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  • Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition | Bruce L. Shelley

    Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bruce L. Shelley
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
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    With more than 315,000 print copies sold, this is the story of the church for today’s listeners. Dr. Bruce Shelley makes church history come alive in this classic audiobook that has become not only the first choice of many laypeople and church leaders but the standard text in many college classrooms.

    Theo Tsourdalakis says: "EXCELLENT RESOURCE - GOOD, SIMPLE, CLEAR OVERVIEW"
  • Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples | Thom Rainer,Eric Geiger

    Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Thom Rainer, Eric Geiger
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Based on case studies of 400 American churches, authors Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove that the process for making disciples has quite often become too complex. Simple churches are thriving, and they are doing so by taking these four ideas to heart: Clarity. Movement. Alignment. Focus. Each idea is examined here, simply showing why it is time to simplify.

    George says: "Yielding to the Holy Spirit"
  • When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers | Marcellino D'Ambrosio

    When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers

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    • By Marcellino D'Ambrosio
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    Marcellino D'Ambrosio dusts off what might have been just dry theology to bring you the exciting stories of great heroes such as Ambrose, Augustine, Basil, Athanasius, John Chrysostom, and Jerome. These brilliant, embattled, and sometimes eccentric men defined the biblical canon, hammered out the Creed, and gave us our understanding of sacraments and salvation. It is they who preserved the rich legacy of the early Church for us.

    Mike C says: "Masterful summary of the early Church Fathers"
  • Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive | Thom S. Rainer

    Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive

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    • By Thom S. Rainer
    • Narrated By Maurice England
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    No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than 25 years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered 12 consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it's not gloom and doom because from those 12 themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged.

    Karen Reid says: "Outstanding"
  • Church of Lies | Paul T. Brown,Flora Jessop

    Church of Lies

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    • By Paul T. Brown, Flora Jessop
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
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    "My name is Flora Jessop. I've been called apostate, vigilante, and crazy bitch, and maybe I am. But some people call me a hero, and I'd like to think they're right too. If I am a hero, maybe it's because every time I can play a part in saving a child or a woman from a life of servitude and degradation, I'm saving a little piece of me, too. was one of twenty-eight children born to my dad and his three wives."

    Jewel says: "Couldnt put it down"
  • Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City | Timothy Keller

    Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Timothy Keller
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
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    Many pastors struggle to translate their theological beliefs into fruitful ministry in the places they are called to reach. It’s not enough to simply know what to believe (theology), or on the other hand, how to do ministry (methodology) - they need something in between. They need help thinking about ministry in a culture that no longer believes Christianity is a force for good, let alone the source of ultimate revealed truth in the person of Christ.

    Thomas says: "Wisdom for Urban Churches - Deep, Wide & Practical"
  • Cracking Your Church's Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration | Samuel R. Chand

    Cracking Your Church's Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration

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    • By Samuel R. Chand
    • Narrated By Jonathan Peterson
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    Why is it that the best strategic plans and good leadership often are not able to move churches in the desired direction? Sam Chand contends that toxic culture is to blame. Quite often, leaders don't sense the toxicity, but it poisons their relationships and derails their vision. This work describes five easily identifiable categories of church culture (inspiring-accepting-stagnant-discouraging-toxic), with diagnostic descriptions in the book and a separate online assessment tool.

    Brad says: "This Book will cause problems!"
  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization | Thomas E. Woods

    How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

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    • By Thomas E. Woods
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    Western civilization has given us modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of law, a sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts we take for granted.

    Michael Kellogg says: "Fascinating and informative"
  • I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference | Thom R. Rainer

    I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference

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    • By Thom R. Rainer
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
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    Best-selling author and ministry leader Thom S. Rainer drew an exceptional response when he posted a 500-word declaration about church membership to his daily blog. Thoughtfully expanded to book form, I Am a Church Member begins to remedy the outbreak of inactive or barely committed church members, addressing without apology what is expected of those who join a body of believers.

    daimien says: "Membership"
  • The Modern Scholar: From Jesus to Christianity: A History of the Early Church | Thomas F. Madden

    The Modern Scholar: From Jesus to Christianity: A History of the Early Church

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    • By Thomas F. Madden
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    In the first century of its existence, Christianity was both welcomed and vilified throughout the Roman Empire. Many of Christianity's original adherents were martyred. Christians themselves practiced their religion with great diversity, linked as much to local influences as theology. Political intrigue, theological beliefs, and simple misunderstandings created a need for dialogue between the many practitioners of the growing faith.

    Jason says: "Excellent Introduction to History of Christianity"
  • Move: What 1000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth | Greg L. Hawkins,Cally Parkinson

    Move: What 1000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth

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    • By Greg L. Hawkins, Cally Parkinson
    • Narrated By Adam Black
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    One of the church's primary responsibilities is to foster genuine spiritual growth in people's lives. Today's pastors bring tremendous effort and passion to this task, but they are often disappointed by people who sit in the pews for years, knowing about Jesus but never really knowing him. In 2004, Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago undertook a three-year study to measure spiritual growth called the REVEAL Spiritual Life Survey. Over the next six years, additional data was collected from over a quarter million people in well over a thousand churches of every size....

  • Reimagining Church | Frank Viola

    Reimagining Church

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    • Narrated By Lloyd James
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    A revolution is moving through the body of Christ, challenging the spiritual status quo and redefining the very notion of corporate worship - a movement inspired by the divine design for holy fellowship. It's a fresh concept rooted in ancient history.

    Jason says: "Exceptional and thought provoking!"
  • Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church | Lauren Drain

    Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church

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    You've likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with messages that are too offensive to copy here, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the 9-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards, all in front of their grieving families. Since no organized religion will claim affiliation with the WBC, it's perhaps more accurate to think of them as a cult. Lauren Drain was thrust into that cult at the age of 15, and then spat back out again seven years later.

    Donald says: "Get Thee Behind Me Phelps"
  • The Catholic Church: A History | The Great Courses

    The Catholic Church: A History

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor William R. Cook
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    How did the Catholic Church become one of the most influential institutions in the world-a force capable of moving armies, inspiring saints, and shaping the lives of a billion members? Explore these and other questions as you follow the development of this important institution in 36 informative, fascinating lectures. With Professor Cook by your side, you'll step into the world of the early church, witness the spread of Christendom, and learn about the origins of fundamental church institutions.

    P. Johnson says: "Thorough history presented in a compelling manner"
  • Finding Church: What If There Really Is Something More? | Wayne Jacobsen

    Finding Church: What If There Really Is Something More?

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    If, like many other people, you have questioned whether there is something more to Jesus church than the religious institutions we've inherited after two thousand years, you'll want to read Finding Church. Here is straight talk from a man who has sought authentic New Testament community for more than fifty years and who has discovered it in the most unlikely places.

    Amazon Customer says: "Don't be mis-lead. Avoid this false teaching."
  • The Red Church | Scott Nicholson

    The Red Church

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    For 13-year-old Ronnie Day, life is full of problems: Mom and Dad have separated, his brother Tim is a constant pest, Melanie Ward either loves him or hates him, and Jesus Christ won’t stay in his heart. Plus he has to walk past the red church every day, where the Bell Monster hides with its wings and claws and livers for eyes. But the biggest problem is that Archer McFall is the new preacher at the church, and Mom wants Ronnie to attend midnight services with her.

    Amanda says: "Don't Bother"
  • A Survey of Church History: A.D. 100-600 | W. Robert Godfrey

    A Survey of Church History: A.D. 100-600

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    • By W. Robert Godfrey
    • Narrated By W. Robert Godfrey
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    Join Dr. Robert Godfrey as he takes believers through the first 12 lectures of what will be a sixty-lecture series covering theology, apologetics, notable church fathers, and much more.

    H. Baber says: "Evangelical garbage!"
  • Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith | Barbara Brown Taylor

    Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith

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    • By Barbara Brown Taylor
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    After nine years serving on the staff of a big urban church in Atlanta, Barbara Brown Taylor arrives in rural Clarkesville, Georgia (population 1,500), following her dream to become the pastor of her own small congregation. The adjustment from city life to country dweller is something of a shock - but small-town life offers many of its own unique joys. Taylor has five successful years that see significant growth in the church she serves, but ultimately she finds herself experiencing "compassion fatigue".

    Illini Two says: "Barbara Brown Taylor at her best"
  • Leadership from the Inside Out: Examining the Inner Life of a Healthy Church Leader | Kevin G. Harney

    Leadership from the Inside Out: Examining the Inner Life of a Healthy Church Leader

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    • By Kevin G. Harney
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
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    Why is it that so many gifted and passionate leaders end up on the sidelines of ministry rather than finishing well? How can you avoid the pitfalls that face those who serve Christ and his church? What steps can you take that will propel you forward into a more faithful and fruitful ministry than you ever dreamed? These questions and more are addressed in Leadership from the Inside Out.

  • The Hagia Sophia: The History of the Famous Church and Mosque | Charles River Editors

    The Hagia Sophia: The History of the Famous Church and Mosque

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    The Hagia Sophia, built from 532-537, is inarguably the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture and one of the greatest buildings ever constructed. Upon its completion, the Hagia Sophia remained the largest enclosed space in the world for nearly a thousand years, a reign that only ended after the rebuilding of St. Peter's in Rome. Fittingly, the rebuilding of St. Peter's was partly inspired by the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque in 1453.

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