ADDITIONAL RESOURCES for this series
FOR SUNDAY 20 May
The World's Most Persecuted Minority is an introduction to the persecution of Christians produced by Jewish commentator, Dennis Prayer.
The Worst Year Yet-- The Top 50 Countries Where it Is Hardest to Be A Christian. From Christianity Today magazine
Is This the End of Christianity In the Middle East? was a long feature in the NY Times when Isis was terrorizing Christians while at the peak of their power.
The Insanity of God is the transparent journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and He was clueless about the tragedies of life, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, "Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place? It sure didn't work in Somalia. How does faith survive, let alone flourish in a place like the Middle East? How can Good truly overcome such evil? How do you maintain hope when all is darkness around you? How can we say “greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world” when it may not be visibly true in that place at that time? How does anyone live an abundant, victorious Christian life in our world’s toughest places? Can Christianity even work outside of Western, dressed-up, ordered nations? If so, how?
The Heavenly Man is the true story of Brother Yun, house church leader in China. It tells the story of his persecution, imprisonment, torture, and faith... Throughout the book, Yun prefers to emphasize the character and beauty of Jesus. This is a moving and challenging read.
FOR SUNDAY 6 MAY
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This is the classic on genuine Christian fellowship. In Life Together we have Pastor Bonhoeffer's experience of Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul's letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.
Spiritual Friendship, written over 800 years ago by a Cistercian monk, is a dialogue wherein the theme of friendship that is distinctly spiritual and tangibly relational is considered. Don't let the age put you off... the friendship considered here would renew the Church and heal the increasing loneliness in our world.
Meet Generation Z. You think there is a difference in perspective between the Greatest Generation, Boomers, and Millennials? You haven't seen anything until you consider the rise of Gen Z!
FOR SUNDAY 22 APRIL
PODCASTS/FREE AUDIBLE BOOK
Eusebius' History of the Christian Church is the earliest history of the Church written between A.D. 290-324. Bishop Eusebius, a learned scholar who lived most of his life in Caesarea in Palestine, broke new ground in writing the History and provided a model for all later ecclesiastical historians. In tracing the history of the Church from the time of Christ to the Great Persecution at the beginning of the fourth century, and ending with the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, his aim was to show the purity and continuity of the doctrinal tradition of Christianity and its struggle against persecutors and heretics.
The History of the Early Church (A.D. 30-451) or The History of the Christian Church are very accessible... The first is from a Catholic/Orthodox perspective the latter from a Calvary Chapel pastor who loves Church history.
Christian History Made Easy: A Quick and Colorful Guide to Understanding the Key Eents and People that Every Christian Should Know explains early church history, the Church Councils, the Great Schism, the Crusades, Francis of Assisi, John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation, and more. Christian History Made Easy presents key church history events and great Christian leaders everyone should know, along with full-color church history timelines, photos, pictures, and maps.
The Story of Christianity: Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation elates the dramatic events, the colorful characters, and the revolutionary ideas that shaped the first fifteen centuries of the church's life and thought.
The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity & Diversity traces the contours of Christian belief down through the ages, revealing a pattern of both unity and diversity. He finds a consensus of teaching that is both unitive and able to incorporate a faithful diversity when not forced into the molds of false either-or alternatives.
The Message of Acts by John Stott. The Spirit moves the church into the world. That is how it has always been since the day of Pentecost when the Spirit brought thousands from many countries into the body of Christ. Stott writes, "The Acts of the Apostles have long ago finished; the acts of the followers of Jesus will continue until the end of the world."