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INTRO: begin with a doxological note; interweaving of thinking about and thinking in the church; METAPHOR: surveys and interrogates various images for the church; MARKS: visible/invisible church discussion; classical marks; MEDIATION: questions of coordinating divine and human agency; MISSION: missio Dei; kingdom, church and world; CONCLUSION: end with a doxological note.

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Matt Jenson is a systematic theologian in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, La Mirada, CA. David Wilhite is a historical theologian (patristics) at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, Waco, TX. He is the author of Tertullian the African: An Anthropological Reading of Tertullian's Context and Identities (Walter de Gruyter, 2007).

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The subtitle calls for a thorough survey of the material. This Matt Jenson and David Wilhite ably provide...with such creativity and depth of analysis that the book could easily stand on its own outside this series.'--Sanford Lakoff 'This is simply a great introduction to the theology of the church, ecclesiology, that is neither an attempt to justify a particular conception of the church, nor narrow in its concerns.'--Sanford Lakoff Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\: *{behavior: url(#ieooui) } ! /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family: Times; panose-1:2 2 6 3 5 4 5 2 3 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family: roman; mso-font-format: other; mso-font-pitch: auto; mso-font-signature:0 0 0 0 0 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent: ""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt; mso-header-margin:36.0pt; mso-footer-margin:36.0pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page: Section1;} > /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name: "Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow: yes; mso-style-parent: ""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: #0400; mso-fareast-language: #0400; mso-bidi-language: #0400;} "'The Church" is indeed a guide - for both the perplexed and the apoplexed. 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