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Church History

GODS AMBASSADORS

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In God's Ambassadors E. Brooks Holifield masterfully traces the history of America's Christian clergy from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, analyzing the changes in practice and authority that have transformed the clerical profession.

Challenging one-sided depictions of decline in clerical authority, Holifield locates the complex story of the clergy within the context not only of changing theologies but also of transitions in American culture and society. The result is a thorough social history of the profession that also takes seriously the theological presuppositions that have informed clerical activity. With alternating chapters on Protestant and Catholic clergy, the book permits sustained comparisons between the two dominant Christian traditions in American history.

At the same time, God's Ambassadors depicts a vocation that has remained deeply ambivalent regarding the professional status marking the other traditional learned callings in the American workplace. Changing expectations about clerical education, as well as enduring theological questions, have engendered a debate about the professional ideal that has distinguished the clerical vocation from such fields as law and medicine.

The American clergy from the past four centuries constitute a colorful, diverse cast of characters who have, in ways both obvious and obscure, helped to shape the tone of American culture. For a well-rounded narrative of their story told by a master historian, God's Ambassadors is the book to read.
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September 25, 2007

Gods Glory Alone

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Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations, often referred to as the "solas": sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five statements summarize much of what the Reformation was about, and they distinguish Protestantism from other expressions of the Christian faith. Protestants place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to do all things for God's glory.

In God's Glory Alone--The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life, renowned scholar David VanDrunen looks at the historical and biblical roots of the idea that all glory belongs to God alone. He examines the development of this theme in the Reformation, in subsequent Reformed theology and confessions, and in contemporary theologians who continue to be inspired by the conviction that all glory belongs to God. Then he turns to the biblical story of God's glory, beginning with the pillar of cloud and fire revealed to Israel, continuing through the incarnation, death, and exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ, and culminating in Christ's Second Coming and the glorification of his people. In light of these wonderful biblical themes he concludes by addressing several of today's great cultural challenges and temptations--such as distraction and narcissism--and reflecting on how commitment to God's glory alone fortifies us to live godly lives in this present evil age.

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December 1, 2015

Gods Timeline The Big Book of Church History

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With colour illustrations, pictures, and pull-out timelines, this history book brings the church throughout the ages to life! Learn about the Early, Medieval and Missionary church, passing through key events such as the Council of Nicea and the Reformation - right through to the present day. Find out about the people God used and the impact they had on those around them - including us today!

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April 6, 2018

Great Awakenings Historical Perspectives for Today

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This book is an engaging look at spiritual awakenings that have
happened in the church throughout history. It examines how
these extraordinary movements of God translate into the larger
cultural analysis of today.


Spiritual awakenings have refreshed the people of God from the
very origins of the church. What about these past movements
can be instructive for the church today? Can we expect God s
awakening presence in our day? These questions brought about
the Surprising Work of God Conference in the fall of 2015 in which
speakers traced awakening movements from the Old and New
Testaments to the present day.


Great Awakenings represents the culmination of this conference as
the collected works of notable speakers. Chapters address questions
about spiritual awakenings through historical, theological, and
sociological lenses. They look at the events that precipitated these
awakenings, evaluating whether their causes were purely religious
or otherwise, and finally suggest what about the awakenings is
normative for the church today. Contributors include:
Dr. David Horn, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Dr. Gordon Isaac, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Dr. Walter Kaiser, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Dr. Adrian Chastain Weimer, Providence College
Dr. Charles Hambrick-Stowe, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Dr. Gwenfair Adams, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Rev. Kevin Adams, East Baptist Church, Lynn, MA
Dr. George M. Marsden, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Grant Wacker, Duke Divinity School
Dr. James Singleton, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Rev. Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, TN
Dr. Todd M. Johnson, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary & Boston University
Ms. Cindy M. Wu, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, Asbury Theological Seminary
Dr. Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame


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9781619707672
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August 1, 2016

HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN EUROPE

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Beginning with the initial transmission of Jesus' teaching throughout the Roman world, this expansive history follows the astounding development of Christianity within Europe. From the religion's earliest days through the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, its development in the scientific age of the 17th and 18th centuries on, and its place in the modern world, Christianity's role in transforming and shaping the cultural, social, political, and intellectual progress of the continent is traced. The accessible and informative narrative is complemented by boxed texts highlighting key events and concepts, such as monastic life, the development of icons, the impact of Darwin's The Origin of Species, the rise of prophecy, and the influence of psychology.
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March 1, 2009

HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN EUROPE

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Spanning more than a millenium, this unique study follows the development, expansion, and impact of the world's largest religion on the European continent Beginning with the initial transmission of Jesus's teaching throughout the Roman world, this expansive history follows the astounding development of Christianity within Europe. From the religion's earliest days through the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, its development in the scientific age of the 17th and 18th centuries on, and its place in the modern world, Christianity's role in transforming and shaping the cultural, social, political, and intellectual progress of the continent is traced. The accessible and informative narrative is complemented by boxed texts highlighting key events and concepts, such as monastic life, the development of icons, the impact of Darwin's "The Origin of Species," the rise of prophecy, and the influence of psychology.
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January 1, 2009

History of Christianity in Asia V2 1500-1900

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This second volume of Samuel Moffett's acclaimed History of Christianity in Asia illustrates the advance of the modern missionary movement in the continent of its birth. Like the first volume, it makes available immense research in a readable and engaging narrative. Moffett brings into dramatic relief events that illustrate both the broad patterns and the vital details of the spread of Christianity on a continent.
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History of the Medieval Church 590-1500 9th Edition

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First published in 1969. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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November 1, 1969

History of Theological Education

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Theological education has always been vital to the Church's life and mission; yet today it is in crisis, lacking focus, direction, but also resources and even students. In the early Church, there is no doubt that to lead worship one had to be able to read and interpret the Bible. In order to lead, it was necessary to know at least something about the history of Israel and the work of God in the Gospels, and interpret that history, making it relevant to daily living. Quickly the Church developed schools for its teachers, whether lay or clergy. A catechetical system was organized through which candidates prepared for baptism were given a basic form of theological education. Hence to be a Christian meant persons knew what and why they believed. But over the years, theological education has come to mean education for clergy and church professionals. It has drifted, seeking new moorings.
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March 17, 2015

INSIDE THE REFORMATION THE TIMES THAT CH

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Learn about the Reformation through a variety of pictures, illustrations, and short articles.
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June 1, 2012

INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY

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Combining the accuracy and readability of the first edition of this highly acclaimed text, Dowley has enhanced the second edition with new contributions from Pheme Perkins on The Thought-World of Early Christianity and Richard Burridge on Jesus and the Gospels as well as updated and revised contributions from Ward Gasque, Richard Pierard, John H. Y. Briggs, and more. With many new photographs, illustrations, maps, charts, and timelines, the inviting new full-color format tells the dramatic, intriguing, and often surprising story of Christians in their 2000-year journey to the present day.
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November 1, 2013

INVITATION TO CHURCH HISTORY AMERICAN Volume 2

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A two-volume introductory survey of church history from its origins to the present day

Designed for an educated lay audience and students in introductory college and seminary church history courses, these visually stunning textbooks are carefully written for first-time learners in the subject areas. Invitation to Church History: World walks readers through the story of God's people from Christ to the contemporary church around the world. Invitation to Church History: American chronicles American church history from the pilgrims to contemporary denominations in the United States.

In these full-color textbooks, many features facilitate learning: photos make the material come alive for the reader; diagrams clarify and distill complex concepts and sets of information; and review materials aid the student in processing and retaining the concepts in each chapter.

Readers will gain a clear understanding of the meaning of the gospel, the wonder of divine redemption, and the majesty of God. The story of the church is presented as part of the redemptive history of God and His people. With a conservative, Christ-centered perspective, Hannah writes with fairness and generosity toward diverse views.

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August 25, 2019