Resources for living out a countercultural faith      

News Release
October 17, 2018

Two new study books ready for congregations
Resources for living out a countercultural faith         

HARRISONBURG, Va.—Two new short study books for Christian education classes and small groups will help Christians looking for guidance on two urgent areas: parenting and prayer.

Herald Press launched the Upside-Down Living series in early 2017 to accompany the release of The Upside-Down Kingdom: Anniversary Edition by Donald B. Kraybill. The eight booklets in the Bible study series engage participants with questions about how to follow Jesus in ways that seem upside down in today’s culture. Each guide includes six sessions.

Upside-Down Living: Parenting authors Katherine and Peter Goerzen tackle the topic of parenting in the way of Christ. In addition to diapers and discipline, raising kids to heed Jesus’ upside-down call away from status and power and toward service and sharing can seem almost impossible. How can Christian parents model countercultural choices? What does success mean in raising your children? The study offers Scriptures and discussion starters geared to parents.

The Goerzens are graduates of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and are ordained ministers in Mennonite Church USA. Currently, Katherine is associate pastor at Tabor (Kans.) Mennonite Church, and Peter is Bethel (Kans.) College campus pastor and instructor of Bible and religion.

In the second booklet, Upside-Down Living: Prayer, writer Kelly Chripczuk looks at how to make prayer more than just a hasty sentence or laundry list of the things we want. What does it mean to pray that the kingdom would come here and now as it is in heaven? Prayer can be a time to find out what God wants for us—and for the world.

Chripczuk is associate pastor of Grantham (Pa.) Church and is licensed for ministry in the Brethren in Christ U.S. denomination. She received her MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and received training in spiritual direction through Oasis Ministries. Chripczuk offers contemplative retreats and classes at local churches and retreat centers.

The books in the Upside-Down Living series are available for $9.99 USD from Herald Press at 800-245-7894 or online at www.HeraldPress.com (25 percent quantity discount when ordering five or more). Books are also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers. Canadian customers can order from CommonWord (877-846-1593), Parasource (800-263-2664), and other booksellers.

David Araujo named new editor of Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos

News release – in English and Spanish

July 6, 2018

David Araujo named new editor of Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos

HARRISONBURG, Va.— David Araujo, Anabaptist pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Goshen, Indiana, is the new editor for Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos (EBA). He replaces Rafael Barahona, who has been editor since 2016.

EBA is a professional translation of Adult Bible Study, published by MennoMedia, with Ruhama Pedroza García serving as the translator.

David Araujo

Araujo graduated from Goshen College in 1995. In his spare time, he enjoys comic films, Latin American music, and books on theology, psychology, and history. David and his wife Sonia have three children.

The downloadable curriculum (student and teacher guides) costs $18; it is available at MennoMedia’s web store, www.MennoMedia.org, or by calling customer service at 800-245-7894.

—Staff release

Comunicado de prensa

6 de julio de 2018

David Araujo nombrado nuevo editor de Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos

HARRISONBURG, Virginia- David Araujo, pastor Anabautista de la Iglesia del Buen Pastor en Goshen, Indiana es el nuevo editor de Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos (EBA). Reemplaza a Rafael Barahona quien ha sido editor desde 2016.

El estudio de otoño 2018, El mundo y el pueblo de Dios fue escrito por Carol Duerksen y abarca Génesis 1 – 30. Incluye historias de la creación y el diluvio e historias de la relación de Dios con los primeros seguidores de Dios. Timothy Geddert escribió “Nuestro amor por Dios”, la lección del invierno 2018–19 sobre nuestro amor por Dios, y como este hace una diferencia en nuestras vidas y misión. Elizabeth Soto Albrecht es la escritora del trimestre de la primavera de 2019, Discipulado y MisiónEBA es una traducción profesional de estudios bíblicos para adultos, con Ruhama Pedroza García sirviendo como traductor.

Araujo se graduó de la Universidad de Goshen en 1995. En su tiempo libre, disfruta de películas cómicas, música latinoamericana y libros sobre teología, psicología e historia. David y su esposa Sonia tienen tres hijos.

El currículo descargable (guías del alumno y profesor) cuesta $18; está disponible en la tienda de la página web de MennoMedia o llamando a servicio al cliente al 800-245-7894.

 

Paperback of Reunion releases along with study guide and online videos

May 15, 2018

Paperback of Reunion releases along with study guide and online videos

HARRISONBURG, Va., and HAMILTON, Ont.— In Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners, author Bruxy Cavey urges Christian readers to reexamine the gospel they thought they knew, and non-Christian readers to consider the message of Jesus for the first time.

Now releasing in paperback, Reunion demonstrates “evident goodwill, passion, and intriguing arguments” and uses “accessible prose laced with catchy subtitles, humor, and a touch of irreverence,” according to Publishers Weekly. Written for longtime Christians and skeptics alike, Reunion gives readers glimpses of a God who looks like Jesus and who replaces religion with himself.

In addition to the paperback edition of Reunion, a study guide has been released simultaneously. The eight-session guide will help church groups, book clubs, and groups of friends learn the real message of Jesus and how to share it with others. With discussion questions, Scriptures, and links to video content by Cavey, the Reunion study guide helps readers engage more deeply with the content of the book. The study guide includes a “study buddy” option, in which participants can team up with someone outside the group to talk about the ideas in the book.

Hardback, paperback, and white study guide.

In Reunion, Cavey guides readers with humor and warmth into investigations of the big Christian words—sin, salvation, incarnation, religion—and upends traditional definitions with surprising insights. Articulating the gospel in one, three, and thirty words, Cavey offers a concise and winsome summary of what he calls the most “piety-smashing news” ever. “The message and mission of Jesus is a universal rebuke to all religion, of his day and every day, including and especially the Christian religion,” Cavey writes.

Reunion and the study guide are designed for readers who have had negative experiences with the church, as well as for those who want to dive more deeply into the fullness of God’s love.

Cavey is the senior pastor of The Meeting House, a multisite Anabaptist congregation in eastern Ontario where thousands of people connect with God and each other through Sunday services, online interaction, and a widespread house church network. Cavey also wrote the bestselling The End of Religion. He and his wife, Nina, reside in Hamilton, Ontario, and have three daughters. Find him at Bruxy.com or TheMeetingHouse.com.

The study guide and new paperback version of Reunion sell for $9.99 and $16.99, respectively. The Reunion hardback is still available for $21.99 and is also available as an ebook for $13.99.

Contact LeAnn Hamby to arrange an interview with the author at Herald Press (540-908‑3941) or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.