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Release date: 
June 2, 2020

. . . And the Church Actually Changed: Uncommon Wisdom for Pastors in an Age of Doubt, Division, and Decline arises out of N. Graham Standish's work as a spiritual director and coach to clergy of all denominations and traditions. He draws on insights from counseling, spirituality and spiritual direction, organizational development, and other fields. Each chapter is built around a dialogue between a clergy coach and various clergy clients about significant clergy leadership issues.

Release date: 
June 2, 2020

Respected biblical theologian Terrence E. Fretheim weaves key insights from Scripture with theological reflections on the nature and activity of God. He emphasizes for pastoral leaders the importance of using this kind of language to speak to the realities of life and faith in sermons, worship, prayers, and teaching of all kinds. Filled with helpful insights communicated in clear language, this is a must-read for all want to know more about the nature of God.

Cameron Harder (Author)
Release date: 
May 5, 2020

Christianity has come into disrepute in modern times for many good reasons. In Tough Questions, Honest Answers: Faith and Religion for 21st-Century Explorers, Cameron Harder rebuilds trust in the way of Jesus without shying away from hard questions about the church's behavior, beliefs, or modern understandings of the universe. Harder's reflections are open, honest, and well-informed by scientific and historical insights but also grounded in the traditions of Israel and Jesus.

Lisa Cressman (Author)
Release date: 
May 5, 2020

Lisa Cressman, founder of Backstory Preaching, provides tools to craft difficult sermon messages that can be heard. Part 1 focuses on the preacher's preparation, the building of mutual trust with listeners, and the authority needed to proclaim the gospel with empathy, compassion, and skill. Part 2 focuses on the sermon itself with practical suggestions on what to say and how to say it.

Release date: 
May 5, 2020

In A Lay Preacher's Guide: Eight Steps to Crafting a Faithful Sermon, Karoline M. Lewis provides lay preachers with an essential and accessible guide to the basics of Sunday-morning preaching. In this go-to resource for lay preachers, Lewis lays out in a concise and clear format the steps to preaching a faithful sermon, a process that can be immediately applied to weekly sermon preparation.

Cory Driver (Author)
Release date: 
April 7, 2020

The metaphor of wilderness journeying and the biblical book of Numbers take center stage in author Cory Driver's creative account about life in wilderness times, a hallmark metaphor for the life of faith. The author combines the study of biblical texts, ancient Jewish legends, modern theological insights, and his own personal journeys to provide a guide for moving forward when we feel lost and confused. The book includes a discussion guide ideal for group use.

Release date: 
April 7, 2020

The headlines are where daily life meets the public square. Preachers often feel stuck when met with quickly shifting and dense media topics. When preachers determine it is appropriate to address issues that arise in the news cycle, they are often at a loss for how to speak about these issues from the pulpit. Preaching the Headlines helps preachers reframe preaching as an ongoing conversation between the modern world and the world of the text.

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