Delighting In The Trinity

Author: Michael Reeves
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830839836
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In this brief and winsome book, Michael Reeves presents an introduction to the Christian faith that is rooted in the triune God. He takes cues from preachers and teachers down through the ages, setting key doctrines of creation, the person and work of Christ, and life in the Spirit into a simple framework of the Christian life.

Read Up

Author: Lorraine Caulton
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830898867
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"In our age in which it is rapidly becoming a lost art, the importance of conversation should not be overlooked," writes C. Christopher Smith in the foreword of Read Up, Volume 2. "It is in conversation that our ideas and language and dreams get forged into common structures that shape the life of our communities—church, neighborhood, workplace, etc. . . . Reading is a sort of fuel for these conversations, providing energy in the form of words and ideas that bring life to and clarify our conversations." Conversations about good books refresh us as we glean wisdom and receive understanding from one another. In reading groups we don't have to hope someone wants to hear our opinions—it's expected! And even better, the idea or concept that we missed in our reading is often what our fellow readers will discover and share with us. Our "aha" moments are multiplied in conversation. Even in disagreement—maybe especially when we disagree—there is opportunity to learn from one another as we seek to understand different points of view. "The book that you hold in your hands—be it in print or in digital format—is a wonderful conversation starter," Smith continues. "Not only does it recommend some really good and timely books, at least some of which will be pertinent to the shared life of your church, it also highlights some questions about these books that will surely get your conversation rolling. I pray that this little volume will stir up many conversations, leading you into more questions, but ultimately into deeper and richer faithfulness in your local church communities." Whether your group is looking to discuss contemporary issues, history, fiction or memoirs, Read Up, Volume 2 has you covered, with descriptions, discussion questions, author conversations or excerpts for more than 30 thoughtful books. The diverse assortment of titles in this second volume of Read Up will provide you and your group with books that lead to both stimulating reading and meaningful conversation. Bring Read Up to your next book club and get the conversation started.

A Missional Orthodoxy

Author: Gary Tyra
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830864857
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The emerging and missional church movements have raised decisive questions about what it means to embody the Christian faith in a post-Christian and postmodern world. A common reactionary response denies the significance of the context and reasserts the supremacy of classical orthodoxy. An equally common position at the other end of the spectrum involves a rejection of orthodoxy as contextually insensitive and incapable of being inclusive and missional at all. The one asserts its orthodoxy at the expense of being missional and contextual; the other emphasizes generosity at the expense of its fidelity to "the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints" (Jude 1:3). The church today needs a theology that is both orthodox and missional--doing justice to both aspects. Gary Tyra has written just such a book. In A Missional Orthodoxy he critically engages with the works of Brian McLaren and Marcus Borg for the sake of developing a comprehensive missional theology that retains what he calls the "four Christological verities" at the heart of Christian doctrine. Tyra discusses the methodological question of contextualization, offering an incarnational model of recontextualization that unites the postmodern insights of the culture with the truths of the biblical text. On the basis of this missional foundation, he examines all the major Christian doctrines in order to overcome the false antithesis between a fighting fundamentalism and a too-accommodating liberalism. The result is a humble, modest, missionally faithful orthodoxy that provides a compelling witness within a world of competing extremes.

50 Core Truths Of The Christian Faith

Author: Gregg R. Allison
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1493412728
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Those looking for a single resource that collects clear teachings on the most important doctrines of Christianity need look no further than Gregg Allison's 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. This volume covers foundational doctrines of the nature and works of God, the Bible, God's created beings, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and the end times. And each chapter features clear guidance for how to teach and apply the doctrine today. Pastors, Sunday school teachers, and lay students of theology will find this an indispensable resource for understanding and teaching Christian theology.

Adam The Fall And Original Sin

Author: Michael R. E. Reeves
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 144124641X
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The Christian doctrines of original sin and the historical fall of Adam have been in retreat since the rise of modernity. Here leading scholars present a theological, biblical, and scientific case for the necessity of belief in original sin and the historicity of Adam and Eve in response to contemporary challenges. Representing various Christian traditions, the contributors shed light on recent debates as they present the traditional doctrine of original sin as orthodox, evangelical, and the most theologically mature and cogent synthesis of the biblical witness. This fresh look at a heated topic in evangelical circles will appeal to professors, students, and readers interested in the creation-evolution debate.

Theologians You Should Know

Author: Michael Richard Ewert Reeves
Publisher: Crossway Books
ISBN: 9781433550881
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Whether you realize it or not, you are the beneficiary of centuries of careful study and reflection on God's Word. The writings and teachings of figures from the past are crucial to what the church believes today. But just like intriguing guests of honor at a dinner party, these theologians can be intimidating to get to know. Introducing you to the lives and thought of figures such as the Apostolic Fathers, Justin Martyr, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Karl Barth, and others, this book makes the writings of these significant theologians accessible and approachable--opening up for you the riches of church history and enlarging your vision of God and his plan for the world.

God The Holy Trinity

Author: Timothy George
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 0801027659
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God the Holy Trinity brings together leading scholars from diverse theological perspectives to reflect on various theological and practical aspects of the core Christian doctrine of the Trinity. Throughout, the essays highlight the trinitarian shape of spiritual formation. Contributors include: Alister McGrath Ellen T. Charry Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. Frederica Mathewes-Green J. I. Packer James Earl Massey Gerald L. Bray Cornelius Plantinga Jr. Timothy George "Though the doctrine of the Trinity is basic for all Christian life and reflection, it often remains shrouded in the theologians' obfuscating mystery. This book, by contrast, with its stellar line-up of contributors, shows why the Trinity is so important for all communities of whatever denomination, documents powerfully the practicality of the doctrine, and does so with crystal clarity. It is an ideal volume for students, church classes, laypeople, and ministers--indeed for anyone who desires deeper understanding of the heart of the Christian faith." --Mark A. Noll, McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame "The Christian name of God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This admirable book helps explain why the renewal of trinitarian theology is critically important for all of us." --Richard John Neuhaus, author of American Babylon: Notes of a Christian Exile "This book brings into the twenty-first century some of the fruits of the remarkable ecumenical rediscovery of the Trinity in the second half of the twentieth. Grounded in Scripture and illustrated from the early, the medieval, and the post-Reformation church, trinitarian doctrine here both illuminates several confessional traditions in Christianity and also offers resources for facing various contemporary issues. Yet warnings are rightly raised against too facile an application of the recently fashionable 'social' construction of the triunity of God. All in all, a stimulating collection of essays for both positive and critical purposes." --Geoffrey Wainwright, Cushman Professor of Christian Theology, Duke University

Faith And Creeds

Author: Alister E. McGrath
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 0664239064
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In this book--the first in a series of short, accessible guides--noted author Alister McGrath examines the nature of faith. Offering an extended reflection on the opening words of the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed--"I believe"--McGrath provides a compelling defense of core Christian beliefs. In his usual learned yet accessible style, McGrath demonstrates how these enduring Christian beliefs help explain God's world and our place in it. With future volumes to examine other core Christian principles, McGrath's new series will define "mere Christianity" to a new generation for years to come. Ideal for group study and personal devotion.

Spurgeon On The Christian Life

Author: Michael Reeves
Publisher: Theologians on the Christian L
ISBN: 9781433543876
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This introduction to Spurgeon's life and ministry--organized around themes such as the centrality of Christ and the empowerment of the Spirit--will encourage readers to live for God's glory.

Reforming The Doctrine Of God

Author: F. LeRon Shults
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802829887
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In dialogue with late modern developments in philosophy, science and biblical scholarship, "Reforming the Doctrine of God" explores the conceptual space opened up by three theological trajectories that have sought to recover traditional emphases on Infinity, Trinity and Futurity, and offers a reconstructive presentation of the Christian understanding and experience of the Gospel of divine knowing, acting and being.