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Praying
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IN THIS ISSUE

▷ UNITED WE STAND? ▷ THE CHRISTIAN ARTIST

▷ WHAT YOU NEVER KNEw ABOUT SEX ▷ RESURREcTION READINg

TWENTY-FOUR WAYS TO PRAY

Why is it so hard to master consistent and meaningful prayer? MaryKate Morse explores twentyfour pathways of prayer meant to give readers a vast array of ways to focus and reflect in light of each person of the Trinity. Whether you are a beginner or a lifetime person of faith, you will find a treasuretrove of riches here to guide you into a deeper experience of prayer. Each chapter in this guidebook explores a different angle of prayer, offering specific ways to pray on your own, with a partner or in a group. Sprinkled throughout are reflections from the author’s former students describing their own experiences with these practices.

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MaryKate Morse (PhD, Gonzaga University) is professor of leadership and spiritual formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. In addition to speaking at conferences and leading retreat ministries, she also mentors leaders and serves as a consultant to churches and organizations in transition.

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MARYKAtE MORSE ON PRAYER

PRAISE FOR A GUIDEBOOK TO PRAYER

“I wanted to make a life of prayer more accessible to everyone, rather than making it seem like a huge ‘spiritual’ undertaking. I also wanted to connect prayer to the simple journey we take when we love someone. . . . Instead of talking about prayer and prayer practices, I wanted people to see prayer as a way to move closer into a love relationship with God.” “Prayer is natural for all persons. It is not a gift that some have. . . . Prayer is a great mystery of faith but it is also as ordinary and necessary as daily bread.” “Prayer allows us to know and love the whole of God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We sometimes attach to one aspect of God and neglect to realize the wonder of the entire Trinity and benefit from that broader relationship.”

“I recommend this book for those who want to go deeper into the world of prayer as well as those who want to pray but don’t know how to pray. Read this book slowly and prayerfully. As you do, you will find yourself falling in love with God.”
—Joshua Choonmin Kang, pastor and author of Scripture by Heart

“This is the most helpful book on prayer that I have ever read. It is a guidebook on prayer authored by someone whose own life and work are themselves profoundly shaped by the patterns of prayerful communion with God suggested in it.”
—JR Rozko, Missio Alliance
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ChRISTIAN AGAINST ChRISTIAN MAPPING HOLY GROUND

Despite Jesus’ prayer that all Christians “be one,” divisions have been epidemic in the body of Christ. We cluster in theological groups, gender groups, age groups, ethnic groups, educational and economic groups. Though we may think we know why this happens, Christena Cleveland says we probably don’t. Learn the hidden reasons behind conflict and divisions, the unseen dynamics at work that tend to separate us from others. With a personal touch and the trained eye of a social psychologist, Cleveland considers the latest studies and research as she examines why Christians who have a heart for unity have such a hard time actually uniting. The author provides real insight for ministry leaders attempting to build bridges across boundaries.

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Christena Cleveland (PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara) is a social psychologist who teaches at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an award-winning researcher and gifted teacher who brings organizational experience to her efforts to build unity. She consults with pastors and organizational leaders on multicultural issues and speaks regularly at organizations, churches, conferences, universities and schools. www.christenacleveland.com @CSCleve on Twitter 4 4

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PRAISE FOR DISUNITY IN CHRIST

“Christena Cleveland’s book is delightful, witty and deeply insightful! She effortlessly weaves her own voice and stories with compelling social psychological research to convey an urgent, informed message that church leaders, educators and lay Christians will find profoundly useful.” —Christine Ma-Kellams, college fellow, department of psychology, Harvard University “The book is unapologetically hopeful and insightful. It emphasizes Christ’s underlying message of unity in a down-to-earth, heartwarming and easily accessible way. . . . The refreshing insights within each chapter and the thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter make this book an excellent discussion starter and a wonderful teaching tool.” —Carmel Saad, assistant professor of psychology, Westmont College

“Those involved in building and supporting multiethnic Christian communities will be moved by Cleveland’s stories, perspectives, and gracious spirit. Her book will, I hope, help us resolve generational, economic, political, and theological differences—and teach us to see that, truly, we are better off together.” —Paul Louis Metzger, Christianity Today, November 2013 “Christena Cleveland’s ability to weave autobiography, sociology and social psychology into her fine analysis of the topic offers stunning insight into congregational life today. May serious Christians enter the conversation that she has graciously framed.” —David D. Daniels, Henry Winters Luce Professor of World Christianity, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago

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N E W A LTE R N ATE S

THE ARt OF HELPING OtHERS
Douglas C. Mann

Musicians, artists and other creative types are pulled in many directions by society’s conflicted vision for the arts. Douglas Mann, from his vantage point as a missionary, Christian visual artist and music industry veteran, offers guidance for staying true to an artistic vision while remaining connected to the world’s needs.
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tEN
Sean Gladding

Sean Gladding invites us to sit in on this lively, heartfelt and heart-rending conversation about the Ten Commandments—words from God to people just freed from slavery. What might they mean for us today—the most “free” people who ever lived?
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PRELUDE tO PHILOSOPHY
Mark W. Foreman

Is the study of philosophy important for today’s Christian? Mark Foreman addresses this question and others in this concise and straightforward guide to the subject. Unlike a full introduction to philosophy, this book is a preliminary discussion that dispels misunderstandings and explains the rationale for engaging in philosophical reasoning.
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THEOLOGY OF MISSION
John Howard Yoder

John Howard Yoder, author of The Politics of Jesus, was best known for his writing on Christian pacifism. This volume—based on lectures recorded in 1973—shows he was a profound missiologist as well. Yoder weaves together biblical, theological, practical and interreligious reflections to think about mission beyond Christendom.
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THINGS YOUR MOtHER NEVER TOLD YOU
Kim Gaines Eckert

In this frank exploration of all aspects of what it means to be a sexual being created by God, Kim Gaines Eckert explores myths about female sexuality that we have absorbed both from popular culture and from distorted religious teaching.
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INtRODUCING EaStERN ORtHODOX THEOLOGY
Andrew Louth

With an estimated 250 million adherents, the Orthodox Church is the second largest Christian body in the world. This absorbing account of the essential elements of Eastern Orthodox thought deals with the Trinity, Christ, sin, humanity and creation as well as praying, icons, the sacraments and liturgy.
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GLOBaL PERSPECtIVES

Seeing today’s church through a larger lens

OPERatION WORLD (7tH EDItION)
Jason Mandryk

THE FUtURE OF tHE GLOBaL CHURCH
Patrick Johnstone

GLOBaL DICtIONaRY OF THEOLOGY
William A. Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

THE GLOBaL PUBLIC SQUaRE
Os Guinness

The definitive guide to global prayer has now been completely updated and revised to cover the entire populated world. Whether you are an intercessor praying behind the scenes or a missionary abroad, Operation World gives you the information you need to play a vital role in fulfilling the Great Commission.
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Patrick Johnstone, author of six editions of the phenomenal prayer guide Operation World, draws on his fifty years of experience to present a breathtaking, full-color graphical and textual overview of the past, present and possible future of the church around the world.
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Including 250 articles written by over one hundred contributors, this theological dictionary represents a full range of global expressions of theology. While presuming the contribution of the Western tradition, this ecumenical work moves beyond to embrace and explore an unprecedented spectrum of theological perspectives.
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In a world torn by tyranny, religious conflict and threats to human dignity, Os Guinness argues that the way forward lies in hearkening back to the “soul liberty” of English Puritan Roger Williams—the inviolable freedom of thought, conscience and religion for people of all faiths and none.
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INtERaCtING wItH tHE wORD
“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17 NIV

SCRIPtURE BY HEaRt
Joshua Choonmin Kang

ONE BIBLE, REaDING MaNY VERSIONS SCRIPtURE wItH tHE REFORMERS Dave Brunn
An international Bible translator for many years, Dave Brunn divulges the inner workings of the translation process to help us sort out the many competing claims for superiority among English Bible translations. His professional assessments and conclusions will help us read and understand Scripture more clearly.
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Timothy George

REaDING SCRIPtURE wItH tHE CHURCH FatHERS
Christopher A. Hall

Memorizing Scripture can seem overwhelming, like one more task on a checklist. But pastor Joshua Choonmin Kang has discovered what happens when we do spend time memorizing God’s Word: we grasp a larger, truer picture of God. Pastor Kang’s wisdom and practical advice can help you grow in this important practice.
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Timothy George reveals how the sixteenth century’s revolution in theological thinking was fueled by a fresh return to the Scriptures. He underlines several Reformers’ unique engagement with the Bible and suggests what their legacy might mean for reading, praying and living out the Scriptures today.
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Christopher Hall shows that studying the writings of the early leaders of the church reveals how the Bible was understood in the centuries closest to its writing. He also lays out how modern Christians can benefit from a patristic interpretation of Scripture, gleaning wisdom from the fathers of the faith.
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LOVE OF WISDOM

How the study of philosophy helps us integrate learning and faith

DOING PHILOSOPHY AS A CHRIStIAN
Garrett J. DeWeese

PHILOSOPHIcAL FOUNdAtIONS FOR A cHRIStIAN WORLdVIEW
J. P. Moreland and William Lane Craig

PHILOSOPHY & tHE CHRIStIAN FAItH
Colin Brown

Noting that philosophy literally is “the love of wisdom,” Garrett J. DeWeese elucidates the fundamental questions of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and aesthetics, philosophy of mind and philosophy of science. This discussion of wisdom from the Old and New Testaments makes a case for the integration of philosophy and Christian spiritual formation.
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This lively and thorough introduction to philosophy presents the principal subdisciplines of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics and philosophy of religion, and shows how such knowledge can aid Christians in the task of integrating faith and learning.
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Colin Brown surveys the thought of over four hundred philosophers from the Middle Ages to the present day. This clear and concise guide shows how various thinkers and ideas have affected Christian belief and brings together the lessons Christians can learn from philosophy.
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POckEt dIctIONARY OF APOLOGEtIcS & PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
C. Stephen Evans

Designed as a companion to the study of apologetics and philosophy of religion, this pocket dictionary by Stephen Evans offers three hundred entries covering terms, apologists, philosophers, movements, apologetic arguments and theologies.
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CaLVIN MILLER
Honoring the beloved author, poet and speaker whose rule of life was four simple words: “Time is a gift.”

CELtIC DEVOtIONS
Calvin Miller

THE SINGER
Calvin Miller

THE PatH OF CELtIC PRaYER
Calvin Miller

Sunrise and sunset. Morning and evening. Waking and resting. The time between your rising and sleeping is new each day. Calvin Miller presents a morning and evening devotional with quotes from the Celts and personal reflections. Each day also uses a quote from Psalm 119, which was often read and quoted by the Celts.
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Retelling the story of Christ through an allegorical and poetic narrative of a Singer whose Song could not be silenced, Calvin Miller’s magnificent tale reinvigorated Christian literature and has offered believers and seekers a deeply personal encounter with the gospel.
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Calvin Miller introduces six types of Celtic prayer that teach you how to pray out of the circumstances and uncertainties of your own life. With traditional examples of each type of prayer, the book also includes a historical and spiritual overview of Celtic spirituality to lead you to new union with God.
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