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Teach Us to Pray
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Teach Us to Pray

by Gordon T. Smith

One of the most basic and vital dimensions of the Christian life is the practice of prayer. Frequently our prayers begin with a petition or request, so the content of our prayers is informed by our circumstances. But what if the opposite were true? What if we allowed our prayers to inform our lives? What would our lives be like if prayer altered our living a… Read more…

Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-Given Potential

Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-Given Potential

by Gordon T. Smith

God calls us first to himself, to know and follow him, and also to a specific life purpose, a particular reason for being. This second call or "vocation" has implications not only for our work or occupation, but also includes our giftedness, our weaknesses, our life in community and what we do day to day. In this book Gordon Smith invites you to disc… Read more…

Transforming Conversion: Rethinking the Language and Contours of Christian Initiation

Transforming Conversion: Rethinking the Language and Contours of Christian Initiation

by Gordon T. Smith

This volume offers much-needed theological reflection on the phenomenon of conversion and transformation. Gordon Smith provides a robust evaluation that covers the broad range of thinking about conversion across Christian traditions and addresses global contexts. Smith contends that both in the church and in discussions about contemporary mission, the langua… Read more…

A Holy Meal: The Lord's Supper in the Life of the Church

A Holy Meal: The Lord's Supper in the Life of the Church

by Gordon T. Smith

"This is my body," said Jesus at the Last Supper. What did he mean? Throughout church history, there have been various interpretations of his words. These differences have caused denominational ruptures that have yet to heal.In A Holy Meal, Gordon T. Smith shows that we cannot appreciate the Lord's Supper until we understand it. In light of the… Read more…

Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity

Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity

by Gordon T. Smith

2015 Christianity Today Award of Merit (Spirituality)2014 Best Book of Spirituality—Academic, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore Evangelicals are known for their emphasis on conversion. But what about life after conversion and beyond justification? Desperately needed is a comprehensive theology of the Christian life from beginning to end… Read more…

Spiritual Direction A Guide to Giving and Receiving Direction

Spiritual Direction A Guide to Giving and Receiving Direction

by Gordon T. Smith

We are not alone. God is present with us. And God gives us companions on the journey. A spiritual director is one such companion, offering spiritual guidance to help make sense of the faith journey interpret the significant markers on the road encourage us, particularly through the more difficult transitions and valleys of our … Read more…

Consider Your Calling Six Questions for Discerning Your Vocation

Consider Your Calling Six Questions for Discerning Your Vocation

by Gordon T. Smith

What on earth is God doing? Who are you? What is your stage of life? What are your circumstances? What is the cross you will have to bear? What are you afraid of? We ask these six critical questions—and then we ask them again—at points of transition in our lives. They all lead us to the one core question: What is the good wor… Read more…

Evangelical, Sacramental, and Pentecostal: Why the Church Should Be All Three

Evangelical, Sacramental, and Pentecostal: Why the Church Should Be All Three

by Gordon T. Smith

Evangelical. Sacramental. Pentecostal. Christian communities tend to identify with one of these labels over the other two. Evangelical churches emphasize the importance of Scripture and preaching. Sacramental churches emphasize the importance of the eucharistic table. And pentecostal churches emphasize the immediate presence and power of the Holy Spirit… Read more…

The Voice of Jesus: Discernment, Prayer and the Witness of the Spirit

The Voice of Jesus: Discernment, Prayer and the Witness of the Spirit

by Gordon T. Smith

A Personal Growth Finalist in the 2004 Word Guild Canadian Writing Awards "My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me." Jesus takes it for granted that you will hear his voice. But how do you hear it? How do you separate it out from the cacophony of other voices you hear everyday, including those of your own desires? Is your … Read more…