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Challenge: Non-Methodist Teacher
United Methodists work in partnership with other Christian denominations and other faiths. The Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships seeks to promote unity and peace through strengthening ecumenical and interfaith relations worldwide. There are several non-Methodist authors that are popular in our churches and learning from them can help to broaden our Christian community.
It is important when choosing to study from non-Methodist authors that group leaders be informed enough to point out if the teaching differs from the teachings of The United Methodist Church. These moments can be teaching tools themselves as we seek to understand outside viewpoints and clarify our own.
John Ortberg. Rev. Ortberg is senior pastor of Menlo Church, a 4,000-member Evangelical Presbyterian church in California. His popular DVD studies offer life application of biblical lessons informed by his background in clinical psychology.
- I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me: Getting Real About Getting Close
- All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know? God has placed before you an open door. What will you do?
- Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You
- Who Is This Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus
- The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You
- When the Game is Over It All Goes Back in the Box: Six Sessions on Living Life in Light of Eternity
- God is Closer Than You Think
- The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Six Sessions on Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People
- If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat: A Six-Session Journey on Learning to Trust God
Philip Yancey. Mr. Yancey is a prolific Evangelical Christian author with a background in communications. He currently serves as editor-at-large of the magazine, Christianity Today. After becoming frustrated with his fundamentalist church as a young person, he came back to faith with a wider and more centrist viewpoint grounded in God’s love and grace. His bestselling books have often been award winners.
- Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News?
- The Jesus I Never Knew: Six Sessions on the Life of Christ
- Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference?
- What’s So Amazing About Grace?
- The Bible Jesus Read
Andy Stanley. Rev. Stanley is co-founder and senior pastor of North Point Community Church in Atlanta. With six locations, the church averages 32,000 attendees each week making it one of the largest congregations in the United States. Rev. Stanley graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary and began his ministry at First Baptist Church in Atlanta where his father, Charles Stanley, is still the pastor. Andy’s popular DVD studies feature his engaging sermons that form the basis for his studies.
- Why in the World: The Reason God Became One of Us
- How to Be Rich: It’s Not What You Have, It’s What You Do With What You Have
- Christian: It’s Not What You Think
- Guardrails: Avoiding Regrets in Your Life
- Staying in Love: Falling in Love is Easy, Staying in Love Requires a Plan
- Five Things God Uses To Grow Your Faith
- Faith Hope and Luck : Discover What You Can Expect from God
Max Lucado. Rev. Lucado is a bestselling author who has served most of his ministry as pastor of Oak Hills Church. Under his watch, the church broke from their affiliation with the Churches of Christ. Lucado is a conservative evangelical, but his writings and preaching are often gentle, comforting, and accessible for many kinds of Christians. With over 100 books written, 100 million copies in print, multiple book awards, and preaching accolades, Lucado is one of America’s best-known pastors.
- Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now
- Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer
- You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times
- Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine
- God’s Story, Your Story: When His Becomes Yours
- Outlive Your Life: Discover How You Can Make a Difference
- Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear
- 3:16: The Numbers of Hope
Tony Campolo. Rev. Campolo is an ordained Baptist minister and professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, his alma mater. Campolo has become known as a voice of the Evangelical left as a leader in the Red Letter Christians movement.
- Choose Justice: A Daily Lifestyle
- The Red Letters: The Words of Jesus for Today’s World
- Curing Affluenza
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