Friday, March 11, 2016
Title: Radical apprentices
Author: Ron Mahler
It’s ironic: Christian faith is “shrinking in areas of the world where it enjoys the most privilege,” asserts Ron Mahler in Radical Apprentices – yet in places where it could result in arrest, maiming, torture or even death, faith in Jesus Christ is increasing. This may be a sobering thought, yet Mahler uses this notion as a springboard for advocating that all Christian believers take bigger and bigger risks in sharing their faith, trusting like the disciples in Acts, that the Lord will provide.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Title: Common Grace
Playwright: Shauna Johannesen
Director: Ron Reed
A Pacific Theatre production
When a family is reunited to mourn the loss of their husband and father, they are forced to confront the conflicts that have kept them apart. The tensions of dealing with grief and scandal in a close-knit family and Christian community erupt in the most common of places: the family kitchen.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Real Christian Fellowship
Author: John Howard Yoder, edited by John C. Nugent, Branson L. Parler, Heather L. Bunce
How do we have meaningful fellowship with others? Today, more people live alone than ever before. We are increasingly distracted by social media, the internet and the entertainment beast that be Netflix.
Friday, November 20, 2015
English Ministry Crisis in Chinese Canadian Churches
Author: Matthew Richard Sheldon Todd
Many bicultural Chinese churches are grappling with the issue of the “silent exodus” of Canadian-born Chinese (CBC). This book from Matthew Todd, based on the survey research for his doctoral thesis, is a great resource for pastors, church leadership and lay leaders. It provides insights on the leading factors affecting those who “drop out” and those who “remain in.”
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Title: The Amish Project
There are some unspeakable tragedies from which we want to hide our faces: 10 Amish school girls shot execution style in a hostage situation by a gunman wanting to molest them while their helpless families gather outside. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. But, don’t close your eyes or you will miss what else is going on.
Friday, November 6, 2015
All the Places to Go: How Will You Know?
Jesus said, “Knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). But as pastor and bestselling author John Ortberg points out in his most recent book, Jesus doesn’t say which door to knock on, how loud we should knock or how long we should keep it up.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
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.
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.
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…
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.
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….
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.”
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.
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.
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…