The Jubilee theme is the Old Testament concept of declaring a special season for attaining spiritual renewal. In Jubilee, Mel Lawrenz skillfully takes readers through a season of renewal, pausing to examine the following themes and inviting readers to consider their own lives and their response to God. Sabbath: a time and an attitude in which we rehearse that God and God alone is in control. Proclamation: knowing what we stand for in life, and letting others know it. Redemption: being freed by God's great acts of deliverance. Freedom: cherishing the liberty that God brings to every area of life. Forgiveness: accepting the mercy of God and releasing those we have held indebted to ourselves. Healing: letting God restore our spirit, our body and our relationships. Justice: standing for what is right and being an advocate for those who are downtrodden.
MEL LAWRENZ (M. Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Ph.D., historical theology, Marquette University) has been a pastor at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin for the past twenty-five years and is currently the senior pastor, succeeding Stuart Briscoe. Mel has a passion for the ministry of the Word in writing for effective outreach both nationally and internationally, is author or coauthor of seven books and has been developing a multidimensional media ministry network, which includes his radio interview program, Faith Conversations.