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Rumors of God
Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Paperback
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Does God still do great things today? Is it possible to really experience him? Can we close the gap between what's promised in Scripture and what we encounter in our daily lives? Whitehead and Tyson share biblical insights, cultural observations, and compelling stories that will renew your passion for God's kingdom---and your role in it! 256 pages, softcover from Nelson.
Where is the life God promised us?
Life is busy. We live like slaves to our fast-paced, suffocating schedules. We spend our energy and time in triviality, relegating God to the background. He seems distant to us, and we resist the idea that God wants to give, say, and show us more; we dismiss it as rumor. But Jesus calls us to a better way. Another dream- an unimagined future. Close the gap between what you hear about and what you see.
Rumors is filled with the same forward-thinking spirit that defines its authors, Jon Tyson and Darren Whitehead. â·Louie Giglio, pastor, Passion City Church
Both challenging and encouraging, Rumors of God will reintroduce you to a God worth talking about. â·Gabe Lyons, author, The Next Christians, founder, Q, coauthor, UnChristian
This book invites us to find the rumors of God all around us. Read it, but be ready to be changed. â·Scot McKnight, author, One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow and Jesus Creed for Students
For those who are jaded by the church, or have become cynical about the power of the Gospel in our time, Rumors of God is a great antidote. â·Alan Hirsch, author, dreamer, activist (www.theforgottenways.org)
Foreword by Bill Hybels, founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association.
The irony: two upstart Aussies from tiny towns half a world away wind up leading high impact churches in two of the most significant cities in North America. Only God.
Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson are deep thinking Christ followers with a bias for action in the world. A rare combination these days. They are both leaders and communicators, visionaries and "get stuff done for God" guys. Extremely rare.
I have had the privilege of working closely with Darren at Willow Creek Community Church for over 7 years. He is thoughtful, relationally intelligent and one of the hardest working young leaders I know.
In Rumors of God, Darren and Jon have some how succeeded in slipping 3D glasses over our eyes. The results are that passages from scripture come alive in ways that will impact readers for a long time.
I salute the efforts of these young mates and pray that readers will be as stretched in their minds and hearts as I have been.
Originally from Australia, Darren Whitehead has been on staff at Willow Creek Community Church for 6 years. As the Teaching Pastor, Darren and Senior Pastor Bill Hybels share the weekend service responsibilities to provide teaching for all five campuses. Darren and his wife, Brandy, and their three daughters live outside of Chicago, Illinois. Twitter: @DarrenWhiteheadJon Tyson is the Lead Pastor of Trinity Grace Church in New York City. Originally from Australia, Jon moved to the U.S, 12 years ago. He works, lives, and serves in one of the largest cultural and future missionary contexts of the world, the urban center. Trinity Grace has 5 churches in New York City. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Christy, and their two children. Twitter: @JonTyson Bill Hybels is the pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago. He is the author of a dozen books, including Too Busy Not to Pray and The God You're Looking For.
Rumors is filled with the same forward-thinking spirit that defines its authors, Jon Tyson and Darren Whitehead. One thing is for certain, these guys love the Church, and the Christ who fashions it together through lives reborn by the unique and ageless grace He exudes. Their Gospel is classically timeless, but everything about the way they write, think, and lead feels fresh and future. If you'll let them, they'll gladly lead you there. -Louie Giglio, Pastor, Passion City Church
Many church leaders can exegete the Bible, sadly few can exegete our culture. Tyson and Whitehead reveal their teaching gifts as they deftly accomplish while illuminating a vision for what our life with God can be. Rumors of God will be a convicting and encouraging read for Christians searching for more. -Skye Jethani, Author, With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God
Darren and Jon invite us into a hopeful, exciting way of looking at both the world and the church. I was captured by their stories of what's happening all around us and also their dreams of what could be. I have little interest in reading an account of what's wrong with the world or what's wrong with the church, but in this book, I've been inspired and energized by what's right in both. With passion and wisdom, Darren and Jon are guiding us to a better future. -Shauna Niequist, Author, Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet
If you look around you, if you listen to more than the sound, and if you probe below the surface there are rumors of God everywhere. Once you begin to hear the rumors, all of life changes and we begin to fix on the kingdom dreams of Jesus. This book invites us to find the rumors of God all around us. Read it, but be ready to be changed because you will also begin to hear the rumors. -Scot McKnight, Author, One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow and Jesus Creed for Students
Each time I have had the opportunity to hear Darren teach, I have gone away moved and inspired. Now, in Rumors of God, he and Jon do that again. They remind us that God is still here, and still very much able to be found. -Dr. Henry Cloud, Author, Boundaries and Changes That Heal
Jon Tyson is the pastor of Trinity Grace Church in New York City. Originally from Australia, Jon moved to the United State fourteen years ago with a passion to understand and help work out the future of the Western church. He lives, works, and serves in one of the largest cultural and missionary contexts of the world--the global city. Trinity Grace has five churches in New York. Jon is also on the board of City Collective, a network of incarnational churches committed to multiplying missional church networks in the urban centers of the world. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Christy, and their two children. You can see more about their church at www.trinitygracechurch.com and the network at www.citycollective.org.
Originally from Australia, Darren Whitehead has lived in the United States for more than thirteen years. With a passion for the global church, Darren joined the staff at one of the most influential churches in North America--Willow Creek Community Church. As teaching pastor, Darren and senior pastor Bill Hybels share the weekend service teaching responsibilities for all six campuses. Darren lives with his wife, Brandy, and their three daughters just outside of Chicago, Illinois. For more information about Willow Creek go to www.willowcreek.org.
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