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God Unbound

Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church

Elaine Heath • July 2016

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How can the church stay in step with the Spirit during a time of unprecedented change?

The apostle Paul led the Galatians through a massive cultural shift in which they had to radically expand their ideas of who God is, who they were, and God's mission for the church. He was able to lead them through this time of great change because of his encounter with the risen Christ on the Damascus road, an experience in which his view of God was completely upended.

Today Christianity is undergoing a cultural shift just as challenging as the situation confronting Paul and the Galatians. As many churches decline, congregations and pastors feel uncertain and anxious about how to continue their mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.

Elaine Heath extends an invitation to broaden our view of God by moving beyond the walls of buildings and programs to become a more diverse church than we have ever imagined. While deeply honoring tradition, she calls the church to boldly follow the Holy Spirit's leadership into the future. Heath offers practical advice and hope for how the church can move through anxiety to courageous, culturally sensitive, and Spirit-led engagement in our rapidly changing world.

Reflection questions make this book ideal for a 6- to 9-week small-group study.


Categories: Discipleship
Elaine A. Heath is professor of missional and pastoral theology and the former dean of Duke Divinity School. Previously she was McCreless Professor of Evangelism at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, she has served as a pastor in local churches as well as in academia. Elaine is the author of several books and contributor to numerous books by multiple authors. She is cofounder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, a nonprofit that administers a national network of regional hubs of missional learning communities. These communities include new monastic houses, social enterprise, missionally repurposed church spaces, and training programs in missional theology, spiritual formation, and leadership development for a missional church. Elaine lives and serves as abbess at Spring Forest, a United Methodist monastic community and farm in rural North Carolina.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1583-3

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1584-0

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1585-7

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20160701

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x 0.234 in (d)

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Theology / General

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