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God Is Not Nice

Author : Ulrich L. Lehner
ISBN : 9781594717499
Genre : Religion
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Ulrich L. Lehner reintroduces Christians to the true God—not the polite, easygoing, divine therapist who doesn’t ask much of us, but the Almighty God who is unpredictable, awe-inspiring, and demands our entire lives. Stripping away the niceties with a sling blade, Lehner shows that God is more strange and beautiful than we imagine, and wants to know and transform us in the most intimate way. With his iconoclastic new book God Is Not Nice, Lehner, one of the most promising young Catholic theologians in America, challenges the God of popular culture and many of our churches and reintroduces the God of the Bible and traditional Christianity. As Lehner writes in the book’s introduction, "We all need the vaccine of the true transforming and mysterious character of God: The God who shows up in burning bushes, speaks through donkeys, drives demons into pigs, throws Saul from his horse, and appears to St. Francis. It’s only this God who has the power to challenge us, change us, and make our lives dangerous. He sweeps us into a great adventure that will make us into different people." This book is not safe. It may startle and annoy many people—including those who purport to teach and preach the Gospel, but are missing it, according to Lehner. God Is Not Nice intends to overthrow all of our popular misconceptions about God, inviting us to ask deeper questions about the nature of our lives and our relationship with him. When you're finished with God Is Not Nice, you may find the idols you constructed in God’s name smashed, replaced with a God who will ask you to live an entirely different life full of hope and transformation.
Category: Religion

God Is Not

Author : D. Brent Laytham
ISBN : 9781587431012
Genre : Religion
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An exploration and critique of the ways various communities and allegiances distort Christian understanding of God.
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Questions To All Your Answers

Author : Roger E. Olson
ISBN : 9780310541318
Genre : Religion
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Many Christians’ faith exists as a loose collection of unexamined clichés and slogans borrowed from songs, devotional books, sermon illustrations, and even the internet. Too often this belief system (if it can be called a “system”) lacks coherence and intelligibility; it can hardly be expressed, let alone defended, to others. The problem with folk religion is that it too easily withers under the onslaughts of secularism or seemingly reasonable answers provided by cults and new religions. Christianity has a long tradition of intellectual examination of other faiths and its own beliefs. Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living; great Christian minds of all the ages have believed the unexamined faith is not worth believing. Reflective Christianity is Christian faith that has subjected itself to the rigorous questioning of Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience. It is mature Christian faith that goes on believing even as it questions what it believes. The goal of this book is not to destroy anyone’s faith but to build it up by placing it on a firmer foundation of critical examination. Ten popular Christian clichés are subjected to critical inquiry and interrogated to discover whether they contain truth or are in error. In most cases the conclusion is—both. The aim is not to tear down straw men but to demonstrate a path toward stronger, more mature Christian belief.
Category: Religion

Nice People Rob God

Author : Althea Patrick RN, MSN, LNC
ISBN : 9781490808901
Genre : Religion
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Will a person rob God? Yes however, nice people have robbed themselves by selecting not to be a cheerful giver through tithes and offering (Malachi 3:6). Nice people will lean toward just hearing God's word, where as effective Christians lean toward becoming a listener and a doer of God's word. Do you know by attempting to rob God you are really robbing your self from living life more abundantly? Many are call to the altar of salvation but only a few are chosen to do something. The test of your faith for some is not at the altar of salvation it is after leaving the church benediction. Nice people often demonstrate signs and symptoms of misuse faith syndrome, as a result they suffer from underdeveloped faith, and insufficient good works. and as a result they suffer from undeveloped faith, and insufficient good works. The purpose in faith building is so you can produce good works. We rob God when we do not produce good works according to the development of the measure of faith God has given you. Seeking first the kingdom of God is an opportunity for you to come to know God's plan and purpose concerning your life. Jeremiah 29: 11 acts like a Global Positioning System (GPS) in seeking the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness. Robing God should no longer be an option nor a life style for nice people. Hence, living life effectively for Christ becomes the only effective way of living. Nice people are often consumed with the things of this world rather then a consumer of the things of God. As a result they have robed God by not feeding their spirit after salvation with heavenly substance that can only be found through seeking the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness. "With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26, (KJV)
Category: Religion

Amazed And Confused

Author : Heather Zempel
ISBN : 9781401679248
Genre : Religion
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Most people have prayed for something or someone in earnest, seeking God’s will, only to be left confused by God’s response. Sometimes we ask, “Why would a good God allow bad things to happen to good people?” In Amazed and Confused, Heather Zempel tackles this question head-on by exploring the book of Habakkuk. When the prophet Habakkuk prayed that God would bring change to the backsliding nation of Israel, this issue came to the forefront. Habakkuk begged God for revival and that He would turn the hearts of faithless people back to Him. God’s answer to Habakkuk was, “Take a look at the nations and watch what happens! You will be shocked and amazed” (1:5, The Voice). The vision God gave Habakkuk was one of warfare and exile. How do you respond when God answers your prayers in a way that seems out of line with his character and promises? Amazed and Confused proceeds systematically through the book of Habakkuk, exploring the prophet’s prayer, God’s response, and the prophet’s journey from confusion to worship. This interactive Bible study is the perfect choice for those who are hurting and confused about God’s responses to their prayers. Features include: Helpful guidance on a question without an easy answer Practical tools for studying the Minor Prophets Easy-to-understand, accessible language
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The Jewish Approach To God

Author : Neil Gillman
ISBN : 9781580231909
Genre : Religion
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Discusses various ways the Jewish people have understood God, and how to build on these lessons to explore and deepen personal spirituality.
Category: Religion

The Destiny Of The Species

Author : Jason J. Stellman
ISBN : 9781621895619
Genre : Religion
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Have you ever wondered why there seems to be a built-in dissatisfaction attached to all human endeavor, such that no amount of wealth, pleasure, or success can free us from the nagging suspicion that there simply must be more to life than what we see around us? Whether displayed in film, art, popular music, or in the depths of our own hearts, human frustration with the status quo is inescapable. Perhaps the reason for this is the fact that God has hardwired us for heaven and instilled within our souls a longing for eternal life that no earthly spoils can satisfy? Perhaps it is our future that defines us, rather than our past? Perhaps it is not the origin, but the destiny of the species that truly unlocks the mystery of who we really are? It is these and many other questions that Jason Stellman explores in these pages in a way that is simple, provocative, and culturally engaging. If you've ever stopped to ponder the mystery of who we are and why we're here, this book is a must-read.
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Just A Corpse At Twilight

Author : Janwillem van de Wetering
ISBN : 9781569478233
Genre : Fiction
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Retired Amsterdam policeman Grijpstra receives a frantic late-night phone call from his old partner, de Gier—now living on an island near Jameson, Maine—who fears he may have accidentally killed his girlfriend. He is being blackmailed and can’t remember if he did it; he was just too drunk. Would his old partner please fly over at once? Grijpstra grudgingly makes his way to the US to help his old partner and confronts his own demons along the way.
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No Nice Christians

Author : Win Groseclose
ISBN : 9780557393787
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There are many things that Christians are to be—loving, gracious, forgiving, meek, bold, self-controlled, etc…, but nice is not amongst them. Yet, the Christian church has often chosen to be permissive instead of loving, self-centered instead of gracious, self-interested instead of gracious and hospitable, and worldly instead of holy. The work of the church is to revolve around the Gospel, not program after program, and the Gospel is about making men right with God, not about increasing the membership of a church to support building projects and large staffs. Part of the role of the pastor and teacher is to speak truth into the culture and into the church. Such is the purpose behind the essays contained in this book. My hope in sharing them is that they may serve as a reality check for those outside of my own fellowship. The word nice is derived from the Latin word meaning, “without knowledge,†it is my hope that no serious Christian is ever guilty of such a label.

Muscular Faith

Author : Ben Patterson
ISBN : 1414360886
Genre : Religion
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Patterson calls on Christians to develop "muscular faith"--the faith of a Jesus follower whose heart, soul, mind, and time are committed to a cause of supreme worth. Through biblical insight and wisdom, he explains how to build spiritual muscles on the hard road to glory.
Category: Religion

Philosophy Of Prediction And Capitalism

Author : M.S. Frings
ISBN : 9789400936379
Genre : Philosophy
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There is little more than a decade left before the bells allover the world will be ringing in the first hour of the twenty-first century, which will surely be an era of highly advanced technology. Looking back on the century that we live in, one can realize that generations of people who have already lived in it for the better parts of their lives have begun to ask the same question that also every individual person thinks about when he is faced with the first signs of the end of his life. It is the question: "Why did everything in my life happen the way it did?" Or, "It would have been so easy to have channelled events into directions other than the way they went. " Or, "Why, in all the world, is my life coming to an end as it does, or, why must all of us face this kind of end of our century?" Whenever human beings take retrospective views of their lives and times - when they are faced with their own personal "fin du siecle" - there appears to be an increasing anxiety throughout the masses asso ciated with a somber feeling of pessimism, which may even be mixed with a slight degree of fatalism. There is quite another feeling with those persons who were born late in this century and who did not share all the events the older generation experi enced.
Category: Philosophy

The Grateful Dead And Philosophy

Author : Steve Gimbel
ISBN : 9780812697445
Genre : Philosophy
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This book is another one of those late-night Grateful Dead inspired dorm room conversations with friends . . . only this time it’s your professors sitting cross-legged on the floor asking if anyone else wants to order a pizza. The Grateful Dead emerged from the San Francisco counter-culture movement of the late 1960s to become an American icon. Part of the reason they remain an institution four decades later is that they and their fans, the Deadheads, embody deviation from social, artistic, and industry norms. From the beginning, the Grateful Dead has represented rethinking what we do and how we do it. Their long, free-form jams stood in stark contrast to the three minute, radio friendly, formulaic rock that preceded them. Allowing their fans to tape and trade recordings of shows and distributing concert tickets themselves bucked the corporate control of popular music. The use of mind-altering chemicals questioned the nature of consciousness and reality. The practice of “touring,” following the band from city to city, living as modern day nomads presented a model distinct from the work-a-day option assumed by most in our corporate dominated culture. As a result, Deadheads are a quite introspective lot. The Grateful Dead and Philosophy contains essays from twenty professional philosophers whose love of the music and scene have led them to reflect on different philosophical questions that arise from the enigma that is the Grateful Dead. Coming from a variety of perspectives, ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, The Grateful Dead and Philosophy considers how the Grateful Dead fits into the broader trends of American thought running through pragmatism and the Beat poets, how the parking lot scene with its tie-dyed t-shirt and veggie burrito vendors was both a rejection and embrace of capitalism, and whether Jerry Garcia and the Buddha were more than just a couple of fat guys talking about peace. The lyrics of the Grateful Dead’s many songs are also the basis for several essays considering questions of fate and freedom, the nature-nurture debate, and gamblers’ ethics.
Category: Philosophy

God Are You Nice Or Mean

Author : Debra Delulio Jones, MEd
ISBN : 9781449748241
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Through a journey of joys, tears, struggle, and hopelessness, Debra Delulio Jones found herself shaking her fist in the air and screaming, “God, are you nice or mean?” Debra and her husband, Alan, believed they were following God’s will when they adopted Dane from an orphanage in Romania in 1991. Scars of communism left their mark on this infant, and Debra searched for many years for answers for her troubled son. She found some answers, but what she didn’t expect to find was that her relationship with God was much like that of an orphaned child who didn’t really trust her adopted heavenly father. Dane didn’t know how to trust the love of his parents due to his early abandonment and attachment issues. In his confusion he would say, “Mommy, are you nice or mean?” As she learned ways to connect to her son, Debra realized a twenty year course in clinging to God paralleled her parenting journey. She came to understand that her doubts about God were rooted in fear and pain, just like her son’s maladaptive behaviors. As an adoptive mother in the role of healing parent, she gained insight into knowing God as her healer through lessons she learned in her relationship with Dane. In her transparent and humorous way, Debra shares how she went from living as a “spiritual orphan” to a trusting daughter in her daily walk with God.
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God Is Not A Christian

Author : Desmond Tutu
ISBN : 9781409005506
Genre : Religion
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu is no stranger to controversy. From racism and social injustice, to the threat of AIDS, the continuing crisis in the Middle East and the importance today of 'ubuntu' (the concept of shared humanity), the Archbishop expresses his views powerfully and honestly, showing how faith and politics are inextricably linked. A forceful opponent of apartheid and later a compelling leader of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and has remained a leading campaigner for human rights ever since. In 2009, he was awarded the highest civilian award in the United States, the Presidential Medal, by Barack Obama. This collection brings together some of the Archbishop's key speeches, sermons, lectures and exchanges from the past three decades, charting the trajectory of his extraordinary career and showing why he remains one of the world's best-loved and most outspoken religious figures. Edited by John Allen, a journalist and former aide of the Archbishop, God is Not a Christian reveals Archbishop Desmond Tutu in his own words.
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Out Of The Comfort Zone Is Your God Too Nice

Author : R.T. Kendall
ISBN : 9781444719154
Genre : Religion
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Many Christians are today sitting happily in the middle of their personal comfort zones, and feel God has confirmed their right to be there. But is this the God of the Bible? This is a book of huge significance for the church today, designed to inspire, encourage and challenge us to seek God's greater anointing. Chapters include 'For the Love of Money', 'Chances are you are a Pharisee if...', 'The Seeker-Sensitive God?' and 'Whatever Happened to Hell?'.
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The One God Chose

Author : Esther Stoker
ISBN : 9781490842769
Genre : Religion
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God chose my folly of divorce to teach me His waythis time. He is the author and creator of romance. His designed choice for marriage and family is the instruction we offer to our sons and daughters who need direct models. God edifies us through His grace and beauty of romance with huggable encounters along the way. Grammy, why? Questions confronted the choices of my past. This stimulated healing, forgiveness, and new beginnings. The cloud of witnesses who watched me stumble now cheer me on for generations to come. We benefit from handling a baton that bears no curse.
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Life Ain T Nice So Get Over It

Author : Patrice Baker
ISBN : 9781462043927
Genre : Self-Help
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If the feelings of anger, fear and frustration with the way your life is going have you stuck; if you are tired of doing the same old thing and getting the same old results; if you want more from your life and believe that you deserve it. This book is for you. In conversations with women, in particular, across the country Patrice Baker knows that many of you suffer in silence. Not sure of what to do or who to turn to for the answers; fearful that your loved one may have a mental illness; angry that another relationship ended in disappointment; frustrated because you don’t get the recognition you deserve; at work, at home. In Life Aint’ Nice, So Get Over It! Patrice Baker gives you insights on how to make insurmountable obstacles, surmountable. Using the seeds (faith, hard work, education, family values) planted by her ancestors, she courageously faces her own once debilitating emotions. An inspiring story of a woman who has created a life filled with more joy, peace and an unstoppable spirit!
Category: Self-Help

What God Is Not

Author : Donald Ashe
ISBN : 9781607918073
Genre : Religion
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The purpose of the book is to inspire dialog about God along with logical, honest thinking by chiseling away at common misconceptions and even self-delusions that tragically separate us from one another and cripple spirituality. Four basic questions are confronted about God: How does God exist, where does God exist, how do we relate to God, and what is God's relevancy? Even though these concepts can be challenging and provocative, Donald Ashe writes in a style that's easy to read and leaves you wanting more. Donald Ashe is an ordained minister living in Southern California where he teaches philosophy.
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New Religious Movements

Author : Dereck Daschke
ISBN : 9780814707036
Genre : Religion
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New Religious Movements is a highly unique volume, bringing together primary documents conveying the words and ideas of a wide array of new religious movements (NRMs), and offering a first-hand look into their belief systems. Arranged by the editors according to a new typology, the text allows readers to consider NRMS along five interrelated pathways—from those that offer new perceptions of existence or new personal identities, to those that center on relationships within family-like units, to those movements that highlight the need for recasting the social order or anticipate the dawn of a new age. The volume includes original documents from groups such as the Unification Church, Theosophy, Branch Davidians, Wicca, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Santeria, and Seventh Day Adventists, as well as many others. Each section is prefaced by a contextual introduction and concludes with a list of sources for further reading. New Religious Movements offers a rare inside look into the worldviews of alternative religious traditions.
Category: Religion