By What Authority? Confronting Churches Who No Longer Believe Their Own Message
Hoffman House Press, 2008. First edition This is a brand new 272 page paperback. It is an excellent copy, with no marks or defects. New paperback 0980183502 (Item ID: 162200)
Synopsis: What you have before you in this book is a potpourri of essays written by concerned confessional Christians, mostly Lutherans, who are lay leaders, pastors and professors within the denominational institution asking the true "church" question of the instintutional denominations made by human hands. "By what authority do you do these things?" This is a book about the end of traditional Christianity as practiced in modern times. Not a futuristic end, but an end already accomplished, or partially accomplished in a majority of countires, cities, and churches. Protestant or Catholic, the affliction is universal in most traditional churches. Strange as it seems, many Christians haven't noticed. But others were so concerned they've gathered in these pages the wisdom of alert pastors, theologians, laity, young seminarians and evangelicals. They all have a story to tell you in their own voices, and it's a story so urgent and timely it opens your eyes in ways few might imagine.