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Strength to Love
Strength to Love
Hardcover      ISBN: 080705190x
The classic collection of Dr. King's sermons that fuse his Christian teachings with his radical ideas of love and nonviolence as a means to combat hate and oppression.

As Martin Luther King, Jr., prepared for the Birmingham campaign in early 1963, he drafted the final sermons for Strength to Love, a volume of his most well known homilies. King had begun working on the sermons during a fortnight in jail in July 1962. While behind bars, he spent uninterrupted time preparing the drafts for works such as "Loving Your Enemies" and "Shattered Dreams," and he continued to edit the volume after his release. Strength to Love includes these classic sermons selected by Dr. King. Collectively they present King's fusion of Christian teachings and social consciousness and promote his prescient vision of love as a social and political force for change.
The Gift of New Creation: Scriptures for the Church Seasons
The Gift of New Creation
Scriptures for the Church Seasons
Paperback      ISBN: 1501870904

The Gift of New Creation, originally released in 2015, invites us to explore God's saving and redeeming love through a study of the lectionary Bible readings for Lent and Easter. Key Scriptures call us to prepare and contemplate God's restoration and new creation through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Through the readings, we hear the invitation to embrace God's salvation and the new life offered to us through Christ. The season of Lent offers opportunities to reflect on God's redemptive action and to explore means of grace that help us move into new life in Christ. Transformation is a key focus of Lenten worship, study, and prayer. We will discover the salvation and renewal of creation revealed through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

The Gift of New Creation is based on the Revised Common Lectionary scripture for church year C, the third of a three-year cycle of Bible readings. The study includes commentary and reflection on readings from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Epistles. It offers the opportunity to explore these Bible readings in a seven-session study. It will help participants understand, appreciate, and engage in meaningful and life-changing spiritual practices and offer gratitude for God's salvation through Jesus Christ.

The Gift of New Creation [large Print]: Scriptures for the Church Seasons
The Gift of New Creation [large Print]
Scriptures for the Church Seasons
Large Print    Paperback      ISBN: 1501870920

The Gift of New Creation, originally released in 2015, invites us to explore God's saving and redeeming love through a study of the lectionary Bible readings for Lent and Easter. Key Scriptures call us to prepare and contemplate God's restoration and new creation through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Through the readings, we hear the invitation to embrace God's salvation and the new life offered to us through Christ. The season of Lent offers opportunities to reflect on God's redemptive action and to explore means of grace that help us move into new life in Christ. Transformation is a key focus of Lenten worship, study, and prayer. We will discover the salvation and renewal of creation revealed through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

The Gift of New Creation is based on the Revised Common Lectionary scripture for church year C, the third of a three-year cycle of Bible readings. The study includes commentary and reflection on readings from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Epistles. It offers the opportunity to explore these Bible readings in a seven-session study. It will help participants understand, appreciate, and engage in meaningful and life-changing spiritual practices and offer gratitude for God's salvation through Jesus Christ.

God Is with Us - [large Print]: An Advent Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary
God Is with Us - [large Print]
An Advent Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary
Large Print    Paperback      ISBN: 1501887327

God Is With Us, originally published in 2016, invites you to explore your longing for God's presence through a study of the lectionary Bible readings for Advent and Christmas. The hope of Advent is the fulfillment of that longing; we await the coming of Jesus as Immanuel, God With Us. Each week's Scriptures call us to praise God as we actively await the coming of Christ and prepare our hearts and lives for his arrival. Through the readings, we hear the invitation to claim and celebrate the new hope we have in Jesus Christ.

The season of Advent offers opportunities to prepare for God's coming in human form in the infant Jesus and for the fulfillment of God's kingdom with the second coming of Christ. Hope is the focus of Advent worship, study, and prayer. We will discover the light that began in the manger, which continues as we look forward with hope to Christ's return.

God Is With Us is based on the Revised Common Lectionary Scriptures for church year A, the first of a three-year cycle of Bible readings. The study includes commentary and reflection on readings from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Epistles. It offers the opportunity to explore these Bible readings in a five-session study. It will help participants understand, appreciate, and engage in meaningful and joyous celebrations of Advent and Christmas and to live each day in God's hope through Jesus Christ.

Gospel Sermons: On Faith, the Holy Spirit, and the Coming Kingdom
Gospel Sermons
On Faith, the Holy Spirit, and the Coming Kingdom
Paperback      ISBN: 0874862450
Don't wait for the end times--we can experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the presence of God's future already now.

If you want to pick a theological fight with someone, enter into a discussion about eschatology. You'll encounter a kaleidoscope of opinions and, more likely than not, outright disagreement. On one end of the spectrum there are the doomsday naysayers who, in warning us to get ready for the end, have determined in advance the very signs of Christ's return. On the other end are those who idealize God's future to such an extent that it has virtually no relevance for faith.

Enter Johann Christoph Blumhardt. Blumhardt cuts through both end-time speculation and eschatological indifference with a passionate plea to make room, here and now, for God's coming kingdom. Blumhardt's whole approach toward "last things" is so out of the ordinary that it fills one with an authentic exhilaration that defies the staid confines of conventional Christianity. These sermons articulate not just a theology of hope but are refreshing, compelling insights into the prophetic vision of the great outpouring of the Spirit upon all flesh. With confidence and holy expectation, Blumhardt reminds us that we can experience now, and even hasten on, the presence of God's future. We need only pray for it, watch for it, and live for it. It is at hand
How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon
How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon
Paperback      ISBN: 1501856839

Learn to use four characteristics of "preaching with moral imagination" to proclaim freedom for all. The author describes the four characteristics using examples like Robert F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Prathia Hall, and the Moral Monday Movement, along with musicians and other artists of today. Moral imagination helps the hearer to see what they cannot see, to hear what they cannot hear--to inhabit the lives of others, so that they can embody Christ and true freedom for those others. This book equips and empowers preachers to transcend their basic skills and techniques, so that their proclamation of the Word causes actual turnaround in the hearts and lives of their hearers, and in their communities.

"Frank Thomas has written a passionate summons: amid the current destructive chaos of our society there is an urgent need for moral imagination. Such imagination is the antithesis of "diabolic" and "idolatrous" imagination that is all to the fore in our public discourse and practice. Thomas fleshes out "moral imagination" with close reflection on the practice of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Before he finishes Thomas shows how the urgency of "moral imagination" belongs peculiarly to the work of the preacher. This book is a welcome call for gospel-grounded courage and truth about the neighbor issued in a way that refuses the self-serving fakery that dominates our public life." --Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

"Timely and prophetic, How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon presents a homiletic essential for our churches today. Thomas insists that it is up to the preacher to recapture and reclaim the moral imagination of our nation so that the Gospel's message of freedom is true for all people. With attention to specific figures whose witness models the qualities and characteristics of moral imagination, Thomas inspires the preacher toward powerful proclamation that both challenges and critiques any speech that subjugates or subordinates. How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon is must read for preachers to recover and reimagine the leadership role of the church for the sake of justice for all." --Karoline M. Lewis, Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching and the Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary; author of She: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry.

"In this lucid and compelling book, Frank Thomas plumbs the depths of American moral rhetoric for insights that will help preachers. How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon provides new and dramatic ways in which the moral imagination in a democratic society can be nurtured by visionary, empathic, wise, and artistic preachers."--John S. McClure, Charles G. Finney Professor of Preaching and Worship, Vanderbilt Divinity School

"Warning: Preachers, if you are comfortable with the status quo of white privilege, patriarchy, hetero-normativity, and classism, do not read this book. If you are comfortable with sermon series that reduce the gospel to self-help acronyms, don't read this book. But if you have the courage to look honestly at our landscape and bring the moral imagination of the Christian tradition to bear on it, open these pages and your sermons may never be the same again. But then again neither will the church--or the world--be the same anymore, if enough of us follow Thomas's advice." --O. Wesley Allen, Jr., Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University


A Legacy of Preaching, Volume Two---Enlightenment to the Present Day: The Life, Theology, and Method of History's Great Preachers
A Legacy of Preaching, Volume Two---Enlightenment to the Present Day
The Life, Theology, and Method of History's Great Preachers
Hardcover      ISBN: 0310538262

A Legacy of Preaching, Volume Two--Enlightenment to the Present Day explores the history and development of preaching through a biographical and theological examination of its most important preachers. Instead of teaching the history of preaching from the perspective of movements and eras, each contributor tells the story of a particular preacher in history, allowing these preachers from the past to come alive and instruct us through their lives, theologies, and methods of preaching.

Each chapter introduces readers to a key figure in the history of preaching, followed by an analysis of the theological views that shaped their preaching, their methodology of sermon preparation and delivery, and an appraisal of the significant contributions they have made to the history of preaching. This diverse collection of familiar and lesser-known individuals provides a detailed and fascinating look at what it has meant to communicate the gospel over the past two thousand years. By looking at how the gospel has been communicated over time and across different cultures, pastors, scholars, and homiletics students can enrich their own understanding and practice of preaching for application today.

Volume Two covers the period from the Enlightenment to the present day and profiles thirty-one preachers including:

  • Charles Simeon by Darrell Young
  • Robert Murray M'Cheyne by Jordan Mark Stone
  • Alexander Maclaren by R. Scott Pace
  • Catherine Booth by Roger J. Green
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Thomas J. Nettles
  • Rodney "Gipsy" Smith by Bill Curtis
  • George Liele by Terriel Byrd
  • Charles Finney by Robert W. Caldwell III
  • John Jasper by Alfonza W. Fulwood and Robert Smith Jr.
  • Henry Ward Beecher by Michael Duduit
  • John Albert Broadus by Hershael W. York
  • Phillips Brooks by Charles W. Fuller
  • D. L. Moody by Gregg L. Quiggle
  • B. H. Carroll by Robert Matz and Jerry Sutton
  • Billy Sunday by Kristopher K. Barnett
  • Karl Barth by William H. Willimon
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Keith W. Clements
  • D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Carl Trueman
  • John Stott by Greg R. Scharf
  • Harry Emerson Fosdick by Dwayne Milioni
  • R. G. Lee by Charles A. Fowler
  • Aimee Semple McPherson by Aaron Friesen
  • W. A. Criswell by David L. Allen
  • Gardner C. Taylor by Alfonza W. Fulwood and Robert Smith Jr.
  • Billy Graham by John N. Akers
  • Martin Luther King Jr. by Alfonza W. Fulwood, Dennis R. McDonald, and Anil Sook Deo
  • Adrian Rogers by Daniel L. Akin and Bill Curtis
  • E. V. Hill by Dante D. Wright I
  • Jerry Falwell by Edward E. Hindson
  • J. I. Packer by Leland Ryken and Benjamin Hern ndez

Volume One, available separately, covers the period from the apostles to the Puritans and profiles thirty preachers including Paul, Origen of Alexandria, Augustine of Hippo, Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, George Whitefield, and more.

The Power of Love: Sermons, Reflections, and Wisdom to Uplift and Inspire
The Power of Love
Sermons, Reflections, and Wisdom to Uplift and Inspire
Hardcover      ISBN: 0525542892
Love is the way. Love is the only way. Those who follow in my way follow in the way of unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial love. And that kind of love can change the world.
--Bishop Michael Curry

Two billion people watched Bishop Michael Curry deliver his sermon on the redemptive power of love at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) at Windsor Castle. Here, he shares the full text of the sermon, plus an introduction and four of his favorite sermons on the themes of love and social justice. The world has met Bishop Curry and has been moved by his riveting, hopeful, and deceptively simple message: love and acceptance are what we need in these strange times.
Preach Better Sermons
Preach Better Sermons
Paperback      ISBN: 031010193x

The objective of this book is to address the following premises: Premise number one: The purpose and aim of Christian preaching/teaching is to produce spiritually faithful, biblically capable, and productively active disciples of Jesus Christ. Premise number two: Conventional preaching/teaching philosophies and methods are not achieving the desired effects in far too many cases. This is evidenced by the numbers of lukewarm churches and spiritually broad-but-not-deep Christians. Premise number three: A paradigm shift in how sermons and Bible lessons should be prepared and communicated will help alleviate the problem and is long overdue. This book addresses the shortcomings of modern Christian preaching, envisions the strongest and deepest approaches to biblical teaching and learning, and lays out specific steps to get churches' classrooms and pulpit ministries from where they are to where they need to be.

Preach Better Sermons
Preach Better Sermons
Hardcover      ISBN: 0310101948

The objective of this book is to address the following premises: Premise number one: The purpose and aim of Christian preaching/teaching is to produce spiritually faithful, biblically capable, and productively active disciples of Jesus Christ. Premise number two: Conventional preaching/teaching philosophies and methods are not achieving the desired effects in far too many cases. This is evidenced by the numbers of lukewarm churches and spiritually broad-but-not-deep Christians. Premise number three: A paradigm shift in how sermons and Bible lessons should be prepared and communicated will help alleviate the problem and is long overdue. This book addresses the shortcomings of modern Christian preaching, envisions the strongest and deepest approaches to biblical teaching and learning, and lays out specific steps to get churches' classrooms and pulpit ministries from where they are to where they need to be.