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By Joe R. Jones

Joe Jones, a retired and famous systematic theologian, confesses he has a lover's quarrel with the church. In wide-ranging writings ordinarily relationship in view that 2006, he forthrightly argues for a theologically sound knowing of the church. And he pursues a multi-faceted critique of the feckless ways that real churches--ministers and laity--balk and betray their rightful calling to witness in observe and deed to God. he's particularly severe of the sensible ways that congregations develop into not more than replicate pictures in their sociopolitical milieu, no matter if to the perfect or to the left. consequently the quarrel, trenchantly pursued in significant essays, blogs, and religious reflections on his personal prior. 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 publication acceptable for ministers and laity, scholars and professors, and realized skeptics.

"Joe Jones writes as he speaks, with ardour and lightweight. Addressing matters in church and society, in addition to probing reflections upon our lives as participants and contributors of households, he invitations his reader, usually with arresting poignancy, to freshly and deeply reflect on the which 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 educated by way of a profound experience of the grace of God and conveyed in arresting language--animate those essays, own memoirs, and sermons. whilst Jones writes that below the preaching and educating of his overdue cherished pastor one won 'an inescapable feel that we have been lovingly unmasked and forgiven and challenged to dwell differently,' these phrases may be taken to explain the cumulative influence of this publication 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' concept; it's a publication of theology. Jones' transparent description of the discourses and practices which are 'church' is carefully utilized to the yankee church as a choice to faithfulness in all components of lifestyles, together with the political enviornment. most significantly, this can be a publication choked with hope--that the church will rediscover its heart, 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 favourite 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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