Muscle and a Shovel is a raw, gritty, true story about a pair of young newly-weds who move to the city to chase the American dream. In the process they are befriended by a man who turns their belief about God, their church, and their faith upside down Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics, the Community Churches - none are spared when Truth is at stake and their new friend Randall isn't about to "candy-coat" God's Word for the sake of "political correctness" or "religious tolerance." This story will grip you from opening to close and will stimulate your spirit on levels you didn't think possible Get ready to fight or flee, because Muscle and a Shovel is one of those rare books that will raise your heart-rate a ... more
With more than 200,000 copies sold, "When Helping Hurts" is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.
While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they're trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Ch ... more
Are you ready to take a stand against abortion and counter culture?In this companion piece to his bestselling book "Counter Culture," David Platt offers sound Biblical support and practical action steps to help Christians take a courageous and compassionate stand against abortion. Drawing heavily on personal stories and Scripture, Platt encourages Christians to get involved and highlights a wide variety of ministries and organizations currently countering abortion that need your help.The stage is set for the God of the universe to do the unthinkable, the unimaginable, the shocking, and the scandalous. And He wants you to be a part of it. It's time to take a stand for Christ, join the fight against abortion, and counter c ... more
Sometimes, grace gets messy. Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian and a pastor. Very few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor and as a person with beloved family members living a gay lifestyle, Caleb had to face this issue with courage and grace. "Messy Grace" shows us that Jesus s command to love your neighbor as yourself doesn t have an exception clause for a gay neighbor or for that matter, any other neighbor we m ... more
Much like a person who has awaked from a decades-long coma to be introduced to a radically different world, evangelicals are just awakening to the reality that they have lost the culture war in this country.
We are seeing the rapid deterioration and dismantling of a Judean-Christian culture in America - and believers are finding themselves in unfamiliar positions. Values once held sacred are being discarded. Freedoms once offered are being withheld. Biblical absolutes once embraced are being replaced by relativism. Trend lines, unless altered, point to accelerated cultural change and even greater drift from the historic roots of this country.
As a result, there is a growing intolerance towards believers and their ... more
The book opens with the happy news of a new member of the Williams family. Sarah's two young daughters are excited, as is her own mother (Jennifer Rees Larcombe). But the happiness is shortlived, as the scan at the hospital reveals that the baby has a condition which will mean severe skeletal deformity. Birth will be fatal.Sarah and husband Paul decide to go to full term and not abort, which does not go down well with the hospital. So their personal anguish is exacerbated by the fight to maintain the baby's own dignity as a human being. Naming her is important - and they decide on Cerian, which is Welsh for 'loved one'. The following chapters allow us to join Sarah and her family on the difficult journey towards Cerian's ... more
"When Helping Hurts" is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and has sold over 225,000 copies. Now there is a stand-alone resource to introduce this paradigm in an accessible way. Rather than simply looking at the economics, it looks at the poverty of relationships between man and God, man and man, man and creation, and man and self. Utilizing free, online video lessons set both in Africa and the United States, the "Small Group Experience" is the ideal resource for small groups, Sunday school classes, parachurch and non-profit ministries, ministry training, and even individuals. In six lessons, the concepts of "When Helping Hurts" are brought to the reader in a format that ... more
Discussions about the Sabbath often center around moralistic laws and arguments over whether a person should be able to play cards or purchase liquor on Sundays. In this volume, popular author Walter Brueggemann writes that the Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Importantly, Brueggemann speaks to a 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. Keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. Brueggemann offers a transformative vision of the wholeness God ... more
In 2006, few Americans were expecting the economy to collapse. Today the American church is in a similar position, on the precipice of a great spiritual recession. While we focus on a few large churches and dynamic leaders that are successful, the church's overall membership is shrinking. Young Christians are fleeing. Our donations are drying up. Political fervor is dividing us. Even as these crises eat at the church internally, our once friendly host culture is quickly turning hostile and antagonistic. How can we avoid a devastating collapse? In "The Great Evangelical Recession," award-winning journalist and pastor John Dickerson identifies six factors that are radically eroding the American church and offers biblic ... more
Keep Christianity Strange As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible to pretend that we are a Moral Majority. That may be bad news for America, but it can be good news for the church. What's needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling-down on the status quo nor a pullback into isolation. Instead, we need a church that speaks to social and political issues with a bigger vision in mind: that of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christianity seems increasingly strange, and even subversive, to our culture, we have the opportunity to reclaim the freakishness of the gospel, which is what gives it it's power in the first place. We seek the kingdom of God, before everything else. We connect th ... more
Loving, Biblical Answers on Homosexuality How is the Bible's teaching on homosexuality "Good News" to a world that increasingly finds that message intolerable? In their role as pastors, Adam Barr and Ron Citlau have seen how this issue can tear apart families, friendships, and even churches. In Compassion Without Compromise, they combine biblical answers about homosexuality with practical, real-world advice on how to think about and discuss this issue with those you care about. They also tell the story of Ron's personal journey from sexual brokenness to healing. The authors bring sensitivity, humor, and pastoral winsomeness to the most controversial topic of our day. This book will offer an honest but inviting me ... more
Homosexuality is one of most controversial moral issues of our day. Headlines teem with stories of athletes "coming out," politicians changing positions and courts handing down same-sex marriage rulings. Sadly the church has often been afraid to talk about homosexuality. Many Christians feel confused and divided between the call to love and the call for truth. And many who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction feel alone and alienated by the church. The time is ripe for God's people to think and speak about same-sex attraction in a way that is both biblical and beneficial. We must reject our fears and misunderstandings and see ourselves together in need of the grace of Jesus. Love Into Light is designed to move the ... more
It's easy to get discouraged by the headlines. It can often feel as if God has left the building, like we are on our own. We want to believe God's promises to us, and we search for signs of his continuing restoration of the world in which we live. Now, with passion and heart, two leading experts on Christianity and culture cut through the chaos and uncertainty to show readers how God is powerfully active and intensely engaged in fulfilling his promise to restore all things unto himself. Through inspiring real-life stories of justice, mercy, love, and forgiveness in our midst, Smith and Stonestreet present a God who is intimately involved in his creation and using his church to work out the redemption of this world.
When do you learn that "normal" doesn't include lots of yelling, lots of sleeping, lots of beating? In Blessed Are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family, and Church, Sarah Griffith Lund looks back at her father's battle with bipolar disorder, and the helpless sense of d?j? vu as her brother and cousin endure mental illness, as well. With a small group study guide and "Ten Steps for Developing a Mental Health Ministry in Your Congregation," Blessed Are the Crazy is more than memoir-it's a resource for churches and other faith-based groups to provide healing and comfort. Part of The Young Clergy Women Project.
Same-sex marriage is here, presenting unique challenges and opportunities. How do those who follow Christ faithfully answer the standard talking points for same-sex marriage? And how can they best articulate the case for one-man, one-woman marriage in everyday conversation?
Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet believe a thoughtful approach to God's design for marriage is the answer to both questions.
The key is not a contentious attitude towards those who believe in same-sex marriage, but a winsome perspective that is faithful to Christ, committed to truth, and shaped by a love for God and others.
Christians need to know that because Christ has risen, there is no such thing as "all hope is lost." Th ... more
This fantastic book summarizes the most important events in Christian history-from the time of Jesus to today. The author's sense of humor makes the topic lively. Dozens of photos, quotes and websites. Includes leader's guide Twelve weeks to a better understanding of key events and people every Christian should know
Are you ready to take a stand against same-sex marriage and counter culture?In this companion piece to his bestselling book "Counter Culture," David Platt offers sound Biblical support and practical action steps to help Christians take a courageous and compassionate stand against same-sex marriage. Drawing heavily on personal stories and Scripture, Platt encourages Christians to get involved and highlights a wide variety of ministries and organizations currently countering same-sex marriage that need your help.The stage is set for the God of the universe to do the unthinkable, the unimaginable, the shocking, and the scandalous. And He wants you to be a part of it. It's time to take a stand for Christ, join the fight agai ... more
The urban landscape is changing and, as a result, urban ministries are at a crossroads. If the Church is to be an effective agent of compassion and justice, Robert Lupton notes, we must change our mission strategies. In this compelling book, Lupton asks the tough questions about service providing and community building to help ministries enhance their effectiveness. What are the dilemmas that caring people encounter to faithfully carry out the teachings of Scripture and become personally involved with "the least of these?" What are some possible alternatives to the ways we have traditionally attempted to care for the poor? How do people, programs, and neighborhoods move towards reciprocal, interdependent relationships? T ... more
Are you ready to take a stand for immigration and counter culture?In this companion piece to his bestselling book "Counter Culture," David Platt offers sound Biblical support and practical action steps to help Christians take a courageous and compassionate stand for immigration. Drawing heavily on personal stories and Scripture, Platt encourages Christians to get involved and highlights a wide variety of ministries and organizations currently involved with immigration that need your help.The stage is set for the God of the universe to do the unthinkable, the unimaginable, the shocking, and the scandalous. And He wants you to be a part of it. It's time to take a stand for Christ, join the fight for immigration, and counte ... more
Embark on a thrilling journey that leaves no room for doubt "The Mystery of the Shemitah" (shmee-TA) reveals a seven-year cycle mandated by the Torah for the land of Israel. Understanding this pattern is essential for comprehending the prophecy and mysteries of the Bible and how it related to the turmoil that America experienced in 2001 and 2008. In this book Cahn uncovers: How the Great Depression and other economic events fit into the Shemitah How the pattern of sevens predicted 9/11 to the exact hour How the World Trade Center the icon of American pride and economic strength was both created and destroyed in Shemitah years How the rise and possibly the fall of America can be linked to the yea ... more
Christianity has an image problem. Christians are supposed to represent Christ to the world. But according to the latest report card, something has gone terribly wrong. Using descriptions like "hypocritical," "insensitive," and "judgmental," young Americans share an impression of Christians that's nothing short of . . . "unChristian." Groundbreaking research into the perceptions of people aged 16-29 reveals that Christians have taken several giant steps backward in one of their most important assignments. The surprising details of the study, commissioned by the Fermi Project and conducted by The Barna Group, are presented with uncompromising honesty in "unChristian." Find out why these negative perceptions exist, lea ... more
Are you ready to take a stand for orphans and widows and counter culture?In this companion piece to his bestselling book "Counter Culture," David Platt offers sound Biblical support and practical action steps to help Christians take a courageous and compassionate stand for orphans and widows. Drawing heavily on personal stories and Scripture, Platt encourages Christians to get involved and highlights a wide variety of ministries and organizations currently helping orphans and widows that need your help.The stage is set for the God of the universe to do the unthinkable, the unimaginable, the shocking, and the scandalous. And He wants you to be a part of it. It's time to take a stand for Christ, join the fight for orphans ... more
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