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Sometime Before The Dawn: Responses to the Resurrection

by Richard M. Cromie

The First Easter Morning… It was business as usual in Jerusalem that first Easter morning. The sun was at its everyday work, awakening the ancient city to be up and at it once again on the first day of the new week. There were chores t attend, fires to warm, wares to hawk in the marketplace, compromises to make. 

But… meanwhile, already on the move on that hillside on the lovely slopes at the foothills of the Mount of Olives, a young woman you and I have come to know by name was racing down a little dusty path with all her might, bounding along as fast as her trembling legs would let her, going toward home to tell the others of her news.  Watch her there running, fleeing, bounding down the hillside, and listen one more time to the words you need to hear again.  Listen to the shortest, sweetest, finest little Easter sermon ever.  “It’s true,” she’s saying as she runs.  “He is not dead… I saw Him… His eyes met mine.  And because He lives, so shall I too… Jesus Christ our Lord is risen from the dead.”

Hallelujah, Amen.

Lehigh Presbytery Resource # BK A03 002

Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture

by Adam S. McHugh

Introverts are called and gifted by God. But many churches tend to be extroverted places where introverts are marginalized. Some Christians end up feeling like it’s not as faithful to be an introvert. Adam McHugh shows how introverts can live and minister in ways consistent with their personalities. He explains how introverts and extroverts process information and approach relationships differently and how introverts can practice Christian spirituality in ways that fit who they are. With practical illustrations from church and parachurch contexts, McHugh offers ways for introverts to serve, lead, worship and even evangelize effectively. Introverts in the Church is essential reading for any introvert who has ever felt out of place, as well as for church leaders who want to make their churches more welcoming to introverts. Discover God’s call and empowering to thrive as an introvert, for the sake of the church and kingdom.
 
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 John Calvin, Reformer for the 21st Century

by William Stacy Johnson

Many would argue that a true understanding of contemporary Christian thought is impossible without a basic understanding of Calvin’s contributions. William Stacy Johnson, a leading Presbyterian theologian, offers this clear and fundamental study of Calvin’s insights as a primer for those with little or no knowledge of his work.

This volume, enhanced with questions for discussion and a handy glossary, is sure to be an invaluable resource for those who seek an accessible way into a deeper understanding of Calvin’s impact on the development of Christian faith and on society.

Lehigh Presbytery Resource # BK H08 024

Boundaries: When to Say YES, When to Say NO, To Take Control of Your Life

By Henry Cloud and John Townsend 

Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances — Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions — Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others — Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God’s will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator — Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask: – Can I set limits and still be a loving person? – What are legitimate boundaries? – What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? – How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? – Aren’t boundaries selfish? – Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries? Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves. www.CloudTownsend.com

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Inside the Small Church

Anthony G. Pappas, Editor

Even as so-called megachurches capture the attention of many church watchers, small congregations continue to dominate America’s religious landscape in both rural and urban settings. Although sometimes obscured by their larger siblings, these small churches play a prominent role and hold a unique place in both local and national cultures. How can leaders help to keep these often at-risk churches alive and to meet their potential for ministry?

Small-church expert Tony Pappas has gathered a cornucopia of essays into an indispensable book for anyone interested in the rich life of these small but significant congregations. Drawing on classic and updated articles by a variety of writers from his own small-church newsletter The Five Stones; from Alban journals Action Information and Congregations; and adding new pieces developed especially for this volume, Pappas provides timeless ideas on learning to value, pastor, develop, and lead the small church.

In addition to time-honored articles by the editor, other contributors to this volume include Sherry and Douglas Alan Walrath, Gary Farley, Lawrence W. Farris, Loren Mead, Caroline Westerhoff, Steven Burt, Carl Dudley, David Ray, James Lowery, and a host of others known for their work-and love-for the small church. Readers of Inside the Small Church will come away with a renewed love and appreciation for these vital congregations as well as with new skills for ministry.

Lehigh Presbytery Resource # BK C06 011

To Be a Presbyterian

By Louis B. Weeks

In this lay-friendly introduction to what it means to be a Presbyterian, Louis B. Weeks explains the life, history, tradition, and beliefs of the Presbyterian Church. Offering more than providing a brief overview, Weeks ties his explanations to actual congregational situations. Each chapter begins with an anecdote and then examines the theme in the following pages. It is ideal for new-member classes and for those who seek a refresher course on Presbyterianism. Originally publishing this volume in 1983, Weeks has updated many of the original anecdotes and added material to reflect decades of change in the PC(USA).

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Strategic Leadership for a Change: Facing our Losses, Finding Our Future

By Kenneth J. McFayden

Many congregations are experiencing significant change both within and beyond their walls, and both members and leaders feel a sense of loss in the midst of these changes. In the midst of change, loss, and grief, congregations yearn for leadership–typically with differing expectations of what constitutes effective leadership in response to their needs, hopes, and priorities. At the same time, congregations resist leadership. After all, leadership assumes those who follow will be open to more change.

Strategic Leadership for a Change provides congregational leaders with new insights and tools for understanding the relationships among change, attachment, loss, and grief. It also helps to facilitate the process of grieving, comprehend the centrality of vision, and demonstrate theological reflection in the midst of change, loss, grief, and attaching anew. All this occurs as the congregation aligns its vision with God’s and understands processes of change as processes of fulfillment.

Drawing on attachment theory, leadership studies, and biblical and theological resources, McFayden’s work is invaluable for leaders whose congregations face change, experience loss, wonder about their future, and yearn for leadership.

Lehigh Presbytery Resource # BK B09 040

Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading

By Martin Linsky and Ronald A. Heifetz 

To lead is to live dangerously. It’s romantic and exciting to think of leadership as all inspiration, decisive action, and rich rewards, but leading requires taking risks that can jeopardize your career and your personal life. It requires putting yourself on the line, disturbing the status quo, and surfacing hidden conflict. And when people resist and push back, there’s a strong temptation to play it safe. Those who choose to lead plunge in, take the risks, and sometimes get burned. But it doesn’t have to be that way say renowned leadership authorities Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky. In Leadership on the Line, they show how it’s possible to make a difference without getting “taken out” or pushed aside. They present everyday tools that give equal weight to the dangerous work of leading change and the critical importance of personal survival. Through vivid stories from all walks of life, the authors present straightforward strategies for navigating the perilous straits of leadership. Whether parent or politician, CEO or community activist, this practical book shows how you can exercise leadership and survive and thrive to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within

by Robert E. Quinn

Don’t let your company kill you!

Open this book at your own risk. It contains ideas that may lead to a profound self-awakening. An introspective journey for those in the trenches of today’s modern organizations, Deep Change is a survival manual for finding our own internal leadership power. By helping us learn new ways of thinking and behaving, it shows how we can transform ourselves from victims to powerful agents of change. And for anyone who yearns to be an internally driven leader, to motivate the people around them, and return to a satisfying work life, Deep Change holds the key.

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Genesis for Everyone: Part 2 Chapters 17-50 

John Goldingay

Following on the heels of the successful New Testament for Everyone commentaries by acclaimed scholar and author N. T. Wright, Westminster John Knox is pleased to announce the first volumes in the all new Old Testament for Everyone Bible commentary series.

John Goldingay, an internationally respected Old Testament scholar, authors this ambitious series, treating every passage of Scripture from Genesis to Malachi, addressing the texts in such a way that even the most challenging passages are explained simply and concisely. Perfect for daily devotions, Sunday school prep, or brief visits with the Bible, the Old Testament for Everyone series is an excellent resource for the modern lay reader.

The book of Genesis is a lively read featuring familiar biblical tales such as the creation of the world, Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit, Noah and the flood, Abraham and Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, the Tower of Babel, and Sodom and Gomorrah. While readers may know the facts of these stories, Goldingay’s work will instill in them a deeper understanding of their spiritual and theological significance. True to the For Everyone series’ goal, Goldingay writes in a thoroughly accessible and engaging style with chapter titles such as “Friday Lunchtime,” “Bigamy, Music, Technology, Murder,” “Babylon becomes Babble-on,” “Stuff Happens,” and “Two Guys Who Need Their Heads Banged Together.”

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The Life of Paul for Today

by Lyle D. Vander Broek

This book presents the life and work of the New Testament’s premier missionary, the apostle Paul. It surveys his “pre-Christian life,” his conversion and call, and his missionary activities, noting the pivotal events that marked his relationship with the congregations he founded and with the Jerusalem church. Vander Broek focuses on Paul’s life and labors but also provides important and relevant discussions of how the life of Paul speaks to Christian faith today. This book will be of much interest to contemporary church groups and individuals who are interested in how the church’s most important early missionary continues to impact Christian lives. Questions for discussion are included.

Lehigh Presbytery Resource # BK A03 003

Mark’s Gospel from Scratch: The Bible for Beginners (The Bible from Scratch)

by Donald L. Griggs and Charles D. Myers Jr.

This useful and accessible guide provides an introduction the Gospel of Mark. It is perfect for readers who are new to the Gospel as well as those who are looking for a new perspective on its message. This guide is perfect for individual or group study.

Donald L. Griggs’ popular volumes The Bible from Scratch: The Old Testament for Beginners and The Bible from Scratch: The New Testament for Beginners presented basic themes, histories, personalities, and meanings of the Bible. With this expansion of the series, Griggs offers the lay reader an opportunity to build on the foundation of that broad knowledge with a series of volumes based on the individual books of the Old and New Testaments. A leader’s guide and participant section are included for each book, making each volume an excellent resource for group or individual study.

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Matthew: A Guide to the New Daily Study Bible

by William Barclay

The Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as the promised Messiah based on a detailed genealogy tracing his descendants back to King David. Matthew also presents comprehensive information on the specific teachings of Jesus.

Millions of readers have found the New Daily Study Bible commentaries the ideal help for both devotional reading and serious Bible study. The complete New Testament series furnishes a comprehensive commentary and devotional study guide for individuals or groups who want to discover what the message of the New Testament really means for their lives.

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