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  1. Emotionally Healthy Discipleship

    Emotionally Healthy Discipleship

    Moving from Shallow Christianity to Deep Transformation

    Narrator: Peter Scazzero
    Runtime: 8.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    "Pastors and church leaders want to see lives changed by the gospel. They work tirelessly to care for people, initiate new programs and ministries, preach new sermon series, and keep up with the latest trends. Sadly, it would seem that much of this effort is not resulting in deeply changed disciples. Why? Because many churches are unknowingly operating from a shallow discipleship that allows people to recycle the same problems year after year. Church goers are increasingly passive with lives not distinct from the culture. People are not able to integrate anger and sadness. Many are defensive and incapable of revealing their own weaknesses. Church leaders desperately need a better way of teaching people what it means to follow Jesus in a transformative way. In Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, bestselling author Pete Scazzero combines three decades of wisdom with hard lessons from his own ministry journey. He lays out what is required for church leaders to multiply deeply-changed people who are growing in relationship with God, themselves and others. Scazzero begins with four beneath-the-surface, systemic gaps that undermine serious discipleship. He provides a clear vision for a church culture that deeply changes lives and then practically unpacks the seven biblical marks of emotionally healthy discipleship: - Learn to Be Before You Do - Follow the Crucified, Not the Americanized, Jesus - Receive the Gift of Limits - Befriend Suffering and Loss - Break the Power of the Past - Practice the Presence of People - Lead Out of Brokenness and Vulnerability Finally, he lays out practical steps for you to create an emotionally healthy discipleship culture that actually has the power to change the world. Graphics, assessments, and appendixes are available in the audiobook companion PDF download."
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  2. The Starfish and the Spirit

    The Starfish and the Spirit

    Unleashing the Leadership Potential of Churches and Organizations

    Runtime: 10.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    "Leveraging the metaphor Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom popularized in their NYT best-selling book, The Starfish and the Spider, Rob Wegner, Lance Ford, and Alan Hirsch show why the distributed structures of starfish organizations are uniquely fit to the church. They can function without a rigid central authority, and their regenerative abilities make them nimbler in reacting to external forces. Seeding starfish networks inside today's churches will prepare the church of tomorrow to be agile while still maintaining the necessary accountability to be effective. Rather than advocating the adoption of a starfish structure in place of the hierarchy of the spider, Wegner, Ford, and Hirsch emphasize the advantages of adapting the structure and order inherent in a spider organization toward a hybrid model--either a Spiderfish approach (leaning toward centralization) or a Starder approach (leaning toward decentralization). The Starfish and the Spirit is about creating a culture where church leaders view themselves as curators of a community on mission, not the source of certainty for every question and project. It is about creating a team of humble leaders 'in the middle' of the church, not at the top--leaders who naturally reproduce multiple generations of leaders, from the middle out on mission. Imagine a church led by a team whose gifts and talents are completely unleashed, enabling everyone to show up and step up with all they really are. The joy and vigor coming from the collective strength, intelligence, and skill in the community of leaders not only brings greater potency but better yields for your ministry as well. What would it be like to see this kind of healthy leadership reproduced into the second, third, and fourth generation, on multiple strands? Accompanying figures and tables are available in the audiobook companion PDF download."
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  3. How I Changed My Mind about Women in Leadership

    How I Changed My Mind about Women in Leadership

    Compelling Stories from Prominent Evangelicals

    Author: Various
    Narrator: Jay Charles
    Runtime: 12.2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    This book features a number of autobiographical accounts as to how various persons have come to change their minds about women in leadership. Well-known Evangelical leaders—individuals and couples, males and females from a broad range of denominational affiliation and ethnic diversity—share their surprising journeys from a more or less restrictive view to an open inclusive view that recognizes a full shared partnership of leadership in the home and in the ministries of the church based on gifts not gender.
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  4. A Survey of the Old Testament (Audio Lectures)

    A Survey of the Old Testament (Audio Lectures)

    Runtime: 11.93 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    The purpose of studying the Old Testament is to understand God and his redemptive work more fully. However, this goal is complicated by the fact that it was transmitted through a very different language and culture from our own. A Survey of the Old Testament provides an indispensable guide for undergraduate students and other listeners by exploring the literary, historical, and theological issues behind the Old Testament and its various books. For each Old Testament book, the Survey addresses background information, purpose, message, structure, and major themes. Chapters introducing each major section of the Old Testament are included, as are chapters dealing with issues of interpretation, geography, archaeology, history, formation of the Old Testament canon, and the Old Testament’s relationship to the New Testament. (This product is an audio lecture by the authors recorded before a live audience, and is based on the text of the book A Survey of the Old Testament.)
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  5. Organic Outreach for Ordinary People

    Organic Outreach for Ordinary People

    Narrator: Kevin G. Harney
    Runtime: 7.03 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    When it comes to sharing our faith, we can make things more complex than they need to be. Simple Evangelism offers practical ways to connect people to God’s amazing love. With three decades of outreach leadership, Kevin Harney provides tools that free you to set fear aside and walk boldly into the adventure of evangelism.
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  6. Becoming a Contagious Church

    Becoming a Contagious Church

    Revolutionizing the Way We View and Do Evangelism

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 8.15 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    This audio version of the popular book is read by the author and will provide a vision for turning every church -- new or old -- into a contagious church that is a powerful magnet for attracting and influencing unchurched people.
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  7. The Purpose-Driven Church: Complete

    The Purpose-Driven Church: Complete

    Author: Rick Warren
    Narrator: Jay Charles
    Runtime: 10.2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Every church is driven by some controlling force: tradition, finances, programs, events, personalities, or even the building itself. But author and pastor Dr. Rick Warren, the founder of Saddleback Valley Community Church in California, believes that a church can only be truly healthy if it becomes "purpose-driven," built around the 5 goals Jesus stated in the New Testament. Dr. Warren's illuminating work outlines a proven 5-part strategy that will enable your church to become warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism. By shifting the focus away from church-building programs, Dr. Warren emphasizes a people-building, inclusive process that will allow your church to grow without compromising its message and mission.
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  8. Deep and Wide

    Deep and Wide

    Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend

    Author: Andy Stanley
    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 8.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    What is the gospel?  Author and pastor Andy Stanley brings to life from Scripture and over 25 years of pastoral experience the irresistible nature of the greatest movement ever launched – The Church.
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  9. Urban Apologetics

    Urban Apologetics

    Restoring Black Dignity with the Gospel

    Author: Eric Mason
    Narrator: Isaiah Young
    Runtime: 11.7 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    "African-Americans have long confronted the challenge of dignity destruction caused by white supremacy. While many have found meaning and restoration of dignity in the black church, others have found it in ethnocentric socioreligious groups and philosophies. These ideologies have grown and developed deep traction in the black community and beyond. Previously found primarily in urban communities and conscious Hip-hop songs, now that we are in the Internet age, they have a broader reach than ever. Revisionist history, conspiracy theories, and misinformation about Jesus and Christianity are the order of the day. Many young African-Americans are disinterested in Christianity and others are leaving the church in search of what these false religious ideas appear to offer, a spirituality more indigenous to their history and ethnicity. Edited by Dr. Eric Mason and featuring a top-notch lineup of contributors, Urban Apologetics is the first book focused entirely on cults, religious groups, and ethnocentric ideologies prevalent in the black community. It brings the church up to speed on the legitimate issues that blacks have with Western Christianity as well as the questions alternative religious groups pose about historic Christianity, and it applies the gospel to black identity to show that Jesus is the only one who can restore our identity."
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  10. Call Down Lightning

    Call Down Lightning

    What the Welsh Revival of 1904 Reveals About the End Times

    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 7.08 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    God Is Up to Something Big The Bible dedicates more space to prophecy than to any other subject. These prophetic portions of Scripture have received an enormous amount of literary attention throughout the history of the church. Over the past fifty years alone countless books have been written about the biggest global trends of our day and whether they are signs of the coming end times. But one sign has been inexplicably neglected—revival. Wallace Henley believes such a spiritual awakening is not only possible today but probable—and likely a harbinger of the end times. Where are we on the timeline of human history? Are we approaching the rapture of the church? Henley presents a meticulously researched and compelling case that the Welsh Revival and the historical cycle revealed in God’s redemptive interactions with nations, make it highly likely that our contemporary world is ripe for the lightning of another revival. Henley is confident that we will be a part of that worldwide event, perhaps moving all creation nearer to its sudden glorious conclusion and rebirth.
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  11. An Uncommon Union

    An Uncommon Union

    Narrator: Jeremy Johnson
    Runtime: 14.7 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    This insightful history explores the stereotype of Dallas Theological Seminary as an anti-intellectual stronghold of fundamentalism and dispensational premillennialism. The tenures of the school’s five presidents reveal the tensions that DTS, a blend of differing heritages and of opposing traditions, has experienced amid changes in American religious and cultural life.
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  12. Better Safe than Sued

    Better Safe than Sued

    Runtime: 9.18 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Most youth workers will admit that they don’t spend a lot of time thinking about safety in their youth ministry. Sure, they shout, “Seat belts!” when the crew loads into the van, or they use the buddy system when at theme parks. But beyond that, they’re mostly concerned with introducing students to Jesus. Nothing’s wrong with looking after their spiritual well-being, but overlooking their safety can lead to pain and problems for you, your students, your church, or your community.
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  13. Turning Controversy Into Church Ministry

    Turning Controversy Into Church Ministry

    Narrator: Tom Casaletto
    Runtime: 9.95 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Homosexuality and the Church: Turning Controversy into Ministry provides clear scriptural and scientific insight, sound logic, and practical advice to help Christians gain Christ’s perspective to turn churches into centers of ministry related to the divisive issue of homosexuality.
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  14. Your Church Is Too Safe

    Your Church Is Too Safe

    Becoming a Church that Turns the World Upside Down

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 9.4 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Drawing insights from his study of the book of Acts, Buchanan challenges churches to “turn the world upside-down”—to be both good news and bad news, an aroma and a stench – a disruptive force to whoever or whatever opposes the Kingdom of God, and a healing and liberating power to those who seek it.
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  15. Parable Church

    Parable Church

    How the Teachings of Jesus Shape the Culture of Our Faith

    Author: John Driver
    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 6.25 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    "Christ never actually told us how to 'do church.' So why is much of our time and energy as leaders and shepherds consumed with chasing after tips, tricks, and secrets to 'grow' churches, hoping that they somehow also reach and maintain spiritual health? Although Jesus never gave us directions for church, through his parables he creatively revealed what we should experience in our communities together--he revealed the culture of his kingdom. In Parable Church, pastor and author Mike Burnette unpacks unique insights from Jesus' parables that can help us to understand and experience the full, transformative life in community we are divinely intended to live. While we've tended to focus boundless energy on growing our churches through strategies, programs, and metric-based insights, Christ always focused on the heart and the values of the Father, the values that actually change lives. Parable Church weaves together personal narratives, unique cultural observations, and compellingly fresh biblical insights to paint a picture of something unimaginably greater than what most people think of when they think of Jesus or his Church."
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