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Eerdmans Ministry Collection (6 vols.)


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In today’s busy culture, it can be challenging to find the time to grow in one’s faith and serve another. And, trying to find answers to questions of personal faith, evangelism, prayer, and godly Christian living often ends up being daunting. The Eerdmans Ministry Collection (6 vols.) offers over a thousand pages of insight into these topics and more, unpacking many fundamentals of Christianity in a succinct, accessible manner. Whether you are trying to find answers for yourself, mentor one newer to the faith, or lead a small group, you will find these volumes to be an essential addition to your library.

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  • Resources to equip Christians for evangelism
  • Encouragement and answers to questions for believers of all maturity levels
  • Perfect for church study, personal reading, or use in youth groups

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In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by a world-class set of research and study tools. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

To Begin at the Beginning: An Introduction to the Christian Faith

  • Author: Martin B. Copenhaver
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 247

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Christian faith, says Martin Copenhaver, is not a subject to be mastered like calculus or Shakespeare; it is a story to be told and a life to be lived. No matter how much or how little you know, To Begin at the Beginning tells the story of Christian faith and invites you to take part in it.

In this book Copenhaver covers basic themes—the Bible, church, ministry, sacraments, prayer, ethics—in a clear and inviting way. His approach creates a valuable resource for pastors, an accessible guide for seekers and new Christians, and a "refresher course" for longtime Christians who want to engage anew with what they believe.

Martin Copenhaver has a great gift for talking about deep and difficult matters in a unique, enjoyable way. His book is a wonderful introduction to the Christian faith or an invigorating way to renew faith.

—William H. Willimon

Martin B. Copenhaver is president of Andover Newton Theological School and a United Church of Christ minister.

Flawed Church, Faithful God: A Reformed Ecclesiology for the Real World

  • Author: Joseph D. Small
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Pages: 262

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How can we reconcile the ideal church described by theology with the broken church that we see in the world? In this book Joseph Small argues that the church’s true identity is known somewhere in the tension between the two.

Small revisits familiar ecclesiological concepts—people of God, the body of Christ, the communion of the Holy Spirit—but rather than focusing on theological abstractions or worldly cynicism, he carefully evaluates the church in its scriptural, historical, theological, and social contexts. Both sociologically honest and theologically discerning, Flawed Church, Faithful God offers a constructive Reformed yet ecumenical ecclesiology for the real world.

In this magisterial volume Joseph Small draws together decades of thought, study, teaching, preaching, writing, and consulting on the theology and practice of the church. Powerfully relevant for today’s challenges, Flawed Church, Faithful God offers an ecclesiology that is wise, concrete, and hopeful.

—Darrell Guder, Princeton Theological Seminary

Joseph D. Small is the former director of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Theology and Worship. He now serves as adjunct professor of ministry at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and church-relations consultant to the Presbyterian Foundation. He has written and edited several books, including Conversations with the Confessions: Dialogue in the Reformed Tradition.

Forbearance: A Theological Ethic for a Disagreeable Church

  • Author: James Calvin Davis
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 240

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In this book James Calvin Davis reclaims the biblical concept of forbearance to develop a theological ethic for faithful disagreement. Pointing to Ephesians and Colossians, in which Paul challenged his readers to “bear with each other” in spite of differences, Davis draws out a theologically grounded practice in which Christians work hard to maintain unity while still taking seriously matters on which they disagree.

The practice of forbearance, Davis argues, offers Christians a dignified, graceful, and constructive way to deal with conflict. Forbearance can also strengthen the church’s public witness, offering an antidote to the pervasive divisiveness present in contemporary culture.

Forbearance. It’s an old-fashioned word, perhaps, but if ever we needed to recover its use, now is the time. Our politics and economics, our communities and churches, and even our families are fractured by polarizing disagreements that often grow into debilitating conflicts. In this discerning book James Calvin Davis deftly narrates the meanings, spirit, power, and practice of ‘bearing with one another’ as a fundamental Christian civic virtue, one that can lead us into ways of dealing with our conflicts that are marked by wisdom, justice, faithfulness, and hope.

—Craig Dykstra, Duke Divinity School

James Calvin Davis is professor of religion at Middlebury College and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is also the author of In Defense of Civility: How Religion Can Unite America on Seven Moral Issues That Divide Us.

Incarnational Mission: Being with the World

  • Author: Samuel Wells
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Pages: 364

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In this compelling follow-up to Incarnational Ministry: Being with the Church, Wells explores what it means for mission-minded Christians and churches to be with the world. Drawing on the Gospels, Acts, and personal insights gleaned from his more than two decades in ministry, Wells elaborates on the concept of being with in eight dimensions: presence, attention, mystery, delight, participation, partnership, enjoyment, and glory. His vivid narratives and wise reflections will help Christian readers better understand how to be with all kinds of people outside the church, both individually and collectively.

Samuel Wells is vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London. His previous books include Incarnational Ministry, Incarnational Mission, Shaping the Prayers of the People (with Abigail Kocher), and Learning to Dream Again.

Participating in God's Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America

  • Author: Craig Van Gelder and Dwight J. Zscheile
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Pages: 384

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What might faithful and meaningful Christian witness look like within our changing contemporary American context? After analyzing contemporary challenges and developing a missiological approach for the US church, Craig Van Gelder and Dwight Zscheile reflect on the long, complex, and contested history of Christian mission in America. Five distinct historical periods from the beginning of the colonial era to the dawn of the third millennium are reviewed and critiqued. They then bring the story forward to the present day, discussing current realities confronting the church, discerning possibilities of where and how the Spirit of God might be at work today, and imagining what participating in the triune God’s mission may look like in an uncertain tomorrow.

A real milestone for missiology and ecclesiology in the North American context. . . . This is a book for all Christians in all North American churches to read and be challenged by, but it is particularly important for church leaders to pay it close attention.

—Stephen Bevans, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

Craig Van Gelder is professor emeritus of congregational mission at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, and a consultant with churches and other faith-based organizations.

Dwight J. Zscheile is associate professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary and a consultant with churches and other faith-based organizations.

Word by Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice

  • Author: Marilyn Mcentyre
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 234

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In What's in a Phrase? — winner of the 2015 Christianity Today Book Award in Spirituality — Marilyn McEntyre showed readers how brief scriptural phrases can evoke and invite. In Word by Word McEntyre invites readers to dwell intentionally with single words — remembering their biblical and literary contexts, considering the personal associations they bring up, and allowing them to become a focus for prayer and meditation.

McEntyre has thoughtfully chosen fifteen words (see below), and she gives each word a week, guiding readers in examining the word from seven different angles throughout the week. She draws on the spiritual practices of lectio divina and centering prayer as she encourages readers to allow these small words to help them pause and hear the voice of the Spirit. "I invite you to discover," says McEntyre in her introduction, "how words may become little fountains of grace. How a single word may, if you hold it for a while, become a prayer."

I love this book. It reminds me of the power of language — to heal and instruct us, to challenge and shape us.

—Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine and Savor

Marilyn McEntyre is the award-winning author of several books on language and faith, including What's in a Phrase? Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause (winner of a Christianity Today 2015 book award in spirituality); Make a List: How a Simple Practice Can Change Our Lives and Open Our Hearts; Word by Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice; and Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies.


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