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Giving church another chance : finding new meaning in spiritual practices

Author: Todd D Hunter
Publisher: Downers Grove, Ill. : IVP Books, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Hunter (Christianity Beyond Belief) sought God in many churches, from the United Methodist Church of his youth through contemporary fundamentalism to Vineyard, then emerging churches, and finally the Anglican Church. He discovered that the genuine Christian spirituality you've been dreaming of is possible by repracticing the spiritual routines of church. Hunter investigates nine church practicesattendance, prelude,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Todd D Hunter
ISBN: 9780830837489 0830837485
OCLC Number: 456977496
Description: 189 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface: From churched to dechurched to rechurched --
Introduction: Doing the faith for the sake of others --
Going to church : being sent as ambassadors of the kingdom --
Quiet prelude : a life of centered peace --
Singing the doxology : radiating the glory of God --
Scripture reading : embodying the story --
Hearing sermons : an easy-yoke life of obedience --
Following liturgy : a lifestyle of the work of the people --
Giving an offering: simplicity of life --
Taking communion : a life of thankfulness --
Receiving the benediction : blessing others --
Conclusion: Putting the spiritual practices of church to use.
Responsibility: Todd Hunter ; forework by Scot McKnight.

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Hunter (Christianity Beyond Belief) sought God in many churches, from the United Methodist Church of his youth through contemporary fundamentalism to Vineyard, then emerging churches, and finally the Anglican Church. He discovered that the genuine Christian spirituality you've been dreaming of is possible by repracticing the spiritual routines of church. Hunter investigates nine church practicesattendance, prelude, doxology, scripture reading, sermons, liturgy, offering, communion, benedictionas a launching pad to life. He avoids lengthy theological dissection of each practice, instead sharing how each can point to real and lasting life in Jesus. His words ring true for those tired of church as usual, who want to take Jesus outside the doors but aren't sure why or how. Hunter advocates church for spiritual nourishment, but he's also about applying church practices to the heart, then flinging open the church doors to help the world. Hunter describes repracticing communion as changing Eucharist as a noun to Eucharist as a verb. That linguistic transformation exactly conveys his exciting premise for all church practices.
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