Life Together

Life Together
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 128
Release: 1978-10-25
ISBN: 0060608528
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life Together Book Excerpt:

After his martyrdom at the hands of the Gestapo in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued his witness in the hearts of Christians around the world. His Letters and Papers from Prison became a prized testimony to Christian faith and courage, read by thousands. Now in Life Together we have Pastor Bonhoeffer's experience of Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul's letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.

Finding Intentional Community

Finding Intentional Community
Author: James Werning
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2017-09-08
ISBN: 1532612273
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Finding Intentional Community Book Excerpt:

Welcome to the neighborhood of your dreams. Here you'll find great friends. Help and encouragement. Shared meals and resources. Family gatherings. These pages present a parade of homes like you've never imagined . . . neighborhoods, farms, apartments, and houses in which Christians are discovering the key to contentment in community. It's nothing new. Community was God's idea in the garden. Sure, it was twisted by the fall, but the early church's example of healthy community is being re-experienced by many believers today. Maybe you're considering a move to an intentional community. Or maybe you want to develop deeper friendships and commitment without going anywhere at all. Then read on. These people can lead you to the next step, through engaging stories of brokenness, joyful surrender, creative awakenings, and simple childlikeness. Enjoy this colorful tour of some of the most alive and authentic communities in America today. This could be the most satisfying journey home that you have ever taken.

Home Together

Home Together
Author: Thomas Bergen
Publsiher: FriesenPress
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2020-08-13
ISBN: 1525571338
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Home Together Book Excerpt:

Emerging adults today feel homeless and alone. How can the church share the good news of a God who offers home and togetherness? Home Together gives a compelling account of a Christian student residence that has shared this good news by engaging emerging adults in a community of discipleship and belonging. For over thirty years, the Menno Simons Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia has supported university students and helped them to grow together in their faith. Using the metaphor of home to describe this community, Thomas Bergen outlines a practical theology of ministry among emerging adults as a shared home construction project. He explores six aspects of the Menno Simons Centre as home—spiritual, supportive, sabbatical, safe, spurring, and sending—combining theological reflection, cultural analysis, personal testimonies, and practical wisdom. Set against the backdrop of postmodern challenges, Home Together offers an inspiring model of ministry among university students that might well be adapted for other contexts.

Recapturing Eternity

Recapturing Eternity
Author: Ralph Berry
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN: 1684700892
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Recapturing Eternity Book Excerpt:

Centre for Christian Living Annual 2019

Centre for Christian Living Annual 2019
Author: Tony Payne,Chase Kuhn,Ed Shaw,Graham Beynon,Kristen Birkett,Richard Borgonon,Paul Grimmond,Michael Stead,Phillip Jensen,Rob Smith,Dominic Steele,Elsie Anderson,Karina Brabham,Sam Davidson,Michael Figueira,Steve Gibbins,Dan Gillis,Rachel Huntington
Publsiher: Centre for Christian Living
Total Pages: 333
Release: 2020-03-01
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Centre for Christian Living Annual 2019 Book Excerpt:

How should we deal with our guilt and shame? How should we think about freedom? What is Spirit-inspired Christian living? How does our understanding of hell affect the way we live the Christian life? The Christian gospel transforms every aspect of our lives. If we don’t understand that, we don’t understand Christianity. The Centre for Christian Living, which operates out of Moore Theological College in Sydney, aims to bring biblical ethics to everyday issues—taking the theology and knowledge of God and showing how it shapes and directs every aspect of our daily lives. To that end, we have compiled this annual, which collects some of the material from our activities during 2019: essays from our public events, highlights from our podcast and articles by members of our student team at Moore College. Our hope is that you will find this collection helpful and encouraging as you live out the Christian life.

Consider Your Counsel

Consider Your Counsel
Author: Bob Kellemen
Publsiher: New Growth Press
Total Pages: 89
Release: 2021-08-02
ISBN: 1645071464
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Consider Your Counsel Book Excerpt:

Biblical counseling is not an easy calling. How do you effectively communicate the gospel to hurting people? Theological training and learning from other counselors are both key to growing in the wisdom, love, and skill needed to apply Scripture to yourself and others. Preparation is key, but sometimes the most effective training comes after youve jumped into the ringwhen a coach puts his arm around your shoulder and helps you take a look at what youve done well and where you can grow. In Consider Your Counsel, Bob Kellemen comes alongside counselors and shares where he and others have missed the mark. Drawing on more than three decades of counseling supervision experience, he unpacks ten of the most common missteps that he has noticed in his own counseling, as well as those he has mentored. From teaching before listening to targeting sin but not suffering, Kellemen helps counselors of all ages see where they may need to reassess their methods and continue to grow. Each chapter briefly discusses a typical counseling mistake, then delves into a discussion of alternative approaches and practical suggestions for maturing as biblical counselor. This uniquely helpful book will help readers do an honest assessment of their counseling and encourage them to grow as counselors and friends.

The Purpose Gap

The Purpose Gap
Author: Patrick B. Reyes
Publsiher: Westminster John Knox Press
Total Pages: 282
Release: 2021-03-16
ISBN: 164698191X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Purpose Gap Book Excerpt:

In The Purpose Gap, Patrick Reyes reflects on a family member's death after a long struggle with incarceration and homelessness. As he asks himself why his cousin's life had turned out so differently from his own, he realizes that it was a matter of conditions. While they both grew up in the same marginalized Chicano community in central California, Patrick found himself surrounded by a host of family, friends, and supporters. They created a different narrative for him than the one the rest of the world had succeeded in imposing on his cousin. In short, they created the conditions in which Patrick could not only survive but thrive. Far too much of the literature on leadership tells the story of heroic individuals creating their success by their own efforts. Such stories fail to recognize the structural obstacles to thriving faced by those in marginalized communities. If young people in these communities are to grow up to lives of purpose, others must help create the conditions to make that happen. Pastors, organizational leaders, educators, family, and friends must all perceive their calling to create new stories and new conditions of thriving for those most marginalized. This book offers both inspiration and practical guidance for how to do that. It offers advice on creating safe space for failure, nurturing networks that support young people of color, and professional guidance for how to implement these strategies in one's congregation, school, or community organization.

Practicing the Kingdom

Practicing the Kingdom
Author: Justin Bronson Barringer,Maria Russell Kenney
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2022-02-07
ISBN: 1498218016
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Practicing the Kingdom Book Excerpt:

Throughout her academic career, Christine D. Pohl has helped the church rediscover practices that used to be central to its life, like hospitality, community, and friendship. Perhaps best known for her groundbreaking Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, she has also contributed significantly to discussions on Christian community, feminism and the academy, and the practice of friendship. Yet behind this lies a lifetime of “lived theology” that informs her life and her work, both inside and outside the academy. Containing biblical, systematic, and moral theology, these essays are scriptural and liturgical, multidisciplinary and missional. Several of them could be described as offering essays of “lived theology,” writing and reflecting from within years of action and contemplation. They build upon particularly fruitful aspects of Pohl’s work, through expansion, clarification, and occasional disagreement. A mix of scholars and practitioners, colleagues, former students, and friends, the contributors represent a wide variety of theoretical and practical expertise. This volume honors Pohl most when its readers choose to take the wisdom within its pages and embody that in life together.

Alongside

Alongside
Author: Drew Hill
Publsiher: New Growth Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2018-08-20
ISBN: 194527090X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Alongside Book Excerpt:

Alongside is a much-needed resource for both parents and those in youth ministry. In this transformative book, Drew Hill unpacks the challenges teenagers face and how youth leaders and parents can share the gospel with them at this crucial age. Full of practical insight and biblical knowledge, Alongside is an invitation to love teenagers well with the hope of the gospel. Our teenage friends are full of questions and longings. They're trying to figure out who they are, where they belong, and if they matter during this pivotal time of development—all while facing new realities of loneliness and isolation, despite their social media followers. Teenagers want to be chased, and Alongside brings Scripture to life and helps parents and those in youth ministry practically connect the life of Jesus to the lives of their adolescent children and friends. Through Scripture and captivating personal stories from years of experience working in youth ministry, Hill pulls back the curtain and invites readers to step into the unfiltered world of teenagers. How do we start meaningful conversations with our teenage friends? How do we build trust across the dining room table? What would it look like to prayerfully cultivate a group of leaders or parents with a shared goal of seeing Christ transform the lives of teenagers in our communities? What does Jesus have to say about caring for our middle or high school friends, and how can he use us in his plan to rescue them? Alongside offers practical application and biblical truths to highlight the complexities of relational youth ministry, address the needs real teenagers encounter in their daily lives, and engage their hearts rather than just their behavior. Hill explores what it looks like to not only share the love of Jesus with our teenage friends but to share our very lives with them as well.

Replicate

Replicate
Author: Robby Gallaty,Chris Swain
Publsiher: Moody Publishers
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2020-06-02
ISBN: 0802498906
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Replicate Book Excerpt:

A Practical Guide to Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Disciple-Making in Any Church Over the last few decades American churches have produced plenty of converts but not as many mature believers. Studies show the majority of Christians don’t even understand the basics of faith. But how do you tackle such a big problem? Replicate shows church leaders how to make disciples who make disciples and get the rest of your church on board as well. This one-on-one relational ministry is how Jesus laid the foundation for His church that is still growing today, and it’s how we continue the work in our own local congregations. Learn the five marks of a healthy disciple-making church, how to influence culture, uproot misconceptions of the church and the gospel, and change your church and community. No more focusing on mere numbers, it’s time to grow in maturity and through multiplication.

Blessed Are the Nones

Blessed Are the Nones
Author: Stina Kielsmeier-Cook
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2020-09-08
ISBN: 0830853375
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Blessed Are the Nones Book Excerpt:

When her husband left Christianity several years into their marriage, Stina Kielsmeier-Cook was left struggling to live the Christian life on her own. In this memoir, she tells the story of her mixed-faith marriage and how she found unexpected community with an order of Catholic nuns, discovering that she was not "spiritually single" after all—and that no one really is.

Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies Issue 3 1

Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies  Issue 3 1
Author: Daniel S. Diffey,Ryan A. Brandt,Justin McLendon
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2018-04-18
ISBN: 1725250659
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies Issue 3 1 Book Excerpt:

The Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies (JBTS) is an academic journal focused on the fields of Bible and Theology from an inter-denominational point of view. The journal is comprised of an editorial board of scholars that represent several academic institutions throughout the world. JBTS is concerned with presenting high-level original scholarship in an approachable way. Academic journals are often written by scholars for other scholars. They are technical in nature, assuming a robust knowledge of the field. There are fewer journals that seek to introduce biblical and theological scholarship that is also accessible to students. JBTS seeks to provide high-level scholarship and research to both scholars and students, which results in original scholarship that is readable and accessible. As an inter-denominational journal JBTS is broadly evangelical. We accept contributions in all theological disciplines from any evangelical perspective. In particular, we encourage articles and book reviews within the fields of Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical Theology, Church History, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, Philosophical Theology, Philosophy, and Ethics.

Becoming Community

Becoming Community
Author: Olivia A. Phillips
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2021-10-15
ISBN: 1666716391
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Becoming Community Book Excerpt:

How we minister matters--especially to those who have already been hurt by the church. Instead of ministering out of God's love and compassion, the church has often ministered to the Queer community out of a deep-rooted fear. Why do we administer hatred instead of allowing the balm of the Holy Spirit's tender care to define our actions? The integrity of the gospel message has been hurt by the way many of us have wielded the power we have been given. Becoming Community is a call for us to renew our Christian commitment to social responsibility and justice as a primary focus of the church. We must challenge the practices and visions which we hold most important in our communities. Are our ministries truly inclusive to all who would seek to find solace at the feet of Christ? Regardless of whether a person might adopt a philosophy of affirmation or denial of queer practices as God-honoring, one trait must remain in our response: inclusion. Without intentionally inclusive language, care, and practice, can the church live up to the higher calling that we have been given? Is it possible for every individual to be genuinely included in our communities?

Living in Christ

Living in Christ
Author: Stephen W. Hiemstra
Publsiher: T2Pneuma Publishers LLC
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-04-20
ISBN: 1942199732
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living in Christ Book Excerpt:

Our journey in Christian ethics starts with God in whose image we are created. Creation begins with birth and continues as we mature. Our character matures, shaped by the example of Christ under the mentorship of the Holy Spirit through the family and the church. Christian leaders reach full maturity once they able to mentor others—we are blessed to be a blessing. Living in Christ focuses on explaining, not justifying, Christian ethics. At a time and in a place where people scoff at developing a theological understanding of their faith and refuse to teach Christian morality, ethics is almost a lost art. At the heart of the ethical dilemma is a tension between theological principles that can only be resolved the guidance of the Holy Spirit. How do you practice forgiveness for sinners who refuse to confess their sin and force you to bear its consequences? In this context, ethics is less a philosophical discipline that a recognition of our own limitations as Christians and the need for divine intervention. Ethical thought and action always involve interpretation under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is thus ironic that a book on Christian living should have an outward focus on God rather than an inward focus on what to do and not do. This interpretative element colors how we view character formation, the community of faith, leadership, and the many special issues that arise in daily life. Hear the words; walk the steps; experience the joy!

Reimagining The Moral Life

Reimagining The Moral Life
Author: Choi, Ki Joo,Moses, Sarah M.,Vincini, SJ, Andrea
Publsiher: Orbis Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-09-16
ISBN: 1608338436
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reimagining The Moral Life Book Excerpt:

Leisure and Fellowship in the Life of the Black Church

Leisure and Fellowship in the Life of the Black Church
Author: Steven N. Waller
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2015-09-17
ISBN: 149906473X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leisure and Fellowship in the Life of the Black Church Book Excerpt:

Leisure and Fellowship in the Life of the Black Church explores why leisure and fellowship in congregational life of African American churches matters. The book provides a biblical and theological foundation for the concepts of work, rest, Sabbath, play, leisure and fellowship. Moreover, the book explores how religious tradition and doctrine shape and constrains our attitudes and behaviors about leisure, fellowship and living abundantly. Several churches are lifted as exemplars based on the way that they embrace leisure and fellowship within their respective congregations. In the closing chapters, the book examines what leisure and fellowship might be like in Heaven and how we engage Christ and each other in congregations.

The Church as a Culture of Care

The Church as a Culture of Care
Author: T. Dale Johnson, Jr.
Publsiher: New Growth Press
Total Pages: 134
Release: 2021-10-04
ISBN: 1645071839
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Church as a Culture of Care Book Excerpt:

We all know people in our world are strugglingeating disorders, addictions, depression, sexual issues, marital problemsthe list goes on and on. Can the church help or is that an outdated concept that no longer fits modern problems? In The Church as a Culture of Care, biblical counselor Dale Johnson explains that the church is still the primary place where those who struggle can receive lasting hope and healing. Pastors and lay leaders in the church often feel inadequate to address certain needs and are unsure of how to help. This book is designed to help erase the stigma of mental health issues in the church and to present the church as the primary haven for answers to deep-seated human problems. Readers will learn that God has designed every function of the church to be an integral part of soul care. God has provided the church with the necessary us to care well for one another. Prayer, the Word, the work of the Holy Spirit, and Christian community are Gods provisions to lead all of us to Christeven those with the deepest struggles. Counselors, ministers, and lay leaders will be empowered to have confidence in Gods purpose for the church, the power of his Spirit, and the sufficiency of his Word for soul care.

To Be Welcomed as Christ

To Be Welcomed as Christ
Author: Nicholas Scott-Blakely
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2022-02-22
ISBN: 1532674481
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

To Be Welcomed as Christ Book Excerpt:

Mainstream American evangelicalism is facing an identity crisis. Many wonder whether or not evangelical communities can become safe spaces that better enable people to enjoy, love, and know God and all that God cares about. This book, in honor of Dennis Okholm's decades of leadership in the academy and the church, commends the ways in which he has attempted to help his own communities flourish. His goal of filling the pews with theologically and biblically literate Christians is a much-needed example of steadiness and wisdom to an otherwise turbulent reality facing those who wish to maintain some association with the evangelical label. The emphases that appear in the contributions to this book represent Okholm's passion for the life of the church, his desire for evangelicalism to be a more hospitable home for all within its fold and in relation to other communities, and his desire for friendship and community to have a more prominent role in theological and biblical reflection. To Be Welcomed as Christ offers an example for engaging one's own community and the communities of others with the hospitality of Christ. Table of Contents 1. Theology as a Healing Art Ellen T. Charry 2. To Be Welcomed as Christ--Into the Church Todd Hunter 3. Participating in God's Mission: A Proposal at the Boundaries of Evangelicalism Justin Ashworth 4. Evangelicalism: A Home for All of Us Vincent Bacote 5. Herstory: Reclaiming Women's Voices for the Evangelical Tradition Jennifer Buck 6. Thinking Theologically about Interfaith Dialogue Richard J. Mouw 7. Talking with Evangelicals: The Latter-day Saint-Evangelical Dialogue in Retrospect Robert Millet 8. The Monkhood of All Believers: On Monasticism Old and New Rodney Clapp 9. When Friends Become Siblings: A Pauline Theology of Friendship Scot McKnight 10. Wiri Nina in the Body of Christ: Considering Friendship from an African Perspective David Fugoyo-Baime 11. Of All These Friends and Lovers: Remembering the Body and the Blood Craig Keen 12. Is it OK to be Proud of Your Humility? Robert Roberts 13. Dennis Okholm Michael McNichols Epilogue: At the Advice of a Sister: The Benedictine Way for the Unexpected Benet Tvedten, OSB

70

70
Author: Bill Beckham
Publsiher: CCS Publishing
Total Pages: 440
Release: 2015-11-27
ISBN: 193578983X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

70 Book Excerpt:

Bill Beckham gives a historical and strategic perspective of God's expansion people movement that is built upon the unique and interrelated groups of 3, 12, and 70. He makes the case that the church must do three things in the 21st century: (1) Add a mid-sized group of seventy that can organize and supervise church planting expansion, (2) make Christ the presence, power, and purpose of existing and future small groups, and (3) establish friendship triads of two or three as the contagious factor for making disciples and reaching unbelievers. Beckham gives a five-step strategy through which a church, up and down the spectrum from a mini church, mega church, cell church, or a church plant, can, by using Jesus' groups of 3/12/70, experience New Testament expansion rather than just growing or maintaining in a building.

Community

Community
Author: Scott Nelson
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 76
Release: 2013-10-04
ISBN: 0830895701
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Community Book Excerpt:

The mission of God has a church. So the church needs to be in sync with the mission of God. This is the guiding philosophy of the Forge Missions Training Network, which has helped church leaders and laypeople alike all over the world to reach their neighbors, their neighborhoods and their communities with the gospel. In these guides you and your friends will be equipped to be missionaries where you are—which is why God has a church in the first place. In Community: Living as the People of God you'll explore the dynamic image of church not as a building but a people, not a place but a movement, not a weekly event but a lifestyle. You'll consider how you and your friends might begin to employ your skills and gifts not as a service to the church but as a fulfillment of God's mission to spread the good news of God's kingdom to the ends of the earth. And you'll gain a fresh understanding of how you might relate to one another not as members of an institution but as a family on an exhilarating adventure. Other volumes in the Forge Guides for Missional Conversation: Culture: Living in the Places of God Mission: Living for the Purposes of God Power: Living by the Spirit of God Vision: Living Under the Promises of God