When we began working as licensed counselors in the field of mental health, we encountered some of the most devastating problems of horrific proportions endured by human beings-childhood sexual abuse, human trafficking, and ritualistic abuse.
The main purpose of this book is not about how to recover from severe childhood abuse and trauma, although it is a byproduct.
This is a book about community. Community is the soil in which the landscape for healing is created. While trauma recovery is our passion, it is what God used to help us discover His passion: true fellowship among brethren committed to living life together through the community experience. We didn't know it at the time but He put us together wi ... more
There are approximately 27 million people around the world right now who are enslaved in the sex trade, forced labor, and solider camps. Half of them are children. It's estimated that every 30 seconds someone is trafficked for sexual exploitation. Others are forced into hard labor, working 20 or more hours a day, treated worse than animals.
Then there are those who are kidnapped, brutalized, and made to fight for despotic armies and militias. Others are trapped in the lie that the only way they can make a living is to sell themselves to be used for all sorts of perversions. Tens of millions are held in the bondage of unimaginable darkness and oppression.
But there is One who came to set them free. There is ... more
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
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
In a frightening and violent world, it is difficult to love those who are different from us. Too often, we are tempted to withdraw into the safety of our self-made cocoons. Popular Bible teacher Scott Sauls sees Jesus modelling a radically different type of friendship to us. In "BeFriend," Scott invites us to see and savor how broad and big the love of God is. He reminds us how God has befriended us so that we can, in turn, befriend those we consider as outsiders. Following God and becoming more Christ-like means that we must broaden our circle of friends, love those we're tempted to dismiss and exclude, and resist the temptation to withdraw from others so we can protect ourselves. Christians must embrace those God embra ... more
We must learn to live together as brothers, or we will perish together as fools. Martin Luther King Jr.
With the Bible as a guide and heaven as the goal, "Oneness Embraced "calls God s people to kingdom-focused unity. It tells us why we don t have it, what we need to get it, and what it will look like when we do.
Weaving his own story into this word to the church, Tony Evans tells of a life spent between two worlds. As a young theologian he straddled black, urban culture and white, mainline evangelicalism. Now, three decades later, he offers seasoned reflections on matters of history, culture, the church, and social justice. In doing so he gives us a biblical and pastoral guide for striving for unity across racial ... more
The church in the West is at a critical moment. While the gospel is exploding throughout the global south, Western civilization faces militant assaults from aggressive secularism and radical Islam. Will the church resist the seductive shaping power of advanced modernity?
More than ever, Christians must resist the negative cultural forces of our day with fortitude and winsomeness. What is needed is followers of Christ who are willing to face reality without flinching and respond with a faithfulness that is unwavering. Os Guinness describes these Christians as "impossible people," those who have "hearts that can melt with compassion, but with faces like flint and backbones of steel who are unmanipulable, unbribable ... more
The world is witnessing its worst refugee crisis in recorded history, and the videos and images that have surfaced are harrowing. Many of us wonder how we can help, but at the same time we are nervous we want to be compassionate, but we are concerned about the risks.
"Seeking Refuge" speaks right into that tension. It explores the salient issues and dilemmas, the theological and moral arguments, the economic costs and benefits of welcoming refugees, and more. Informed by real stories from refugee communities around the world, "Seeking Refuge" will equip you for a compassionate response to refugees and other displaced people, one that displays God's redeeming power to a broken world.
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
Is Western civilization in an accelerating decline? And if it continues will it eventually weaken and cause us to come to the end of cultured civilization as we now know it? Jeremiah says yes. I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE THE DAY details numerous signs of this moral and social decay: Marriage becoming obsolete The Bible marginalized Spiritual warfare intensifying An ancient nation intimidating the modern world American turning its back on Israel Atheists virulently attacking religion Can this downward spiral be reversed? Yes, but only if one person at a time returns to God with our heart, our manner of life, our dedication to genuine worship of God, in serving God by helping others, in our giving, and in prayer.
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
"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
Can it ever get better? This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking. In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news, daily seeming to rip the wounds open ever wider is there hope for honest and healing conversation? For finally coming to understand each other on issues that are ultimately about so much more than black and white?
An NFL tight end for the New Orleans Saints and a widely read and followed commentator on social media, Watson has taken the Internet by storm with his remarkable insights about some of the most sensitive and charged topics of our day. Now, in "Under Our Skin, " Watson draws from his own lif ... more
"This excellent book is so important. It clearly and powerfully explains what the parallels are between Germany's fall from grace and the beginning of our own fall." - Eric Metaxas, author of "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy"
In "When A Nation Forgets God," Erwin Lutzer studies seven similarities between Nazi Germany and America today-some of them chilling-and cautions us to respond accordingly. Engaging, well-researched, and easy to understand, Lutzer's writing is that of a realist, one alarmed but unafraid. Amidst describing the messes of our nation's government, economy, legal pitfalls, propaganda, and more, Lutzer points to the God who always has a plan.
At the beginning of the twentieth Century, Nazi Ge ... more
What if racial reconciliation doesn't look like what you expected? The high-profile killings of young black men and women by white police officers, and the protests and violence that ensued, have convinced many white Christians to reexamine their intuitions when it comes to race and justice.
In this provocative book, theologian and blogger Drew G. I. Hart places police brutality, mass incarceration, antiblack stereotypes, poverty, and everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy. Leading readers toward Jesus, Hart offers concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice.
What if all Christians listened to the storie ... 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
2009 Christianity Today Book Award winner Named one of Publishers Weekly's best books of 2008 (religion category) It is not enough to condemn culture. Nor is it sufficient merely to critique culture or to copy culture. Most of the time, we just consume culture. But the only way to change culture is to create culture. Andy Crouch unleashes a stirring manifesto calling Christians to be culture makers. For too long, Christians have had an insufficient view of culture and have waged misguided "culture wars." But we must reclaim the cultural mandate to be the creative cultivators that God designed us to be. Culture is what we make of the world, both in creating cultural artifacts as well as in making sense of the world aroun ... more
As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the twentieth century, Francis Schaeffer long pondered the fate of declining Western culture. In this brilliant book he analyzed the reasons for modern society's state of affairs and presented the only viable alternative: living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God's revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible's morals, values, and meaning.
How Should We Then Live? has become the benchmark for Christian worldview thinking today. This edition commemorates the 50th anniversary of L'Abri Fellowship, founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer.
"This is a modern-day classic, one of Schaeffer's books that awakened me to how biblical truth affects all of life." --Charles ... more
"The original Episcopal Handbook, published in 2008, was an instant classic and has been a bestseller ever since. Still providing helpful and insightful information about the Episcopal ethos with a ertain amount of whimsy and complete accessibility, this revision maintains the best features of the original work, but adds an update and an expansion on the church today. In addition to updating out-of-date references, the revision highlights Episcopal diversity including more women and people of color in the biographical material as well as focusing more on Episcopalians rather than Anglicans. Some new illustrations are included as well. Some material originally presented in tabular form has been adapted into a more accessi ... 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
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
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