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Destroyer of the Gods Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World

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"Silly," "stupid," "irrational," "simple." "Wicked," "hateful," "obstinate," "anti-social." "Extravagant," "perverse." The Roman world rendered harsh judgments upon early Christianity--including branding Christianity "new." Novelty was no Roman religious virtue.

Nevertheless, as Larry W. Hurtado shows in Destroyer of the gods, Christianity thrived despite its new and distinctive features and opposition to them. Unlike nearly all other religious groups, Christianity utterly rejected the traditional gods of the Roman world. Christianity also offered a new and different kind of religious identity, one not based on ethnicity. Christianity was distinctively a "bookish" religion, with the production, copying, distribution, and reading of texts as central to its faith, even preferring a distinctive book-form, the codex. Christianity insisted that its adherents behave differently: unlike the simple ritual observances characteristic of the pagan religious environment, embracing Christian faith meant a behavioral transformation, with particular and novel ethical demands for men. Unquestionably, to the Roman world, Christianity was both new and different, and, to a good many, it threatened social and religious conventions of the day.

In the rejection of the gods and in the centrality of texts, early Christianity obviously reflected commitments inherited from its Jewish origins. But these particular features were no longer identified with Jewish ethnicity and early Christianity quickly became aggressively trans-ethnic--a novel kind of religious movement. Its ethical teaching, too, bore some resemblance to the philosophers of the day, yet in contrast with these great teachers and their small circles of dedicated students, early Christianity laid its hard demands upon all adherents from the moment of conversion, producing a novel social project.

Christianity's novelty was no badge of honor. Called atheists and suspected of political subversion, Christians earned Roman disdain and suspicion in equal amounts. Yet, as Destroyer of the gods demonstrates, in an irony of history the very features of early Christianity that rendered it distinctive and objectionable in Roman eyes have now become so commonplace in Western culture as to go unnoticed. Christianity helped destroy one world and create another.

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100 Bible Verses That Made America Defining Moments That Shaped Our Enduring Foundation of Faith

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The Bible has played a starring role in American history from our nation's beginnings. When George Washington was sworn into office as our first president, he did not place his hand on the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States, as hallowed as those documents are. Instead, he swore upon and even kissed the Bible to sanctify this important moment. The Bible, Washington knew, had ushered American history to this point.

Trying to explain American history without its Bible is like trying to understand the human body without its bloodstream. Had there been no Bible, there would be no America as we know it. It is the Bible that made America.

While not every Founding Father was a Christian, a Bible-believer, or a paragon of virtue and not every leader has honored the Bible nor appreciated its influence, there is an undeniable history of leaders who've been intimately acquainted with the contents of the Bible, who've studied its scriptures and respected its teachings. Journey with Robert J. Morgan as he teaches about the Bible's role in the defining moments and impact on the people of our nation's history, reminding us of the beauty at the intersection of faith and country and reigniting our hearts' passions for both.

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100 Days to a Healthier Church a Step By Step Guide for Pastors & Leadership Teams

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A 100-Day Plan That's Practical, Realistic, and Actually Works

You see the problems in your church, and you truly believe it could be better. Not perfect, but healthier. If you want more for your church but aren't quite sure how to get there, 100 Days to a Healthier Church was written for you. It teaches you how to:

  • Identify your church's current level of health using the "Church Health Continuum"
  • Make big changes through small nudges rather than giant leaps
  • Grow your strengths and tackle your weaknesses one at a time
  • After years of trial and error, pastor and author Karl Vaters developed a tested and proven 15-week process that's manageable, adaptable, and effective. It won't fix everything overnight, but it will help you figure out what to do next. Great for individual pastors, perfect for church leadership teams!

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    March 3, 2020

    2 Corinthians a Video Study 19 Lessons on the Book of 2 Corinthians

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    If anyone deserved the respect of Corinthian believers, it was the apostle Paul. Yet in his second letter to the church at Corinth, we find Paul defending his character and credibility against the malicious attacks of false apostles. Rather than highlighting his personal strengths, amazingly, Paul points to his weaknesses! Paul's approach reveals one of the paradoxes of God's kingdom: God's strength was made perfect through the apostle's weakness. So it remains today. God's sufficiency shines in the face of our insufficiency, and his most powerful work is accomplished through us when we acknowledge our weakness and complete dependence on him.

    2 Corinthians, A Video Study features scholar Scott Hafemann teaching through the book of 2 Corinthians in 19 engaging and challenging lessons. Based on Hafemann's 2 Corinthians commentary in the NIV Application Commentary series, these lessons explore the links between the Bible and our own times that reveal 2 Corinthians' enduring relevance for our twenty-first-century lives.

    2 Corinthians, A Video Study is part of the Zondervan Beyond the Basics Video Series, which is dedicated to bringing expert teaching from world's best biblical scholars and theologians directly to interested learners. This study offers the opportunity to learn more about one of Paul's famous letters to the early church from one of today's premier New Testament scholars.

    Session Titles and Runtimes:

    1 - Introduction (19 min)

    2 - 2 Corinthians 1:1-2 (31 min)

    3 - 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 (31 min)

    4 - 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11 (38 min)

    5 - 2 Corinthians 2:12-3:3 (44 min)

    6 - 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 (29 min)

    7 - 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 (58 min)

    8 - 2 Corinthians 4:1-18 (36 min)

    9 - 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 (31 min)

    10 - 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2 (41 min)

    11 - 2 Corinthians 6:3-13 (19 min)

    12 - 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 (43 min)

    13 - 2 Corinthians 7:2-16 (40 min)

    14 - 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 (37 min)

    15 - 2 Corinthians 8:16-9:15 (46 min)

    16 - 2 Corinthians 10:1-18 (38 min)

    17 - 2 Corinthians 11:1-33 (45 min)

    18 - 2 Corinthians 12:1-13 (34 min)

    19 - 2 Corinthians 12:14-13:14 (40 min)

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    January 28, 2020

    30 Meditations on the Writings of CS Lewis

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    A number of years ago, friends and coauthors Bishop Rueben P. Job, Perry Bramlett, and Norman Shawchuck created together a spiritual reader pairing a collection of quotes from beloved author C.S. Lewis with their own unique spiritual reflections. After their deaths, their work was recovered and Abingdon is excited to share this story and this beautiful book posthumously with those looking for daily inspiration from excellent and thoughtful Christian writing.

    30 Meditations on the Writings of C. S. Lewis combines three strong spiritual voices writing on topics of grief, joy, fear, loss, salvation, and love for today's readers inspired by quotes from C.S. Lewis. The collection of thirty devotions begins each day with a short quote from Lewis followed by a reflection from Job, Bramlett, or Shawchuck in a beautifully designed book.

    This collection is perfect for starting any time of the year and is an excellent gift for the C.S. Lewis fan in your life.

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    March 17, 2020

    90 Days with the God Who Speaks

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    90 Days with the God Who Speaks is a devotional for men and women of all ages. It is your chance to take a chronological, Christ-centered journey through the story line of Scripture. You will encounter God's plan of redemption in Scripture through the study of Bible narrative, the essential doctrines of the faith, and the call to join in God's mission locally and around the world. Learn about the importance of God's communication, and the different ways in which He has chosen to communicate with us. God reveals Himself both through His creation and through His Word. However, we view God's Word with suspicion and doubt, even though it is perfectly true, trustworthy, and authoritative--just like its Author. Because of our response, Jesus became like us to take our place so we could share in His. How will the gospel of Jesus Christ transform you over the next 90 days?
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    March 3, 2020

    Absolutely Basic

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    This book contains two parts. The first is an updated and abriged version of Horatius Bonar's book The Everlasting Righteousness, first published in 1874. Its central theme is the substitutionary work of Jesus Christ. Bonar shows that, in Jesus Christ, God has provided the only way to deal with the problem of our sin. Because Jesus is the perfect substitute, anyone who believes in him receives a legal pardon from God, and the perfect righteousness of Jesus becomes theirs. This truth has enormous consequences for believers, and Bonar explains some of them in this wonderful book.

    The second part is an updated version of Regeneration by J. C. Ryle, about the new birth. Ryle addresses what it means to be born again, and what it looks like in the life of a Christian.

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    January 10, 2020

    Acts of the Holy Spirit Book 2

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    February 10, 2020

    Amazing

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    A beautiful, inspiring gift about the amazing person and nature of Jesus

    After 30 years of being a disciple, Simon Ponsonby began to reflect on whether he was amazed by Jesus, or whether he had lost his first love, having a relationship with Jesus that was predictable and dutiful. Did Jesus still amaze him or just employ him?

    As he reflected on this question, Jesus drew near to him, and Simon began to write a poem about Jesus, marveling again at who he was and what he had done. Amazing is a touching and inspiring poem about just how amazing Jesus is--the perfect devotional for mediating and reflecting on Jesus, to help meet with him right where you are.

    Illustrated with the author's photographs, which position amazing truths in a stark and contemporary setting, and drive their message home all the more, this simple, honest and moving poem is a wonderful gift to help others to encounter the amazing person of Jesus too.

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    August 4, 2019

    Amazing Grace 365 Daily Ziparound Journal

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    Wrapped in exquisite faux leather, this elegant journal features high-quality paper with encouraging Scriptures on journaling pages that will cause you to stop and ponder.

    Reflect on the beauty of God, delight in the knowledge of his love for you, and express your thoughts in the space provided.
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    January 7, 2020

    Ambition What Jesus Said about Power Success & Counting Stuff

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    In the church at the moment there is a renewed emphasis on missional growth, both in numbers and in regard to spiritual depth. But resources are few and to evaluate 'effectiveness' we see an increasing adoption of scales and measures to test and encourage that growth (for example the Renewal and Reform agenda in the Church of England). Though good and to be welcomed, the challenge for church leaders is to be ambitious for the Kingdom, whilst keeping hold of their souls. This book will examine biblical perspectives on ambition and success, particularly from the point of view of Jesus and the gospels. It will affirm what is praiseworthy in the current emphasis on church growth, whilst challenging the creep of more secular assumptions about what it looks like to be successful.
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    January 13, 2020

    Analog Church Why We Need Real People Places & Things in the Digital Age

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    What does it mean to be an analog church in a digital age? In recent decades the digital world has taken over our society at nearly every level, and the church has increasingly followed suit--often in ways we're not fully aware of. But as even the culture at large begins to reckon with the limits of a digital world, it's time for the church to take stock. Are online churches, video venues, and brighter lights truly the future? What about the digital age's effect on discipleship, community, and the Bible? As a pastor in Silicon Valley, Jay Kim has experienced the digital church in all its splendor. In Analog Church, he grapples with the ramifications of a digital church, from our worship and experience of Christian community to the way we engage Scripture and sacrament. Could it be that in our efforts to stay relevant in our digital age, we've begun to give away the very thing that our age most desperately needs: transcendence? Could it be that the best way to reach new generations is in fact found in a more timeless path? Could it be that at its heart, the church has really been analog all along?
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    March 31, 2020