Dennis Hollinger argues that there is indeed a God-given meaning to sex. This meaning, found in the Christian worldview, provides a framework for a biblical sexual ethic that adequately addresses the many contemporary moral issues. The Meaning of Sex provides a good balance between accessible theology and engaging discussion of the practical issues Christians are facing, including premarital sex, sex within marriage, homosexuality, reproductive technologies, and faithful living in a sex-obsessed world.
Jesus’s call to "Follow Me" was not just an invitation to faith; it was a prescription for living well. Walking through the seven "Follow Me" statements in the Gospel of Matthew, author Josh Moody explores Jesus’s teachings of hope, life, truth, freedom, humility, greatness, and glory in 7 Days to Change Your Life. In each statement and with each teaching, Jesus gets closer to Calvary and closer to the cross, and you get closer to finding a focus for your life—no matter how hectic it may be.
Although following Jesus is not a new concept to believers, following Jesus completely becomes difficult when life moves faster and faster. Organized to be read a chapter a day, Josh meets you in your busy, hectic schedule and reveals a biblical plan to revitalize your life in as little as seven days.
“Wonderfully accessible and culturally relatable, the book is destined to draw believers young and old to a fuller and ever-flourishing relationship with the King of Kings. A must read!” ~ Harold B. Smith, President and CEO, Christianity Today
“I am confident that readers will find real guidance and genuine enablement in the pages of this thoughtful and readable volume. It is joy for me to commend this new work.” ~ David S. Dockery, President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“At the risk of sounding simplistic he tells us that the way to start again or to experience a revitalization is to change your mind about what you’ve been doing and rethink where you’re wanting to go. But here’s the point - this change of mind is linked to Jesus and the revitalized life is called ‘Following Jesus.’” ~ Stuart Briscoe, Speaker, Author, Broadcaster on “Telling the Truth”
“The biggest need in the church today is for more disciples. Not hipper preachers, or dazzling worship, or even stunning sanctuaries. The biggest need is for more believers to follow after Jesus and become authentic disciples. Josh Moody has provided a great service to the church in that pursuit with 7 Days to Change Your Life. Absorb its contents, meditate on its message and learn more exactly how to leave your past behind and experience a future walk that is life-changing.” ~ J. Paul Nyquist, President, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
“Pastor Josh Moody’s new book, 7 Days to Change Your Life, could do just that. Its relentless focus on what it means to follow Jesus is the right prescription for all such readers. In fact, seven days with this book will be life-changing for any and all who are willing to embrace its godly counsel.” ~ Duane Litfin, President Emeritus of Wheaton College
“In 7 Days to Change Your Life, Josh Moody makes a bold promise of life change... and delivers it. Josh invites us to follow Jesus as the disciples he has called us to be. In this accessible volume, you’ll be able to jump in quickly but still come out changed.” ~ Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguish Chair, Wheaton College
“This rich seven day curriculum brings to sharp focus and creative application that transformational discipleship so necessary for both the individual believer and the corporate church body.” ~ David Bruce, Executive Assistant to Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
“Are you weary in your walk with the Lord? Has it become routine, mundane, joyless? In this book, you will find a challenge to start again – a 7 day plan that is guaranteed to renew, refresh and redirect your relationship with the Savior. If you are ready to respond when Jesus says, ‘Follow Me,” then open the pages of this book and get ready for the journey of a lifetime!” ~ Janet Parshall, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host
“Josh Moody creatively and compellingly makes the case that following Christ is the heart of discipleship. From biblical texts and themes, and from his own experience he guides us to new depths of understanding and faithful motivation as followers of Jesus in every-day life.” ~ Dennis P. Hollinger, Ph.D., President & Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
“As Christians, we too often separate our activities – such as sharing the gospel, doing justice and caring for others from our inner spiritual journey. By focusing on virtues such as hope, humility and truth, Josh Moody bridges this gap. He encourages us to be contemplative activists, having both deep roots and wide branches.” ~ Alec Hill, President Emeritus InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
“Josh Moody is a Biblical scholar and a pastor who loves the people he serves. In his book, he uses the structure of a 7-day week to provide an insightful and thoughtful understanding of our role as disciples of Christ. In so doing, he reminds us of the importance of knowing the Jesus we serve, understanding the depth of His love for us, and experiencing the reality of having a relationship with Him for now and eternity. When the week is over, the reader will have a new and refreshed understanding of their Lord and Savior.” ~ C. William Pollard, Chairman, Fairwyn Investment Company
“Taking his point of departure from Jesus’ seven “Follow me!” statements in Matthew’s Gospel, Josh Moody beckons you to follow him on a 7-day journey to revitalize your life – a time to reflect, refocus, and be refreshed spiritually. Highly recommended!” ~ Andreas Kostenberger, Author of Excellence, Founder of Biblical Foundations™ (www.biblicalfoundations.org), and Ministry Council Member of The God-Centered Life
“Pastor Josh Moody creatively weaves together themes from several key NT texts to exhort and encourage Christians to pursue a God-honoring, Christ-exalting lifestyle.” ~ Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; Chair, Committee on Bible Translation
“We forget so easily who we are as Christians and what we are called to do. Moody reminds us afresh what it means to be a follower of Jesus. In a profound and yet simple way we are addressed anew by Jesus Christ himself as Moody unpacks the call to discipleship.” ~ Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“I love the idea of a seven-day personal revival and recommitment of what it means to truly follow Jesus! Josh Moody is going against the tide of endless technology and communication by challenging us to turn off our phones and TVs at home and to ponder God's Word, grow in grace and truth, and walk in the footsteps of our Savior.” ~ Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher for LifeWay Christian Resources, author of This Is Our Time, Gospel-Centered Teaching, and Counterfeit Gospels
“Josh Moody offers the church a great gift in this engaging and timely call to radical Christian discipleship. Filled with biblical insight and pastoral wisdom, 7 Days to Change Your Life provides a clear and Christ-centered roadmap to the abundant life. If we desire to follow Jesus in the midst of our current cultural pressures, we cannot afford to ignore his appeal.” ~ David Setran, Price-Lebar Chair of Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College
“Josh Moody provides a unique look at what it means to follow Jesus, using thoughtful illustrations from a wide historical and cultural spectrum. In Seven Days to Change Your Life, new believers will acquire a deeper understanding of true discipleship, and seasoned saints will find fresh zeal to persevere.” ~ Lydia Brownback, author, Finding God in My Loneliness and A Woman’s Wisdom
“A mine of biblical wisdom interwoven with pastoral experience and theological insightfulness to refocus our journey on a God-centered life.” ~ Leonardo De Chirico, Pastor and theologian, Rome (Italy), director of the Reformanda Initiative
“This wonderful Bible-centred book is a fabulous example of how to follow Jesus as God's Word shows us, showing how its clear teaching transforms our lives in a profoundly practical and entirely life-changing way.” ~ Christopher Catherwood, Historian, Writer, and Author of Martyn Lloyd-Jones: His Life and Relevance for the 21st Century
“7 Days to Change Your Life by Josh Moody is a rich devotional book written by a theologian pastor who is gospel-centered, culturally-savvy and discipleship-driven. This devotional book is not a surface light-read for the casual fan of Jesus, but a thorough exposition of the call to follow Jesus. Read this book and be informed, enriched and transformed.” ~ Jim Tomberlin, Author, Founder of MultiSite Solutions
"Dr. Josh Moody provides a much-needed devotional guide in this day and age for a world which desperately craves and needs spiritual guidance but may not know it. Beautifully written like a parable, this helpful book, structured around the number 7 (the 7 days of Creation, Jesus's 7 signs, his 7 'follow me' and 'I Am' statements, the 7 Churches of Revelation)...refocuses the attention on what is most important.” ~ Allen Yeh, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies & Missiology, Biola
“There is a lot of confusion in the evangelical church about what it truly means to follow Jesus. Many Christians talk about the call to discipleship, but in the midst of our busy lives many of us fail to consider what the Bible says about this call. So turn away from distractions and let Josh Moody help you see anew what John’s Gospel and Revelation teach us about this simple call and lifelong challenge. You will benefit tremendously from this renewed vision of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.” ~ Chris Bruno, author, The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words; The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses
“Josh Moody is a pastor, a scholar, and, above all, one who wants to love and follow Jesus Christ. With this book, he guides us on a journey that stirs, refreshes, and challenges. I believe you will find this book to be thoughtful, encouraging, insightful, and penetrating. No matter where you are on the path of knowing Jesus Christ, this will be a beneficial tool.” ~ Curtis Cook, Pastor of Hope Fellowship Church, Cambridge, MA
In Singled Out, they reflect on their experience--and that of an increasing number of Christians. Rejecting overly simplistic messages from the church about "waiting for marriage," they explore a deeper understanding of celibacy that affirms singles' decision to be sexually pure, acknowledges their struggles, and recognizes their importance in the church community.
Thoughtful and accessible, Singled Out is an invaluable voice of realistic encouragement for any single as well as an important tool for church leaders and others concerned with mission and ministry for singles.
The gift of human sexuality allows us to choose, or not to choose, to participate in one form of God's creation. This book presents the understanding of human sexuality that divine revelation offers us. It is intended primarily for Christian adults who wish to know not only what kinds of sexual behavior are right or wrong but also why such behavior is right or wrong for those who seek to follow Christ.
This expanded version of The Christian Meaning of Human Sexuality includes a work on the theology of natural family planning that was unfinished at the time of the author's death. Father Paul Quay considered the matter in the light of faith and not simply on the natural level, which was his approach to the study of human sexuality in general.
Understanding sexuality as part of the Christian mystery is offered us through the Scriptures and the living Tradition of the Church. Father Quay uses both to show what sexuality means in Christian terms. His insightful descriptions of the complementarity of male and female, a complementarity that is psychological, spiritual, and physical, are exceptionally illuminating. He explains the Bible's frequent use of the symbolism of marriage and sexuality to reveal the relationship between God and his people and the relationship of spouses to one another. He also reflects on the natural symbolism of the human body and of spousal communion.
We live in a world that loves it without understanding it. This book clearly explains the truth about sex and winsomely responds to society’s evolving views on human sexuality and gender.
From marriage to birth control, homosexuality to singleness, What is the Meaning of Sex? sets forth a distinctly Christian perspective, equipping you to engage our confused culture with a God-glorifying vision of human sexuality.
Richard W. McCarty offers a compassionate and inclusive conception of sexual virtue, one that liberates Christians from traditional patriarchal requirements for heterosexuality, marriage, and procreation. Daring to depart from ongoing debates about what Aristotle or Aquinas had to say, this book sets a new course centered on virtue ethics. It employs new insights from the sciences, biblical scholarship, analyses of church traditions, and revisionist natural law thinking. Eschewing simple deconstruction of traditional Christian norms for sexual morality, McCarty offers constructive ideas about what might count as real human goods for people in a wide variety of sexual relationships. Recreation, relational intimacy, and selective acts of procreation are three ends of sexual virtue that promote human happiness and can be appreciated in a broad Christian framework. While primarily referencing the Roman Catholic intellectual tradition, McCarty’s work is also vital and accessible to those from Protestant backgrounds. Addressed to LGBT and straight readers, Sexual Virtue provides a compassionate sexual ethics for our time.
Between Jerusalem and Athens offers a compelling answer to this question. It shows students and practitioners who struggle with this issue how they can authentically integrate faith and practice by considering the central, life-shaping theme of biblical Christian ethics: the Reign of God.
Part 1 proposes that a distinct cultural ethic based on the central theme of the Reign of God be the context of therapy. Part 2 explores how the church can be a community of ethical reflection and healing. Part 3 discusses the therapist's character and a model for developing character that reflects the Reign of God.
Theological reflection as presented in this book was developed to support a program of theological education called Education for Ministry (EFM). Its roots are both biblical and traditional, presenting those engaged in theology with the educational context for theological reflection as it has been developed by EFM over more than twenty-five years. It provides a way of learning theology so that participants can develop harmony between life's experience, the world, and the Christian faith.
Chapters under Part I: Theological Reflection: Historical, Philosophical, and Theological Context are Theological Reflection: What It Is and Why," *The Work of Theological Reflection - Background, - *Theological Reflection - Whose Domain? - *Theological Reflection and the People of God, - *The Rose of Theological Reflection, - and *Theological Reflection: Rationalize or Relational? - Chapters under Part II: Theological Reflection - The Educational Context are *Theological Reflection: Education in Depth, - *Theological Reflection and Educational Methods, - *Theological Reflection: An Educational Adventure, - and *Theological Reflection and the Seminar. - Chapters under Part III: Theological Reflection: Methodology, Leadership, and Consequences are *Sources for Theological Reflection, - *Methods and Techniques, - *Asking Theological Questions, - *Guiding Theological Reflections, - *The Ethics of Theological Reflection, - and *Reflection: The Creation of Power in the Information Age. -
Edward O. de Barry, StD, is director of the Education for Ministry Program of the School of Theology at The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee."
Through her extensive experience in ministering to gay and lesbian Christians, Wendy VanderWal-Gritter has come to believe we need a new paradigm for how the church engages those in the sexual minority. She encourages generous spaciousness, a hope-filled, relational way forward for those in turmoil regarding a response to gay and lesbian Christians. This book offers a framework for discussing diversity in a gracious way, showing that the church can be a place that welcomes a variety of perspectives on the complex matter of human sexuality. It also offers practical advice for implementing generous spaciousness in churches and organizations.