The Sin of Certainty

The Sin of Certainty
Author: Peter Enns
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2019-08-08
ISBN: 1529343240
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sin of Certainty Book Excerpt:

Bible scholar and author of The Bible Tells Me So Peter Enns explains how Christians mistake 'certainty' and 'correct belief' for faith when what God really desires is trust and intimacy. With compelling and often humorous stories from his own life, Bible scholar Peter Enns offers a fresh look at how Christian life truly works, answering questions that cannot be addressed by the idealized traditional doctrine of "once for all delivered to the saints." Enns offers a model of vibrant faith that views skepticism not as a loss of belief, but as an opportunity to deepen religious conviction with courage and confidence. This is not just an intellectual conviction, he contends, but a more profound kind of knowing that only true faith can provide. Combining Enns' reflections of his own spiritual journey with an examination of Scripture, The Sin of Certainty models an acceptance of mystery and paradox that all believers can follow and why God prefers this path because it is only this way by which we can become mature disciples who truly trust God. It gives Christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view faith on their own flawed, uncertain, yet heartfelt, terms.

Learning Jesus

Learning Jesus
Author: Stephen D. Jones
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2021-09-30
ISBN: 1666711950
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Learning Jesus Book Excerpt:

Some Christians are satisfied with an “Arrived Jesus,” a Jesus who had fully arrived at the moment of his birth in Bethlehem. He had nothing to learn, nothing to discover, no choices to make, and no place to go except to follow God’s tight script for his life. His life was static. Yet, other Christians believe in a “Becoming Jesus,” a Jesus who faced many crossroads and decision points, struggles and crises, all of which shaped his faithful response to God. This “Learning Jesus” was born into a world of stereotypes and bias and he, like others, had to overcome these human boundaries in order to become the Savior of the world. Jesus was an imaginative learner and an inspiring teacher. Like all human beings, he was a human becoming.

The Experiment of Faith

The Experiment of Faith
Author: Matthew J. Ramage
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020
ISBN: 0813232694
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Experiment of Faith Book Excerpt:

"This book provides an apology for the Christian faith in the face of the particular challenges of postmodern life and thought. The author argues that Christian faith is best seen through the practice of Christian life in all its dimensions, and uses the writings of Benedict XVI to elucidate what this means in terms of the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity"--

Rationality Humility and Spirituality in Christian Life

Rationality  Humility  and Spirituality in Christian Life
Author: Dennis Hiebert
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2020-02-27
ISBN: 1532656890
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rationality Humility and Spirituality in Christian Life Book Excerpt:

As Euro-American culture turns resolutely away from religiosity toward spirituality and becomes increasingly post-Christian, the ordinary, everyday practice of Christian life is ever more questioned and in need of scrutiny. In this interdisciplinary analysis, Christians are first called to comprehend the excessive rationality that modernity has built into both the cognitive and organizational structure of contemporary Christian life. They are then summoned to personify an authentic attitude of humility, and in particular, the virtue of intellectual humility that is most challenged and tested by religious convictions. Going forward, Christians are subsequently invited to live their faith more as an internally differentiated and open spirituality, rather than an externally determined and regulated religiosity. When we exhaust our rationality and are confronted with its limitations, we are humbled by our finitude and animated by our spirituality.

Wandering the Wilderness

Wandering the Wilderness
Author: Ray R. Friesen
Publsiher: FriesenPress
Total Pages: 326
Release: 2020-03-16
ISBN: 152556014X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Wandering the Wilderness Book Excerpt:

Wandering the Wilderness is a guidebook for individuals who are unsure of their path or are questioning the trails they were taught in the past. Author Ray Friesen is a former pastor and at the same time a life long “believing skeptic.” He’s an advocate for “abundant living” and the guideposts that mark it, as outlined by “Wholehearted Living” researcher Dr. Brené Brown (The Gifts of Imperfection). This informs Friesen’s thoughtful submission for a renewed approach to finding meaning in a life informed by the Bible in a time when the relevance of those Ancient Writings is often thrown into question. In Wandering the Wilderness, Friesen has us stop, listen, and learn at thirteen “trail posts” along life’s pilgrimage. In addition to Brown, he draws on the Ancient Writings (Bible) with the help of scholars like Walter Brueggemann, Eugene Peterson, and Peter Enns. All of this is shaped in the context of his personal life experiences, including his journey with cancer and chemotherapy. The result is a book for all who are looking for a path in their own wilderness. He invites the reader to understand that developing a Christian faith and spirituality can help re energize a life at times burdened with difficulty or plagued with aimlessness, even, maybe especially, in this post-modern age. Here is a thoughtful, informed guide for wanderers weary from the journey and skeptics wondering where or if faith still matters. Whether you read it alone or with fellow wanderers and/or skeptics wishing to believe, Wandering the Wilderness has the potential to transform your wandering.

A Pastor s Highways on the Way to the New Jerusalem

A Pastor s Highways on the Way to the New Jerusalem
Author: Arthur Jarrell Tankersley
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 371
Release: 2021-10-29
ISBN: 1666713333
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Pastor s Highways on the Way to the New Jerusalem Book Excerpt:

David Brooks wrote in The Second Mountain, “A pilgrimage is a journey undertaken in response to a story.” My life story has been lived in response to God’s story revealed in the Bible. This book is about the highways I have traveled in obedience to the Voice of the Holy breaking into my successes and failures, desires and doubts, and leading me by the power of grace in ever merciful and transforming ways. If you are drawn to my story, it is because the same Voice is calling you to share the adventure of a lifetime in following Jesus as he set his face to go up to Jerusalem. Through my story may you hear Aslan’s (Christ’s) invitation, “Come further in! Come further up!” This story travels by way of the “highways to Zion” (Ps 84:5–7). Those highways become deeply paved in the hearts and minds of those who work for the healing of the world and who bring the blessings of the reign of God to barren, dry, and thirsty lands.

Success Mindsets

Success Mindsets
Author: Ryan Gottfredson
Publsiher: Morgan James Publishing
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2020-02-04
ISBN: 1642796921
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Success Mindsets Book Excerpt:

Success Mindsets, written by Wall-Street Journal and USA Today Best-Seller Ryan Gottfredson, helps natural achievers, stalled professionals, and business executives unlock greater success in their life, work, and leadership. “Mindsets” is a word that is used quite frequently, however, many of those who use it are unaware that mindsets are foundational to and dictate one’s success in life, work, and leadership. They are also unable to identify specific mindsets that are necessary for success. Ryan Gottfredson has created a comprehensive and research-based guide, Success Mindsets, that is designed to awaken readers to: The power of mindsets The four mindsets they need to have to be successful The mindsets they currently possess through personal mindset assessment This awakening process empowers readers to unlock the greatness within themselves and reach the heights of success that they have been seeking but have thus far been unable to obtain. Within Success Mindsets, Ryan takes readers on a self-awakening journey to identify and unlock the four success mindsets necessary to enhance success across their life, work, and leadership.

The Faithfulness of Jesus the Messiah

The Faithfulness of Jesus the Messiah
Author: Walter D. Zorn
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2020-10-26
ISBN: 1725283158
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Faithfulness of Jesus the Messiah Book Excerpt:

Strange how one little word, the Greek word pistis, can make a profound difference in understanding the Bible. Pistis is usually translated "faith," but in different contexts of the New Testament the word can have several other meanings such as "faithfulness," "trustworthiness," "solemn promise or oath," "proof or pledge," "conviction," and "doctrine (of the Christian faith)." This book will challenge the reader's understanding of Paul's expression pistis Christou, "faith/faithfulness of Christ," and the use of the pistis word group (verb, noun, and adjective) throughout the New Testament. Given the Old Testament background to this word, one will learn how the apostle Paul utilized an obscure phrase from the prophet Habakkuk to refer to a coming Messiah who in turn lived in faithfulness to the Father's will to die on a cross for the sins of the world. This book will reveal how the gospel is emphasized throughout the New Testament in terms of "the faithfulness of Jesus the Messiah." New and fresh interpretations of various texts will challenge the traditional understandings of such texts. When a person comprehends pistis as God's faithfulness and the Messiah's faithfulness, the only human response is pistis itself, meaning faithfulness as described in Hebrews 11. God is faithful and Jesus is faithful. Will he find us faithful?

Aging with Wisdom and Grace

Aging with Wisdom and Grace
Author: Au,Wilkie,Au, Noreen Cannon
Publsiher: Paulist Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2019
ISBN: 1587688573
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aging with Wisdom and Grace Book Excerpt:

Aging with Wisdom and Grace explores the contributions faith can make to optimal aging, providing a Christian perspective on such topics as: loss and diminishment, loneliness and suffering, death and dying, regrets and unhealed wounds, gratitude, and generativity.

Hurting Yet Whole

Hurting Yet Whole
Author: Liuan Huska
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2020-12-08
ISBN: 0830848088
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hurting Yet Whole Book Excerpt:

What is healing when our bodies suffer chronic illness? As Liuan Huska went through years of chronic pain, she questioned how the Christian story speaks to our experiences of pain and illness. Countering a gnosticism that pits body against spirit, Huska helps us redefine what it means to find healing and wholeness, even in the midst of ongoing pain.

Shalom Sistas

Shalom Sistas
Author: Osheta Moore
Publsiher: MennoMedia, Inc.
Total Pages: 225
Release: 2017-10-03
ISBN: 1513801503
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shalom Sistas Book Excerpt:

Like a lot of women, blogger Osheta Moore loved the idea of shalom: God’s dream for a world that is whole, vibrant, and flourishing. But honestly: who's got the time? So one night she whispered a dangerous prayer: God, show me the things that make for peace… In Shalom Sistas, Moore shares what she learned when she challenged herself to study peace in the Bible for forty days. Taking readers through the twelve points of the Shalom Sistas’ Manifesto, Moore experiments with practices of everyday peacemaking and invites readers to do the same. From dropping “love bombs” on a family vacation, to talking to the coach who called her son the n-word, to spreading shalom with a Swiffer, Moore offers bold steps for crossing lines between black and white, suburban and urban, rich and poor. What if a bunch of Jesus-following women catch a vision of a vibrant, whole, flourishing world? What happens when Shalom Sistas unite? Free downloadable study guide available here.

Mama Bear ApologeticsTM

Mama Bear ApologeticsTM
Author: Hillary Morgan Ferrer
Publsiher: Harvest House Publishers
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2019-06-04
ISBN: 0736976167
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mama Bear ApologeticsTM Book Excerpt:

*Foreword written by Nancy Pearcey* "Parents are the most important apologists our kids will ever know. Mama Bear Apologetics will help you navigate your kids’ questions and prepare them to become committed Christ followers.” —J. Warner Wallace "If every Christian mom would apply this book in her parenting, it would profoundly transform the next generation." —Natasha Crain #RoarLikeAMother The problem with lies is they don’t often sound like lies. They seem harmless, and even sound right. So what’s a Mama Bear to do when her kids seem to be absorbing the culture’s lies uncritically? Mama Bear Apologetics™ is the book you’ve been looking for. This mom-to-mom guide will equip you to teach your kids how to form their own biblical beliefs about what is true and what is false. Through transparent life stories and clear, practical applications—including prayer strategies—this band of Mama Bears offers you tools to train yourself, so you can turn around and train your kids. Are you ready to answer the rallying cry, “Mess with our kids and we will demolish your arguments”? Join the Mama Bears and raise your voice to protect your kids—by teaching them how to think through and address the issues head-on, yet with gentleness and respect.

The Deritualization of Death

The Deritualization of Death
Author: Charles Lynn Gibson
Publsiher: Universal-Publishers
Total Pages: 420
Release: 2019-10-15
ISBN: 1612334717
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Deritualization of Death Book Excerpt:

The problematic field of investigation for this study was for the care of bereaved human beings in the context of significant cultural shifts now shaping the twenty-first century. Deritualization was identified as a significant interdisciplinary concern that contributes to potential distress in processes of grieving. The objective of the research was the development of a practical theology of compassionate caregiving for the bereaved with deference to the problem of deritualization. The theoretical framework was guided by the Oxford Interdisciplinary Research model and the Loyola Institute of Ministries model of practical theology. The study was designed for applied research for funeral directors and vocational pastors utilizing qualitative research methods. Hermeneutical and empirical components addressed six research questions through two domains of inquiry: disciplinary perspectives and educational dynamics of bereavement caregiving. Using the method of hermeneutics to critically evaluate the first two research questions, three disciplinary fields of knowledge were examined and integrated from the perspective of pastoral care: funeral service, bereavement psychology, and practical theology. Each discipline individually converged upon meaningful caregiving, meaning-reconstruction, and meaning-reframing as significant modes of bereavement care. Using ethnographic semi-structured interviews to critically evaluate the remaining four research questions, data were collected from a Christian university and a mortuary college. The interview questionnaire included twenty-five main questions organized in four parts: Philosophy of Education, Hermeneutics of Bereaved Families, Care of Bereaved Families, and Encounter of Bereaved Families. The study utilized two cycles of qualitative coding techniques to report the findings of each participating school. A hybrid form of in vivo and holistic coding as well as a second cycle of pattern coding distilled the interview responses into actionable statements that reinforced bereavement caregiving. By synthesizing all of the findings, a compelling case was made for a paradigm of comforting presence supported by principles from a Louwian perspective of practical theology, including theological anthropology, promissiotherapy, bipolarity, and hermeneutics. The study connected a philosophy of meaning-reframing and a paradigm of comforting presence to a meta-theoretical framework within a narrative approach to care. The research elucidated an interdisciplinary understanding that contributed toward a compassionate practical theology of caregiving for the bereaved.

Evangelicalism and The Decline of American Politics

Evangelicalism and The Decline of American Politics
Author: Jan G. Linn
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 196
Release: 2017-09-22
ISBN: 1532605056
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Evangelicalism and The Decline of American Politics Book Excerpt:

Beginning in the 1970s evangelical Christians decided to become involved in our nation's political life by becoming Republican partisans. Today they are widely considered the Republican Party's most reliable constituency. In the process American politics has become more bitter, chaotic, divisive, and now dysfunctional. There is a significant bipartisan consensus that the Republican Party bears the most responsibility for the state of our nation's politics. This is not an endorsement of Democratic policies, only an assessment of why our government no longer gets anything done. What is often ignored, though, is the role evangelicals are playing in what is happening. This book connects the dots between evangelical theology and evangelical politics. The key factor in both is their "no compromise" attitude that sees negotiations as a betrayal of moral principles, confident as they are that they are doing God's work here on earth. The result, as this book shows, is bad politics and bad religion, both of which are out of step with the views of most Americans. It concludes with suggestions for what the nation and evangelicals themselves can do to open the door to our government being able to function again, and to the nation healing some of its divisions.

The Mystery the Way and the Journey

The Mystery  the Way  and the Journey
Author: Joshua S. Hopping
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2021-05-25
ISBN: 1666703613
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mystery the Way and the Journey Book Excerpt:

We live in a time of certainty and extremes where questions must be answered and spiritual salvation is centered on a single moment. By drawing on the writings of St. Maximos the Confessor (580–662 CE), this book seeks to introduce the reader to a new, albeit old, way of following Jesus of Nazareth into the darkness of the unknown by embracing the mystery of uncertainty as a way of life in which each person's journey is different. Interwoven together, the concepts of the Mystery, the Way, and the Journey provide a way forward through the uncertainty of the future by following the path set forth by the ancient church while understanding that we are part of something bigger and older than modern American Christianity.

The Universal Christ

The Universal Christ
Author: Richard Rohr
Publsiher: SPCK
Total Pages: 223
Release: 2019-03-05
ISBN: 0281078610
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Universal Christ Book Excerpt:

'I cannot put this book down'– Bono In his decades as a globally recognized teacher, Richard Rohr has helped millions realize what is at stake in matters of faith and spirituality. Yet Rohr has never written on the most perennially talked about topic in Christianity: Jesus. Most know who Jesus was, but who was Christ? Is the word simply Jesus’ last name? Too often, Rohr writes, our understanding has been limited by culture, religious squabbling, and the human tendency to put ourselves at the centre. Drawing on scripture, history and spiritual practice, Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God’s constant, unfolding work in the world. ‘God loves things by becoming them,' he writes, and Jesus’ life was meant to declare that humanity has never been separate from God – except by its own negative choice. When we recover this fundamental truth, faith becomes less about proving Jesus was God, and more about learning to recognize the Creator’s presence all around us and in everyone we meet. Thought-provoking, practical and full of deep hope and vision, The Universal Christ is a landmark book from one of our most beloved spiritual writers, and an invitation to contemplate how God liberates and loves all that is.

A False Kind of Christianity

A False Kind of Christianity
Author: Dan Jensen
Publsiher: WestBow Press
Total Pages: 340
Release: 2017-06-15
ISBN: 151278513X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A False Kind of Christianity Book Excerpt:

In this work, Dan Jensen offers the conservative Evangelical community a no-nonsense assessment of the growing and aggressive progressive Christian movement. Jensen provides two chapters of personal testimony, a short overview of the history behind the progressive Christian movement, a brief summary of the teachings of the movement, and then he clearly elucidates the fact that the progressive Christian possesses absolutely no biblical foundation. Jensen makes it clear why this movement must be countered by conservative Evangelicals.

Dangerous Religious Ideas

Dangerous Religious Ideas
Author: Rachel S. Mikva
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2020-11-03
ISBN: 0807051888
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dangerous Religious Ideas Book Excerpt:

Reveals how faith traditions have always passed down tools for self-examination and debate, because all religious ideas—not just extremist ones—can cause harm, even as they also embody important moral teachings. Scripture’s abiding relevance can inspire great goodness, such as welcoming the stranger and extending compassion for the poor. But its authority has also been wielded to defend slavery, marginalize LGBTQ individuals, ignore science, and justify violence. Grounded in close readings of scripture and tradition in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, religious scholar Rachel Mikva shows us that the Abrahamic religions have always been aware of their tremendous power both to harm and to heal. And so they have transmitted their sacred stories along with built-in tools—interpretive traditions—to do the necessary work of taking on dangerous religious ideas and fostering self-critical faith. By exploring the themes of Scripture, Election, Reward and Punishment, Mikva examines how the interpretive methodologies of these religions have identified and grappled with their perilous power and positive potential. Many readers presume that their understanding of scripture’s meaning is absolute, forgetting how these sacred texts and the history of interpretation have valued multiple perspectives and recognized ongoing rhythms of change. It’s not a modern phenomenon to debate the nature of truth, hold space open for doubt, value humility, and question our capacity to know things—especially about God and God’s will—with certainty. In fact, none of the traditions could remain vital or thrive together without a sustained practice of self-critique. Dangerous Religious Ideas reframes the way we talk about faith to create a space where public discussion of religion is more constructive, nuanced, and socially engaged.

Embracing Prodigals

Embracing Prodigals
Author: John Sanders
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 154
Release: 2020-07-31
ISBN: 1725264080
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Embracing Prodigals Book Excerpt:

Do you wonder why some people you know hold theological and political views that blow your mind but they find quite reasonable? Today, Christians are at odds over how to understand the Bible, atonement, and salvation of non-Christians. They are also polarized over issues such as same-gender marriage, income inequality, and health care. Two social science models, Nurturant and Authoritative, explain this divide. Values are at the heart of our disagreements. Nurturants prize empathy and cooperation while Authoritatives cherish obedience to law and order. Each group has distinct core values and these lead them to embrace different theological, moral, and political views. This book explains the divide and makes the case that Jesus embodied the Nurturant way of life. He modeled empathy, grace, forgiveness, and care for those beyond his own tribe. The Nurturant and Authoritative approaches have competed for thousands of years but contemporary research shows that the Nurturant way of life produces better mental and spiritual health as well as superior communities in which to live.

Jump into the Story

Jump into the Story
Author: Ray R. Friesen
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2019-02-27
ISBN: 1532670400
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jump into the Story Book Excerpt:

Preaching is a challenging, privileged, and awesome responsibility. As important as mining the text for its meaning and message and making connections to our twenty-first-century world is the responsibility to engage the imaginations of the people in the pews (or chairs). In this book, Ray Friesen—life-long preacher and retired pastor—has provided twenty examples of how to be creative and engage those imaginations. Most were written under the pressures of bi-vocational ministry (preaching forty times a year as half-time pastor and operating a mediation practice). They are offered to you, not as sermons for you to preach, but as examples of what is possible, even with all the other responsibilities you may have. Each sermon and type of creativity will create an opportunity to set your imagination and creativity free to engage the imaginations, hearts, and dreams of your parishioners.