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  1. 6.7 hrs • 6/5/2012 • Unabridged

    Would Jesus attend church today? Among the top ten trends that are changing American life, Time magazine recently listed a rising dissatisfaction with organized religion. Though many people today like Jesus, they are growing tired of traditional religious institutions. Even those who follow Jesus aren’t so sure they always like what Christianity and the church represent. For many years, Dan Kimball would have agreed, until an encounter with a small group of Jesus followers started him on a journey that challenged him to rethink everything he had ever assumed about the church. In Adventures in Churchland, Dan invites you to join him as he uncovers what the Bible really says about the church and reminds us that it’s more than just buildings and institutions, it’s a beautiful mess of broken people learning to follow Jesus together. As you journey with Dan, you’ll begin to see the church as Jesus intended it to be: a community of forgiven misfits coming together to serve the world around them with passion, creativity, innovation, and grace.

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    Adventures in Churchland

    Foreword by Wanda Jackson
    Read by Adam Black
    6.7 hrs • 6/5/12 • Unabridged
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  2. 14.9 hrs • 3/13/2012 • Unabridged

    Why is the city a battleground of hostile principalities and powers? What is the mission of the church in the city? How can the church be supported in accomplishing that mission? These are the questions that Robert Linthicum treats in his comprehensive and probing biblical theology of the city.  In the Bible the city is depicted both as a dwelling place of God and his people and as a center of power for Satan and his minions. The city is one primary stage on which the drama of salvation is played out. And that is no less the case at the end of this pivotal century as mega-cities become the focal point of most human activity and aspirations around the world.  This is a timely theology of the city that weaves the theological images of the Bible and the social realities of the contemporary world into a revealing tapestry of truths about the urban experience. Its purpose is to define clearly the mission of the church in the midst of the urban realities and to support well the work of the church in the urban world.

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    City of God, City of Satan

    14.9 hrs • 3/13/12 • Unabridged
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  3. 7.8 hrs • 3/15/2011 • Unabridged

    If you’re brave enough to take an honest look at the issues facing the culture—controlled church—and the issues in your own life—read on. Do you ever look at how the Christian faith is being lived out in the new millennium and wonder if we’re not doing what we’re supposed to be doing? That we still haven’t quite “gotten it”? That we’ve missed the point regarding many important issues? It’s understandable if we’ve relied on what we’ve been told to believe or what’s widely accepted by the Christian community. But if we truly turned a constructive, critical eye toward our beliefs and vigorously questioned them and their origins, where would we find ourselves?  Bestselling authors Brian McLaren and Tony Campolo invite you to do just that. Join them on an adventure—one that’s about uncovering and naming faulty conclusions, suppositions, and assumptions about the Christian faith. In Adventures in Missing the Point, the authors take turns addressing how we’ve missed the point on crucial topics such as salvation, the Bible, being postmodern, worship, homosexuality, truth, and many more.

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    Adventures in Missing the Point

    7.8 hrs • 3/15/11 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.5 hrs • 1/19/2010 • Unabridged

    Our world is marked by unprecedented degrees of multiculturalism, ethnic diversity, social shifts, international collaboration, and technology-driven changes. The changes are profound, especially when you consider the unchecked decline in the influence, size, and social standing of the church. There is an undercurrent of anxiety in the evangelical world, and a hunger for something new. And we’re sensing the urgency of it. We need fresh, creative counterintuitive ways of doing ministry and church and leading it in the twenty-first century. We need to adapt. Fast. Both in our practices and our thinking. The aim of this book is simple: When we understand the powerful forces at work in the world today, we’ll learn how something called The Third Culture can yield perhaps the most critical missing ingredient in the church today—adaptability—and help the church remain on the best side of history.  The Monkey and the Fish looks at our new global village and the church’s role in that village in a revolutionary way. It’s a way to reconnect with the historical roots of what Jesus envisioned the church could be—a people known for a brand of love, unity, goodness, and extravagant spirit that defies all conventions.

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    The Monkey and the Fish

    5.5 hrs • 1/19/10 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.7 hrs • 9/1/2009 • Unabridged

    In Deep Church, Belcher brings the best insights of all sides to forge a way between emerging and traditional. In a fair and evenhanded way, Belcher explores the proposals of such emerging church leaders as Tony Jones, Brian McLaren, and Doug Pagitt. He offers measured appreciation and affirmation as well as balanced critique. Moving beyond reaction, Belcher provides constructive models from his own church planting experience and paints a picture of what this alternate, deep church looks like—a missional church committed to both tradition and culture, valuing innovation in worship, arts and community, and creeds and confessions. 

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    Deep Church

    Foreword by Richard J. Mouw
    7.7 hrs • 9/1/09 • Unabridged
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  6. 8.3 hrs • 8/1/2009 • Unabridged

    From the author of Reimagining Church comes an essential guide that provides practical, effective tools for finding vibrant Christian communities. Driven by a passion for the body of Christ, Frank Viola has written some of today’s most authoritative and celebrated works on the growing home, organic, and missional church movements. Now Viola shares practical keys to a healthy and successful church plant. Viola contends that many congregations today are struggling to survive, not because of bad planning, but poor planting. He presents an essential guide for starting and nourishing organic churches in any culture. Drawing from both Scripture and a wealth of experience, Viola offers real-world tools, insights, and practical suggestions so churches won’t just grow but thrive.

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    Finding Organic Church

    8.3 hrs • 8/1/09 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.6 hrs • 5/1/2009 • Unabridged

    If you put two elephants in a room together and close the door, in twenty-two months you may get one baby elephant. But two rabbits together for the same amount of time will result in thousands of baby rabbits! In The Rabbit and the Elephant, “micro church” planters Tony and Felicity Dale use the “rabbit” illustration to show the pace at which the Christian faith can (and should) be growing—through evangelism that is explosive and transformational. The Rabbit and the Elephant contains the key to twenty-first century evangelism—taking the gospel to where the pain and the people are. 

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    The Rabbit and the Elephant

    5.6 hrs • 5/1/09 • Unabridged
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  8. 1.1 hrs • 4/1/2009 • Unabridged

    John Piper fires readers’ passion for the centrality and supremacy of God by unfolding Calvin's exemplary zeal for the glory of God. God rests all too lightly on the church's mind in our time. Consequently, the self-saturation of his people has made God and his glory auxiliary, and his majesty has all but disappeared from the modern evangelical world. John Calvin saw a similar thing in his day, and it was at the root of his quarrel with Rome. Nothing mattered more to Calvin than the centrality, supremacy, and majesty of the glory of God. His aim, he wrote, was to “set before [man], as the prime motive of his existence, zeal to illustrate the glory of God,”—a fitting banner over all of the great Reformer's life and work. “The essential meaning of Calvin's life and preaching,” writes John Piper, “is that he recovered and embodied a passion for the absolute reality and majesty of God. Such is the aim and burden of this book as well.” As Piper concisely unfolds this predominant theme in Calvin's life, he seeks to fire every Christian's passion for the centrality and supremacy of God, so that God's self-identification in Exodus 3 as “I am who I am” becomes the sun in our solar system too.

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  9. 7.3 hrs • 4/1/2009 • Unabridged

    What is commonly known as DNA today was called “so pretty!” when it was discovered years ago, and over the course of his ministry, author Leonard Sweet has discovered that this divine design also informs God’s blueprint for the church. In this seminal work, he shares the woven strands that form the church: missional, relational, and incarnational. Sweet declares that this secret is So Beautiful! Using the poignant life of John Newton as a touchstone, Sweet calls for the reunion of these three essential, complementary strands of the Christian life. Far from a novel idea, Sweet shows how this structure is God’s original intent and shares the simply beautiful design for His church.

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    So Beautiful

    7.3 hrs • 4/1/09 • Unabridged
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  10. 4.4 hrs • 1/1/2009 • Unabridged

    What does it mean to be evangelical? What does it mean to be Catholic? Can one consider oneself both simultaneously? Francis Beckwith has wrestled with these questions personally and professionally. He was baptized a Catholic, but his faith journey led him to Protestant evangelicalism. He became a philosophy professor at Baylor University and president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). And then, in 2007, after much prayer, counsel, and consideration, Beckwith decided to return to the Catholic church and step down as ETS president. This provocative book details Beckwith’s journey, focusing on his internal dialogue between the Protestant theology he embraced for most of his adult life and Catholicism. He seeks to explain what prompted his decision and offers theological reflection on whether one can be evangelical and Catholic, affirming his belief that one can be both.

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    Return to Rome

    4.4 hrs • 1/1/09 • Unabridged
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  11. 3.0 hrs • 4/1/2007 • Unabridged

    The Jonathan Edwards trilogy includes three of the most important sermons ever preached on American soil. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is maybe the most important and well-known sermon from Edwards, but also included is “A Divine and Supernatural Light” describing and illuminating what he describes as a supernatural light imparted by God. His farewell sermon was given in June of 1750 and is a commendation to those who are in the Lord’s service; a plea to maintain unity, avoiding dissension and false doctrine; and a call to devote themselves to prayer.  

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    Best of Jonathan Edwards Sermons

    3.0 hrs • 4/1/07 • Unabridged
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  12. 6.1 hrs • 3/1/2007 • Unabridged

    Pastors Mark Dever and Paul Alexander provide a model of a biblical church in this resource for pastors, elders, and others interested in the vitality of their church. This highly practical book proposes an attitude of complete reliance on and submission to the Gospel in building a healthy church.

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    The Deliberate Church

    6.1 hrs • 3/1/07 • Unabridged
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  13. 7.1 hrs • 7/15/2004 • Abridged

    Charles Colson has been called, “one of the most important social reformers in a generation.” Ten years ago in The Body, Colson turned his prophetic attention to the church and how it might break out of its cultural captivity and reassert its biblical identity. Today the book’s classic truths have not changed. But the world we live in has. Christians in America have had their complacency shattered and their beliefs challenged. Around the world, the clash of world views has never been more strident. Before all of us, daily, are the realities of life and death, terror and hope, light and darkness, brokenness and healing. We cannot withdraw to the comfort of our sanctuaries…we must engage. For, if ever there was a time for Christians to be the Body of Christ in the world, it is now. In this new, revised and expanded edition of The Body, Charles Colson revisits the question, “What is the church and what is its relevance to contemporary culture at large?” Provocative and insightful, Being the Body inspires us to rise above a stunted “Jesus and me” faith to a nobler view of something bigger and grander than ourselves—the glorious, holy vision for which God created the church.

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    Being the Body

    7.1 hrs • 7/15/04 • Abridged
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  14. 2.6 hrs • 11/19/2003 • Abridged

    In 1998, What’s So Amazing about Grace? was chosen as the Gold Medallion Book of the Year. Stamped with Philip Yancey’s journalistic gift for inquiry and personal passion for truth, this provocative bestseller has challenged and inspired thousands of readers with a vision of the radical grace that is the church’s great distinctive. Now What’s So Amazing about Grace? comes to you in complete, unabridged audio format. Everything is here. All the penetrating insights; all the challenging, deeply personal perspectives. You’ll find them inside, with the immediacy and convenience of an audiobook. We speak of grace often, but do we understand it? More important, do we truly believe in it … and do our lives proclaim it as powerfully as our words? In What’s So Amazing about Grace? the bestselling author of The Jesus I Never Knew gives us a probing and impassioned look at grace: what it looks like, what it doesn’t look like, and why only Christians can and must reveal the grace the world is searching for. 

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    What’s So Amazing about Grace?

    2.6 hrs • 11/19/03 • Abridged
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