Doctrine and Covenants by Community of Christ

By Community of Christ

Doctrine and Covenants is a compilation of the open canon of scripture bought or submitted by way of prophet-presidents and different leaders during the background of the recovery move and through the institution and development of neighborhood of Christ from 1820 via 2016.
Its fundamental objective is to aid participants dwell their lives extra productively and in shut concord with God's will. simply because this can be a dwelling rfile that upholds the church's Enduring precept of continuous Revelation, parts could be extra or deleted from sections as they mirror the brain and may of God and are licensed by means of the typical consent of the folk via their elected representatives in global convention assemblies. Church guidelines and techniques then enforce what this rfile empowers.
This ebook is split into sections (up to part one hundred sixty five) and has a associated topical index.

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Introducing Practical Theology: Mission, Ministry, and the by Pete Ward

By Pete Ward

This advent to the sphere of functional theology reclaims a theological imaginative and prescient for the existence and paintings of the church. Pete Ward dispels the parable that useful theology is a distraction from the "real" projects of ministry or from severe educational theological paintings. He argues that sensible theology is a part of the standard lifetime of the church and that there are a number of attainable techniques, assisting readers evaluation the method that's most suitable to their ministerial context and theological culture. This trustworthy, obtainable source will paintings good for these in education or in ministry.

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Holy Fire Fell: A History of Worship, Revivals, and Feasts by Dirk R. Ellis,Karen Westerfield Tucker

By Dirk R. Ellis,Karen Westerfield Tucker

Why can we worship as we do? What are the forgotten practices as soon as imperative to many early Nazarene congregations? simply because historic occasions and different elements have formed and molded a few of the worship styles present in neighborhood congregations, the way modern Nazarenes worship isn't any coincidence. Like different descendants of the yank holiness move, Nazarene worship is inspired via occasions predating our denominational forebears. this article explores the historical past at the back of present worship traits for a very important cause: the very act of worship shapes and types worshipers. ideals and attitudes are solid no longer in simple terms through what's heard from the pulpit, but in addition by means of what's performed physically within the pew. Ellis examines the liturgical issues and perform of John Wesley in addition to these of early Nazarene pioneers in an try and deal with those matters. In so doing, the booklet offers a old source for denominational leaders, pastors, and congregations. whilst, it goals to aid congregations either to understand our wealthy ecclesial heritage and to seriously assessment present worship practices so they may possibly actually be transformational.

"Maybe it's time to ask how worship took form in our tribe (Wesleyans) and what a lifeless guy named John Wesley may need to give a contribution to the present dialog. Dirk Ellis has performed the devoted paintings of a church historian and theologian to permit this dialog to happen. I belief that as you learn this, you are going to listen the knowledge of historical past as we invent tomorrow."  
--Dan Boone, President, Trevecca Nazarene University

"Ellis has provided a priceless introductory liturgical theology by way of taking a look upon the historical past of worship within the Wesleyan culture with a tighter concentrate on the Church of the Nazarene. Even for these no longer Nazarene, this ancient assessment deals valuable classes for all theologians and practitioners of worship."
--Brent D. Peterson, Northwest Nazarene University

"This e-book is an excellent instance of ways historic and theological mirrored image can boost Christian congregational lifestyles this present day, in particular as Ellis calls us to withstand either formalism and subjectivism, to have fun the energy of revival whereas not easy anti-ritualism, and to include a doxological imaginative and prescient of worship which celebrates the wonder and glory of God."
--John D. Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin university and Calvin Theological Seminary

"Peopled with such figures as John Wesley, Phineas Bresee, and J. B. Chapman, this ancient and analytical learn bristles with perception because it tracks the heritage of sermon, sacraments, track, and precise prone in Nazarene life."
--Stan Ingersol, Denominational Archivist for the Church of the Nazarene

Dirk R. Ellis is pastor of Grace Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Hooksett, New Hampshire (2008). he's a graduate of Olivet Nazarene college, Asbury Theological Seminary, and holds a PhD from Andrews college (Religious Education). He has served as an accessory professor at Olivet Nazarene collage and jap Nazarene collage. presently he teaches in Northwest Nazarene University's on-line application. he's a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society and the North American Academy of Liturgy.

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A Sense of the Heart: Christian Religious Experience in the by Bill J. Leonard

By Bill J. Leonard

for plenty of humans, realizing approximately God isn't really adequate; additionally they are looking to consider God’s presence. even if like St. Paul’s event at the street to Damascus or like Wesley’s “strangely warmed heart,” humans think that not anything can alternative for spiritual event. Even this present day, humans visit church so as to come upon the Divine, during which they suggest adventure God of their midst. This wish to meet or be met by means of God is as previous as humanity, yet the United States in particular has been the seed mattress for what William James famously referred to as “varieties of spiritual experience.” those stories conceal a large spectrum from vintage mysticism to revivalist conversion to a modern pursuit of spirituality. a feeling of the guts strains the character of non secular adventure from the colonial period to the current, trying to outline and describe the character of non secular event and noting universal and specified ways within the paintings of varied students and practitioners. Following that, A experience of the Heart deals a historic assessment of consultant sorts of non secular adventure, the character of such studies and their influence at the American spiritual and cultural context as obtrusive in awakenings, controversies, denominations, and new non secular communities.

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An Ancient Christian Hymn with Musical Notation: Papyrus by Charles H. Cosgrove

By Charles H. Cosgrove

during this e-book, Charles Cosgrove undertakes a complete exam of Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1786, an historic Greek Christian hymn relationship to the past due 3rd century that gives the main old surviving instance of a notated Christian melody. the writer analyzes the textual content and song of the hymn, situating it within the context of the Greek literary and hymnic culture, historical Greek tune, early Christian liturgy and devotion, and the social surroundings of Oxyrhynchus circa three hundred C.E. The large sweep of the observation touches the pursuits of classical philologists, experts in old Greek tune, church historians, and scholars of church tune history.

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Reformation, Dissent and Diversity: The Story of Scotland's by Andrew T.N. Muirhead

By Andrew T.N. Muirhead

This ebook examines and describes for the overall reader the lifestyles and features of the church buildings which flourished in Scotland among the Reformation and the mid-20th century. it's going to support either beginner and specialist historians to appreciate the various denominations, and presents heritage to, and context for, their very own examine. Church impact on society has been rather powerful in Scotland and church files are a massive resource of pre-1844 details, yet no contemporary booklet bargains properly with the church historical past.

Here, the writer explores how church buildings constructed in, and interacted with, society. An assessment of the church buildings of Scotland from the Reformation to 1960 is by means of a short exam of every denomination together with doctrinal matters, worship, association, social and demographic elements, and mapping to teach the geographical strengths of specific groups.

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A Theology to Live By: The Practical Luther for the by Herman A Preus

By Herman A Preus

This publication assumes that Luther's doctrine, notwithstanding "abstract" a few may possibly think about components of it to be, is useful in its entirety. From construction, to the autumn, to the existence less than the go, Preus indicates that the tale of salvation is knit jointly as one garment, in order that we have fun within the fullness of that which we've got bought. the applying to Christian residing offers humans an instantaneous source for course, one now not dictated via arbitrary cultural notions of "practicality" yet directed by means of the note of God.

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Homosexuality and Following Jesus by Paul Flaman

By Paul Flaman

Jesus' prayer used to be "that all could be one."

In this transparent, concise, and compelling ebook, Paul Flaman addresses ways that we will be able to give a contribution to pleasurable this foundational prayer of the Christian lifestyles in terms of the problem of homosexuality -- a subject matter that has brought on a lot department in international locations, church buildings, and households round the world.

Flaman argues that Jesus' instance and educating support us specialize in what's most vital, together with his demand us to:

  • Treat others the way in which we want to be handled
  • Respond to the genuine wishes of others in loving others as he loves us
  • Live in accordance with the reality
  • Take up our pass to discover fullness of existence
  • Avoid sexual immorality
  • Forgive and be reconciled and healed

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Luther Refracted: The Reformer's Ecumenical Legacy by Piotr J. Malysz,Derek R. Nelson

By Piotr J. Malysz,Derek R. Nelson

Luther Refracted speaks to the forex that Luther’s lifestyles and proposal proceed to get pleasure from in today’s Christian mirrored image. The participants, representing various Christian denominations, show Luther’s lasting influence all alone traditions and, including the Lutheran respondents, motivate a clean figuring out of the Reformer. of their every now and then full of life engagement, Luther’s legacy involves mild not just as variously bought but additionally as contradicted, and remodeled, purely to reemerge as a fruitful leaven for additional concept and transformation. the entire essays provided the following witness to Luther’s value as an impressive healthcare professional ecclesiae, a instructor of the church.

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Time and the Word: Figural Reading of the Christian by Ephraim Radner

By Ephraim Radner

This booklet by way of Ephraim Radner constitutes the 1st major theological account of the rules and strategies of the figural examining of Scripture. Radner's reintroduces modern students to a conventional method of biblical interpretation that dates again to Jewish perform from ahead of the time of Jesus. Figural interpretation persevered in prominence during the early church, the center a long time, and into the early smooth interval earlier than it was once forcefully rejected with the increase of old criticism.

Embracing "spiritual" and "allegorical" methods of figuring out the Bible, figural examining as soon as provided a wide method of examining Scripture—an procedure that Radner right here engages via a foundational theological lens. Radner first uncovers the theological presuppositions of figural interpreting, traditionally and philosophically, focusing specially at the Christian realizing of time and the divine. He then strikes from the theoretical to the concrete, taking a look at examples of ways figural analyzing of the Bible offers upward push to precise doctrinal claims approximately God and displaying the way it can nonetheless fruitfully tell Christian educating and preaching this day. The booklet concludes with 4 pattern figural sermons from around the centuries.

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