But it remains ever out of reach, and the effort and anxiety are burning us out. At the heart of our current moment lies a universal yearning, writes David Zahl, not to be happy or respected so much as enough--what religions call "righteous. To fill the void left by religion, purpose, we look to all sorts of everyday activities--from eating and parenting to dating and voting--for the identity, and meaning once provided on Sunday morning.
Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do about It #ad - In our striving, we are chasing a sense of enoughness. Ultimately he brings us to a fresh appreciation for the grace of God in all its countercultural wonder.
Upside-Down SpiritualityBaker Books #ad - He helps readers delight in all of the ways that Jesus turned the world upside-down, allowing us to experience true freedom, not from our weaknesses but in the midst of them. In our age when the church can too often seem like a poor copy of the world, Chad Bird challenges us to reclaim the astounding originality of our ancient, backward faith.
Where the world stresses the importance of success, our relationships, Bird invites readers to embrace nine specific failures in the areas of our personal lives, and the church. Why? because what human wisdom deems indispensable is so often an impediment to our spiritual growth, and what it deems insignificant is so often essential to it.
Upside-Down Spirituality #ad - With compelling examples from the Bible and today, Bird paints an enticing picture of the counterintuitive, countercultural life that God wants for us.
Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners and SaintsMockingbird Ministries, Incorporated #ad - There’s a big difference between judgment and love, obligation and freedom, a wage and a gift. At the heart of christianity lies a similar and related dynamic: between the Law and the Gospel. The difference characterizes an extraordinary amount of our day-to-day experience, often dividing fear from hope, and death from life.
Far from being a reductive or antiquated distinction, understanding where one ends and the other begins allows a person to see both the Bible and themselves—indeed, the whole world!—in a fresh and enlivening way. Written with the non-theologian in mind, this short volume unpacks the good news of God’s grace with practicality, humor, and a whole lot of heart.
On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless HeartsBrazos Press #ad - Augustine spent a lifetime searching for his heart's true home and he can help us find our way. Popular speaker and award-winning author James K. A. What makes augustine a guide worth considering, where rest can be found, " says Smith, "is that he knows where home is, what peace feels like, even if it is sometimes ephemeral and elusive along the way.
Addressing believers and skeptics alike, freedom, parenthood, sex, friendship, covering topics such as ambition, this book shows how Augustine's timeless wisdom speaks to the worries and struggles of contemporary life, and death. As smith vividly and colorfully brings Augustine to life for 21st-century readers, fears, he also offers a fresh articulation of Christianity that speaks to our deepest hungers, and hopes.
Publishers weekly starred reviewnamed one of the top 100 Books and One of the 5 Best Books in Religion for 2019 by Publishers WeeklyThis is not a book about Saint Augustine. In a way, it's a book Augustine has written about each of us. Smith has spent time on the road with Augustine, and he invites us to take this journey too, for this ancient African thinker knows far more about us than we might expect.
On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts #ad - Following smith's successful you are what You Love, this book shows how Augustine can be a pilgrim guide to a spirituality that meets the complicated world we live in. Augustine, asked our questions, says Smith, is the patron saint of restless hearts--a guide who has been there, and knows our frustrations and failed pursuits.
Sculptor Spirit: Models of Sanctification from Spirit ChristologyIVP Academic #ad - The holy Spirit is sculpting you. Like the work of an artist who molds a lump of clay into its intended shape, the Spirit's sanctifying work lies in shaping people into the image of Christ. This understanding then serves as the foundation to articulate five distinct models of sanctification that can help Christians discern how the Spirit is at work in our lives.
Avoiding either a "spirit-only" or a "spirit-void" theology, Leopoldo Sánchez carefully crafts a Spirit Christology, which considers the role of God's Spirit in the life and mission of Jesus.
Pastor in a Secular Age Ministry in a Secular AgeBaker Academic #ad - In faith formation in a secular age, the first book in his Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy, Andrew Root offered an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulated how faith can be formed in our secular age. In the pastor in a secular age, root explores how this secular age has impacted the identity and practice of the pastor, obscuring his or her core vocation: to call and assist others into the experience of ministry.
Using examples of pastors throughout history--from Augustine and Jonathan Edwards to Martin Luther King Jr. And nadia bolz-weber--Root shows how pastors have both perpetuated and responded to our secular age. Root turns to old testament texts and to the theology of Robert Jenson to explain how pastors can regain the important role of attending to people's experiences of divine action, offering a new vision for pastoral ministry today.
Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital BabylonBaker Books #ad - Enter the world of resilient young adult Christians and learn how they are sustaining faith. Prodigals and nomads. Yet what's going right? In fact, signs of hope are springing up all around. Faith for exiles reveals findings from a groundbreaking three-year research study of young Christians whose faith remains resilient even in exile.
In faith for exiles, the author of unchristian and You Lost Me unveils major new Barna research that uncovers what's working--five practices that contribute to resilience. Barna president david kinnaman teams up with former executive director of youth specialties mark matlock to help you:• Make sense of chaotic cultural changes and respond with compassion to the next generation of believers• Recognize the biblical concept of exile as an essential framework for following Christ today• Discover five research-based practices that cultivate faithfulness in digital Babylon• Prepare young Christians to be on mission with Jesus in the world• Empower Jesus followers of all ages to thrive in our current exile.
Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon #ad - Finally, you can find hope in all that God is doing among young disciples today. Caught between culturesin a world where always-connected smart devices and search algorithms educate and entertain, digital Babylon is the new context for discipleship. Church dropouts. It's easy to get discouraged by all that's going wrong when it comes to Christianity and the emerging generation.
Discover what's Working and Find HopeNegative perceptions.
Life Is Impossible: And That's Good NewsMockingbird Ministries Inc #ad - We buckle down, put our noses to the grindstone. And all too often wind up exhausted or burned out. With wisdom, nick lannon casts life's painful realities in the light of Jesus, humor, and compassion, the One who achieves the unachievable. The problem is that life is impossible! fortunately, what sounds like bad news is merely the beginning of the Good News in this concise, gospel-centered book about God's abundant mercy and love.
But the problem isn't that life is difficult. No one ever said life would be easy. Many of us will admit that, at times, life is hard.
How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the ChurchBrazos Press #ad - C. Christopher smith, coauthor of the critically acclaimed and influential Slow Church, addresses why conversation has become such a challenge in the 21st century and argues that it is perhaps the most-needed spiritual practice of our individualistic age. Smith likens practicing conversation to the working of the human body.
. In community, we learn what it means to belong to others and to a story that is bigger than ourselves. Smith shows how church communities can be training hubs where we learn to talk with and listen to one another with kindness and compassion. In today's highly charged social and political environment, we often don't know how to talk well with others--especially with people whose backgrounds differ from our own.
How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church #ad - Likewise, we must learn to converse effectively with those who differ from us in the body of Christ so we can embody Christ together in the world. The book explores how churches can initiate and sustain conversation, offers advice for working through seasons of conflict, suggests spiritual practices and dispositions that can foster conversation, and features stories from several congregations that are learning to practice conversation.
Bodies are wondrous symphonies of diverse, intricate parts striving for our health, and our health suffers when these parts fail to converse effectively.
Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus ChristEerdmans #ad - Advent, says fleming Rutledge, is not for the faint of heart. In this book, with her trademark wit and wisdom, a season celebrating at once Christ’s incarnation and his second coming, Rutledge explores Advent as a time of rich paradoxes, and she masterfully unfolds the ethical and future-oriented significance of Advent for the church.
. As the midnight of the Christian year, the season of Advent is rife with dark, gritty realities.
Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of JesusEerdmans #ad - These studies offer a fresh, adventurous look at all of Jesus' parables, treated according to their major themes. With the same authorial flair and daring insight that have earned him a wide readership, Capon admirably bridges the gap between the biblical world and our own, making clear both the original meaning of the parables and their continuing relevance today.
Wm b eerdmans Publishing Co. Here in one volume is robert farrar capon's widely praised trilogy on Jesus' parables ― The Parables of the Kingdom, The Parables of Grace, and The Parables of Judgment.