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HOW DO WE

Worship
WITH OUR

Whole
SELVES?

IN THIS ISSUE ▷ ADDRESSING LGBT ISSUES IN THE CHURCH ▷ ENTER INTO SABBATH REST
▷ STARTING A NONPROFIT? ▷ 50% OFF FOR PASTOR APPRECIATION DAY
RETURN TO HEARTFELT WORSHIP

When asked by his son why some churches have


smoke machines, worship pastor Manuel Luz
found himself responding, “Well, technically,
you need smoke machines to see the lasers.”

But when you take down the smokescreen, what


do you have left? Where do we encounter the
Holy in the midst of all this? Where can we wor-
ship with our full selves—heart, soul, mind, and
body—in Spirit and truth?

Drawing from his own experience leading wor-


ship in a large congregation and feeling the
pull of performance, Manuel Luz guides us
on a journey through worship that takes us far
beyond style and deep into our own souls. He
224 pages, paperback, 4538, $16.00
calls us back to an honest worship that moves
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This book will ship automatically unless true self that God is forming within each of
you reply by September 24, 2018.
us. Each chapter ends with a spiritual practice
designed to help us set aside pretense and enter
into the very presence of God.

Manuel Luz is the creative arts pastor of Oak Hills Church in Folsom,
California, and has been an active advocate for worship and the arts
for more than twenty-five years. He is also the author of Imagine That, a
working musician and songwriter, and the co-inventer of the musical
instrument the WalkaBout.

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“You had me at, ‘why do we need smoke machines in church?’!


Honest Worship is a must-read for anyone who is involved in leading
or participating in worship. It is honest, challenging, convicting, and inspiring—
and will change the way you approach this key spiritual practice!”
—R U T H H A L E Y B A R T O N ,
founding president/CEO of the Transforming Center

“This book is precisely the kind of help that gets pastors “If you’ve chosen to worship God, you need this book.
and parishioners worshiping honestly before a gracious If you lead others in worship of God, you need this
God, for whom such worship is deeply pleasing.” book. It will open your eyes to what has been missing
­—W. David O. Taylor, Fuller Theological Seminary in our worship. Honest Worship shows us how to
really align our souls with the One who made us so
“As both an artist and a worship leader, I highly
that we can experience the fullness of worshiping ‘in
recommend this book by my friend, Manuel Luz. It’s
spirit and truth.’”
a wonderful invitation for each of us to engage whole-
heartedly in authentic worship beyond all the trappings —J. Scott McElroy, author of Creative Church
Handbook
that so easily entangle us. These are wise words from a
seasoned leader in the arts and worship who knows the “Manuel provides a thoughtful framework for look-
difference between trends and truth. Well done!” ing at the big picture of what it means to worship our
—Matt Tommey, artist, author, and worship leader God with honesty, obedience, devotion, and passion.
I highly recommend this for every individual who
“Dallas Willard was fond of saying that worship longs to grow in worship, and for every leader who is
should be understood as properly ascribing worth to guiding others into God’s presence.”
God. This work helps readers understand how and why
—Nancy Beach, leadership coach with Slingshot
we must endeavor to do that very thing. Our humanity Group, author of An Hour on Sunday
depends on it.”
—Gary Black Jr., Azusa Pacific University
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DISCUSSING LGBT
MAPPING HOLY ISSUES IN CHURCH
GROUND

Is your church wrestling with LGBT questions


from membership to marriage? Travis Collins
has been there. A pastor who has walked congre-
gations through the complex issues surrounding
gay Christians, he knows firsthand the confu-
sion and hurt that often follow. He has also seen
churches have these conversations with grace and
understanding.

In this practical resource, readers will gain


insight into relevant biblical passages and, while
the author is working from a traditional per-
spective, he offers insights from interpreters on
both sides of the debate. They will consider the
implications of their convictions for ministry
practice, relationships, church policy, and more.
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truth, with humility.

Travis Collins has ministered as an international missionary and


pastor for three decades. He is senior pastor at First Baptist Church in
Huntsville, Alabama, and is the author of several books, including From
the Steeple to the Street and Fresh Expressions of Church. Collins holds a PhD in
Christian mission and is a member of the Fresh Expressions US team.

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A LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK

“Welcoming?” An Introduction Part Three: The Way Forward


Part One: The Complexity 7. What Should a Same-Sex Attracted
Christian Do?
1. Meanings, Motives, Regrets, and
Hopes 8. We Can’t Just Sing Kumbaya Forever
2. A Difficult, Knotty, Potentially 9. Welcoming but Not Affirming and
Thorny Conversation Mutually Transforming
When Your Child Is Gay Testimonial: Called to Stay
3. The Terrifying Beauty of a Diverse Testimonial: Called to Leave
Church or Denomination 10. What Can We Do?
Part Two: The Topic Conclusion
4. The Affirming Position Acknowledgments
Testimonial: From a Lesbian Christian Appendix A: A Process
5. The Traditional Position Appendix B: A Statement on Sexuality
Testimonial: From a Single, Gay Discussion Guide
Christian
Notes
6. What Does the Bible Say?
For Further Reading

PRAISE FOR WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE WELCOMING?

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church leaders who are committed to navigating LGBT guard the unity of the body as we struggle honestly
conversations in their communities with the sort of honesty together to apply the gospel of grace and truth.”
and humility that ought to mark all Christian discourse.” ­—Bill White, senior pastor of Christ Journey
—JR Rozko, codirector at Missio Alliance Church in Coral Gables

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APPROACHING THE STUDY OF THEOLOGY


Anthony C. Thiselton
From the opening pages of the Bible, we learn of God as one who com-
municates with humankind. This introduction to theology from Anthony
Thiselton is divided into three parts, first mapping the main approaches,
then introducing the major ideas and thinkers, and finally giving concise
explanations of all the words and phrases readers need to know.
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HEALING OUR BROKEN HUMANITY


Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill
Foreword by Willie James Jennings
Jesus calls us to be a peacemaking and reconciling people. But how
do we do this? Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill offer ten ways to
transform society, from lament and repentance to relinquishing power,
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be the new humanity in Jesus Christ.
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OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY


Paul R. House
Paul R. House provides a comprehensive theology of the Old Testament,
carefully exploring each Old Testament book, thematically summarizing
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THE MINORITY EXPERIENCE


Adrian Pei
If you’re the only person from your ethnic background in your organi-
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unpacking the historical forces at play and what both minority and
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HOSEA
Joshua N. Moon
Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series
In this AOTC volume, Joshua Moon sets the prophecies of Hosea in
the context of the eighth century BC, focusing on the importance of
reading Hosea as Christian Scripture, in which we are meant to hear
God’s own voice as he calls his people to himself. Moon demon-
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Hosea, situating the reading of each section within larger biblical
and theological concerns.
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CAN A SCIENTIST BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?


Ian Hutchinson
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Plasma physicist Ian Hutchinson has been asked hundreds of ques-
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Is the Bible consistent with the modern scientific understanding of
the universe? Are there scientific reasons to believe in God? In this
comprehensive volume, Hutchinson answers a full range of inquiries
with sound scientific insights and measured Christian perspective.
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FINDING FAVOUR IN THE SIGHT OF GOD


Richard P. Belcher Jr.
New Studies in Biblical Theology
Wisdom literature is needed now more than ever. In this NSBT
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in Old Testament theology, focusing on the message and theology of
the books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. These point forward to
the need for Christ and the gospel. Belcher concludes by exploring
the relationship of Christ to wisdom in terms of his person, work,
and teaching ministry.
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ESTHER

Study this inspiring woman of the Bible


to find out what her story can tell us
about God’s work today.

ESTHER ESTHER THE MESSAGE OF 1-2 KINGS, 1-2


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When her people were Conti
The book of Esther Esther is the only book
threatened, Esther could
describes how a genocide in the Bible that does Ancient Christian
risk her life to try to save
threatening the Jewish not mention God. In Commentary on
her fellow Israelites. Or
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You’ll discover how godly mentators who set before
unexpectedly—works where the reality of God’s
character often develops you a table of delights
behind the scenes to presence is experienced
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SABBATH AND REST

Even amid our fast-paced culture, we are


created to take the time to embrace rest.

SABBATH KEEPING THE RADICAL SABBATH RESTING PLACE


Lynne M. Baab PURSUIT OF REST Lynne M. Baab Jane Rubietta
Let’s face it: our times John Koessler LifeGuide® Bible Do you need a personal
of rest need work. And Foreword by Mark Studies retreat? Is your frantic,
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collected insights from families, busyness is the learn more about what provoking quotes,
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guidebook that encour- rest is not automatic or from God that brings Rubietta leads you into
ages all of us to slow easy to attain. With hon- a renewed awareness of times of rest with Jesus
down and enjoy our est, biblical reflections who God is and who that will equip you for
relationship with the on trends in our culture we are as God’s beloved everyday living.
God of the universe. and churches, he presents children. Come and dis-
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THE TRINITY

Deepen your understanding of the Trinity


for personal study, small group leading,
or teaching.

THE TRINITY, DELIGHTING IN LIFE IN THE TRINITY THE MESSAGE OF


PRACTICALLY THE TRINITY Donald Fairbairn THE TRINITY
SPEAKING Michael Reeves Brian Edgar
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Bible (and in Christian introduction to the to the biblical roots defy logic: How can
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to the reality of salva- rooted in the triune of the early church, matic commentary, Brian
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“Trinity” does not preachers and teachers have tended to over- properly understood,
appear in the Bible, many down through the ages, look, especially in our “the Trinity is as essential
people wonder whether setting key doctrines understanding of God for theology as bones are
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puzzle created by theo- life in the Spirit into a our salvation as sharing emerges entirely from it,
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STARTING A NONPROFIT?

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MADE TO FLOURISH STEWARD ENTREPRENEURIAL INSTITUTIONAL


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