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Ecclesiology

Reformed Ecclesiology: The Community of Christ, by Dr. Dennis Okholm--
Okholm studies the nature of the church: where it is found, what about schism, the mission of the church. p. 1  Jan/Feb 2009 Theology Matters

The Reformation Marks of the Church, by Dr. Jerry Andrews, p.8--
Andrews examines the Reformation marks of: the Gospel rightly preached, the sacraments rightly administered and discipline as seen through the eyes of Zwingli, Calvin, and Knox.  Sep/Oct 2008 Theology Matters  p. 8

Ordinary and Extraordinary Discipline: Mutual Accountability in the Reformed Tradition by Charles Wiley
Wiley addresses mutual accountability; why discipline?, ordinary discipline, reconciliation, worship at the heart, grace in the mundane, we are all implicated, moving forward.     Jan/Feb 2003 Theology Matters    p. 10

Authentic Worship in a Changing World: What's Next by Robert Webber, Webber was William R. & Geraldyne B. Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL. He is the author of numerous books on worship.  Webber looks at new movements of change in worship, sociological changes, theological changes, and the future of worship. Sep/Oct 2000 Theology Matters   p. 1

Pop Spirituality or Genuine Story? The Church's Gifts for Postmodern Times by Marva J. Dawn.  Dawn is an Adjunct Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College and author of numerous books on worship. This is an excerpt from her book A Royal Waste of Time, 1999 Eerdmans Publishing.  Dawn examines, the movement to postmodernism, the denial of the meta-narrative, the biblical meta-narrative as eternal, Christianity and premodernism, Christianity and modernism and Christianity and postmodernism and the biblical meta-narrative as a gift to the postmodern world, how the revelation forms us, the christian community as gift to the postmodern world, the truth of God as gift to he postmodern world. Sep/Oct 2000 Theology Matters   p.6

The Centrality of Holiness to Christian Faith: Why Holiness Has Become Irrelevant in Postmodern Religion by David F. Wells, Andrew Muctch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and author of numerous books including Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision.  Wells writes, "The greatest dangers to evangelical faith, I believe, lie as much in what we do know as in what we don't.  They lie not only in the doctrinal fog represented on many a church pew each Sunday but also in the great truths of Christian faith which are professed on those same pews but which, nonetheless, now lie dormant."   Wells examines the meaning of "the Holy".  He writes, What the holiness of God means is rather clear: it is what it means to us that is problematic and obscure."   Wells argues that we define life in terms of the therapeutic.  "We now translate many of life's wrongs into diseases; we focus these in the self; we think that our remedy can be found within; and,...insofar as there is a religious dimension to all of this, it takes the form of recasting God as the source of our inner healing."  Wells examines the "Disappearance of Sin" and the needed remedy of biblical preaching.  "The God of Calvin and Luther has, in these sermons, disappeared.  In his place is one far less transcendent, far more mellow, one who feels our pain as any good Boomer might, and who is so much more user-friendly."  Mar/Apr 1998 Theology Matters p. 1

A Word of Hope for a Church in Pain: Biblical and Theological Dimensions of Ecclesiastical Discipline by Teresa M. McAnally, PCUSA pastor.  Examining the role of discipline in a believer's life and in the church's life, McAnally looks at, "A Necessary Component of Human Development" "The Act of a Loving God" ,"Ecclesiastical Discipline as Loving Legacy of the Holy Spirit" ,"The State of Discipline in the Church Today".   Mar/Apr 1998 Theology Matters  p. 6

When Everything is Permitted  by Wolfhart Pannenberg, reprinted with permission from First Things Journal, February 1998, No. 80, pp. 26-30.  Pannenberg writes, "It may well be the case that the moral crisis of modern secular societies is attributable to the fact that God is no longer publicly recognized as the source of moral norms...Historical experience demonstrates that, for societies and for individuals, the autonomy of reason cannot successfully replace the authority of God. In this respect Rousseau is fully vindicated.  As is Dostoevsky, whose Ivan Karamazov observed that, without God, "everything is permitted."  Pannenberg's solution to the moral dilemma begins with a renewal of Christian morality in the Christian community.  Mar/Apr 1998 Theology Matters p. 8 

The Discipline of the Church: Its Chief Use in Censures and Excommunication by John Calvin, reprinted from the Institutes of the Christian Religion ed. by John McNeil (Library of Christian Classics Series.  Used by permission of WJK Press, Book IV, Chapter XII, 1-5, pp 1229-1234.  Calvin addresses the necessity and nature of church discipline; stages of church discipline; the purpose of church discipline, and the limits of our judgment according to church discipline,  Mar/Apr 1998 Theology Matters  p. 12

Engaging the World With Christ: Participating in the Royal Office of Christ by Scott R. A.  Starbuck, Ph.D.  Starbuck examines the three offices Christ was given: prophet, king and priest.  Starbuck continues, "once we receive the benefits of Christ's three-fold office, we directly become participants with Christ within his offices."   Starbuck then focuses primarily on exegeting and interpreting the participation of ordained officers in the royal office of Christ.  Jan/Feb 1998 Theology Matters p. 1

John Calvin on the Unity and Truthfulness of the Church by James C, Goodloe, Ph.D Goodloe also touches on two points in Calvin that may have particular relevance today. The first is Calvin’s lack of confidence in provincial councils of the church, which may be the closest equivalent to our contemporary denominations.  The second point is Calvin’s insistence that a church must have a proper constitution to order its internal life. Goodloe raises the question, suggested by recent actions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly, as to whether that denomination still has a governing constitution.Spring 2016 Theology Matters Pg. 1