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Ministry Bible and Theology for Ministry

  • 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.

    $19.00

    Available October 12, 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.

    $19.99

  • Honest to God Preaching: Talking Sin, Suffering, and Violence

    Honest to God Preaching: Talking Sin, Suffering, and Violence

    Brent A. Strawn (Author)

    Brent A. Strawn focuses on the importance of honesty in preaching, especially around three challenging Old Testament themes: sin, suffering, and violence. He makes the case that preaching honestly about these topics is critical in the church today. Without honesty regarding them, there is no way forward to reconciliation, health, and recovery. He frames this work specifically for working preachers, to help them speak to these thorny themes with depth and clarity.

    $19.99

    Available December 7, 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. 

    $21.00

  • Everyone Must Eat: Food, Sustainability, and Ministry

    Everyone Must Eat: Food, Sustainability, and Ministry

    Mark L. Yackel-Juleen (Author)

    Rural contexts are often over-looked, treated as "flyover land." But because everyone must eat, rural communities and their work in food production are important to the whole of society. Mark Yackel-Juleen, the executive director of Shalom Hill Farm, connects issues of food production and environmental sustainability in profound ways to the Bible and theology. He offers actionable tools for rural leaders and ministers to address issues of sustainability and land use in their ministry.

    $18.99

    Available December 7, 2021

  • Free in Deed: The Heart of Lutheran Ethics

    Free in Deed: The Heart of Lutheran Ethics

    Craig L. Nessan (Author)

    Free in Deed provides an imaginative and succinct introduction to Lutheran ethics, which the author contends is, finally, neighbor ethics. The gospel of Jesus Christ sets us free to serve neighbors--including all creation--and their well-being. This Lutheran framework provides a distinctive approach for navigating social issues in tumultuous times.

    $24.00

    Available January 11, 2022

  • Storycraft: The Art of Spiritual Narrative

    Storycraft: The Art of Spiritual Narrative

    Walter Wangerin Jr. (Author)

    In Storycraft: The Art of Spiritual Narrative, celebrated author Walter Wangerin Jr. illustrates the power of well-told stories and shows how important embracing story is as an essential tool for preaching and teaching the gospel. The book offers a theology of story that is profoundly incarnational as the Word takes on flesh in practiced speech.

    $19.99

    Available March 8, 2022

  • Eighth-Day Discipleship: A New Vision for Faith, Work, and Economics

    Eighth-Day Discipleship: A New Vision for Faith, Work, and Economics

    Richard H. Bliese (Author), John Arthur Nunes (Foreword by)

    Eighth-Day Discipleship explores the fruitful connection between faith, work, and economics in the church today. Integration of these elements is seen as critical to living meaningfully as Christian disciples in the world. The author draws on elements of Luther's Catechism to build an evangelical design for the disciple's life.

    $22.00

    Available April 19, 2022

  • Today Everything Is Different: An Adventure in Prayer and Action

    Today Everything Is Different: An Adventure in Prayer and Action

    Dirk G. Lange (Author)

    In Today Everything Is Different Dirk Lange does not fail to deliver the "unexpected" in helping readers gain both a greater understanding of Christian spirituality and a path to it. On this adventure, the reader will explore the foundational underpinnings of baptism, the impact of prayer in many forms--especially in community--and the insights of giants like Luther and Bonhoeffer. The great beauty of the book, however, is found in the incredibly moving stories Lange shares.

    $19.99

  • The Assembly: A Spirituality

    The Assembly: A Spirituality

    Gordon W. Lathrop (Author)

    Gathering with others constitutes the essential symbol of Christianity. Assembly is the biblical name for this local community. The book calls the church to think anew about gathering and to refresh its practice, articulating a spirituality that engages the assembly's gathering into the triune God and turns it toward the needs of our neighbors.

    $26.00

    Available May 17, 2022

  • Joyful Defiance: Death Does Not Win the Day

    Joyful Defiance: Death Does Not Win the Day

    Anna M. Madsen (Author)

    Joyful Defiance encourages readers to reflect on experiences of anxiety, anger, exhaustion, and grief, emotions not always welcomed in the Christian tradition. Lament is an act of faith in God that acknowledges pain and protests death. Joy is a counterstory and a truer tale, less a feeling than a way of being for the self and for the world.

    $19.99

    Available June 7, 2022

  • The Cross in the Midst of Creation: Following Jesus, Engaging the Powers, Transforming the World

    The Cross in the Midst of Creation: Following Jesus, Engaging the Powers, Transforming the World

    Sharon Delgado (Author)

    The Cross in the Midst of Creation asserts that the crucifixion is ongoing as institutional powers diminish human life and destroy creation, and that the resurrection is ongoing as faith overcomes despair and the Spirit equips people to follow Jesus and to struggle for a transformed world.

    $26.00

    Available June 14, 2022

  • Preaching Jeremiah: Announcing God's Restorative Passion

    Preaching Jeremiah: Announcing God's Restorative Passion

    Walter Brueggemann (Author), Carolyn J Sharp (Foreword by)

    In this book, Walter Brueggemann conducts in an experiment in homiletics. He wants us to wrestle with the question: What if we allow the canonical shape of the book of Jeremiah to instruct us concerning the shape and trajectory of the sermon? The preaching task requires honesty about what God requires and a clear proclamation of what God has done and will yet do.

    $19.99

  • Preaching without Contempt: Overcoming Unintended Anti-Judaism

    Preaching without Contempt: Overcoming Unintended Anti-Judaism

    Marilyn J. Salmon (Author)

    Marilyn Salmon's persuasive and practical work helps preachers to identify the ways that Christian preachers perpetuate the long tradition of Christian...

    $17.00

  • Mark: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries

    Mark: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries

    David Schnasa Jacobsen (Author/Editor)

    The author draws together the strengths of two exegetical approaches to the Gospel of Mark in this volume. With liturgical sensitivity and exegetical skill, Jacobsen here provides a unique preaching resource that will build biblical literacy by assisting both preachers and listeners in understanding Mark's Gospel as narrative-theological whole, not just as a collection of loosely related stories.

    $22.00

  • Tough Questions, Honest Answers: Faith and Religion for 21st-Century Explorers

    Tough Questions, Honest Answers: Faith and Religion for 21st-Century Explorers

    Cameron Harder (Author)

    In Tough Questions, Honest Answers, Christian theologian Cameron Harder explores pressing contemporary challenges to religion--from religion itself to modern "big ideas" that often confound thoughtful seekers. Issues addressed include religion and violence, religion and child sexual abuse, mystery and miracle, the compatibility of science and faith, and God's role when bad things happen. Tough Questions, Honest Answers is an excellent conversation starter for inquirers, skeptics, and faithful doubt

    $18.99

  • John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries

    John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries

    Karoline M. Lewis (Author)

    With attention to both liturgical interpretation and exegetical analysis, Lewis provides a unique preaching resource that will build biblical literacy by assisting both preachers and listeners in understanding John's Gospel as a whole.

    $22.00

  • Signs of Belonging: Luther's Marks of the Church and the Christian Life

    Signs of Belonging: Luther's Marks of the Church and the Christian Life

    Mary Hinkle Shore (Author)

    Signs of Belonging: Luther's Marks of the Church and the Christian Life explores Luther's teaching on the seven marks of the church: possession of the Word,...

    $11.99

  • Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible

    Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible

    Thomas G. Long (Author)

    Long argues that the literary form and dynamics of biblical texts can and should make a difference in the kinds of sermons created from those texts, not only...

    $23.00

  • The Forgotten Luther II: Reclaiming the Church's Public Witness

    The Forgotten Luther II: Reclaiming the Church's Public Witness

    Ryan P. Cumming (Editor), Paul A. Wee (Editor)

    In this critical time in history, this volume argues that what is urgently needed is a clear, biblically based, theologically grounded rationale for the manner in which the church speaks and acts in the political arena. This volume includes essays from leading Lutheran theologians, a summary description of what this means for local ministry, and a study guide to encourage conversation and action.

    $16.99

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