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Moltmann on the mission and the future of the church

This will be my last post off the back of reading The Open Church by Jurgen Moltmann. I wanted to just take a brief look at some of the similarities between Moltmann’s proposals from way back in 1978 and I guess what can be called the missional church movement of today. It’s in his final chapter that Moltmann begins to outline his thoughts that would transform stolid, national, declining and dying denominational life into something more vibrant, living and messianic; and by messianic he means caught up in the life and…

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Moltmann on the Lord’s Supper

I recently read and reviewed The Open Church by Jurgen Moltmann primarily because I was interested in what he might have to say about the Lord’s Supper. I also happened to love the book and tweeted a whole bunch of great quotes. So, to business. Moltmann challenges the church to rediscover in its gatherings the joy of the friendship of God and to rediscover the idea of our gatherings as ‘feasts’. Feasts are not just eating meals but rich, sumptuous, eagerly anticipated and deeply enjoyed occasions. This isn’t a function (I must…

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Book Review: The Open Church

I picked up this book because it had a chapter called ‘The Feast of Freedom’ and I’m currently focusing much of my reading around The Lord’s Supper. It’s the first time I’d read Moltmann since graduating from Nottingham in 1996; and that, if this book is anything to go, has been a mistake. Published in 1978 as a result of a lecture tour in North America, this is a vibrant, compelling, dynamite book. Subtitled ‘Invitation to a messianic life-style’ it seems like a prophetic call for what we know as…

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