Blood and Fire: Godly Love in a Pentecostal Emerging Church by Margaret M. Poloma,Ralph W. Hood Jr.

By Margaret M. Poloma,Ralph W. Hood Jr.

What does it suggest to dwell out the theology provided within the nice Commandment to “love God specially and to like your neighbor as yourself”? In Blood and Fire, Poloma and Hood discover how understandings of godly love functionality to empower believers. even though godly love may perhaps start as a perceived dating among God and somebody, it really is made take place as social habit between people.

Blood and Fire deals a deep ethnographic portrait of a charismatic church and its faith-based ministry, illuminating how religiously encouraged social carrier uses ideals concerning the nature of God's love. It strains the triumphs and travails linked to residing a suite of rigorous non secular beliefs, delivering a richly textured research of a religion neighborhood affiliated with the “emerging church” flow in Pentecostalism, one of many fastest-growing and so much dynamic spiritual routine of our day.

Based on greater than 4 years of interviews and surveys with humans from all degrees of the association, from the chief to middle and marginal participants to the negative and addicts they're trying to serve, Blood and Fire sheds mild at the differing worldviews and spiritual perceptions among those that served in in addition to those that have been served by this ministry.

Blood and Fire argues that godly love— the connection among perceived divine love and human reaction— is on the middle of the imaginative and prescient of rising church buildings, and that it really is necessary to comprehend this dynamic if one is to appreciate the continuing reinvention of yank Protestantism within the twenty-first century.

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