission. Prominent scholars, missionaries, and analysts of world trends relate Christian theology and ethics to five clusters of issues-stewardship, prosperity, and justice; faith, learning, and family; the Spirit, wholeness, and health; Christ, the church, and other religions; and conflict, violence, and mission-issues that pastors and congregations will find critical as they think through the mission of the church in our time. Contributors: David Befus Susan Power Bratton Ronald Cole-Turner Tim A. Dearborn Ian T. Douglas Kosuke Koyama John Mbiti James H. Ottley Richard Osmer Scott R. Paeth Cecil M. Robeck Jr. Lamin Sanneh William Schweiker Donald W. Shriver Jr. Max L. Stackhouse Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen Allen Verhey John Witte Jr.

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Max L. Stackhouse is Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Project on Public Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dearborn is associate director for faith and development at World Vision International. Until July 2003, he was dean of the chapel and associate professor of theology at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He is also senior associate at the Institute for Global Engagement in Philadelphia and chair of the board for International Fellowship of Evangelical Mission Theologians. He earned the Ph.D. in systematic theology at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland, the Th.M. in missiology at Fuller Seminary, and the M.T.S. in history of religions at Harvard University Divinity School. He has writtenBeyond Duty: A Passion for Christ, a Heart for Mission (Monrovia, 1997) and The Local Church in a Global Future (Eerdmans, 2000).

Scott R. Paeth is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author or editor of several books, including "Public Theology for a Global Society", "Exodus Church and Civil Society", and "Who Do You Say That I Am?"

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