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Fall 2017 | Volume 35, Issue 3

A Church for the World

This issue is all about the church: what it is, what it isn't, and why it matters. Our concern isn't just an apologetic for the public importance of the church. It raises important questions internal to the church—questions about reform and renewal. The health of society and the strength of social architecture depend on having churches that are centered on the supremacy of Christ, because to serve the Lord is to serve the world. It's not if church is for the world, but how.

13 Articles In this Issue
02
Editorial: Renewing the Church for the Sake of the World by James K.A. Smith

06
World View by James K.A. Smith

An annotated reading of your world.

11
Headquarters: Social Cities by Milton Friesen

Updates from Cardus on the renewal of social architecture

12
Choosing Church by Marilyn McEntyre

There are lots of reasons to avoid church, but here are the reasons to look again.

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The Perils of Confession as a Public Act by Wilfred M. McClay

Nothing less than a seriously demanding church life is adequate to the conditions of today's world.

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Not Trained By Angels by David Henreckson

Democratic responsibility begins in elders' councils, budget meetings, and volunteer nursery assignments.

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New York City Without A Church? by Tony Carnes, Pauline Dolle

Imagine a map of your city without churches. Now imagine the sort of society we'd have without those congregations.

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The Church is Bigger Than We Can See by Mark R. Gornik, Maria Liu Wong

Narratives of a "secular" city are told by people looking in the wrong places.

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Go Into Your Room, Close the Door, and Engage the World by Kristen Deede Johnson

Why private prayers can be a public act.

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Catechesis for a Secular Age by Timothy Keller, James K.A. Smith

What if the common good just might depend on conversions?

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Of Smelly Monks and Annoying Neighbours by Hannah LaGrand

A new book reminds us of the crowded, communal roots of the spiritual disciplines.

66
Building a Church for the Church Not Built by Hands by Roberta Green Ahmanson

Can a church that doesn’t care about its looks truly be called evangelical?

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The Commons: Ora et Labora on the 401 by Brian Dijkema

We're never alone on the journey.

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