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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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Resource Types: Books.

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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Resource Types: Books.

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.

The Wounded Heart of God: The Asian Concept of Han and the Christian Doctrine of Sin

Traditional doctrines of sin and salvation center primarily on the moral agency of the sinner. Andrew Sung Park addresses the relational consequence of sin–the pervasive reality of victims’ suffering and the scar from the sins of others who have wronged them.

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The Erotic Word: Sexuality, Spirituality, and the Bible

In a sweeping examination of the sexual rules of the Bible, Carr asserts that Biblical “family values” are a far cry from anything promoted as such in contemporary politics. He concludes that passionate love–our preoccupaton therewith and pursuit thereof–is the primary human vocation, that eros is in fact the flavoring of life.

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

The Priest’s Madonna

Based on a true story, The Priest’s Madonna tells the tale of the love relationship between Bérenger Saunière, a priest in the tiny French village of Rennes-le-Château, and his housekeeper and longtime companion, Marie Dénarnaud.

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Standing Still

Standing Still is another book of engaging, luminous and memorable stories about people who are on their everyday spiritual journey. The author reminds the reader to “remember the power of story to touch what might otherwise remain untouched in us, something deep in the soul that could be changed forever.” And she cautions readers, “Be prepared, for your life may be shaken or upended by the simple stories in this book.” At the end of each story, there are questions which will help you “stand still” to see what is happening in your life right now and experience “awe and reverence at the Mystery.”

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Resource Types: Books.

A Short History of Myth

The thesis of the author that it is a “mistake to regard myth as an inferior mode of thought, which can be cast aside when human beings have attained the age of reason.” In her short history of myth, she demonstrates that it is “designed to help us to cope with the problematic human predicament.”

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Resource Types: Books.
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