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By the Rivers of Babylon
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The language of exile, focused with theological and biblical narratives and coupled with depictions of real-life exilic communities, can equip church leaders as agents in the creation of new communities.

It is commonplace today to hear Christians say we are a “church in exile” or a church in a “post-Christendom” society. But what does this really mean? In order for the church to make sense of this claim, we need some concrete descriptions of exilic life so that, in our reflections on congregational formation, we can begin to develop a more substantive language for our exilic experience.

In By the Rivers of Babylon, Robert Hoch reads the larger North American tradition of Christian worship and mission through the prism of visibly marginalized communities, communities that know the power of Babylon concretely. That is, they know displacement through some combination of physical dislocation, ethnicity, economic marginality, and political stigma. This readable and practical book is an essential resource for pastors and church leaders in these communities.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Salvaging Exile
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. An Exilic Landscape
  2. pp. 13-30
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  1. House of the Butterfly
  2. pp. 31-48
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  1. Desert Shrines
  2. pp. 49-84
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  1. A Broken Benediction
  2. pp. 85-100
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  1. A Labyrinth of the Streets
  2. pp. 101-124
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  1. Changing Clothes
  2. pp. 125-150
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 151-164
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 165-170
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 171-172
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