The broken, Missional Church: Recent Trends in Ecclesiology (Article Watch)

I recently bumped into this article by Daniel J. Treier in Catalyst Online. Below is the opening excerpt.

To some degree, context is everything when discussing the doctrine of the church. Presently, we must seek to understand the church in a context of dizzying change; indeed, the only thing that seems to stay the same is Western culture’s monolithically destabilizing what we thought we knew or needed to know. What we gain with the necessary density of studying particular churches, in particular contexts, we seem to lose in terms of a coherent broader vision. Even if one has a view on the major subjects of ecclesiology—the nature of the church, the sacraments, and church order or structure—it may be difficult to connect that view coherently with Christian living in any given locale.

Accordingly, conservative Protestants in the West—for whom this ecclesiological update is primarily assigned—face daunting challenges that go far beyond the traditional divisions laid out in theology textbooks. I propose to take seriously the recent trends of concreteness and penitence when looking at the church, by considering first three contextual questions for Western Protestants to address: forms of ecclesial brokenness, racial reconciliation, and globalization. This sobering portrait of our churchly landscape will be followed by a sketch of some contemporary quests for answers.

Read full article here.

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