Leading a Church in a Time of Sexual Questioning
Grace-Filled Wisdom for Day-to-Day Ministry
Many books have been written about marriage and single sexuality, LGBT people, and what the Bible says about these issues. Opinions are divided and discussions often hostile and polarizing. But Christian leaders agree that they want their churches to be places of grace, loving communities where everyone can flourish in Christ and disagreements are overcome in a Christlike spirit. So, how does a church do that and stay true to its biblical standards? Bruce Miller offers help beyond platitudes with a biblical theology of sexuality, how to talk to church leadership and members, a fresh vision for singleness, a broader view of masculinity and femininity, and wise pastoral options for people who identify as LGBT.
Bruce also addresses a wide range of day-to-day decisions, such as baby dedications, small groups, who can serve, membership, baptism, retreats, the Lord’s Supper, weddings, funerals, teaching, and hiring and firing.
When God Makes No Sense
A Fresh Look at Habakkuk
Discover a perplexed prophet’s intense interchange with God himself. In the face of injustice and violence, Habakkuk cries out, “WHY?” What do you do when God makes no sense?
Journey with the prophet:
- from confusion to confidence
- from frustration-driven questions to faith-filled declarations
- from interrogating God to praising God
- from anguish to adoration
When life is shaking you like a leaf in a storm, learn how to hold on to the unshakeable God who controls the storm.
Big God in a Chaotic World
A Fresh Look at Daniel
If you are facing pressure in your workplace, if you think your world is coming apart, Daniel has some perspective for you. If you feel like you are being thrown to the lions, he has been there.
This fresh look at the book of Daniel shows us that the key to living a less stressful life in a sinful world is a more complete view of our awesome God. When your vision of God expands, you will be better able to handle whatever chaos life throws your way.
Never The Same
A Fresh Look at the Sermon on the Mount
Jesus shocked and offended his original audience because he turned most people’s view of life upside down. Many of us are familiar with famous lines in history’s most influential speech, such as: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” “Turn the other cheek,” “Go the extra mile,” and “Don’t Judge.” However, this very familiarity dulls our minds to what Jesus is really saying. Follow Jesus’ kingdom vision and you will stand out as a bright light in this dark world, stand up when storms come, and step up to receive God’s eternal reward. Jesus calls us to be all-in, holding nothing back. You will never be the same! This book also offers a unique study guide based on the WISDOM Process© for your own study, and for small groups who want to read the book together to explore Jesus’ longest address.
Same-Sex Wedding: Should I Attend?
A Wise Way to Develop Your Own Response
With pain in his eyes, torn between fatherly love and personal conviction, Mark asked me how to respond when his only daughter, who had told her family she was a lesbian, called to share she had met the love of her life, and asked him to walk her down the aisle.
Rather than arguing for only one answer, this short book gives you a way to develop your personal response in your unique situation. Using the WISDOM Process©, this study offers you a wise way to think through the issue, considering multiple factors, informed by relevant biblical texts and articles from varying points of view.
Christians disagree on whether or not to attend a same-sex wedding. We dive into the controversy, and discover more options than simply to go or not to go.
a bold call to the church in response to the Supreme Court's decision
Same-Sex Marriage: Where are you on the issue? On the one hand, you may personally believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but on the other hand, you believe people should have the right to make their own choices, and who are you to judge?
In response to a cultural crisis, the church should step up with a Christlike response that stuns the world, that causes them to ask who are these people?—a response that draws people to Jesus Christ with counter-cultural love.
Your Church in Rhythm
The Forgotten Dimensions of Seasons and Cycles
Bruce Miller debunks the idea of balance—basically trying to have it all, all the time. Most churches and their pastors try to do everything at once and feel guilty if any one aspect is neglected. He replaces the exhausting concept of balance with the idea of rhythm: churches, like people, need to give attention to different programs and ministries at different times, basically by attending to their seasons and cycles.
Your Life in Rhythm
Less stress, more Peace, Less frustration, more Fulfillment, Less discouragement, more Hope
In Your Life in Rhythm, Bruce B. Miller explores what it means to live life in sync with our surroundings and natural rhythm, with Creation's cycles and seasons. Miller outlines a practical approach that takes into account chronological time, as well as personal seasons and life stages. Learn how to:
- Realize limits, pinpoint problems, and create a realistic foundation for intentional living.
- Use the innovative Rhythm Solution process to solve persisten struggle with finding enough time and energy; and
- Restore harmony, health, and peace to your life.
The Leadership Baton
An Intentional Strategy for Developing Leaders in Your Church
The demand for quality leaders constantly outstrips the supply. If you’re a pastor, team leader, staff member, or board member, you’re always challenged with a leadership shortage. But what can you do about it? More than you’ve ever imagined.
The Leadership Baton equips you with a solution that’s time-proven and right at hand: church-based leadership development. More and more churches are adopting it, and no wonder—the principles that made the early church such a spiritual powerhouse are just as effective today.
Leadership was never a matter of institutional learning or professional expertise. Rather, starting with Jesus and his apostles, it involved seasoned leaders passing the baton to ordinary people right within the local body of believers. That same approach can help ensure your own church is never at a loss for dependable men and women to enter the leadership race with wisdom, vision and passion.
Drawing on the field-tested expertise of the Center for Church Based Training, The Leadership Baton will help you get the leaders you need up and running, developing leadership qualities they can in turn hand off to other up-and-coming leaders. Put the principles in The Leadership Baton to work with patience, and in time your church will never lack the right people at the right time to help it fulfill its kingdom mission.