Xlibris Releases Reconnecting the Church

Nashua, NH (Vocus) July 27, 2010

Xlibris, the world’s leading print-on-demand self-publishing services provider, announced today the release of Reconnecting the Church, a new book of faith and community service authored by J. Timothy Kauffman.

Reconnecting the Church is a practical guide written to assist pastors and laypeople in understanding, engaging, and serving the local community in which the church is located. Its purpose is to come alongside the local church that wishes to reconnect to its local community, and offer practical ways to accomplish that task. Within its pages are twenty-five chapters each of which briefly describes an aspect of life in the city. At the end of each chapter are practical action/reflection projects. These projects are specific tasks designed to give the reader first-hand experience of their church’s immediate neighborhood. Each action is described, and guidance is given for reflection after each project. Ultimately, this book will empower the reader to apply the understanding gained about the values, needs, and systems in their local community to minister and serve the community where their church is located.

Readers who wish to order a copy of this book are encouraged to visit Xlibris.com, call toll free (888) 795-4274 or send email to orders@xlibris.com today

About the Author

Dr. J. Timothy (Tim) Kauffman was a pastor and urban church planter for twelve years in West Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany. While in Frankfurt, he mentored young German pastors and church planters. Most recently, he served for eight years as pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Three additional congregations worship in the building: Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (an international church), a Haitian, and a Cape Verdean congregation. There is also a large Chinese Bible Study Group (Cantonese and Mandarin) that uses the building every Friday evening. In addition to serving his congregation, the author also coordinated scheduling the use of time and space for the multi-congregational community.

In 1996, he earned his Ph.D. in Inter-Cultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. His doctoral studies sought to outline the contours of theological education and ministry formation for contextually appropriate ministry in the city. His dissertation is entitled, Wesleyan Pastoral Effectiveness in Urban Culture from a Trait and Value Perspective. He has taught graduate courses in pastoral formation, urban studies, and leadership as an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University’s Haggard Graduate School of Theology, Gordon-Conwell Seminary (CUME), and several additional colleges and universities. Kauffman co-authored with Edgar Elliston, Developing Leaders for Urban Ministries, and contributed a chapter in the book, God So Loves the City. He has also authored numerous articles on related subjects.

Reconnecting the Church * by J. Timothy Kauffman

Finding Our Place in Complex Culture

Finding Our Place in Complex Culture

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Christmas Carols Expert Releases 22 Amazing Videos About Little-Known Stories Behind Holiday Classics

Cape May, NJ (PRWEB) December 17, 2009

In the culmination of a 4,000 mile journey taking over a year, Ron Clancy is introducing twenty-two videos that trace the history of some of the most popular American Christmas carols on his website http://www.christmasclassics.com/christmas-classics-videos.shtml.

The videos, available on his website, provide compelling, little-known personal stories behind the music and act as a partner for Clancy’s American Christmas Classics boxed set-collection spanning 200 years of American Christmas music. The stories, mostly about traditional gems found in the collection, are also about a few carols from his first title Best-Loved Christmas Carols and his fourth book/CD collection Sacred Christmas Music. The music collection, one of the largest and mostly highly copyright protected ever assembled for public sale, represents both secular and religious favorites written in America.

Ron Clancy’s life long dream to create the classics collections combining historical perspective, fascinating stories, period art, song lyrics, and music CDs is a reality and is further augmented by the production of the videos. John Grossmann’s feature article, titled “The Carol King,” details the saga

of Clancy’s ambitious venture and is now available for print on http://www.featurewell.com/?CID=7

The author’s travels started in Savannah, GA, and the “Jingle Bells” Church where the song’s composer, who fought for the Confederacy while his brother fought on the Union side in the Civil War, was music director. Clancy then visited St. Helena, SC, once a port of call for the slave trade, where the spiritual “Mary Had a Baby” may have originated.

The journey continued through North Carolina, Michigan, Boston, New York, and ended in Philadelphia where, amongst other stops, he went to Independence Hall and the Holy Trinity Church on Rittenhouse Square, to shed light on one of our most endearing carols, “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Its author, Rev. Phillips Brooks, one of country’s most prominent preachers at the time, was grief-stricken over the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and the horrors of the Civil War so, for solace, he went to the Holy Land. As he witnessed a Christmas Eve service there, the Rev. Brooks was inspired to compose his carol poem.

American Christmas Classics special boxed set and 3 CDs is not available in stores but can be ordered from the website for .95 – half off the suggested retail price. There is no better way to celebrate the Christmas holiday than with hours of the most popular Christmas music in the country and a better understanding of how that music was written.

William E. Studwell, a foremost authority on Christmas carols, once wrote: “Clancy’s exceptional publications are probably better than anything I may have produced. I can take vicarious joy in having even a slight connection with these masterpieces of holiday literature. They are the ultimate Christmas collection.”

According to Joel Welin, Herald Tribune, Sarasota, Fl, “Each Season, some company attempts to span the decades of holiday music with a compilation of favorites… and most often falls short… But for timeless carols and songs (no contemporary tuneage here, dude) and immaculate presentation, nothing this season holds a candle to Ronald M. Clancy’s “Best-Loved Christmas Carols” and “American Christmas Classics.”

For more information, visit www.christmasclassics.com or call 1-866-552-7742 toll free to order.


Luke Parkin releases the Winter Journal Album On Pacific Music

(PRWEB) December 22, 2005

Winter Journal, released on the Pacific Music Record Label, is the 68th opus number in the pianist’s large recording catalog.

The album’s 14 tracks uses references to Gregorian Chant and church modes as well as winter vistas and programs as inspiration. Comprised of 14 tracks and an hour of music, this latest addition is a distinctly different offering from the composer’s previous works which highlight, Contemporary Classical and electronic music.

The album can be bought at the artist’s website and on the official website of Pacific Music.

Luke Parkin is a prolific composer and recording artist who is based in Victoria, British Columbia Canada. He studied classical music from childhood where he excelled in keyboard music of the piano and also the organ. His tremendous aptitude for improvisation of classical forms and composition later manifested itself in electronic and production music for television and film. His collection of albums includes some 68 opus numbers that are inclusive of genres ranging from electronica to contemporary classical music. Luke lives a musical double life. His professional activities are divided between classical, contemporary, church and the commercial worlds of music. He is also the Senior Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Anglican, Victoria, B.C., under Director of Music Michael Gormley, formerly a conductor of the Vienna Choir Boys.

Luke Parkin’s catalog contains some 18 hours of audio that can be previewed in streaming formats on his URL. Domestic and International licensing deals are currently underway with licensing agents in Canada and the U.S. Parkin hopes to launch a tour to support the Winter Journal and other albums in late 2006. Luke Parkin is also associated with MOH productions Canada

The artist and his manager Christopher Armstrong, of Vancouver recently teamed up with Pacific Music with the intention of issuing parts of the recording catalog separately on CD.

Pacific Music is a wholesaler supplying Bookstores, Drugstores, Toy Stores, Record Stores and Specialty Markets with a wide spectrum of music, videos and DVDs.

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InspirationList.com Releases New CD – “Christmas Stories”

(PRWEB) December 8, 2002

Contact Information:

Inspiration List

Tim Levin, Founder



Sue Nail, Public Relations





For Immediate Release


InspirationList.com Releases

New CD -“Christmas Stories”

Dallas Texas, December 4, 2002-—Today, InspirationList.com, a provider of free, daily inspirational stories to over 28,000 email subscribers, announced the release of a new CD – “Christmas Stories”.

The CD features over an hour of music that coincides with amusing and touching inspirational Christmas stories. Narrated by Jim Rives, a well-known national radio host, this CD provides a deep sense of the “reason for the season.” The stories were selected from hundreds of stories and messages that were received by Inspirationlist.com

Inspiration List and Web site founder, Tim Levin, started the list after being inspired by his mentor, Zig Ziglar “I do the Inspiration List every day because I want to make a difference in people’s lives,” commented Tim Levin. The CD comprises countless hours of work by Don Johnson, Dr. Jim Rives, Russell Lake, myself, and many others,” continued Levin. “We are passionate about touching people’s hearts and inspiring them daily.”

The proceeds from the CDs benefit Dr. Jim’s singles ministry (http://www.askpastorjim.org/), and Youths for Christ (YFC), a Billy Graham Ministry, located at www.yfc.com. Endowment funds have been established for scholarships to send teenagers to YFC summer camp. The Christmas CD also comes with a bonus “Answer” CD from GotLife (http://www.gotlife.org/intro.html), an organization that provides a way for churches to equip their people for evangelism.

The CD, which makes a perfect Christmas gift, can be used in Bible classes, churches, for family sharing or even for easy listening in the car. To purchase an Inspiration List Christmas CD for .99, go to www.inspirationlist.com/orderform.html. (If the link doesn’t work from your email, please copy and paste the URL into your web browser.) All shipments within the United States will be sent via US Mail. Allow 4-5 days for delivery within the United States and a week to 10 days for orders outside of the United States.

About Tim Levin

Tim Levin is the father of two children, a computer consultant, and a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, a non-profit organization for people that do not have or cannot afford airline services to major metro areas for medical services. He volunteers his time with several non-profit agencies including serving on three boards as a director. Levin receives more than 500 emails from around the world every day, thanking him for his inspiring messages.

About Jim Rives (www.askpastorjim.org)

Dr. Jim Rives, narrator of the CD, is a pastor to single adults via the Internet. His ministry primarily relates to singles over the age of 35. He writes weekly relationship articles that are published on major Christian dating sites with over 130,000 in membership. Jim’s passion is to share insights and resources that help single adults find peace and joy in the real world.

About Don Johnson

Don Johnson hosts the weekly radio show, “Afterglow”, on the Salem Network. By using his vast knowledge of music titles, Johnson selected the songs for the CD and combined the stories to help make this CD an audio production that people will cherish for years.

About Russell Lake

Russell Lake designed the artwork for the CD and the CD case. He is married and father to three girls. Lake is a founding member of Fellowship Church, located in Grapevine, TX. His company, Lake Sound (www.lakesound.com), began as a recording studio and has expanded to include Creative Media Group (www.creativemediagroup.com), which is a full service creative and design firm. A second division, Heart Spring Media (www.heartspringmedia.com), is a publishing company with a focus on evangelism. The company just recently established GotLife Ministries.


Mormon Church releases statement condemning Quran burning

Mormon Church releases statement condemning Quran burning
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement regarding the planned burning of the Quran in by a pastor in Florida.  Pastor Terry Jones and his Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville Florida plan to burn several copies of the Quran on Saturday’s anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon 9 years ago. Several …
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Program honors departing pianist
Wilmington | Unity Christ Church of Wilmington will offer a special salute Sunday for its pianist, Beth Elliott, who is departing after a quarter-century with the congregation.
Read more on The Wilmington Star-News

Church of The Presentation offering new concept in faith
The Church of The Presentation in Upper Saddle River will be launching a new and exciting concept in faith formation for the families with children in grades 1-6. Led by Rev. Bob Stagg, the parish is taking on a different approach in passing on the faith.
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