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Transforming the Stone: Preaching Through Resistance to Change

Most preachers wonder if their sermons have any real and lasting effect on those who hear them. Lundblad guides us toward a way of preaching that has the potential for being genuinely transformative.

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Tried for Heresy: A 21st Century Journey of Faith

Furlong’s journey of faith is a fascinating, if sad, story of his ordeal confronting the power of the church establishment. But he is in a noble company of those who know that orthodoxy, understood as “right or correct belief,” is not necessarily the truth once delivered to the saints and is in the vanguard of those seeking to develop a new paradigm of the Christian tradition.

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Topics: Theology & Religious Education. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Books.

Uncovering Your Church’s Hidden Spirit

Parishioners today look to their congregations to feed their spiritual hunger. But many members and clergy are not sure how the words “congregation” and “spirituality” fit together. Author Celia Hahn interviewed 30 lay people and clergy from five Episcopal congregations to discover their stories of congregational spirituality and to help them identify the congregation’s gifts for spiritual development. Foreword by Tilden Edwards, executive director of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction. Study guide available for this book.

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Imagining Progressive Religion, 1805-1900

This is the first of a three-volume history of American liberal theology. The second volume will deal with the social gospel and its Niebuhrian heyday, rightly describing Niebuhr’s view as a chastened species of liberal theology, and …

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Topics: Theology & Religious Education. Resource Types: Books.

So You Can’t Stand Evangelism? A Thinking Person’s Guide to Church Growth

Offers a strategy for thoughtful evangelism that welcomes people just as they are.

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Topics: Organizational Leadership & Development. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Books.

The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

A charming and genuinely suspensful biography of the perhaps the greatest — certainly the most notorious – progressive Christain minister in American history, the Reverend Henry Ward Beecher.

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Topics: Biography and Memoir. Resource Types: Books.

Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas

In¬†Beyond Belief, renowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of faith and a questioning of religious orthodoxy. Spurred on by personal tragedy and new scholarship …

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Topics: Theology & Religious Education. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Books.

The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christianity

The Phoenix Affirmations, named for the town in which they were created and the mythological bird adopted by ancient Christians as a symbol of resurrection, offers disillusioned and spiritually homeless Christians, and others, a sense of hope …

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Resource Types: Books.

Thy Kingdom Come

Randall Balmer’s new book on the ascendancy of the religious right in America.

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Resource Types: Books.

The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’s Final Week in Jerusalem

Taking Mark, the earliest Gospel, as their guide, Borg and Crossan “retell a story everyone thinks they know too well and most do not seem to know at all.” So doing, they offer an alternative passion of …

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Resource Types: Books.

Seeking the Sacred: Living a Spiritual Life in a Secular World

Speaking from experience—where things can go wrong and wrongs can remain unrighted—the five modern thinkers in this collection offer ways to maintain a spiritual life outside of a strictly religious context. Based on the acknowledgement that religious …

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Topics: Spiritual Exploration & Practice. Resource Types: Books.

A New Christianity for A New World: Why Traditional Faith Is Dying and How a New Faith is Being Born

Christianity will not be a viable belief system for honest people in the contemporary world, writes John Shelby Spong, until it drops a few outmoded ideas–for instance, belief in a supernatural God who reveals Himself from outside creation.

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Why The Christian Right Is Wrong

“In the pulpit, Robin Meyers is the new generation’s Harry Emerson Fosdick, George Buttrick, and Martin Luther King. In these pages, you will find a stirring message for our times, from a man who believes that God’s love is universal, that the great Jewish prophets are as relevant now as in ancient times, and that the Jesus who drove the money changers from the Temple may yet inspire us to embrace justice and compassion as the soul of democracy. This is not a book for narrow sectarian minds; read it, and you will want to change the world.” —Bill Moyers

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Think Again: A Response to Fundamentalism’s Claim on Christianity

Based on a series of sermons, “Think Again” makes the argument that certain aspects of fundamentalism are negative forces within Christianity not because of the fundamental beliefs themselves, but because of the judgment that often accompanies them. …

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The Feast of Our Lives: Re-Imaging Communion

Over 20 years of research went into this book that represents a life-long concern to understand and counter Christianity’s continued reliance on sin, fear, and guilt. By using the lenses of imagination and eucharistic imagery, I present …

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Books.
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