Life Together Book
Score: 4
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Life Together

  • Author : Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Publisher : Harper San Francisco
  • Release Date : 1993-04-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 147
  • ISBN 10 : 0060608536

Life Together Excerpt :

A beautiful gift edition of Bonhoeffer's classic work on the meaning and importance of Christian community. This inspiring account of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany reads like one of Paul's letters and gives timeless advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups.

Christian Community Book

Christian Community

  • Author : Rob Suggs
  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Release Date : 2002-01-18
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 68
  • ISBN 10 : 0830830715

Christian Community Excerpt :

In this ten-session LifeGuide® Bible Study, Rob Suggs leads us to grow in community--in loving and nurturing one another, and in reflecting Christ's love to the world around us.

Living into Community Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Living into Community

  • Author : Christine D. Pohl
  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Release Date : 2011-12-20
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN 10 : 9781467431866

Living into Community Excerpt :

Every church, every organization, has experienced them: betrayal, deception, grumbling, envy, exclusion. They make life together difficult and prevent congregations from developing the skills, virtues, and practices they need to nurture sturdy, life-giving communities. In Living into Community Christine Pohl explores four specific Christian practices -- gratitude, promise-keeping, truth-telling, and hospitality -- that can counteract those destructive forces and help churches and individuals build and sustain vibrant communities. Drawing on a wealth of personal and professional experience and interacting with the biblical, historical, and moral traditions, Pohl thoughtfully discusses each practice, including its possible complications and deformations, and points to how these essential practices can be better cultivated within communities and families.

Spiritual Care Book

Spiritual Care

  • Author : Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Release Date : 1985
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 93
  • ISBN 10 : 1451406827

Spiritual Care Excerpt :

Bonhoeffer says spiritual care is a function of the congregation and that it is an aspect of the broader, more encompassing activity of proclamation. In Spiritual Care, we are confronted with the awesome truth that in speech God's presence is known and that speech is also our own; in silence God's presence is known and that silence is also our own. The text demands us to consider how the gospel message is brought to people in the midst of their personal lives, and his message and counsel use the tools given within the traditional life of the church so that such grace becomes enacted, enfleshed, and incarnate in the Christian community.

Bonhoeffer s Seminary Vision Book

Bonhoeffer s Seminary Vision

  • Author : Paul R. House
  • Publisher : Crossway
  • Release Date : 2015-04-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781433545474

Bonhoeffer s Seminary Vision Excerpt :

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is best known for his role in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler and his subsequent execution at the hands of the Nazis. However, most of us are less familiar with his tireless work educating seminary students for a life of pastoral ministry—a role that occupied him for most of his adult life. Anchored in a variety of influential lectures, personal letters, and major works such as The Cost of Discipleship and Life Together, this book attempts to recover a largely unexamined part of Bonhoeffer’s life, exploring his philosophy and practice of theological education in his original context. It then builds on this foundation to address the drift toward increasingly impersonal educational models in our own day, affirming the value of personal, face-to-face seminary education for the health of pastors and churches.

Luther on Vocation Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Luther on Vocation

  • Author : Gustaf Wingren
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2004-02-19
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN 10 : 9781592445615

Luther on Vocation Excerpt :

...[C]oncern about the [inherited doctrine of vocation and its relevance for modern life] was generated out of the complexities and frustrations especially of industrial life, and it has produced a voluminous literature of a popular and semi-popular kind which has served to drive home the problem of daily work upon the conscience of contemporary Christians, and also to provide certain resources for handling it. In addition to this varied literature, the last years have also seen a very general discussion of the question at every level of church life: in ecumencal conferences, in the curricular material of the major denominations, and in conferences and study groups of all kinds. About the urgency and importance of the problem of vocation there is now no doubt. But now we find that the rather simple formulae in which we have been dealing with it do justice neither to the Biblical and Reformation inheritance, nor to the profound dilemmas that appear not only in industry, but in every area of professional and commercial life. The problem now is not only to equip our lay-people with fuller theological resources for the understanding of the meaning of discipleship, but to utilize their practical experience of day-to-day dilemmas and day to-day decisions. ...Gustaf Wingren's conscientious analysis of Luther's teaching on the matter...remains our prime resource for the understanding of the relation of faith and works. Nothing could exceed the patience and thoroughness with which Wingren has combed through the Luther corpus.... [I]t will serve to put the full range of Luther's insight at the disposal of those who care for theology as part of their care of all the Churches. Alexander Miller Stanford University

Psalms Book


  • Author : Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Publisher : Broadleaf Books
  • Release Date : 2021-11-22
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 98
  • ISBN 10 : 9781506483580

Psalms Excerpt :

Jesus died with a psalm on his lips. For millennia, humans have been shaped by the Psalms. And before the Nazis banned him from publishing, German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer published this book on the Psalms. What comfort is found in the Psalter? What praise, and what challenge? What threat? In the pages of Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible, discover the richness this book of Scripture held for Bonhoeffer, and learn to pray psalms along with Christ. First published in 1940, this classic reveals how the Psalms are essential to the life of the believer and offers Bonhoeffer's reflections on psalms of thanksgiving, suffering, guilt, praise, and lament. Now with an introduction by Walter Brueggemann and excerpts from the Psalms, Bonhoeffer's timeless work offers contemporary readers ancient wisdom and resources for the living of these days. Includes a biographical sketch of Bonhoeffer written by his friend and biographer Eberhard Bethge.

Life in Community Book

Life in Community

  • Author : Dustin Willis
  • Publisher : Moody Publishers
  • Release Date : 2015-07-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802492562

Life in Community Excerpt :

WHAT MAKES A COMMUNITY EXTRAORDINARY? When people live in community moved by the gospel and marked by the Spirit, great things happen. They commit to one another. They grieve together, sing together, eat, pray, and play together. They love, serve, honor, encourage, and provide for each other gladly. And they live on mission together. Hearts are healed, walls come down, and outsiders come in. No competition. No pretense. No vain conceit. Just full hearts breaking bread and giving freely. It is nothing short of amazing. Most of us live in a shadow of what God intended for us. Life in Community calls us into the light. Reclaiming Scripture’s stunning vision of gospel-centered community, it inspires us to live in love unbounded. Read it, live it, and join the movement: Help unleash the power of extraordinary community. 6-Week group study included.

Many Colors Book

Many Colors

  • Author : Soong-Chan Rah
  • Publisher : Moody Publishers
  • Release Date : 2010-09-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 1575674971

Many Colors Excerpt :

The United States is currently undergoing the most rapid demographic shift in its history. By 2050, white Americans will no longer comprise a majority of the population. Instead, they'll be the largest minority group in a country made up entirely of minorities, followed by Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans. Past shifts in America's demographics always reshaped the county's religious landscape. This shift will be no different. Soong-Chan Rah's book is intended to equip evangelicals for ministry and outreach in our changing nation. Borrowing from the business concept of "cultural intelligence," he explores how God's people can become more multiculturally adept. From discussions about cultural and racial histories, to reviews of case-study churches and Christian groups that are succeeding in bridging ethnic divides, Rah provides a practical and hopeful guidebook for Christians wanting to minister more effectively in diverse settings. Without guilt trips or browbeating, the book will spur individuals, churches, and parachurch ministries toward more effectively bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News for people of every racial and cultural background. Its message is positive; its potential impact, transformative.

A Testament to Freedom Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

A Testament to Freedom

  • Author : Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 1995-03-31
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 596
  • ISBN 10 : 9780060642143

A Testament to Freedom Excerpt :

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was only thirty-nine years old when he was executed in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945, yet his courage, vision, and brilliance have greatly influenced the twentieth-century Church and theology. Particularly through his bestselling classic, The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer profoundly shaped such minds and movements as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Leonardo Boff, civil rights and leberation theology. A Testament to Freedom, completely revised and expanded for this edition, includes previously untranslated writings, excerpts from major books, sermons, and selected letters spanning the years of Bonhoeffer's pastoral and theological career. This magnificent volume takes readers on a historical and biographical journey that follows Bonhoeffer through the various stages of his life--as teacher, ecumenist, pastor, preacher, seminary director, prophet in the Nazi era and, finally, as martyr in pursuit of peace and justice.

Lifesigns Book


  • Author : Henri J. M. Nouwen
  • Publisher : Image
  • Release Date : 2013-11-20
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804152099

Lifesigns Excerpt :

"You cannot read Lifesigns and not be moved... This book will undoubtedly find its place among the classics of twentieth-century literature." --Grand Rapids Press The inspirational writings of Henri Nouwen have touched millions of readers all over the world. Much beloved as a lecturer, spiritual guide, and especially as an author, he communicated a profound message of hope that finds great resonance in today's world. In his now classic work Lifesigns, he explores what he saw as three of the most vital aspects of his ministry. The first of these is the Gospel invitation to intimacy, which Nouwen describes as communion with God and relationship with others. The second is the call to fecundity, exhorting us to be open to a fruitful life of change and growth. And the third, the experience of ecstasy, extends the Gospel promise "that your joy may be full." Inspired by L'Arche, the worldwide network of communities where handicapped people and their assistants try to live together in the spirit of the Scriptures, Nouwen shows how these three elements offer the essential key to a life free from the domination of fear and filled instead with hope and love.

Churches  Cultures and Leadership Book

Churches Cultures and Leadership

  • Author : Mark Branson
  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Release Date : 2011-03-07
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 275
  • ISBN 10 : 9780830868544

Churches Cultures and Leadership Excerpt :

As the church continues to heed Christ's call to reflect the multiethnic character of his people, pastors and lay leaders need to gain skills and competencies to serve in those contexts. The multicultural team of Juan Martinez and Mark Branson has written this book to equip such leaders to carry out God?s reconciling initiatives effectively.

Bonhoeffer s the Cost of Discipleship Book

Bonhoeffer s the Cost of Discipleship

  • Author : Greg Ligon
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 1999-01-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 100
  • ISBN 10 : 9780805464863

Bonhoeffer s the Cost of Discipleship Excerpt :

Shepherd's Notes- Christian Classics Series is designed to give readers a quick, step by step overview of some of the enduring treasures of the Christian faith. They are designed to be used along side the classic itself- either in individual study or in a study group. The faithful of all generations have found spiritual nourishment in the Scriptures and in the works of Christians of earlier generations. Martin Luther and John Calvin would not have become who they were apart from their reading Augustine. God used the writings of Martin Luther to move John Wesley from a religion of dead works to an experience at Aldersgate in which his "heart was strangely warmed." Shepherd's Notes will give pastors, laypersons, and students access to some of the treasures of Christian faith.

Called to Community Book

Called to Community

  • Author : Eberhard Arnold
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016-05-10
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 0874867436

Called to Community Excerpt :

Why, in age of connectivity, are our lives more isolated and fragmented than ever? And what can be done about it? The answer lies in the hands of God's people. Increasingly, today's Christians want to be the church, to follow Christ together in daily life. From every corner of society, they are daring to step away from the status quo and respond to Christ's call to share their lives more fully with one another and with others. As they take the plunge, they are discovering the rich, meaningful life that Jesus has in mind for all people, and pointing the church back to its original calling: to be a gathered, united community that demonstrates the transforming love of God. Of course, such a life together with others isn't easy. The selections in this volume are, by and large, written by practitioners--people who have pioneered life in intentional community and have discovered in the nitty-gritty of daily life what it takes to establish, nurture, and sustain a Christian community over the long haul. Whether you have just begun thinking about communal living, are already embarking on sharing life with others, or have been part of a community for many years, the pieces in this collection will encourage, challenge, and strengthen you. The book's fifty-two chapters can be read one a week to ignite meaningful group discussion.