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I would love to hear your top books on Community. What should community look like? What has it been and what should it be? These are the types of books I would like to know about! Thanks!
Larry Crabb’s books “The Safest Place on Earth” and “Connecting.” Very good books.
It’s no thesis, but Vernard Eller’s The Outward Bound: Caravaning as the Style of the Church, online full-text from the early edition is available here, is a good insight into the way church ought to look.
Vernard was one of the pastors of the Fellowship Church of the Brethren when my family attended there in the mid-seventies. It was a small fellowship, so anybody there knew everybody else there. . .it was also the kind of place where they actually involved even kids in the life of the church–as a junior-high student I actually served on a couple committees.
In his time he was a somewhat-known theological author, though I haven’t seen anybody but Greg Boyd quote him in years. I wish Vernard was still alive, because I would love to bounce church thoughts off of him now that I’ve come into more of my own there; unfortunately he died several years ago.
Anyway, I can’t think of a book of Vernard’s that I would not recommend. . .
Anything by Stanley Grenz really, he has quite a focus on community. His semi-systematic theology is actually entitled “Theology for the Community of God” and throughout every section community plays an important role.
Bonhoeffer’s “Life together”…i bought it but haven’t read it yet..but i hear it’s a master piece. But i’ll read it soon, hopefully i’ll review it for a course i’m taking.
For various reasons I recommend:
By: Gilbert Bilezikian
Maintaining Community in the Information Age
The Importance of Trust, Place and Situated Knowledge
Karen F. Evans
Community Building -Coming of Age
JAMES O. GIBSON, G. THOMAS KINGSLEY, JOSEPH B. MCNEELY
What should community look like?
To me a great community is like a bridge. It is built not only to be able to support itself, but also to serve as a connection point between where those who need it are and where they desire to be.
Larry Crabb has some great books out there. Another great site to visit is nooma.com. This pastor is amazing with the different topics he touches on.
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