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Biblical Authority After Babel Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity

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How the Five Solas Can Renew Biblical Interpretation

In recent years, notable scholars have argued that the Protestant Reformation unleashed interpretive anarchy on the church. Is it time to consider the Reformation to be a 500-year experiment gone wrong?

World-renowned evangelical theologian Kevin Vanhoozer thinks not. While he sees recent critiques as legitimate, he argues that retrieving the Reformation's core principles offers an answer to critics of Protestant biblical interpretation. Vanhoozer explores how a proper reappropriation of the five solas--sola gratia (grace alone), sola fide (faith alone), sola scriptura (Scripture alone), solus Christus (in Christ alone), and sola Deo gloria (for the glory of God alone)--offers the tools to constrain biblical interpretation and establish interpretive authority. He offers a positive assessment of the Reformation, showing how a retrieval of "mere Protestant Christianity" has the potential to reform contemporary Christian belief and practice.

This provocative response and statement from a top theologian is accessibly written for pastors and church leaders.

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Biblical Eldership an Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership 1st Edition

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In order to define biblical eldership, we must go back to the only God-given, authoritative source, the text of Holy Scripture. Church history demonstrates the disastrous consequences of drifting from the light of Scripture. This book fulfills the need for an in-depth study on the topic, based in the vast treasure of God's Word.
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November 5, 2003

Big Book of Bible Answers Guide to Understanding the Most Challenging Questions

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Ron Rhodes, bestselling author and respected Bible scholar, offers readers an incredible array of answers to the most frequently asked questions about God and the Bible as well as questions people are intimidated to ask.

Rhodes uses his years of study and many years of talking to believers and seekers to create an exceptional resource that offers each reader:

  • confidence in God's truths and promises
  • clarity in place of uncertainty
  • wisdom for decisions and choices
  • strength for every challenge
  • assurances for their faith and hope in God
  • This volume is a must-have addition to personal and family collections of faith-building resources as well as to church, student, and professional libraries.

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    9780736951401
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    February 1, 2013

    Big Book of Bible Puzzles for Preteens

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    No matter which children's curriculum you use or what type of children's ministry program you have, Big Books will provide hours of creative Bible learning and fun! You'll find games, art activities, coloring pages, creative storytelling, object lessons, Bible talks, crafts, puzzles, science experiments, and more! Plus each Big Book is reproducible and comes with perforated pages and a Scripture index.

    Big Books are perfect for:
  • Sunday School
  • Children's Church
  • Evening Programs
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Christian Schools
  • Home Schools
  • Camps
  • Fun Puzzles That Reinforce Bible Lessons and Memory Verses! This reproducible resource features:
  • 180 fun puzzles
  • Puzzles from almost every book in the Bible
  • Graphs, mazes, codes, math problems, acrostics, and more!
  • An answer key
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    9780830772421
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    January 1, 2018

    BIG CHRISTIANITY WHATS RIGHT WITH THE RE

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    In recent years, Jan Linn says, religious and political dialogue in the United States has been hijacked by the so-called religious right, a coalition of conservative Christian leaders who purport to speak for all Christians but whose politicized brand of Christianity excludes many and falls short of the true gospel message. Linn argues for a bigger Christianity, one big enough to embrace all of God's people with a message of inclusion and acceptance.

    In his passionate argument, Linn recovers the prophetic voice of a faith that cannot be reduced to a single nation, race, or class and echoes a call for justice, integrity, and deep faithfulness in the political landscape of contemporary America.

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    9780664230159
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    June 1, 2006

    Big Idea of Biblical Preaching

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    Since 1980, Haddon Robinson has influenced generations of students and preachers through his widely used classic text, Biblical Preaching, in which he shows preachers how to communicate the Bible's big ideas with precision. But does Robinson's "big idea" approach to expository preaching still work in today's diverse cultures and fast-paced world?
    The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching, now in paperback, presents a strong defense of the ongoing relevance of this approach to expository preaching. An experienced and skilled group of contributors to this volume includes: Paul Borden, Scott M. Gibson, Duane Litfin, Terry Mattingly, John Reed, Bruce L. Shelley, Donald R. Sunukjian, Joseph M. Stowell III, Bruce K. Waltke, Scott Wenig, and Keith Willhite.
    This volume is written not only for the current generation of students but also for today's preachers, who will find in the pages of this book a powerful approach to expository preaching.
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    February 1, 2003

    BIG PICTURE FOR SMALL CHURCHES & BIG CHU

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    We live in a society that worships at the shrine of size. In the world's eyes if something is not big, it does not deserve attention. With such a cultural bias it is not easy to be upbeat about a church with just a few in the congregation.

    John Benton has written this sensitive and practical work out of a heartfelt concern for the many small groups of God's people who meet regularly and faithfully as a church, but who may sometimes feel weak or isolated. Highlighting the fact that it is the health of a church, not its size, that is important, he encourages small congregations (and large ones, too!) and shows how the few and seemingly powerless have been used by God throughout the history of the church. These little churches might just be the seeds from which God may yet give a mighty harvest, for his glory.

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    9780852345894
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    May 1, 2005

    Billy Graham a Tribute from Friends

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    Billy Graham's legacy is celebrated in a collection of poignant tributes and memories as leaders from the worlds of government, business, sports, entertainment and religion share their personal stories and remembrances of this remarkable man.
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    January 3, 2006

    Bioethics & the Christian Life

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    Just about everyone will face a difficult bioethics decision at some point. In this book a theologian, ethicist, and lawyer equips Christians to make such decisions based on biblical truth, wisdom, and virtue.

    Though a relatively new discipline, bioethics has generated extraordinary interest due to a number of socially pressing issues. Bioethics and the Christian Life places bioethics within the holistic context of the Christian life, both developing a general Christian approach to making bioethics decisions and addressing a number of specific, controversial areas of bioethics.

    Clear, concise, and well-organized, the book is divided into three sections. The first lays the theological foundation for bioethics decision making and discusses the importance of wisdom and virtue in working through these issues. The second section addresses beginning-of-life issues, such as abortion, stem-cell research, and infertility treatments. The third section covers end-of-life issues, such as living wills, accepting and refusing medical treatment, and treatment of patients in permanent vegetative states.

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    October 1, 2009

    Black & White Bible Black & Blue Wife

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    Ruth Tucker recounts a harrowing story of abuse at the hands of her husband, a well-educated, charming preacher no less, in hope that her story would help other women caught in a cycle of domestic violence and offer a balanced biblical approach to counter such abuse for pastors and counselors.

    Weaving together her shocking story, stories of other women, and powerful stories of husbands who truly have demonstrated Christ's love to their wives, with reflection on biblical, theological, historical, and contemporary issues surrounding domestic violence, she makes a compelling case for mutuality in marriage and helps women and men become more aware of potential dangers in a doctrine of male headship.

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    March 1, 2016

    Black & White Disrupting Racism One Friendship at a Time

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    Working against racism is part of what it means to call Jesus Lord and Savior.

    Most of us don't need to make speeches. We need to make friends. This is the core message of Black and White racism can be disrupted by relationships. If you will risk forging friendships with those who do not look like you, it will change the way you see the world, and that could change the world.

    The authors, Teesha Hadra, a young black woman, and John Hambrick, a sexagenarian white man, bring a confident and redemptive tone to this hope because that is exactly what they've experienced. Black and White leverages their story, surrounding it with other's stories, practical advice, and exploration of the systems of racism to motivate you to consider your own role in change.

  • Learn about the various and often subtle ways racism continues to be a part of American culture.
  • Discover how simple (albeit not always easy) it is to get involved in what God is doing to disrupt racism.
  • Become equipped to take faithful, practical, next steps in obedience to God's call to join the movement against racism.
  • "Awareness creates discontent. A lack of awareness often results in complacency. When it comes to racism there's no room for complacency. Especially for Christ followers. In Black & White my friends Teesha Hadra and John Hambrick stir our awareness. My hope--their hope--is that having become aware we will become permanently and passionately discontent with racism in all of its insidious forms and expressions."

    --Andy Stanley, pastor and founder of North Point Community Church, author of Irresistible

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    March 19, 2019

    Blank Slate Write Your Own Rules for a Twenty Second Century Church Movement

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    The church must get "unstuck" from its current context in order to address the context of younger generations; otherwise, it will not be relevant to younger people and will die with the older generations. As an example, a letter from the Younger Generations to Baby Boomers: Dear Baby Boomers,
    Thank you for all you've done, but I don't want your church. I want you, our relationship, our engagement, but not your church structure and outdated assumptions.
    Signed, The Younger Generations
    Blank Slate guides leaders to envision, and actually design, the future church. The authors start by describing each generational group currently living in the US, helping readers understand the varied context of people in every age group. Next, they explore five innovative secular organizations, drawing sharp lessons for the church. The last section includes a seven-step process for ministry leaders to engage current and upcoming generations. This book, with questions for individual and group reflection in each chapter, is a powerful planning tool for ministry teams. "In a time when so many of us want a blueprint for how to do ministry in a rapidly changing world, McIntosh, Smothers, and Smothers hand us a pencil and tell us to draw it ourselves. God has entrusted us to be the designers and visionaries for a new way. Blank Slate is the guide that you and your team need to design a new future together." -Jacob Armstrong, pastor, Providence Church, Mt. Juliet, TN


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    9781501876264
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    March 19, 2019