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Essentials Of Christian Theology

Author : Stanley James Grenz
ISBN : 0664223958
Genre : Religion
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This splendid introductory textbook for Christian theology presents two essays by leading scholars on each of the major theological questions. William Placher provides an excellent discussion of the history and current state of each doctrine while the essays explore the key elements and contemporary issues relating to these important theological concepts.
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Church Why Bother

Author : Philip Yancey
ISBN : 9780310871774
Genre : Religion
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Why are there so many more professing Christians than churchgoing Christians? Is it because something is wrong with the church? Perhaps that's part of the picture. But Philip Yancey insists there is another part. In this candid, thought-provoking account, he reveals the reasons behind his own journey back from skepticism to wholehearted participation in the church, and weighs the church's human failings against its compelling excellencies as the body of Christ.
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Why Liberal Churches Are Growing

Author : Martyn Percy
ISBN : 056708163X
Genre : Religion
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Why Liberal Churches are Growing is a fascinating journey through different case studies, social science reflection, and theological analysis. The contributors include sociologists, theologians, and practical theologians. The book has four sections. The first, 'defining themes', looks at the social justice witness (community organizing), church growth as conversational, and the challenge of turning liberal churches around.The book then looks at three case studies - starting with congregations and moving to a denomination. Under the heading 'macro issues' it explores in more detail the underlying disposition of liberal churches and revisits such themes as social justice, homosexuality, and alternative indicators of vitality. The book concludes with three essays on 'clergy and growth'.
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Strength For Today And Bright Hope For Tomorrow

Author : Harold Sala
ISBN : 9789710094554
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Are things going to get better or am I doomed to fail? With your heart filled with doubts and worries about the future, where does your mind tell you to go? Pause for a while to train your thoughts, change your attitude, and lift your spirit. Through this collection of inspiring devotional messages steeped in God's Word, you can infuse the next 365 days with the assurance of His love, grace, and faithfulness. The world might be full of pain and empty promises, but there will always be a way to make it through this day. Turn to where you can find strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.
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Beyond Heterosexism In The Pulpit

Author : Emily Askew
ISBN : 9781630877767
Genre : Religion
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This book is not another volume attempting to persuade the reader of the rights of gays and lesbians in society and in the church. Instead it assumes the reader is a minister or student of ministry who already has a passion for this issue and is looking for better strategies to speak out of this passion in the pulpit. Too often progressive preachers avoid speaking about issues related to sexual orientation out of fear of rejection from the congregation, or address them in ways that unintentionally alienates either gay or straight hearers. Askew and Allen offer preachers tools for recognizing and prophetically countering heterosexism in the pulpit while being pastoral toward those in the pews who may not hold the same view as the preacher. The range of issues found at the intersection of homosexuality and the proclamation of the Christian gospel in light of the church's division and the changing landscape of society's attitudes is diverse and complex. Allen and Askew represent the combination of critical theology and contemporary homiletics needed to offer preachers new strategies for advocating against social and ecclesial discrimination directed at homosexuals and for the full inclusion of all in the church.
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Why Bother With History

Author : Beverley C. Southgate
ISBN : 9781317875260
Genre : History
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.Why Bother With History? argues for an increasingly important role for a revitalised historical study. Examining the motivations of past historians, the author rejects the ancient aspiration to a 'history for its own sake' and argues that historians' importance lies in their own adoption of a moral standpoint, from which a story of the past can be told, that facilitates the attainment of a future we desire. Inevitably controversial, in that it challenges many of the assumptions of modernist history, this is an interdisciplinary book, which draws in particular on psychology and literature.
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Traditionalism And Radicalism In The History Of Christian Thought

Author : C. Simut
ISBN : 9780230113145
Genre : Religion
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This book is concerned with the presentation and analysis of certain dogmatic issues such as christology, ecclesiology, pastoral work, anthropology, faith and bioethics among many others-all meant to illustrate how Christian thoughts stands between traditionalism and radicalism. It is both a dogmatic study and a historical overview of the topic.
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The Mission Of Today S Church

Author : R. Stanton Norman
ISBN : 0805443789
Genre : Religion
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The Mission of Today’s Church features twelve essays written by Baptist leaders addressing what it means to be a Christian today, how believers best work together, and what their future holds.
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