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Ancient Faith, Future Mission: Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition Paperback – January 1, 2010


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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Seabury Books (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596271248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596271241
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`"Fresh Expressions" and emergent church are the latest iteration in an ancient and essential tradition, ways of telling the old, old story for the people of today. . . . Read, learn, question, seek wisdom and dream through these pages--and then go and do likewise.' --Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church<br /><br />`The road to the future goes through the past . . .' --Brian McLaren, author of A Generous Orthodoxy and Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices<br /><br />`We are responding to Jesus' call not just to acquire a new set of ideas, but to rejoin the people of God and to help reveal God to the world in the character of our life together.' --Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

About the Author

Steven Croft is Warden of Cranmer Hall in Durham where he developed a new course in Christian leadership. He has acted as Mission consultant to the Diocese of Wakefield for three years. He is the author of several books.

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Ian Mobsby is one of the founding members of the Moot Community in Central London in the UK with past involvement in three previous alt worship/emerging church communities. Ian is an ordained Anglican priest working with the Moot Community full time in the Diocese of London. He is also an Associate Missioner of the Church of England Archbishop's Fresh Expressions Team, and an associate lecturer of the St Paul's Theological Centre in London. Ian is also a Mission Advisor to a number of Diocese in the Episcopal Church of the United States, and a Research Section Editor for the EmergingChurch.info portal, and Co-Editor of the Anglimergent.ning.com global network.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roderic D. Wiltse on May 21, 2010
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Americans have long heard that Christianity in Europe and England is waiting in the graveyard for some kind Samaritan to provide a decent burial. Ancient Faith, Future Mission is a book that tells of new life emerging in the Church in England.
Christianity evolved over the years into a powerful force in the life of Western Europe, and indeed through the colonial period, around the world. We changed from being a faith community focused on living the life of Christ in our time to being doctrinally correct. Ancient Faith, Future Mission suggests we may well be returning to our roots. This is a hopeful book. The Church is beginning to realize that we are not a rest home for saints, but rather, a hospital for sinners and all are welcome.
Roderic D. Wiltse
Episcopal Priest for 50 years.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maurice Hagar on July 23, 2011
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I typically measure the value of a book by the number of pages I've dog-eared or marked up for reflection and application. Few pages in this book went unscathed, but not all for good. The concept is great but the contributions vary. Archbishop Canterbury's address on the meaning of catholic and evangelical Christianity is good. But I'm not a fan of Brian McLaren's postmodern vision for Christianity. The chapter on modern monasticism and a sacramental understanding of life and time is very good, as is "Liturgically Informed Buildings." But Carl Turner's support for "Feminist, Black, and Queer theological frameworks" is regrettable--how can we hold to anything other than a Christian theological framework? "Liturgy and Cultural Engagement" is very good. And the Contemplative Fire movement is intriguing. But U2charist? And The Crossing's affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Christianity is part of the problem, not the solution. Overall, some good stuff but probably not worth your time unless you're Anglican.
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