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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Leafwood Publishers (May 2, 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0976779064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976779063
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...An excellent job showing how Scripture and contemporary scholarship sustain the commitments of Lipscomb and Harding and challenge our lives..." -- Thomas H. Olbricht, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion, Pepperdine University

"This is church history at its best, using story and scripture to shape and move us." -- Douglas A. Foster, Director, Center for Restoration Studies, Abilene Christian University

About the Author

John Mark Hicks is professor of theology at Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee, and adjunct professor of Christian doctrine at Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis. He holds a Ph.D. in Reformation and Post-Reformation History from Westminster Theological Seminary.

Bobby Valentine ministers with the Southside Church of Christ, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He formerly served congregations in Louisiana and Mississippi. He holds an M.A. in church history and an M.Div. from Harding Graduate School of Religion, Memphis, Tennessee.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lee Freeman on May 4, 2007
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Kingdom Come is a book whose time is long overdue. Finally a book that takes seriously and explores in depth the grace-centered, counter-cultural theology of two giants among Churches of Christ from the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, Elders James A. Harding (1848-1922) and David Lipscomb (1831-1917).

While not ignoring these men's roles in the brotherhood disputes that ultimately led to the 1906 split bewteen the Disciples of Christ and the Church of Christ (both men acted on principle in this matter, and Lipscomb in particular resisted choosing sides until he felt he had no choice), the book nevertheless finds much to commend in their deeply grace-centered, counter-cultural theology, a theology of grace and an openness to the power of the Holy Spirit that predominated in many sections of the Brotherhood until the mid-twentieth century. Valentine has argued persuasively elsewhere that a kind of religious modernism overcame large segments of the Church of Christ beginning in the early years of the twentieth century. The early grace-centered, counter-cultural, pacifistic unity and reform-driven impetus of the Stone-Campbell Reformation was largely abandoned in favor of a cold, legalistic theology in which much more attention was given to ecclesiology, plans and patterns and a correct understanding of baptism; the role and work of the Holy Spirit was relegated to a "Word-only" operation on the believer as he or she read the Bible, and the literal indwelling was explained away as so much "denominational twaddle" in the words of one early "Word-only" advocate.

The book examines for example, Lipscomb's forgotten pacifism and aversion to Christian participation in civil government; indeed Foy E. Wallace, Jr.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David on October 6, 2006
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Anybody who is serious about their Christian walk needs to read a book like this. Genuine Christianity is inherently counter-cultural, and this book makes this point time and again by looking at some of the 'lost history' of churches of Christ.

Most chapters are divded into three sections. The first portion gives historical evidences of ways in which David Lipscomb and James A. Harding (and, to a lesser extent, such successors to their traditions like RH Boll and JH Armstrong) lived out their understanding of Christ and his church; the second gives evidence as to why their understandings and lifestyles were solidly Biblical, and the final portion of each chapter tries to make this more applicable to the reader.

At times the applications are perhaps not always clear, but this could possibly come from my own immersion with modern culture. Our selling out to the ways of the world makes the reality of Biblical teaching to be what is difficult; perhaps this is why such books (as well as reading scripture itself, especially the gospels and prophets) are so important in our modern, increasingly secularistic world. Such counter-cultural ideas, even if they are old and true, do not allow us to be comfortable, which for many has become the ultimate goal of life.
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Today I feel like recommending a book to you that I recently received as a gift. I'm not one who just recommends something without first examining it. I just finished Chapter 4 of this book, and I have to tell you, that if you get this book and just read and gain insight from Chapter 4 your money will have been well spent and your relationship with Jesus will benefit tremendously from it. In fact, I may read chapter 4 a dozen or so more times before I move on. It's that good! Now that I've given you my thoughts on it. Go get it and be blessed!
Special thanks to the authors and my brothers in Jesus. Bobby Valentine and John Mark Hicks
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So,much needed.Great book,well balanced and genuine telling of history.Obviously well researched,as well as well written.Reveals an intent,and problems hindering the fulfillment of he dream to achieve unity within the the Body.I highly recommend this book.
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