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From the author of the 20-million copy bestselling novel The Shack and the New York Times bestsellers Cross Roads and Eve comes a compelling exploration of the wrong-headed ideas we sometimes have and share about God.
W.M. Paul Young has previously faced charges of heresy for the ways he vividly portray's God through his novels. Here he shares 33 commonly uttered things we say about God, revealing how they keep us from having a full, loving relationship with God. Using personal anecdotes and drawing on the touching comments from his readers of The Shack, W.M. Paul Young encourages readers to think anew about important issues, including sin, religion, hell, politics, identity, creation and human rights.
In the process, he helps us discover God's deep and abiding love.
In this groundbreaking book, Benezet Bujo, a leading voice in African Christian theology, offers an informed critique of Western ethics and lays the theoretical groundwork for a new African ethic. By skillfully drawing on themes from African life such as marriage, therapy, and art, Bujo exposes the shortcomings of the philosophical anthropology implicit in Western ethics, comparing Western theories of natural law, discourse ethics, and communitarianism with the African emphasis on community and remembrance. He then considers whether African ethics can account for central Western values such as autonomy, freedom, and individual identity. Finally, he considers how African ethics both challenges the Church and contributes to its richness, suggesting that an African palaver ethic can integrate the best features of communitarianism and discourse ethics. This timely contribution to African theology will be of special interest to students of religion, comparative and non-Western philosophy, anthropology, and African studies, as well as those intrigued by ongoing debates about universal ethical norms.
Willie Esterhuyse is 'n produk en kind van Suid-Afrika; wereldbekend as denker, spreker en raadgewer vir staatsleiers. Sy passie vir reis bring hom uit by oerbeskawings waar hy godsdiens se geboorte sien. Tydens besoeke aan Malta raak hy vertroud met die eilandjie se onstuimige voorgeskiedenis en erfenisterreine. Hy ontdek veral die arena vir die konflik tussen Christene en Moslems, 'n kwessie wat vandag die wereld aan die praat en vrees het. In opvolg van, God en die gode van Egipte, en Die God van Genesis, sluit hy die trilogie af met Geagte Jahwe. Meesterlik besluit hy om direk 11 briewe te rig aan God op sy Bybelse noemnaam, Jahwe. Hierin kan Willie vlymskerp die kernsake van ons tyd oopsny en basiese lewensvrae oopboor, soos die stryd tussen gelowe, ineenstorting van samelewings. Hy bied ook rigting vir soekende denkers oor 'n ander kyk op God vir ons tyd. Willie daag ons uit om verder te dink: met die "gees van omgee" wat verby die stukkkend en seer kyk - na 'n wereld wat menslik en leefbaar vir almal is.
Does believing in Christ mean refusing to ask hard questions in the midst of doubt?Doubt is familiar territory for Lee Strobel, the former atheist and award-winning author of books for skeptics and Christians. But he believes that faith and reason go hand in hand, and that Christianity is a defensible religion. In this six-session revised small group Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), Strobel explores the most common emotional obstacles to faith in Christ. These include the natural inclination to wrestle with faith and doubt, the troubling presence of evil and suffering in the world, and the exclusivity of the Christian gospel. They also include this compelling question: Can I doubt and be a Christian?Through compelling personal stories and experts testimony combined with reflection and interaction, Christians and spiritual seekers will learn how to overcome these obstacles, deepen their spiritual convictions, and find new confidence that Christianity is a reasonable faith.Sessions include:The Challenge of FaithDealing with DoubtEvil and Suffering, Part 1Evil and Suffering, Part 2Why Is Jesus the Only Way to God?The Power of FaithDesigned for use with The Case for Faith Revised Video Study 9780310698814 (sold separately).
\"It\'s almost upon us \" yelled a frantic voice as the ship neared the iceberg. \"God\'s Will be done, \" prayed Mother Marie. If God wanted her to drown in the icy Atlantic Ocean before ever reaching Canada, His Holy Will be done. Yet perhaps . . . This book tells what happened next, plus the many other adventures that met the Sisters who brought the Holy Catholic Faith to Canada. 152 Pp. PB. Impr. 18 Illus.
The Evidence Behind the Hit Movie The goal of God's Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty is straightforward: to help readers develop "a faith that is real and credible-and strong enough to help others find faith in God." To that end, Rice Broocks outlines a roadmap that guides seekers to acknowledge the most basic truths of Christianity:There is overwhelming and exciting evidence for God's existenceThe God who exists is indeed the God of the BibleGod has revealed his nature through his Son, Jesus ChristAs shown during the movie, this is the original book on which the main character bases much of his debate points with the atheistic professor. Persuasive arguments crafted with tools borrowed from logic, science, and philosophy, as well as scripture, solidify the faith of the Christian reader and provide starting points for discussions with skeptics. With clear, easy-to-follow explanations of key concepts and controversies, God's Not Dead is apologetics for the twenty-first century, presented in layman's terms. Readers will be empowered not only to talk about their own faith with confidence but to lead others to a relationship with Jesus.
The modern apologetics classic that started it all is now completely revised and updated-because the truth of the Bible doesn't change, but its critics do. With the original Evidence That Demands a Verdict, bestselling author Josh McDowell gave Christian readers the answers they needed to defend their faith against the harshest critics and skeptics. Since that time, Evidence has remained a trusted resource for believers young and old. Bringing historical documentation and the best modern scholarship to bear on the trustworthiness of the Bible and its teachings, this extensive volume has encouraged and strengthened millions. Now, with his son Sean McDowell, Josh McDowell has updated and expanded this classic resource for a new generation. This is a book that invites readers to bring their doubts and doesn't shy away from the tough questions. Features Include:
* Thoroughly revised and updated from the previous edition
* Now co-authored by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell
* All-new chapters defending against the latest attacks from Christianity's critics
* Designed to be a go-to reference for even the toughest questions
* Offers thoughtful responses to the Bible's most difficult and extraordinary passages
* Expansive defense of Christianity's core truths, including the resurrection of Jesus Christ
Who is the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do? How can I be filled with the Spirit? In this thought-provoking booklet, Nicky Gumbel tackles the answers to these and other key questions people may be contemplating.
Does God have a plan for our lives? In what ways does God speak to us? How do we learn to recognise God's voice? In this thought-provoking booklet, Nicky Gumbel tackles the answers to these and other key questions people may be contemplating.
If any of us learned we were going to move to a foreign country, we'd do everything we could to learn about that place so that we'd be prepared when moving day arrived. As Christians, we know some day we will leave our familiar country and be united with God in heaven. And yet many of us know very little about this place called heaven.
In this enlightening book, bestselling author Dr. Robert Jeffress opens the Scriptures to unpack ten surprising truths about heaven and explain who we will see there and how we can prepare to go there someday. Perfect for believers or skeptics who are curious about heaven.
`More than twenty years after Found Wanting, her acclaimed critique of Christian approaches to women's sexuality, Alison Webster presents a positive book of practical theology that gives voice to the experiences of marginalised women making sense of their spirituality and sexuality. She explores what has changed over two decades, and the challenges that remain. She puts forward a new model of faith identity based on Jesus as a boundary crosser (divine/human) and reclaims as positive the often painful and challenging place of being `in-between', of not belonging.
Welcome to the new tyranny "If it feels good, do it." "That's your opinion, and this is mine."
"I don't want to impose my beliefs on others."
And thus the Dictator of Relativism speaks as he has always spoken to seduce humanity into a false sense of freedom.
Pope Benedict XVI, Christ's personally chosen defender of the Truth is fighting back. He recognized this in his homily on April 18, 2005, "We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one's own ego and desires."
Through a down-to-earth, easily accessible Question-and-Answer format, Stefanick's book shows:
Why relativism inherently contradicts its own claims.
What makes it one of the worst ideas in the history of ideas.
How relativism has a direct influence on the morals and virtues of a nation.
Why relativism doesn't even work "in real life."
How relativism is counterproductive to the true practice of tolerance
Why religion which makes claims to absolute truth is finally more tolerant than relativism.
What Christianity has almost singlehandedly done to foster true tolerance in the world.
How all laws legislate morality
What the true meaning of "open-minded" means it's not what you think
If you could spend a few minutes with the giants of faith in the Old Testament in person, what lessons would they share with you? In LEARNING FROM THE GIANTS John C. Maxwell draws on fifty years of studying the Bible to share the stories of Elijah, Elisha, Job, Jacob, Deborah, Isaiah, Jonah, Joshua and Daniel. These people fought and won epic battles, served kings, and endured great hardships for God to come out on the other side transformed through His grace. Through them Maxwell explores timeless lessons we can learn about leadership, ourselves, and our relationship with God.
With its focus on the traditions and communities that form us over the course of a lifetime, virtue ethics has richly expanded our understanding of what the Christian life can look like. Yet its emphasis on human virtues and habits of mind and life seems inconsistent with the Reformed tradition's insistence that sin lies at the heart of the human condition. For this reason, virtue ethics seems out of place in Reformed theology, especially in the company of the Reformed tradition's greatest twentieth-century theologian, Karl Barth.
In this new addition to the Columbia Series in Reformed Theology, Kirk Nolan argues that Barth's theology actually proves virtue ethics can be compatible with the Reformed tradition. Rather than see virtue as an inevitable and natural process of growth, Barth helps us understand that development in the Christian life comes through a process of repetition and renewal, and that all virtue comes solely as a gift from God. Nolan establishes an important bridge between Reformed moral teaching and the tradition of virtue ethics.
Studying Prophecy Can Change Your Life Strengthen your faith and find real hope for the future in this extensive resource that provides concise answers to your most burning questions about Bible prophecy and the end times. Topics include everything from how to interpret prophecy to clarifying the perplexing specifics of the rapture, the antichrist, and the afterlife. Respected Bible scholar Ron Rhodes addresses questions many are asking, such as... Is it important that we be aware of the signs of the times?Do Christians agree about the role of America in Bible prophecy?Is there biblical evidence that the church will escape the tribulation period?Will only believers enter into Christ's millennial kingdom?In what way will the heavens and earth be made "new"? Whether you're looking for quick instruction or you're eager to go deeper, this accessible Q&A-style guide will help you navigate prophetic Scripture passages and better understand matters of eternal significance.
Christian Theology: An Introduction, one of the most internationally-acclaimed Christian theology textbooks in use, has been completely rewritten for the 6th edition. It now features new and extended material and companion resources, ensuring it retains its reputation as the ideal introduction for students. * A new edition of the bestselling Christian theology textbook to celebrate its 25th anniversary * Rewritten throughout for exceptional clarity and accessibility, and adds substantial new material on the Holy Spirit * Features increased coverage of postcolonial theology, and feminist theology, and prodigious development of world theology * Increases the focus on contemporary theology to complement the excellent coverage of historical material * A new 2-color design includes more pedagogical features including textboxes and sidebars to aid learning * Expanded online resources for instructors and students available at www.wiley.com/go/mcgrath
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