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  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (7 August 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830837167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830837168
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars41 customer ratings

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"Belcher provides a balanced critique of both paradigms threaded within his own quest to present the formidable issues dividing them. . . A worthy read."--Diane J. Chandler, Religious Studies Review, September 2010

"An excellent survey and tutorial of the issues of dividing the emerging church and the traditional church."--Equip to Disciple, Issue 2, 2010

"Belcher describes his very personal journey to discover a way beyond the current debate that divides the traditional and emerging camps within American evangelicalism. In sorting out the contours of a debate that is sometimes hard to follow, Belcher also sets out the vision for the church he leads and describes how they are trying to live into that vision. He calls the vision 'deep church' ... a way of following Jesus and being the church that is both grounded in what Belcher calls the Great Tradition and engaged with contemporary culture."--Robert J. Weingartner, Missiology, 2010

"Belcher, himself a child of the traditional church in North America and concerned with the state of the evangelical world, takes an honest look at the debates raging between the two perspectives. He looks at the strengths, weaknesses, and misunderstandings they each have of one another, and introduces a third way -- what C.S. Lewis called the 'deep church.'"--David Chow, Mennonite Brethren Herald, February 2010

"From a former insider of the emerging church, this theologically weighty book speaks to both sides in the emerging/traditional debate. Though reflecting primarily a Reformed perspective, Belcher is irenic, showing appreciation for both emergent concerns and the great tradition of Christian faith and practice."--The 2010 Christianity Today Book Awards, The Church/Pastoral Leadership Category Winner (tie), February 2010

"All serious readers will benefit from Belcher's insights and critiques as much as from the exemplary, thoughtful manner in which he handles the discussion."--Bob Gerow, Pulpit Helps, November 2009

"Belcher's concern for his congregants and for the future of the American church is evident on every page. Readers who recognize that the traditional church is ripe for reform but are wary of emerging alternatives will find Belcher a careful, sympathetic guide toward a more productive conversation."--Brandon O'Brien, Christianity Today, December 2009

"Jim Belcher was emerging before it was called emerging. His insights into church life are broadly useful, and the balance he strikes between tradition and mission, certainty and creativity, could provide a way forward for many."--Madison Trammel, Christianity Today, October 2009

"A fair-minded treatment of a polarizing and polemic topic."--C. Brian Smith, Christian Retailing, September 7, 2009

"Passionately, articulately and with sometimes winsome self-confidence, Belcher seeks to chart a "third way" between the often divided factions within the traditional and emerging wings of American evangelicalism."--Publishers Weekly, July 13, 2009

About the Author

Jim Belcher (M.A., Fuller; Ph.D., Georgetown) is founding church planter and lead pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. He previously led the Twenty-Something Fellowship and cofounded The Warehouse Service at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. He has served as adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and was cofounder of the Renaissance Project Skateboard Company. He has been published in Leadership Journal and re: generation quarterly, and he and his wife and four children live in Costa Mesa, California.

A leader in interfaith theological conversations, particularly with Mormons and Jewish groups, Mouw served for six years as co-chair of the official Reformed-Catholic Dialogue and as president of the Association of Theological Schools. For seventeen years he was a professor of philosophy at Calvin College and in 2007, Princeton Theological Seminary awarded him the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life.

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