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Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to ActionServe God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action
J. Matthew Sleeth
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Could living the American dream be killing you? Constantly treating chronic illnesses that seemed linked to the earth's increasingly diseased environment, physician Sleeth made a dramatic decision. Discover how his family gave away more than half their possessions, adopted a simpler lifestyle---and gained richer relationships, healthier bodies, and a deeper faith in Christ.
     

 
Injustice and the Care of Souls: Taking Oppression Seriously in Pastoral CareInjustice and the Care of Souls: Taking Oppression Seriously in Pastoral Care
Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook(Editor) & Karen Montagno(Editor)

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Find insight and wisdom from more than 20 contributors to help in dealing with those who come to you with various forms of oppression in their lives. Oppression may come in the community because of ethnic background, race, addiction, disability, homelessness, or sexual orientation. Contributors include seminary professors and seasoned practitioners.
     

 
Theology for the Community of GodTheology for the Community of God
Stanley J. Grenz
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Grenz presents the traditional themes of Christian doctrine---God, humankind, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the church, and the last things---all within an emphasis on God's central program for creation, namely, the establishment of community. Blending biblical, historical, and contemporary concerns, Grenz's insightful analysis transcends today's radical individualism and postmodern fragmentation and provides a coherent vision of the faith that is both intellectually satisfying and expressible in Christian living.
     

 
Monk Habits for Everyday PeopleMonk Habits for Everyday People
Dennis L. Okholm
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In their eagerness for reform, early Protestants hastily discarded St. Benedict's teachings with the holy water---and subsequently missed out on the many benefits of his scriptural insights and spiritual disciplines. Highlighting vital aspects of devotion, humility, obedience, hospitality, and evangelism, Okholm helps you slow down and dig deeper into God's Word. 144 pages, softcover from Brazos.
     

 
Churches That Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good WorksChurches That Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works
Ronald J. Sider, Philip N. Olson, Heidi Rolland Unruh
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How do you go about transforming both souls and society? By merging message and mission into a holistic ministry. Examining the relationship between evangelism and social outreach, the authors offer dynamic insights on harnessing divine power, building a healthy congregational base, developing leaders, and more that will help you implement your own vision for your own ministry. 304 pages, softcover from Baker.
     

 
Justice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You LiveJustice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You Live
Will Samson, Lisa Samson

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In the suburban world of nice homes, neat lawns, and new cars, it can be easy to forget about social justice. Life keeps us busy, and the poor and disenfranchised of our world are invisible as we go from our garage to our workplace and back again. But suburbanites can be a force for social justice in the world.

In this unique book, you will take a journey with a young couple from the burbs as they learn to notice and act on the issues of justice that abound everywhere. This engaging narrative will help you kiss apathy and ignorance good-bye in favor of a life of concern and action.
     


 
Organic Community: Creating a Place Where People Naturally ConnectOrganic Community: Creating a Place Where People Naturally Connect
Joseph R. Myers
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Community is a fundamental life search and one of the key aspects people look for in a congregation. But community can't be forced, controlled, or easily created. The problem, says Joseph R. Myers, is that churches are too focused on developing programs - such as small groups - but should instead be concentrating on environments where community will spontaneously emerge. Organic Community challenges key leaders to become environmentalists - people who create or shape environments. Outlining nine organizational tools for creating a healthy environment, Myers shows readers how to diagnose their current situation and implement patterns that will develop healthy community.
     

 
Community and Growth, Revised Edition TogetherCommunity and Growth, Revised Edition Together
Jean Vanier
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Contemporary society is the product of the disintegration of more or less natural or familial groupings. People are afraid, uncertain and shut themselves away. But they need companions, friends with whom they can share their lives, their visions and their ideals; in short, they need community.

This completely revised edition of Community and Growth is your guide to communal life. Written by the founder of the world-famous l'Arche community for the mentally handicapped and their helpers, Jean Vanier offers a series of "starting-points for reflection" on the nature and meaning of community.


     

 
Exclusion and EmbraceExclusion and Embrace
Miroslav Volf
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Life at the beginning of the twenty-first century presents us with a disturbing reality. Otherness, the simple fact of being different in some way, has come to be defined as in and of itself evil. Miroslav Volf contends that if the healing word of the gospel is to be heard to day, Christian theology must find ways of speaking that address the hatred of the other. Reaching back to the New Testament metaphor of salvation as reconciliation, Volf proposes the idea of embrace as a theological response to the problem of exclusion. Increasingly we see that exclusion has become the primary sin, skewing our perceptions of reality and causing us to react out of fear and anger to all those who are not within our (ever-narrowing) circle. In light of this, Christians must learn that salvation comes, not only as we are reconciled to God, and not only as we "learn to live with one another," but as we take the dangerous and costly step of opening ourselves to the other, of enfolding him or her in the same embrace with which we have been enfolded by God.

"One of a mere handful of genuinely significant books in systematic theology from the last decade. Into the midst of riot and conflict, God on the cross, with outstretched hands, points us to a theology of embrace. Has implications for all Christian social ethics,"---Princeton Seminary Bulletin
     


 
The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's PoorThe New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor
Scott Bessenecker
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There's a significant movement going on throughout the world: young people serving in solidarity with the poorest of the poor. This movement shares values and goals with ancient monastic and missional orders known as friars. Scott Bessenecker looks at the new friars in the context of the old, inspiring us to look at the world differently: every person, regardless of station, is our brother or sister, and our love for God must translate into love for them.
     

 
In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian LeadershipIn the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership
Henri J.M. Nouwen
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These reflections come out of his own openness to personal struggle and growth. He here recounts recent experiences at a L'Arche community for the mentally handicapped. His message lovingly conveys how his relationships with these broken people have so deeply touched him. Heart-warming and provocative. Study Guide included in back of book.
     

 

 
Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian FaithSidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith
Eric O. Jacobsen
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There has been much ink spilled in the evangelical community about "claiming our cities for Christ" and plenty of lip service given toward addressing urban concerns. But according to author and pastor Eric Jacobsen, this discussion has remained far too abstract. His Sidewalks in the Kingdom challenges Christians to gain a practical, informed vision for the city which includes a broad understanding of the needs and rewards of a vital urban community. Building on the principles of "New Urbanism," Jacobsen emphasizes the need to preserve the nourishing characteristics of traditional city life, such as shared public spaces, mixed-use neighborhoods, a well-supported local economy, and aesthetic diversity and beauty. Pastors, city-dwellers, and those interested in urban ministry, politics, and community development will be both encouraged and informed by this highly insightful resource. Featured in softcover with 192 pages, from Brazos Press.
     

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