The Emerging Church: A Model for Change & Map for Renewal

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Wood Lake Publishing Inc., 2008 - 224 pages

Realizing the importance of creating a practical guide for both ministers and congregations seeking to shift their congregational culture towards a progressive form of Christianity, Bruce Sanguin grounds The Emerging Church in the experience of his own congregation, Canadian Memorial United, as way to establish context and to share real-life examples. At the same time, he peppers the book with insights from leading edge science, including the science of emergence, chaos theory, quantum physics, field theory, spiral dynamics, and evolutionary science.

Download the spiral dynamics charts Spiral Dynamics Chart and Spiral Dynamics by Don Beck.

Written in language lay people can understand, The Emerging Church is filled with no-nonsense, realistic advice on the pitfalls and possibilities of following the vision of the emerging Christian way.

Nudged by an evolutionary Spirit and drawn by the love of Christ into an emerging future, the church of the loving and living Christ may be the "best kept secret of our day." In The Emerging Church, Bruce Sanguin shares "the secret" with anyone and everyone willing to listen.

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Contents

Chapter One
19
Appendix 1
199
Appendix 2
200
Appendix 3
201
Bibliography
202
Back Cover
209
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Page 66 - The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.
Page 11 - I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot.
Page 113 - What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, 'See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you
Page 191 - I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.
Page 105 - Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us...
Page 99 - When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
Page 191 - There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique . And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it.
Page 155 - If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Page 23 - The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.
Page 191 - Nor how it compares to other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, To keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly To the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.

About the author (2008)

Bruce Sanguin is a minister of Canadian Memorial Church & Centre for Peace in Vancouver, BC. He has been a United Church minister for over eighteen years. Bruce is also the author of If Darwin Prayed, Darwin, Divinity and the Dance of the Cosmos, and The Advance of Love along with various other titles.

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