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Islam: Questions and Answers 14--Islamic history and biography
This book, Islamic history and biography, is the fourteenth volume of a series of authoritative Islamic books entitled Islam: Questions And Answers. The overall series discuss issues relevant to Islam, and present accurate and reliable information based on the true beliefs and practices of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allaah be upon Him) and his companions. The objectives of the various books include: to teach and familiarize Muslims with various aspects of their religion to be a source f... more info>>
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Islam: Questions and Answers 21--Basis for Jurisprudence and Islamic Rulings
This book, Basis for Jurisprudence and Islamic Rulings, is the twenty-first volume of a series of authoritative Islamic books entitled Islam: Questions And Answers. The overall series discuss issues relevant to Islam, and present accurate and reliable information based on the true beliefs and practices of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allaah be upon Him) and his companions. The objectives of the various books include: to teach and familiarize Muslims with various aspects of their religion ... more info>>
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Don't Be Afraid of the Storm
Don't Be Afraid of the Storm is a collection of true stories about miracles and divine intervention. It is a book of comfort and hope in our troubled times, an affirmation that we are never alone, even in our darkest moments.
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Ethics and Spiritual Care: A Guide for Pastors and Spiritual Directors
Ethics and Spiritual Care responds to three phenomena of increasing importance. Although spiritual care is at the heart of ordained ministry, there is no text in professional ethics for clergy that focuses specifically on spiritual care. What ethical guidelines are needed to ensure that spiritual care in ministry is appropriate? Many people in our world do not consider themselves "religious," but use the term "spiritual." The burgeoning interest in "spirituality" is an invitation to people with ... more info>>
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The New Reformation: Tomorrow Arrived Yesterday
Of Lyle Schaller's twenty-one signs of the New Reformation, here are five: a new era in Christian music; hundreds of new information resources for congregations, from theological seminaries to retreat centers; market-driven planning; a new level of trust in the laity; and the flattening of hierarchical structures....
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Everyday Matters: Intersections of Life and Faith
This eBook is a collection of forty-four columns by L. Gregory Jones that originally appeared in The Christian Century. These writings focus on Christian journeying with God. Three or four questions follow each essay, which invite both conversation and further biblical / spiritual reflection and make the material useful for a group study. The eBook is divided into five parts that address: "Becoming Christians Friends and Mentors Life," "Giving Virtues," "Facing Challenges," "A Hopeful Future."
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Women as Pastors
Women in ministry--the call, the opposition, the successes, the failures, the limitations, the effect on their families--it's all here in these encouraging, sometimes touching testimonials from women who are now experiencing life in the ministry. Each story stands alone in its impact and implications; each is a success story affirming the role of women as effective pastors and challenging others to follow their example.
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The United Methodist Book of Worship
This newly approved denominational book of liturgy, prayer, services, and service music is arranged according to the Christian Year. Here you'll find a vast collection of worship material, with thousands of references to The United Methodist Hymnal, including suggested hymns for a host of worship occasions.
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Moving Off the Map: A Field Guide to Changing the Congregation
In his book Kicking Habits: Welcome Relief for Addicted Churches, Thomas Bandy provided the "big picture" of the five stages of congregational renewal and transformation. Similarly, in Growing Spiritual Redwoods, Bandy and Bill Easum provided new metaphors for change to help congregations break out of outmoded attitudes and assumptions, and described the nature of spiritual leadership necessary to grow spiritual giants that would change the face of the cultural forest. The purpose of Moving Off ... more info>>
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Mission: An Essential Guide
"Mission" has become, for North American Christians, an ambiguous and often uncomfortable term. To many it brings to mind a past in which western culture was identified with the gospel in missionary practice and programs. Distressed with this history and uncertain about how to overcome it, many prefer to ignore the New Testament mandate that the church must be on mission if it is to be the church. Others swing the other way, declaring that everything the church does is mission depriving the idea... more info>>
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Christian Ethics: An Essential Guide
In this excellent outline of Christian ethics, Robin W. Lovin achieves a balance between the questions and issues which form the core of the study of ethics, and the life situations from which those questions arise. Eschewing a sectarian approach which dismisses other understandings of the moral life, Lovin nonetheless lays claim to a specifically, Christian understanding of ethics by beginning with basic Christian convictions about the reality of God and human redemption, and weaving these conv... more info>>
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Divinity & Diversity: A Christian Affirmation of Religious Plurarlism
One of today's foremost theologians presents the case for embracing religious pluralism as integral to the Christian gospel. Religious pluralism is a fact in North American society today. More than at any other time, adherents of different religious traditions live, work, and play side by side. Yet the fact of religious pluralism creates a tension for a large number of Christians. At the same time they have realized that Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and members of many other religious group... more info>>
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Christian Chaos: Revolutionizing the Congregation
In his previous books--Kicking Habits, Growing Spiritual Redwoods, and Moving Off the Map--Thomas Bandy has drawn a compelling contrast between two kinds of congregational systems: The thriving church system, whose focus on hands-on ministry and shared core values propels it toward the future into which God's Spirit is leading; and the declining church system, whose focus on control and hierarchical structures leaves it bound to the past. In this eBook, Bandy argues that the organization of a co... more info>>
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Graham Crackers and Milk
Twenty-five inspirational stories taken from the author's years of experience as a servant of God and as a physician. These stories are filled with striking metaphors for healing, uplifting power and goodness of God at work in us as we open our lives and invite God inside. Each story prominently features and explores in some fashion a passage of Scripture from the New Testament and discussion questions are included.
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Ethics: Systematic Theology
When it first appeared in 1986, James McClendon's Ethics laid claim to two compelling theological ideas: first, that a highly distinctive theological perspective characterizes the inheritors of the sixteenth century's radical reformation. At the heart of this perspective is what McClendon calls the baptist vision, a way of understanding the gospel that emphasizes the church's distinction from the world, and its continuity with the church of the New Testament. Second, that because of its emphasis... more info>>
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John Wesley on Christian Practice
"This is the third volume of the Standard Sermons of John Wesley, transcribed into today's English. These volumes accurately transcribe their eighteenth-century language into a form suitable for today's reader. This volume will contain the last twenty sermons, in which Wesley deals with questions and concerns facing the Methodist movement in its early days: the balance of faith and works; the charge that the Methodists were enthusiasts; tolerance (catholic spirit) among believers; Christian perf... more info>>
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Waking to God's Dream: Spiritual Leadership and Church Renewal
The demands of congregational ministry are many, the rewards sometimes seem few, and burnout becomes a real possibility. Small wonder, then, that churches become stuck in a state of arrested spiritual development. When the pastor is functioning in a survival or maintenance mode, the church's vitality is often the first casualty. Yet Wills's own experience demonstrates that churches can turn around; the wind of the Spirit can be felt anew. This happens when the congregation is infected by the vis... more info>>
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Radical Outreach
This eBook tells how the contemporary church can reclaim its ancient witness through hands-on ministries with the unchurched. When it comes to transforming people's lives and leading them into active Christian discipleship, why does there seem to be such a difference between the church we read about in the New Testament and our own churches today? What was it about those earliest Christians that empowered them to spread the gospel with such startling results? One core reason, says George G. Hunt... more info>>
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Executive Influence: Impacting Your Workplace for Christ
Executive Influence is full of sound advice on "taking your faith to work" from over forty Christian businesspeople. These well-respected executives and professionals talk candidly about the challenges of using their positions of influence while not abusing their authority. Their personal stories and practical suggestions will help all believers become more effective witnesses at work. Learn how to win a hearing for the gospel from top executives such as: Bill Pollard, former CEO and current cha... more info>>
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Growing Plans: Strategies to Increase Your Church's Membership
Five different strategies for increasing the size of the congregation are developed by Lyle E. Schaller--with applications to small, middle-sized, and larger churches. Schaller also includes comments on the formulation of a workable denominational strategy for church growth. No church exists in complete isolations from all other churches, notes Schaller, "although thousands of congregations appear not to believe it." Effectively using an informative case-history approach to outlining church-grow... more info>>
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Preaching from the Soul: Insisten Observations on the Sacred Art
Careful biblical interpretation; insights into contemporary life; polished delivery; humorous anecdotes; these are the building blocks of preaching that genuinely reach people. Right? Wrong, says Ellsworth Kalas. We have all encountered preachers who seem to know all the fine points of exegesis and inflection, yet whose sermons leave us surprisingly unmoved, aware that we were in the presence of good speaking, but not great preaching. The difference, Kalas reminds us, lies in that hard-to-descri... more info>>
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The Interior Mountain: Encountering God with the Desert Saints
Designed for group or individual use, this book on Christian spirituality is based on the wise sayings of the Desert Saints of the third and fourth centuries. Each of the chapters begins with a short collection of sayings organized around a particular theme (prayer, temptation, charity, self-control, endurance, simplicity, silence, and solitude). Then follows a short exposition of the theme, points to consider, a poetic meditation, related scriptural texts, and questions. An introduction to the ... more info>>
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John Wesley on Christian Beliefs: The Standard Sermons in Modern English
How many times have you heard people say 'everyone should read Wesley' or maybe you've thought about reading the Standard Sermons but couldn't get past the original language? This volume contains the first twenty sermons, in which Wesley deals with theology, in modern English, making this volume appropriate for individual and small group study. Lay speakers, local pastors, and small group members will enjoy this book. "This fresh statement of Wesley has gotten me back into John Wesley's preachin... more info>>
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The Seven-Day-a-Week Church
With brilliant insight and engaging descriptions, Lyle E. Schaller looks at the seven-day-a-week church, revealing key findings about the characteristics of "megachurches." He analyses the "program church" and the "full-service church"--the traditional congregation and the parish that has created a seven-day-a-week ministry.
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With God in Crucible: Preaching Costly Discipleship
Often the church is accused of being so embedded in the culture that effective prophecy leveled at the culture is impossible. But this book illustrates that here is a time and a place where the church community was faithful to its mission as the body of Christ: church leaders led, people lifted high the cross, and marched into the uncertainty that still prevails. Here is a time and place where the call to risky discipleship was answered not with whimpers, whines, and excuses, but with the power ... more info>>
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