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Church History In Plain Language

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Church History In Plain Language Fifth Edition



Over 330,000 copies sold. This is the story of the church for today’s readers.

Bruce Shelley’s classic history of the church brings the story of global Christianity into the twenty-first century. Like a skilled screenwriter, Shelley begins each chapter with three elements: characters, setting, plot. Taking readers from the early centuries of the church up through the modern era he tells his readers a story of actual people, in a particular situation, taking action or being acted upon, provides a window into the circumstances and historical context, and from there develops the story of a major period or theme of Christian history. Covering recent events, this book also:

  • Details the rapid growth of evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity in the southern hemisphere
  • Addresses the decline in traditional mainline denominations
  • Examines the influence of technology on the spread of the gospel
  • Discusses how Christianity intersects with other religions in countries all over the world

This concise book provides an easy-to-read guide to church history with intellectual substance. The new edition of Church History in Plain Language promises to set a new standard for readable church history.

List Of First African

The first African American mayors were elected during Reconstruction in the Southern United States beginning about 1867. African Americans in the South were also elected to many local offices, such as sheriff or Justice of the Peace, and state offices such as legislatures as well as a smaller number to Federal offices. After this period ended in 1876, it became increasingly difficult for African Americans to compete in elections due to racial discrimination such as Jim Crow laws. After the end of the 19th century it generally was not until the 1960s, they again began to be elected or appointed to mayoral positions following the civil rights movement and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. Achievements in African Americans’ being elected mayor in majority-European American and other municipalities made their political participation one of daily life in many localities. In 1970 there were fewer than 50 African American mayors by 1982 there were 205.

Peter Jones The Ojibwe And Evangelical Hymnody

Peter Jones was one of the great Canadian Methodist leaders of the first half of the nineteenth century. As a missionary to the core, Jones rubbed shoulders with royals and bishops, spoke to crowds of thousands on both sides of the Atlantic, worked as a Bible translator, and was instrumental in the merging of Wesleyan Methodist denominations. All this was done with the ultimate goal of effectively reaching the Ojibwe people of Ontario with the gospel.

While it should be already clear from this introduction why Jones is a name deserving of remembrance and study, there is one more significant historical fact to appreciate: Jones did all this while also being the first Ojibwe person to be ordained as a Methodist minister. Born to a white Canadian father and a Mississauga Ojibwe mother, Jones became a leading Methodist father of Canada while also straddling the two, often competing, worlds of indigenous and settler Canadian cultures.

Jones became a leading Methodist father of Canada while also straddling the two, often competing, worlds of indigenous and settler Canadian cultures.

Given everything I have just shared about Jones, a short piece such as this one could literally cover dozens of different encouraging or convicting topics in relation to his life and ministry. The one I chose is Jones work on hymn translation.

Jones writes:

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