The Evangelical Church: Reality or Illusion? Is Evangelical Ecclesiology an Oxymoron?

Speaker(s): Bruce Hindmarsh, Daniel Carro, Edith Humphrey, George Hunsburger, Howard Snyder, Kerry Dearborn, Roger Olson
Date: Oct. 2002
Length: 10:19:02
Product ID: RGDL3219S

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The eighteenth-century evangelical movement was born out of a desire to renew the church from within-rather than recreate a 'true church' or launch a new ecclesiastical structure. Since then, however, individual congregations, entire denominations, and an explosion of parachurch ministries have claimed the label "evangelical." In seven plenary sessions and two roundtable discussions, a diverse group of scholarly theological practitioners will explore whether the idea of an "evangelical church" is fruitful or merely an illusion. Sessions include:

  • Is Evangelical Ecclesiology an Oxymoron? - Bruce Hindmarsh
  • Evangelical Conversion - George Hunsberger
  • The Marks of Evangelical Ecclesiology - Howard Snyder
  • Roundtable Discussion I
  • One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church - Edith Humphrey
  • Free Church Ecclesiology and Evangelical Spirituality - Roger Olson
  • Recovering a Trinitarian and Sacramental Approach to Church - Kerry Dearborn
  • Solidarity and Participation - Daniel Carro
  • Roundtable Discussion II

See All Audio by Bruce Hindmarsh Daniel Carro Edith Humphrey George Hunsburger Howard Snyder Kerry Dearborn Roger Olson

Bruce Hindmarsh is the James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. He also serves as the President of the American Society of Church History. He is author of John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition: Between the Conversion of Wesley and Wilberforce and The Evangelical Conversion Narrative, and his articles have appeared in Church History and the Journal of Ecclesiastical History.

Daniel Carro is Professor of Divinity at The John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, USA, and Vice President of the Baptist World Alliance.

Edith Humphrey is William F. Orr Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is author of The Ladies and the Cities: Transformation and Apocalyptic Identity in Joseph and Aseneth, 4 Ezra, the Apocalypse and The Shepherd of Hermas, Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit, and And I Turned to See the Voice: The Rhetoric of Vision in the New Testament.

George Hunsberger is Professor of Missiology at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. He is Coordinator of the Gospel and Our Culture Network in North America. He is also co-editor of The Church between Gospel and Culture: The Emerging Mission in North America, a contributor to Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America, and author of Bearing the Witness of the Spirit: Lesslie Newbigin's Theology of Cultural Plurality.

Howard Snyder served as Distinguished Professor and Chair of Wesley Studies at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Ontario from 2007 to 2012. Prior to that he was professor of history and theology of mission in the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky from 1996 to 2006. He has written numerous books, including The Problem with Wineskins, The Radical Wesley, and co-author (with Joel Scandrett) of Salvation Means Creation Healed: The Ecology of Sin and Grace.

Kerry Dearborn is Professor of Theology at Seattle Pacific University. She is author of Baptized Imagination: The Theology of George MacDonald.

Dr. Roger Olson is Professor of Theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. In 1993 he and Dr. Grenz received Christianity Today's award for best book in theology/biblical studies for 20th Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age. An expert in historical theology, he is a frequent preacher, teacher and speaker for local churches and organizations.

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