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Publication Date: 20 Mar 2014
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 192
Author: Graham Tomlin
ISBN-13: 9780281071296, 9780281071302

The Provocative Church

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By Graham Tomlin
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Sometimes Christians assume that people ‘out there’ are eager to listen to what the Church has to offer. But why should those we try to evangelize want to hear the gospel? Surely people will only be intrigued by Christian life and community when they see something provocative or attractive. Then they will want to know what’s going on.

The Provocative Church offers a liberating understanding of evangelism as a corporate activity, in which all the gifts needed to enact the life of the kingdom – to stir people into asking, ‘What does this mean?’ – are spread throughout the whole Church. It encourages the development of a theology of conversion that sees beyond ‘becoming a Christian’ to bring each individual life increasingly under the rule of God."
About the Author
The Revd Dr Graham Tomlin is Vice-Principal and Tutor in Historical Theology and Evangelism at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He served in a parish in Exeter before becoming Chaplain of Jesus College. He is the author of The Power of the Cross (Paternoster, 1999) and a contributor to Evangelical Anglicans, ed France & McGrath (SPCK, 1993).
Press Reviews

The Provocative Church is one of the best, most honest, most theologically grounded and therefore most practically helpful books on evangelism to have come out in recent years

- Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford

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