A Lover’s Quarrel: A Theologian and His Beloved Church by Joe R. Jones PDF

By Joe R. Jones

Joe Jones, a retired and recognized systematic theologian, confesses he has a lover's quarrel with the church. In wide-ranging writings ordinarily courting for the reason that 2006, he forthrightly argues for a theologically sound realizing of the church. And he pursues a multi-faceted critique of the feckless ways that real churches--ministers and laity--balk and betray their rightful calling to witness in observe and deed to God. he's in particular serious of the sensible ways that congregations turn into not more than replicate photos in their sociopolitical milieu, even if to the ideal or to the left. for this reason the quarrel, trenchantly pursued in significant essays, blogs, and non secular reflections on his personal earlier. however it continues to be crystal transparent to Jones in his realized and profound confession that it really is his cherished church with which he quarrels and approximately which he nonetheless has extravagant hopes. A Lover's Quarrel is a publication applicable for ministers and laity, scholars and professors, and discovered skeptics.

"Joe Jones writes as he speaks, with ardour and light-weight. Addressing concerns in church and society, in addition to probing reflections upon our lives as participants and contributors of households, he invitations his reader, usually with arresting poignancy, to freshly and deeply think about the which means of God's motion in Jesus Christ."
--D. Newell Williams, President and Professor of contemporary and American Church heritage, Brite Divinity School

"Intellectual piety, ethical and social ardour, and pastoral concern--all trained through a profound experience of the grace of God and conveyed in arresting language--animate those essays, own memoirs, and sermons. whilst Jones writes that lower than the preaching and educating of his overdue cherished pastor one received 'an inescapable experience that we were lovingly unmasked and forgiven and challenged to reside differently,' these phrases may be taken to explain the cumulative impact of this e-book at the reader."
--J. Gerald Janzen, MacAllister-Petticrew emeritus Professor of previous testomony, Christian Theological Seminary

"A Lover's Quarrel is way greater than a memoir and summation of Jones' idea; it's a ebook of theology. Jones' transparent description of the discourses and practices which are 'church' is carefully utilized to the yankee church as a decision to faithfulness in all components of existence, together with the political area. most significantly, it is a publication full of hope--that the church will rediscover its middle, its witness, and its very identity."
--Chip Kooi, Professor of Theology, Oklahoma Christian University

Joe R. Jones is Professor Emeritus of Theology and Ethics at Christian Theological Seminary, in Indianapolis, and now residing in retirement in his place of origin of Oklahoma urban. he's the writer of the nonetheless prevalent A Grammar of Christian religion: Systematic Explorations in Christian existence and Doctrine (2002) and On Being the Church of Jesus Christ in Tumultuous Times (2005).

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