Why do we “dress up” for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, and choirs? This ground-breaking book makes an unsettling proposal: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is rooted, not in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles. The authors uncover the problems that emerge when the church functions more like a business organization than the living organism it was created to be.
This is the story of thirteen churches and the leaders who moved them from stagnancy to growth and from mediocrity to greatness. Drawing on one of the most comprehensive studies ever on the church, this book reveals the process of becoming a “breakout” church and the factors that lead to this spiritual metamorphosis.
his is C.S. Lewis’ revered author’s spiritual memoir, in which he recounts the story of his divine journey and eventual conversion to Christianity. Self-described as “the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England”, Lewis recounts his lifelong search for joy and joy’s role in guiding him to find God.
In this powerful call for the inclusion of indigenous believers in the Great Commission, Steve Saint shows how current missions strategies have unwittingly harmed the indigenous church and kept millions of believers from fulfilling their roles in God’s Kingdom — and millions of others from hearing the Good News.
Blink revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. It is about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant – in the blink of an eye -that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?
Meticulously plotted, Francine Rivers’s classic, And the Shofar Blew, brims with unforgettable characters. It is the story of a perfect pastor, a perfect pastor’s wife, steadfast saints, and the disaster that so often accompanies ministry. A preventative maintenance must read for anyone headed into leadership.