21 Sep 2007

A Gathered People: Revisioning the Assembly as Transforming Encounter

Author: Bobby Valentine | Filed under: Bobby's World, Books, Church, Church History, Exegesis, Kingdom, Ministry, Prayer, Preaching, Restoration History, Worship

A Gathered People: Revisioning the Assembly as Transforming Encounter

Greetings from Abilene … After many months of preparation and several more of being with the publisher I am pleased to announce that A Gathered People: Revisioning the Assembly as Transforming Encounter is finally available. The book is authored by John Mark Hicks, Johnny Melton and Bobby Valentine.

It is available on Amazon (linked above) or it can be ordered directly from ACU/Leafwood Press at 1.877.816.4455 (toll free).

Here is the book description, “A Gathered People is an in-depth biblical, historical and theological study of the Christian assembly or Lord’s day. It examines Hebrew assemblies in the Old Testament, Christian assemblies in the New Testament, and the changing nature of assemblies in Christian history, and the assembly in the Stone-Campbell heritage. It concludes with a theological argument about the nature and purpose of the assembly, and reflections on Christian assemblies today

The price of the book 14.95

Bobby Valentine

13 Responses to “A Gathered People: Revisioning the Assembly as Transforming Encounter”

  1. Vonnie Says:

    Looking forward to getting it on Sunday. Drive carefully coming home.

  2. ben overby Says:

    Sounds great, Bobby. Thanks for being disciplined enough to help get the work to the publisher. I know we’ll all be blessed by it.

  3. Wade Tannehill Says:

    Can’t wait to read it. I’m embarrased to say I haven’t read Kingdom Come yet. So I’ll read it first.

  4. John Roberts Says:

    Congratulations! I can hardly wait to get a copy. If it is as good as Kingdom Come, we are in for a treat.

  5. Keith Brenton Says:

    Congrats – I’m eagerly anticipating it, too!

  6. Blogging by Tina Says:

    Bobby, this is off the subject of this post.

    A poster on Mike Cope’s blog asserts that Alexander Campbell didn’t believe in salvation by grace through faith. I asked him where his source was and he said that it was his response to a friend when the friend asked him what position he (Campbell) was going to take in the debate. The friend was surprised at Campbell’s response, and Campbell told him, “Of course I don’t believe in salvation by grace through faith!”

    The comment is under Mike’s article, “This Message Brought to You By Churches of Christ”.

    I’ve Googled the phrase with Alexander Campbell’s name and I can’t find anything. Is there any possible way you can give me a hand? I’d appreciate it.

  7. preacherman Says:

    As I mentioned in my last post that I can’t wait to read it.
    I was also wondering if Johnny Melton has a blog?

  8. Stoned-Campbell Disciple Says:

    Tina I looked up “Robert Easter’s (?)” comment on Mike’s blog. It is rather convenient that he “lost” the documentation for his claim.

    I for one do not think he can back up the claim. AC firmly believed Christianity was a religion of grace (he often used the word “favor” as an equivalent of grace). AC objected to attaching the word “only” to the word grace or faith but he is neither the first nor last to make that objection.

    Robert E also tried to claim that “we” believe that baptism remits (in itself) and not the blood of Jesus. This is another drive by shooting tactic in my opinion. I have never in all my life heard anyone make such a claim … not even Foy Wallace Jr. They have claimed that baptism is the place where the blood is “contacted” and this is an altogether matter.

    I have no problem affirming that baptism has a whole lot more biblical ground than the idea of “praying Jesus into your heart.”
    Such an idea is very young historically and nearly exclusively American …

    Bobby Valentine

  9. Matthew Says:

    Looking forward to reading your book, you are so talented.

  10. Vonnie Says:

    I just finished reading the book. Wow, I am sure learning a lot of new stuff. I am so glad you have come to Palo Verde.

  11. Wes Horn Says:

    Wow! I’ve only finished the first chapter and I’m hooked! Thanks so much for all of the work that you do for the Kingdom.

    Grace & Peace,


  12. Anonymous Says:

    I have reviewed the summary I assume represents the views of all three writers. I have written a quick review which explains why I believe that the synagogue style (used by Paul) is for edification which meant education. Since singing wasn’t imposed until the year 373 “because it was common to all pagan cults” edification was education: education is what a disciple does with Jesus as the only teacher when the elders teach that which has been taught.” I believe that most church “fathers” and the Restoration Writers taught. My review is here and you will probably bump it.



  13. Anonymous Says:

    Easily I to but I about the collection should secure more info then it has.

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