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Making the best of it : following Christ in the real world

Author: John G Stackhouse
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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In Making the Best of It, John Stackhouse explores the history of the Christian encounter with society, the biblical record, and various theological models of cultural engagement to offer a more balanced and fruitful alternative to these extremes. He argues that, rather than trying to root up the weeds in the cultural field, or trying to shun them, Christians should practice persistence in gardening God's world and  Read more...
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Stackhouse, John G. (John Gordon), 1960-
Making the best of it.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)607811825
Online version:
Stackhouse, John G. (John Gordon), 1960-
Making the best of it.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)608775347
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John G Stackhouse
ISBN: 9780195173581 0195173589
OCLC Number: 167503462
Description: x, 370 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Reappropriating H. Richard Niebuhr's Christ and Culture --
C.S. Lewis : the Christian individual --
Reinhold Niebuhr : prophet of Christian realism --
Dietrich Bonhoeffer : the Christian and the church in and for the world --
Method in ethics : a sketch --
Story and the mission --
Vocation --
Principles of a new realism.
Responsibility: John G. Stackhouse, Jr.
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In Making the Best of It, John Stackhouse explores the history of the Christian encounter with society, the biblical record, and various theological models of cultural engagement to offer a more balanced and fruitful alternative to these extremes. He argues that, rather than trying to root up the weeds in the cultural field, or trying to shun them, Christians should practice persistence in gardening God's world and building toward the New Jerusalem. Examining the lives and works of C.S. Lewis, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer for example and direction, Stackhouse suggests that our mission is to make the most of life in the world in cooperation with God's own mission of redeeming the world he loves. This model takes seriously the pattern of God's activity in the Bible, and in subsequent history, of working through earthly means -- through individuals, communities, and institutions that are deeply flawed but nonetheless capable of accomplishing God's purposes. Christians must find a way to live in this world and at the same time do work that honors God and God's plan for us. - Publisher.

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