Six New Things

Discover six new ministry resources in this weekly post:

In “Another Way” (Cokesbury), Forum for Theological Exploration leaders Dori Grinenko Baker, Stephen Lewis and Matthew Williams describe a 21st Century “way of leadership” based on self-awareness and “a mysterious relatedness among strangers” focusing on community, joy, and our calling to create a better world.

Historian and evangelical John Fea, takes a critical look at American politics in “Believe Me” (Eerdmans), explaining how a world-view based on fear, power-grabs and nostalgia have led to an overwhelming majority of white evangelicals believing and unshakably supporting Trump; and calling for a change in ethos.

In “Inspired Imperfection” (Fortress), Gregory A. Boyd invites readers to “embrace the mistakes and contradictions in Scripture” which, like the Incarnation, reveal God’s preference for imparting truth through the imperfection of humanity.

Based on the latest brain and attachment research, Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson share stories, scripts, simple strategies, illustrations, and tips for honoring the Four S’s – essential to every child’s development – throughout the spectrum of life-situations and they demonstrate that missteps are repairable in, “The Power of Showing Up” (Penguin Random House).

Sparkhouse offers their new Rotation curricula for Holy Week and Easter and Candle Press shares a free downloadable “Lenten Gift” with five weekly family activities for the season.

Telling the (old) Story in New Ways is a two-day conference (Jan. 27-28, 2020) on story-telling via various media with keynote speakers Marlon Hall, David Hansen, Nora McInerny and Natalia Terfa and skill-building workshops. Sponsored by Church Anew, a ministry of St Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie.

Dear Colleagues: As the new Director of the Ministry Lab I am excited to share my first Six New Things with you. Please be patient with me as I grow into this position and learn the ropes: things will likely look and feel a bit different, though I will certainly attempt to maintain the incredible integrity of my predecessor.

Six New Things will take a brief hiatus over the Christmas Season, but will return again on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. I wish you all a Blessed Advent, Peaceful Christmas and Joyous New Year!!