9781597521055-1597521051-Religious No More: Building Communities of Grace and Freedom

Religious No More: Building Communities of Grace and Freedom

ISBN-13: 9781597521055
ISBN-10: 1597521051
Edition: First Edition
Author: Baker, Mark D.
Publication date: 2005
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Format: Paperback 190 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781597521055
ISBN-10: 1597521051
Edition: First Edition
Author: Baker, Mark D.
Publication date: 2005
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Format: Paperback 190 pages

Summary

Acknowledged authors Baker, Mark D. wrote Religious No More: Building Communities of Grace and Freedom comprising 190 pages back in 2005. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1597521051 and 9781597521055. Since then Religious No More: Building Communities of Grace and Freedom textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Too many Christians are "religious" - their faith is more a human endeavor than a response to God's loving initiative. Such religion assumes that our value comes not from God but from what we do. It absorbs principles and postulates from the surrounding society, leading to further misconceptions about God and our relation to our Creator. All this hinders people from experiencing vibrant Christian community, where they could freely love and be loved.

Mark Baker suggests that just as car companies test automobiles under severe conditions to uncover weaknesses, North American Christians may detect fallacies in their "gospel" by examining how it plays out under the challenges of poverty, injustice, and entrenched religiosity. Baker's test case is drawn from his ten-year missionary experience in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, at churches born out of North American mission work.

Baker observes Honduran church life, draws parallels to the dangers of religion in the North American church and mines from Galatians exciting possibilities of robust Christian grace and freedom. The result is a bracing and refreshing approach to Christian community for laypersons, pastors, missionaries, and mission strategists.

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