Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation

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IVP Books #ad - But leong envisions a future of belonging and hope in our streets, towns, cities, and churches. Geography matters. We long for diverse, thriving neighborhoods and churches, yet racial injustices persist. Urban missiologist david leong, who resides in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country, unpacks the systemic challenges that are rarely addressed in the conversation about racial justice.

Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation #ad - The evening news may deliver story after story that causes us to despair. This book is a welcome addition to a conversation that needs to include both. A discussion about race needs to go hand in hand with a discussion about place. Why? because geographic structures and systems create barriers to reconciliation and prevent the flourishing of our communities.

Race and place reveals the profound ways in which these geographic forces and structures sustain the divisions among us.

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Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission Resources for Reconciliation

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IVP Books #ad - But sometimes christians inadvertently marginalize and objectify the very ones they most want to serve. Chris heuertz, international director of Word Made Flesh, and theologian and ethicist Christine Pohl show how friendship is a Christian vocation that can bring reconciliation and healing to our broken world.

Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission Resources for Reconciliation #ad - In our anonymous and dehumanized world, the simple practice of friendship is radically countercultural. Heuertz and pohl's reflections offer fresh insight into Christian mission and what it means to be the church in the world today. They contend that unlikely friendships are at the center of an alternative paradigm for mission, where people are not objectified as potential converts but encountered in a relationship of mutuality and reciprocity.

When we befriend those on the margins of society by practicing hospitality and welcome, we create communities where righteousness and justice can be lived out.

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Beyond Charity: The Call to Christian Community Development

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Baker Books #ad - A powerful call to action to bring reconciliation and restoration to broken communities.

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Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity

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Thomas Nelson #ad - He has, since before he first published Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger in 1978. Despite a dramatic reduction in world hunger since then, 000 children still die daily of starvation and preventable disease, 34, and 1.3 billion people, worldwide, remain in abject poverty. So, the professor of theology went back to re-examine the issues by twenty-first century standards.

Finding that conservatives blame morally reprehensible individual choices, and Liberals blame constrictive social and economic policy, Dr. Sider finds himself agreeing with both sides. In this new look at an age-old problem, but also a comprehensive series of practical solutions, he offers not only a detailed explanation of the causes, in the hopes that Christians like him will choose to make a difference.

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity #ad - Ron Sider does. Do you want to make a true difference in the world? Dr.

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Soul and the City: Finding God in the Noise and Frenzy of Life

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WaterBrook #ad - She turns common city distractions, like spires, and challenges into spiritual invitations or “gateways” to a new kind of contemplation where:•screaming sirens become cues to silent intercession, annoyances, pull your eyes and thoughts heavenward, •skyscrapers, •and red traffic lights work as “pause” buttons that call for you to stop and pray.

Soul and the City: Finding God in the Noise and Frenzy of Life #ad - In the city there is grit, ” Marcy writes. And grime and garbage. Your city guide to godbeneath the relentless rhythms of city life beats the heart of God, and award-winning author Marcy Heidish takes you into a more intimate relationship with him in the midst of crowds, chaos, and concrete. Her experiences from a curb in brooklyn, the bay in San Francisco, and the busy halls of Washington, a rooftop of Chartres Cathedaral in Paris, D.

C. Help you see the city in a new light. But her practical tools in every chapter for reflection, discussion, and application help you see–whether you’re visiting, New York or Los Angeles, working, or dwelling in Philadelphia or Phoenix, Seattle or Syracuse–that in the city there is also grace.

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Shaped by the Gospel: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City Center Church Book 1

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Zondervan #ad - It is easy to assume that if we understand the gospel and preach it faithfully, our ministry will necessarily be shaped by it—but this is not true. Many churches claim to be gospel-centered but do not have a ministry that is shaped by, centered on, and empowered through the gospel. The implications of the gospel have not yet worked their way into the fabric of how that church does ministry.

Gospel-centered ministry is more theologically driven than program driven. To pursue it, the truths, we must spend time reflecting on the essence, and the very patterns of the gospel itself. The gospel is neither religion nor irreligion, but something else entirely—a third way of relating to God through grace.

Shaped by the Gospel: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City Center Church Book 1 #ad - In shaped by the gospel, bestselling author and pastor Timothy Keller addresses several current discussion and conflicts about the nature of the gospel and shows how faithful preaching of the gospel leads to individual and corporate renewal. This new edition contains the first section of Center Church in an easy-to-read format with new reflections and additional essays from Timothy Keller and several other contributors.

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The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism

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Zondervan #ad - It is a call from a place of love and desire to fight for a more racially unified church that no longer compromises what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality. Starting today. An acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically--up to the present day--worked against racial justice.

The color of compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don't know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. A call that challenges black and white Christians alike to standup now and begin implementing the concrete ways Tisby outlines, all for a more equitable and inclusive environment among God's people.

The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism #ad - You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church. The color of compromise:takes you on a historical, history lovers, and religious journey: from america's early colonial days through slavery and the civil WarCovers the tragedy of Jim Crow laws, book clubs, non-students, small group studies, immediate actionIs a perfect book for pastors and other faith leaders, and the strides of today's Black Lives Matter movementReveals the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about meaningful integrationCharts a path forward to replace established patterns and systems of complicity with bold, sociological, courageous, students, the victories of the Civil Rights era, and all lifelong learnersThe Color of Compromise is not a call to shame or a platform to blame white evangelical Christians.

And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response.

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Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice

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IVP Books #ad - With reflection questions and exercises at the end of each chapter, it's ideal to read together with your church or organization. Dr. She guides us through the common topics of discussion and past the bumpy social terrain and political boundaries that will arise. Brenda salter mcNeil has created a roadmap to show us the way.

. We have to face the realities here at home and we must also embrace the stories of people all around the world. Each chapter lays out the next step in the journey. If you are ready to take the next step into unity, wholeness and justice, then this is the book for you. We are ready to rise up. Missio alliance essential reading List of 2015We can see the injustice and inequality in our lives and in the world.

Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice #ad - . We cannot ignore the plight of the people around us and as globalization continues its relentless march onward, we cannot turn a blind eye to the world at large either. Many of us may already be aware of the need for reconciliation in our own backyards. In these pages she voices her call to all believers:"It's time for the followers of Jesus to embark on the prophetic journey that leads to reconciliation and transformation around the world.

But how, exactly, do we do this? How does one reconcile? What we need is a clear sense of direction.

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Embracing God's Future without Forgetting the Past: A Conversation about Loss, Grief, and Nostalgia in Congregational Life

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Fortress Press #ad - Girlinghouse argues that until a congregation comes to terms with its perceived losses through a healthy process of grief, it will be paralyzed in the present and unable to think creatively about the future. Acknowledging and expressing grief will give the congregation the courage to redefine its relationship with the past and draw strength and encouragement from its memories as it steps into the future.

Drawing on more than thirty years of ministry experience in varied settings and concurrent study and teaching about loss, and nostalgia, grief, and lay leaders how they can work through the experience of loss and grief, Girlinghouse shows clergy, church staff, both personally and in their congregation.

Embracing God's Future without Forgetting the Past: A Conversation about Loss, Grief, and Nostalgia in Congregational Life #ad - Part 1 discusses loss and grief using a contemporary, task-based model for the grief process. Girlinghouse presents appreciative inquiry as a tool to discover and build on a congregation's strengths while coming to terms with its losses. Part 4 is about embracing god's future for the congregation, "remembering forward, " and making the changes necessary to move from the sadness of loss to the joy of taking up life again.

Each chapter includes a Bible study and questions for reflection and discussion. It also introduces recent research on the value of nostalgia. In part 2, examine how that story fits in our current social context, Girlinghouse helps leaders tell their congregation's story, including its losses, and explore ways to accept the reality of its losses and express grief over them.

Part 3 considers ways congregations can think more adaptively and creatively about the future without forgetting or devaluing the past.

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Seeing Jesus in East Harlem: What Happens When Churches Show Up and Stay Put

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IVP Books #ad - And the way we grow as disciples and lead others in spiritual growth depends on our contexts. We are all located in different places. In this book, he offers a framework to help church leaders take discipleship seriously in their places, stay put, calling them to show up, and see what God is doing in their midst.

Pastor josé humphreys recognizes how deeply our faith is tied to our particular stories in our particular places. Combining spiritual formation with activism, vivid narrative with exhortation, and realism with hopefulness, Humphreys offers pastors and church planters a thoughtful look at discipleship in a complex world.

Seeing Jesus in East Harlem: What Happens When Churches Show Up and Stay Put #ad - Grounded in his own deep faith and wisdom, he writes out of his experiences as a Puerto Rican pastor who has planted a multiethnic church in East Harlem.

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To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing #ad - Engaging with a wide range of theological and missiological perspectives, Gornik demonstrates how placing blame for the current conditions of life in the inner city on the residents themselves fails the test of critical analysis and the witness of Scripture. Gornik'sto live in peace shows how the life of the church, the strategies of community development, and the practices of peacemaking can make a transformational difference.

To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City #ad - Foreword by miroslav volf preface by laverne stokes how are Christians to understand and respond to our distressed inner-city communities? Building on both the perspective of God's new creation and the view from the neighborhood, Mark R. Yet his proposals also show ways that the church can work with the community to overcome structural obstacles to human flourishing.

Centering the book is the story of baltimore's New Song Community Church, a church that stands as a witness to what can happen when the risks of the gospel are taken.

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