This book explores the way that gender relationships changed under Christendom and then after Christendom, challenging us to rethink gender relations in both church and society. Fran Porter goes beyond the personal aspects of gender identity to structural, philosophical and theological considerations; and offers a paradigm for gender relationships different to the oppositional models that currently prevail. “This is an accessible read about the complex topic of gender, Christendom and post Christendom.
For those seeking to explore the history of gender relationships in the church from the first century this is an excellent introduction.” Dianne Tidball, East Midland Baptist Association, UK
“Through careful handling of the argument, Fran Porter helps us to glimpse that vision of what the new community of Christ, the new kin-work he inaugurated, could look like – and how the church, in the way she is in the world, can be radical good news for men and women everywhere.” Sian Murray Williams, Tutor in Worship Studies at Bristol Baptist College
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Against the prevailing Western models, influenced by the values and principles of international commerce, presented here are five “signs of life,” showcased by a network of movements best known by many as “new friars.”
· Jose Penate-Aceves, Darren Prince and John B. Hayes of InnerCHANGE
· Phileena Heuertz, David Chronic and Christopher Heuertz of Word Made Flesh
· Derek Engdahl and Jean-Luc Krieg of Servant Partners
· Craig and Nayhouy Greenfield of Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor
· Ash Barker of Urban Neighbours of Hope.
God’s kingdom in the hands of the people of God, the contributors show us, is first and foremost incarnational, which leads necessarily to gospel witness that is devotional, communal, missional and marginal. With a survey of the history of new friar movements and commentary by forerunner Viv Grigg, this seminal book paints a picture of mission that is new only because it has been neglected for so long, a mission that is truly good news to the people in its path.