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    It is tempting for well meaning Christians to simply open up the Bible read it and assume their initial understandings are what the text means Or beyond that we may listen to people in our church or our family or friends to get insight The problem is that if we go no further then this the voices we are hearing c

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    An inspiring but tedious bookIf you want a book on the value of church history this is worth your time but I think you will get for your effort by reading On Doing Church History

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    Why learn about church history This is particularly an important uestion for Christians committed to a biblical faith Isn't the Bible enough Isn't tradition a bad thing a kind of institutional legalism that takes us away from the heart of the gospel and the vitality of the early church in the book of ActsRobert F Rea meets these uestions head on in a book that I hope will see wide usage His basic argument is that when

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    Does the study of church history really matter Being a church historian by training and having taught church history I have had to offer an answer to that uestion on many an occasion Students often come into a church history class with a predisposition against it Seminarians often see church history as course reuirement that is irrelevant to their future oriented call to ministry What can we learn from history except perhaps ne

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    Robert F Rea a professor of church history wrote Why Church History Matters An Invitation to Love and Learn from Our Past to fill a void he had in providing primarily Bible and seminary students with a resource that both explains the necessity of studying church history and instills a practical and encouraging desire to want to study it I too have been hoping to find such a resource for students so I was excited when I s

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    Author Robert ReaPublisher IVP AcademicReading Level ModeratePages 233ISBN 0830828192“When we ignore centuries of God loving Christians and

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    Robert F Rea’s new work Why Church History Matters An Invitation to Love and Learn from Our Past is a well needed clarion call to all Christian traditions that have largely ignored the history of their faith I have considered church history a vital part of Christian discipleship for many years and in this book Rea clearly spells out many reasons why this is so In fact I believe that both Christian churches and Christian schools should

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    In Why Church History Matters Dr Robert Rea provides an apologia to those who might want or have been taught to devalue Christian History at least Christian History beyond the founding of their own tradition I hope to write a much longer review for publication but here allow me to say a few words in praise and critiue of this bookBob Rea is my former Master's Supervisor my boss my friend and in many ways an early mentor Bob int

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    This is a solid book on the relevance of church history to the church and Christian today The book is broken into three sections 1 A survey of how the church has understood Scripture and Tradition; 2 How we are a product of what has happened and who has gone before us; and 3 Practical ways to employ the diverse wisdom and mistakes of church h

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    Good read but thoroughly soaked in an unhelpful ecumenism I would first recommend John Fea's recent work Why Study History Reflecting on the Importance of the Past Baker 2013

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Why Church History Matters

Le But let's be honest even those of us who admit that church history is important are often too intimidated or busy to delve into it deeply And for students it is sometimes difficult to see how church history matters in practical ways for future vocations inside and outside the contemporary church In this wide ranging book veteran teacher Bob Rea tackles these barriers Author Robert ReaPublisher IVP AcademicReading Level ModeratePages 233ISBN 0830828192 When we ignore centuries of God loving Christians and the rich well of resources that they have passed on to us sometimes ignoring even Scripture itself in the process our perceived needs are often little than mirrors of our fallen culture We need these earlier Christians We need our brothers and sisters in Christ 15An Invitation to Love and Learn from Our Past is the descriptive subtitle to Robert Rea s book Why Church History Matter henceforth History Matters A professor of church history at Lincoln Christian University Robert Rea writes History Matters to answer important uestions such as If the Bible is God s revelation why spend time studying the history of the church s teach and practice as well as Why should I care what Christians in other times and other places believed and how they acted 14For many Christian traditions the church s history matters immensely eg Eastern Orthodox Roman Catholic and Anglican 60 69 Thus Rea s target audience throughout History Matters is Bible focused Christians 17 who have a tendency to de emphasize or ignore the history of the church 18 This audience influences the entire flow of History Matters Rea covers introducing definitions for church traditions and historical perspectives part 1 motivating study of church history for accountable Christian community part 2 and pinpointing particular ways church history helps in modern ministry part 3Although Rea demonstrates that Bible focused Protestants have not always ignored tradition 70 74 History Matters contains multiple challenges to said contemporary communities that have all the ingredients necessary to find themselves in a loss of real Christian community 98 In this Rea emphasizes the strong individualism and contemporary nature of exegesis the presumed superiority of historical grammatical Rea points out the tendency of conversion oriented communities to glorify personal experience 98 99 to the present church community s detriment as well as hindering its relationship with Christian community of the past Part 2 of History Matters address this issue with two excellent chapters on Accountability Partners chapter 6 and Mentors and Friends chapter 7 In Part 3 Rea spends a significant amount of time on the relationship modern exegesis and interpretation has with the church History Matters provides a hermeneutical overview and practical reflections on the nature of historical grammatical approaches used by scholars and pastors alike chapter 8 This is all done to encourage and challenge Bible focused Christians to learn from church historyIn conclusion Why Church History Matters is a good volume on the importance of studying church history Its maximum exposure should be in the evangelical Bible centered churches filled with pastors and laymen without a sincere appreciation for church history Thus Why Church History Matters makes a fine book for Bible study classrooms and private study That being stated Robert Rea provides few new concepts intentionally for individuals coming from traditions that admire and respect church history Though encouraging individuals convinced of history s importance would be better served reading a thorough recounting of church historyDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

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To understanding and embracing the significance of the faith and practice of our spiritual forefathers In three parts he covers how Christians understand church tradition why it is beneficial to broaden our horizons of community and how tradition helps us understand ministry Rea not only skillfully explains why church history matters he shows why it should matter to us This is a solid book on the relevance of church history to the church and Christian today The book is broken into three sections 1 A survey of how the church has understood Scripture and Tradition 2 How we are a product of what has happened and who has gone before us and 3 Practical ways to employ the diverse wisdom and mistakes of church history At times in the first two sections I lost track of where Rea was going His last section is the most helpful and offers the best advice for bringing to bear the accumulated wisdom of church history I often wished he would have been a bit critical of some of the past decisions and practices but to be fair that was not his goal

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Does it matter how Christians in other times and places thought If the Bible alone is God's revelation why spend time studying church history Aren't history and tradition of a problem than a solution For many Christians who believe the Bible is the ultimate authority for faith and life uestions about the role and value of the church's traditions can be difficult to tack It is tempting for well meaning Christians to simply open up the Bible read it and assume their initial understandings are what the text means Or beyond that we may listen to people in our church or our family or friends to get insight The problem is that if we go no further then this the voices we are hearing can become an echo chamber simply reinforcing what we already know and believe Each of us brings assumptions and presuppositions to the text and for many of us those closest in our early faith formation our church and family had similar assumptions and presuppositionsThis is why it is important to listen to voices who are different from us Such voices may come from the wider geographical church Christians from different cultures and languages Or they may come from the long history of the Church Christians who lived and died in drastically different settings then we live in Bob Rea s book is driven by a passion to show that the history that has filled the two millennia between the Bible and now is important For some Christians of a traditional bent this is obvious Other Christians may resist tradition saying all we need is the Bible Rea by no means denigrates the Bible but one of his points is that everyone has tradition whether they realize and admit it or not Tradition and history can play a role much like other living people can play a role giving us a further voice from people made in God s image who love and desire to live for JesusThe examples can be big and small If you go to seminary or even study scripture at a university the default method is the historical critical method The idea goes that if you learn the history and culture and original language grammar and such then you can get what the text is saying Yet this method has not always been the default While things like allegory and typology are sometimes looked at skeptically the church has a long history of utilizing these methods Further against the idea of objectivity most Christians would have argued you cannot understand the text without some skin in the game Rea shows that theologians and Bible scholars are realizing this with reference to Christians through the centuries showing up in commentaries and theologiesOn a smaller scale learning from spiritual mentors can be tremendously beneficial Rea mentions the fifth century monk John Cassian as his mentor There is much value in laying aside the popular contemporary Christian books there s the echo chamber again and reading early church theologians monastics mystics reformers and others Again Rea is not saying to read such writings in place of the Bible Instead the point is that reading these people alongside of our reading of scripture both enriches our understanding of scripture and life lived with JesusOverall I highly recommend this book If you are a Christian who has always been curious about the history of the church this book could be a good place to start It does not go into detail on history but provides enough to whet your appetite to want to learn If the sheer noise of our culture s ethical moral and political debates gives you a headache learning about and reading the great spiritual teachers of the past can be a remedy I think every pastor should read this book and it is not a bad investment for any other ChristianFull disclosure Dr Rea was my advisor at seminary and advised my masters thesis in historical theology so I am not exactly unbiased But seriously its a good book

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  • Why Church History Matters
  • Robert F. Rea
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  • 15 July 2019
  • 9780830828197