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Redeeming How We Talk: Discover How Communication Fuels Our Growth, Shapes Our Relationships,  and Changes Our Lives

Redeeming How We Talk: Discover How Communication Fuels Our Growth, Shapes Our Relationships, and Changes Our Lives

by Ken Wytsma and A. J. Swoboda

Discover why words matter in a noisy world Technology has made it easier than ever before to share just about everything: pictures, ideas, even the ups and downs of your morning errand run. Yet all our talking doesn’t seem to be connecting us the way it promised to. That’s because we don’t need to talk more, we need to talk better. … Read more…

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Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World

Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World

by A. J. Swoboda and Matthew Sleeth

Christianity Today 2019 Book Award Winner (Spiritual Formation) and Award of Merit for CT's Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the YearWe live in a 24/7 culture of endless productivity, workaholism, distraction, burnout, and anxiety--a way of life to which we've sadly grown accustomed. This tired system of "life" ultimately destroys our souls, our b… Read more…

The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith

The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith

by A. J. Swoboda

Through every turn of the biblical story, God's people are a wandering people. When they are rescued from slavery in Egypt, God sends them into the desert, where they wander for a generation. Jesus and his disciples wander from town to town. In fact, some of God's most important truths are imparted to people with dusty feet as they travel on the road… Read more…

A Glorious Dark: Finding Hope in the Tension between Belief and Experience

A Glorious Dark: Finding Hope in the Tension between Belief and Experience

by A. J. Swoboda

On Thursday as they ate the Passover meal with Jesus, the disciples believed that the kingdom was coming and they were on the front end of a revolution. Then came the tragedy of Friday and, somehow even worse, the silence of Saturday. They ran. They doubted. They despaired. Yet, within the grave, God's power was still flowing like a mighty river beneath … Read more…

Blood Cries Out

Blood Cries Out

by A. J. Swoboda

John McConnell Jr. was the famed founder and visionary of Earth Day. McConnell's vision was one of creating a day of remembrance, solitude, and action to restore the broken human relationship to the land. Little acknowledged are McConnell's religious convictions or background. McConnell grew up in a Pentecostal home. In fact, McConnell's parents … Read more…

Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis

Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis

by A. J. Swoboda, Daniel L. Brunner, Jennifer L. Butler and Bill McKibben

Today's church finds itself in a new world, one in which climate change and ecological degradation are front-page news. In the eyes of many, the evangelical community has been slow to take up a call to creation care. How do Christians address this issue in a faithful way?This evangelically centered but ecumenically informed introduction to ecological the… Read more…