America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé, by James E. Atwood. In a year in which incidents of horrific gun violence have cascaded one after another, this is a timely and important book for clergy and churches.
Bringing Up Bébé
One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
Maybe it’s part of our “have a nice day,” smiley-face culture, but these days it seems that praise is tossed around as lavishly as dandelions in the spring grass. Words like “awesome,” “super” and “perfect” pepper our interactions. “You’re the best!” rolls off our tongues.
Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission, by Christopher L. Heuertz and Christine D. Pohl. This book is part of the Resources for Reconciliation series, which pairs field-based practitioners with academics. Together Heuertz and Pohl explore relationships between people in dire need and those who seek to serve them.
A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith
I’ve been an appreciative reader, even a fan, of Brian McLaren since reading his 1998 book, The Church on the Other Side. McLaren helped me understand the emerging postmodern world and its implications for the church.
At a church leadership retreat, a tall man with a mustache and red suspenders stands up and says, “Several of us here find ourselves wondering if our church is still God-centered. It seems to us something’s missing.” At another retreat, a woman blurts out, “But what do we believe?
The Missional Church and Denominations: Helping Congregations Develop a Missional Identity
A classic 1970s study on the demise of railroads concluded that they went out of business because they thought the business they were in was railroads. It wasn’t. The business they were in was transportation.
All for God's Glory: Redeeming Church Scutwork
Louis B. Weeks
Called to Be Human: Letters to My Children on Living a Christian Life
Good Mourning: Getting Through Your Grief
Allan Hugh Cole Jr.
Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership
Heart, Mind, and Strength: Theory and Practice for Congregational Leadership
Jeffrey D. Jones
I Told Me So: Self-Deception and the Christian Life
Gregg A. Ten Elshof
More Power in the Pulpit: How America's Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons
Cleophus J. LaRue, ed.
Setting Words on Fire: Putting God at the Center of the Sermon
Paul Scott Wilson
This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers
Martin Copenhaver and Lillian Daniel
Total Church: A Radical Reshaping Around Gospel and Community
When delegates want to speak at a gathering of my denomination, it’s customary for them to stand up and give their name, next give the name of their church, and then say whatever it is they got up to say.
In the story of David and Goliath, Saul famously insisted that David be outfitted in his own kingly armor. While this was a generous gesture, David found that he could hardly move. Rejecting the clunky armor, David retrieved five smooth stones for his sling.
From Midterms to Ministry: Practical Theologians on Pastoral Beginnings
Allan Hugh Cole Jr., ed.
Not Ashamed of the Gospel: Sermons from Paul's Letter to the Romans
We Preach Not Ourselves: Paul on Proclamation
Michael P. Knowles
Founding Faith: Providence, Politics and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America
Reaching Out in a Networked World: Expressing Your Congregation's Heart and Soul
Lynne M. Baab
Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation
Carol Howard Merritt
Can a Sistah Get a Little Help: Encouragement for Black Women in Ministry
Teresa L. Fry Brown
Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys
Robert C. Dykstra, Allan Hugh Cole Jr. and Donald Capps
Hope in Conflict: Discovering Wisdom in Congregational Turmoil
David R. Sawyer
Sage Sisters: Essential Lessons for African American Women in Ministry
In Anger: Your Spiritual Ally, Andrew Lester, emeritus professor of pastoral theology and counseling at Brite Divinity School, tries to unhook us from a relationship to anger that is all too common and with which he grew up: “I was carefully taught to ‘be nice,’ and it was clear that
Beyond Megachurch Myths: What We Can Learn from America's Largest Churches
Scott Thumma and Dave Travis
The Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-First Century