- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: NYU Press; First Edition edition (November 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814767486
- ISBN-13: 978-0814767481
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,129,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This work will be useful to those interested in the emerging church movement and Protestant charismatics. The church's trajectory—which ended before the fieldwork study was over—will also engage those interested in studying the at-times messy intertwining of religious institutions, prophetic leadership, and supernaturally focused practices."
”Useful to those interested in the emerging church movement and Protestant charismatics.”-Choice
"An exceptional book in that it tells the story of the failure of a faith-based movement rather than its success. In a richly textured narrative, the authors describe the limitations of religious charisma when it confronts the harsh reality of a business-minded board that requires accountability. This book is fascinating reading for anyone who wants to understand the interplay between spirit and flesh, vision and economic reality."
-Donald E. Miller,Executive Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California
About the Author
Margaret M. Poloma is Professor Emeritus at the University of Akron. She is the author of many books, including Main Street Mystics,and (with Ralph W. Hood, Jr.) Blood and Fire: Godly Love in a Pentecostal Emerging Church (NYU Press, 2008).
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Mostly from the perspective of the sympathetic sociologist Margaret Poloma, Blood and Fire details the painful schism that killed an inner-city church mission among Atalanta's poor and homeless. Those who favor the "intentional unsettledness" of the Emerging Church ideology will reprove Poloma and co-author Ralph Hood for misunderstanding what is nothing other than an evolving vision. To the contrary, I applaud their courage for exposing inconsistencies and inadequacies that were painful to discover. The authors were clearly frustrated that visionary and charismatic pastor David VanCronkhite was a little too impulsive, a little too insulated from the "street-level" dynamics of his mission, and a little too confident to accept accountability to the board he confessed was chosen by God.
Blood and Fire is an academic study, so a few pages are rather dense with jargon as the authors describe the sociological models they use. On the other hand, even a layperson can learn invlauable lessons from the mistakes of Blood-n-Fire church.