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By Joe R. Jones

Joe Jones, a retired and recognized systematic theologian, confesses he has a lover's quarrel with the church. In wide-ranging writings usually relationship when you consider that 2006, he forthrightly argues for a theologically sound figuring out of the church. And he pursues a multi-faceted critique of the feckless ways that genuine churches--ministers and laity--balk and betray their rightful calling to witness in notice and deed to God. he's specifically serious of the sensible ways that congregations develop into not more than replicate photos in their sociopolitical milieu, no matter if to the proper or to the left. therefore the quarrel, trenchantly pursued in significant essays, blogs, and religious reflections on his personal earlier. however it continues to be crystal transparent to Jones in his discovered and profound confession that it's his cherished church with which he quarrels and approximately which he nonetheless has extravagant hopes. A Lover's Quarrel is a booklet acceptable for ministers and laity, scholars and professors, and discovered skeptics.

"Joe Jones writes as he speaks, with ardour and lightweight. Addressing matters in church and society, besides probing reflections upon our lives as contributors and individuals of households, he invitations his reader, usually with arresting poignancy, to freshly and deeply examine the that means of God's motion in Jesus Christ."
--D. Newell Williams, President and Professor of contemporary and American Church historical past, Brite Divinity School

"Intellectual piety, ethical and social ardour, and pastoral concern--all proficient through a profound feel of the grace of God and conveyed in arresting language--animate those essays, own memoirs, and sermons. whilst Jones writes that less than the preaching and instructing of his overdue liked pastor one received 'an inescapable feel that we were lovingly unmasked and forgiven and challenged to stay differently,' these phrases may be taken to explain the cumulative influence of this ebook at the reader."
--J. Gerald Janzen, MacAllister-Petticrew emeritus Professor of previous testomony, Christian Theological Seminary

"A Lover's Quarrel is far greater than a memoir and summation of Jones' suggestion; it's a booklet of theology. Jones' transparent description of the discourses and practices which are 'church' is carefully utilized to the yank church as a decision to faithfulness in all components of lifestyles, together with the political enviornment. most significantly, this can be a e-book packed with hope--that the church will rediscover its middle, its witness, and its very identity."
--Chip Kooi, Professor of Theology, Oklahoma Christian University

Joe R. Jones is Professor Emeritus of Theology and Ethics at Christian Theological Seminary, in Indianapolis, and now residing in retirement in his place of origin of Oklahoma urban. he's the writer of the nonetheless conventional A Grammar of Christian religion: Systematic Explorations in Christian lifestyles and Doctrine (2002) and On Being the Church of Jesus Christ in Tumultuous Times (2005).

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