Description : A clear and thorough introduction to the best known of Jesus' teachings, this much-needed text examines what parables are, why Jesus taught in parables, and the purpose and place of parables in the Gospel narratives. Invaluable for the beginning seminary or college students and for church study groups, this enlightening work reveals the meaning of the parables when they were first given, their meaning for the Gospel writers, and their meaning for us today.
Description : A Fictional Narrative on the Future of the North American Church Venal Dogmata offers an approachable narrative to give readers a snapshot into the future of the North American church. The author's missiological diagnosis of ten ecclesiastical "glitches" that are keeping the church from thriving in today's post-Christian environment guides the storyline of this book (which are described in his forthcoming North American missiology textbook published by B&H Academic). Author and missiologist Jeff Christopherson weaves throughout his fast-moving story a corrective prescription which describes the process of creating a gospel movement without the cultural aids of a Christian memory or a society that is warm to evangelicals. The book also includes discussion and coaching questions designed to foster conversations among church leaders and small groups to help create fresh imagination for the future. "In your hands is an astonishing take on the issues that face the Church--including the church that you are involved in." --Alan Hirsch, Author, Founder of Movement Leaders Collective, 100 Movements, Forge Mission Training Network "A fascinating parable that conveys a strong message about the commitment that the gospel demands of our lives." --J.D. Greear, Author, SBC President, Pastor Summit Church "Jeff's story gives biblical expression and compelling imagination to those who deeply crave a different kind of church." --Ed Stetzer, Wheaton College "In Venal Dogmata, Christopherson gives a perceptive, prophetic, and profound wake-up call to the Church." --Richard Blackaby, President of Blackaby Ministries International, and Co-author of Experiencing God "Jeff is pulling back the curtain to help us see a future where the church-as-institution gives way to church-as-movement." --Reggie McNeal, Author of Thy Kingdom Come and Kingdom Collaborators JEFF CHRISTOPHERSON (@christopherson3) is Chief Missiologist and Co-Founder of the Send Institute. Author of several books including Kingdom Matrix: Designing a Church for the Kingdom of God, and Kingdom First: Starting Churches that Shape Movements. His weekly column 'Missio Mondays' is featured in Christianity Today. Jeff serves as a Co-Vocational pastor of The Sanctuary in Oakville, Ontario. He is married to Laura and has two children.
Description : We are living in a time in which we are seeing a rapid unravelling of institutional structures in Western society and a re-alignment of values. The church is not faring well in this process. This book takes the form of an earthed and practical theology and asks the question ‘what is the church?’ Rather than a purely theoretical, or a purely pragmatic approach, it looks to the radical Reformers of the sixteenth century and finds there an emphasis on the church’s invisible realities and on community both of which have a relevance to the twenty-first century.
Description : A premier New Testament scholar explores how Jesus' trial and execution are portrayed in the New Testament and how that portrayal has affected biblical studies, Christian theology, and Jewish-Christian relations through history. Tomson has written an accessible, responsible analysis of the biblical accounts of Jesus' death, demonstrating how, through compounded misunderstandings, they contributed to anti-Jewish sentiment in the early church and later history. Tomson's question of how Jesus is to be understood in his first-century Judean context is a critical one not only for biblical scholars, but for anyone concerned about human rights and interreligious dialogue today.
Description : William Barclay brings to these "best-known stories in the world" new force and significance for the modern reader. Each chapter analyzes an individual parable--identifies its theme, explains it in the light of the language and customs of the ancient world, and clearly interprets its meaning for us today. The William Barclay Library is a collection of books addressing the great issues of the Christian faith. As one of the world's most widely read interpreters of the Bible and its meaning, William Barclay devoted his life to helping people become more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Description : A study of the figurative material in Matthew's gospel throws fresh light on the role of the Matthean parables and on the circumstances which led to the creation of Matthew's gospel.