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Alcohol and the Church: Developing an Effective Ministry

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Margaret Fuad has compiled this excellent resource looking at the role of the church in addressing America's number one drug problem: alcohol. She recapitulates what the Bible says about drinking, noting relevant similarities and differences between biblical and contemporary societies. She also discusses spirituality and alcohol, the difference between alcohol abuse and alcoholism, considerations concerning personal use or nonuse of alcohol, and how to meet the needs of the one out of five persons in our society impacted by alcohol abuse. An appendix contains a study/syllabus and various lists of resources. Churches and other groups concerned about alcohol awareness will find these lists invaluable. 

Price: $12.95

Awesome Wonders: With Study Guide by Gerald Ihle

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AWESOME WONDERS is a 9-week Bible study course with a SCIENCE focus about the awesome world and universe around us that provide evidences for believers of an awesome Creator. “God is great! God is good!” is the theme of this book. Focus is on the credal statement “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord.” The Contents include: (1) Jesus Christ, awesome wonder from heaven; (2) Prayer is awesome; (3) Nature’s wonders; (4) Creatures of land, sea and air; (5) Small is awesome; (6) The human body; (7) The universe; (8) The awesomeness of heaven; and (9) God is awesome. A Study Guide provides provocative discussion questions for groups exploring an appreciation of the observations and discoveries that previous generations were unable to comprehend without modern science and technology.
Price: $15.00

Empowering Congregations: Successful Strategies for 21st Century Leadership

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Why some religious congregations flourish while others straggle along is a question addressed by two well-known ministers, Denton Roberts and Robert Hill in this insightful book. Specific guidelines to help congregations are derived from principles woven together from human development theory, quality management practice and the recovery movement showing congregations how to grow in effectiveness and enjoyment. "Any congregation will benefit from the insights contained in this volume, says Rabbi Michael Zedek of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, adding "I would urge clergy colleagues of every community to avail themselves of this instrument for the renewal of their sacred communities and themselves."

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First Fruits: Stewardship Thoughts and Stories from Around the World

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Christian stewardship should be motivated by gratitude and love for God who has done so much for us, says retired missionary Dr. Paul R. Lindholm. This thesis of love-bound rather than duty-bound stewardship comes from the author's long missionary career in the Orient followed by a lecture series given around the world in stewardship education. By stressing the joy that comes to those who are faithful and unwavering stewards, Dr. Lindholm has encouraged myriads of people to be generous in all that they undertake. Inspirational reading for all, this book can be especially helpful for pastors in preparing sermons, for Sunday school teachers in their training programs and for all church members as they consider their stewardship responsibilities.
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Inclusive Christianity: A Progressive Look at Faith

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Long involved in ministry, Scott Thornton points out that Jesus was inclusive, forgiving and compassionate. Unfortunate many in the Christian community have distorted Jesus' message, preaching rather a faith that is divisive, judgmental and intolerant. Parameters are set that define people as worthy or unworthy, saved or unsaved. In bringing God's radical grace and love to the world, Jesus rebelled against religious or social conventions that judged people as "acceptable" or "unacceptable". Inclusive Christianity reclaims the authentic voice of Jesus, unclouded by prejudices placed on him by others. This compelling and progressive look at faith embraces a life modeled and taught by Jesusa path that will transform you into the person God intended.

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Mandatory Celibacy in the Catholic Church: A Handbook for the Laity

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Although the Vatican has forbidden the clerical hierarchy to discuss optional celibacy and a married priesthood, this prohibition cannot extend to laypeople. Thus Michele Prince, a layperson, has written this book to open up a discussion of a topic much in the news that looks at the theological and historical issues related to mandatory celibacy as well as the social, psychological and health issues that come from celibacy with some thoughts about how changing this obligation is not only possible but would contribute greatly to the health of the Roman Catholic church today.
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Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way

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Faith formation and how to "grow mature Christians" is the goal of this unique Catholic group whose statutes have been recently approved by the Curia. In the past four decades some 20,000 communities worldwide have been formed with a million members, including 1,500 seminarians studying in 50 seminaries around the world. In order to stabilize their role in the Catholic church, the Pope suggested these statutes be drawn up with the hope that they will continue to flourish and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in every corner of our globe.
Price: $16.00

What's the Matter with the Church? A Call to Renewal

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This is a call to church renewal by retired United Methodist minister William Willis who has a Ph.D. in pastoral counseling. He looks at the "matter"--the heart--of the church and challenges those who care about the church to take the demands of their faith seriously as they work out what God wants from the faith community as it worships together, serves together and becomes knit into the Body of Christ here on earth.
Price: $14.95


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