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November 2009


Editorial: A positive spiritual atmosphere

I suggest that those who plan for worship need to focus on defining worship and how to help those who are present to be enthusiastic participants.


The pastoral counselor as prophet and priest

While not necessarily acting in a mediatory way, pastoral counselors find themselves in a unique position where they can act in both priestly and prophetic roles with church members.

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Appreciative inquiry: Lessons from a business model

Examining the assumptions supporting David L. Cooperrider's business model, we can focus on the good rather than the problems and thereby achieve a creative spirituality orientation.

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The pastor's guide to resource materials on church history

Must-have information for the serious student who wishes to research the historical development of the church.

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Welcoming and retaining your visitors

An experienced pastor shares five steps to creating an atmosphere for first-time guests to his church. They'll work in your church too.

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Experiencing the power of God

David marveled at the vastness of the heavens as he took time to study them (Ps. 8:3, 4).

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Measuring ministry effectiveness objectively

How do pastors determine success? How should they?

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Creative Celebrations: Involving children in your special services

What would change if we worked out our worship, mission, and service from the perspective of the children in our congregations? Here are some ideas to start you thinking about involving children in the special events of your church. Churches are in different places along the journey of child inclusiveness, and various cultures find some things unacceptable or have different local meanings for actions and symbols. So, a wide range of ideas has been included, not as prescriptions, but as ideas to stimulate thoughtfulness and creativity.

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Book Review: Africa's Roots in God: The Knowledge of the Creator Embedded in the Indigenous African Culture

Sednak Yankson has traced astonishing connections between the Old Testament and the indigenous religious practices of West Africa.


Book Review: Judging the Sabbath: Discovering what can't be found in Colossians 2:16

This document contains the most complete and detailed scholarly study of the biblical phrase "feasts, new moon or Sabbath" in Colossians 2:16.


Book Review: Wrath of God: The Story of the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755

This absorbing story adds new meaning to the opening of the sixth seal and the seventh plague in the book of Revelation.


Book Review: Armageddon at the Door

Jon Paulien presents a study on the biblical view of Armageddon.


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