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Compelling Convictions

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Compelling Convictions

by Terry L. Brensinger, Jennifer Lancaster and Alan Robinson

A fresh look at our core values

In the twenty years since a group of Brethren in Christ pastors, educators, administrators, and laypeople first met to identify ten core values for the North American church, much has changed—including the continuing decline of the church in the west; dynamic social movements for racial, gender, and economic justice; vast advances in technology, and a worldwide pandemic.

With so much happening on both the national and international stages, it seems vital that we as Brethren in Christ prayerfully reflect not only on our core values and their application, but on how those values might help our churches engage a dramatically new social context. Are these values merely sentimental slogans? Or do they constitute compelling convictions, genuine guiding lights orienting us and motivating our mission in a rapidly changing world? The answer to that all-important question depends largely on how we use them. In this forward-looking book, essays from Brethren in Christ pastors and leaders from across the globe call us into the future of the church—to unleash our creative energies, roll up our sleeves, and put these core values to good use.

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Foreword
 
Introduction    Terry Brensinger and Jordan Brensinger
  
1. Experiencing God’s Love and Grace, Antonio Gonzalez
Respondents: Chinyereugo and Oludamilohun Adeliyi, Darrell Winger
 
2. Believing the Bible, Christina Bosserman
Respondents: Dave Downey, Maria Perdomo
 
3. Worshiping God, Alan Claassen Thrush
Respondents: Ericka Henry, Sindah Ngulube
 
4. Following Jesus, Danisa Ndlovu
Respondents: Perry Engle, Sibonokuhle Ncube
 
5. Belonging to the Community of Faith, Rob Douglass and Naomi Smith
Respondents: Santiago Espitia Fajardo, Brian Ross
 
6. Witnessing to the World, Erica and Jonathan Lloyd
Respondents: David Miller, Bijoy Roul
 
7. Serving Compassionately, Lynda Gephart and Hank Johnson
Respondents: Thobekile Ncube, Drew and Millyellen Strayer
 
8. Pursuing Peace, José Otamendi
Respondents: Enock Shamapani, Zach Spidel
 
9. Living Simply, Scott MacFeat and Ryan Stockton
Respondents: Warren Hoffman, Levison Soko
 
10. Relying on God, Joshua Nolt
Respondents: Stephen Badiger, Kerry Hoke
 
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Notes

Contributing Essay Authors

The Editors
 
 

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