Hip-hop is here.
The beats ring out in our cities. Hip-hop culture is all around us: in the clothes youth wear, in the music, they listen to, in the ways they express themselves. It is the language they speak, the rhythm they move to. It is a culture familiar with the hard realities of our broken world; the generation raised with rap knows about the pain. They need to know about hope.
Enter the hip-hop church.
Like the culture it arises from, the hip-hop church is relevant and bold. And it speaks to the heart. In this book, pastors Efrem Smith and Phil Jackson show the urgency of connecting hip-hop culture and church to reach a generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. They give practical ideas from their urban churches and other hip-hop churches about how to engage and incorporate rap, break dancing, poetry, and deejays to worship Jesus and preach his Word.
Hip-hop culture is shaping the next generation. Ignoring it will not reduce its influence; it will only separate us from the youth moving to its rhythm. How will they hear Christ’s message of truth and hope if we don’t speak their language? And how can we speak their language if we don’t understand and embrace their culture?
Hear the beat. Join the beat. Become the beat that brings truth and hopes to a hungry, hurting generation.
What does exercise have to do with our souls?
How do our sleeping habits relate to being conformed to the likeness of Christ?
What do our bodies have to do with the spiritual formation?
Valerie Hess has taken up these questions with her spiritual formation graduate students. And Lane Arnold has processed them with others as a spiritual director. They have discovered that the life of our bodies has quite a bit to do with the life of our souls.
Together they have written a book that helps readers explore
- choices about what we eat
- worshiping with our bodies
- seasons of life for body and soul
- caring for the planet
- and more
Each chapter has reflection questions and creative exercises to help you engage body and soul with these themes. This is not just a book to read. It’s an invitation to a new way of experiencing God.
“The trait that best typifies the students who break down in my office is their great unhappiness. They are believers. Of this I am sure. Certainly, they are more diligent believers than I am, to judge from all the good things they are constantly doing. But they are miserable, every one of them. And, though they usually manage to get back on track . . . I know that, in their spiritual work lives, they have not changed much either. And it breaks my heart.”
Patty Kirk knows what it’s like to try to impress God. It’s like beating the air and bruising your soul. In The Easy Burden of Pleasing God, she reminds us, through stories and reflections and careful meditation on the Scriptures, that despite what we may have heard or told ourselves, the yoke we take on as we follow Jesus is easy, and the burden of a loving God is light. To all of us who pursue perfection in vain and ache with the defeat that follows, The Easy Burden of Pleasing God will be truly good news.
Christian leaders face challenges. But God works with us and through us to accomplish his purposes. Available here for the first time in English is John Stott’s practical wisdom for younger leaders. Speaking personally from his own experience, Stott addresses issues of discouragement, self-discipline, relationships, and youth.
Also includes reflections on John Stott’s ministry from two of his former study assistants, Mark Labberton and Corey Widmer, plus excerpts of Stott’s writing about ministry, leadership, and service.
The Bible is full of miracles. Yet how do we make sense of them today? And where might we see miracles in our own lives?
In this installment of the Hansen Lectureship series, historian and theologian Timothy Larsen considers the legacy of George MacDonald, the Victorian Scottish author, and minister who is best known for his pioneering fantasy literature, which influenced authors such as C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, G. K. Chesterton, and Madeleine L’Engle.
Larsen explores how, throughout his life and writings, MacDonald sought to counteract skepticism, unbelief, naturalism, and materialism and to herald instead the reality of the miraculous, the supernatural, the wondrous, and the realm of the spirit.
The Hansen Lectureship series offers accessible and insightful reflections by Wheaton College faculty members on the transformative work of the Wade Center authors.
In the spirit of the Book of Common Prayer, Art Nelson provides a new collection of public and private prayers to help us meet the uncertainties of life with the dignity of prayer.
Often when situations of very specific pain or joy arise (pregnancy at risk, marriage crisis, addiction, psychosis, incarceration, rape, celebrating wedding or anniversary, victory over abuse, etc.), we struggle to find the right words to pray for that situation. The high emotion of the moment or the longstanding nature of a chronic illness or the shock of enduring a national crisis leave us frustrated at just the time when we want and need to pray.
This is a difficult and uncertain time for individuals, communities, and nations. These timely and sensitive prayers are meant to stimulate reflection and provide reassurance–both for us and for those we pray for.
In our globally interconnected world, mission depends on healthy partnerships across the globe. Many talk about wanting to partner with the Global South, but we’re not always sure what that looks like on the ground. Too often North Americans have acted as if we don’t need others to do what we think God has called us to do. And our witness overseas has suffered as a result.
We need to live out a more humble posture of missional partnership, marked by true mutuality and service. Nikki Toyama-Szeto and Femi Adeleye look at how we can partner well across cultures. People on mission together from diverse perspectives are a picture of how the body of Christ works together in the world. Addressing tricky issues like power, finances, transparency and trust, the authors provide best practices and models for ministry that reflect the servant heart of God.
God invites us all to engage in his work, and he gives us partners for the task from around the world. Discover how we can do more together than we could ever do on our own.
Includes questions for group discussion.