Description : Arguing that Jesus subscribed to no political program, the author draws on the gospel to explain Jesus's radical views about class and power and how the Resurrection and Christ's divinity are key factors in his teachings.
Description : In this timely exploration of the Beatitudes, Kolbell suggests that the eight pillars--meekness, empathy, righteousness, peace, persecution, poverty, purity, and simplicity--are still valuable codes of conduct for busy, anxious lives.
Description : Reveals Jesus' parables as windows into God's very heart and mind. Readers will recognize and understand themselves in Jesus' narratives. For group and individual study.
Description : “If you think you knew Paul, get ready to have all sorts of cherished preconceptions exhilaratingly stripped away. If you've ever been vaguely curious, there is no finer introduction.” (Los Angeles Times) Look out for a new book from Garry Wills, What The Qur'an Meant, coming fall 2017. In his New York Times bestsellers What Jesus Meant and What the Gospels Meant, Garry Wills offers fresh and incisive readings of Jesus' teachings and the four gospels. Here Wills turns to Paul the Apostle, whose writings have provoked controversy throughout Christian history. Upending many common assumptions, Wills argues eloquently that Paul’s teachings are not opposed to Jesus' message. Rather, the best way to know Jesus is to discover Paul. In this stimulating and masterly analysis, Wills illuminates how Paul, writing on the road and in the heat of the moment, and often in the midst of controversy, galvanized a movement and offers us the best reflection of those early times.
Description : “A remarkable achievement—a learned yet eminently readable and provocative exploration of the four small books that reveal most of what’s known about the life and death of Jesus.” (Los Angeles Times) In his New York Times bestsellers What Jesus Meant and What Paul Meant, Garry Wills offers tour-de-force interpretations of Jesus and the Apostle Paul. Here Wills turns his remarkable gift for biblical analysis to the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Wills examines the goals, methods, and styles of the evangelists and how these shaped the gospels' messages. Hailed as "one of the most intellectually interesting and doctrinally heterodox Christians writing today" (The New York Times Book Review), Wills guides readers through the maze of meanings within these foundational texts, revealing their essential Christian truths. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Description : "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only." --James 1:22, nkjv Doing What Jesus Did invites you to learn how to move into the supernatural realm that Jesus said in John 14:12-14 we could, and should, enter. Husband-and-wife authors John and Sonja Decker will equip you to minister in the way Jesus invited us to, including miracles, by teaching you His six essential strategies for effective discipleship: � Leading people to Christ � Leading Christians into the Holy Spirit baptism � Learning how to heal the sick � Hearing from God � Healing the sick by revelation � Dealing with demons Much more than a handbook of New Testament principles, Doing What Jesus Did will be a catalyst for you to love Jesus more deeply as you minister His life, love, and power more dynamically.
Description : America’s leading religious scholar and public intellectual introduces lay readers to the Qur’an with a measured, powerful reading of the ancient text Garry Wills has spent a lifetime thinking and writing about Christianity. In What the Qur’an Meant, Wills invites readers to join him as he embarks on a timely and necessary reconsideration of the Qur’an, leading us through perplexing passages with insight and erudition. What does the Qur’an actually say about veiling women? Does it justify religious war? There was a time when ordinary Americans did not have to know much about Islam. That is no longer the case. We blundered into the longest war in our history without knowing basic facts about the Islamic civilization with which we were dealing. We are constantly fed false information about Islam—claims that it is essentially a religion of violence, that its sacred book is a handbook for terrorists. There is no way to assess these claims unless we have at least some knowledge of the Qur’an. In this book Wills, as a non-Muslim with an open mind, reads the Qur’an with sympathy but with rigor, trying to discover why other non-Muslims—such as Pope Francis—find it an inspiring book, worthy to guide people down through the centuries. There are many traditions that add to and distort and blunt the actual words of the text. What Wills does resembles the work of art restorers who clean away accumulated layers of dust to find the original meaning. He compares the Qur’an with other sacred books, the Old Testament and the New Testament, to show many parallels between them. There are also parallel difficulties of interpretation, which call for patient exploration—and which offer some thrills of discovery. What the Qur’an Meant is the opening of a conversation on one of the world’s most practiced religions.
Description : Jesus is the most celebrated man in history, not only is he considered by billions of people all around the world to be the divine Son of God, but he is also considered as the greatest moral and spiritual teacher that has ever lived, even though the words he spoke in the new testament are very few. Among these few words are beautiful and profound teachings which are of the highest wisdom, yet they are also often mysterious, told in the form of parables, and sometimes hard to understand completely. This had lead to many interpretations of the new testament, interpretations which many times demonstrate that the reader has unfortunately failed to grasp the deeper and more profound truths Jesus Christ shared with us more than two thousand years ago. This book takes a close look at all of the most significant quotes spoken by Jesus and explains their meanings completely and clearly so that you can benefit further from what is undoubtedly a perfect guide to living. What people don't realize about Christ is that his teachings were not "rules" you have to obey, they were actually meant as sage advice that is designed to directly benefit your life today. When you look over the testament from this new perspective you will start to see that Jesus was actively trying to guide you as an individual toward happiness and the best life that is possible for you. Within these pages are fresh and insightful answers to the question "What did Jesus really mean?" when he spoke his more subtle teachings, such as "The kingdom of God is within you", "My kingdom is not of this world", "I have overcome the world", "Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven", "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind", his teachings on eternal life, and many more. This book is designed to help you actively experience the spiritual epiphanies and life-changing realizations that Jesus was trying to show people who could not yet see the kingdom of heaven.
Description : This foundation edition covers the popular option St Mark's Gospel. It's the only book that exactly matches the AQA specification A option 1C and offers support for your lower ability pupils.