Rural contexts are often over-looked, treated as "flyover land." But because everyone must eat, rural communities and their work in food production are vitally important to the whole of society. Mark Yackel-Juleen, the executive director of Shalom Hill Farms, connects issues of food production and environmental sustainability in profound ways to the Bible and theology. He offers actionable tools for rural leaders and ministers to address issues of sustainability and land use in their ministry.
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Word & World Books
Luther Seminary, the board of the periodical Word & World, and Fortress Press have formed a partnership to launch a new publishing venture called Word & World Books. The goal of this new series is to invigorate and inspire Christian leaders and communities in their mission to proclaim God’s Word to the World God created and loves. A primary task of those who lead Christian communities is to articulate the fullness of both God-given realities. Word & World Books seeks to provide resources that are deeply thoughtful, creative in approach, accessibly written, and applicable to those on the frontlines of parish ministry.
Into the Deep: Escaping the Shallows of Consumer Christianity - John W. Vest
Unexpected Spirituality: Prayer and the Adventure of Faith - Dirk G. Lange
As changes in demographics, participation, and leadership continue to roil faith communities in the Western world, questions about the historic roots of church communities have become all the more important. Rooted and Renewing explores everyday realities in the earliest church communities in order to help Christians discover how to be church in today’s world. Aimed at church members and leaders alike, the book includes as study guide for with questions for reflection and discussion.
Respected biblical theologian Terrence E. Fretheim weaves key insights from Scripture with theological reflections on the nature and activity of God. He emphasizes for pastoral leaders the importance of using this kind of language to speak to the realities of life and faith in sermons, worship, prayers, and teaching of all kinds. Filled with helpful insights communicated in clear language, this is a must-read for all want to know more about the nature of God.
Author Anna M. Madsen's book is a fresh and challenging look at the legacy of Martin Luther and the new reformation that is calling people of faith to action today. She makes a compelling case that justice, anchored in justification, is our new Reformation moment, one not inconsistent with Luther's theology, but weighted differently to address the different weighty concerns of our day. A study guide is included to encourage group conversation and action.
Safwat Marzouk offers a biblical vision for what it means to be an intercultural church. Migration today offers the church an opportunity to renew itself by rediscovering the biblical vision of the church as a diverse community. This vision views cultural, linguistic, racial, and ethnic differences as gifts from God that can enrich the church's worship, deepen its sense of fellowship, and broaden the church's witness to God's reconciling mission in the world.