Minister's Service Book: For Pulpit and Parish
How are we to explain the fragmentation of evangelical faith today and the current turmoil in the churches? According to David Wells, the answer lies in seeing how modernity is reshaping the whole of Western culture, including that part of it which is religious. This book provides a compelling critique of the modern world and the state of evangelical theology.
Wells's sweeping analysis explores the collapse of theology in the church, the academy, and modern culture. The new environment in which we live, with its huge cities, triumphant capitalism, invasive technology, and incessant amusements, is homogenizing daily experience, bringing about a world cliche culture. While the modern world has produced astonishing abundance, it has also taken a dreadful toll on the human spirit, emptying it of meaning, depth, and morality.
Seeking respite from the acids of modernity, people today have increasingly turned to religions and therapies centered on the self. And, whether consciously or not, evangelicals have taken the same path, refashioning their faith into a religion of the self. Because the modern churchgoer is so often a consumer, pastors are redefining their roles in terms of their own marketability. Evangelicals, argues Wells, have largely lost the truth that God also stands outside all human experience, that he still summons sinners to repentance and belief regardless of their self-image, and that he calls his church to stand fast in his truth against the blandishments of the modern world.
Written expressly to encourage renewal in evangelical theology, No Place for Truth explores the interface between Christian faith and the modern world in entirely new ways and with uncommon rigor. It raises profound questions about the future of conservative Protestant faith. Here is provocative reading for scholars, ministers, Christian leaders, seminary students, and all theologically concerned people.
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Service for Recognition and Installation of Church Officers and Leaders
Service for Ordination of a Deacon
Service for Licensing a Person To Preach
Service for Ordination of a Minister
Service for Installation of a Minister
Service for Organizing a New Church
Service for the Dedication of a New Church
Service for Breaking Ground for a New Church Building
MARRIAGE AND THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Service for the Renewal of Marriage Vows
Service for the Dedication of Children
Service for the Dedication of a New Home
THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD
Service for the Burial of an Adult
Service for the Burial of a Young Person
Service for a Person Who Has Committed Suicide
For a Child
For an Aged Person
For a Person outside the Fellowship of the Church
Service for Reception of New Converts into Full Membership
Service for Laying the Cornerstone of a New Church Building
Service for the Dedication of a New Church Building
Service for Burning the Mortgage on a Church Building
MINISTERING TO THE SICK AND SHUTIN
Meditations and Prayers
For Those in Physical or Mental Anguish
For Those Seeking Forgiveness
For the Aged
For Those Who Have Recovered
For Those Who Face Death
Administration of the Lords Supper for the Sick and ShutIn
PRAYERS FOR VARIOUS NEEDS AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Prayers of Thanksgiving
Prayers of Confession
Prayers of Petition
Prayers for Special Use
Prayers for Special Days
A YEAR OF SCRIPTURE READINGS
Readings for January through December
Readings for the Lords Supper
Readings for Palm Sunday
Readings for Easter Sunday
Readings for Thanksgiving Day
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Página 117 - God is stronger than men. ^For ye see your calling,' brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: "but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise ; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty ; ^and base things of the world, and things which are despised," hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are : ^that no flesh should glory in his...
Página 65 - For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in CHRIST shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order : CHRIST the firstfruits ; afterward they that are CHRIST'S at His coming.
Página 117 - The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
Página 186 - Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
Página 146 - The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor swom deceitfully.
Página 174 - I" BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world ; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
Página 21 - ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee ; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests ; Fulfil now, 0 Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them ; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting.
Página 147 - Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Página 103 - And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
Página 116 - COMFORT ye, comfort ye my people, saith your GOD. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned : for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.