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James Wm. McClendon, Jr. (1924–2000) was the most important “baptist” theologian of the twentieth century. McClendon crafted a systematic theology that grew out of the immediacy of preaching the text, refused to succumb to the pressures of individualism, and lamented the stunted public witness of a fractured Protestant ecclesiology. This third and final volume of his Collected Works provides a compendium of McClendon’s sermons—examples of what he called “first-order” theology in action. While McClendon was predominantly known as a philosophical theologian, he persisted in the belief that the theology that mattered most occurred in ordinary congregations seeking to bear faithful witness in the world. The sermons in this collection—many rarely seen and never before published—provide an important window into McClendon’s own theology and witness to his convictions about theology's purpose and end. This third volume serves as an invaluable resource for ministers, students, and theologians who seek a fuller understanding of McClendon’s “baptist” theology.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction to Volume 3
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  1. Part I. Waiting: The Coming of the Lord
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. 1. What’s Coming Next? An Advent Sermon
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  1. 2. The Coming Revolution
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  1. 3. What If Time Stopped? Another Advent Sermon
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  1. 4. Christ Present
  2. pp. 29-34
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  1. Part II. On the Way—The Path of Discipleship
  2. pp. 35-36
  1. 5. Has God Made a Mistake about the Future?
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  1. 6. To Gather Together the Scattered Children of God
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. 7. Polycarp, Biography, and Theology
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  1. 8. Born Again?
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  1. 9. When Jesus Fails, What Then?
  2. pp. 57-60
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  1. 10. Knowing the One Thing Needful
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  1. 11. Why Jesus Wept
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  1. 12. The Things That Are Caesar’s
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  1. 13. Gospel to the Lonely
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  1. 14. With Basin and Towel
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  1. 15. The Thirteenth Cross
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  1. 16. For Whom Did He Die?
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  1. 17. Judas: The Passion of Leadership
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  1. Part III. A Whole New World
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  1. 18. The Death of Death on Easter Day
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  1. 19. The Return of the Gardener
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  1. 20. I Have My Doubts
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  1. 21. What Really Happened at Easter?
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  1. 22. Earth Matters: An Easter Sermon
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  1. 23. Bloodlust and the Gospel
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  1. Part IV A. The Time of the Spirit-Filled Community: The Gathered Community of Christ
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  1. 24. Tell Jesus Good-bye
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  1. 25. James and Justice
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  1. 26. The End of the World
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  1. 27. What Makes the Bible [Come] True?
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  1. 28. Why Have a Church?
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  1. 29. Eyes of Faith
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  1. 30. Conversions
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  1. Part IV. B. The Time of the Spirit-Filled Community: The Ongoing Adventure
  2. pp. 173-174
  1. 31. How to Live with a God Who Won’t Stay Put
  2. pp. 175-180
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  1. 32. Rendezvous on a Strange Planet
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  1. 33. The Generation Struggle
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  1. 34. The Good Old Days
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  1. 35. The Half-Christians
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  1. 36. Isaiah’s Gospel: Good News for Tough Times
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  1. 37. Starting Over
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  1. Part IV. C. The Time of the Spirit-Filled Community: Witness to the World to Come
  2. pp. 217-218
  1. 38. What Is This Ministry? An Ordination Sermon
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  1. 39. Is It Peace?
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  1. 40. Rediscovering Heaven
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  1. 41. Apocalypse: A Christian View of History
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  1. 42. The Inner Secret of Membership
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  1. 43. The Creative Witness of the Cross
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  1. Part V. Appendices
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  1. 44. Confession of Faith: U.S.A., 1972
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  1. 45. Prophetic Preaching as Witness
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  1. 46. How to Preach the Gospel
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 265-270
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  1. Permissions for Volume 3
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  1. Scripture Index
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  1. General Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781481304337
Related ISBN
9781481304313
MARC Record
OCLC
940966769
Pages
275
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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