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With the decline of traditional Sunday school and education programs in recent years, many Christians have not learned the fundamental doctrinal content of the faith. In this text Gary Parrett and Steve Kang set forth a thoroughly biblical vision for intentional teaching of the Christian faith that attends to both the content and process of educational and formational ministries.
In this BST volume, Tom Gledhill explores the unique biblical interlude of Song of Songs. He incorporates themes raised by the Song, such as human nature, mortality, and social and cultural conditioning, while staying focused on the text as an extended love poem, both beautiful and mysterious.
Don Everts grew up assuming that spiritual conversations are always painful and awkward. But his surprising—and sometimes embarrassing—stories affirm what Scripture and the latest research reveal: spiritual conversations can actually be a delight. With original research from the Barna Group on spiritual conversations in the digital age, this book offers fresh insights and best practices for how to become eager conversationalists.
Neighborhoods are moving. While offering opportunities for some, gentrification can be a vastly different experience for long-time residents and neighborhood churches. As a pastor who led his church through its own moved neighborhood in Portland, Mark Strong gives insight to churches that need to heal from the wounds of gentrification and revamp their mission amidst an uncertain future.
Combining systematic and pastoral theology, Jon Coutts explores what it means to forgive and reconcile in the context of the Christ-confessing community. Both a constructive practical theology and a critical commentary on Barth's theology in Church Dogmatics, this work explains the place and meaning of interpersonal forgiveness in Christ's ongoing ministry of reconciliation.
Churches must both consider the theology of disability and also become places where people with disabilities lead. Moving beyond paternalistic views of disability, this book encompasses cutting-edge theological ethics as well as practical examples of how church leaders and congregants can foster genuinely inclusive leadership teams.
JR Woodward and Dan White Jr. have trained church planters all over North America. In this interactive field manual, they help you and your team gain eight key competencies crucial for church planting so that you can create churches that flourish and launch their own sustainable missional and incarnational congregations.
Craig Loscalzo gives down-to-earth advice on how to communicate clearly and compellingly to a world that does not want to hear about morality, sin, evil, judgment or commitment. He gives straightforward explanations of the changes taking place all around us, including brief sample sermons in each chapter.
We know of the preacher’s roles as both teacher and proclaimer, but Jeffrey Arthurs adds another assignment: the Lord’s remembrancer. With decades of preaching experience, he explains how to stir the memory of Christ-followers, fanning the flames of faith through vivid language, story, delivery, and ceremony. When knowledge fades and conviction cools, the church needs to be reminded of the great truths of the faith.
There are some things we just don't talk about. Pastor T. C. Ryan narrates the unsettling story of his lifelong struggle with sexual addiction, one that predated and pervaded his pastoral ministry—one that went on for years in secrecy and isolation. In light of his full experience of exile and healing, Ryan calls the church to a ministry of unsettling grace that is the worthy of the gospel.