A taste of church planting

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Nomadic Faith
Author: Paul Dixon
We Christians are quite good at describing what we’re against, but often grow rather silent when asked to describe what we are for. Paul Dixon’s Nomadic Faith doesn’t just take the easy road and decry what is unhealthy with modern attempts at church. Instead, he attempts to reorient the church through immersion into a life of church planting and discipleship actively led by the Holy Spirit.

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Human/divine dilemma in church and culture

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Title: Christ at the Crux: The Mediation of God and Creation in Christological Perspective
Author: Paul Cumin
“How can theology say that God is other than the universe and also present within it?” Pemberton (B.C.) Community Church pastor Paul Cumin opens Christ at the Crux with this question. Mediation – the way Christ is somehow both divine and human – is a crucial mystery at the heart of the Christian faith and Cumin’s book.

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Desire for intimacy at heart of Song of Songs

Thursday, October 1, 2015

When Christina Bucher teaches Song of Songs, her students at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College always ask: “Is this couple married? How far do they go sexually?” But the author…

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What’s your style?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Spirituality with Clothes On
Author: Gareth Brandt
We all approach life from a particular point of view, shaped by our upbringing, social standing, personality, etc. In Spirituality with Clothes On: Examining What Makes Us Who We Are, Gareth Brandt considers how this apply to our spirituality.

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Interpersonal conflict among early church leaders?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

James and Paul: The Politics of Identity at the Turn of the Ages
Author: V. George Shillington
The work of a thoughtful, experienced teacher, James and Paul leads readers through the pages of the New Testament towards a deeper understanding of the interpersonal relationships and self-understanding of the early community of Christ….

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The church needs theology more than ever

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Title: The Work of Theology
Author: Stanley Hauerwas
Stanley Hauerwas is retiring… well, kind of. Actually, it turns out that retirement is a non-biblical concept that demonstrates that “we now live in a culture that believes we have no stake in developing people of wisdom and memory.”

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Raising your leadership game

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Teams that Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership
Ryan T. Hartwig and Warren Bird
Teams that Thrive is a beacon of hope for anyone on a senior church leadership team disillusioned by bad experiences of teamwork, and a challenge to teams that have serious untapped potential.

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Cancer story steeped in wit and faith

Friday, July 10, 2015

Title: What I Learned from Cancer
Author: Dennis Maione
Dennis Maione is only 27 years old, a year into his marriage, when he notices signs of what turns out to be rectal cancer. He experiences the stages of denial and acceptance that cancer patients typically encounter as they chart new waters of waiting, treatment and recovery.

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Deep and wide: manual for mission from everywhere to everywhere

Thursday, July 9, 2015

“It’s a new day in global mission,” says Victor Wiens, mission capacity building coordinator for MB Mission. “There’s a whole new pool of workers from the Global South…

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Glimmer of redemption as Hal Wiens returns

Thursday, July 2, 2015

title: Come Back
author: Rudy Wiebe
Rudy Wiebe’s latest novel Come Back is a gripping memoir of grief. Wiebe comes full circle in his more than half-century of literary production, returning to one of his first (minor) characters, and elevating him to a central role.

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Cultural embrace and cultural resistance

Monday, June 22, 2015

Title: California Mennonites
Author: Brian Froese
California Mennonites is an engaging story of both cultural embrace and cultural resistance – Mennonite style. Brian Froese, associate professor of history at CMU, has completely reworked his doctoral dissertation in this book, narrating the Mennonite experience in California from the gold-rush days of the “Forty-Niners” to 1975.

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How to turn an electric toy to evangelistic tool

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Title: A Field Guide for Everyday Mission: 30 days and 101 ways to demonstrate the gospel
Author: Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts Jr.
“Build short fences…” – or, in my case, lend out your hedge trimmer. We’ve all heard that we should view our workplaces, neighbourhoods and families as a mission field, but Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts, Jr., go beyond the “what” to articulate the “how.”

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Disagreement as recipe for peace

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Title: Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians
Author: John Paul Lederach
Some church attenders once asked peace worker John Paul Lederach when the Mennonites and their academics would stop fussing so much about peace issues and get on with the gospel. Lederach’s answer? “Reconciliation is the gospel.”

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The word became French

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Confession of Faith: Commentary and pastoral application is now available in French. / La confession de foi: Commentaire et l’application pastorale est maintenant disponible en français.

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Healthy church is like mixed salad

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Fellowship of Differents
author: Scot McKnight
If you were to ask 100 people, “What is the church supposed to look like?” you might get an astonishing variety of answers. Despite their cultural and ecclesiological variety, however, these answers ought all to be shaped by the Bible – specifically the teachings of Jesus and Paul.

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