Crisis, Opportunity, And The Christian Future

Crisis Opportunity And The Christian Future We are witnessing the end of Western Civilization The present crisis in our culture is the greatest since the first century Many commentators on the present scene believe that the entire world is movi

  • Title: Crisis, Opportunity, And The Christian Future
  • Author: James B. Jordan
  • ISBN: 9780984243914
  • Page: 366
  • Format: None
  • We are witnessing the end of Western Civilization The present crisis in our culture is the greatest since the first century Many commentators on the present scene believe that the entire world is moving into a period of neo tribalism In this striking book, theologian James B Jordan argues that this cultural change is part of God s ongoing plan for humanity, the plan byWe are witnessing the end of Western Civilization The present crisis in our culture is the greatest since the first century Many commentators on the present scene believe that the entire world is moving into a period of neo tribalism In this striking book, theologian James B Jordan argues that this cultural change is part of God s ongoing plan for humanity, the plan by which the Holy Spirit grows God s daughter, humanity, into a bride for His Son The present crisis provides a tremendous opportunity for the Christian Church to challenge and transform the world as never before Here, Jordan points to how this can be done While many view the present crisis with dismay, and are looking backwards to older traditions, Jordan argues that God is calling us forward, and that the Bible points the way.

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    • Jason Twombly says:

      "Crisis, Opportunity, and the Christian future," challenges the Christian to a life of "total Bible saturation." James B. Jordan, building on the ideas of Eugene Rosenstock-Huessy, categorizes history into three main Biblical eras. Like the men of Issachar, "If we understand how God guides the development of human history, we can begin to understand the therapies needed to correct the problems of our own time." Jordan explains how history spirals through specific phases and illustrates them from [...]

    • Chris Griffith says:

      A concise, informative, and intriguing evaluation of where the church is in world history, the direction we are moving, and a vision of biblical praxis for the future.

    • Hin-Tai says:

      Wow. In terms of insight, new perspectives, and ambition, this is the best 46 pages I have ever read. In some chapters I could've highlighted pretty much every single paragraph. First written in 1994, there are spot-on prophecies of the explosion of identity politics and growing localism (though he writes about Welsh desires for autonomy as opposed to Brexit or Scotland) that have pretty much happened only in the last couple of years. Jordan's biblical-historical framework is striking, and as he [...]

    • Jacob Aitken says:

      EDIT:I am very critical of Jordan, but this is actually a decent pamphlet. He divides Church History into Trinitarian cycles along the lines of Priest, King, Prophet. The Patristic age was "priestly" (fleshing out the doctrine of God), the medieval age was kingly (I guess that makes sense, what with Christendom and all), and the Reformation age is prophetic (I suppose I see it).It's neat and not a bad outline of history.

    • Jonah says:

      Timely and appropriate. A good, quick read on how the Western Church is to move forward in history.

    • Kyle Grindberg says:

      Helpful little book.

    • Patrick says:

      As with most of James Jordan's writings, most of this book sounds so speculative that I have no idea how to even figure out if he is right or not. It sure sounds good, though.

    • Benjamin Alexander says:

      This was probably not Jordan's best, many confusing multi-layered themes that weren't carefully established. It's a small book. But But, there is some really good and important stuff in there too. In essence, he argues that Christians today have an exciting opportunity to shape a new element in world and church history with the fall of modernism and the entrance to a new identity and force in culture. He speaks of post-modernism (without naming it) as an opportunity for the Church to display the [...]

    • Michael Jones says:

      This is a very short, broad sweeping overview of the Bible and history. In this one he is not carefully substantiating his conclusions, but rather building upon his years of work With Biblical Horizons to show huge mega patterns of history.he has already done what he calls upon you to do: total Bible saturation. When you become saturated with the patterns Scripture, you will begin to see the patterns of history through God's eyes.This in turn will help you to understand where we are today. At it [...]

    • Matt Carpenter says:

      This is an intriguing and thought-provoking book. It helps if you've already read his book "Through New Eyes," because it builds on themes established in that book. In this work Jordan explains his philosophy of history and where he believes the church is headed. Whether you agree with him or not, he will make you think about things that hadn't occurred to you before.

    • John Barbour says:

      This is a must read for all Christian Leaders. Although it is now 20 years old it is still very relevant to the situation we find ourselves in. James Jordan is an unusual yet creative thinker. he will challenge you to look to God and the future with hope and optimism. This is my second time reading it. The last time was 15 years ago.

    • Scott says:

      Jordan's exploration of the patterns of redemptive history and what they mean for the future was quite thought-provoking, though they were quite general (in order to fit in a small work, I imagine).His call for churches to recover the parish model, teach the Bible in depth, and offer community in a time of loneliness and isolation seemed just right.

    • Jo says:

      This is a wonderful little essay. I will definately be reading it again. It takes the long view of things - a commodity that is woefully short in the Christin world at large these day. Dr. Jordan explains the historical patterns concisely and gives a biblical mandate that wonderfully refocuses kingdom vision.

    • Ryan says:

      Very intriguing and thought provoking. I'm not sure that I'm fully convinced by His Biblical/Historical Framework, but His diagnosis of the current state of Western society seems to be right on and the prescription he puts forth is key.

    • Bennett says:

      Most of the sentences in this essay need book-length exposition. As such, it is at various times frustrating and exhilarating. A good beginning for serious discussion about the nature of the Church's mission at this stage in Western history.

    • Derek Hale says:

      A bit scattered and under-realized, but many thought-provoking moments nonetheless. His view of history along the lines of priest/king/prophet was interesting as was his call for "total Bible saturation."

    • Andrew Stout says:

      I can't say that I fully buy into Jordan's biblical framework of cultural cycles, but he does offer some excellent insights into the current state of Western culture and ways in which the Church should respond.

    • Douglas Hayes says:

      This is an excellent treatment of biblical history as a foundation for Christian hope and the historical progress of the gospel. Clearly, Jordan is using Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy as a basis of some of his thoughts.

    • Jeff Irwin says:

      This book expands upon concepts and themes set out in through new eyes, and presents a fully Trinitarian view of history.

    • Harley says:

      Read in 2015, and now again. Good stuff.

    • Daniel says:

      Good book. Provocative. The Christian has real need to work towards a better future. The world is not coming to an end any time soon.

    • Jake McAtee says:

      How to read history, the present, and the future through new eyes. Fantastic. If you want a book to help give you an "x, you are here" than this short pamphlet is it.

    • Brian says:

      Highly recommended.

    • James says:

      Good stuff

    • Luke says:

      Quick read, thought-provoking conclusion. The future of the church is wrapped up in its eating, singing, and community.

    • Douglas Hayes says:

      This is a book that develops a biblical philosophy of history.

    • Chris Comis says:

      Good stuff up in here.

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