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Luke and Vergil: Imitations of Classical Greek Literature

by Dennis R. MacDonald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 05, 2014)

These two volumes are the magnum opus of biblical scholar Dennis R. MacDonald, outlining the profound connections between the New Testament and classical Greek poetry. MacDonald argues that the Gospel writers...


So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States?

by George Yancey & David A. Williamson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 06, 2014)

This is a provocative look at anti-Christian sentiments in America. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative research, the authors do not attempt to show the prevalence of anti-Christian attitudes but rather...


The Gospels and Homer: Imitations of Greek Epic in Mark and Luke-Acts

by Dennis R. MacDonald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 05, 2014)

These two volumes are the magnum opus of biblical scholar Dennis R. MacDonald, outlining the profound connections between the New Testament and classical Greek poetry. MacDonald argues that the Gospel writers...


Entering Wonderland: A Toolkit for Pastors New to a Church

by Robert A. Harris Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 08, 2014)

The book provides guidance and coaching for pastors both new and more experienced in the ministry as they seek to enter and lead a new congregation in an harmonious and effective fashion.


Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari'ah in the Modern Age

by Khaled Abou El Fadl Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 23, 2014)

In Reasoning with God renowned Islamic scholar Khaled Abou El Fadl explores the role of Shari‘ah in today’s world, for both Muslims and non-Muslims. After a prologue that explains Shari‘ah in depth, Abou...


Political and Spiritual: Essays on Religion, Environment, Disability, and Justice

by Roger S. Gottlieb Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 23, 2014)

This book gathers a variety of illuminating essays by an internationally known scholar of religion and ecology. New writings on technology, facing death, and an intellectual autobiography continue Gottlieb’s...


The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present

by John W. O'Malley Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2014)

In The Jesuits acclaimed historian John W. O’Malley, SJ, provides essential historical background from the founder Ignatius of Loyola through Pope Francis and the present. Concise and compelling, this brief...


Wading Through Many Voices: Toward a Theology of Public Conversation

by Harold Recinos, Andrew Sung Park, María Teresa Dávila & Gaston Espinosa et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 16, 2011)

Wading through Many Voices brings together the voices of Latino/a, African American, Asian American, Native American, and Euro-American scholars to produce a dialogue of public theology: how faith-communities,...


Ethics of the Word: Voices in the Catholic Church Today

by James J. F. Keenan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 16, 2010)

In Ethics of the Word beloved priest and author James F. Keenan, S.J., discusses the power of the Word in the Catholic Church. In the ongoing wake of the priest abuse scandals, Father Keenan argues that we need...


Yoked: Stories of a Clergy Couple in Marriage, Family, and Ministry

by Andrew Kort & Mihee Kim-Kort Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 08, 2014)

Yoked is a candid look at the ins and outs, the joys and struggles of a clergy couple navigating a family, two separate callings, and their marriage. With vulnerability, courage, hope, and faith Mihee Kim-Kort...


Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century

by Lex Bayer & John Figdor Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 26, 2014)

This book shows that atheism need not only be reactionary (against religion and God), but rather provides a clear set of constructive principles to live by that establish atheism as a positive worldview. The...


Letters to an Atheist: Wrestling with Faith

by Peter Kreeft Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 30, 2014)

In Letters to an Atheist, Peter Kreeft corresponds with a fictional young atheist to wrestle with the primary reasons for not believing in God. With characteristic warmth and clarity, Kreeft’s letters explore...


Leading into the World

by Paul Galbreath Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 24, 2014)

An exploration of ways to connect worship practices with the call of Christian disciples to care for the earth. Discussion of earth stewardship is largely absent from modern Sunday services, and this re-examination...


Understanding World Religions: A Road Map for Justice and Peace

by David Whitten Smith & Elizabeth Geraldine Burr Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 21, 2014)

This book introduces students to major worldviews through the lens of justice and peace. The second edition features a broader framework and includes updates on non-religious ethical norms, Islamophobia, colonial...


Iran Divided: The Historical Roots of Iranian Debates on Identity, Culture, and Governance in the Twenty-First Century

by Shireen T. Hunter Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 17, 2014)

This text discusses the historical roots of Iran’s current divisions and debates. It identifies major conflicts, such as Iran versus Islam, secularism versus religion, and constitutionalism versus Islamic...


Why the Catholic Church Must Change: A Necessary Conversation

by Margaret Nutting Ralph Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 04, 2014)

As contentious debates swirl in the Catholic church about the role of women, abortion, sexuality, and more, author Margaret Nutting Ralph urges readers to see that past church teaching on these issues is not...


The Other Jesus: Stories from World Religions

by Todd Outcalt Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 05, 2014)

The Other Jesus shares stories and traditions about Jesus beyond the usual Biblical sources. From Judaism and Islam, to Buddhism and Taoism, the book offers a fresh exploration of Jesus, his place in history,...


Jihad and Genocide

by Richard L. Rubenstein Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 16, 2010)

This book examines the relationship between jihad and genocide, past and present. Richard L. Rubenstein, a respected scholar in the field of genocide studies, takes a close look at the violent interpretations...


Making a Difference in a Globalized World: Short-term Missions that Work

by Laurie A. Occhipinti & Robert J. Priest Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 22, 2014)

This handbook provides a framework to help short-term mission volunteers maximize the positive impact of their service projects. Occhipinti bases her framework on both personal mission trip experiences and extensive...


Promise and Peril: Understanding and Managing Change and Conflict in Congregations

by David Brubaker Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 28, 2009)

Congregations cannot exist without finances, priorities, leadership, worship, and decision making, yet these five aspects breed the most conflict between church members and clergy. These conflicts unfortunately...


Conflict Management in Congregations

by David B. Lott Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 01, 2001)

Since its inception, the Alban Institute has earned a reputation as a leader in addressing congregational conflict management issues through its research, consulting services, educational events, and particularly...


This House We Build: Lessons for Healthy Synagogues and the People Who Dwell There

by Terry Bookman & William Kahn Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 31, 2006)

Taking up synagogues as its primary example, this book gives vital lessons for congregations of any faith on how to be a healthy community of believers. The House We Build enables readers to learn more deeply...


Be Not Afraid!: Building Your Church on Faith and Knowledge

by Frederic M. Roberts Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 01, 2005)

In this in-depth study of eight diverse mainline Protestant congregations, anthropologist Fredric Roberts finds that when local congregations are evaluated by spiritual and religious standards instead of corporate-...


Temporary Shepherds: A Congregational Handbook for Interim Ministry

by Roger S. Nicholson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 01, 1998)

Effective interim ministry depends on strong partnership between the interim minster and congregation. Lay leaders of congregations preparing for such a transition will value the expert guidance provided by...


Feeding the Flock: Restaurants and Churches You'd Stand in Line for

by Russell Chandler Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 01, 1998)

Comparing running a church as to running a restaurant.


Connecting to God: Nurturing Spirituality through Small Groups

by Corinne Ware Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 01, 1997)

Although spiritual growth occurs within an individual, Ware explains that it is the calling of the congregation to be a community of support and encouragement. Indeed, it is amidst the support of a group that...


Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony

by Lillian Daniel Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 30, 2005)

Lillian Daniel shares how her congregation re-appropriated the practice of testimony one Lenten season, a practice that would eventually revitalize their worship and transform their congregational culture.


How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems

by Peter L. Steinke Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 20, 2006)

Drawing on the work of Bowen and Friedman, and on his own many years of counseling experience, Peter Steinke shows how to recognize and deal with the emotional roots of such issues as church conflict, leadership...


Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and Message

by Nancy DeMott, Tim Shapiro & Brent Bill Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 19, 2007)

Building communicate. Stained glass windows, high altars, multi-purpose worship/gymnasium spaces, Plexiglas pulpits, padded pews--these and all other architectural elements say something about a congregation's...


At Ease: Discussing Money & Values in Small Groups

by John Ronsvalle, Sylvia Ronsvalle & U. Milo Kaufmann Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 01, 1998)

Text is written as a study guide for helping small groups grow in their understanding of the role of money in their lives.


Entering the World of the Small Church

by Anthony G. Pappas Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 01, 2000)

This demonstrates amazingly, with unflinching honesty and a wonderfully redeeming sense of humor, a resource especially helpful in motivating change and growth by mobilizing the natural strengths of small churches....


From Nomads to Pilgrims: Stories from Practicing Congregations

by Diana Butler Bass & J. Stewart-Sicking Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 30, 2005)

In The Practicing Congregation (Alban, 2004), Diana Butler Bass explored the phenomenon of "intentional congregations," an emerging style of congregational vitality in which churches creatively and intentionally...


With All Thy Mind: Worship That Honors the Way God Made Us

by Robert P. Glick Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 01, 2006)

The worship terrain has changed, but a consensus has yet to emerge even about what worship is, let alone how we should worship. Increasingly, however, people are hungry not just to know about God, but to experience...


Worship Frames: How We Shape and Interpret Our Experience of God

by Deborah J. Kapp Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 16, 2008)

Worship is a congregation's most important practice. In worship we encounter God's gracious presence and come face to face with the frailty, goodness, and potential of our humanity. We are comforted, corrected,...


Rekindling the Mainline: New Life Through New Churches

by Stephen C. Compton Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 01, 2003)

Not only do new church starts in significant numbers bring systemic change and renewal to mainline denominations, but new church development brings similar change to individual aging congregations in their vicinity....


So You're on the Search Committee

by Bunty Ketcham & Celia Allison Hahn Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 01, 2005)

So You're on the Search Committee focuses on the experience of pastoral search committees and the unique role that laity in most denominations play in this crucial process. Because a change of pastors is, as...


The Once and Future Church Collection

by Loren B. Mead Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 01, 2001)

In 1991 The Once and Future Church by Alban Institute founder and former director Loren B. Mead created an instant sensation in congregational circles with its prophetic insights into the life of the church...


Lending Your Leadership: How Pastors Are Redefining Their Role in Community Life

by Nelson Granade Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 01, 2006)

As America faces great change, we must find new ways of cooperating with one another to solve problems beyond our individual control. As leaders of one of the largest pools of community capital-our congregations-pastors...


The Once and Future Pastor: The Changing Role of Religious Leaders

by William Chris Hobgood Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 31, 1998)

Hobgood examines new pressures on clergy that are emerging in the "post-Christendom era:" financial stresses; the effects of a conflicted and confrontational culture; the needs of an increasing number of people...


Music in Churches: Nourishing Your Congregation's Musical Life

by Linda J. Clark Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 31, 1994)

Clergy, worship or music committees, organists, and choir or music directors will find this a practical and invaluable guide to the role and power of music to express and form faith. Clark researched twenty-four...


Personality Type in Congregations: How to Work With Others More Effectively

by Lynne M. Baab Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 01, 1998)

Pastor & author, Lynne Baab "offers readers a useful tool to understand both their own spiritual journeys and their role in the life of their chosen spiritual community". The book "...provides a basic understanding...


Discover Your Spiritual Type

by Corinne Ware Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 01, 1995)

From Urban T. Holmes's spiritual typology and her own experience as a spiritual director and pastoral counselor, Ware provides a framework for people to name and understand their spiritual experience-in much...


A History of Medieval Heresy and Inquisition

by Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 16, 2011)

This concise and balanced survey of heresy and inquisition in the Middle Ages examines the dynamic interplay between competing medieval notions of Christian observance, tracing the escalating confrontations...


Faiths on Display: Religion, Tourism, and the Chinese State

by Tim Oakes & Donald S. Sutton Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2010)

By providing a unique perspective on China's changing relationship with religion, this groundbreaking book explores the role the Chinese state continues to play in religious revival today. Throughout China,...


Paul and Virtue Ethics

by Daniel J. Harrington & James J. F. Keenan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 16, 2010)

Daniel Harrington, SJ, and James Keenan, SJ, approach moral theology through virtue ethics, asking the key questions, Who am I? Who do I want to become? And how do I get there? With the apostle Paul as a guide,...


Active Spirituality: A Guide for Seekers and Ministers

by Kent Ira Groff Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 31, 1993)

A practical guidebook for the inquiring layperson seeking a holistic, intelligent look at the spiritual life, and for the pastor or religious professional seeking a systematic framework and spiritual practices...


New Beginnings: A Pastorate Start Up Workbook

by Roy M. Oswald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 01, 1989)

Roy Oswald, who ministers to pastors with great compassion, perceptiveness, and skill, now brings eight more years of field experience to an updated edition of "New Beginnings." Important new material includes:...


Attending Parishioners' Spiritual Growth

by Thomas P. Williamsen Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 31, 1997)

Discover how to assist parishioners in their prayer and spiritual life. Learn how individual spiritual growth can flow back into the congregation's growth as a community. Explore new ideas and practical approaches...


Inside the Small Church

by Anthony G. Pappas Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 01, 2001)

Even as so-called megachurches capture the attention of many church watchers, small congregations continue to dominate America's religious landscape in both rural and urban settings. Although sometimes obscured...


A House of Prayer for All Peoples: Congregations Building Multiracial Community

by Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 31, 2002)

Contrary to the oft-repeated truism, there are churches in America where Sunday is not the "most segregated day of the week," as Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook convincingly demonstrates in her compelling exploration...