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In the Great Stream

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Leonard Allen writes to call the non-creedal churches to clearly and intentionally align and identify themselves with the Great Tradition - classic orthodoxy as marked out by the "rule of faith" and the universal creeds of the early church. The reason for writing this book is that Allen believes the non-creedal churches, with their traditional disregard for tradition, are ill-equipped to deal with the current post-Christian cultural climate. I wholeheartedly agree with him.

 Although writing specifically for the Stone-Campbell Movement/Churches of Christ, Allen's call is crucially pertinent to all of the church movements that trace their roots back to Anabaptism in Europe and Seperatist Puritanism in England - these include the Baptists, the Assemblies of God and many other Pentecostals. All of these churches carry within their history a rejection of tradition. The irony of this is that even though these churches passionately dismiss tradition, they unavoidably pass on their own poorly examined traditions! As an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God movement, I found Allen's analysis immediately and directly applicable to our situation. 

Leonard Allen writes in a style that is accessible and with passion and reason.  For all ministers and leaders in churches that have cried "no creed but the Bible", this is a book that will inform, challenge, and inspire you. This is a book for all who care about the future, the strength and purity of the Church, I recommend this book without hesitation.
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