The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right

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WaterBrook #ad - It is the vision god set forth in the Garden and the restoration God desires for every broken relationship. Shalom is what the Kingdom of God looks like. It’s when families are healed. Shalom is when all people are treated equitably and have enough. Shalom is the “very good” in the gospel. It’s when churches, schools, and public policies protect human dignity.

The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right #ad - . Peace for a hurting soul. Shalom. Shalom is when the image of God is recognized, protected, and cultivated in every single human. On these pages, the Garden of Eden meets the world we live in. Shane claiborne, activist and author   God once declared everything in the world “very good. Can you imagine it? through careful exploration of the biblical text, particularly the first three chapters of Genesis, Lisa Sharon Harper shows us what “very good” can look like today—in real time.

Shalom is what God declared. Because despite our anxious minds, and despite threats of violence, despite divisions, God’s vision remains: wholeness for a fragmented world.

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Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus

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Civitas Press #ad - Creating missional community down we go is a practitioner’s guide for creating and cultivating missional community. The dream of living out the upside-down ways of Jesus is in our hearts, but many don’t know how to make “what could be” really be. Those desiring something beyond “comfy church” will find inspiration in Kathy’s downwardly mobile journey" - Becky Garrison, author of Jesus Died For This? “Kathy Escobar leads us on a guided tour of the wild ways of Jesus.

I hope to continue to learn from her example for years to come" - Jim Henderson, D. She is one of my favorite leaders. We need to hear how it can work, from people on the margins and practitioners living in the trenches. Used book in Good Condition. We need practical, tangible ideas to make dreams reality. Down we go fleshes out practicing the ways of Jesus in action, personally and through life in community.

Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus #ad - I'm so thankful for kathy escobar, the transForm Network, the Refuge, and everyone who dares to switch directions and become more profane - in the holiest sense of the word. Brian D. Mclaren, author of Naked Spirituality and A New Kind of Christianity. Kathy takes us down into the trenches where ordinary hurting people live and where we too need to live out our faith.

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Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief

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Westminster John Knox Press #ad - Used book in Good Condition. What does it mean to believe in god? can god possibly be almighty in the midst of so much evil and disaster? how am i to understand the meaning of Jesus Christ's ministry and resurrection? To what purpose is the church called? And what does it really mean to follow Christ in today's broken world? Tying together the answers to all of these questions and addressing perplexities such as the possibility of miracles and how to read the Bible, Rowan Williams demonstrates that each of the basic tenets of Christian faith flows from one fundamental belief: that God is completely worthy of our trust.

With vast knowledge of christian history and theology and characteristically elegant prose, Rowan Williams is a superb and compassionate guide through the richness and depth of Christian faith.

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The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It

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HarperOne #ad - HarperOne. As he explores questions progressive evangelical readers of Scripture commonly face yet fear voicing, Enns reveals that they are the very questions that God wants us to consider—the essence of our spiritual study. But the further he studied the bible, the more he found himself confronted by questions that could neither be answered within the rigid framework of his religious instruction or accepted among the conservative evangelical community.

Rejecting the increasingly complicated intellectual games used by conservative Christians to “protect” the Bible, Enns was conflicted. Used book in Good Condition. The controversial bible scholar and author of The Evolution of Adam recounts his transformative spiritual journey in which he discovered a new, more honest way to love and appreciate God’s Word.

The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It #ad - Trained as an evangelical bible scholar, Peter Enns loved the Scriptures and shared his devotion, teaching at Westminster Theological Seminary. Is this what god really requires? how could god’s plan for divine inspiration mean ignoring what is really written in the Bible? These questions eventually cost Enns his job—but they also opened a new spiritual path for him to follow.

The bible tells me so chronicles enns’s spiritual odyssey, how he came to see beyond restrictive doctrine and learned to embrace God’s Word as it is actually written.

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Calling and Clarity: Discovering What God Wants for Your Life

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Eerdmans #ad - HarperOne. The discontinuity between these messages has led to frustration for many. Seeking to ease that frustration with this book, ” “direct calling, Doug Koskela carefully distinguishes between “missional calling, ” and “general calling. Koskela clarifies the relationship between gifts, passions, and vocation even as he offers practical guidance for the process of vocational discernment.

Calling and Clarity: Discovering What God Wants for Your Life #ad - . Young adults often encounter mixed messages about vocation from their families, friends, and churches. On the one hand, they are encouraged to look at their gifts and passions to discern their particular calling; on the other hand, they are told that God may ask something of them that they don’t want to do or aren’t prepared for.

This is a book for those who want to use their time, energy, and abilities faithfully as they move with purpose toward the future. Watch a 2015 interview here: Used book in Good Condition.

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I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

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Convergent Books #ad - Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America's social fabric--from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.

Used book in Good Condition. For readers who have engaged with america's legacy on race through the writing of ta-nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson, middle-class, I'm Still Here is an illuminating look at how white, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, recognize God's ongoing work in the world, inviting the reader to confront apathy, and discover how blackness--if we let it--can save us all.

. Growing up in majority-white schools, austin writes, organizations, and churches, "I had to learn what it means to love blackness, " a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America's racial divide as a writer, speaker and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion. In a time when nearly all institutions schools, churches, businesses claim to value "diversity" in their mission statements, universities, I'm Still Here is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words.

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness #ad - From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. Austin channing brown's first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man.

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The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism

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Zondervan #ad - An acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically--up to the present day--worked against racial justice. Used book in Good Condition. It is a call from a place of love and desire to fight for a more racially unified church that no longer compromises what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality.

Starting today. HarperOne. And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response. The color of compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don't know. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.

The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism #ad - The color of compromise:takes you on a historical, history lovers, book clubs, courageous, non-students, and the strides of today's black lives matter movementReveals the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about meaningful integrationCharts a path forward to replace established patterns and systems of complicity with bold, sociological, students, immediate actionIs a perfect book for pastors and other faith leaders, small group studies, the victories of the Civil Rights era, and religious journey: from America's early colonial days through slavery and the Civil WarCovers the tragedy of Jim Crow laws, and all lifelong learnersThe Color of Compromise is not a call to shame or a platform to blame white evangelical Christians.

Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. A call that challenges black and white Christians alike to standup now and begin implementing the concrete ways Tisby outlines, all for a more equitable and inclusive environment among God's people.

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Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up

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IVP Books #ad - Be silent no more. And you have God's permission to use it. It can be hard to speak up, especially in the ugliness of social media. Used book in Good Condition. Because god created us in our ethnicity and gender, our voice is uniquely expressed through the totality of who we are. You have a voice. Power dynamics keep us silent and marginalized, especially when race, ethnicity, and gender are factors.

And the world will hear you loud and clear. Khang offers insights from faithful heroes who raised their voices for the sake of God's justice, in social media, and she shows how we can do the same today, in organizations, in person, and in the public square. If you have wondered when and how to speak, hear God's invitation to you to find and steward your authentic voice, whether in word or deed, to communicate the good news in a messed-up world.

Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up #ad - We are created to speak, and we can both speak up for ourselves and speak out on behalf of others. HarperOne. In some communities, certain voices are amplified and elevated while others are erased and suppressed. As you discern god's voice calling you to speak, you will discover how your voice sounds as you express God's heart to others.

What can we do about it? Activist Kathy Khang roots our voice and identity in the image of God.

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Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again series_title

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Nelson Books #ad - If the bible isn't a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. Undaunted by the bible's most difficult passages, imagining, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, and debating Scripture's mysteries.

. HarperOne. What she discovered changed her--and it will change you too. Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, and even a short screenplay.

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again series_title #ad - The bible, captivating, breathing, is not a static work but is a living, she discovers, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God's loving and redemptive work in the world. Used book in Good Condition.

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Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God

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Howard Books #ad - In the brief instant sarah bessey realized that her minivan was, clear day of the crash, inevitably, going to hit the car on the highway on the bright, she knew intuitively that it would have life-changing consequences. She writes about her miraculous healing, learning to live with chronic pain, and the ways God makes us whole in the midst of suffering.

Insightful, spirit-filled story of what it means to live with both grief and faith, Miracles and Other Reasonable Things is a wild, profound, and unexpected, suffering and joy, as we wrestle with God. The road of healing leads to rome where she met the Pope it’s complicated and encountered the Holy Spirit in the last place she expected.

But as she navigated the winding path from her life before the accident—as a popular author, but how it shook her deeply rooted faith, and loving wife and mother—to her new life after, inhabiting a body that no longer felt like her own, preacher, she found that the most unexpected result wasn’t the way this shook her body, upending everything she thought she knew and held so dearly.

Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God #ad - Used book in Good Condition. A deeply moving and life-affirming account of wrestling with faith and God and finding miracles in the most unexpected places. HarperOne. She invites us to a path of knowing God that is filled with ordinary miracles, hope in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and other completely reasonable things.

Weaving together theology and memoir in her trademark narrative style, Sarah tells us the story of the moment that changed her body and how it ultimately changed her life.

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Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places

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Paraclete Press #ad - A stunner. Every sentence is a feast for the senses. Rachel held evans when you have an experience and tell the story of that experience to someone, something sacred happens inside of you. And so glory grows from person to person, and community is created around the reality that God is truly in our midst. Used book in Good Condition.

HarperOne. That experience doesn’t have to be an extravagant moment, but it can be beautiful, nonetheless. You build community and remind yourself that every moment of your life counts for something holy, good, and glorious. And once you experience glory, you have words to speak, a prayer to pray, and a story to tell.

Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places #ad - And as you store up all those stories and share them, you grow your world’s boundaries. The search for glory will bring freedom and a fresh perspective to whatever season you happen to find yourself in. Glory happening is a book of stories and prayers that remind you to take a closer look at your everyday circumstances, to find the magical beauty in everyday experiences.

It is an invitation to live deeply into every moment with the expectation that something good will find you at the end of the day.

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