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New MPN Study Shelf helps Sunday School classes, small groups


Mennonite Church Canada/Mennonite Publishing Network joint release
April 1, 2010
-John Longhurst

WATERLOO, Ont. and SCOTTDALE, Pa. — When authors James Krabill and David W. Shenk wrote Jesus Matters: Good News for the 21st Century, they were hoping it might spark intergenerational discussions about the role and place of Jesus in people’s lives today. And what better place to do that than in church?

That’s what happened at Mountville, Pa. Mennonite Church. The church, located about 15 minutes west of Lancaster, used the Herald Press book in an adult education class.

Mountville Church Pastor Keith Blank says they selected the book because “I felt like it could be a valuable discussion starter for us.”

The class, made up of people from ages 25-60, began with some input from one of the book’s chapters and then spent time in discussion.

The experience was challenging for some class members, says Blank, “but overall it was good.”

Jesus Matters is just one of many books from Herald Press that are suitable for Christian education classes and small groups, says Ron Rempel, Executive Director of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) – the joint publishing ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.

“Many of our books are great for group discussion,” says Rempel of MPN’s new Study Shelf, where congregations can get 25 percent off the purchase of five or more copies of the same book. “They cover a lot of topics of interest to Christians today.”

Among the titles Rempel recommends are The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith, which deals with questions about the core convictions of Anabaptism, Under Construction: Reframing Men’s Spirituality, which explores what it means to be a Christian man today, and Through Fire and Water, a book for youth and young adults about the origin of the Anabaptist-Mennonite church.

“Some of the books come with free study guides, making it even easier for a class to use,” he adds.

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