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We have been created to live and work faithfully in community, and that involves two interwoven threads: learning and action. C. Christopher Smith explores the practice of reading and, in his words, "how we can read together in ways that drive us deeper into action." Discover how books can help your churches and neighborhoods bring flourishing to the world.
As a publishing house, IVP desires to speak thoughtfully and in a balanced but bold manner into questions on the integration of faith, discipleship, and politics; on what constitutes the common good and building a just society—not only in election years, but every year. Books are vehicles for promoting liberty, for shedding light on darkness. In a time when many of us are distracted by clickbait and popular opinion, books still have a tremendous impact. Here's to reading—widely, thoughtfully, carefully, deeply.
Common life in our society is in decline—our communities are disintegrating, our public discourse is hateful, and economic inequalities are widening. In this book, Jake Meador reclaims a vision of common life for our fractured times: a vision that doesn't depend on the destinies of our economies or our political institutions, but on our citizenship in a heavenly city. Only through that vision can we truly work together for the common good.
In the midst of a divisive culture, public intellectuals speaking from an evangelical perspective have a critical role to play—within the church and beyond. Representing the church, higher education, journalism, and the nonprofit sector, these world-class scholars and practitioners cast a vision for intellectuals who promote human flourishing.
Is business just a way to make money? Or can the marketplace be a venue for service to others? Scott B. Rae and Kenman L. Wong seek to explore this and other critical business issues from a uniquely Christian perspective, offering up a vision for work and service that is theologically grounded and practically oriented.
In urban ministry, Christians too often treat the poor as goodwill projects instead of people. How can the people of God develop healthy, local, urban churches that will seek the common good of their communities? In this essential resource, Alvin Sanders engages hard truths about urban neighborhoods and provides a model for how to do ministry in difficult conditions.
James Bryan Smith believes the gospel can transform your life, not just alter your eternal destiny. Work through The Good and Beautiful Series individually or in a group and learn who God is, what it means to be a Christian and what it means to live in community as a part of God's kingdom.
When Christians join together to pursue the common good of our neighborhoods, we bring hope to the world, credibility to the church, and glory to God. Filled with original research from the Barna Group and Lutheran Hour Ministries, this book from Don Everts offers constructive, practical ways that Christians and churches can bless our local communities.
How do we actually pursue the flourishing of our neighborhoods? This field guide walks you through a simple, powerful process for blessing your own neighborhood, with six sessions on discovering the gifts of your community, imagining the possibilities, and pursuing the common good. Exercises and assessments provide practical tools for bringing your hopes into concrete reality.
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The books in this series offer the essential message of one of the world's most beloved Bible teachers. John Stott's teaching, largely drawn from his Bible Speaks Today volumes, are presented here in a format suitable for daily reading. Questions at the end of each section make these books even more useful for individuals or groups.