Acclaimed church leader, blogger, founder, and chief strategic officer of The Unstuck Group, Tony Morgan unpacks the lifecycle of a typical church, identifies characteristics of each phase, and provides practical next steps a church can take to move towards sustained health. Think about your church for a moment. Is it growing? Is it diminishing? Is it somewhere in between? Acclaimed church leader, blogger, and founder and chief strategic officer of The Unstuck Group, Tony Morgan has identified the seven stages of a church´s lifecycle that range from the hopeful and optimistic days of launch, to the stagnating last stages of life support. Regardless of the stage in which you find your church, it carries with it the world´s greatest mission - to ´´go and make disciples of all the nations...´´ With eternity at stake the Church should be doing most everything within its power to see lives changed forever. The Church should strive for the pinnacle of the lifecycle, where they are continually making new disciples and experiencing what Morgan refers to as ´´sustained health´´. In The Unstuck Church, Morgan unpacks each phase of the church lifecycle, and offers specific and strategic next steps the church leader can take to find its way to sustained health...and finally become unstuck. The Unstuck Church is a call for honest an assessment of where your church sits on the lifecycle, and a challenge to move beyond it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Constant. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/110412/bk_acx0_110412_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Today´s show is all about queer lives and loves. The US Supreme Court has made it official, and now even the reddest of red states must recognize gay marriage. Forget about the fundamentalist´s ´´God´s will´´ argument against gay marriage, says Susie, and look at the money. Catholic blogger Simcha Fischer caught Susie´s attention when she noted that if churches now discriminate against gays, they will lose their tax-exempt status, and therefore, money. Next, Susie thinks about what is lost with assimilation. If gays can legally marry everywhere, the old days of always being an outsider are over. Many gays created new families and communities that were very different from their birth families and mainstream society. Susie looks at Michael Lindenberger´s thoughts on all this, including secret gay bars and repression, in ´´The Vanishing Terrain of Gay America´´, a New Republic article. Then, it´s ´´What´s New on Audible´´. Susie has a great audiobook to share that´s in keeping with today´s theme: Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples by Roger Streitmatter, narrated by Christopher Hurt. Same sex unions have been around forever, and this book profiles some fascinating and prominent couples who lived together and flourished. Susie loves this book! Have a question or news story for Susie? You can send your confidential queries and comments to email@example.com. [Episode 666, July 17, 2015] Explicit Language Warning: You must be 18 years or older to purchase this program. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susie Bright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/suzy/150717/pf_suzy_150717_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The popular Patheos blogger and a prominent figure within the Emerging Church Movement and Progressive Christianity explains how the ´´American Christianity´´ we are currently taught is actually a fear-saturated distortion of biblical faith. Benjamin L. Corey thought he was suffering a crisis of faith, but it turned out to be a spiritual awakening. Corey became aware that the constant fear of hell and judgment that defined his Christian faith was out of sync with the idea that God acts from love and promises to deliver us from fear. In the wake of this realization came newfound insights - from reading the Bible to reexamining American life and the church´s role in the wider world. Corey learned that what he had been taught was a distorted version of Christianity that was not only untrue but caused real spiritual harm. He also discovered that he wasn´t alone. Many Christians are yearning to distinguish between the Christianity that has become a rigid American civil religion and the authentic Christian faith embodied in Jesus. As he recounts his own spiritual journey, Corey offers a powerful and inspiring message of hope for every Christian increasingly frustrated with the church today. Do not be discouraged, he assures them. You do not need to give up your faith; you can rediscover the reality of a vibrant Christianity that delivers us from fear and inspires and guides us all today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Lawlor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006388/bk_harp_006388_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Al Fox Carraway has spent the last four years inspiring the world with her story of conversion, redemption, and finding faith. As a blogger, social media personality, and award-winning public speaker, her message has reached millions. This moving biography and up-close account of her life and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the ´´LDS´´ or ´´Mormon´´ church) will show you what it means to truly trust in the Lord. ´´Don´t go, Al. You won´t fit in.´´ Being baptized and following the Lord has made Al´s life harder than it ever was before. She endured criticism from friends and family for becoming a Mormon. She faced harsh judgments from Church members for her appearance. She gave up everything and felt more alone than she ever had in her life. All because she chose God. Now she shares an up-close look at how trusting God has led her to places she never expected. As a blogger, YouTuber, and award-winning public speaker, her message has reached millions. Sharing her love of the Savior, Al goes beyond her own conversion and encourages listeners to choose God above anything else. This uplifting audiobook inspires listeners to build a true relationship with the Lord that will bring them real, lasting happiness. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Al Carraway. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087279/bk_acx0_087279_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Most of us at one time have said, or thought, something like: So I procrastinate, it s not like it´s hurting anyone! Enough about you, back to me. I deserve this, so I´m treating myself! If I can´t have it, she shouldn´t either. I´ll get around to it...or not. It´s not really gossip if it´s all true, right? (And the granddaddy of them all) But that doesn t make me a bad person! Are these really sins, you ask? After all, they re not murder, theft, or violence. Don´t they just mean we´re human? Writer, speaker, and blogger Elizabeth Scalia takes a look at 13 of these little sins that, if left unexamined and unconfessed, can have a serious impact on our spiritual lives and relationship with Christ. Through her honest (and sometimes funny) examination of these same sins in her own life as well as Church teaching on each one, she helps us ask ourselves the tough questions and gives us the tools to kick these bad habits before they kick us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carla Mercer-Meyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/003531/bk_hove_003531_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I Sold My Soul on eBay tells the story of how and why Hemant Mehta, the nonbeliever who auctioned off the opportunity to send him to church, became an atheist and went on to attend a wide variety of church services. It also features his insightful critiques and observations of the churches he visited, including accounts of his visits to some of the best-known churches in the country. After spending Sunday mornings in some of the nation´s leading churches, what happened to the man who sold his soul on eBay? Did attending church lead him to change his mind about God? His descriptions and observations will surprise and challenge, revealing how the church comes across to those outside the faith. After all, who better than a nonbeliever to offer an eye-opening assessment of how the gospel is being presented - and to highlight the elements that prove to enhance or diminish an outsider´s churchgoing experience. Hemant Mehta, a blogger at FriendlyAtheist.com who speaks nationwide about his churchgoing experiences and atheism, currently works with the Foundation Beyond Belief, a charity organization targeting nontheistic donors. He is also a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hemant Mehta. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002946/bk_acx0_002946_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nearly a third of Americans under the age of thirty have no religious affiliation, the highest in any recorded generation. In this growing segment of ´´nones´´ are many young Atheists who have faced prejudice in their high schools and communities for standing up for their constitutional right of freedom from religion. You´ll hear some of their stories in this book, whether they´re protesting their school´s public prayers at football games and graduations or sitting out the ´´under God´´ portion of the Pledge of Allegiance. These atheist students know their rights and have fought for them, sometimes at tremendous personal cost. Their examples serve as inspiration for all the young atheists out there who live in communities where school often feels no different from church and teachers are no different from preachers. This handbook is a resource for parents, teachers, friends, and young atheists themselves. Hemant Mehta, ´´The Friendly Atheist´´, blogger at patheos.com, discusses how to deal with teachers and administrators who promote faith in public schools, handle the peer pressure and ostracism that may come with being an outspoken atheist, and create successful student groups that encourage conversation over conversion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hemant Mehta. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004712/bk_acx0_004712_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Christianity in America is under siege. From litigation over coaches starting games with prayer to expulsion from college for refusing to endorse beliefs at odds with the Christian faith, hardly a week goes by without news of the declining influence that Christianity has in the public square. Can Christianity in this country survive the advances of secularists and remain influential in our culture? And if a new spiritual awakening is possible, what form will it take? Supported by an astonishing parade of concrete examples and direct quotes from reporters, judges, bloggers, and influencers, David Aikman turns his journalist´s eye on the rise of hostility toward Christian expression in America and the alarming decline of orthodox belief among those who call themselves Christians. He explores the inspiring history of Christianity in America, the powerful cultural influences that have weakened the church, and the bright spots of hope he sees across the country, suggesting possible ways Christian influence in America might be refined and revived. Pastors, culture-watchers, and anyone concerned about the state of the church in America will find this a fascinating listen. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Aikman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/010255/bk_acx0_010255_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are you hungry for more of God in your life? Discover why millions of men and women throughout the world are rediscovering the ancient discipline of fasting - and, as a result, are encountering God in amazing ways. In this authoritative guide, now expanded with new recipes, Susan Gregory, ´´The Daniel Fast Blogger” and an acknowledged expert on the popular partial fast inspired by the biblical book of Daniel, guides listeners toward a successful fasting experience. Join Susan as she shares the secrets to: Fasting in a safe and healthy way Creating delicious healthy meals using Daniel Fast foods Following the 21-day plan to physical and spiritual health (adaptable for a fast of any length) Participating in a group fast with your church, family, or friends Learning how to hear from God and discover His purpose for your life. Susan also offers devotionals for each day of a 21-day fast, and a FAQs section for those seeking quick answers. As she walks you through each step of the Daniel Fast, you’ll discover an infinitely richer and more abundant life. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jaimee Draper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/000972/bk_oasi_000972_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.