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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Abilene Christian Univ Press (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891120106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891120100
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Gary Holloway is Ijams Professor of Bible and the Associate Director of the Center for Spiritual Renewal at Lipscomb University, and preaches at the Natchez Trace Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds degrees from Harding University, the University of Texas, and Emory University, and has recently co-authored Living God's Love: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality (Leafwood Publishers) and Matthew: Jesus is King (Leafwood Publishers). He is married to Deb Rogers Holloway, who teaches theatre at Lipscomb University. Dr. Doug Foster is an Associate Professor of Church History in the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas. In addition to teaching, he is also the Director of the Center for Restoration Studies at the University. Dr. Foster's scholarly work has concentrated on the place of the Stone-Campbell Movement in American Christianity and the nature of the idea of Christian unity. His book Will the Cycle Be Unbroken? Churches of Christ Face the 21st Century analyzes the current and future shape of Churches of Christ. He serves as one of three General Editors of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JeffEChilders79 on October 16, 2010
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This is a fantastic introduction to the historical development of the churches of Christ from the underlying restorationism in late 18th and early 19th century Protestantism to the launch and ultimate union of the Stone and Campbell movements through the development of the Disciples of Christ, the 1906(ish) schism of the churches of Christ, through the 20th century divisions into mainline, progressive, and noninstitutional congregations. As the title expresses, it is indeed concise; inf act, it is more of an historical essay than a history, though the authors provide ample references for further, in-depth study.

Many of us with spiritual roots in the Restoration have lost sight of, even intentionally deemphasized the importance of, our own historical heritage. The authors give a fine introduction to that history, all in the context of building a case that those with Restoration roots should recognize that the story of our faith is a story of living, continuing communities of the people of God, not merely of ideas in a book. They further make an excellent case for returning to the ideal of restoring unity to Christians throughout all denominations, as opposed to the frequently prevalent, though patently untenable, myth of the churches of Christ as the only Christians, members of the one true Church restored to earth in the 19th century.

In the introductory material, the authors treat of the early and medieval Church in a fashion that is over-simplified near the point of naivete, but since this is not the main focus of the book nor is there space to delve deeper, this can be easily forgiven.

I highly recommend this work for anyone with either current or past roots in the churches of Christ, independent Christian Churches, or Disciples of Christ.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Annette on June 4, 2007
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About the 2006 edition: Good general history of the Church of Christ side of the Restoration Movement that challenges the readers to rethink "doctrines" that have been culturally influenced. However, there are some disadvantages. Its brief overview of the Early Church to the Protestant Reformation classically blames political government only rather than church leaders for the church's direction. It also doesn't admit the likelihood that the time gap between the First Century Church and the present requires a different outlook on the Second Coming but instead criticizes the movement's founders for holding "different" views.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By cortezhill VINE VOICE on November 1, 2006
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"Did Churches of Christ really begin as a unity movement? Why didn't I know that?"

"You mean we used to be called Disciples of Christ? I thought that was just another denomination."

"Churches of Christ today believe and practice the same things we have from the beginning, don't we?"

Statements like these by members of the Churches of Christ reflect a serious lack of knowledge of our past and an increasing desire by many to know more of their heritage. That desire has led us to believe there is a need for a brief account of the history of Churces of Christ. This book hopes to serve newcomers and even long-time members of the church by giving them insights into our heritage. It also is an introduction to this significant group of churches for those unfamiliar with its place in American Christianity.

However, any attempt to look at one's spiritual ancestry is as pleasurable and painful as examining ones family tree. Some ancestors and family stories make us swell with pride; others we would just as soon forget. We are two insiders to Churches of Christ writing with a deep appreciation for those who have gone before us. We would in no way bash the church of our mothers and fathers. But as honest historians, we must present our story as we see it, "warts and all."

--- excerpt from book's Preface
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I had a sense of pervading respect for the Churches of Christ after reading Renewing God's People. By beginning with a connection to Jesus' resurrection, and winding through history's road to Barton Stone and then to today's church, the book is a “tribal story” that can bind Christians in the Churches of Christ. Although the history was complex, the book was simply delivered. It gives hope for a greater unity among all Christian faith traditions. Maybe one day all will be able to walk on the same road again.
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More About the Author

Brief Bio:

Gary Holloway is Executive Director of the World Convention (see worldconvention.org). He was formerly Ijams Professor of Bible and the Associate Director of the Center for Spiritual Renewal at Lipscomb University Holding degrees from Freed-Hardeman, Harding, The University of Texas, and Emory University, he has written twenty-seven books, including You Might Be Too Busy If..., Spiritual Practices for People in a Hurry from Leafwood Press as well as several volumes in the Meditative Commentary Series, also from Leafwood. He is married to Deb Rogers Holloway, who teachers theatre at Lipscomb.

All the books by Gary include:

Saints, Demons, and : Southern Preacher Anecdotes. Indiana University Press, 1989.
O.B. Perkins and The Southern Oratorical Preaching Tradition. Edwin Mellen Press, 1992.
In the Name of Jesus: Prayer in the New Testament. Sweet Publishing, 1994.
The College Press NIV Commentary: James and Jude. College Press, 1996.
A Miracle Named Jesus. College Press, 1997.
The Main Thing: A New Look at Ecclesiastes. ACU Press, 1997.
The Unexpected Jesus. College Press, 1998.
Theology Matters, a volume in honor of Harold Hazelip (Editor). College Press, 1998.
Certain Hope: An Encouraging Word from Hebrews. ACU Press, 1999.
Praying Like Jesus. Covenant Publishing, 2000.
Radical Answers from the Minor Prophets. Hillcrest Press, 2001.
Renewing God's People: A Concise History of Churches of Christ (with Doug Foster). ACU Press, 2001, 2nd edition, 2006.
Acts (Streams of Mercy Series). Hillcrest Press, 2002.
Unfinished Reconciliation: Justice, Racism and Churches of Christ (editor). ACU Press, 2003, 2nd enlarged edition, 2013.
Alone with God (editor). Leafwood Publishers, 2003.
Home Among Strangers: In the World with Christ. Covenant Publishing, 2003.
Living God's Love: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality (with Earl Lavender). Leafwood Publishers, 2004.
Matthew: Jesus is King. Meditative Commentary on the New Testament. Leafwood Publishers, 2005.
1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus : Jesus Grows His Church. Meditative Commentary Leafwood, 2006.
Romans and Galatians: The Spirit of Jesus. Meditative Commentary. Leafwood, 2006.
John: Believing in Jesus. Meditative Commentary on the New Testament. Leafwood Publishers, 2007.
Hebrews and James: Brother Jesus. Meditative Commentary. Leafwood Publishers, 2007.
Daily Disciple: A One-Year Devotional Guide. Leafwood Publishers, 2008.
The Letters of Peter, John, and Jude: Living in Jesus. Meditative Commentary. Leafwood Publishers, 2008.
You Might Be Too Busy If..., Spiritual Practices for People in a Hurry. Leafwood Publishers, 2009.
Renewal for Mission: A Concise History of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ (with Dennis Helsabeck and Doug Foster). Leafwood Publishers, 2009.
Praying Dangerously. Leafwood, 2010.
Renewing Christian Unity: A Concise History of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (with Mark Toulouse and Doug Foster), Leafwood Publishers, 2010.
A Month With Jesus: 31 Days with a Surprising Savior.Leafwood Publishers, 2012.

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