Blood and Fire: Godly Love in a Pentecostal Emerging Church

Blood and Fire: Godly Love in a Pentecostal Emerging Church

Blood and Fire: Godly Love in a Pentecostal Emerging Church

Blood and Fire: Godly Love in a Pentecostal Emerging Church

Synopsis

An essential addition to any economics library, these five volumes present the contributions and writings of an influential and prolific scholar.

Excerpt

No doubt there is much noise in evangelical Christianity. There
are many false prophets (and false profits) out there, and all kinds
of embarrassing things being done in the name of God. … Many
of us are refusing to allow distorted images of our faith to de
fine us. There are those of us who, rather than simply reject pop
evangelicalism, want to spread another kind of Christianity, a
faith that has as much to say about this world as it does about the
next. New prophets are rising up who try to change the future,
not just predict it. There is a movement bubbling up that goes be
yond cynicism and celebrates a new way of living, a generation
that stops complaining about the church it sees and becomes the
church it dreams of. And this little revolution is irresistible. It is a
contagious revolution that dances, laughs, and loves.

—Claiborne 2006, 23–24

Beyond the kitsch of Christian television and the multifaceted mega-churches that have captivated religion watchers is a post-modern resistance movement with its headquarters on the Internet and many of its congregants meeting in homes and urban warehouses. Its leaders are calling the phenomenon the emerging church, and some, like Shane Claiborne, believe it is an “irresistible revolution” that will draw believers back to the heart of the Christian Gospel. It is more than a theological critique of modern Western Christianity. It is a religious movement that seeks to deconstruct modern religion and to realign it with the dynamic process that we call godly love.

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