New and Noteworthy – July 2007
Stafford North. Evangelizing Your Community: Practical Steps Congregations and Individuals Can Take to Improve Their Evangelistic Outreach. Nashville: 21st Century Christian, 2007. ISBN 978-0-89098-312-6; 157 pages; $9.99; 800-251-2477.
North provides 12 discussions of practical ways for congregations of all sizes to become more evangelistic.
North asks, “Why do we not do better at evangelism? Because congregations do not have a blueprint for how to do it well. They know a few of the things to do, but they do not have a vision for ‘total congregational evangelism.’ They have no plan for capitalizing on every member’s gift.”
Included in the chapters are resources such as a congregational survey.
North is distinguished professor of Bible at Oklahoma Christian University.
Jud Wilhite. That Crazy Little Thing Called Love: The Soundtrack of Marriage, Sex, and Faith. Cincinnati: Standard, 2007. ISBN0-7847-1944-6; 160 pages; $14.99; 800-543-1301.
Are Christian marriages any different than those of others in the United States? In an era of staggering divorce rates, Wilhite begins with this question.
Using the culture of popular music as a theme, Wilhite discusses biblical principles for stronger marriages beginning with “remembering your story” — the fun, love and respect that brought the couple together.
The book is divided into 30 short chapters dealing with “fulfilling our marriage vows,” managing conflict and renewing those marriages that might be described as “barely hanging on.”
Wilhite is senior pastor of Central Christian Church in the Las Vegas area. He and his wife, Lori, have two children.
Bill Hybels. Holy Discontent: Fueling the Fire that Ignites Personal Vision. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007. ISBN 978-0-310-27228-1; 155 pages; $14.99; www.zondervan.com.
“Holy discontent” is what Hybels calls the feeling we get when the news delivers yet more evidence of suffering and brokenness. He explores what it takes to move beyond this shock to motivate and inspire change.
Hybels writes, “The trouble with contentedness is that, when lived out in isolation, it can be lethal. If you’re not careful, you will become lulled into a state of satisfaction … and you’ll altogether neglect needs in the world that should elicit deep discontent.”
This book provides eight chapters that deal with where to find your frustrations, how to develop these into “holy discontent” and how to use these to help fix what is broken. Hybels is founder of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill.