At the age of eleven, I started to go to the library, where I taught myself to read from beginners’ books. It was then that I realized what God truly wanted from me. He wanted me to be able to read the Bible (His Word) and carry a message of hope, love, and peace to as many as possible. I was to tell about the Savior Jesus Christ who came, died on a cross, and was resurrected for the sins of all people.
I want the world to know “Jesus, perfect and forever.” Without the direction of the Lord, this book would never have been possible. All of the glory goes to Him. Remember to go forward with bold confidence and take what Jesus is waiting to give you: peace, love, joy, and eternal life.
—Dr. Tara Phelps-Jones, associate pastor, O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly, O’Fallon, Illinois
Marriage is a beautiful blessing when husband and wife remain under God’s umbrella of wisdom and guidance. He holds answers to every challenge, healing for every hurt, provision for every need, and is the source for every joy. God’s Wisdom® for Your Marriage has been created to emphasize togetherness—not just with each other, but with Him—in all aspects of your relationship. Topics such as God’s Plan, God’s Guidance, God’s Provision, and more, highlight the importance of caring and sharing together as an absolute way of life so your marriage will remain steadfast for a lifetime.
Anson Shupe is a sociologist who has studied extensively the problem of clergy (priests, ministers, rabbis, gurus) who take advantage sexually or financially of members of their churches and groups-from televangelists like Jim Bakker or Robert Tilton to the infamous Father James Porter who sexually molested at least 200 children. Shupe's focus is not on the psychological motives of these miscreants, but rather on the reaction to their actions by the perpetrators themselves, by the organizations, and by the victims.
Writing from twenty-five years of experience in four congregations of differing size, location, and ethnic makeup, Robinson prescribes concrete changes in the practice of ministry that have been tried, tested, and lived out to great success. At the heart of his framework for church renewal is what he calls "cultural change." According to Robinson, technical or programmatic change is not sufficient to address the needs of the day. He argues for changing the very culture of mainline congregations, which involves recognizing and fostering their particular gifts and genius rather than trying to remake them into something they are not. His fruitful strategies for renewal touch every aspect of congregational life, from personal spiritual formation to church leadership.
Johnson begins by relating several stories of both laypersons and clergy who have experienced God's call. He does so in order to underscore two significant points: God is still calling believers today, just as he did in earlier times, and God's empowering call extends to clergy and laity alike. In the rest of the book Johnson explores various aspects of the call, offering spiritually wise observations on how best to discern and respond to the voice of God.
Although Hearing God's Call is about a serious spiritual subject, Johnson never discusses it in a vague or nebulous fashion but always anchors it in instructive particulars. He uses numerous relevant anecdotes to illustrate his principal points, and he provides a thoughtful series of discernment exercises at the end of each chapter. The book concludes with an appendix that examines prominent biblical figures who experienced God's call, including Peter, Paul, John the Baptist, and Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Filled with rich spiritual insights, many inspirational stories, and much practical advice, this book will help anyone seeking to hear God's call with greater clarity and act on it with greater conviction.
The Cost of Moral Leadership probes the spirituality of this modern Christian martyr and shows how his spiritual life formed him into an exceptional moral leader in a period known for grievous immorality. Geffrey Kelly and F. Burton Nelson explore Bonhoeffer's spirituality in the context of his life story, his work for social justice, his Christocentric theology, his emphasis on discipleship, his preaching, and his prolific writing.