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Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century

Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century

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This new book on worship by renowned hymn writer and professor Ruth C. Duck provides theological foundations for worship and explores the variety of ways Christians have adapted worship to various cultures to help them live faithfully and to communicate the Gospel to others. The author celebrates the many languages and cultural settings in which the Gospel has been, and is, preached, sung, and prayed. The goal of this volume is to support good pastoral and congregational reflection on what worship is and does. Consequently, Duck discusses many different forms of worship from several cultures (African-American, Asian, Euro-American) and offers advice on how to read a congregation and define its culture in order to plan culturally appropriate worship. Although the book does not offer prescriptive formulas or advise a single pattern of worship, it includes many practical suggestions for preparing and leading worship, including diverse ministries of music, movement, and visual arts that are becoming more popular today.

From worship's theological underpinnings the book turns to worship leadership, forms of prayer, preaching, the sacraments, ordination, and various other liturgies. Because of its emphasis on vital and Spirit-led worship, this comprehensive book on Christian worship will be used in years to come not only as a core textbook for seminarians and ministry students from a variety of cultures and traditions, but also as a resource for local church pastors and laity who are dedicated to the enlivening of Christian worship.

Wounded Healer

Wounded Healer

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"The Wounded Healer" is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced and creative theology of service that begins with the realization of fundamental woundedness in human nature. Emphasizing that which is in humanity common to both minister and believer, this woundedness can serve as a source of strength and healing when counseling others. Nouwen proceeds to develop his approach to ministry with an analysis of sufferings -- a suffering world, a suffering generation, a suffering person, and a suffering minister. It is his contention that ministers are called to recognize the sufferings of their time in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering -- in the image of Christ. In other words, we heal from our own wounds. Filled with examples from everyday experience, "The Wounded Healer" is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others.
Wrestling with God

Wrestling with God

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The bestselling author of The Holy Longing provides an inspiring message of hope and perseverance for all of us struggling with our faith in tumultuous times

The last few decades have rapidly birthed a modern world that would have been unrecognizable fifty years ago. As long-held beliefs on love, faith, and God are challenged by the aggregate of changes that have overhauled our world, many of us are left feeling confused and uncertain while old norms are challenged and redefined at breakneck speed.

In Wrestling with God, Ronald Rolheiser offers a steady and inspiring voice to help us avow and understand our faith in a world where nothing seems solid or permanent. Drawing from his own life experience, as well as a storehouse of literary, psychological, and theological insights, the beloved author of Sacred Fire examines the fears and doubts that challenge us. It is in these struggles to find meaning, that Rolheiser lays out a path for faith in a world struggling to find faith, but perhaps more important, he helps us find our own rhythm within which to walk that path.

Writing Gods Obituary

Writing Gods Obituary

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A former African American minister revealshis unusual journey from faith to atheism. Anthony Pinn preached his first sermon at age twelve. At eighteen he became one of the youngest ordained ministers in his denomination. He then quickly moved up the ministerial ranks. Eventually he graduated from Columbia University and then received a Master of Divinity in theology and a PhD in religion from Harvard University. All the while, Pinn was wrestling with a growing skepticism. As his intellectual horizons expanded, he became less and less confident in the theism of his upbringing. At the same time, he became aware that his church could offer only anemic responses to the acute social needs of the community. In his mid-twenties, he finally decided to leave the ministry and committed the rest of his life to academia. He went on to become a distinguished scholar of African American humanism and religious history. The once fully committed believer evolved into an equally committed nonbeliever convinced that a secular approach to life offers the best hope of solving humanity's problems.
Year of Biblical Womanhood

Year of Biblical Womanhood

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Have you ever wondered what God truly expects of women? Is there really a prescription for biblical womanhood? Does the Bible's idea of womanhood have a place in modern Christianity? New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans embarks on a year-long study of what it means to live by the standards of biblical womanhood.

Strong-willed and independent, Evans couldn't sew a button on a blouse before she embarked on a radical life experiment--a year of biblical womanhood. Intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans decided to try it for herself, vowing to take all of the Bible's instructions for women as literally as possible for a full year.

Along the way, Evans explores the rich heritage of scriptural heroines, models of grace, and all-around women of valor that we come to know in the Bible. She consults with women who practice these ancient biblical mandates in their own lives--from an Orthodox Jewish woman who changed the way Evans reads the Bible to an Amish community that taught her the true meaning of modesty.

In A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Evans shares her courageous and often humorous journey of:

  • exploring what a "woman's place" is according to the Scriptures
  • applying the Bible's teachings to day-to-day life, sometimes to literal extremes
  • focusing on virtues like domesticity, obedience, beauty, submission, and grace
  • developing a "Biblical Woman's Ten Commandments" to serve as a guide for daily living
  • Join Evans as she dives deep into the lives of the women we meet in Scripture and redefines what it means to live biblically.

    Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis

    Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis

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    By early 1943, it had become increasingly clear that the Allies would win the Second World War. Around the same time, it also became increasingly clear to many Christian intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic that the soon-to-be-victorious nations were not culturally or morally prepared
    for their success. A war won by technological superiority merely laid the groundwork for a post-war society governed by technocrats. These Christian intellectuals-Jacques Maritain, T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, W. H. Auden, and Simone Weil, among others-sought both to articulate a sober and reflective
    critique of their own culture and to outline a plan for the moral and spiritual regeneration of their countries in the post-war world.

    In this book, Alan Jacobs explores the poems, novels, essays, reviews, and lectures of these five central figures, in which they presented, with great imaginative energy and force, pictures of the very different paths now set before the Western democracies. Working mostly separately and in ignorance
    of one another's ideas, the five developed a strikingly consistent argument that the only means by which democratic societies could be prepared for their world-wide economic and political dominance was through a renewal of education that was grounded in a Christian understanding of the power and
    limitations of human beings. The Year of Our Lord 1943 is the first book to weave together the ideas of these five intellectuals and shows why, in a time of unprecedented total war, they all thought it vital to restore Christianity to a leading role in the renewal of the Western democracies.

    Yes, And...: Daily Meditations

    Yes, And...: Daily Meditations

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    Featuring meditations and prayers for every day of the year, Yes, And... supports the reader on their journey with their Christian faith. It offers a refreshing and open-minded approach to living out your faith. World-renowned spiritual teacher Richard Rohr offers an extensive collection of his thoughts and teachings for the reader to apply to their daily life. This guide supports those on their journey to find spiritual relevance in an open-minded way through excerpts from his many written and recorded works.

    This deeply uplifting and all-encompassing book is broken down to seven different spiritual themes that follow.

    Methodology: Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as validated by tradition, are good scales for one's spiritual worldview. Foundation: If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of but is the Ground of Being and on our side. Frame: There is only one reality. Any distinction between natural and supernatural, sacred and profane is a bogus one. Ecumenical: Everything belongs, and no one needs to be scapegoated or excluded. Evil and illusion only need to be named and exposed truthfully, and they die in exposure to the light. Transformation: The separate self is the problem, whereas most religion and most people make the "shadow self" the problem. This leads to denial, pretending, and projecting instead of real transformation into the Divine. Process: The path of descent is the path of transformation. Darkness, failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary teachers, rather than ideas or doctrines. Goal: Reality is paradoxical and complementary. Non-dual thinking is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not private perfection, is the goal of all religion.

    You Are Not Alone: Erv Shabbat to Havdalah

    You Are Not Alone: Erv Shabbat to Havdalah

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    A Shabbat Siddur for Singles that combines traditional and non traditional prayers for Shabbat that support the single Jewish person in their effort to keep the Shabbat a Holy Day
    You Are Stronger than You Think

    You Are Stronger than You Think

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    With this inspiring guide, New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen encourages readers to discover a strength that pushes them forward, a power to do what they couldn't do before.

    You were designed with the ability and inner strength to stretch to the next level, to stand strong and overcome the opposition, to learn new skills, to believe bigger, dream bigger, and to take on new challenges.

    In You Are Stronger than You Think, #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen encourages you to stand firm when the difficulty is not turning around. When the pressure mounts, when you feel overwhelmed, when the struggle looks too big, or the goal is out of reach, you have to remember that is not your destiny. You are more powerful than you think. You need to see yourself the right way and realize what's already inside you. You were made to outlast the competition, to go further than you thought you could, and live a life beyond what limits you.

    As you read You Are Stronger than You Think, you will find the power to break the cycle of defeat, the courage to set a new standard for your family, the hope to conquer your fear, and the confidence to accomplish every dream. You will discover that you have more strength, more talent, more determination, and more endurance than you ever imagined. Nothing can hold you back...because You Are Stronger than You Think!

    You Are Stronger than You Think

    You Are Stronger than You Think

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    Unleash the untapped power inside you!

    You were designed with the ability and inner strength to stretch to the next level, to stand strong and overcome the opposition, to learn new skills, to believe bigger, dream bigger, and to take on new challenges.

    In You Are Stronger than You Think, #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen encourages you to stand firm when the difficulty is not turning around. When the pressure mounts, when you feel overwhelmed, when the struggle looks too big, or the goal is out of reach, you have to remember that is not your destiny. You are more powerful than you think. You need to see yourself the right way and realize what's already inside you. You were made to outlast the competition, to go further than you thought you could, and live a life beyond what limits you.

    As you read You Are Stronger than You Think, you will find the power to break the cycle of defeat, the courage to set a new standard for your family, the hope to conquer your fear, and the confidence to accomplish every dream. You will discover that you have more strength, more talent, more determination, and more endurance than you ever imagined. Nothing can hold you back...because You Are Stronger than You Think!

    You Are the Beloved

    You Are the Beloved

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    Seven million copies of his books in print! Now with a new package and new cover design, this daily devotional from the bestselling author of such spiritual classics as The Return of the Prodigal Son and The Wounded Healer offers deep spiritual insight into human experience, intimacy, brokenness, and compassion.

    "Henri Nouwen's timeless and loving words are quiet prayers that will forever live in my heart."--Brené Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Braving the Wilderness

    "We are the Beloved," Henri Nouwen famously wrote. "We are intimately loved long before our parents, teachers, spouses, children, and friends loved or wounded us. That's the truth of our lives. That's the truth I want you to claim for yourself."

    You Are the Beloved empowers readers to claim their central identity as the Beloved of God and live out that truth in their daily lives. Featuring key insights from Nouwen's previously published works, along with a selection of never-before-seen writings, this profound collection of daily readings will appeal to those who know and love Nouwen's work as well as to new readers seeking deeper awareness of their identity as a child of God.

    You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters

    You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters

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    Now a New York Times Bestseller! "A riveting and absolutely fascinating adventure that will blow your mind wide open!" --Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi

    Deepak Chopra joins forces with leading physicist Menas Kafatos to explore some of the most important and baffling questions about our place in the world.

    What happens when modern science reaches a crucial turning point that challenges everything we know about reality? In this brilliant, timely, and practical work, Chopra and Kafatos tell us that we've reached just such a point. In the coming era, the universe will be completely redefined as a "human universe" radically unlike the cold, empty void where human life is barely a speck in the cosmos.

    You Are the Universe literally means what it says--each of us is a co-creator of reality extending to the vastest reaches of time and space. This seemingly impossible proposition follows from the current state of science, where outside the public eye, some key mysteries cannot be solved, even though they are the very issues that define reality itself:

    What Came Before the Big Bang?
    Why Does the Universe Fit Together So Perfectly?
    Where Did Time Come From?
    What Is the Universe Made Of?
    Is the Quantum World Linked to Everyday Life?
    Do We Live in a Conscious Universe?
    How Did Life First Begin?

    "The shift into a new paradigm is happening," the authors write. "The answers offered in this book are not our invention or eccentric flights of fancy. All of us live in a participatory universe. Once you decide that you want to participate fully with mind, body, and soul, the paradigm shift becomes personal. The reality you inhabit will be yours either to embrace or to change." What these two great minds offer is a bold, new understanding of who we are and how we can transform the world for the better while reaching our greatest potential.

    You Can Begin Again : No Matter What , It's Never Too Late

    You Can Begin Again : No Matter What , It's Never Too Late

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    It's never too late for a new beginning. Look closely and you'll see that theme all through the Bible. Page after page, God delights in turning tragic endings into new beginnings. A childless woman conceives in her old age; a fearful, self-conscious shepherd becomes a leader of millions; and a prostitute becomes a wife and mother in the lineage of Christ. Every biblical fresh start reveals the amazing, awe-inspiring hope we have for our own new beginnings in God's plan for our lives.

    In You Can Begin Again, bestselling author Joyce Meyer explores the beauty and infinite supply of God's love and grace. Through inspiring stories, Scriptural principles, and her classic practical, life-application approach, Joyce powerfully demonstrates that God isn't done with you yet.

    If you're stuck in a rut, disappointed by an outcome, hurting from a wound, failing in an endeavor, struggling in a relationship, or unsure about the future. . .don't give up. Don't give up on yourself, and don't give up on the God Who loves you and offers you a new beginning today.

    You Can You Will

    You Can You Will

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    Commit to excellence and celebrate your natural gifts by embracing eight principles for professional and spiritual success from #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen.

    In You Can, You Will, these eight undeniable qualities of winners can help you reach your potential and achieve new levels of success in your life:

  • Keep Your Vision in Front of You
  • Run Your Race
  • Expect Good Things
  • Have a Positive Mindset
  • Commit to Excellence
  • Keep Growing
  • Serve Others
  • Stay Passionate
  • You are created to be a winner. Live by Joel Osteen's eight principles and boldly go in the direction of your destiny.

    You Can You Will

    You Can You Will

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    Commit to excellence and celebrate your natural gifts by embracing eight principles for professional and spiritual success from #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen.

    In You Can, You Will, these eight undeniable qualities of winners can help you reach your potential and achieve new levels of success in your life:

  • Keep Your Vision in Front of You
  • Run Your Race
  • Expect Good Things
  • Have a Positive Mindset
  • Commit to Excellence
  • Keep Growing
  • Serve Others
  • Stay Passionate
  • You are created to be a winner. Live by Joel Osteen's eight principles and boldly go in the direction of your destiny.

    You Were Made for This Moment Study Guide Plus Streaming Video: How the Story of Esther Inspires Us to Step Up and Stand Out for God

    You Were Made for This Moment Study Guide Plus Streaming Video: How the Story of Esther Inspires Us to Step Up and Stand Out for God

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    Join Max Lucado on a journey through the book of Esther as he reminds us that God need not be loud to be strong, he need not cast a shadow to be present...and he is active even when he appears distant.

    This study was born in a hard season--a pandemic that locked down the world. Church doors closed. Students were stuck at home. Masks hid smiles. And as if this weren't enough, the ancient sin of racism and hatred seems to be trying to undo us. Many of us are left wondering if this season will ever pass.

    To all these things, God has a six-letter word of encouragement: E-S-T-H-E-R. The book that bears her name was written to be read in hard seasons. It was crafted for those who feel outnumbered by foes, outmaneuvered by fate, and outdone by fear.

    In the You Were Made for This Moment five-session video Bible study (streaming included), pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado presents the story of Esther in all its drama, urgency, and hope.

    This study guide has everything you need for a full Bible study experience, including:

  • The study guide itself--with discussion and personal reflection questions, video notes, and a leader's guide.
  • An individual access code to stream all five video sessions online (you don't need to buy a DVD!).
  • Esther's is a story that reaches out of the past to our present circumstances with a singular message: God is present, and he will act. It's a story that demands from us a singular response: what will we do when he does?

    Sessions and video run times:

    1. Cozy in the Culture - Esther 1:1-2:18 (17:30)
    2. A Moment of Decision - Esther 2:19-4:14 (17:00)
    3. Heaven Set in Motion - Esther 4:15-6:14 (16:30)
    4. The God of Great Turnarounds - Esther 7:1-8:17 (17:30)
    5. Remembering God's Faithfulness - Esther 9:1-10:3 (16:00)

    Watch on any device!

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    You Were Made for This Moment: Courage for Today and Hope for Tomorrow

    You Were Made for This Moment: Courage for Today and Hope for Tomorrow

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    Are you weary? Worn out by the bills that keep stacking, a virus that keeps raging, or a heart that keeps aching? If so, the book of Esther brings welcome news: Relief will come!

    To be clear, you didn't ask for this struggle. You want to get past it. You don't know how much longer you can hold up. But what if God is with you in this difficult season? When life seems off the rails, remember this truth: the minute you bow your head to pray is the moment God lifts his hand to help.

    Queen Esther learned this truth firsthand. When confronted with a royal decree that would annihilate her people, she had to make some tough choices. Would she remain silent in the face of this challenge, or would she speak up? Would she blend in, or would she stand out? But after Esther spent three days in prayer and fasting, God gave her the courage to speak up. God used her to save the nation. And God can do the same with you.

    In You Were Made for This Moment, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado will help you:

  • put your hope in the God of grand reversals, trusting that God will right every wrong
  • cultivate courage for your challenging times by leaning on the God who redeems and restores
  • discover your role in God's story by exploring how God can use your experiences and circumstances to join him in his holy work
  • God never promised us a life without trials, but he does promise to be with us as we walk through them. Trust that he can redeem your struggles for a mighty purpose. You, friend, were made for this moment.

    Your Best Life Now Journal

    Your Best Life Now Journal

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    Reach your full potential with this seven-week companion journal to Joel Osteen's Your Best Life Now, which features space for fresh ideas, thought-provoking questions, and uplifting quotes.

    You were made for more than an ordinary life. It's time to become the victorious, joyful, and resilient person who's been waiting for a chance to shine.

    Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen invites you to build a brighter future with these seven life-changing principles:

  • Enlarge Your Vision
  • Develop a Healthy Self-Image
  • Discover the Power of Your Thoughts and Words
  • Let Go of the Past
  • Find Strength Through Adversity
  • Live to Give
  • Choose to Be Happy
  • Your life has a divine destiny and purpose, and with this journal you can face any personal, professional, and spiritual obstacles with confidence. Start applying these principles and you'll see life-changing results.