Leroy Barber's New Book Calls for Diversity in Christian Missions

Longtime missions worker and ministry leader Leroy Barber challenges the tenet in practice in one of the church’s best-loved children’s songs in his new book Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White—Who’s More Precious In God’s Sight: A Call for Diversity in Christian Missions and Ministry. Exposing a huge racial divide within mission staff and leadership, Barber says this separation prevents church outreach teams from being able to relate, and thus minister effectively, in inner-city and urban communities nationwide. Addressing a taboo topic with grace and tough-love, Barber highlights the historical patterns that created racial discrepancies within ministry and reveals what diversity is Keep Reading

Our Great Big American God by Matthew Paul Turner

Culture critic Matthew Paul Turner dares to ask: Does God control the future of America-or is it the other way around? In Our Great Big American God, which is available in bookstores everywhere, Turner examines how American history and ideals transformed our perception of God. “To some extent, we are all ‘growing’ God, stuffing his mouth full with ideas, themes, and theologies, fattening him up with a story line we believe to be true. For good or bad, we are all molding God to reflect our own personal, American interpretation of Christian faith,” he said. Fearless and funny, this is the definitive guide Keep Reading

Defining PostChristian with Christian Piatt

postCHRISTIAN by Christian Piatt releases to bookstores everywhere today! To celebrate, we're sharing an excerpt from Chapter One called "Lions and Lambs." Find out more about the book and buy your copy now! "Post-Christianity” is an often-misunderstood term. It means that today we live in a culture where Christianity is no longer the baseline for cultural identity and discourse. We are witnessing the end of Christendom in the West as many have come to understand it: the dissolution of Christian hegemony. Some who value freedom of religion in a broader sense—or even freedom from it—view this favorably because it suggests Keep Reading

Jericho Authors at Wild Goose Festival 2014

We couldn’t be anymore excited about this year's jubilee of authors, activists and musicians at the 2014 Wild Goose Festival. Whether standing in front of a stage or around the campfires, we look forward to discussing justice, spirituality, music and art. Our own list of Jericho Book authors will be joining in the festivities as well, so make sure you stop by and introduce yourself…maybe we can even roast a marshmallow together! Wild Goose kicks off today and goes through Sunday. For a full schedule of events, visit: http://wildgoosefestival.org/schedule.   Brian McLaren, author of We Make the Road by Walking, Why Did Jesus, Moses, The Keep Reading

Searching for the Masculine Heart with John Sowers

The Heroic Path was born in the hospital, the night my twin daughters were born. I was thrilled but afraid. Exposed. That night, I wrote my thoughts down in a journal. And in the coming weeks, I searched for models - for man guides - for help and guidance. As I looked, I realized we have rare few elders, no rites of passage for manhood and no framework for masculine initiation. We don't even have language for it. So most men gravitate towards or away from the stereotypes: Huge Pickup Truck Guy. Gym Guy. Fantasy Football Guy. Video-Game Guy. MotherBoy. Keep Reading

Leroy Barber’s New Book Calls for Diversity in Christian Missions

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Longtime missions worker and ministry leader Leroy Barber challenges the tenet in practice in one of the church’s best-loved children’s songs in his new book Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White—Who’s More Precious In God’s Sight: A Call for Diversity in Christian Missions and Ministry.

Exposing a huge racial divide within mission staff and leadership, Barber says this separation prevents church outreach teams from being able to relate, and thus minister effectively, in inner-city and urban communities nationwide.

Addressing a taboo topic with grace and tough-love, Barber highlights the historical patterns that created racial discrepancies within ministry and reveals what diversity is truly needed with urban missions. Barber also gives concrete solutions to correct the situation peppered with two decades’ worth of observations and experiences as a black man in a white-dominated field.

Barber writes of key differences in the way white and black not-for-profit leaders lead, relate to donors, and engage in ministry but casts a vision for a different way forward, utilizing the strength of all. “Missions represent God’s kingdom on earth. We need to grow together as Christians to rid the prejudice and division that our predecessors have seemingly cemented into our ethos. I reject the idea that all is lost and that recovery is impossible.”

With grace, insider expertise, and insightful understanding, Barber explores one of the most sensitive issues facing today’s Christian ministries, offering practical and comprehensive solutions for creating a more diverse future.

In this video, Leroy talks candidly about why he wrote this book.

Find out more about Leroy Barber or purchase the book today.

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Our Great Big American God by Matthew Paul Turner

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Culture critic Matthew Paul Turner dares to ask: Does God control the future of America-or is it the other way around? In Our Great Big American God, which is available in bookstores everywhere, Turner examines how American history and ideals transformed our perception of God.

“To some extent, we are all ‘growing’ God, stuffing his mouth full with ideas, themes, and theologies, fattening him up with a story line we believe to be true. For good or bad, we are all molding God to reflect our own personal, American interpretation of Christian faith,” he said.

Fearless and funny, this is the definitive guide to the American experience of the Almighty—a story so bizarre, incredible, and entertaining that it could only be made in the U.S.A.

For more information about the book, visit MatthewPaulTurner.com.

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Defining PostChristian with Christian Piatt

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postCHRISTIAN by Christian Piatt releases to bookstores everywhere today! To celebrate, we’re sharing an excerpt from Chapter One called “Lions and Lambs.” Find out more about the book and buy your copy now!

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“Post-Christianity” is an often-misunderstood term. It means that today we live in a culture where Christianity is no longer the baseline for cultural identity and discourse. We are witnessing the end of Christendom in the West as many have come to understand it: the dissolution of Christian hegemony. Some who value freedom of religion in a broader sense—or even freedom from it—view this favorably because it suggests that the stigmas and pressures against non-Christians are giving way to greater pluralism and tolerance, if not affirmation. Others who tend to view the United States as an essentially Christian nation point to a postChristian society as the beginning of the end of Western civilization.

Secularists often cheer the decades of decline in mainline churches. Now, even evangelical Christian churches are experiencing similar declines; the retraction has reached all corners of Western Christianity.

On the other side, Christians are admonished to hold fast to their convictions, to defend God in our culture at all times and at all costs against the pervasive influence of mainstream postChristian media in our lives. The waning power of organized religion offers a clarion call to arms in the culture wars. Every slip in Christianity’s status as cultural standard-bearer is viewed as dire news.

Frankly, both sides are out of line. Christianity can hardly be contained by religion, and in some cases, freeing it from the doctrinal limitations and economic encumbrances of the institution allows the faith to be more nimble, adaptable, and virally embedded in the culture in new ways. Yes, the Church has done damage, and yes, it is paying dearly for its own transgressions in the form of declining numbers and eroding credibility. But the heart and soul of Christ’s message to the world was never bound to the institutional Church.

Jesus spoke of liberation from bondage, justice for the oppressed, and sustenance for those in need. And yet too often, Christianity—and religion as a whole, really—falls well short of that ideal.

Explore the meaning of postCHRISTIAN further and read the rest of Chapter One.

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Jericho Authors at Wild Goose Festival 2014

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We couldn’t be anymore excited about this year’s jubilee of authors, activists and musicians at the 2014 Wild Goose Festival. Whether standing in front of a stage or around the campfires, we look forward to discussing justice, spirituality, music and art.

Our own list of Jericho Book authors will be joining in the festivities as well, so make sure you stop by and introduce yourself…maybe we can even roast a marshmallow together!

Wild Goose kicks off today and goes through Sunday. For a full schedule of events, visit: http://wildgoosefestival.org/schedule.

 

McLaren-Briancrop-280x140Brian McLaren, author of We Make the Road by Walking, Why Did Jesus, Moses, The Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. After teaching college English, McLaren pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington DC area. Brian has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. Read more…

 

 

 

phil-maderia-on-heather-koppHeather Kopp, author of Sober Mercies

Heather Kopp is an author, editor and blogger. Among her books are a critically acclaimed memoir, I Went to the Animal Fair and The Dieter’s Prayer Book. With her husband, David, she wrote Roar! A Christian Family Guide to the Chronicles of Narnia, the Praying the Bible series, and other books. Heather blogs about addiction, grace and recovery at HeatherKopp.com. Read more…

 

 

 

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Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar, culture critic, and popular speaker with 25 years of experience in spirituality trade publishing. He’s the author of many books including The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation, recently optioned by HBO, Inc. Read more…

 

 

 

ChristianPiatt-crop-280x140Christian Piatt, author of postChristian

Christian Piatt is an author, editor, speaker, musician and spoken word artist. He co-founded Milagro Christian Church in Pueblo, Colorado with his wife, Rev. Amy Piatt, in 2004. Christian is the creator and editor of the Banned Questions book series, which include Banned Questions About the Bible and Banned Questions About Jesus. Read more…

 

 

 

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Leroy Barber is the President of Mission Year and FCS Urban Ministries in Atlanta. Barber has been working cross-culturally in urban missions setting for 23 years. He founded and is on the pastoral team of Community Life Church, and he also founded Restoration Ministries in Philadelphia and Atlanta Youth Academies. Read more…

 

 

 

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Sarah Thebarge grew up as a pastor’s kid in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She earned a masters degree in Medical Science from Yale School of Medicine and was studying Journalism at Columbia University when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27. Read more…

 

 

 

Sara Miles, author of City of GodSara Miles, author of Take This Bread, Jesus Freak, and City of God

Sara Miles is the founder and director of The Food Pantry, and serves as Director of Ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. She is a former restaurant cook, war correspondent and journalist, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Salon, and on National Public Radio. Read more…

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Searching for the Masculine Heart with John Sowers

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The Heroic Path was born in the hospital, the night my twin daughters were born. I was thrilled but afraid. Exposed. That night, I wrote my thoughts down in a journal. And in the coming weeks, I searched for models – for man guides – for help and guidance. As I looked, I realized we have rare few elders, no rites of passage for manhood and no framework for masculine initiation. We don’t even have language for it.

So most men gravitate towards or away from the stereotypes: Huge Pickup Truck Guy. Gym Guy. Fantasy Football Guy. Video-Game Guy. MotherBoy. We know what a man is not, and it is easy to laugh at them, but in our culture with few elders, the stereotypes are all we have.

I am intimidated by most “Man Books.” Most of them point us to bravado – the tough guy that beats his chest, grunts and eats red meat. Bravado is enthusiasm on testosterone. Bravado is not all bad – but it’s not the core. It is important for men to be resilient and “buck up” sometimes, but when a book or even a manhood movement is built on bravado – it is only surface-level, lacking depth for sustainable transformation.

It’s interesting, because most of the questions I get are people assuming this is another bravado book. I hope people don’t lump my book into that category just because there is a bear on the cover.

HEROIC COVERThe main content of The Heroic Path is my learning journey and it hinges on a conversation I had with elders of the past – the then-atheist CS Lewis and the catholic Tolkien, as they argued about myth. They helped show me the mythic path towards manhood. This path points us to what Tolkien calls, the One, True Myth – where history and legend have fused.

My hope for the book is to create a framework for masculine initiation, looking at the steps Jesus took from the ages of 30-33, from carpenter to Messiah, from village under water, into wilderness and back to the village to save it. When Jesus returned to the village – he was no longer the carpenter from Nazareth. This was his kairos time – his steps were intentional. These were his mythic steps into Messianic purpose. These steps inform our masculine steps as well.

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