Friday, November 17, 2017

Book: The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative

Most Christians would agree that the Bible provides a basis for mission. 
But Christopher Wright boldly maintains that mission is bigger than that--there is in fact a missional basis for the Bible! The entire Bible is generated by and is all about God's mission. 
In order to understand the Bible, we need a missional hermeneutic of the Bible, an interpretive perspective that is in tune with this great missional theme. We need to see the "big picture" of God's mission and how the familiar bits and pieces fit into the grand narrative of Scripture. Beginning with the Old Testament and the groundwork it lays for understanding who God is, what he has called his people to be and do, and how the nations fit into God's mission, Wright gives us a new hermeneutical perspective on Scripture. This new perspective provides a solid and expansive basis for holistic mission. Wright emphasizes throughout a holistic mission as the proper shape of Christian mission. God's mission is to reclaim the world--and that includes the created order--and God's people have a designated role to play in that mission.   Winner, 2007 Christianity Today Missions/Global Affairs Book

Part I The Bible and Mission 
1 Searching for a Missional Hermeneutic
2 Shaping a Missional Hermeneutic
Part II The God of Mission 
3 The Living God Makes Himself Known in Israel
4 The Living God Makes Himself Known in Jesus Christ
5 The Living God Confronts Idolatry
Part III The People of Mission 
6 God's Elect People: Chosen for Blessing
7 God's Particular People: Chosen for All
8 God's Model of Redemption: The Exodus 
9 God's Model of Restoration: The Jubilee
10 The Span of God's Missional Covenant
11 The Life of God's Missional People
Part IV The Arena of Mission 
12 Mission and God's Earth
13 Mission and God's Image
14 God and the Nations in Old Testament Vision
15 God and the Nations in New Testament Mission

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book: Chistmas is not your birthday

Every year, we say we’re going to cut back, simplify, and have a family Christmas that focuses on the real reason for the season―Jesus. But every year, advertisements beckon, the children plead, and it seems easier just to indulge our wants and whims. Overspending, overeating, materialism, and busyness rob us of our peace and joy and rob Jesus of his rightful role as the center of our celebration.

This Christmas, cut through the hype that leaves you exhausted and broke at the end of the year. Instead, experience the peace of knowing that God is truly with us, the joy of giving sacrificially, and the love of a Savior who gave everything he had for us. In five short, engaging chapters, Pastor Mike Slaughter inspires readers to approach Christmas differently, and be transformed in the process. 

1.  Expect a Miracle 
2. Giving Up on Perfect
3. Scandalous Love 
4. Jesus’ Wish List
5. By a Different Road

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Yearly Devotion book: Time out with the Shepherd

Time out with the Shepherd is a book of Christian devotions, by Australian writers, for each day of the calendar year
Each meditation is a 'time-out' of about 3 minutes, and consists of a Bible reading, some thoughts on that passage, and a short prayer. The meditation is based on the lectionary Bible reading for the day.
The devotion writers' thoughts are life-related and centred on the message of God's love for people shown in Jesus Christ. The devotions can be used for individuals, families and groups.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, listen as Jesus speaks to you

Outreach film: Road to Emmaus

The Road to Emmaus DVD is a tool to help local churches with outreach. At a very low cost, congregations can distribute copies of the DVD as a calling card to invite people to their local church

Written and produced by an Emmy-winning team, this acclaimed film offers a dynamic new opportunity to reach people with the story of Jesus. Road to Emmaus follows the story of Jesus and two companions on the Sunday of the resurrection, as "...he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself." Created to reach the unchurched, the film is among the most widely used evangelism tools ever produced—a valuable tool your congregation can use this year.

Starring Bruce Marchiano ("Gospel of Matthew") Road to Emmaus follows the story of Luke 24:13-49 and imagines what the conversation between Jesus and the two disciples might have been. It builds from the actual stories and passages of the Bible (the writings of Moses and the prophets as well as the further explanations in the New Testament).

Also available free

  • 5-Session Bible Study
  • Discussion Guide
  • Questions for Reflection
Watch the video 

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2017 Christmas and Advent resources

Advent and Christmas resources

Lutheran Church of Australia
Christmas worship resources including children's presentations,
Advent Year B
Grow Ministries and Grow Ministries Advent 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Living our Baptism 5 gifts of discipleship
Essay:  The Advent wisdom project 
Bible Studies Advent
Bible Studies Christmas
Congregational Communication Tools
Daily Lectionary Advent
Daily Lectionary Christmas

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod resources including:
Banners, bulletins, stoles, wreaths and candles
Gifts, Bible studies, books, church supplies and music
FAQ - history of Advent and the meaning of the Advent wreath
FAQ - What date was Jesus born?
Who is Jesus?
Chapel Talks for Advent
Church Year: Sundays and Seasons
LCMS Lectionary
Good King Wenceslas (It’s all about Mercy)
Unwrapping the Gifts
Christmas Mourning
Advent Devotions
Advent Devotions Transforming this Christmas beyond our circumstances.
Advent Devotions in Spanish
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Christmas Collection on CD
Advent Chain and Christmas Ornaments
Advent Joy-A-Tude
The Advent Wreath Devotional
Christmas Wrappings, Devotional
Scripture Advent Chain Instructions
Christmas Ornaments (4) — Downloadable
One Extraordinary Night — Bible Study by Donna Pyle
No Stranger in the Manger — Bible Study by Donna Pyle
The Joy of Christmas Mustard Seeds Packet

Wisonsin Evangelical Lutheran Church
Article Too much Christmas
Article Traditions with a purpose
Teen Devotions 

Books, gifts and church resources
Augsburg Fortress
North West Publishing
Sola Publishing 
Australian Church Resources 

Includes readings, images, movies, commetaries, lectionary reflections, group studies, worship resources, prayer, hymns, resources for children and drama

Advent Devotions
Lutheran Hour Ministries free devotions for congregational distribution
Luther Seminary
Higher Things
Vibrant Faith - taking Advent Home 
previous years entries

Bible Society of Australia
Free resource: the really Good News of Christmas

Advent Candle Lighting resource

Books and Devotions