The Church Of The Perfect Storm
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|Author||: Leonard Sweet|
|Editor||: Abingdon Press|
The church is heading into a “perfect storm” of cultural forces. Will you sink beneath the waves, or ride the winds of the Spirit? An array of cultural forces is coming together to present the church with unprecedented challenge and unequaled opportunity. Such “category 5" realities as postmodernism, postChristendom attacks on belief in God, and the threat of global warming have coalesced to make a “perfect storm” that will leave people uncertain of their place in the world, and all they have previously believed in. Like the disciples when Jesus calmed the storm, the church can cower and cry out for relief. Or, when everything is spinning and whirling in the wind, the church can go out to meet the storm, embrace the gale, . . . and pass out kites. From the Circuit Rider review: "Like other books Sweet has written and compiled, The Church of the Perfect Storm is thought-provoking and compelling. The material flows in such a way that allows readers to grasp the gravity of the situation. However, as with most futuristic material, there is also a sense in which readers may want to know: 'Okay, now what? Where do we need to steer this ship? Are mainline and evangelical churches so off-course as to fail to weather the rising tides that are here and soon coming?' Readers of this volume may enjoy the description of a post-Christendom world, but they may also want to know more about the prescription for the days ahead. (Click here to read the entire review.)
|Author||: Leonard Sweet|
The church is heading into a "perfect storm" of cultural forces. Will you sink beneath the waves, or ride the winds of the Spirit? An array of cultural forces is coming together to present the church with unprecedented challenge and unequaled opportunity. Such "category 5"" realities as postmodernism, postChristendom attacks on belief in God, and the threat of global warming have coalesced to make a "perfect storm" that will leave people uncertain of their place in the world, and all they have previously believed in. Like the disciples when Jesus calmed the storm, the church can cower and c.
|Author||: Sebastian Junger|
|Editor||: W. W. Norton & Company|
"There is nothing imaginary about Junger's book; it is all terrifyingly, awesomely real." —Los Angeles Times It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high—a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm." In a book that has become a classic, Sebastian Junger explores the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched. The Perfect Storm is a real-life thriller that makes us feel like we've been caught, helpless, in the grip of a force of nature beyond our understanding or control. Winner of the American Library Association's 1998 Alex Award.
|Author||: Dan Dungaciu,Ruxandra Iordache|
|Editor||: Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
The most significant phenomenon occurring around us today is the European crisis. As well as being a “total social phenomenon” as classical French sociologist Émile Durkheim would have said, it also affects all the levels of our lives—be they political, economic, cultural or social. Nothing remains untouched. In other words, it represents a “perfect storm”. This volume brings together the contributions of twenty authors, scientists from the “Ion I.C. Brătianu” Institute of Political Sciences and International Relations of the Romanian Academy, in response to this challenge. Using an expression that is becoming more abundantly associated with Europe, namely “the perfect storm”, the book decodes multiple layers of the crisis, whether they relate to migrants, terrorism, Brexit, the economic crisis of the Eurozone, the Turkish challenge, Russian pressures, TTIP, the resurrection of populism, or the (intermittent) hysteria of the European media.
|Author||: Stephen J. Pope|
|Editor||: Georgetown University Press|
The sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church has been exacerbated in the minds of many by the dismal response of church leadership. Uncovered along with the abuse of power were decisions that were not only made in secrecy, but which also magnified the powerlessness of the people of the church to have any say in its governance. Accordingly, many have left the church, many have withheld funding—others have vowed to work for change, as witnessed by the phenomenal growth of Voice of the Faithful. Common Calling is indeed a call—for change, for inclusion, and a place at the table for the laity when it comes to the governance of the church. By first providing compelling historical precedents of the roles and status of the laity as it functioned during the first millennium, Common Calling compares and contrasts those to the place of the laity today. It is this crossroad—between the past and the possible future of the Catholic Church—where the distinguished contributors to this volume gather in the hope and expectation of change. They examine the distinction between laity and clergy in regard to the power of church governance, and explore the theological interpretation of clergy-laity relations and governance in the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. They look at how church officials interpret the role of the laity today and address the weaknesses in that model. Finally, they speak clearly in outlining the ways governance may be improved, and how—by emphasizing dialogue, participation, gender equality, and loyalty—the role of the laity can be enhanced. Speaking as active believers and academic specialists, all of the contributors assert that the church must evolve in the 21st century. They represent a variety of disciplines, including systematic theology, sacramental theology, canon law, political science, moral theology, pastoral theology, and management. The book also includes an essay by James Post, cofounder of the Catholic lay movement Voice of the Faithful, the organization that was in part responsible for the resignation of Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law. Common Calling looks to a future of transparency in the Catholic Church that, with an invested laity, will help to prevent any further abuse—especially the abuse of power.
|Author||: Jessie Reneé|
|Editor||: WestBow Press|
Over and over again, she tried to make her relationship work. Reneé wanted the best for her and her young daughter, a baby girl. Disappointments continued to come until she stopped trying to fix what was broken and gave her problems over to God. That was when her breakthrough came, and life turned from heartbreak to happiness.
|Author||: Marsha L. Williams, DMin, MDiv|
We are called to be disciples and-once we come into a real relationship with Jesus Christ-to share it with others. But recently we have drifted away from making disciples, focusing instead on other things. In this study, author Rev. Dr. Marsha L. Williams shows that discipling, as the foundational mission of the church outlined by Jesus in the Great Commission, is cyclical and intergenerational and that churches must maintain a current and vibrant message for every new generation. As part of her doctoral thesis, Williams interviewed recent graduates from the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Tinton Falls, New Jersey, to update church practices that attract and keep the postmodern generation by evaluating the effectiveness of discipling programs. She now considers which practices were fruitful and why, explores alternative methods for discipling "generation next," and develops new activities and relationships to grow an intergenerational link, resulting in the discipled becoming the disciples.
|Author||: Richard L Hamm|
|Editor||: Chalice Press|
Mainline denominations in the United States are in crisis. These institutions - created in and for modernity - are now facing a changed, postmodern culture. Hamm faces the crisis, examining its origins, and offers sound advice on how to lead to church to make the adaptive changes needed to thrive in postmodern times. A TCP Leadership Series title.
|Author||: Bob Wenz|
|Editor||: InterVarsity Press|
On the night he was betrayed, Jesus stood on the threshold of the greatest personal crisis any human being would ever face. John's account of that night not only records for us the events of that evening, but also offers a remarkable profile of One who not only is mentally, emotionally, and spiritually prepared for the cosmic storm raging, but who uses his last supper with his disciples as a seminar to equip them for the inevitable life crises they will face as his followers. Crises afflict the lives of nearly every believer, so Navigating Your Perfect Storm looks at five anchors and two admonitions Jesus put in his disciples' grasp to pull them through life—like kedge anchors once deployed on sailing ships on windless days. While the anchors offered to the disciples are significant, Jesus also admonishes his disciples, first by framing the crises of life with an eternal perspective—the reality of an unseen eternal kingdom—that will provide peace when the material world is in upheaval. Second, Jesus warns that those who follow him should not be so foolish or proud as to think they are exempt from the storms. Navigating Your Perfect Storm is not a series of sermons or a how-to self-help book, but a set of reflections, insights, and illustrations for those who seek to follow Jesus today in a turbulent world.
|Author||: Naomi Thomas|
|Editor||: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.|
On the battlefield the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a Nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no Veteran behind. —Dan Lipinski We told them that we did not want anyone to get in trouble. We told them that we just wanted to find out what was really wrong with Chad and get on with our lives. We told them that we wanted the nightmare to be over with. We were exhausted, we were broken, we were almost defeated... Naomi first described what happened to them as a nightmare. Looking back years later, she realizes that it was not a nightmare; it was a perfect storm. This is a true story of how an Army Veteran was misdiagnosed, mistreated, and almost lost his leg and his life. This is a story of how his wife/nurse/patient advocate fought for him. This is a story of how this tragedy led them to Jesus and how their lives were forever changed.
|Author||: Michael Canet|
|Editor||: Advantage Media Group|
If you care about your spouse and family, If you have ever experienced stress about market losses, If having a safe, secure, predictable income stream during retirement is important, If you don't have a plan for the high cost of a nursing home or catastrophic illness, Read This Book.
|Author||: Leonard Sweet|
|Editor||: David C Cook|
As believers, our journey is just as important as the destination. And because relationships are essential to our walk through life, it is vital that we partner with people who positively impact our world. Dr. Leonard Sweet believes these essential people are found in the pages of God's Word. Using eleven classic figures from the Bible, Dr. Sweet details key personal attributes that make up God's Dream Team for your life. Readers of all ages will be encouraged to not only seek out such people, but to find their place with those around them.
|Author||: Phoebe Rivers|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
In the aftermath of a hurricane, Sara’s got a new secret—and an old crush—to decipher. A hurricane hits the New Jersey shore, and while Sara’s hometown of Stellamar is spared from any major damage, things will still never be the same. At home, a spirit reveals to Sara that he has a secret about her mother...but then the spirit is spooked by the storm and leaves before Sara can find out more. Sara enlists the help of her best friend, Lily, and together they try to find out what other secrets might be hidden away in the old house. At school, there are some new faces as kids from a neighboring town start attending Stellamar Middle School since their own school was damaged in the storm. One of the new kids is Mason, Sara’s summer crush. Will sparks continue to fly between Sara and Mason?
|Author||: Eric Moore|
|Editor||: Wipf and Stock Publishers|
"With humor and candor, Eric Moore addresses common challenges that the pastor of the small church encounters on a daily basis. As the pastor of a small church, he shares stories from his own experience and provides biblical and common-sense solutions to the issues that pastors face. If you pastor a small church, then you are a key part of God's program. This book will encourage and remind you of the importance of your calling."
|Author||: Geri Foster|
|Editor||: Geri Foster|
Candi Anderson will do anything to protect her young son and wants nothing from the biological father except to be left alone. But, he’s not smart enough to take the hint. When she finally has him arrested, all hell breaks loose and he promises to make her pay. Candi is afraid that price might just be her son. If so, he will be in for a fight. FBI agent, Austin Crawley has been assigned to open a satellite office in a town near Rainwater, Texas, his hometown, which he never intended to revisit. When he arrives, Austin sees that some things truly never change. Candi Anderson, his high school crush, is still there, her ex is still mean as ever, and Austin’s protective instincts toward her are still in full force. Can an innocent teenage kiss hold power over a grown man’s destiny? After all the years of wanting something he knew he couldn’t have, dare Austin take that dangerous step toward love? Will Candi meet him halfway? Perhaps if they just let love in a new beginning will happen. Find out in PERFECT STORM!
|Author||: Ed Stetzer,Richie Stanley,Jason Hayes|
|Editor||: B&H Publishing Group|
Describes the characteristics of unchurched young adults and reveals which churches have found a way to reach these people.
|Author||: Greg Peters,Matt Jenson|
|Editor||: Wipf and Stock Publishers|
More than one person has joked over the years that Evangelical believers do not have an ecclesiology. In one sense, that is absurd: Evangelical churches (especially if you include Pentecostals in that group) are some of the fastest-growing, most vibrant churches in the world. Evangelicals are proclaiming the gospel, praising the Lord, reading the Bible, and loving the poor. But there is a case to be made that the Evangelical devotion to the mission of the church has left Evangelicals with little time to reflect on the church itself. In this collection of essays, first given at annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society, the authors take time to reflect on the nature of the church in an Evangelical context, asking after the way in which it is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.