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Being church, becoming community / John M. Buchanan
Bib ID 1337258
Format BookBook
Author
Buchanan, John M., 1938-
 
Edition 1st ed. 
Description Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press, c1996 
xii, 125 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 0664256694 (alkaline paper) (paperback)
Summary

John Buchanan, pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, challenges the church to have an impact on the community at large. Drawing from his experience at Fourth Presbyterian, he explores the specific ways the church intersects the life of the community. He vigorously affirms the Reformed tradition's unique strengths and heritage, as well as its ongoing relevance in today's world. To Buchanan, mainline churches have an obligation to be in the world, and their effectiveness requires that they not abandon their traditions. Churches need to steer a course that allows them both the ability to maintain a singular way in the world and a creative response to questions of meaning, hope, vocation, and values.

Full contents
  • 1. A Church in the City
  • 2. The Church's Mission
  • 3. The People
  • 4. Three Seekers
  • 5. The Connection Is Worship
  • 6. The Trajectory of Faith: Beginning with Grace
  • 7. The Trajectory of Faith: From Grace to Responsibility
  • 8. The Church in the Future: Coherence, Experience, Relevance.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [123]-125).

Subjects Buchanan, John M., 1938-  |  Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago, Ill.)  |  City churches.  |  Chicago (Ill.) -- Church history -- 20th century.

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