Sacred Pauses

Sacred Pauses

In a fast-paced world full of distractions, spiritual practice can help us become more centered-more in touch with ourselves and others, more in touch with the world around us, more in touch with God. Sacred Pauses is an introduction to this more centered way of life. The author, a pastor in British Columbia, begins with her own longing for personal renewal. What would it take to feel renewed every day? Instead of waiting for a vacation to smooth out the tensions of life, instead of waiting until the end of the week to shed our weariness, what if we could take time out every day? Live a renewed life every day? Be refreshed by God every day? Sacred Pauses offers simple ways for readers to do just that. Each chapter explores a different spiritual practice-from the classic disciplines of Scripture reading and prayer to other creative approaches such as paying attention, making music, and having fun. With plenty of stories from real life and ideas to try, this book is personal and practical. Its flexible format is appropriate for personal use or in a group, every day or any time.

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The Modern Magnificat

The Modern Magnificat

For many women, the call to ministry is particularly challenging. Those of us raised in the Baptist tradition were often taught that God simply doesn’t call women-but only men-to the ministry. And yet, the Spirit continues blowing where she will, dancing around both women and men, inviting all to join in service. What is a woman to do when she hears that call? How is she to remain faithful to what she was taught, while remaining faithful to the voice of God? This book is an attempt to chronicle the journey of calling. In its pages, you will find the stories of twenty-three Baptist women who heard God’s call. These women are from a variety of backgrounds, spanning Baptist life. You will find Southern Baptists, Cooperative Baptists, American Baptists, Missionary Baptists, Alliance of Baptists, and others. There are women who are committed to being life-long Baptists. There are women who find their identity in the Baptist church, but have found places of service among the Disciples of Christ, United Methodists, and Mennonites. There are women who are not sure if they will be able to remain Baptist.

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That Holy Anarchist

That Holy Anarchist

In That Holy Anarchist, Mark Van Steenwyk explores the relationship between Christianity and anarchism. The name of Jesus is invoked by those in power as well as those resisting that power. What were the politics of Jesus and how can they continue to inform us as we struggle for justice?

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Widening the Circle

Widening the Circle

In the last half-century, a growing number of North Americans have been smitten with an Anabaptist-Mennonite vision of church and mission. Often coming from outside the Mennonite mainstream, they’ve formed communities with others of like mind and sought to live out their radical faith. Some of the latest expressions link to the New Monasticism or other emerging movements. But in the process, they often bump up against the institutional church that has housed the radical vision for generations.

The stories and reflections offered in Widening the Circle explore that creative tension. The result is a rich showcase of Jesus-centered discipleship-windows into what the future church can look like.

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Meditations on the Beatitudes

Meditations on the Beatitudes

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What does it mean to be meek? To hunger and thirst after righteousness? The author draws on poignant stories from his years of experience in Latin America to bring alive each beatitude and invite readers to glean fresh insights regarding the Beatitudes’ meaning.

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The Missio Dei Breviary

The Missio Dei Breviary

The Missio Dei Breviary is a simple, accessible book of morning and evening prayers. It reflects a commitment to a missional, incarnational way of life with a counter-cultural vibe. The Missio Dei Breviary draws primarily from the Anabaptist tradition, but is also inspired by Benedictine, Franciscan, and Eastern Orthodox spiritualities. It offers a 28-day repeating cycle of morning and evening prayers that draw from all four gospels.

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Banned Questions About Jesus

Banned Questions About Jesus

Real questions, real responses. Examine questions and answers about Jesus that many of us were afraid to ask. Some of the questions discussed in this book include: Why did Jesus have to suffer so much before he died? Or did he have to? What happened during the “missing years” of Jesus’ life unaccounted for in the Bible? Does it really matter if Jesus was born to a virgin or not? What if Mary wasnt a virgin, or if Joseph (or someone else) was the father? The Bible says that Jesus had siblings. Does that mean that there are people alive today who are from his familys bloodline? Where are they? Who are they?

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Forming Christian Habits in Post-Christendom

Forming Christian Habits in Post-Christendom

Alan and Eleanor Kreider have been teaching and writing about mission, community, and worship from an Anabaptist perspective for almost four decades. While most of this ministry took place in the UK and North America, their influence spread to continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and beyond. The contributors to this volume-all affected in some way by the Kreiders’ ministry-are a global multivoiced choir. They are younger and older, academics and community workers, new believers and veterans of the faith. They have come together to celebrate the lifelong contribution the Kreiders have made to forming in so many people the Christian habits necessary for living faithfully in a world where the unraveling of Christendom has never been more apparent.

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Lord or Legend?

Lord or Legend?

The Christian apologetic of “Lord, Liar, or Lunatic” made famous by C. S. Lewis has gained recent skepticism. Many twenty-first-century critics of Christianity believe the biblical portrait of Jesus Christ is based on myth. Lord or Legend? puts skeptics’ claims to the test against multiple scholarly disciplines–including history, ethnography, anthropology, and folklore–to uncover fascinating truths about the historical Jesus. Authors Gregory A. Boyd and Paul Rhodes Eddy address pressing questions like: • Was first-century Judaism an environment for pagan mythological beliefs? • How are the Gospels accurate if they originated through oral tradition? • Do similarities between Jesus and other myths discredit Christianity? • Are the Scriptures historically accurate? Biased? Translated accurately? • Do archeological findings support or refute biblical accounts? Lord or Legend? is written in an accessible form for all lay readers whether believers in or skeptics of Christianity.

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Present Perfect

Present Perfect

A “Holy Habit” That Will Change Your Life! Experience true spiritual transformation: invite God’s presence into your life! Popular author, theologian, and pastor Gregory Boyd shows you how—simply, practically, and effectively—in this thoughtful and accessible book. Discover: * How to pray continually * What it means to “take every thought captive” * How to wake up to God’s ever-present love God is closer to you than the air you breathe. He is present in every given moment. Wake up to his presence! Turn off the mental chatter that keeps you from seeing his glory. Embrace the holy habit of inviting God’s presence into your life, and be transformed! Wake Up to God’s Presence! We long to be transformed. Yet our minds are filled with endless trivia and self-centered chatter. To-do lists. Worries about the past. Speculation about the future. We forget to live in the present moment … and to invite God to be with us there. After reading classic contemplative authors Brother Lawrence, Jean-Pierre de Caussade, and Frank Laubach, theologian and pastor Gregory Boyd longed to experience the presence of God for himself. For two decades, he’s attempted to implement the “practice of the presence of God” in his own life … sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing. What he’s learned as a fellow pilgrim on his spiritual journey can help you find true spiritual transformation as you begin to practice the discipline of inviting God into every moment. “I’ve become absolutely convinced that remaining aware of God’s presence moment-by-moment is the single most important task in the life of every follower of Jesus,” Boyd writes. “I’m convinced this challenge is implied in our commitment to surrender our life to Christ, for the only real life we have to surrender to him is the one we live moment-by-moment.” Join Boyd on this transformational journey of a lifetime!

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