Life Together

Life Together
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer,Samuel Wells
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9780334049760
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Release: 2015-01-31
Editor: SCM Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This short book is a reflection on life as an intentional Christian community, written by Bonhoeffer during his time as a head of the Illegal Seminary of the Confessing Church in Finkenwalde (Eastern Prussia). The book has become a spiritual classic in which many Christians of a wide variety of backgrounds and contexts have found meaning and encouragement.

Psalms

Psalms
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer,Eberhard Bethge
Pages: 86
ISBN: 1451406797
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Release: 1974
Editor: Augsburg Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The author explains one of his secrets behind the powerful witness of his own life--that he had learned to pray the Psalms and from them drew on the power of God in his years of imprisonment--in a new edition that includes a brief biographical sketch by a friend and biographer of the author, which helps us understand the man who used the Psalms as his prayer book. Original.

When the Church Was a Family

When the Church Was a Family
Author: Joseph H. Hellerman
Pages: 234
ISBN: 9780805447798
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Release: 2009
Editor: B&H Publishing Group
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A study of the early Christian church in the Mediterranean region and its emphasis on collective good over individual desire clarifies much about what is wrong with the American church today.

Community 101

Community 101
Author: Gilbert Bilezikian
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780310861454
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Release: 2009-08-30
Editor: Zondervan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Authentic community is essential if the church is to remain true to its God-assigned mission. As the title indicates, the interrelated concepts of community and oneness are presented in this book. Gilbert Bilezikian lays a biblical foundation for this call to community by showing the centrality of community in the sweep of salvation history -- its loss in the Fall, its reclamation through Christ, and its ultimate realization in the New Jerusalem. Bilezikian proceeds to describe how community can be expressed in the daily life of the church, from small groups to various forms of ministry to church leadership. Focusing on oneness, this book presents a paradigm that can renew the vision of the church in this postmodern society and confirm the authenticity of its message. Authentic community is essential if the church is to remain true to its God-assigned mission. As the title indicates, the two interrelated concepts of community and oneness are presented in this book. Gilbert Bilezikian lays a biblical foundation for this call to community by showing the centrality of community in the sweep of salvation history - its loss in the Fall, its reclamation through Christ, and its ultimate realization in the New Jerusalem.

A Life Together

A Life Together
Author: Benito González Toscano
Pages: 329
ISBN:
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Release: 2014-11-26
Editor: Benito González Toscano
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

We must know that to build a strong and lasting relationship as a couple or spouse, we must have a good foundation, personally , emotionally and even rational. The latter passes unnoticed when some crisis is presented inside of our relationships and marriage. Especially when the couple or spouse with whom we share a whole ceases to be part of the cornerstone to become an obstacle or confrontation to overcome or survival of each part of the couple life. If we arrange the hair, face and even shoes every day, we do not fix the heart . The fact that say, we are as we are, is because we leave much to be desired, unable to overcome emotional paradigms, specifically when we are in crisis of couple or marriage, within ourselves there are much to explore either because we have emotional complexes or because we are giving us the excuse that we were born with that, as well as strong and tough character. To live as a couple, we have to learn to live with ourselves. If not, how do we share with another or other our happiness ? This book is about that, sharing, self-help , self-esteem, our couple.. happiness of married life, of being together ...

Ethics

Ethics
Author: Arthur F. Holmes
Pages: 150
ISBN: 9780830875092
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Release: 2009-09-20
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With over 60,000 copies in print since its original publication in 1984, Ethics has served numerous generations of students as a classic introduction to philosophical ethics from a Christian perspective. Over the years the philosophical landscape has changed somewhat, and in this new edition Arthur Holmes adjusts the argument and information throughout, completely rewriting the earlier chapter on virtue ethics and adding a new chapter on the moral agent. The book addresses the questions: What is good? What is right? How can we know? In doing so it also surveys a variety of approaches to ethics, including cultural relativism, emotivism, ethical egoism and utilitarianism--all with an acknowledgment of the new postmodern environment.

The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Pages: 214
ISBN: 9781451424362
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Release: 2012
Editor: Fortress Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Preaching, according to Bonhoeffer, is like offering an apple to child. The gospel is proclaimed, but for it to be received as gift depends on whether or not the hearer is in a position to do so. Offered here are thirty-one of Pastor Bonhoeffer's sermons, in new English translations, which he preached at various times of the year and in a variety of different settings. Each is introduced by Bonhoeffer translator Isabel Best who also provides a brief biography of Bonhoeffer. The foreword is by Victoria J. Barnett, general editor of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English edition, published by Fortress Press, from which these sermons are selected. In his preaching, Bonhoeffer's strong, personal faith--the foundation for everything he did--shines in the darkness of Hitler's Third Reich and in the church struggle against it. Though not overtly political, Bonhoeffer's deep concern for the developments in his world is revealed in his sermons as he seeks to draw the listener into conversation with the promises and claims of the gospel--a conversation readers today are invited to join.

The Cost of Discipleship

The Cost of Discipleship
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Pages: 352
ISBN: 0844659606
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Release: 1983-01-01
Editor: Peter Smith Pub Incorporated
Language: en

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Life Together in Christ

Life Together in Christ
Author: Ruth Haley Barton
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780830896387
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Release: 2014-10-30
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

We've all been let down by so-called community. Why is it so hard for us to connect and grow together for the long haul? Veteran spiritual director Ruth Haley Barton helps us get personal and practical about experiencing transformation together. This interactive guide allows us to grow through and by the experience of transforming community.

Life in Community

Life in Community
Author: Dustin Willis
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780802492562
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Release: 2015-07-16
Editor: Moody Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

WHAT MAKES A COMMUNITY EXTRAORDINARY? When people live in community moved by the gospel and marked by the Spirit, great things happen. They commit to one another. They grieve together, sing together, eat, pray, and play together. They love, serve, honor, encourage, and provide for each other gladly. And they live on mission together. Hearts are healed, walls come down, and outsiders come in. No competition. No pretense. No vain conceit. Just full hearts breaking bread and giving freely. It is nothing short of amazing. Most of us live in a shadow of what God intended for us. Life in Community calls us into the light. Reclaiming Scripture’s stunning vision of gospel-centered community, it inspires us to live in love unbounded. Read it, live it, and join the movement: Help unleash the power of extraordinary community. 6-Week group study included.

Called to Community

Called to Community
Author: Eberhard Arnold,Dietrich Bonhoeffer,Joan Chittister,Fyodor Dostoyevsky,Dorothy Day,Richard J. Foster,Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove,David Janzen,Søren Kierkegaard,C. S. Lewis,Chiara Lubich,Thomas Merton,Henri J. M. Nouwen,John M. Perkins,Eugene H. Peterson,Christine Christine,Howard A. Snyder,Mother Teresa of Calcutta,Jean Vanier,Saint Benedict,Christine D. Pohl
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0874867436
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Release: 2016-05-10
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Why, in age of connectivity, are our lives more isolated and fragmented than ever? And what can be done about it? The answer lies in the hands of God's people. Increasingly, today's Christians want to be the church, to follow Christ together in daily life. From every corner of society, they are daring to step away from the status quo and respond to Christ's call to share their lives more fully with one another and with others. As they take the plunge, they are discovering the rich, meaningful life that Jesus has in mind for all people, and pointing the church back to its original calling: to be a gathered, united community that demonstrates the transforming love of God. Of course, such a life together with others isn't easy. The selections in this volume are, by and large, written by practitioners--people who have pioneered life in intentional community and have discovered in the nitty-gritty of daily life what it takes to establish, nurture, and sustain a Christian community over the long haul. Whether you have just begun thinking about communal living, are already embarking on sharing life with others, or have been part of a community for many years, the pieces in this collection will encourage, challenge, and strengthen you. The book's fifty-two chapters can be read one a week to ignite meaningful group discussion.

Survival Guide for the Soul

Survival Guide for the Soul
Author: Ken Shigematsu
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780310535331
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Release: 2018-08-07
Editor: Zondervan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What keeps us from flourishing in our spiritual lives is a neglect of the inner life of the soul. And more and more today, this neglect is driven by our ambition to accomplish something big outside ourselves. We live in a society that pressures us to achieve professionally, socially, and through the constant acquisition of material possessions. Drawing on a wide range of sources including scripture, church history, psychology, and neuroscience, as well as a rich variety of stories from his own life, Ken Shigematsu demonstrates how the gospel redeems our desires and reorders our lives. He offers fresh perspective on how certain spiritual practices help orient our lives so that our souls can flourish in the midst of a demanding, competitive society. And he concludes with a liberating and counter-cultural definition of true greatness. This book will appeal to anyone who longs to experience a deeper relationship with Christ in the midst of the daily pressures to succeed, as well as to those on the borderlands of faith seeking to transcend the human tendency to define ourselves by our production and success.

Letters and Papers from Prison

Letters and Papers from Prison
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Pages: 540
ISBN: 1506402747
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Release: 2015-11-01
Editor: Fortress Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Despite Dietrich Bonhoeffers earlier theological achievements and writings, it was his correspondence and notes from prison that electrified the postwar world. The materials gathered and selected by his friend Eberhard Bethge in Letters and Papers from Prison not only brought Bonhoeffer to a wide and appreciative readership, especially in North America, they also introduced to a broad readership his novel and exciting ideas of religionless Christianity, his open and honest theological appraisal of Christian doctrines, and his sturdy, if sorely tried, faith in face of uncertainty and doubt.

Luther on Vocation

Luther on Vocation
Author: Gustaf Wingren
Pages: 268
ISBN: 9781592445615
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Release: 2004-02-19
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

...[C]oncern about the [inherited doctrine of vocation and its relevance for modern life] was generated out of the complexities and frustrations especially of industrial life, and it has produced a voluminous literature of a popular and semi-popular kind which has served to drive home the problem of daily work upon the conscience of contemporary Christians, and also to provide certain resources for handling it. In addition to this varied literature, the last years have also seen a very general discussion of the question at every level of church life: in ecumencal conferences, in the curricular material of the major denominations, and in conferences and study groups of all kinds. About the urgency and importance of the problem of vocation there is now no doubt. But now we find that the rather simple formulae in which we have been dealing with it do justice neither to the Biblical and Reformation inheritance, nor to the profound dilemmas that appear not only in industry, but in every area of professional and commercial life. The problem now is not only to equip our lay-people with fuller theological resources for the understanding of the meaning of discipleship, but to utilize their practical experience of day-to-day dilemmas and day to-day decisions. ...Gustaf Wingren's conscientious analysis of Luther's teaching on the matter...remains our prime resource for the understanding of the relation of faith and works. Nothing could exceed the patience and thoroughness with which Wingren has combed through the Luther corpus.... [I]t will serve to put the full range of Luther's insight at the disposal of those who care for theology as part of their care of all the Churches. Alexander Miller Stanford University

40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Pages: 105
ISBN: 9780806653686
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Release: 2007
Editor: Augsburg Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Perfect for use during Advent or Lent, these volumes includes passages from Scripture and opportunities for reflection and prayer.

Many Colors

Many Colors
Author: Soong-Chan Rah
Pages: 208
ISBN: 1575674971
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Release: 2010-09-01
Editor: Moody Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The United States is currently undergoing the most rapid demographic shift in its history. By 2050, white Americans will no longer comprise a majority of the population. Instead, they'll be the largest minority group in a country made up entirely of minorities, followed by Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans. Past shifts in America's demographics always reshaped the county's religious landscape. This shift will be no different. Soong-Chan Rah's book is intended to equip evangelicals for ministry and outreach in our changing nation. Borrowing from the business concept of "cultural intelligence," he explores how God's people can become more multiculturally adept. From discussions about cultural and racial histories, to reviews of case-study churches and Christian groups that are succeeding in bridging ethnic divides, Rah provides a practical and hopeful guidebook for Christians wanting to minister more effectively in diverse settings. Without guilt trips or browbeating, the book will spur individuals, churches, and parachurch ministries toward more effectively bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News for people of every racial and cultural background. Its message is positive; its potential impact, transformative.

Broken but Beautiful

Broken but Beautiful
Author: Joseph P. Conway
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9781725271470
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Release: 2020-11-06
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

American church participation has plummeted in recent decades. Abuse scandals and hypocrisy hang in the air. Weekly, I talk to friends and neighbors who have left church, even as many still identify as Christians. I get what they're saying. When I consider the pain that so many have experienced in church life, the body of Christ sure seems broken. It's no wonder many don't find church to be worth it. But maybe there's more to the story. As a child, my family experienced deep crisis. I felt alone and vulnerable. Into that void, the church stepped in. I discovered a family, a people that have my back and forever changed my life. Even now, I see tangible ways the church works for the common good. The church possesses a resilient beauty that continually pushes through the brokenness. If we love Jesus, we have to eventually ask what Jesus loves. Surprising to me at times, Jesus loves the church, despite her brokenness. If we learn to see what Jesus sees, we'll discover a powerful, often untapped means towards human flourishing. No other social group offers what the church offers. Yes, the church is broken, but there's more. She's beautiful.

The Irresistible Revolution

The Irresistible Revolution
Author: Shane Claiborne
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780310296089
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Release: 2008-09-09
Editor: Zondervan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Living as an Ordinary RadicalMany of us find ourselves caught somewhere between unbelieving activists and inactive believers. We can write a check to feed starving children or hold signs in the streets and feel like we’ve made a difference without ever encountering the faces of the suffering masses. In this book, Shane Claiborne describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, inviting us into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside each of us and extends into a broken world. Shane’s faith led him to dress the wounds of lepers with Mother Teresa, visit families in Iraq amidst bombings, and dump $10,000 in coins and bills on Wall Street to redistribute wealth. Shane lives out this revolution each day in his local neighborhood, an impoverished community in North Philadelphia, by living among the homeless, helping local kids with homework, and “practicing resurrection” in the forgotten places of our world. Shane’s message will comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable . . . but will also invite us into an irresistible revolution. His is a vision for ordinary radicals ready to change the world with little acts of love.

The Good and Beautiful Community

The Good and Beautiful Community
Author: James Bryan Smith
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0830861254
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Release: 2010-07-21
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the third book in the Apprentice Series, James Bryan Smith helps you to live in relationship with others as apprentices of Jesus. He shows how to bring spiritual formation and community engagement together, and he offers spiritual practices that root new, true narratives about God and the world in your soul.

The Gospel Driven Life

The Gospel Driven Life
Author: Michael Horton
Pages: 272
ISBN: 1441205241
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Release: 2009-10-01
Editor: Baker Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In his well-received Christless Christianity Michael Horton offered a prophetic wake-up call for a self-centered American church. With The Gospel-Driven Life he turns from the crisis to the solutions, offering his recommendations for a new reformation in the faith, practice, and witness of contemporary Christianity. This insightful book will guide readers in reorienting their faith and the church's purpose toward the good news of the gospel. The first six chapters explore that breaking news from heaven, while the rest of the book focuses on the kind of community that the gospel generates and the surprising ways in which God is at work in the world. Here is fresh news for Christians who are burned out on hype and are looking for hope.