Why he was, what he did, why it matters
Author: Tom Wright
We begin with a thought experiment. Modern critical biblical scholarship often points out how the church's teachings about Jesus have become encrusted with tradition so that it is hard to see what the core documents—the New Testament—really say about him. Now, with the insight of 200 years of modern critical scholarship and assuming an audience that includes both the well-churched and the non-churched, how should the church present the story and identity of the central personality of their faith, Jesus of Nazareth? Many people will be surprised at the story they hear.
Leben als "christlicher Genießer"
Author: John Piper
Author: Comlanvi Sena Paul Avoungnassou
Publisher: WestBow Press
Through this book, the Christian God is revealed in his true colors. The greatest answer you will find in this book is whether Yahweh, Jesus Christ, the Angel of the Lord, the Father, and the Holy Spirit describe one and the same person. What if the Trinity Doctrine is in fact an accurate description of the nature of the Christian God? Could Jesus be a created angel? And how did God create the universe?
Re-grafting into Our Roots (Romans 11:17-23)
Author: Edward A. Beckstrom
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
As the Christian church moved from its inception in an Eastern/Oriental culture westward across Asia Minor (Turkey) into Greco-Roman culture with primarily a Western philosophy, theology, and values, Jesus' message and Paul's teachings began to be interpreted according to those cultural norms. While Paul kept calling his churches back to their Jewish roots and Eastern values, the Jewish voice was lost when the Jerusalem church dispersed as Israel fell during the Jewish Revolt of 66-73 AD. The temple was destroyed, its clergy silenced, and Judaism seemed irrelevant to the growing Christian church. The church had become primarily Gentile in theology and philosophy and its Hebrew foundation was largely forgotten and lost. In Beyond Christian Folk Religion, Beckstrom, brings the reader back to Jesus' roots (Romans 11:17-23) and to the core of Paul's message.
Author: Eric Delve
Publisher: Hachette UK
This energetic and engaging call to live life to the full offers you the chance to rethink what matters to you and why, and to do something about it. Too often we drift through life, going with the flow or being tossed by currents beyond our control, and failing to realise that if we would only fight for the life God meant us for life would be so much more fulfilling. Eric Delve, the well-known evangelist and organiser of the Detling Festival, here sets out a strong argument for intentional living, the need to engage positively with the choices that face us and the rewards it will bring if we do so. Along the way he challenges us to face up to who we really are, jettisoning pretence or fantasy, and to accept our humanity in its weakness and its high potential. Then he urges us to understand what God's purpose is for us and to let him guide us into the full life he wants for us - including standing firm through difficult times. Finally he issues a challenge to us all, to escape from the modern curse of individualism and accept the need - and wonderful opportunity - to pass on all we've learnt in life to colleagues, friends and families - because they're worth it, too.
Author: Péter Nádas
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 In 1989, the year the Wall came down, a university student in Berlin on his morning run finds a corpse on a park bench and alerts the authorities. This scene opens a novel of extraordinary scope and depth, a masterwork that traces the fate of myriad Europeans—Hungarians, Jews, Germans, Gypsies—across the treacherous years of the mid-twentieth century. Three unusual men are at the heart of Parallel Stories: Hans von Wolkenstein, whose German mother is linked to secrets of fascist-Nazi collaboration during the 1940s; Ágost Lippay Lehr, whose influential father has served Hungary's different political regimes for decades; and András Rott, who has his own dark record of mysterious activities abroad. The web of extended and interconnected dramas reaches from 1989 back to the spring of 1939, when Europe trembled on the edge of war, and extends to the bestial times of 1944–45, when Budapest was besieged, the Final Solution devastated Hungary's Jews, and the war came to an end, and on to the cataclysmic Hungarian Revolution of October 1956. We follow these men from Berlin and Moscow to Switzerland and Holland, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, and of course, from village to city in Hungary. The social and political circumstances of their lives may vary greatly, their sexual and spiritual longings may seem to each of them entirely unique, yet Péter Nádas's magnificent tapestry unveils uncanny reverberating parallels that link them across time and space.This is Péter Nádas's masterpiece—eighteen years in the writing, a sensation in Hungary even before it was published, and almost four years in the translating. Parallel Stories is the first foreign translation of this daring, demanding, and momentous novel, and it confirms for an even larger audience what Hungary already knows: that it is the author's greatest work.
Finding Your Significance Through the Women Jesus Encountered
Author: Sharon Jaynes
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Popular speaker, teacher, and author Sharon Jaynes (combined sales of over 235,000 copies) presents an insightful and inviting study guide companion for her new book, What God Really Thinks About Women. With her trademark biblical perspective, Sharon spends time with Jesus' mother, the woman at the well, Mary Magdalene, and others, and brings to life their experiences with the forgiveness, healing, and love of Jesus. Great for group or individual exploration, this revealing study guide provides reflective questions, passage studies, and exciting discoveries about God's love for His daughters then and now. Sharon's wisdom and personal approach guides readers to witness and experience God's power to transform them from insignificant to highly esteemed disgraced to full of grace guilty to forgiven Readers will awaken to God's heart and hope for them as He lovingly exchanges their heartache, hopelessness, doubt, or shame for the beauty of wholeness.
A Critique of the Prosecution of Jesus
Author: George G. R. Dekle Sr.
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Some two thousand years ago, in a small province of the Roman Empire, an obscure Roman governor ordered the execution of a peasant leader. It went virtually unnoticed at the time. No official report of the event has survived, and we would have no memory at all of it except for the efforts of a handful of followers of the condemned man. Those followers who kept that memory alive changed the course of history, and the results of their efforts continue to reverberate to this day. Conventional interpretation says that the execution of Jesus of Nazareth came on the heels of a series illegal trials before a number of different tribunals, and at the culmination of that series of trials a moral coward by the name of Pontius Pilate ordered Jesus’ execution despite being satisfied that he was innocent. Revisionist interpretation says that there was no trial at all, that Pilate simply executed Jesus because he was a nuisance, and that Jesus’ followers invented the story of his execution as a means of shifting the blame from the Roman government to a group of people whom they despised – the Jews. Are the Gospels good history or bad propaganda? Does a fair reading of the Gospel accounts support either the conventional or the revisionist interpretation of the trial of Jesus? Who, if anyone, should shoulder the blame for the crucifixion of Jesus? The Case against Christ seeks to answer these questions by treating the matter as a forensic death investigation and answering the questions as they might be answered by a prosecutor attempting to determine who should be held criminally responsible for the death of Jesus.
Meeting Jesus in the Midst of Terror and Death
Author: Charles H. Featherstone
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
A blond-haired, blue-eyed Lutheran man is approached on the streets of Chicago by members of the Latin Kings so he may teach them how to pray, and he does so with grace--this man's story, one suspects, isn't going to be a typical one. Life has not been easy for Charles Featherstone. From being bullied by peers and teachers in school, to his refusing to become a bully himself by leaving the armed services, to wandering the world in search of work and finding unexpected hospitality as an outsider nearly everywhere, to witnessing the 9/11 attacks from his nearby office, Featherstone's story is a tale of survival akin to Jacob's wrestling the angel at the River Jabbok. It may well leave the reader limping a bit, too, for the encounter with God found in these pages is stark and startling. Truly God's love knows no bounds and cannot be captured by labels--but as Featherstone's life attests, that love just might capture you.
Author: Minette Walters
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Winner of the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey Award for best first novel, The Ice House is the mystery thriller from crime queen Minette Walters. It was evident, if there were no other entrance to the ice house, that the body had at some point traversed this thorny barrier . . . The big question was, how long ago? How long had that nightmare been there? The people of Streech village had never trusted the three women living up at the Grange – not since Phoebe Maybury's husband suddenly, inexplicably, vanished. Ten years later a corpse is discovered in the grounds and Phoebe's nightmare begins. For once they have identified the body the police are determined to charge her with murder . . .
Die Ursprünge des Christentums und die Frage nach Gott
Author: Nicholas T. Wright
Author: M.R. Hyde
Who is God? Many people have ideas about God. Where do you get your ideas? M.R. Hyde invites you to learn about God from the Bible, and in particular, from Genesis and Exodus. This devotional journey, first in The Trinity series, helps readers move from the Bible as just a history book or biographies of people of faith to the person and character of the God of the universe-both personal and majestic, righteous and merciful, terrifying and wonderful. This book is divided into small sections of Genesis and Exodus designed for personal or small group interaction.
(And Other Things I Learned From Famous People)
Author: Neil Strauss
Publisher: Canongate Books
You can tell a lot about someone in a minute if you choose the right minute. Join Neil Strauss as he: • Makes Lady Gaga cry • • Tries to keep Mötley Cru?e out of jail • • Gets kidnapped by Courtney Love • • Goes to church with Tom Cruise (and his mother) • • Reads the mind of Britney Spears • • Hunts down Jackie Chan • • Gets picked on by Led Zeppelin • • Buys nappies with Snoop Dogg • • Goes drinking with Bruce Springsteen, dining with Gwen Stefaniand hot-tubbing with Marilyn Manson • • Talks glam with David Bowie, drugs with Madonna, death with Johny Cash and sex with Chuck Berry • • Gets molested by The Strokes, gets in trouble with Prince and gets Christina Aguilera into bed • Also features exclusive UK heavyweight champions Steve Coogan, Noel Fielding, Russell Brand and more . . .
Thoughts on Seeking God’s Will and Direction
Author: L. B. E. Cowman
It’s a noisy, confusing, sometimes scary world, and it’s not always easy to know which way to turn. For anyone Streams for Teens is a great place to stop for directions.Using poems, reflections, and Scripture, this devotional guide challenges us to listen and watch for God’s will for our lives and trust His guidance as we travel new paths and open new doors. Streams is easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to share with others. Open it up. See where it leads.
Towards a Christianity With No Other Foundation But Christ
Author: Georg Retzlaff
Do Jesus and His Gospel really matter? Looking at Christianity today, 2000 years later, one wonders whether what He shared with the world was quickly smothered by Old Testament legalism, Zoroastrian fantasies, Greek philosophical speculations, and Germanic folk traditions. Most Christians seem to think that their religion is about "going to heaven", eternal life after death, someone "paying the price" for our sins (to either God or the devil – an issue still not resolved). If Christianity is not first and foremost about His Words of Eternal Life, about the Gospel He preached, but rather about pre-, and preter-Christian ideologies, it has no right to call itself Christian. This book is about Jesus, and Jesus alone. No one should have laid another foundation except with His words being the cornerstone of all we are and do.
A Pilgrim's Guide to the Weird and Wonderful World of the Bible
Author: Robin A. Parry
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the Bible. When we read Scripture we often imagine that the world inhabited by the Bible's characters was much the same as our own. We would be wrong. The biblical world is an ancient world with a flat earth that stands at the center of the cosmos, and with a vast ocean in the sky, chaos dragons, mystical mountains, demonic deserts, an underground zone for the dead, stars that are sentient beings, and, if you travel upwards and through the doors in the solid dome of the sky, God's heaven--the heart of the universe. This book takes readers on a guided tour of the biblical cosmos with the goal of opening up the Bible in its ancient world. It then goes further and seeks to show how this very ancient biblical way of seeing the world is still revelatory and can speak God's word afresh into our own modern worlds.
Author: Leon Morris
Publisher: Harper Collins
A guide through the theology of the New Testament with the student in mind. A work that will reward thoughtful study.
How to Correct Enlightenment Assumptions about God, Miracles, and Free Will
Author: Ric Machuga
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
- Is the existence of God a matter of faith or knowledge? - Does God sometimes act miraculously or are there physical causes for everything? - Is morality absolute or relative? - Are humans truly free or does God's sovereignty determine everything? - When bad things happen, is God the cause or are they the fault of humans? Too frequently Christians answer these questions with a Yes to one side and a No to the other side. Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth answer Yes to both. Following their model, Machuga defends a "third way" which transcends the Enlightenment dichotomies of fideism vs. rationalism, supernaturalism vs. naturalism, relativism vs. absolutism, free will vs. predestination, and God's justice vs. his mercy. Machuga begins by showing how these false dichotomies grew out of the Enlightenment assumptions of mechanism, universal quantification, and mono-causation. He then corrects these demonstrably dubious assumptions by articulating a theory of dual-causation. The result is a thoroughly biblical understanding of God, miracles, and free will that can withstand the contemporary criticisms of both science and philosophy.
Author: Iain Provan
The NIV Application Commentary Ecclesiastes/Song of Songs. Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs have always presented particular challenges to their readers, especially if those readers are seeking to understand them as part of Christian Scripture. Ecclesiastes regularly challenges the reader as to grammar and syntax. The interpretation even of words which occur frequently in the book is often unclear and a matter of dispute, partly because there is frequent word-play in the course of the argument. The argument is itself complex and sometimes puzzling and has often provoked the charge of inconsistency or outright self-contradiction. When considered in the larger context of the OT, Ecclesiastes stands out as an unusual book, whose connection with the main stream of biblical tradition seems tenuous. We find ourselves apparently reading about the meaninglessness of life and the certainty of death in a universe in which God is certainly present but is distant and somewhat uninvolved. When considered in the context of the NT, the dissonance between Ecclesiastes and its scriptural context seems even greater; for if there is one thing that we do not find in this book, it is the joy of resurrection. Perhaps this is one reason why Ecclesiastes is seldom read or preached on in modern churches. The Song of Songs (also known as the Song of Solomon) has been read, historically, by Christians, in two primary ways—as a text which concerns the love and sexual intimacy of human beings and as a text which uses the language of human love and intimacy to speak of something else—the relationship between Christ and the church. Christians have often felt that they must choose between these options—that a text about human love and sexual intimacy could not be at the same time a spiritual text. It is one of the challenges of reading the Song to explore how far this is necessarily true and how far Christian readers have been influenced in their reading more by Platonism and Gnosticism than by biblical thinking about the nature of the human being and of human sexuality. Another challenge is to discover whether the Song is really one “song” at all, or simply a haphazard collection of shorter poems cast together because of their common theme of love; and still another is to gain clarity on what, precisely, is the connection between the Song and Solomon. This commentary sets out to wrestle honestly with all the challenges of reading these biblical books—the challenges of reading the texts in themselves, and the challenges of reading them as intrinsic parts of Christian Scripture. Using the standard structure of the NIVAC series, it explores their “original meaning,” the “bridging contexts” that enable their journey to the present, and their “contemporary significance.” In the course of the exploration, these books are seen to be deeply relevant in what they have to say both to the contemporary church and the contemporary culture.
How We Got the Point but Missed the Person
Author: Leonard Sweet
Belief can exist in isolation, but faith requires a relationship Why wade in the shallows of belief when you can plunge into the depths of faith? Belief involves a different way of thinking, but faith brings about a new way of living. It grows through direct experience and a close relationship, both of which come as you follow Jesus. As Christians we often talk about developing a “personal relationship” with Christ, but instead of pursuing a relationship, we pursue knowledge. We are tempted to place confidence in our definite, settled beliefs, which offer a pale substitute for the daily adventure of an honest relationship with Jesus. In What Matters Most, Leonard Sweet presents a challenging and compelling approach to belief that is joined by dynamic engagement with God. You are invited to explore the uncharted regions of faith by following Jesus, completely on his terms. Once you begin, you will never go back to mere belief. From the Trade Paperback edition.