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Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make all the headlines, but Duncan sees something else at work--drawing a direct line between the church's lack of diversity and the church's lack of vitality. The problems the ELCA faces are theological, not sociological. But so are the answers. Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of Duncan's denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Dear Church rejects the narrative of church decline and calls everyone--leaders and laity alike--to the front lines of the churchÂs renewal through racial equality and justice. It is time for the church to rise up, dust itself off, and take on forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia, and economic injustice. Duncan gives a blueprint for the way forward and urges us to follow in the revolutionary path of Jesus.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Lenny Duncan
Publisher: Fortress Press
Release: 2019-07-02
File: 138 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781506452579

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Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make all the headlines, but Duncan sees something else at work--drawing a direct line between the church's lack of diversity and the church's lack of vitality. The problems the ELCA faces are theological, not sociological. But so are the answers.Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of Duncan's denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Dear Church rejects the narrative of church decline and calls everyone--leaders and laity alike--to the front lines of the church's renewal through racial equality and justice.It is time for the church to rise up, dust itself off, and take on forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia, and economic injustice. Duncan gives a blueprint for the way forward and urges us to follow in the revolutionary path of Jesus.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Lenny Duncan
Publisher: Fortress Press
Release: 2019-07-02
File: 138 Pages
ISBN-13: 1506452566

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Through this series of letters from a former emergent church staffer to the global church she's not always sure she wants to be a part of, this volume invites every person to engage their own disappointments and journey through disillusionment and back again.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Sarah Raymond Cunningham
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: 2006
File: 219 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780310269588

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Author: Gabriel Miller
Publisher:
Release: 2020-07
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 0998760870

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Author: Raphael Appleby
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Release: 1985
File: 94 Pages
ISBN-13: OCLC:973786315

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"Remember what you have been taught and have heard. Hold firmly to it. Turn away from your sins. If you don't wake up, I will come like a thief. You won't know when I will come to you." Revelation 3:3Dear Church - Wake up!! The midnight hour for believers in Jesus Christ is almost here! A lot of the Christian Church today appears asleep and all comfy cosy. But a time is coming when they will need to be the people that God has truly called them to be... Paul when writing to his young friend Timothy described people in the last days as lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power.The issues we look at inside certainly covers that description by the Apostle Paul. Inside we will look at issues for the modern Christian. Issues which signify the parts of the Church which are currently asleep and need to be woken from their slumber. Are you ready? Are you aware of any of them in the life of the Church, including yourself?For instance, what is your relationship with your Government? What should your attitude and relationship with them be like?The 12 issues we look at together are: Chocolate Church; Government; Guidance; Individualism; Materialism; Radical Church; Self Interest; Standing Alone; Times of Trouble; Universalism; Words; Worship

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Author: Davo Roberts
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release: 2018-08
File: 142 Pages
ISBN-13: 1721522557

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Dear Church Vol 2: Living and Leading Together takes a look at unity and the need to set a "New Table." Where things have been divided, it is up to us (The Church), to take a look at the power we possess when we are one.

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Author: Kai A. Pineda
Publisher:
Release: 2020-04-09
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 0578662892

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This book is comprised of letters written by female pastors to the church. These letters uplift, encourage, support, and celebrate the important role and contributions of women through their ministry at all levels of life in the church today. This book is ideal not only for those women considering ministry but also for those who have become discouraged as they minister in a changing and often difficult world. Dear Church may also encourage understanding, provide insight, and offer support for today's lay leaders as they seek to serve in partnership with their clergy.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Dorothy D France
Publisher: Chalice Press
Release: 2010-03-01
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780827206427

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The stories of LGBT+ Christians are not untold, but have often been unheard by faith leaders and communities. While so much of the conversation about LGBT+ inclu18sion has focused on theology and ideology, few have actually interacted with the raw, real stories and experiences of LGBT+ Christians. In this volume, LGBT+ Christian activist and theologian Brandan Robertson has brought together stories of LGBT+ Christians from around the world combined with his theological insights to create a powerful book that will challenge, convict, and inspire readers from all theological backgrounds to examine their posture and message toward the LGBT+ community and embrace the revival that the Holy Spirit is igniting among queer Christians around the world.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Brandan J. Robertson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release: 2018-03-27
File: 184 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781532610684

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“If reconciliation is the takeaway point for the civil rights story we usually tell, then the takeaway point for the more complex, more truthful civil rights story contained in Dear White Christians is reparations.” — from the preface to the second edition With the troubling and painful events of the last several years—from the killing of numerous unarmed Black men and women at the hands of police to the rallying of white supremacists in Charlottesville—it is clearer than ever that the reconciliation paradigm, long favored by white Christians, has failed to heal the deep racial wounds in the church and American society. In this provocative book, originally published in 2014, Jennifer Harvey argues for a radical shift away from the well-meaning but feeble longing for reconciliation toward a robustly biblical call for reparations. Now in its second edition—with a new preface addressing the explosive changes in American culture and politics since 2014, as well as an appendix that explores what a reparations paradigm can actually look like—Dear White Christians calls justice-committed Christians to do the gospel-inspired work of opposing racist social structures around them. Harvey’s message is historically and scripturally rooted, making it ideal for facilitating the difficult but important discussions about race that are so desperately needed in churches and faith-centered classrooms across the country.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Jennifer Harvey
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release: 2020-07-14
File: 317 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781467459617

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