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#FRIDAYREADS: “God So Loves the City: Seeking a Theology for Urban Mission” BY Charles Van Engen 

June 21, 2016

Charles Van Engen started his ministry as a missionary in Mexico working mainly in theological education. Since then he has taught missiology at Western Theological Seminary in Michigan and is currently at Fuller University as the Arthur F. Glasser Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology of Mission and Senior Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission. He has authored and coauthored many books including You are my Witnesses and God So Loved the City.

In his book, God So Loved the City, Van Engen exposes stories of ministers from Nairobi, Mexico City, Los Angeles and Madras. His goal is to shed light on the mission of the church for the city. Each story uniquely shows the different challenges each city faces when it comes to injustice, marginalization and urban structure. These stories help reveal how we can all practice ministry in our own cities. If you have a heart for urban ministry this book is a must read for you.

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#FRIDAYREADS: "God So Loves the City: Seeking a Theology for Urban Mission" BY Charles Van Engen 

June 21, 2016

Charles Van Engen started his ministry as a missionary in Mexico working mainly in theological education. Since then he has taught missiology at Western Theological Seminary in Michigan and is currently at Fuller University as the Arthur F. Glasser Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology of Mission and Senior Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission. He has authored and coauthored many books including You are my Witnesses and God So Loved the City.

In his book, God So Loved the City, Van Engen exposes stories of ministers from Nairobi, Mexico City, Los Angeles and Madras. His goal is to shed light on the mission of the church for the city. Each story uniquely shows the different challenges each city faces when it comes to injustice, marginalization and urban structure. These stories help reveal how we can all practice ministry in our own cities. If you have a heart for urban ministry this book is a must read for you.

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#FRIDAYREADS: “A HEART FOR THE CITY: EFFECTIVE MINISTRIES TO THE URBAN COMMUNITY” BY JOHN FUDER

June 8, 2016
Dr. John Fuder is the founder and director of Heart for the City, a ministry that exists to guide churches and organizations toward postures and practices of Biblically-centered justice and compassion. Fuder gained a passion to teach and train others to engage in their city after working in ministry training students in Urban Studies at Moody Theological Seminary. He now works to equip the Body of Christ to engage in their communities. One of the ways he does this is through PrayChicago, a citywide initiative which is taking place on June 18th 2016.

 

Fuder’s book, Heart for the City: Effective Ministries to the Urban Community, gives valuable information to those who are currently ministering in the city, and those who want to understand how to more effectively help in the city. John compiled the book and various case studies with the help of other writers which include pastors, Christian school administrators, and directors of homeless ministries. Each chapter focuses on a specific part of doing ministry within such an influential place. A Heart for the City is an encouragement for all those serving in the inner city.

 

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#FRIDAYREADS: "A HEART FOR THE CITY: EFFECTIVE MINISTRIES TO THE URBAN COMMUNITY" BY JOHN FUDER

June 8, 2016
Dr. John Fuder is the founder and director of Heart for the City, a ministry that exists to guide churches and organizations toward postures and practices of Biblically-centered justice and compassion. Fuder gained a passion to teach and train others to engage in their city after working in ministry training students in Urban Studies at Moody Theological Seminary. He now works to equip the Body of Christ to engage in their communities. One of the ways he does this is through PrayChicago, a citywide initiative which is taking place on June 18th 2016.

 

Fuder’s book, Heart for the City: Effective Ministries to the Urban Community, gives valuable information to those who are currently ministering in the city, and those who want to understand how to more effectively help in the city. John compiled the book and various case studies with the help of other writers which include pastors, Christian school administrators, and directors of homeless ministries. Each chapter focuses on a specific part of doing ministry within such an influential place. A Heart for the City is an encouragement for all those serving in the inner city.

 

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#FridayReads: “Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul” by Erwin McManus

May 24, 2016

Erwin Raphael McManus is an artist, entrepreneur, author and founder of MOSAIC, a church in Los Angeles California. Known for their innovation, creativity and artistry, MOSAIC has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. McManus has a BA in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Southeastern University. He is also wildly passionate about creativity and argues that creativity is both uniquely human and the essence of human uniqueness. He believes it is a natural expression of our spirituality and is known for his integration of creativity and spirituality.

In his book Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul, McManus boldly invites you to join a revolution of the soul that will change an ordinary life into an extraordinary one. Can you imagine the things you could do, the impact you could have on the world, if you tapped into the dreams God has for your life? Journey with Erwin to find your true purpose and destiny in the pursuit of the passion and character of God, and be a part of a revolution that changes a life of imitation and mediocrity into one of passion and character… a radical revolt that will forever change the world.

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#FridayReads: "Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul" by Erwin McManus

May 24, 2016

Erwin Raphael McManus is an artist, entrepreneur, author and founder of MOSAIC, a church in Los Angeles California. Known for their innovation, creativity and artistry, MOSAIC has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. McManus has a BA in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Southeastern University. He is also wildly passionate about creativity and argues that creativity is both uniquely human and the essence of human uniqueness. He believes it is a natural expression of our spirituality and is known for his integration of creativity and spirituality.

In his book Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul, McManus boldly invites you to join a revolution of the soul that will change an ordinary life into an extraordinary one. Can you imagine the things you could do, the impact you could have on the world, if you tapped into the dreams God has for your life? Journey with Erwin to find your true purpose and destiny in the pursuit of the passion and character of God, and be a part of a revolution that changes a life of imitation and mediocrity into one of passion and character… a radical revolt that will forever change the world.

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#FridayReads: “The Circle Maker” By Mark Batterson

May 11, 2016

Mark Batterson went to the University of Chicago on a basketball scholarship before being called into full time ministry. From there he attended Central Bible College and went on to obtain a Doctor of Ministry from Regent University. Today he is the Lead Pastor of National Community Church which has grown from 19 people to seven locations in just 20 years. He has also authored a dozen books including the New York Times Bestseller, The Circle Maker.

In his book The Circle Maker, Mark declares that “drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.” Do you desire more out of your prayer life? Do you believe that God has a grand purpose and vision for you? Mark looks at the life of Honi the Circle Maker – a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What dream has God given you that requires you to draw a circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams, and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.

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#FridayReads: "The Circle Maker" By Mark Batterson

May 11, 2016

Mark Batterson went to the University of Chicago on a basketball scholarship before being called into full time ministry. From there he attended Central Bible College and went on to obtain a Doctor of Ministry from Regent University. Today he is the Lead Pastor of National Community Church which has grown from 19 people to seven locations in just 20 years. He has also authored a dozen books including the New York Times Bestseller, The Circle Maker.

In his book The Circle Maker, Mark declares that “drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.” Do you desire more out of your prayer life? Do you believe that God has a grand purpose and vision for you? Mark looks at the life of Honi the Circle Maker – a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What dream has God given you that requires you to draw a circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams, and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.

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#FridayReads: “The Next Christendom” by Philip Jenkins

April 27, 2016
Philip Jenkins is not only an author, but also a Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University, and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He is specifically known for his commentaries on religion, past and present. He has published 24 books including Jesus Wars. His latest book, published by HarperOne is, The Lost History of Christianity. His book, The Next Christendom, the first of the trilogy, won a number of honors. USA Today named it one of the top religion books of 2002. Christianity Today magazine described The Next Christendom as a “contemporary classic.”

 

In the last book of the trilogy, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, Jenkins continues to shine a light on the growth of Christianity in the Global South, mainly Africa, Asia and Latin America. He argues that the last century is indicative of both the true global character of Christianity, and the central role that the church in the global South will play in the future. He explores the questions of how the new Christianity will affect the poor, how we should react to the success of prosperity churches across the Global South, what will be the impact of the new Christian movements in the political world, and more.

 

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#FridayReads: "The Next Christendom" by Philip Jenkins

April 27, 2016
Philip Jenkins is not only an author, but also a Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University, and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He is specifically known for his commentaries on religion, past and present. He has published 24 books including Jesus Wars. His latest book, published by HarperOne is, The Lost History of Christianity. His book, The Next Christendom, the first of the trilogy, won a number of honors. USA Today named it one of the top religion books of 2002. Christianity Today magazine described The Next Christendom as a “contemporary classic.”

 

In the last book of the trilogy, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, Jenkins continues to shine a light on the growth of Christianity in the Global South, mainly Africa, Asia and Latin America. He argues that the last century is indicative of both the true global character of Christianity, and the central role that the church in the global South will play in the future. He explores the questions of how the new Christianity will affect the poor, how we should react to the success of prosperity churches across the Global South, what will be the impact of the new Christian movements in the political world, and more.

 

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