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40 Questions about Baptism & the Lords Supper

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Answers to 40 of the most common and difficult questions about baptism and communion
Appropriate for the student and thoughtful layperson, 40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord's Supper answers forty of the most common and most difficult questions about the two Protestant ordinances. There is significant diversity of views on these subjects and the skilled, evenhanded biblical analysis sheds lights on the many theological and pastoral considerations regarding baptism and communion.
Baptism and the Lord's Supper are practiced by almost all Christian churches, but they disagree on the meaning, proper participants, even the proper names for these observances. This book includes the major theological issues (such as infant baptism, open and closed communion, and the nature of God's activity in these celebrations), the views held by different denominations (from Roman Catholic to Lutheran, Reformed, Baptist, and others), and a number of practical issues (such as the proper age at which to baptize a child, the frequency with which the Lord's Supper should be observed, and whether these two practices should be observed only in churches).
This volume will be helpful to pastors, worship leaders, college and seminary students, and of interest to all Christians who want to grow in their understanding of these two basic Christian acts of worship. Each chapter is succinct and readable, with footnotes indicating additional sources for those who wish to go further.
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50 SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SAVE THE OSI!!

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Together, We Can Make a Difference Today's environmental problems may seem too overwhelming for one person to tackle . . . but you don't have to do it alone. Now you have partners--50 of them. 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth, the revolutionary 1990 bestseller, is back in a completely revised, updated edition . . . and it's just as innovative and groundbreaking as the original. The authors have teamed up with 50 of America's top environmental groups, including The Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation, and Rainforest Action Network. Each group has chosen one issue and provided a simple, step-by-step program that will empower you and your family to become citizen activists in the fight to save the Earth. It's easy to get started. Just pick one!
  • Fight global warming "one city at a time" with the Sierra Club's Cool Cities Campaign
  • Roll up your sleeves and save an endangered species with the Wilderness Society
  • Protect coral reefs and create a marine reserve with Seacology
  • Get your congregation excited about protecting God's creations with Interfaith Power and Light
  • Invite songbirds into your neighborhood with the National Audubon Society
  • All it takes is a little effort. When we work together, we can work miracles! Get started now!
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    9781401322991
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    April 1, 2008

    ASCENSION & ECCLESIA

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    Recent theology offers few attempts to come to grips with the meaning and implications of the ascension of Jesus. Ascension and Ecclesia promises to refocus attention on this crucial Christian doctrine. Douglas Bryce Farrow begins with a discussion of the biblical treatment of the ascension and eucharistic celebration, from which emerges the unique ecclesial worldview. Succeeding chapters explore the link between the ascension, cosmology, and ecclesiology and examine the difficulties faced by the doctrine of ascension in our modern scientific world.
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    December 1, 1999

    CARE OF CREATION PRINT ON DEMAND ING OP!!!

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    This collection of essays edited by R. J. Berry is a stimulating and provocative international commentary by leading theologians and environmental practitioners on the Christian responsibility to care for the environment. "God intends . . . our care of the creation to reflect our love for the Creator," writes John Stott in the foreword to this book. For the theologians and scientists who have contributed to this book, the care of creation is both crucial to human survival and a supreme test of the reality of Christian faith. Their concern reflects not just the selfish interest of the developed North. Nor is it merely a minority enthusiasm, peculiar to bird-watchers and tree-huggers. Rather, it stems from God's creation commands, from Christ's reconciling work, and from what should be a communion of worship between the human and natural worlds.
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    June 13, 2000

    Creation Care a Biblical Theology of the Natural World

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    From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible reveals a God whose creative power and loving care embrace all that exists, from earth and sky and sea to every creeping, crawling, swimming, and flying creature. Yet the significance of the Bible's extensive teaching about the natural world is easily overlooked by Christians accustomed to focusing only on what the Bible says about God's interaction with human beings.

    In Creation Care, part of the Biblical Theology for Life series, father and son team Douglas and Jonathan Moo invite readers to open their Bibles afresh to explore the place of the natural world within God's purposes and to celebrate God's love as displayed in creation and new creation. Following the contours of the biblical storyline, they uncover answers to questions such as:

  • What is the purpose of the non-human creation?
  • Can a world with things like predators, parasites, and natural disasters still be the 'good' world described in Genesis 1?
  • What difference does the narrative of the 'Fall' make for humankind's responsibility to rule over other creatures?
  • Does Israel's experience on the land have anything to teach Christians about their relationship with the earth?
  • What difference does Jesus make for our understanding of the natural world?
  • How does our call to care for creation fit within the hope for a new heaven and a new earth?
  • What is unique about Christian creation care compared with other approaches to 'environmental' issues?
  • How does creation care fit within the charge to proclaim the gospel and care for the poor?
  • In addition to providing a comprehensive biblical theology of creation care, they probe behind the headlines and politicized rhetoric about an 'environmental crisis' and climate change to provide a careful and judicious analysis of the most up-to-date scientific data about the state of our world. They conclude by setting forth a bold framework and practical suggestions for an effective and faithful Christian response to the scriptural teaching about the created world.

    But rather than merely offering a response to environmental concerns, Creation Care invites readers into a joyful vision of the world as God's creation in which they can rediscover who they truly are as creatures called to love and serve the Creator and to delight in all he has made.

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    February 27, 2018

    DIVIDED CHURCH MOVING LIBERALS & CONSERV

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    Lines of division in the church often keep us from cooperating as effective witnesses of Christ. Richard Hutcheson and Peggy Shriver's extensive research and interviews with a wide range of denominational and Christian leaders inform a dialogue over the state of the church today and offer hope for communication and cooperation in our own Christian circles.
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    October 1, 1999

    Earth Is Gods a Theology of American Culture

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    August 1, 2004

    FAITH & RATIONALITY

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    Faith and Rationality investigates the rich implications of what the authors call "Calvinistic" or "Reformed epistemology." This is the view of knowledge-enunciated by Calvin, further developed by Barth-that sees belief in God as its own foundation; in the authors' terms, is it properly "basic" in itself.
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    June 30, 1984

    Five Views on the Church & Politics

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    Few topics can grab headlines and stir passions quite like politics, especially when the church is involved. Considering the attention that many Christian parachurch groups, churches, and individual believers give to politics--and of the varying and sometimes divergent political ideals and aims among them--Five Views on the Church and Politics provides a helpful breakdown of the possible Christian approaches. Readers will find themselves equipped to think more deeply about the relationship between church and state in a way that goes beyond mere policy debates and current campaigns.

    General Editor Amy Black brings together five top-notch political theologians in the book, each representing one of the five key political traditions within Christianity:

    Anabaptist (Separationist)--Thomas Heilke

    Lutheran (Two Kingdom)--Robert Benne

    Catholic (In Tension)--J. Brian Benestad

    Reformed (Integrationist)--James K. A. Smith

    Black Church (Prophetic)--Bruce Fields

    Each author addresses his tradition's theological distinctives, the role of government, the place of individual Christian participation in government and politics, and how churches should (or should not) address political questions. Responses by each contributor to opposing views will highlight key areas of difference and disagreement.

    Thorough and even-handed, Five Views on the Church and Politics will enable readers to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the most significant Christian views on political engagement and to draw their own, informed conclusions.

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    December 15, 2015

    GOD DOES NOT

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    Is God in the business of entertainment, matchmaking, time management, blood sacrifice, or medicine? If you listen to some messages both inside and outside the church today, you might think so. But in "God Does Not . . .," several theologians challenge these and other widespread misconceptions of how God works in the world.
    A follow-up to the popular "God Is Not . . .," this book is both accessible and provocative. In the end, we are left not with a negation of what God does, but an affirmation of a God who does all things well and often far exceeds what our human imaginations can fathom.
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    January 1, 2009

    HISTORY THEORY TEXT

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    In this work of sweeping erudition, one of our foremost historians of early Christianity considers a variety of theoretical critiques to examine the problems and opportunities posed by the ways in which history is written. Elizabeth Clark argues forcefully for a renewal of the study of premodern Western history through engagement with the kinds of critical methods that have transformed other humanities disciplines in recent decades.

    History, Theory, d104 provides a user-friendly survey of crucial developments in nineteenth- and twentieth-century debates surrounding history, philosophy, and critical theory. Beginning with the "noble dream" of "history as it really was" in the works of Leopold von Ranke, Clark goes on to review Anglo-American philosophies of history, schools of twentieth-century historiography, structuralism, the debate over narrative history, the changing fate of the history of ideas, and the impact of interpretive anthropology and literary theory on current historical scholarship. In a concluding chapter she offers some practical case studies to illustrate how attending to theoretical considerations can illuminate the study of premodernity.

    Written with energy and clarity, History, Theory, d104 is a clarion call to historians for richer and more imaginative use of contemporary theory.

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    October 30, 2004

    HOPE & A FUTURE

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    The coming Reformation in America in these early years of the 21st century is being led not by the leaders of many of the Protestant mainline denominations but, rather, by independent groups and their allies around the world who are calling for the affirmation of traditional, orthodox Christianity in a pluralistic society heavily influenced by secular culture. Within their own denominations, those calling for such an affirmation have become exiles, strangers and aliens. Speaking for many such people in the Protestant mainline, Episcopal Bishop Robert W. Duncan, Jr. says, We have been taken captive, against our will, to a place we did not wish to go. In response, these independent groups and their allies around the world are speaking the one truth of Jesus Christ plainly and with the authority of Scripture to a society that, in many ways, has lost its bearings and is searching for the solace that only is possible in the Word, incarnate and written. That message, as voiced by Duncan, is the coming Reformation in America: Choosing Jesus first: Jesus above culture, Jesus above comfort, Jesus above property, Jesus above family and friends, Jesus above any other security, Jesus above a wayward North American Church.
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    June 1, 2006