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The End of Words: The Language of Reconciliation in a Culture of ViolenceThe End of Words: The Language of Reconciliation in a Culture of Violence
Richard Lischer
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After the horrors and violence of the twentieth century, words can seem futile. In this reflection on the place of preaching today, Richard Lischer recognizes that our mass-communication culture is exhausted by words. Facing up to language's disappointments and dead ends, he opens a path to its true end.

With chapters on vocation, interpretation, narration, and reconciliation, The End of Words shows how faithful reading of Scripture rather than flashy performance paves the way for effective preaching; Lischer challenges conventional storytelling with a deeper and more biblical view of narrative preaching. The ultimate purpose of preaching, he argues, is to speak God's peace, the message of reconciliation.

While Lischer's End of Words will surely be invaluable to pastors and preachers, his honest, readable style will appeal to anyone concerned with speaking Christianly.

Richard Lischer is James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching at Duke Divinity School. Before joining the Duke faculty, he served as pastor of Lutheran congregations in Illinois and Virginia. A graduate of Concordia Senior College and Concordia Seminary, he also holds an M.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of London. The End of Words is based on his Lyman Beecher Lectures in Preaching delivered at Yale Divinity School.
     


 
A Guide to Preaching and Leading WorshipA Guide to Preaching and Leading Worship
William H. Willimon
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From a United Methodist bishop comes a wealth of hard-won wisdom and practical advice regarding some of the most fundamental tasks of ministry: preparing, delivering, and evaluating sermons; planning, leading, and assessing worship services; offering public prayers; and celebrating baptism and the Lord's Supper. A valuable resource for beginning ministers and seasoned veterans alike! 108 pages, softcover from Westminster/John Knox.
     

 
Changing the Conversation: A Third Way for CongregationsChanging the Conversation: A Third Way for Congregations
Anthony B. Robinson
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* Right, left, red, blue . . . the American church is being held hostage by the polarizing culture wars. How can we set it free? By changing the conversation, says Robinson. Pointing churches to a third way, he encourages congregations to address issues such as the new nature of leadership, the church and the public square, and more. 208 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
     

 
AquaChurch 2.0: Piloting Your Church in Today's Fluid CultureAquaChurch 2.0: Piloting Your Church in Today's Fluid Culture
Leonard Sweet
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Learn how to reshape your ministry---but not your message---to reach a drifting society! Sweet explores the essentials of biblical leadership, including vision, creativity, and teamwork; and shows you how to navigate today's cultural currents to provide a beacon of light to your community. Includes updated church profiles and study questions.
     

 
The Grief Care Kit: Bereavement Resources for Counselors and Recovery Group LeadersThe Grief Care Kit: Bereavement Resources for Counselors and Recovery Group Leaders
Harold Ivan Smith
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The Grief Care Kit is a practical resource to help churches provide real help and healing for people facing grief. Designed to help leaders establish a grief ministry, it includes a copy of a grief seminar by author Harold Ivan Smith as well as instructions for leading a grief recovery group, which include a leader's guide and student workbook. The material also comes in electronic files and is completely reproducible, so leaders can adapt and reuse these resources to fit their changing group needs year after year.
     

 
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of MinistryStrengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry
Ruth Haley Barton
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Using the biblical model of Moses, Ruth Haley Barton guides leaders to a place where the spiritual and ministerial meet. Her intent is to help leaders lead from a place of spiritual transformation, but to first find that place for themselves. Ms. Barton is the cofounder and president of The Transforming Center.
     

 
A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation: Embarking on a Journey of TransformationA Field Guide for the Missional Congregation: Embarking on a Journey of Transformation
Rick Rouse, Craig Van Gelder
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Bringing change to churches is a daunting challenge. Two noted church leaders, a pastor and a professor, have collaborated to reveal the seven basic keys to institute change in the life of a congregation. Here is practical advice for everyday church folks who are committed to working out transformation to the way things have been done in their church body.
     

 
Let's Get Together: Building Community in the ChurchLet's Get Together: Building Community in the Church
Gabe Lett
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Irresistible Invitation: Responding to the Extravagant Heart of GodIrresistible Invitation: Responding to the Extravagant Heart of God
Maxie Dunnam
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Evangelist, author and chancellor of Asbury Seminary Maxie Dunnam invites his reader on a six week reading adventure into a greater understanding of the extravagant love of God. This book could be used as an evangelistic tool, a personal devotional, a group study, or simply a great read by a wonderfully accomplished writer who's life is obviously overwhelmed by God's love.
     

 

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