Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis

The sexual abuse scandal has gripped the Catholic Church for the past thirty years, and continues to wreak havoc even today It s been a diabolical masterpiece, one that has compromised the work of the Church in every way and has left countless lives in ruin Many Catholics are understandably aski

Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church (9marks: Building Healthy Churches)

Prayer is as necessary to the Christian as breathing is to the human body but it often doesn t come quite as naturally In fact, prayer in the church often gets subtly pushed to the side in favor of pragmatic practices that promise tangible results Rather than being a hallmark of churches, depende

Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ's Rule

The church is political Theologians have been debating this claim for years Liberationists, Anabaptists, Augustinians, neo Calvinists, Radical Orthodox and others continue to discuss the matter What do we mean by politics and the political What are the limits of the church s political reach Wha

Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church

Unleashing the Passion of Young People in Your Church Is Possible Churches are losing both members and vitality as increasing numbers of young people disengage Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation s leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use

Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian

Friendship is a relationship like no other Unlike the relationships we are born into, we choose our friends It is also tenuous we can end a friendship at any time But should friendship be so free and unconstrained Although our culture tends to pay attention to romantic love, marriage, famil

The Compelling Community: Where God's Power Makes a Church Attractive

What does a community that testifies to God s power look like n nGod s people are called to a togetherness and commitment that transcends all natural boundaries whether ethnic, generational, or economic But such a community can be enjoyed only when it relies on the power of God in the gospel n nIn T

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

In a radical new vision for the future of Christianity, NYT bestselling author and conservative columnist Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life n nThe light of the Christian faith is flickering out all over the West,

Church in Hard Places: How the Local Church Brings Life to the Poor and Needy

It is impossible to alleviate poverty in its fullest sense apart from the local church n nIn recent years, Christians have shown an increased commitment to helping the poor But this renewed interest in poverty alleviation is doomed to fail if it is not rooted in the local church God s established

Baptist Foundations: Church Government for an Anti-Institutional Age

Ours is an anti polity age, perhaps than any other time in the history of the church Yet polity remains as important now as it was in the New Testament What then is a right or biblical polity The contributors to this volume make an exegetical and theological case for a Baptist polity Righ

Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus

Why should you join a church n nBecoming a member of a church is an important, and often neglected, part of the Christian life Yet the trend these days is one of shunning the practice of organized religion and showing a distaste or fear of commitment, especially of institutions n nJonathan Leeman add