Thursday, May 10, 2007


The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
by Lesslie Newbigin
255 pages
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (December 1989)


The church is...
  • a community of peace, overflowing reverence for and gratitude to Jesus in the presence of others.
  • a community of truth, proclaiming the ultimate truth of Jesus with modesty, sobriety, and realism.
  • a community that lives for the neighborhood, acting as God’s embassy in that specific location.
  • a community of priestly training, standing before God on behalf of people and before people on behalf of God, all in the context of daily life.
  • a community of hope, living as the hermeneutic of the gospel: a congregation that truly believes the crucified and risen Messiah is the ultimate authority.

NOTE: This is a rumination ("1. The act of pondering; meditation. 2. The act or process of chewing cud." American Heritage Dictionary) in search of synergy ("1. The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.")


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