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Word to the World
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The modern church is suffering from crises in identity, belief and involvement with the State. As you read this collection of the works of William Barker you will find that they are all connected.
The reason why the church has problems interacting with government is because it doesn't understand its mission, history and authority.
An internationally respected professor of Church history shows what the church should do and look for in creating proper relationships with governments, other faiths and society in general.
He also shows how we should deal with divisions inside the church and what role the Bible should play in defining its faith. Sit back in a comfy chair and let Will Barker shed light on some of the knottiest problems in the church. Then go out and put it into practice.
William Barker is Professor of Church History, Emeritus at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). He remains Adjunct Professor of Church History at Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, Missouri. He was editor of the Presbyterian Journal and has contributed to the Dictionary of Christianity in America.
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"Dr. Barker is a first-rate church historian, and his considerable theological skills are on open display in this welcome collection of his writings. His generous spirit, powerful mind and pastoral heart are productive of theological discourse that is a model, in both tone and content, for reformed ministers and scholars as we engage with a hostile postmodern culture."
Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary
'A gathering of writings from different places and eras of a person's life can sometimes be eclectic, disjointed and discordant; but not so this particular collection.... We all have much to learn from the past, and Professor Barker is a helpful guide in that enterprise..'
Iain D. Campbell, (1953-2017) Minister, Point Free Church of Scotland, Isle of Lewis
'The publication of Word to the World is a cause for rejoicing. The book is marked by both variety and constancy. Running through all this variety, though, are certain constants: good writing; a combination of forthrightness and fairness; prudence and much wise counsel; a reverent, even worshipful, tone; and above all, the fruitfulness of a mind and heart devoted to the Bible. Indeed, Will Barker's attitude toward and use of the Bible in this collection makes one think of the good old biblical name that we used to use for the Word of God-the Holy Scriptures (2 Tim 3:15).'
Robert A. Peterson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, Missouri
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