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Evangelism after Christendom: The Theology and Practice of Christian Witness

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Most people think of evangelism as something an individual does--one person talking to one or more other people about the gospel. Bryan Stone, however, argues that evangelism is the duty and call of the entire church as a body of witness. Evangelism after Christendom explores what it means to understand and put to work evangelism as a rich practice of the church, grounding evangelism in the stories of Israel, Jesus, and the Apostles. This thorough treatment is marked by an astute sensitivity to the ways in which Christian evangelism has in the past been practiced violently, intentionally or unintentionally. Pointing to exemplars both Protestant and Catholic, Stone shows pastors, professors, and students how evangelism can work nonviolently.

Introduction: Reclaiming the E-word
Part 1: The "Practice" of Evangelism
1. Is Evangelism a Practice?
Part 2: The Story of the People of God
2. Israel and the Calling Forth of a People
3. The Evangelistic Significance of Jesus
4. Apostolic Evangelism and the Genesis of the Church
Part 3: Rival Narratives, Subverted Evangelism
5. The Constantinian Story
6. The Story of Modernity
Part 4: The Evangelizing Community
7. Evangelism and Ecclesia
8. Evangelism as a Practice of the Holy Spirit
9. Context and Conversion
Part 5: Evangelism as a Virtuous Practice
10. Martyrdom and Virtue Conclusion: Evangelism before a Watching World Bibliography
Index

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  • Title : Evangelism after Christendom: The Theology and Practice of Christian Witness
  • Author: Stone, Bryan
  • Publisher: Brazos Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • ISBN: 9781441201546

Dr. Stone’s professional experience is in urban and multi-cultural ministry, faith-based non-profit development, and new church development. His doctoral work was in the field of liberation theology and christology, and his current research interests are in evangelism, urban ministry, theology and film, Wesleyan studies, ecclesiology, and postliberal theologies. Dr. Stone is the author or editor of 6 books: Sabbath and the City: Sustaining Urban Pastoral Excellence, co-authored with Claire E. Wolfteich (Westminster John Knox Press); Evangelism After Christendom (Brazos Press, 2007); Thy Nature and Thy Name is Love: Wesleyan and Process Theologies in Dialogue, co-edited with Thomas J. Oord (Kingswood Press, 2001); Faith and Film: Theological Themes at the Cinema (Chalice Press, 2000); Compassionate Ministry: Theological Foundations (Orbis Books, 1996); and Effective Faith: The Christology of Juan Luis Segundo (University Press of America, 1994). Dr. Stone is co-director of the Center for Practical Theology and director of the Congregational Research and Development project at the Boston University School of Theology.

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