THE UNNECESSARY PASTOR – MARVA J. DAWN, EUGENE H. PETERSON

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Pastors are strategically placed to counter the culture. No other
profession looks so inoffensive but is in fact so dangerous to the
status quo. Their weapon? A gospel that is profoundly countercultural.
But standing firm in today’s world isn’t easy. Powerful forces, both
subtle and obvious, attempt to domesticate pastors, to make them, in a
word, unnecessary.

In this book, two of today’s most respected authors help pastors
recover their gospel identity and maintain a pure vision of Christian
leadership. Marva Dawn and Eugene Peterson reconnect pastors with the
biblical texts that will train them as countercultural servants of the
gospel. Marva Dawn looks to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians for
instruction for churches seeking to live faithfully in today’s world.
In turn, Eugene Peterson explores Romans, 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus,
drawing from them the correct view of pastoral identity.

THE SKY IS FALLING – ALAN J. ROXBURGH

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Alan Roxburgh’s most radical and powerful insight: having new kinds
of churches with new kinds of leaders is not the point. In the end,
even though we in the church talk and talk (and write and write) about
church, church, church, church … it’s not about the church.



The church exists for something bigger than itself. Understanding
that one thing alone will be worth your expense, time, and effort in
turning this page and reading on–with an open mind and an open heart.

—Taken from foreword and endorsements by Brian McLaren & Tim Keel

Leadership always functions in a given situation or context. How
do we lead today—in our current cultural situation? Finally…here is the
conceptual framework every leader needs to navigate “stuck-ness”
between a past to which we cannot return and a future yet to emerge.

—Todd Hunter, President, Alpha USA Former President, Vineyard Churches USA

If you’re looking for a model of risky practices for your emergent
church … if you want the most effective strategies for reviving a
traditional church … if you seek dependable and reassuring methods
… forget Roxburgh. But if you believe, as I do, that churches today
have encountered profound cultural shifts, that leaders need
conversations across tribal boundaries, and that we need our
imaginations to be immersed in biblical narratives, then this book is
what we need to deepen and guide our discourse.

—Rev. Mark Lau Branson, Ed.D., Homer L. Goddard Associate Professor Ministry of the Laity, Fuller Theological Seminary

The church in North America is in a crisis precipitated by a
revolution in culture. Alan Roxburgh provides a realistic analysis of
this crisis and warns us not to look for easy answers or quick
solutions—the time of transition will be with us longer than we like.
So he does not provide the latest “how-to” manual for successful church
leadership—we have enough of those already! But neither does he get
stuck in “analysis paralysis.” Instead he suggests a way that we might
work together long-term to develop a more faithful engagement of the
church with the mission of God. The Sky Is Falling should stimulate
important conversations and provoke (I hope) some courageous
experiments.

—David G. Dunbar, President, Biblical Theological Seminary

THE ORIGINAL JESUS – N. T. WRIGHT

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This new book, written in a lively, non-technical style by biblical
theologian Tom Wright, is an ideal introduction for anyone approaching
the subject of the “historical Jesus” for the first time.

In The Original Jesus Wright focuses on key stages in Jesus’ life
and on key elements of his teaching. In the process, Wright presents a
vivid reconstruction of what Jesus himself was aiming to achieve and
how the movement he began can best be understood in relation to the
turbulent politics and fervent aspirations of his day. Wright also
looks at the way we interpret the different Gospel narratives about
Jesus, showing how modern readers coming fresh to these texts can do so
in an informed and discriminating way.

Based on rigorous historical research and featuring numerous
full-color illustrations as well as short, clear chapters, The Original
Jesus offers compelling insight into what Jesus really stood for, why
he was crucified, and how it was that his followers came to regard him
as nothing less than the human face of God.

THE LORD AND HIS PRAYER – N. T. WRIGHT

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Taking the Lord’s Prayer clause by clause, Wright locates this
prayer within the historical life and work of Jesus and allows the
prayer’s devotional application to grow out of its historical context.
The Lord and His Prayer will stimulate and refresh the heart and mind
of any reader.

THE CONTINUING CONVERSION OF THE CHURCH – DARRELL L. GUDER

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In Part 1 Guder explores how, under the influence of reductionism
and individualism, the church has historically moved away from a
biblical theology of evangelism. Part 2 presents contemporary
challenges to the church’s evangelical ministry, especially those
challenges that illustrate the church’s need for continuing conversion.
Part 3 discusses what a truly missional theology would mean for the
church, including sweeping changes in its institutional structures and
practices.

Written for teachers, church leaders, and students of evangelism,
this volume is vital reading for everyone engaged in mission work

STUKKIES VAN DIE HEMEL OP AARDE – DIRKIE SMIT

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Soos die skrywer in een van die stukke sê: “Die geheim van
menswees is om genade in die gewone te gewaar, verrukking in die
vanselfsprekende. Om grootsheid in die kleine, majesteit in die
eenvoudige, vreugde in die vertroude te leer vind, ja, om God in ons
naaste raak te sien, naby ons, onder ons.”