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LET CHRIST BE MAGNIFIED

LET CHRIST BE MAGNIFIED
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Nearly 500 years old, Calvin's teaching is as relevant to our lives today as when it was first taught; centers on the person, grace, life and work of Christ. This work also contains a sketch of Calvin's life and work.
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LORDS SUPPER & THE POPISH MASS

LORDS SUPPER & THE POPISH MASS
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The controversial question and answer 80 of the Heidelberg Catechism, which condemns the "popish Mass," seems to some a harsh statement in this document otherwise admired for its warm pastoral style and genial tone. Viewing this question and answer as unnecessarily polemical and injurious to the Catechism's usefulness as a contemporary statement of the Christian faith, some Reformed denominations have removed it from the text. Cornel Venema provides historical background and biblical teaching to defend the Catechism's inclusion of question and answer 80, arguing that it must be retained today, as it "reflects a fundamental evangelical passion to uphold the sufficiency of Christ's one sacrifice on the cross and to condemn idolatry in whatever form."

Table of Contents:
1. The Historical Occasion, Authorship, and Purposes of the Heidelberg Catechism
2. The Inclusion of Q&A 80
3. Assessing the Original Validity of Q&A 80
4. Assessing the Continued Value of Q&A 80: A Present Case
5. Conclusion: The Benefits of Retaining Q&A 80
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December 20, 2015

Martin Luthers Basic Theological Writings 3rd Edition

Martin Luthers Basic Theological Writings 3rd Edition
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The best one-volume reader of Luther's writingsnow revisedMartin Luther's Basic Theological Writings, a single-volume introduction to Luther's most influential, noted, and important writings in the modern translationsincluding excerpts of his sermons and letterspresents Luther the theologian steeped in the word of God, speaking to the whole church, even as it takes the reader straight to Luther the man, to his controversial Reformation insights, to his strongest convictions about God and Scripture and the life of the church, and most importantly to his theologya still-exciting encounter with the meaning of Jesus Christ for each age.

The third edition includes revised introductions, updated bibliography, index, and the addition of A Meditation on Christ's Passion (1519), Treatise on the Blessed Sacrament (1519), Sermon on the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of ChristAgainst the Fanatics (1526), Sermon in Castle Pleissenburg (1539), and Consolation to Women Whose Pregnancies Have Not Gone Well (1542), as well as new translations of A Practical Way to Pray (1535) and On the Freedom of a Christian (1520).

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March 1, 2012

Nicene & Post Nicene Fathers Second Series Volume XI Sulpitius Severus Vincent of Lerins John Cassian

Nicene & Post Nicene Fathers Second Series Volume XI Sulpitius Severus Vincent of Lerins John Cassian
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Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers First Series Volume V St Augustine Anti Pelagian Writings

Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers First Series Volume V St Augustine Anti Pelagian Writings
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"The Council of Nicaea in 325 AD marked the beginning of a new era in Christianity. For the first time, doctrines were organized into a single creed. The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers did most of their writing during and after this important event in Church history. Unlike the previous era of Christian writing, the Nicene and Post-Nicene era is dominated by a few very important and prolific writers. In Volume V of the 14-volume collected writings of the Nicenes and Post-Nicenes (first published between 1886 and 1889), readers will discover Saint Augustines rebuke of Pelagianism. This doctrine undermined Augustines beliefs because it claimed that original sin did not exist. Since there was no original sin, humans were saved or lost based solely on their own will. This further meant that Jesus, while a great teacher and model human being, did not die to save humanity, negating a large portion of Christian doctrine. Augustine believed that salvation was available only by the grace of God working in conjunction with mans decision to live a good life. Spiritual seekers and students of history will find this work a thorough defense of Catholic theology."
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Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers Second Series Volume IV Anthanasius Selects Works and Letters

Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers Second Series Volume IV Anthanasius Selects Works and Letters
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Origen On First Principles Readers Edition

Origen On First Principles Readers Edition
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On First Principles by Origen of Alexandria, written around 220-230 AD, is one of the most important and contentious works of early Christianity. It provoked controversy when written, provoked further debate when translated into Latin by Rufinus in the fourth century, and was the subject,
together with its author, of condemnation in the sixth century. As a result, the work no longer survives intact in the original Greek. We only have the complete work in the Latin translation of Rufinus, and a few extensive passages preserved in Greek by being excerpted into the Philokalia of Basil
of Caesarea and Gregory of Nazianzus.

John Behr offers a translation of one of the most important texts from early Christianity. He includes an invaluable introduction, which provides a clear structure of the work with significant implications for how the text is to be read and for understanding the character of theology in the early
Christian tradition.

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ORTHODOX CHURCH SIMPLE GUIDES

ORTHODOX CHURCH SIMPLE GUIDES
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THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU - to appreciate the depth and beauty of the dominant form of Christianity in Greece, Russia and much of Eastern Europe - to understand the tenets, nature and holy days of Orthodox belief - to recognize the physical features of an Orthodox church, and the spiritual significance of icons - to know what to expect and how to conduct yourself during Orthodox services and ceremonies Orthodoxy is the dominant form of Christianity in Greece, Russia, parts of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Its practices are largely unfamiliar in the West, and have remained essentially unchanged since the earliest days of the faith. This lucid introduction outlines the tenets, nature and holy days of Orthodox belief with the Western reader in mind. It describes the physical church, especially icons, services, and common practices, and offers advice to visitors on how to conduct themselves so that they are accepted and feel comfortable. Several chapters concern the life of Jesus and the beginnings of Christianity; others trace the origins and history of the Church, with particular attention to its great champion, Constantine the Great. The present structure of the Church is described in brief, and the split between the Eastern and the Western Churches is related with differences clearly explained. The great antiquity and beauty of its liturgy, its essentially minimal hierarchy and its mystical yet pragmatic approach make the Orthodox religion a powerful medium for its profound and universal message. This deceptively simple volume takes the reader on a journey to the heart of the Christian tradition. ACCESS THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS Simple Guides: Religion is a series of concise, accessible introductions to the world's major religions. Written by experts in the field, they offer an engaging and sympathetic description of the key concepts, beliefs and practices of different faiths. Ideal for spiritual seekers and travellers alike, Simple Guides aims to open the doors of perception. Together the books provide a reliable compass to the world's great spiritual traditions, and a point of reference for further exploration and discovery. By offering essential insights into the core values, customs and beliefs of different societies, they also enable visitors to be aware of the cultural sensibilities of their hosts, and to behave in a way that fosters mutual respect and understanding.
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Pelagius Commentary on St Pauls Epistle to the Romans Revised

Pelagius Commentary on St Pauls Epistle to the Romans Revised
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The Pelagian controversy has secured an enduring place for Pelagius in the history of Western Christian thought. Few of Pelagius' writings, however, have been preserved, and until recently none was available in English translation. This volume presents Pelagius' commentary on Romans for the
first time in English. The commentary, one of thirteen on the Pauline epistles, dates from the time when Pelagius was active in Rome, before he became embroiled in controversy, but already there are adumbrations of the later debate and signs of different currents of thought in Italy and beyond. In
his introduction Theodore de Bruyn discusses the context in which Pelagius wrote the commentary and the issues which shaped his interpretation of Romans. He also takes up questions about the edition of the commentary. The translation is annotated with references to Pelagius' contemporaries, and a
new recension of Pelagius' text of Romans is presented in an appendix.
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April 23, 1998

Pietys Wisdom a Summary of Calvins Institutes with Study Questions

Pietys Wisdom a Summary of Calvins Institutes with Study Questions
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John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion presents one of the most winsome, thought-provoking, spiritually inspiring, and heart-searching summations of Christian truth ever written.

Although works exist that either offer an analysis of Calvin's views or serve as a guide to his Institutes, none fully share the aim of J. Mark Beach's Piety's Wisdom. Keeping to the form, shape, and tenor of Calvin's own work, Piety's Wisdom offers busy pastors, seminarians, interested college students, and motivated laypersons a book that presents Calvin on his own terms.

This summary can be used as an introduction to the Christian faith, as a primer for the study of Calvin, or a combination of each. While the book is suitable for individual study, the inclusion of study questions makes it an ideal tool for facilitating discussion in adult study groups.

Table of Contents:

1. Calvin's Institutes in Context (Institutes Prefatory Address)

Book One: The Knowledge of God the Creator

2. Knowing God (Institutes 1.1-5)

3. The Necessity of Scripture (Institutes 1.6-9)

4. The True God (Institutes 1.10-13)

5. The Creation of All Things (Institutes 1.14-15)

6. Divine Providence (Institutes 1.16-18)

Book Two: The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, First Disclosed to the Fathers under the Law, and Then to Us in the Gospel

7. The Fall and Human Corruption (Institutes 2.1-5)

8. The Way of Redemption in Christ (Institutes 2.6-8)

9. Christ the Redeemer - Promise and Fulfillment (Institutes 2.9-11)

10. The Person of Christ (Institutes 2.12-14)

11. The Work of Christ (Institutes 2.15-17)

Book Three: The Way in Which We Receive the Grace of Christ: What Benefits Come to Us From It, and What Effects Follow

12. The Holy Spirit - Our Bond to Christ: Faith and Repentance (Institutes 3.1-5)

13. The Christian Life (Institutes 3.6-10)

14. Justification by Faith Alone (Institutes 3.11-14)

15. Justification, Good Works, and Christian Liberty (Institutes 3.15-19)

16. Prayer (Institutes 3.20)

17. Predestination (Institutes 3.21-24)

18. Future Glory (Institutes 3.25)

Book Four: The External Means or Aids by Which God Invites Us Into the Society of Christ and Hold us Therein

19. The Church of Christ (Institutes 4.1-2)

20. The Church's Office-bearers and Ecclesiastical Power (Institutes 4.3-13)

21. The Sacraments (Institutes 4.14)

22. Christian Baptism (Institutes 4.15-16)

23. The Lord's Supper (Institutes 4.17-19)

24. The Duties of the Civil Magistrate (Institutes 4.20)

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February 1, 2010