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SEARCHING FOR THE TRUE CHURCH

SEARCHING FOR THE TRUE CHURCH
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Roger Shuff holds that the influence of the Brethren movement on wider evangelical life in England in the twentieth century is often underrated. This book records and accounts for the fact that Brethren reached the peak of their strength at the time when evangelicalism was at it lowest ebb, immediately before World War II. However, the movement then moved into persistent decline as evangelicalism regained ground in the post war period. Accompanying this downward trend has been a sharp accentuation of the contrast between Brethren congregations who engage constructively with the nonBrethren scene and, at the other end of the spectrum, the isolationist group commonly referred to as Exclusive Brethren.
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Spirit of Early Christian Thought Seeking the Face of God

Spirit of Early Christian Thought Seeking the Face of God
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"[A] magnificently learned, deeply felt and surprisingly pellucid set of essays."--Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

"A delight to read. It is written as history ought to be, especially for nonspecialist readers."--Richard A. Kauffman, Christian Century

In this eloquent introduction to early Christian thought, eminent religious historian Robert Louis Wilken examines the tradition that such figures as St. Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and others set in place. These early thinkers constructed a new intellectual and spiritual world, Wilken shows, and they can still be heard as living voices in the modern world.

In chapters on topics including early Christian worship, Christian poetry and the spiritual life, the Trinity, Christ, the Bible, and icons, Wilken shows that the energy and vitality of early Christianity arose from within the life of the Church. While early Christian thinkers drew on the philosophical and rhetorical traditions of the ancient world, it was the versatile vocabulary of the Bible that loosened their tongues and minds and allowed them to construct the world anew, intellectually and spiritually. These thinkers were not seeking to invent a world of ideas, Wilken shows, but rather to win the hearts of men and women and to change their lives.
Early Christian thinkers set in place a foundation that has endured. Their writings are an irreplaceable inheritance, and Wilken shows that they can still be heard as living voices within contemporary culture.

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Still Protesting Why the Reformation Still Matters

Still Protesting Why the Reformation Still Matters
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In this book, D. G. Hart investigates what was at stake in the sixteenth century and why Protestantism still matters. Of note is the author's recognition that the Reformers addressed the most basic question that confronts all human beings: How can a sinner be right with and worship in good conscience a righteous God who demands sinless perfection? Protestants used to believe that this question, along with the kind of life that followed from answers to it, was at the heart of their disagreement with Rome.

Still Protesting arises from the conviction that the Reformers' answers to life's most important questions, based on their study of the Bible and theological reflection, are as superior today as they were when they provided the grounds for Christians in the West to abandon the bishop of Rome.

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Story of Christianity Volume I the Early Church to the Reformation 2nd Edition

Story of Christianity Volume I the Early Church to the Reformation 2nd Edition
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Sheds light on the major cultural and theological currents shaping the church during this period.
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August 10, 2010

SURVEY OF TWENTIETH CENTURY REVIVAL MOVE

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The twentieth century has witnessed periodic revivals comparable to the awakenings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. And yet, many of the places and players of these reawakenings have been overlooked or neglected by the chroniclers of North American church history. "A Survey of 20th-Century Revival Movements in North America" attempts to set the record straight. It offers a concise and useful survey of the major currents of revival that have swept over this continent since the turn of the century. As the final decade of this century approaches it is appropriate that historian Richard Riss chart the course of twentieth-century revival on this continent and record the people, places, and events that have shaped the modern American church.

Names like William J. Seymour or Maria B. Woodworth-Etter; places like Azusa Street or North Battleford, Saskatchewan; and events like the forest Home Briefing Conference or the Latter Rain Revival might not be as familiar as Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, or the Jesus movement, but each has played a significant role in keeping the streams of revival flowing.

The impact of these often lesser-known figures and events is tremendous. For example, William J. Seymour was a key figure in early Pentecostalism, which has become one of the most rapidly growing segments of modern Christianity. Also, college awakenings at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, North Park College, and Wheaton College in late 1949 and early 1950 received nationwide press coverage and sparked college revivals throughout the country. A decade later, in 1960, Dennis Bennett's experience of the Holy Spirit in Van Nuys, California, wouldmark the beginning of a tremendous outpouring of the Spirit, and for many, came to represent the start of the charismatic renewal movement.

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December 1, 1988

Surviving the State Remaking the Church

Surviving the State Remaking the Church
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This sociological portrait presents how Chinese Christians have coped with life under a hostile regime over a span of different historical periods, and how Christian churches as collective entities have been reshaped by ripples of social change. China's change from a centrally planned economy to a market economy, or from an agrarian society to an urbanizing society, are admittedly significant phenomena worthy of scholarly attention, but real changes are about values and beliefs that give rise to social structures over time. The growth of Christianity has become interwoven with the disintegration or emergence of Chinese cultural beliefs, political ideologies, and commercial values. Relying mainly on an oral history method for data collection, the authors allow the narratives of Chinese Christians to speak for themselves. Identifying the formative cultural elements, a sociohistorical analysis also helps to lay out a coherent understanding of the complexity of religious experiences for Christians in the Chinese world. This book also serves to bring back scholarly discussions on the habits of the heart as the condition that helps form identities and nurture social morality, whether individuals engage in private or public affairs. ""Li Ma and Jin Li have written an unusually valuable book on the recent history of Christianity in China. Unlike too many others (often speculative or ill-informed), they support their general narrative with extensive ethnographic research. The individuals they have interviewed provide fascinating insights into conversions in prison, the Christian 'harvest' from the Tiannamen Square massacres, effective evangelism at McDonald's and Starbucks, the emergence of Christian NGOs, ongoing tensions between believers and the Chinese Communist Party, the surprising emergence of self-conscious Chinese Calvinist theology, and much more. The result is extraordinary insight concerning perhaps the most important scene of Christian development in the world today."" --Mark Noll, Professor at the University of Notre Dame ""Ma and Li have given us an invaluable set of voices from China's Christian world. Through patient combing of printed texts and many hours of interviews with people today, they allow Chinese Christians to speak for themselves and let us understand how Christianity has become China's fastest-growing--and one of its most influential--religions. Understanding China requires understandings its faiths and beliefs, and especially those of its youngest but most dynamic faith: Christianity."" --Ian Johnson, Pulitzer-Prize winning writer, Author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao ""Readers in the West and the East alike are keen to know more about life in China, both today and in the recent past. For Christian readers, this eager curiosity extends to the churches of China, the majority of which remain officially illegal and are often hidden. What does it mean to be a Christian in China today? How do today's Chinese Christians remember the past? Why have they come to faith? What difference does Christianity make in their lives? Sociologist Li Ma and her husband, theologian Jin Li, have interviewed over 100 Chinese Christians from various parts of the nation. Their voices, so seldom heard, come through with amazing force. This book reveals the hearts and minds of Chinese Christians as never before."" --Joel Carpenter, Director, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College ""Surviving the State, Remaking the Church is a truly illuminating book. Based on interviews with Chinese Christians, it provides valuable glimpses into the remarkable stories of how the Chinese churches survived during the era of the most severe repression. It also provides vivid and thoughtful accounts of the many contemporary challenges facing Chinese Christians even as their churches continue to flourish."" --George Marsden, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Notre Dame Li
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December 11, 2017

Theology Made Practical New Studies on John Calvin and His Legacy

Theology Made Practical New Studies on John Calvin and His Legacy
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In Theology Made Practical , Joel R. Beeke, David W. Hall, and Michael A. G. Haykin declare the significance of John Calvin's life and ideas--particularly his contributions to systematic theology, pastoral theology, and political theology--as well as the influence he had on others through the centuries.

With focused studies related to the Trinity, predestination, the Holy Spirit, justification, preaching, missions, principles of government, welfare, and marriage, this book demonstrates how Calvin's thought has been, and still is, a dynamic wellspring of fruitfulness for numerous areas of the Christian life. More than 450 years since Calvin experienced the beatific vision, his thinking about God and His Word still possesses what our culture passionately longs for--true relevancy.

Table of Contents:
Part 1: Calvin's Biography
1. The Young Calvin: Preparation for a Life of Ministry--Michael A. G. Haykin
2. Practical Lessons from the Life of Idelette Calvin--Joel R. Beeke
Part 2: Calvin's Systematic Theology
3. "Uttering the Praises of the Father, of the Son, and of the Spirit" John Calvin on the Divine Triunity --Michael A. G. Haykin
4. Calvin on Similarities and Differences on Election and Reprobation--Joel R. Beeke
5. Calvin on the Holy Spirit--Joel R. Beeke
6. Explicit and Implicit Appendixes to Calvin's View of Justification by Faith --David W. Hall
Part 3: Calvin's Pastoral and Political Theology
7. Calvin's Experiential Preaching--Joel R. Beeke
8. John Calvin and the Missionary Endeavor of the Church--Michael A. G. Haykin
9. Calvin on Principles of Government--David W. Hall
10. Calvin on Welfare: Diaconal Ministry in Geneva--David W. Hall
11. Christian Marriage in the Twenty-First Century: Calvin on the Purpose of Marriage--Michael A. G. Haykin
Part 4: Calvin's Legacy
12. Calvin's Circle of Friends: Propelling an Enduring Movement--David W. Hall
13. Calvin as a Calvinist--Joel R. Beeke
14. Calvinism and Revival--Michael A. G. Haykin
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September 20, 2015

THEOLOGY OF THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS

THEOLOGY OF THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS
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In this classic new edition, a translation of "Theologie Der Lutherischen Bekennt-nisschriften, Edmund Schlink points the reader to Scripture as the basis of the Lutheran Confessions. They are neither "just" historical documents nor merely expressions of a philosophy. They remain the church's summary exposition of Scripture, upon which members must take a stand. This volume helps the informed reader of Scripture and the Confessions take that stand.
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January 1, 2004

TO WIN OUR NEIGHBORS FOR CHRIST THE MISSIOLOGY OF THE THREE

TO WIN OUR NEIGHBORS FOR CHRIST THE MISSIOLOGY OF THE THREE
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in many modern histories of Christian missions, the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century is depicted as a movement lacking missionary zeal. it has virtually become a given that the Reformation was not oriented to the church's missionary task. in to win our neighbors for Christ, Wes Bredenhof answers these charges, proving that it is a mistake to say the Reformation and the confessional documents it produced have nothing to say about missions. the author demonstrates that the three forms of Unity the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort properly understood, have much to off er the study of missions. more importantly, they encourage us to care about a world lost in unbelief, making us more mission oriented and outward looking.
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March 20, 2015

TRULY DIVINE & TRULY HUMAN

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Truly Divine and Truly Human traces the fascinating story of how Christians came to proclaim Jesus of Nazareth as both 'truly divine' and 'truly human.' It follows the centuries of debate and the Church councils that led up to this proclamation and the years of argument and schism that followed.
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UNDERSTANDING EARLY CHRISTIAN ART

UNDERSTANDING EARLY CHRISTIAN ART
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Understanding Early Christian Art is designed for students of both religion and of art history. It makes the critical tools of art historians accessible to students of religion, to help them understand better the visual representations of Christianity. It will also aid art historians in comprehending the complex theology, history and context of Christian art. This interdisciplinary and boundary-breaking approach will enable students in several fields to further their understanding and knowledge of the art of the early Christian era. Understanding Early Christian Art contains over fifty images with parallel text.
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April 29, 2000

UNDERSTANDING JEWISH HISTORY

UNDERSTANDING JEWISH HISTORY
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May 1, 1997