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  • Youth Ministry as Peace Education: Overcoming Silence, Transforming Violence

    Youth Ministry as Peace Education: Overcoming Silence, Transforming Violence

    Elizabeth W. Corrie (Author)

    Youth Ministry as Peace Education offers clergy, students, and practitioners a new approach to youth ministry--to equip young people to transform violence and oppression as part of their Christian vocation. In this theologically robust and pedagogically innovative and tested resource, Elizabeth W. Corrie shows that youth, like all of us, are meant to work to establish God's shalom--peace, justice, and well-being--on earth as it is in heaven.

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  • Mission Rift: Leading through Church Conflict

    Mission Rift: Leading through Church Conflict

    David E. Woolverton (Author)

    In Mission Rift, David E. Woolverton reorients our view of congregational conflict. In part 1, he examines conflict from a theological and ecclesiological framework, exploring why it may be essential to discipleship and mission. In part 2, he presents six principles of missional leadership, challenging pastors and other leaders to create environments that use conflict as a tool to facilitate growth and empower a congregation's witness within the community and beyond.

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  • Writing for the Ear, Preaching from the Heart

    Writing for the Ear, Preaching from the Heart

    Donna Giver-Johnston (Author)

    In Writing for the Ear, Preaching from the Heart, Donna Giver-Johnston teaches preachers how to communicate effectively--how to get away from their notes and make a more personal connection with their listeners. Grounded in a theology of the incarnation, she offers a step-by-step method for writing sermons with the fewest, most impactful and memorable words and delivered by heart to communicate a message that captures the ears and hearts of listeners.

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    Available August 10, 2021

  • Life Unsettled: A Scriptural Journey for Wilderness Times

    Life Unsettled: A Scriptural Journey for Wilderness Times

    Cory Driver (Author)

    The metaphor of wilderness journeying and the biblical book of Numbers take center stage in Cory Driver's creative account of 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. It includes a discussion guide ideal for group use.

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    Available August 10, 2021

  • Christianity in Blue: How the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Theology Shape Progressive Identity

    Christianity in Blue: How the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Theology Shape Progressive Identity

    David A. Kaden (Author)

    Christianity in Blue shows how liberal values and progressive attitudes are the fruits of taking seriously both the Bible and Christian tradition. But rather than treating these sources as the final word, Kaden argues that they are places to start exploring how to be a Christian in the world. Christianity in Blue helps both progressive and conservative Christians better understand the importance of the Bible, theology, history, and philosophy for building a loving church for everyone.

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  • Dutiful Love: Empowering Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness

    Dutiful Love: Empowering Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness

    Elizabeth L. Hinson-Hasty (Author), Bill Gaventa (Foreword by)

    Dutiful Love explores the distinctive relationship between self-sacrificial love and caregiving when that duty to care extends over the course of an entire lifetime because of social limitations placed upon people with severe mental illness. The author draws upon her own experiences as the sibling of someone with mental illness. The book includes discussion questions, making it an ideal resource for individual reflection, church study groups, and college, seminary, and university classrooms.

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    Available August 17, 2021

  • The Unfolding Gospel: How the Good News Makes Sense of Discipleship, Church, Mission, and Everything Else

    The Unfolding Gospel: How the Good News Makes Sense of Discipleship, Church, Mission, and Everything Else

    John P. Bowen (Author), David Fitch (Foreword by)

    Many churches and their leaders are discouraged about the future of the church. John Bowen believes the solution is to be found not in new programs or strategies but in a recovery of theological vision--that of Jesus and his gospel, which transforms every aspect of life. Bowen hopes that church leaders--evangelical and mainline, young and old, emerging and traditional--will have a transformative "Aha!" moment as this gospel hypothesis unfolds. 

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  • Turning Ourselves Inside Out: Thriving Christian Communities

    Turning Ourselves Inside Out: Thriving Christian Communities

    Russell Daye (Author), Robert C. Fennell (Author)

    Turning Ourselves Inside Out emerges from the Thriving Christian Communities Project started by the authors in 2015. In interviews with thirty-five faith communities, the authors discovered that amid great upheaval, Christ is giving us a new church. This book invites readers to listen to others' experiences and then dig deep into their own and get down to the business of dreaming God's dream and making it real.

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    Available September 14, 2021

  • Death by Baptism: Sacramental Liberation in a Culture of Fear

    Death by Baptism: Sacramental Liberation in a Culture of Fear

    Frank G. Honeycutt (Author)

    Gifted storyteller Frank G. Honeycutt calls on his many years of pastoral experience to examine one of the most stunning (and overlooked) theological claims of the New Testament: how baptism radically unites followers of Christ in his death and resurrection. In baptism, we have already died (Romans 6). Disciples commence life in the kingdom on this side of the grave.

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    Available August 24, 2021

  • Preaching the Headlines: Possibilities and Pitfalls

    Preaching the Headlines: Possibilities and Pitfalls

    Lisa L. Thompson (Author)

    Preaching the Headlines reframes preaching as an ongoing conversation between the modern world and the world of the biblical text. Preachers use what they know about life as a bridge to the text, while life in the text provides the bridge back to faith in the contemporary world. The goal of the book is to provide a process to aid preachers in doing theological reflection on the everyday world as an integral part of sermon development.

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    Available August 31, 2021

  • Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life

    Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life

    Eileen R. Campbell-Reed (Author), Christian Scharen (Foreword by)

    Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life informs and inspires the practice of ministry through "on the ground" learning experienced in a variety of ministry settings. Each of the fifty chapters explores a single concept through story, reflection, and provocative open-ended questions designed to spark conversation between ministers and mentors, among ministry peers, or for personal journal reflections. The book is closely integrated with the author's Three Minute Ministry Mentor web resource.

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  • Abundance: Creating a Culture of Generosity

    Abundance: Creating a Culture of Generosity

    Michael R. Ward (Author)

    Pastor and certified fundraising executive (CFRE) Michael R. Ward provides church leaders a resource to lead their congregations to a new culture of generosity and abundance that raises more money as well as more disciples. This book guides a process of study, reflection, and action that is clear and practical. Ward taps into years of experience fundraising in the nonprofit sector to address the ongoing challenges of financing ministry.

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  • Where God Meets Man, 50th Anniversary Edition: Luther's Down-to-Earth Approach to the Gospel

    Where God Meets Man, 50th Anniversary Edition: Luther's Down-to-Earth Approach to the Gospel

    Gerhard O. Forde (Author), Bradley C. Jenson (Contributor)

    The fundamental theme of this book is the "down-to-earth" character of Luther's theology in the hope that it will help individual Christians today to be both faithful to God and true to their human and social responsibilities. This 50th Anniversary Edition includes a preface by Marianna Forde and a new study guide by Bradley C. Jenson, created to encourage new readings and conversations about Forde's influential take on Luther, theology, and the church.

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    Available October 12, 2021

  • Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry

    Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry

    Ross Murray (Author)

    Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry builds on experience and wisdom developed through The Naming Project, a ministry created at the intersection of youth, faith, and LGBTQ identity. Ministry cofounder Ross Murray shows congregations how to examine their values and create a program that affirms LGBTQ youth in their faith and their identity, accepts and welcomes diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, and equips future leaders for the church and the LGBTQ community.

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  • Managing Congregations in a Virtual Age

    Managing Congregations in a Virtual Age

    John W. Wimberly Jr. (Author)

    In Managing Congregations in a Virtual Age, John W. Wimberly Jr. draws on the experience of the business community, and on a diverse group of skilled pastors and rabbis, as he lays out the opportunities and challenges of working from home for congregations and staff, offering principles and best practices for successfully managing remote workers and ministries. This comprehensive guide will serve congregations well into the future, even as technology and circumstances change.

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  • Just Traveling: God, Leaving Home, and a Spirituality for the Road

    Just Traveling: God, Leaving Home, and a Spirituality for the Road

    Jaco J. Hamman (Author)

    Just Traveling celebrates moving at the speed of being present to one's experiences, bridging distance and difference through acts of care. Following the scriptural witness of God as the Earthroamer, the book explores the liminal qualities of traveling through six movements: anticipating, leaving, surrendering, meeting, caring, and returning. Whether leaving home serves our wanderlust and curiosity or has personal or spiritual purposes, when we travel, we explore a beautiful, yet complex and troubled world.

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    Available August 17, 2021

  • The Storied Church: A Strategy for Congregational Renewal

    The Storied Church: A Strategy for Congregational Renewal

    Matthew Gorkos (Author)

    The Storied Church focuses on story-centered church renewal and is born of a suspicion that the restorative, transformative, life-giving function that stories have for us as individuals may serve communities of faithful people as well. If stories help us survive as human creatures, why can't they help churches survive? This book is a tool to empower pastors and lay leaders to effect revitalizing change in their faith communities. Each chapter includes questions for reflection.

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    Available September 7, 2021

  • The Peoples’ Sermon: Preaching as a Ministry of the Whole Congregation

    The Peoples’ Sermon: Preaching as a Ministry of the Whole Congregation

    Shauna Hannan (Author)

    In The People's Sermon, Shauna K. Hannan argues that preaching is not a solo endeavor. It is a communal practice, a ministry of the whole congregation that is most faithful when the process is shared. She invites readers to reflect on what preaching is and to explore roles in the congregation's preaching ministry. Further, she guides readers and their communities through a process that will equip hearers for their roles in the preaching ministry.

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    Available November 9, 2021

  • The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going

    The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going

    Ryan Burge (Author)

    In The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going, Ryan P. Burge details a comprehensive picture of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation. He gives readers a nuanced, accurate, and meaningful look at the growing number of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation. Burge explains how this rise happened, who the nones are, and what they mean for the future of American religion.

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  • Shelter Theology: The Religious Lives of People without Homes

    Shelter Theology: The Religious Lives of People without Homes

    Susan J. Dunlap (Author)

    Shelter Theology offers insight into the worlds of the invisible: individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in extreme poverty. Based on over ten years of chaplaincy in a homeless shelter, Dunlap shares the nuanced theology of people in harsh circumstances and outlines how their beliefs and practices enable survival and resistance.

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    Available August 10, 2021

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