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Bending History

Selected Talks of Joseph W. Mathews


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Bending History: Selected Talks of Joseph W. Mathews conveys the message and methods of a radical churchman in the 20th century, who started a global movement of renewal of the church and local communities in over forty nations. ENDORSEMENTS: "[I]n 1955 [I] went to the University of Texas from Yale and there I met Joseph Mathews...He and I became close friends and colleagues. He brought to that campus a spiritual depth and enthusiasm...There he was at a largely secular campus of 25,000...students, and he created something of a religious revival. But it wasn't the "tub-thumping" revival, or one characterized by "evangelism."...It was rather [a] spiritual revival as he pushed students to new depths of intellectual search on spiritual issues. He had a following hard to imagine, and it took only two or three years for him to [help] develop it into the Christian Faith and Life Community. He took the germ of that idea with him through many parts of the world as he developed [a] movement. If we had had a structure in the Methodist Church or even in Protestantism that had the rigor of the [Roman] Catholic hierarchy, Joseph Mathews would probably have been treated first with hostility, as was St. Francis, and then later admitted into the fold as one who was the great revivalist of spiritual life in our time." Dr. John R. Silber (formal remarks made at Washington, D. C., April 4, 2003), Boston University President (1971-96; 2002-03); Chancellor (1996-2003) "He [my brother Joe] was convinced that modern theology had done all the theological groundwork for church renewal. For him the task was to help work out the concrete pragmatic application that these insights demanded.he was convinced that modern theology had done all the theological groundwork for church renewal. Always he was focused on the Christian message, but this had to be available for all. "God works in a mysterious way" but his wonders serve the present age in every place and every person." James K. Mathews, Ph.D., Bishop of the United Methodist Church, from the Foreword "The 21st century is in desperate need of Joe's words of challenge and healing. I will always cherish my years of study and work with him and his team as we attempted to facilitate human development around the globe." "obertson Work, Principal Policy Advisor, Decentralized Governance, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) "Joe could see into people. They felt he really knew them. He told me he had a dream to spread the Fifth City ideal of community throughout the whole world. That motivated me to carry on. Joe was a powerful symbol. I called him the Dean of the Iron Men." Ruth Carter.
Release date NZ
January 15th, 2005
Edited by John, L. Epps
Country of Publication
United States
Resurgence Publishing Corporation
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