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Renewing the Church by the Spirit
Theological Education after Pentecost
PAPERBACK; Published: 11/3/2020
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7840-3
Price: $ 19.99
167 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.5 x 8.5
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Series: Theological Education between the Times

In most parts of the world and especially where Christianity is flourishing, Pentecostal and charismatic movements predominate. What would it look like for the Western world—beset by the narrative of decline—to participate in this global Spirit-driven movement? According to Amos Yong, it all needs to start with the way we approach theological education. 

Renewing the Church by the Spirit makes the case for elevating pneumatology in Christian life, allowing the Spirit to reinvigorate church and mission. Yong shows how this approach would attend to both the rapidly deinstitutionalizing forms of twenty-first-century Christianity and the pressing need for authentic spiritual experiences that marks contemporary religious life. He begins with a broad assessment of our postmodern, post-Enlightenment, post-Christendom ecclesial context, before moving into a detailed outline of how a Spirit-filled approach to theological education—its curriculum, pedagogy, and scholarship—can meet the ecclesial and missional demands of this new age.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Part One: Church amid World Christianities: The Heart and Soul of Theological Education
     1. Theological Education and the (Western) Church: Equipping the Body of Christ
     2. Theological Expansion of the Church Catholic: Engaging the People of God
     3. Theological Transformation of the Church: Empowering the Fellowship of the Spirit
Part Two: Witness in Global Contexts: The Hands and Works of Theological Transformation
     4. Missional Information: Publicizing the Coming Age
     5. Market Reformation: Materializing the Jubilee Spirit
     6. Personal Formation: Participating in the Triune Community
Part Three: Academy in Glocal Contexts: The Mind and Task of Theological Exploration
     7. Theological Curriculum: Teaching by the Spirit of Truth
     8. Theological Pedagogy: Learning in the Spirit of Wisdom
     9. Theological Scholarship: Renewing the Mind through the Spirit
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REVIEWS
“Amos Yong in this book rethinks, reformats, and relaunches theological education as a missiological calling and task driven by pneumatological imagination. The result is a pragmatic vision of higher education fit for our era characterized by networked global humanity and marked by bold, vital, and renewing movements of the Holy Spirit. The book’s scholarship is subtle, wise, beautiful, and provocative.”
— Nimi Wariboko
Boston University
author of The Split Economy: Saint Paul Goes to Wall Street
“Yong begins with the church—global, multi-lingual, multi-cultural, asking varied questions—more in need of a Day of Pentecost than ever. With that firmly in mind, he turns to theological education, considering its roles in the mission of God, the formation of God’s people, and their genuine liberation. Topics range from technology and economics, to theological relevance and academic guilds, as he constructively challenges the dominant Western model. A powerful framework.”
— Larry A. Smith
president, ScholarLeaders International

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