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Where Resident Aliens Live: Exercises for Christian Practice Paperback – April 1, 1996
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Stanley and Will return with spirited offensive strategies for feisty resident aliens. A resident alien knows who the enemy is, and here is a guide to the Christian initiation, practice, and discipline that is required for a people at war with the world. Some Christian liberals think that resident aliens are sectarian, and that they wish to withdraw from engagement with the world. God forbid! The book is thus full of stories of resident aliens who have been baptized, trained, and conditioned - like Marines in boot camp - to be new citizens and find a new home in the distinctly Christian community. Some Christian conservatives want a "to do" list that lays out the program for becoming a congregation or small group of resident aliens. Or perhaps they want a list of beliefs that might be defended. You won't find that here, for these desires are what ails the disestablished church. A list of options and choices, or an elective program for "wannabe" resident aliens, is an accommodation to the false god of freedom. Resident aliens are imitated and understood by telling their stories, by enfleshing their practices in the narrative that becomes part of the unfolding Christian story.
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Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law at the Divinity School at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He has written a voluminous number of articles, authored and edited many books, and has been the subject of other theologians' writing and interest. He has been a board member of the Society of Christian Ethics, Associate Editor of a number of Christian journals and periodicals, and a frequent lecturer at campuses across the country.
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The writers of this book are Methodist Pastors. Their teachings come closer to the founder of the Methodist movement John Wesley. The authors of this book do distance themselves from certain church practices in today's Methodist church. The word Alien comes from First Peter 2:11
Beloved, I beseech you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against your soul.
The home for a Christian is in heaven. The nonbelievers home is here on earth. The Christian therefore should live differently that then those that do not have hope of salvation. The word practice is used to describe the habits, choice of activity, what he participates in, and how one engage with other human beings. There should be some reflection of ones behavior and one's fellowship with God. To this I agree.