Power and the Powers: The Use and Abuse of Power in its Missional Context

Power and the Powers: The Use and Abuse of Power in its Missional Context

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Overview

Missio Dei by its very nature requires the church to come to terms with the exercise of power, both internally and externally, as it confronts the world. Tune in to any newscast or glance at the daily newspaper and it immediately becomes clear that the use and abuse of power is a live issue. The more we focus on the twists and turns of current events, the more it appears that uncorrupted exercise of power eludes the human race. All too often we become uneasily aware that there are powers lying behind the power that any of us wields, whether it is in the family, the classroom, on the shop floor, in the boardroom, or in churches. Effective missional leadership involves creative engagement with the powers at work in the world without being debased by them.
This book sets out to address the issue of the use and misuse of power from biblical, theological, and practical perspectives. The authors bring their theological, pastoral, missionary, and personal experience to their task in order to inform, challenge, and invite readers into a responsible use of the powers that God has put into the hands of each one of us to achieve his purposes in the world.

"This book's scope surprises, in its rich array of cited literature (from ancient to postmodern) under a missional canopy. What and how does the power of Jesus Christ's gospel confront the powers in their sociopolitical systemic forms and in their personal and/or territorial demonic manifestations? Culture, context, and worldview are essential in assessment and understanding. The work of these scholars has a solid biblical foundation with a constructive, critical edge. Gratis!"
--Willard M. Swartley, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

"A cross-disciplinary study that effectively interweaves biblical, historical, theological, and cultural perspectives, this well-researched and carefully nuanced exploration of various dimensions of power offers helpful pastoral counsel and important missional challenges."
--Stuart Murray Williams, Urban Expression

"This book raises key issues for anyone who leads or has authority in a religious context. Attacking the religious abuse of power is easy for outsiders looking in. What makes this book especially valuable is that it comes from people inside the field of missional leadership who are trying to face the problems with honesty and integrity, and who offer solutions that are meaningful and useful to those whose business is spreading the gospel."
--Andrew Village, Professor of Practical and Empirical Theology, York St. John University

"The issue of power, its uses and abuses, concern about trust and the complex relationship between power, the powers, and a Christian view of evil, are all troubling and disturbing issues. Those in ministry and leadership grapple with these issues but with few maps to guide them. This helpful volume bridges the gap between helpful but inaccessible academic works and the accessible but sometimes superficial popular books on these areas. Thoughtful leaders will find this book an invaluable guide to their reflection on these key leadership issues."
--Martin Robinson, Principal of ForMission College; author of Metavista: Bible, Church and Mission in an Age of Imagination

Andrew Hardy is undergraduate course director at Springdale College (UK) and has authored several academic books.

Richard Whitehouse is regional network tutor at Springdale College (UK). He is a former church planter and staff member with YWAM, Montana.

Dan Yarnell is an undergraduate lecturer at Springdale College. He is National Co-ordinator of the Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Great Britain and Ireland and has coauthored several academic and popular books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625647795
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/12/2015
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Andrew Hardy is undergraduate course director at ForMission College (UK) and has authored several academic books.

Richard Whitehouse is regional network tutor at ForMission College (UK). He is a former church planter and staff member with YWAM, Montana.

Dan Yarnell is an undergraduate lecturer at ForMission College. He is National Co-ordinator of the Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Great Britain and Ireland and has coauthored several academic and popular books.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 A Theological Framework 1

2 More Recent Approaches to Spiritual Conflict 19

3 The Bible and the Powers 36

4 Cultural Analysis of Western Spiritual Power Encounters 56

5 Ethnography and Understanding Power Encounters 75

6 Deliverance & Exorcism 93

7 The Signs, Symbols, and Meanings of the Language of Power 108

8 The Psychology of Power Encounter and Counseling the Overpowered 125

9 The Religion of Power: Engaging the Abuse of Power in the Church 143

10 Incarnational Missional Community: Transforming the use of Power in Society 160

Bibliography 177

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