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Divine Commodity

Divine Commodity

by Skye Jethani

The challenge facing Christianity today is not a lack of motivation or resources, but a failure of imagination.A growing number of people are disturbed by the values exhibited by the contemporary church. Worship has become entertainment, the church has become a shopping mall, and God has become a consumable product. Many sense that something is wrong, but th… Read more…

Church on the Couch

Church on the Couch

by Elaine Martens Hamilton and Pete Scazzero

Though most church leaders crave authenticity in their congregations, most also know it is an elusive goal. People by nature are self-protective. And although the gospel message that we are all sinners saved by grace ought to make people more real, the truth is many of our churches are plagued by fakeness. This inauthenticity hinders spiritual and emotional … Read more…

Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary
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Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary

by Lee Strobel, Adam Black and Adam Black

Who Are Unchurched Harry and Mary? He or she could be the neighbor who is perfectly happy without God. Or the coworker who scoffs at Christianity. Or the supervisor who uses Jesus’ name only as profanity. Or the family member who can’t understand why religion is so important. Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary isn’t a book of theory. It’s a… Read more…

City on a Hill: Reclaiming the Biblical Pattern for the Church

City on a Hill: Reclaiming the Biblical Pattern for the Church

by Philip Graham Ryken

We are now living in post-Christian times, when Christianity no longer is the prevailing influence on the mind and heart of our culture. But we cannot compromise. More than ever before, it is imperative that Christians understand and embrace the biblical pattern for the church. Philip Graham Ryken knows that the changing face of America makes the need fo… Read more…

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Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life

Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life

by Rowan Williams

Basic instruction in Christian discipleship from one of the world’s greatest living theologians    “Discipleship,” says Rowan Williams in this companion to his best-selling Being Christian, “is a state of being. Discipleship is about how we live; not just the decisions we make, not just the things we believe, but a state of … Read more…

Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What Got You Here Won't Get You There

Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What Got You Here Won't Get You There

by Gary L. McIntosh

All local churches experience a predictable life cycle of growth and decline. But if a church is on a downward trend, how can it turn around? Taking Your Church to the Next Level explains the impact of age and size on churches and outlines the improvements that must be made at each point for a church to remain fruitful and faithful to its mission. McIntosh d… Read more…

Gather God's People

Gather God's People

by Bob Kauflin, Brian Croft and Jason Adkins

“God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). The Bible tells us that we are to worship the Lord, that we were created for this purpose. But what is true worship? What does the Bible teach about the right—and the wrong—ways to worship God? In this book, pastors Brian Croft and Jason Adkins unpac… Read more…

The Compelling Community: Where God's Power Makes a Church Attractive

The Compelling Community: Where God's Power Makes a Church Attractive

by Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop

What does a community that testifies to God's power look like? God’s people are called to a togetherness and commitment that transcends all natural boundaries—whether ethnic, generational, or economic. But such a community can be enjoyed only when it relies on the power of God in the gospel. In The Compelling Community, pastors Mark Dever and Jamie … Read more…

Walking the Small Group Tightrope

Walking the Small Group Tightrope

by Bill Donahue and Russ G. Robinson

Six Ways to Improve Your Balance as a Group LeaderLeading a successful small group is like walking a tightrope. You traverse a taut, exciting line, balancing the dynamic tensions characteristic of every group. Drawing from the concept of “polarity management,” Bill Donahue and Russ Robinson help you understand and deal with six dynamic areas every group … Read more…

Budgeting for a Healthy Church

Budgeting for a Healthy Church

by Jamie Dunlop and Tim Challies

Many pastors conceive of the church budget as primarily a financial tool, but in fact it is primarily a pastoral tool. A church's philosophy of ministry is locked into its budget, and so the budget will either stifle or accelerate any attempts to move a congregation toward a biblical model of church health. As such, the church budget is a far more potent… Read more…

Privilege the Text!: A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching

Privilege the Text!: A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching

by Abraham Kuruvilla

Privilege the Text! spans the conceptual gap between biblical text and life application by providing a rigorous theological hermeneutic for preaching. Kuruvilla describes the theological entity that is the intermediary between ancient text and modern audience, and defines its crucial function in determining valid application. Based on this hermeneutic, h… Read more…

Jesus Never Said to Plant Churches: And other things they never told me about church planting

Jesus Never Said to Plant Churches: And other things they never told me about church planting

by Trinity Jordan

Church planting is hard. Very hard. No, extremely hard. But no one ever told that to Trinity Jordan when he and his wife set out to plant Elevation Church fifteen miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah. What started with three families and a dog named Carson meeting in a house has now grown into multiple house churches and two public gathering locations, with m… Read more…


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