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Practicing Discipleship

Author: Nicole L. Johnson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498274765
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Despite a plurality of doctrinal statements on war, peace, and nonviolence, some United Methodists sustain a commitment to nonviolence. Through qualitative research, Practicing Discipleship draws out lived theologies of nonviolence in order to understand how nonviolent United Methodists define, ground, and practice nonviolence, and to give that voice opportunity to challenge church doctrine and thereby the wider church. An analysis of statements from the Book of Disciplines and the Book of Resolutions reveals the plurality of Methodist teachings on moral issues related to war and peace. While such plurality is indicative of the inclusive tradition of United Methodism, Johnson shows that it also causes confusion, thus hindering the vitality and authority of the church's witness. This study's qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with twelve nonviolent United Methodists reveals a lived theology rooted in Scripture and theological reflection: it points particularly to a christocentrism that posits nonviolence as central to Christ's teachings and example. While study participants affirm the tradition of openness in the United Methodist Church, they also call for more tangible and extensive support for and education about nonviolence as a faithful option for Christians. Through amicable and constructive practical-theological dialogue, doctrinal plurality, and ecclesial openness are affirmed as appropriate and possible only within the context of the church's profound commitment to serious discipleship, which includes transformation toward nonviolence. Implications of this interaction include developing and adopting a more truthful conception of a nonviolent ethics, moving toward broadly conceived Christian formation in nonviolence, and fostering ongoing ecclesial dialogue about difficult moral issues of war, peace, and nonviolence.

Grow Like Jesus

Author: Stephen Caldwell
Publisher: Elevate Publishing
ISBN: 1943425574
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Grow Like Jesus is the first book to delve into Luke 2:52, "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."—a verse that spans the gap between Jesus the child and Jesus at the start of his ministry—and unpack its lessons in ways that are simple to understand but deep enough to drive meaningful changes in a person’s life. While we don’t know if Jesus performed miracles while living in Egypt, if he caught fireflies at night as a kid or if he went to sleepovers with his friends, we can be sure he wasn’t just hanging around eating lentils and pomegranates. Based on Luke 2:52, we know he was growing in four specific areas: wisdom, stature, favor with God, and favor with people. In other words, he grew intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially. As it turns out (and it shouldn’t come as a surprise) continual growth in these four areas will prepare us for success in life as followers of Christ—the type of success that allows us to know God and make him known; in other words, real success. The practical, applicable and accessible knowledge of Grow Like Jesus is perfect for anyone new to a faith in Christ or looking to breathe new life into their existing faith.

Stop Practicing Discipleship And Start Being Disciples

Author: J. William Feffer
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1483556174
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“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” This statement from Thoreau rings true to me. For most of my life I was expecting more but living less. Then one warm, summer day on my back porch I started reading Dallas Willard. I had been a Christian over fifteen years, but as I read his writing, the Gospel became clear and the trajectory of my life changed. I realized the kingdom is now, and the abundant life of John 10:10 is available if we are willing to give our lives to following Jesus. Too many of us in the church today are like I was, expecting something from the Christian life, but being disappointed. It’s not supposed to be like this. Intuitively we know it to be true. But we either misunderstand the life and message of Jesus, or we are unsure what to do with it. We either don’t realize the primary invitation of Jesus is two simple words “Follow me,” or we are at a loss for how to do it. Being Disciples is an invitation to rethink how we follow Jesus, to stop practicing discipleship and start being disciples. It reframes the spiritual disciplines. No longer will they be a list of spiritual "to-dos." They are essential practices that cultivate a deeper connection with Jesus, so we can be transformed into the people he created us to be and live the abundant lives he created us to live. Being Disciples is a part of beingdisciples.com, a website of practical resources to help engage the spiritual disciplines as a disciple.

Watershed Discipleship

Author: Ched Myers
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498280765
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This collection introduces and explores "watershed discipleship" as a critical, contextual, and constructive approach to ecological theology and practice, and features emerging voices from a generation that has grown up under the shadow of climate catastrophe. Watershed Discipleship is a "triple entendre" that recognizes we are in a watershed historical moment of crisis, focuses on our intrinsically bioregional locus as followers of Jesus, and urges us to become disciples of our watersheds. Bibliographic framing essays by Myers trace his journey into a bioregionalist Christian faith and practice and offer reflections on incarnational theology, hermeneutics, and ecclesiology. The essays feature more than a dozen activists, educators, and practitioners under the age of forty, whose work and witness attest to a growing movement of resistance and reimagination across North America. This anthology overviews the bioregional paradigm and its theological and political significance for local sustainability, restorative justice, and spiritual renewal. Contributors reread both biblical texts and churchly practices (such as mission, baptism, and liturgy) through the lens of "re-place-ment." Herein is a comprehensive and engaged call for a "Transition church" that can help turn our history around toward environmental resiliency and social justice, by passionate advocates on the front lines of watershed discipleship. CONTRIBUTORS: Sasha Adkins, Jay Beck, Tevyn East, Erinn Fahey, Katarina Friesen, Matt Humphrey, Vickie Machado, Jonathan McRay, Sarah Nolan, Reyna Ortega, Dave Pritchett, Erynn Smith, Sarah Thompson, Lydia Wylie-Kellermann

Introducing The Practice Of Ministry

Author: Kathleen A. Cahalan
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814639283
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Ministry is often examined in terms of who the minister is, not what the minister does. But the vocation to ministry must be understood as a call to identity as well as to practice, one that is rooted in Jesus' life and ministry as well as the Spirit's charisms. InIntroducing the Practice of Ministry Kathleen A.Cahalan defines ministerial leadership as carried out through the practices of teaching, preaching, pastoral care, worship, social ministry, and administration for the sake of nurturing the life of discipleship in the community of believers. In her examination of charisms for each of the practices of ministry, Cahalan presents readers with a Trinitarian foundation, noting that the practices of discipleship and ministry have their origin in the very practices of God." Kathleen A. Cahalan is associate professor of theology at Saint John's University School of Theology, Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota. She is author of Formed in the Image of Christ: The Sacramental-Moral Theology of Bernard Häring (Liturgical Press, 2004) and Projects That Matter: Successful Planning and Evaluation for Religious Organizations (Alban Institute, 2003). She is the past-president of the Association of Practical Theology. "

The Power And Practice Of The Church

Author: John P. Lathrop
Publisher: J. Timothy King
ISBN: 0981692559
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God, Discipleship, and Ministry: These are three of the major themes in the Bible. In this book, you will find 18 essays, articles, and sermons, which focus on the Lord's relationship with us and our relationships with one another.John Lathrop is a graduate of Zion Bible College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship fo Christian Assemblies. He has written for a number of Christian publications and is the author of "Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers, Then and Now."

Christ Changing Lives

Author: Rod Culbertson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1532633629
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If you are involved in the local church or any ministry that wants to create an ethos of Christian growth and education, or disciple investing, Christ Changing Lives: Digging Deeper into the Practice of Disciple Investing, is a book that will assist you in thinking through a philosophy of how to invest in followers of Christ. Following up on the introductory material of its earlier companion book, The “Disciple Investing” Life, Christ Changing Lives will take the reader into a thoughtful treatment of systems of discipleship, the art of diagnosis, situations one might encounter in the discipling process, and how to create balanced disciples. The book will also conclude by providing some helpful ideas about how to disciple others in a local church or campus ministry setting. Both church and ministry leaders, as well as those seriously interested in the task of disciple investing, should profit from the practical ideas contained in this insightful publication.

Disciples

Author: Michael K Kinnamon
Publisher: Chalice Press
ISBN: 0827206542
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Respected Disciples Michael Kinnamon and Jan Linn propose reclaiming the Disciples movement's identity in a way that encourages reform of worship, relationships, and mission. With praise for the founding leaders' willingness "to follow their vision of what it meant to be church in their own time in history," the authors call on the denomination to do the same today, not in order to survive as an institution, but in order to enhance the church's participation in God's mission of peacemaking and compassionate service. Kinnamon and Linn explore the Disciples' historic commitment to covenant and claim that heritage as a tool for addressing current issues such as money, minister licensing, homosexuality, the future of seminaries, and more.

Lectionary Story Bible Year A

Author: Ralph Milton
Publisher: Wood Lake Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1551455471
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Once again, author Ralph Milton brings his enormous talent as storyteller to the task of retelling biblical stories. Based on the bestselling Family Story Bible, the Lectionary Story Bible includes many new and wonderfully engaging stories from both the Hebrew and New Testament scriptures. At least one, but usually two stories from the lections are included for each Sunday of the church year making Lectionarys Story Bible a complete lectionary resource for Christian educators, camp leaders, worship leaders, and families who want to share their faith at home. The book also includes a scripture index of the stories included in the collection, for non-lectionary settings and uses. Adept at handling even difficult material, Ralph Milton writes stories that are positive and life-affirming, use inclusive language, and portray a God of love to children and adults alike. Margaret Kyle has created many new illustrations brimming with the energy, curiosity, and joy that so characterizes her work. Lectionary Story Bible Year A is the first in a series that will cover all three years of the lectionary. The complete set will be an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to share faith stories with children and make the Bible relevant to young people today.