In this new edition that includes a study guide, popular author Walter Brueggemann writes that the Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Brueggemann calls out our 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. Brueggemann shows readers how keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. Perfect for groups or self-reflection, Sabbath as Resistance offers a transformative vision of the wholeness God intends, giving world-weary Christians a glimpse of a more fulfilling and simpler life through Sabbath observance. (John Knox Press)
Derek Maul beckons you to join him on a devotional pilgrimage through Lent. Imagine yourself sitting at the table with Jesus and his disciples.
Walk with Jesus on the dusty path from Bethany to Jerusalem. Watch him closely and listen to his words of grace, hope, and challenge as he moves purposefully toward the Cross.
Reaching Toward Easter features 49 daily devotions that include in-depth Bible study, personal stories, and prayers.
Maul hopes that you will arrive at Holy Week refreshed rather than tired, inspired rather than discouraged, reflective rather than overwhelmed.
By the time you reach Easter, your pilgrimage will have prepared you to live as an “Eighth Day Believer”—a true follower of Jesus.
- 8-week study for individuals or groups
- Includes a Leader’s Guide
Illuminating Lent deepens faith and enhances knowledge through the exploration of the Lord’s Prayer. Each session examines a part of the prayer, its theological understandings, and what it means for Reformed Christians in practical ways during Lent.
Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding is a series of biblically based mini-courses that provides adults with a foundational understanding of the Reformed faith. Each six-session study-written by well-known and respected scholars-features Scripture, prayer, in-depth commentary, and questions for reflection. Each study addresses its subject from a Reformed theological perspective. Lessons are enhanced through the Leader’s Guide, which offers helpful suggestions and direction for group study. The main structure for these guides is the rubric Head, Heart, and Hands.
Lent recalls times of wilderness and wandering, from newly freed Hebrew slaves in exile to Jesus’ temptation in the desert. God has always called people out of their safe, walled cities into uncomfortable places, revealing paths they would never have chosen. Despite our culture of self-indulgence, we too are called to walk an alternative path-one of humility, justice, and peace. Walter Brueggemann’s thought-provoking reflections for the season of Lent invite us to consider the challenging, beautiful life that comes with walking the way of grace.
Most of us only see God working in our lives afterwards. We don’t recognize our story as part of God’s story. This curriculum, which includes short video clips as well as a leader’s guide and student material, focuses on the Joseph story.
Joseph had quite the story, but it didn’t really begin until he saw his story as part of God’s story. His great accomplishments came only after he recognized the significance of what he had done and what God was doing through him. In exploring Joseph’s life, participants will discover how to see their lives through God’s eyes and learn how to co-create the real story of their own.
This is a 4-session resource which might be adapted for more meeting times. This could be successfully used with small groups, smaller Sunday School classes, or a larger group which divided into smaller units for discussion. The author has a fresh approach which is engaging.
In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. Rabbi Sacks shows that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of biblical texts at the heart of all three Abrahamic faiths.
Linda Douty has written a spiritual book that helps us incorporate prayer practices into our daily lives. “God is more interested in our growth than our guilt” reminds readers we are to pray as we can, not as we can’t. Linda offers creative and meaningful ways to connect with God in the midst of daily life, gathered into 7 clusters: Praying with the Body * Praying with Breath * Praying with the Mind * Praying with the Senses * Praying with the Silence * Praying with the Surroundings * Praying with the Circumstances. Great for devotions, retreats, and personal prayer practices.
Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016), the Rev. Denise Anderson and the Rev. Jan Edmiston, invite the church to join them in a literary journey on race. “One Church One Book” is an opportunity for PC(USA) members, mid councils, and staff members to read, reflect, share and listen, with the help of a variety of resources and conversation-starters provided with each selected book.
For additional information on Facing Racism from the PCUSA, see below/
Lectionary-based video sermons by America’s best preachers for use in worship, Bible study, small groups, Sunday school classes, or for individual use. Preachers include Will Willimon, Amy Butler, Michael Curry, Brian McLaren, and many more. All you do is push the button. Perfect for individual viewing or a small group Bible study around a kitchen table or in the classroom. Just start by reading the scriptures and then start streaming!
From Cokesbury, Disciple has probably been the most popular commitment Bible study for quite a long time. It includes the foundational study, Disciple I, but also three others, as well as several shorter studies. In 2016, Disciple began offering DISCIPLE Fast Track, two 12-week studies, one each on the Old Testament and the New Testament.
“DISCIPLE is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders. The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible.
“The first study in the program is DISCIPLE: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study. It serves as the basis for all other studies in the DISCIPLE family that follow. Over the course of 34 weeks, the study covers the entire Bible (Old and New Testaments) following the biblical story from Creation to the New Jerusalem.
According to Cokesbury and students, “DISCIPLE aims at transformation, not just information and calls on persons to be changed by God’s Word.”