This Odd and Wondrous Calling
The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers
Paperback ISBN: 0802864759
When it comes to ministry, there are plenty of books about how to do this work better ? everything from church growth to fundraising to managing conflict to the latest small group technique. There are books about what is difficult in ministry and the toll it can take. There are books about the ministry from those who have left it behind. This Odd and Wondrous Calling offers something different: a book both honest about the challenges of the vocation and reflective of its joy from two people still pastoring. / Anecdotal and extremely readable, this book covers a diversity of subjects revealing the incredible variety of a pastor?s day. The chapters move from comedy to pathos, story to theology, scripture to contemporary culture. This Odd and Wondrous Calling is both serious and fun and ideal for any who are either considering the ministry or want a better understanding of their own minister?s life. / ?Some pastors write about how they grew their churches,? says Martin B. Copenhaver. ?Perhaps we are writing about how our churches have grown us.?
The Prison Angel
Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail
Paperback ISBN: 014303717x
Traces the story of Mary Clarke, describing her choice to leave her comfortable home for a spiritual life among drug lords and inmates in one of Mexico's most notorious jails, where she organized the Servants of the Eleventh Hour community of sisters and led numerous criminals through profound spiritual transformations. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
I and Thou
Paperback ISBN: 0684717255
Martin Buber's I and Thou has long been acclaimed as a classic. Many prominent writers have acknowledged its influence on their work; students of intellectual history consider it a landmark; and the generation born since World War II considers Buber as one of its prophets. The need for a new English translation has been felt for many years. The old version was marred by many inaccuracies and misunderstandings, and its recurrent use of the archaic "thou" was seriously misleading. Now Professor Walter Kaufmann, a distinguished writer and philosopher in his own right who was close to Buber, has retranslated the work at the request of Buber's family. He has added a wealth of informative footnotes to clarify obscurities and bring the reader closer to the original, and he has written a long "Prologue" that opens up new perspectives on the book and on Buber's thought. This volume should provide a new basis for all future discussions of Buber.
An Essential Guide
Paperback ISBN: 0687054621
In this excellent outline of Christian ethics, Robin W. Lovin achieves a balance between the questions and issues which form the core of the study of ethics and the life situations from which those questions arise. Eschewing a sectarian approach which dismisses other understandings of the moral life, Lovin nonetheless lays claim to a specifically Christian understanding of ethics. He begins with basic Christian convictions about the reality of God and human redemption and weaves these convictions into the fabric of moral concerns that are widely shared in contemporary society. He takes note of the problems that arise when Christians try to act on or enforce their convictions in a pluralistic society and recognizes the variety of theological and moral beliefs that are held within the Christian community, as well as in the wider society.
7 Practices of Effective Ministry
Hardcover ISBN: 1590523733
There's no scoreboard in the sanctuary, and the only plate is probably for the offering. But every church leader needs to know how to win, and every congregation needs to know when to cheer. This insightful book speaks to every church leader who yearns for a simpler, more effective approach to ministry. An engaging parable about one overwhelmed pastor is followed by an overview of seven successful team practices, each one developed and applied in a ministry setting. Reinforced by relevant discussion questions, these clear, easy, and strategic practices can turn any ministry into a winning team.
His Life and Influence
Paperback ISBN: 1595551042
If there were such a job as the nation's pastor, Billy Graham would be the prime candidate. Having known more American presidents, foreign leaders, and famous people than any other American living or dead, Billy Graham has been uniquely able to speak to the heart of the average person and bring peace and clarity to a nation in trying times. Graham's ministry flourished during a challenging period in the American experience, when the nation was coming to terms with its unexpected new strength in the world and grappling with the most serious racial and social upheavals since the Civil War. Now acclaimed author and former Time magazine senior correspondent David Aikman sheds new and deserved light on that influence, probing critical episodes of Graham's life that help explain his profound impact, both on the public life of America and other nations and the private lives of their cultural and political leaders.
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life
Paperback ISBN: 0307742881
The award-winning author of A History of God shares practical recommendations for promoting world peace by cultivating one's intrinsic tendencies for compassion, outlining a program for achieving mindfulness and engaging in acts of kindness. Reprint.