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As a pastor, Todd Hunter found himself disillusioned, burned out and needing to drop out of traditional forms of church. He experimented with house churches and other options but was still dissatisfied. Eventually he found himself sneaking off to worship services on Sunday mornings with surprising results. This is his story back to the historic practices of the church, and it might just lead you to give church another chance too.
Modern-day church doctor Jimmy Dorrell leads struggling congregations through a process of self-interrogation and biblical discovery, helping us root out church growth thinking and plant seeds of kingdom growth instead.
Need help learning how to love and forgive in community? Gerald Sittser examines the "one another" statements throughout the New Testament, speaking from his own pastoral experience with the best and worst of church life. Learn what the love Jesus commanded actually requires and how to live it out—through struggle, servanthood, compromise and sacrifice.
The Center for Pastor Theologians (CPT) seeks to overcome the bifurcation that has developed between the roles of pastor and theologian. Based on the first CPT conference in 2015, this volume brings together the reflections of church leaders and academic theologians to consider how these roles might be reconnected once again.
J. D. Payne explores the biblical, historical and missiological principles of global church planting, and suggests ways that readers can apply international church planting practices to their own contexts.
How can Christians effectively engage today's world while staying true to Scripture? Calling us to listen well to both the Word and the world, John Stott shows how Christianity can preserve its authentic identity and remain relevant to current realities. In this practical book, Stott presents a biblical portrait of the church as a covenant community at the center of God's purposes.
The Fullness of Time series invites readers to engage with the riches of the church year, guided by some of our finest theologians. Each volume introduces the traditions, prayers, Scriptures, and rituals of a season of the church—not as an academic exercise, but as an introduction to the theological and spiritual treasures of the church calendar.
Has your church lost its sense of gladness? Most Christians resist the idea of pursuing happiness. We're comfortable with finding joy or being blessed, but seeking happiness seems too superficial. Offering a radical call to reclaim happiness, Tim McConnell shares his countercultural vision for radiating a deep sense of joy in a world that desperately needs it.
Edmund P. Clowney examines the doctrine of the church and offers insight on worship, mission, church and culture, church and state, church order and discipline, the ministry of women, baptism, the Lord's Supper, tongues and prophecy, signs and wonders. In the Contours of Christian Theology.
If you feel caught between the traditional church and the emerging church, Jim Belcher's Deep Church forges a third way. He explores and evaluates the proposals of emerging church leaders and paints a picture of what an alternate, deep church looks like--a missional church committed to both tradition and culture, valuing innovation in worship, arts and community, but also creeds and confessions.