Old Testament prophets confront today’s problems

Friday, August 1, 2014

Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks Walter Brueggemann Eerdmans Publishing As one of the world’s most prolific and significant Old Testament scholars, Walter Brueggemann continues to do…

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Devotions in the temple

Friday, August 1, 2014

Go with the flow: A non-religious approach to your daily time with God Brad Huebert Self-published Brad Huebert’s ebook Go with the Flow: A non-religious approach to you…

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Reconciling the book of nature with Scripture

Friday, August 1, 2014

Title: Four Views on The Historical Adam
Author: Matthew Barrett and Ardel Caneday, eds.
It is easy to become theologically nostalgic about a time when sermons were uncomplicated. There was clearly a “right” or “biblical” view on most things, and that is the only perspective we were taught.

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More than a conversation

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Discerning God’s Will Together: Biblical Interpretation in the Free Church Tradition Ervin R. Stutzman Cascadia Publishing House For a small book, it evoked a rollercoaster of responses. In…

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Too much space in compassionate account

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church
Author: Wendy VanderWal-Gritter
The October 2013 MB study conference on human sexuality highlighted our church’s need for serious engagement on the topic of homosexuality.

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How to be in place

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight J. Friesen InterVarsity Press Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight…

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How the Church Fails Businesspeople (and what can be done about it)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

How the Church Fails Businesspeople (and What Can Be Done About It)
Author: John C. Knapp

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How to Finish the Christian Life: Following Jesus in the Second Half

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

How to Finish the Christian Life: Following Jesus in the Second Half
Authors: Donald W. Sweeting and George Sweeting
There are many fine books written about the beginning of the Christian life, fewer about the middle, and very few about the end. Since following Jesus is a long-distance affair, believers need help for each stage, particularly on how to end well.

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Dream Big

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dream Big
Author: Heather Boersma
This 30-day devotional book teaches how to take practical steps toward big goals. We humans often fail, but author Boersma shows how to deal with resulting feelings and regrets, teaching how to take attainable steps today.

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When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself
Authors: Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
When it comes to helping the poor, most of us have good intentions, but do we ever wonder if what we’re doing is really beneficial? When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert explores biblical principles and real-life situations that help us re-think our strategies for engaging with poverty.

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The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of GodAuthor: Amos YongIn The Bible, Disability, and the Church, Amos Yong presents a well-reasoned and compelling biblical theology of disability. The content is refreshing and challenges our theological understanding of disability.

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Living Into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Living Into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us
Author: Christine D. Pohl
The opportunity to read this book was timely as my church is currently in a process of discerning how to have an impact on the growing immigrant community in the neighbourhood that surrounds our building.

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Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You’re Believing

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You’re Believing
Author: Pete Wilson
“More shiny blather on idolatry from a mega-church pastor with a two-book publishing contract,” I thought when I looked at Empty Promises by Pete Wilson. I follow Wilson on Twitter, so I’ve never seen him string more than a few words together.

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Raising a Modern-Day Princess

Friday, June 1, 2012

Raising a Modern-Day Princess
Authors: Pam Farrel and Doreen Hanna
At first glance, Raising a Modern Day Princess seems to be a Christian version of Toddlers and Tiaras, deceptively encouraging Christian parents to centre their lives on their children, namely their daughters.

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Worship And Mission After Christendom

Friday, June 1, 2012

Worship And Mission After ChristendomAuthors: Alan Kreider and Eleanor KreiderBetween fighting “worship wars,” worrying about “watering down” the gospel, and exploring (or deploring) seeker-targeted services, it’s fair to say issues of worship and mission have dominated the ecclesiological landscape in recent decades.

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