Reading Guides, Volume 9

Marva Dawn – Introductory Reading Guide


Today is the birthday of Marva Dawn, one of the theologians who has been most influential for our congregation at Englewood Christian Church.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory reading guide to her most significant works.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and offered a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve also included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

2. Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God


Although not as widely read across our congregation as Truly the Community, this book has impacted our congregation tremendously.  It is the best exploration of the scriptural concept of the powers (even better than Walter Wink’s excellent three-volume work!), and Dawn’s interpretation of God tabernacling in the midst of the local church community has been very formative for my own understanding of the Holy Spirit.



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