Beyond Cheap Grace : A Call to Radical Discipleship, Incarnation, and Justice

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  • Copyright: 2006-07-15
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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As our lives become complex with the demands of our affluent and accelerating society, do we hear the gospel's timeless and insistent call to live the "obedience of faith"?In these three "sermonic essays" Eldin Villafaqe takes on the task of awakening true obedience of faith through the triple themes of discipleship, incarnation, and justice. Beginning with discipleship, he draws on the "Christ hymn" of Philippians 2 to challenge Christians to choose the costly Christ-life. He then offers six contrarian perspectives on the incarnation from the early church as correctives to our current, culturally conditioned theological emphases. Finally, taking the book of Amos as a touchstone, Villafaqe issues a call for just leadership among the nations. Adding interest and depth to this work are an insightful foreword by Dean Loewen and responses to each essay by Richard Peace, Juan Francisco Martinez, and Veli-Matti Karkkainen.Eldin Villafaqe has spent decades calling Christians to take seriously Christ's call to discipleship, incarnation, and justice. "Beyond Cheap Grace" not only renews that call but extends it to the church, the academy, and Christian leaders of all traditions.

Author Biography

Eldin Villafane is the Ricardo Tanon Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Christianity, Ethics, and Urban Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Howard John Loewen ix
Preface xii
The Christian Mind-set and Postmodernity: Lessons from Paul's Letter to the Philippians 1(28)
RESPONSE: Richard Peace
"El Verbo fue Hecho Came": The Incarnation and Theological Education 29(28)
RESPONSE: Juan Francisco Martinez
Amos, Intrepid Leader for Justice: Three Indispensable Qualities of a Minister of the Word of God 57(33)
RESPONSE: Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
Bibliography 90(6)
Contributors 96

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