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Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion

Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion

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CHRISTIAN MISSION

"Dana Robert distils a quarter of a century of her research into an erudite and accessible single-volume account of how Christianity became the largest religious tradition in the world. There is no better place for any reader to start becoming informed about this important subject."
David Hempton, Harvard University

"Remarkable for the range and depth of the material Robert is able to pack into so short a book. Reliable and readable, it is especially valuable for its treatment of the relation between western and non-western missionary activity."
David A. Hollinger, University of California, Berkeley

"Dana Robert's richly textured book shows us that the history of Christian missions is far from being merely a European colonial story, and will be immensely valuable to students and general readers who are concerned to uncover the historical roots of Christianity's current status as a truly global faith."
Brian Stanley, University of Edinburgh

The Gospels record that Christ commanded his disciples to "go forth and teach all nations." Thus began the history of Christian mission, a phenomenon which brought about massive shifts in the nature and practice of Christianity, and one that many say reflects the single most important movement of intercultural encounter over a sustained period of human history.

To understand Christianity as a global movement, therefore, it is essential to study the role of mission - defined as the transmission of the Gospel across cultures. Erudite and enlightening, this brief book explores the 2,000 years of mission history, covering topics such as the meaning of the missionary through history, gender and missions, and missions in culture and politics. Given that in the twenty-first century, Christianity is now largely practiced outside the West, Christian Mission is an inspirational and invaluable resource to broaden our understanding of the nature of Christianity as a truly multi-cultural world religion.

Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighbors

Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighbors

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"There are no God-forsaken places, just church-forsaken places." --Jon Fuller, OMF International Jonathan Brooks was raised in the Englewood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. As soon as he was able, he left the community and moved as far away as he could. But through a remarkable turn of events, he reluctantly returned and found himself not only back in Englewood but also serving as a pastor ("Pastah J") and community leader. In Church Forsaken, Brooks challenges local churches to rediscover that loving our neighbors means loving our neighborhoods. Unpacking the themes of Jeremiah 29, he shows how Christians can be fully present in local communities, building homes and planting gardens for the common good. His holistic vision and practical work offers good news for forgotten people and places. And community stakeholders and civic leaders will rediscover that churches are viable partners in community transformation in ways that they may never have considered. God has always been at work in neglected neighborhoods. Join Pastah J on this journey and discover new hope for your community.

Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters

Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters

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New York Times bestselling author of The Prodigal Prophet and nationally renowned minister Timothy Keller exposes the error of making good things "ultimate" in this book, and shows readers a new path toward a hope that lasts.

Success, true love, and the life you've always wanted. Many of us placed our faith in these things, believing they held the key to happiness, but with a sneaking suspicion they might not deliver. No wonder we feel lost, alone, disenchanted, and resentful. There is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings--and now is the perfect time to meet Him again, or for the first time.

In Counterfeit Gods, Timothy Keller shows how a proper understanding of the Bible reveals the unvarnished truth about societal ideals and our own hearts. This powerful message cements Keller's reputation as a critical thinker and pastor, and comes at a crucial time--for both the faithful and the skeptical.

Diappointment With God- Three Questions No One Asks Aloud

Diappointment With God- Three Questions No One Asks Aloud

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'Is God listening? 'Can he be trusted?' In this 25th Anniversary edition of Disappointment with God, Philip Yancey tackles the questions caused by a God who doesn't always do what we think he's supposed to do. Included in this anniversary edition is a study guide with questions about these perplexing questions of faith that the author confronts.
Don't Look Back- Methodist Hope for What Comes Next

Don't Look Back- Methodist Hope for What Comes Next

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Hope and help for pastors and congregations who are asking, What now? And What's next? Some pastors and congregations have managed remarkable innovation, creation of new ministries, courageous pruning of old programs, and rediscovery of core Wesleyan convictions in recent years. Others have experienced a long, slow-motion, downward cycle of loss. We might be tempted to 'sit down' wherever we are, looking back at all that's happened, shaking our heads in disbelief. But it's time to stand up, to move forward. Will Willimon shows what that could look like. He spent a year committed to asking questions and careful listening in conversations with clergy, organizational leaders, and parishioners across the U.S. What's next for Methodist church folk? As you read, join in the process of asking and listening. The honesty, wisdom, and inspiration you find here may point you in new directions. What do you think God is up to in the present moment? What should we stop doing and begin doing, responding to God's call now? What are the biblical texts, stories from our past, and core Wesleyan convictions that might guide us from this point? And are we at Good Friday or at Easter? As Willimon writes in his Introduction, "Let's have a decent burial for yesterday's good intentions and then partner with the Holy Spirit in creating tomorrow's church." This is a book to read and reflect on with colleagues, congregants, and Methodist friends. Praise for Don't Look Back "Don't Look Back brings good news for weary, sad, and cynical Methodists: You are loved and chosen. There is a place and future for you in the relentless renewing work of God in our world. Drawing deeply from wells of ministry and faith, Will Willimon shares the wisdom we need for this season. His insights are tough and encouraging, practical, clear eyed, honest, relational, humble in service, Christ-centered, and so hopeful! This book invites us to dig deeper into our faith and ultimate mission beyond denominational mechanics and brokenness--bearing witness to what God is doing. This is a word not only for Methodists but for anyone who shares a radical Christian commitment and calling." --Joni Sancken, professor of homiletics, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH "In Don't Look Back Will Willimon is an 'equal opportunity' truth teller. No one and nothing is off limits, including himself and especially not the institutional church. He encourages healthy grieving for what is no more but eschews syrupy nostalgia. He preaches, teaches, meddles, prods and probes all in the hope that we will fasten our attention on the resurrected Jesus and join him where he is at work." --Gregory V. Palmer, resident bishop, Ohio West area, The United Methodist Church "In equal parts funny, frank, and provocative, Willimon's impassioned plea for 'togetherness' is worth serious reflection for all tempted to separate from The United Methodist Church. Staring soberly at American Methodism's losses, Don't Look Back is filled with unyielding hope for a church willing to let go of the past, redefine its purpose and get on mission with the resurrected, living Christ." --Roger Ross, former director of congregational excellence, Missouri Conference; coach with Spiritual Leadership, Inc; author of Meet the Goodpeople: Wesley's 7 Ways to Share Faith "Being the body of Christ is a messy, unsettling endeavor. For those seeking to leave for The Global Methodist Church, Willimon offers important clarifying questions, warnings, and invitations. For those seeking to continue in or join The United Methodist Church, Willimon offers new challenges, growing edges, and an incessant stream of his quintessential demand that the church continue to be the church. A timely read for any Methodists seeking to have the conversations needed to shape our churches for generations to come." --Patrick Longest, Duke Divinity Student Council co-president Class of 2022 "Please take this book's invitation from Will Willimon to get into the conversation about the future. The world is not going to snap back to any pre-pandemic, pre-populist political form in the near future. So, to talk about a real future Will gives us the good things to remember from the past, a dose of reality about the present, and good questions about the future. This book is a gift to get us talking about a future church that reflects Christ's purpose, not our preferences. --Gil Rendle, consultant; former senior vice president, The Texas Methodist Foundation; widely recognized as one of Methodism's wisest guides "Several hurrahs for Will Willimon. For his great use of scripture; for effectively pushing readers on specific points and into seeing the larger issues at hand; for clear framing of hard questions and forcing attention to them; for pointed dismissal of easy answers to what he shows are deeply rooted, institution-wide specters haunting leadership at all levels; but especially and as usual in Willimon's books, readability. Delving into this book, Methodists will confront the denomination's systemic and global challenges head on." --Russell E. Richey, dean emeritus, Candler School of Theology, and William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Church History Emeritus "Based on his lifetime as a Methodist, Will Willimon takes us on a personal journey through the formation of the Wesleyan movement, a painful critique of the forces that are now tearing apart The United Methodist Church, and ultimately, biblical hope for the future. This book blends history, theology, personal narrative, and biblical scholarship to offer pastors and congregations concrete ways to move forward to a reformed church of which John Wesley would be proud." --Andy Langford, senior pastor, Central United Methodist Church, Concord, NC; scholar and expert on worship, evangelism, and preaching; editor of The United Methodist Book of Worship "Willimon does not disappoint. He writes what so many are reluctant to say about schism over one issue promoted with language from secular culture wars but missing the words of Jesus and John Wesley. He also incisively captures the sadness of the loss that may occur for no good reason." --Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership Emeritus, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC "Willimon shows us how to honor and grieve the past while also growing into a new and vital way of being Jesus' church. He teaches us how to look for what God is up to in our specific setting and to have the courage to be a part of God's mission. Even if he is writing for his own Methodist friends, he is speaking powerfully to this Episcopal Bishop." --Jake Owensby, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana; author of Looking for God in Messy Places Don't Look Back is replete with infectious optimism and hope that God will ensure the accomplishment of the missio Dei. Through a wealth of pragmatic wisdom, developed from his many years as a pastor, scholar, and bishop, Willimon offers guidance to local churches seeking to reinvent their missional focus, embracing moral imagination and prophetic vision in reaching the unchurched in postmodern society." --Donald E. Williams, pastor, Remington UMC, Fauquier County, VA The people called Methodists find themselves in complicated and uncertain times, but God is still calling people to God's mission. In Don't Look Back, Bishop William Willimon invites churches to hear that call to the mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. By following the steps and exercises in this book, any leader can help propel their church into God's preferred future and join God in the challenging but exciting ventures to come. --Gryff Carosiello, pastor, Sharon United Methodist Church in Greer, SC "Don't Look Back reminds us of the power and centrality of the local church and its leaders with pages full of classic stories and frank observations. The future of the church doesn't belong to the winners of denominational debates, but to the Spirit-filled leaders practicing their faith, seeking daily to live like Jesus. God always begins locally in order to save universally--and Bishop Willimon helps us to remember this." --Scott M. Chrostek, Executive Director of Ministries and Programs, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection "Don't Look Back is a must read for study, reflection, conversation, and hope. We have a God who brings life out of dead places and a Spirit who is active even in the storms. This is a book that reminds me of my vows as both a pastor and a follower of Jesus Christ--one of the most inspiring books I have read with truth and hope for tomorrow." --Susan M. Sharpe, pastor, Wesleyan Hills UMC, Memphis, TN "Don't Look Back will help congregations wrestle with the unrest and anxiety of the unknown. Reading it has indeed given me hope! Will Willimon encourages reflection and focus on our calling as Christians rather than simply following an allegiance to a particular caucus. This book is an important tool for reflection and discernment as churches and United Methodists move forward in their calling to be the church." --Wade Powell, senior pastor, First United Methodist Church, Victoria, TX
Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation's Fight for Their American Dream

Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation's Fight for Their American Dream

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This intimate, first-of-its-kind account of young undocumented immigrants fighting to live legally within the United States is a "must-read for anyone interested in the immigration debate" (Booklist)

Of the approximately twelve million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, as many as two million came as children. They grow up here, going to elementary, middle, and high school, and then the country they call home won't--in most states--offer financial aid for college and they're unable to be legally employed. In 2001, US senator Dick Durbin introduced the DREAM Act to Congress, an initiative that would allow these young people to become legal residents if they met certain requirements.

And now, more than ten years later, in the face of congressional inertia and furious opposition from some, the DREAM Act has yet to be passed. But recently, this young generation has begun organizing, and with their rallying cry "Undocumented, Unapologetic, and Unafraid" they are the newest face of the human rights movement. In Dreamers, Eileen Truax illuminates the stories of these men and women who are living proof of a complex and sometimes hidden political reality that calls into question what it truly means to be American.

Essentials of Christian Thought: Seeing Reality Through the Biblical Story

Essentials of Christian Thought: Seeing Reality Through the Biblical Story

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Christians disagree on doctrine, politics, church government, certain moral questions--just about everything under the sun, it can seem. Yet a unity remains, centered around a core outlook on God and the world that is common to all believers.

Or at least, such an outlook should unite Christians of all theological and church backgrounds. However, alternate visions of reality often infect and corrupt Christians' thinking.

In The Essentials of Christian Thought, eminent theologian and church historian Roger Olson outlines the basic perspective on the world that all Christians, regardless of the place and time in which they are born, have historically held. This underlying metaphysic accords with all orthodox theologies, whether Calvinist or Arminian, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant, but it separates Christianity from other religious and secular perspectives. It is, quite simply, the essential requirement of a Christian view of the world.

Bold and incisive, The Essentials of Christian Thought will prompt thoughtful readers and students to more consciously appropriate the core of their faith, guarding against ideas that subtly but necessarily invite compromise.

Falling Into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming

Falling Into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming

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From her humble beginnings to the bright lights of network television, Hattie Kauffman weaves a story both heartbreaking and redemptive. Nationally recognized for her high-profile interviews and coverage of disasters and triumphs that affected millions, Kauffman candidly shares the experiences that made her into a perceptive and award-winning newswoman.

An inspiring account of the Holy Spirit's transforming power, Kauffman's life is a true testament to God's goodness. Now available in trade paper.

Female Identity Formation and Response to Intimate Violence

Female Identity Formation and Response to Intimate Violence

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Description: This book is a vital resource for intervention programs, educators, social workers, counselors, psychotherapists, pastoral counselors, and survivors of intimate violence and their families. It gives the reader access to the inner emotions and psychological mechanisms of survivors of intimate violence in collective cultures that work to hold them captive in violent relationships. The author integrates the psychological developmental theories of Heinz Kohut and Erik Erikson with social, cultural, and religious aspects to demonstrate the collusive power of what she calls the orienting system (psychosocial and religious cultural force) in the formation of a female sense of self, to investigate the peculiar range of responses of females to intimate violence. Using theoretical and empirical research, the author claims that the demeanor and functionality of the female survivor of intimate violence is an adaptation that enables her to retain her socially prescribed roles, which she appropriates as a social identity and sense of self. A surprising aspect of this work is the transformative power of religion, also resourced in the orienting system, in transforming the psychic hold of survivors to cathected self-objects, to self-images that approximate a self in healthy relationship with God. Consequently the energies and investment released can be redirected to cohere in self-identities that can optimize drive, thrive and relationality. Endorsements: ""Anne Kiome-Gatobu offers a prescient interpretation and courageous response to domestic violence in Kenya. It is astute and informative. It makes a welcome contribution to the important literature necessary for intercultural caregiving in a global world!"" --Larry Kent Graham, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, Iliff School of Theology ""This is one of the best books I have read on female identity development in indigenous contexts. . . . Gatobu theorizes that for the female in Kenya, identity revolves around her role as wife and mother. Hence, the traditional feminist response to survivors of violence to exit the relationship is not effective; rather, a better approach must be geared towards reframing one's identity. This means empowerment through identity mirrored in relationship with God, an approach that integrates the woman's theological and psychological functioning. Though nestled in the Kenyan context, the theory is relevant beyond the Kenyan borders to any community-oriented context. A must-read for those who work with women glocally!"" --Tapiwa N. Mucherera, Professor of Pastoral Counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary About the Contributor(s): Anne Kiome-Gatobu is Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and the Dean of the School of Practical Theology at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. She obtained her PhD in Religion and Psychological Studies from the joint PhD program at the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. A Native of Kenya, she has been involved in counseling and crisis intervention and critical intervention training both in the United States and internationally, working with victims and families of the 1998 US embassy bombing, the Columbine High School shooting, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I?

Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I?

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Pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller outlines the reasons why forgiveness has to be a central part of everyone's lives.

Forgiving anyone in a meaningful way is one of the hardest things a person has to do. If you do not, resentment and vengeance begin to consume you. It is nearly impossible to move past transgression without forgiveness, but few people have the resources and the tools to forgive others fully and move on with their lives. Forgiveness is an essential skill, a moral imperative, and a religious belief that cuts right to the core of what it means to be human. In Forgive, Timothy Keller shows readers why it is so important and how to do it, explaining in detail the steps you need to take in order to move on without sacrificing justice or your humanity.