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Writing for Life and Ministry: A Practical Guide to the Writing Process for Teachers and Preachers

Writing for Life and Ministry: A Practical Guide to the Writing Process for Teachers and Preachers

by Brandon J O'Brien

Is Your Biggest Ministry Obstacle Writer’s Block?As an active member in ministry, writing is usually inevitable. Perhaps you approach these opportunities with excitement—or maybe you procrastinate to avoid the task altogether, your pages remaining forever blank. No matter how you feel about writing, approaching a project can be overwhelming. … Read more…

Not From Around Here: What Unites Us, What Divides Us, and How We Can Move Forward

Not From Around Here: What Unites Us, What Divides Us, and How We Can Move Forward

by Brandon J O'Brien and Brandon O'Brien

Tidy categories may suit the media, but people are more complex up close.News outlets, historians, and sociologists can (and do) tell us all about the statistics, but they don’t (and can’t) tell us about what it’s really like in a given place—how the squish of creek water between your toes or the crunch of autumn leaves on a city … Read more…

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Not From Around Here: What Unites Us, What Divides Us, and How We Can Move Forward
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Not From Around Here: What Unites Us, What Divides Us, and How We Can Move Forward

by Brandon J O'Brien

Narrated by O'Brien, Brandon J.

Brandon O’Brien writes about his life growing up in rural America, young adulthood in the suburbs, and midlife in Manhattan. Through personal stories, humor, and reflection he looks at how the place we grow up shapes our lives, beliefs, and faith.… Read more…

Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?
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Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?

by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J O'Brien

Narrated by Richards, E. Randolph

The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or was he? Randolph Richards and Brandon O'Brien explore the complicated persona and teachings of the… Read more…

Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?

Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?

by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J O'Brien

The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or was he? Randolph Richards and Brandon O'Brien explore the complicated person… Read more…

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible

by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J O'Brien

Over 100,000 Copies Sold Worldwide! ECPA Bronze Sales Award Bookwi.se's Favorite Books of the Year What was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text. For example:… Read more…

The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective

The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective

by Brandon J. O'Brien and Brandon J O'Brien

Brandon O'Brien helps pastors and church leaders understand that a smaller church is sometimes better than a big one. He demonstrates the strengths of small congregations, including that today's church "shoppers" want services that are local, personal, and intimate. Also, small churches provide space to nurture close relationships across ag… Read more…