Holy Love: A Biblical Theology for Human Sexuality

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Abingdon Press #ad - Do conservatives or progressives “own” the teachings about what the Bible says about human sexuality and marriage?  For some—perhaps a vocal minority—the question is no longer up for debate or discussion: conservatives win. For others, the issues are not that simple. The book will help church leaders and small groups make the constructive case that biblical, Christian teaching is compatible with faithful, covenantal love and intimacy amidst all sexual orientations.

A fresh, rigorous, but yet concise, theological examination of the Bible’s teachings is required. In holy love, steve harper strives to articulate the truth about the teachings of the Bible and Wesleyan tradition on human sexuality. This very accessible book is intended for church leaders, and those interested in understanding the Bible’s teaching on this fundamental component of human life, small groups, experience and relationships.

Holy Love: A Biblical Theology for Human Sexuality #ad - There are other ways to interpret scripture faithfully with respect to sexuality other than the conservative interpretation.

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For the Sake of the Bride, Second Edition: Restoring the Church to Her Intended Beauty

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Abingdon Press #ad - Dan johnson, trinity united methodist church, Gainesville, Senior Pastor, Florida “Steve Harper reflects the evangelical and holiness traditions of American Methodists. Steve manskar, leadership ministries, director of wesleyan leadership, gbod, The United Methodist Church “For the Sake of the Bride sets aside the all-too-easy rhetoric of division and antagonism and invites the divided church to fully engage the greater way of love that Jesus models and bids us follow.

The gown of the bride of Christ is being shredded by sibling rivalry within the Christian community. Dr. Intimate, prayerful, and tenderly biblical—this book reminds us that we already share a way forward—and the way is Love. Pam hawkins, discipleship pastor and former associate editor ofWeavings, Belmont United Methodist Church, Tennessee “Steve Harper does not provide easy answers to our problems, Nashville, but challenges a polarized church to focus on Christ through our Wesleyan tradition.

For the Sake of the Bride, Second Edition: Restoring the Church to Her Intended Beauty #ad - Kyle cuperwich, pastor, bernardsville and Gladstone United Methodist Churches, New Jersey . The church's life is weakened and its witness compromised. Kandace brooks, in a spirit of grace filled love, florida “steve harper succeeds in his desire to move the Church beyond the impasse of name calling and shouting and calls for schism, the Round Table, and brings us to the table, integrity, Senior Pastor, Ormond Beach, Tamoka United Methodist Church, honesty and mutual respect for all parties.

Stanley jones's round-table discussion points a way beyond our tribalism. I hope you will read this book, for the sake of the bride--the church of Jesus Christ.

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Where Do We Go From Here?: Honest Responses From Twenty-Four United Methodist Leaders

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Market Square Publishing #ad - The timely publication of the volume could have an impact in annual conferences across the connection. Kevin slimp, publisher at market Square Books, credits Bishop Kenneth Carder retired for his support in connecting with many of the writers so quickly. For more information, visit marketsquarebooks. Com. Thought-provoking, inspiring and sometimes troubling, this book offers individuals and groups a place to better understand what United Methodist leaders are thinking in this crucial time.

Printing was delayed until after the Judicial Council rulings in late April, giving co-authors the opportunity to update their chapters and respond to the decision. William B. Florida, robert Farr Missouri and Sharma Lewis Virginia. Where do we go from Here? will be available at Amazon. Com beginning May 7 and through other booksellers shortly thereafter.

Where Do We Go From Here?: Honest Responses From Twenty-Four United Methodist Leaders #ad - Following the february 2019 session of the united methodist general conference, laypersons, four bishops, campus ministers, general board directors and others share their honest responses to the question, “Where do we go from here?”Voices from the traditional, students, many United Methodists returned to their Sunday School classes, asking the same question: “Where do we go from here?” In Where Do We Go From Here?: Honest Responses From Twenty-Four United Methodist Leaders, several pastors, worship services and small groups, centrist and progressive viewpoints share their thoughts on where their church is and where it should go from here.

Carter, Jr. Bishop carder believed in the project from the beginning, and his support can’t be overstated, ” said Slimp.

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Active Faith: Resisting 4 Dangerous Ideologies with the Wesleyan Way

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Abingdon Press #ad - They introduce the reader to a spiritual mentor who can help them understand and embrace the practice more fully. They describe contemporary forms of christianity that distort or compromise our received faith tradition, directing their attention to a contemporary issue in which these distortions figure prominently and in which a progressive Wesleyan perspective offers an alternative vision of Christian authenticity.

Finally, the chapters offer guidance showing how readers can engage in these practices on a very practical level. Nationalism 3. These four practices function as counterpoints to four growing dangers based on fear in the contemporary church and in society: 1. Antinomianism. Christian fundamentalism 2. Each of the four chapters discusses the relationship of these practices to scripture, identifying a signature biblical text or story related to each.

Active Faith: Resisting 4 Dangerous Ideologies with the Wesleyan Way #ad - Dispensationalism 4. Each of the four practices is an antidote related to the quest for a particular virtue as well, namely, truth, peace, joy, and love in resistance to these dangerous movements. Christians are invited to practice the way of Jesus by engaging in four formative practices representing central themes of the Wesleyan way: humility, healing, hospitality, and holiness.

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UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality

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Westminster John Knox Press #ad - Churches in america are experiencing an unprecedented fracturing due to their belief and attitude toward the LGBTQ community. Armed with only six passages in the bible--often known as the "clobber passages"--the traditional Christian position has been one that stands against the full inclusion of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.

. Unclobber reexamines each of those frequently quoted passages of Scripture, alternating with author Colby Martin's own story of being fired from an evangelical megachurch when they discovered his stance on sexuality. Unclobber reexamines what the Bible says and does not say about homosexuality in such a way that breathes fresh life into outdated and inaccurate assumptions and interpretations.

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God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships

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Convergent Books #ad - Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality. The landmark book exploring what the Bible actually says—and doesn’t say—about same-sex relationships. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question.

The bible, he’d been taught, condemned gay relationships. With care and precision, sincere soul search­ing, vines asked questions such as:   • do biblical teachings on the marriage covenant preclude same-sex marriage or not? • How should we apply the teachings of Jesus to the gay debate? • Can celibacy be a calling when it is mandated, not chosen? • What did Paul have in mind when he warned against same-sex relations?   Unique in its affirmation of both an orthodox faith and sexual diversity, God and the Gay Christian has sparked heated debate, and widespread cultural change on the issue of what it means to be a faithful gay Christian.

God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships #ad - As a young christian man, matthew vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to some-day share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love.

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Changing Our Mind: Definitive 3rd Edition of the Landmark Call for Inclusion of LGBTQ Christians with Response to Critics

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Read the Spirit Books #ad - For decades now, david Gushee has earned the reputation as America's leading evangelical ethicist. Mclaren, author and theologian. In the definitive third edition of this book, David Gushee issues a scholarly response to his critics. Brian D. In this book, he admits that he has been wrong on the LGBT issue. Writes Brian D.

Mclaren says it best:“not only is david gushee's work deep, thoughtful and brilliant; and not only is David philosophically and theologically careful and astute; he is also refreshingly clear and understandable by ‘common people’ who know neither philosophical nor theological mumbo jumbo. ”. Gushee, “for us, it’s the LGBT issue.

Changing Our Mind: Definitive 3rd Edition of the Landmark Call for Inclusion of LGBTQ Christians with Response to Critics #ad - In changing our mind, gushee takes the reader along his personal and theological journey as he changes his mind about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the Church. With 19 books to his name, Gushee is no stranger to the public arena. Every generation has its hot-button issue, ” writes David P.

He is the author of the “evangelical Declaration Against Torture” and drafted the “Evangelical Climate Initiative.

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How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going: Leading in a Liminal Season

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers #ad - How do you lead an organization stuck between an ending and a new beginning—when the old way of doing things no longer works but a way forward is not yet clear? Beaumont calls such in-between times liminal seasons—threshold times when the continuity of tradition disintegrates and uncertainty about the future fuels doubt and chaos.

. But leaders can still lead. How to lead when you don’t know where you’re Going is a practical book of hope for tired and weary leaders who risk defining this era of ministry in terms of failure or loss. Packed with rich stories and real-world examples, Beaumont guides the reader through practices that connect the soul of the leader with the soul of the institution.

How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going: Leading in a Liminal Season #ad - In a liminal season it simply is not helpful to pretend we understand what needs to happen next. It helps leaders stand firm in a disoriented state, learning from their mistakes and leading despite the confusion.

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Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia through a Spiritual Lens

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Abingdon Press #ad - It is rather a testimony from the wilderness, a memoir of 'trust-end-faith. It is a book about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in our modern, technological world. He also reveals that authentic faith transcends intellectual beliefs, verbal affirmations, and prescribed practices. Dementia diseases represent a crisis of faith for many family members and congregations.

But this is not simply a book about living with dementia or caregiving for those who live with dementia, nor simply a book about pastoral care. Carder asserts that the judeo-christian tradition offers a broader lens, defining personhood in relationship to God’s story and humanity’s participation in God’s mighty acts of creation and new creation; thereby contributing to hope, community, and self-worth.

From the foreword: "bishop carder has written a generously wise book that is a gift to the church and a healing resource for people living with dementia and all who walk with them and alongside them. It is a book about what it means to be known and loved by God, full stop. He confronts the deep personal and theological questions created by loving people with dementia diseases, demonstrating how living with dementia can be a means of growing in faith, wholeness, and ministry for the entire community of faith.

Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia through a Spiritual Lens #ad - They will learn how people with dementia contribute to the community and the church’s life and mission, nurtured, discovering practical ways those contributions can be identified, and incorporated into the church’s life and ministry. While acknowledging the devastation of dementia diseases, Ken Carder draws on his own experience as a caregiver, hospice chaplain, and pastoral practitioner to portray the gifts as well as the challenges accompanying dementia diseases.

They are recipients of treatment and projects for mission.

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Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate

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Jericho Books #ad - In this groundbreaking book, eventually, and his in-depth study of the Bible--that led him, Lee recalls the events--his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, to self-acceptance. Convinced that "in a culture that sees gays and christians as enemies, learn from, " Lee demonstrates that people of faith on both sides of the debate can respect, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace, and love one another.

As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. But lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. Nicknamed "god boy" by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But more than just a memoir, torn provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members--or who struggle with their own sexuality.

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Quietly Courageous: Leading the Church in a Changing World

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers #ad - In quietly courageous, esteemed minister and congregational consultant Gil Rendle offers practical guidance to leaders—both lay and ordained—on leading churches today. The changing dynamics of contemporary church life are well-known, but what’s less well-known is how leaders can work most effectively in this new context.

Jericho Books. He also urges a shift in perspectives on resources, discusses models of change, and offers suggestions for avoiding common pitfalls and working creatively today. Rendle encourages leaders to stop focusing on the past and instead focus relentlessly on their mission and purpose—what is ultimately motivating their work.

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