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Presbyterian Beliefs: A Brief Introduction
Donald K. McKim
0664502539
May 2003
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How to Spell Presbyterian
James W. Angell
0664501966
October 2002
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Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology
Eugene H. Peterson
0802828752
February 3, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. One of Peterson's early books, long before his blockbuster Bible paraphrase The Message, was titled A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. This pastor, professor and writer has lived up to the promise of that title, consistently producing books of uncommon eloquence that explore the Christian life through the lens of scripture. In this volume, the first of a projected five, Peterson lays the foundation for "spiritual theology." Following the biblical languages, he asks readers to consider "how our perceptions would change if we eliminated the word 'spirit' from our language and used only 'wind' and 'breath.' Spirit was not 'spiritual' for our ancestors; it was sensual." Beginning with an account of Gerard Manley Hopkins's vivid poem "As Kingfishers Catch Fire," Peterson goes on to employ his...


Faith in Words
Ann Weems
0664501702
July 2004
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Presbyterian Hymnal
Westminster John Knox Press (Editor)
0664100996
January 1990
Hardcover
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God Is Closer than You Think
John Ortberg
0310253497
April 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Ortberg, megachurch pastor and author, bases this book on the belief that God is near and knowing him is possible for everyone who wants to feel his presence: "The teaching of Scripture is that God really is present right here, right now.... The Spirit of God is available to you and me: flowing all the time, welling up within us, quenching our unsatisfied desires, overflowing to refresh those around us." Ortberg's suggestions—to believe that God is in everything, to seek him in the daily and mundane, to learn to recognize and encourage God-inspired thoughts, to look for him in the people you meet and to obey his promptings—though not new, provide readers with a series of ideas and activities to begin to change the way they see God in their lives. Ortberg approaches this as a pastor teaching his flock,...


A Room Called Remember
Frederick Buechner
0060611855
Apr 1992
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Book Description
A Room Called Remember brings together some of Buechner's finest writings on faith, love, and the power of words in the form of essays, addresses, and sermons. Here Buechner explores autobiography as theology, offers exhilarating reflections on biblical passages, and leads us into the "room called Remember," that "still room within us all where the past lives on as part of the present,...where with patience, with clarity, with quietness of heart, we remember consciously to remember the lives we have lived."

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Sermons, lectures, and articles by one of today's finest writers and preachers.

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Women's Ministry in the Local Church
J. Ligon Duncan, Susan Hunt
1581347502
January 30, 2006
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Book Description
Susan Hunt and Ligon Duncan walk through the Scriptures to help readers better understand what it means to have an effective, biblical women’s ministry in the church. The benefits of women’s ministries are great: training and discipling, evangelizing, and reaching out to the poor and needy. This book, written by seasoned ministry leaders, provides many proven tools to help start a women’s ministry in your church. "What sets this book apart is not only the authors’ careful thought but their compelling personal examples. The result is a deeply biblical yet intensely practical guide that will greatly benefit not only women, but pastors as well." —C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries "In this day and age, we need more courageous visionaries who seek to release women in ministry while...


Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons
Frederick Buechner
0060842482
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Novelist and Christian writer Buechner (Brendan; The Alphabet of Grace) delivered a number of memorable sermons in more than four decades of service as a Presbyterian minister. This collection contains 37 of them, all featuring the intricate stories, fascinating connections and personal touches that are Buechner's signature. By presenting them chronologically, the evolution of his favorite themes of listening to your dreams, finding your calling and the importance of home are evident. Most touching are the sermons directed at youthful audiences (Buechner was a chaplain at two private boys' schools), such as "The Calling of Voices," in which he pleads with young people to pay attention to the deep gladness in their lives, following it to their life's vocation. For instruction on how to read the...


Presbyterian Questions, Presbyterian Answers: Exploring Christian Faith
Donald K. McKim
0664502504
January 2004
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Christian Doctrine
Shirley C. Guthrie
0664253687
July 1994
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The Presbyterian Controversy
Bradley J. Longfield
0195086740
Jan 1993
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Book Description
This extensive reference work, hailed by the Journal of Religion as "a book long needed by historians of American religion", offers "a unique contribution to this often-told story by providing an in-depth analysis of seven persons intimately involved in the controversy" (Theology Today). 13 halftone illustrations.


Presbyterian Missions and Cultural Interaction in the Far Southwest
Mark T. Banker
0252019296
Nov 1992
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William Sloane Coffin, Jr.: A Holy Impatience
Warren Goldstein
0300102216
March 10, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
From the mid-20th century until now, Coffin has served as the prophetic conscience of a nation divided by race, war and economic injustice. In this compelling and eloquent biography, Goldstein captures the enigmatic nature of the great preacher and activist who came to be called the voice of American Protestant liberalism. Drawing on interviews with Coffin's friends and family as well as on unprecedented access to his archives, Goldstein begins with Coffin's privileged early life in a wealthy family committed to helping in various social causes, then highlights his stint as a second lieutenant in the army. After the war, Coffin studied at Yale, where he discovered the significance of religion as a cultural force, and at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where his uncle, Henry Sloane Coffin, had been...


Presbyterian Handbook
Westminster John Knox Press (Editor)
0664502881
February 2006
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Book Description
Prepared in a style similar to the Survivor’s Guide books, The Presbyterian Handbook provides historical and theological information about Presbyterian beliefs alongside fun-filled facts and practical tips on being a churchgoing follower of Jesus Christ. Complete with illustrations, the book presents a wonderful combination of vast truths, complex details, and bits of humor about Presbyterian understanding of the Christian life. This unique and incredibly handy resource is perfect for Presbyterian youth, adults, students, families, and all those interested in learning about much of what encompasses life in the church.


Decent and in Order
Ronald R. Stockton
0275966682
Feb 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is a systematic study of how a congregational conflict involving allegations of sexual harassment and power abuse against a minister was seriously mishandled by church authorities. The conflict escalated to entangle regional and national authorities and worked its way into the civil courts. Stockton focuses on the interaction of organizational dynamics and ill-defined Christian concepts (such as reconciliation and discipline), showing that in conflict situations the ideals of pastoral care are squeezed by an organizational mentality. Key themes involve the role of women in the church, the complex question of sexual harassment, and the interface between church law and civil law. The narrative, which is based on interviews and official documents, captures the human dimensions of the story while simultaneously giving...


Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith
Kathleen Norris
1573227218
April 1999
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Book Review
"Our ridiculously fallible language becomes a lesson in how God's grace works despite and even through our human frailty. We will never get the words exactly right. There will always be room for imperfection, for struggle, growth and change. And this is as it should be." With observations like this one, Kathleen Norris, author of Dakota and The Cloister Walk, has again provided a salutary corrective for contemporary Christians in Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith. The book is about how she learned to use religious words, such as "incarnation," "idolatry," and "evangelism." Norris is a feminist, a theological conservative, a sophisticate, and a country bumpkin. And she's one of the few living Christian writers who can be described as truly great. --This text...


The Reverend Mark Matthews
Dale Soden
0295980214
Sept 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
When the Reverend Mark Allison Matthews died in February 1940, thousands of mourners gathered at a Seattle church to pay their final respects. The Southern-born Presbyterian came to Seattle in 1902. He quickly established himself as a city leader and began building a congregation that was eventually among the nation's largest, with nearly 10,000 members. Throughout his career, he advocated Social Christianity, a blend of progressive reform and Christian values, as a blueprint for building a morally righteous community. In telling Matthews's story, Dale Soden presents Matthews's multiple facets: a Southern-born, fundamentalist proponent of the Social Gospel; a national leader during the tumultuous years of schism within the American Presbyterian church; a social reformer who established day-care centers, kindergartens,...


Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change
Mark Lau Branson
1566992885
July 2004
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Book Description
When First Presbyterian Church in Altadena, California, was asked to provide a mission study report for its pastor nominating committee, the congregation was afraid they would find themselves engaging in busy work and producing a report that would wind up in a file gathering dust. They then asked professor Mark Lau Branson to consult with them on writing this report. He invited them to join in a process of Appreciative Inquiry--a transformational organization change process--which resulted in a major shift in congregational conversations and a new sense of hope. Memories, Hopes, and Conversations recounts the experience of First Presbyterian and outlines a process that any congregation can utilize to harness the energies of the congregation at all levels of its common life. Branson first leads readers through...


William Sloane Coffin Jr.: A Holy Impatience
Warren Goldstein
0300111541
January 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
From the mid-20th century until now, Coffin has served as the prophetic conscience of a nation divided by race, war and economic injustice. In this compelling and eloquent biography, Goldstein captures the enigmatic nature of the great preacher and activist who came to be called the voice of American Protestant liberalism. Drawing on interviews with Coffin's friends and family as well as on unprecedented access to his archives, Goldstein begins with Coffin's privileged early life in a wealthy family committed to helping in various social causes, then highlights his stint as a second lieutenant in the army. After the war, Coffin studied at Yale, where he discovered the significance of religion as a cultural force, and at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where his uncle, Henry Sloane Coffin, had been...


Close Neighbors, Distant Friends
John E. Findling
0313236798
Mar 1987
Hardcover
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Choice
"A broad survey of US relations of Central America to 1986, this work is factually sound and organized so the reader can easily trace major trends and relationships in individual countries or on a broader regional basis.... The notes and bibliographical materials will be very helpful for guiding readers to further sources. The book is useful primarily in the fields of history and political science, especially for sources giving emphasis to the Latin American policy of the US.... Upper-division undergraduates and above."

Review
“A broad survey of US relations of Central America to 1986, this work is factually sound and organized so the reader can easily trace major trends and relationships in individual countries or on a broader regional basis.... The notes and bibliographical...


Book of Common Worship: Daily Prayer
Created by Theology and Worship Ministry Unit
0664220320
October 1993
Hardcover
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Being Presbyterian in the Bible Belt: A Theological Survival Guide for Youth, Parents, and Other Confused Presbyterians
Ted V. Foote, P. Alex Thornburg
0664501095
May 2000
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