Saturday, August 30, 2014

Book: To love as God loves

To love as God loves - Conversations with the Early Church by Roberta Bondi 
Being a Christian means learning to love with God's love. But God's love is not a warm feeling in the pit of the stomach. It has definite characteristics we learn in the course of our life, in the behavior and teaching of the early monastics, as we ponder over what we can say about God as God deals with us, and finally, as we model our own lives on what we have learned.   


  • Beginnings
  • Love 
  • Humility
  • The Passions
  • Prayer
  • God

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Missional Lutheran Education from the journal Issues in Christian Education

Missional Lutheran Education is the them for the Spring 2010 journal, Issues in Christian Education.
This edition has the following:
Reflection relating to being Lutheran and Missional
Editorial - Intruder Alert
Editorial - A leaky roof
Editorial- Missiodoctrinology
Article:  What is Lutheran Missional Education?
Article:  Missional Education
Article:  Confirmation:  an outreach ministry?
Book reviews

Go to Issues in Christian Education 2010 to read all these articles

Friday, August 22, 2014

Book: The Life you crave by Mike Newman

A new book by Mike Newman - the life you crave

Do you ever wonder what your next step should be? If there is more to life? Do you crave something better?
More than security or wealth success or popularity, what we really need is to be loved, to matter. But with all our inner strength and the world s create-your-own destiny attitude, with all our technology and know-how and savvy, we are helpless to truly satisfy that craving on our own.
God's intention was never for us to have a dissatisfied, self-critical spirit.
In His eyes, each of us is irreplaceable, carefully crafted, designed for a unique and noble purpose. And He is determined to reach us. Throughout the ages, amid all of the world s selfish rebellion, unthinkable corruption, ugly swirl of violence, and abject godlessness, the Lord God has shown that He works in a consistent and beautiful way. He draws close to us. He enters our existence. God reaches into our lives, turns us around, and fulfills every desperate, yearning, miserable need.

God offers us grace. Pure, lavish, unending grace. Discover the life you crave.

1:  Your greatest fan
2:  You amazing purpose
3:  Your unexpected
4:  Your answer to prayer
5:  Your help in trouble
6:  Your new beginning
7:  Your provision for the journey
8:  Your bold mission

Discussion questions for each chapter
Accessible to all people of all faiths
Anecdotes from contemporary everyday life, history, and the Bible
Directs reader to apply Scripture to his or her life

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Video: Nadia Bolz-Weber testimony of a graceful God

Nadia Bolz-Weber  is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver, Colorado. She’s a leading voice in the emerging church movement and her writing can be found in The Christian Century and Jim Wallis’ God’s Politics blog. She is author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Seabury 2008) and the Sarcastic Lutheran blog.
In 2012 she shared her testimony of a graceful God at the ELCA Youth Convention

For more information about Nadia visit

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book: Driven to Despair by Alan Craddock

Driven To Despair: Perfectionism and Ministry by Alan E Craddock - A New Resource for a Common Problem

Driven To Despair, written by psychologist Alan Craddock, is a new book that considers the nature of perfectionism from Psychological and Theological viewpoints, examining functional and dysfunctional aspects of perfectionism, how they are shaped, and how they function in Christian ministry. These complementary viewpoints are used to provide an understanding of perfectionism and how to cope with unhealthy forms of perfectionism in lay and professional ministry. Additional strategies are explored for working with issues involving resistance and obstacles to change when coping strategies are difficult to implement. The book also describes how dysfunctional perfectionism can be sustained by unexpected ‘rewards’ and may be sometimes associated with bullying.

Of particular relevance to Prepare-Enrich Facilitators is the application of the family of origin closeness and flexibility dimensions that feature in the Family Map used in the Customized Version of Prepare-Enrich. The book discusses whether strong parental control may combine with family enmeshment and authoritarianism to produce a striving for perfection in which unhelpful self-defeating thinking and activity may predominate.

This book has been written to help men and women working in all forms of Christian ministry and will also be of assistance to professionals working with clients who are struggling with unhelpful perfectionism in their ministry.

This book is available from the author by visiting Alan E Craddock web site