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REAL-LIFE QUESTIONS. REAL-LIFE ANSWErS.

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PRACTICAL SANCTIFICATION IS GOD GENEROUS? REDISCOVERING THE CHURCHS SENTNESS MOTHERS DAY GIFT IDEAS

FAQs Of THE CHRISTIaN FaITH

Everyone has questions about God and what matters most in life. When we ask those questions, we are asking about theology. While books about doctrine supply description and analysis of the classic questions of the faith, they often miss the contemporary questions on readers minds. This book fills that gap. Organized around the key topics of Jesus, the Bible, the church, the Holy Spirit, evil, salvation and hope, this book considers provocative questions that ring true with the experience of real people. Even more, it looks to inspire ref lection, debate, disagreement, and above all, engagement in what the Christian faith is all about.

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Gary M. Burge (PhD, University of Aderbeen) is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. In addition to authoring several books, he has also been an editorial consultant for a number of Bible-themed books for children. David Lauber (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is associate professor of theology at Wheaton College. He is author of Barth on the Descent into Hell: God, Atonement and the Christian Life.

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SOmE QuEStIOnS COnSIDERED:

PRAISE FOR tHEOLOGY QuEStIOnS EVERYOnE ASKS

Isnt talk about God really a guessing game? What good is the Old Testament? How can we have free will if God controls everything? The virgin birth. Really? What does an earthquake say about God? Is the Holy Spirit still at work in churches today? What did Jesus think about getting married? Does being a Christian mean having particular political views?

Some of the most penetrating and intriguing theological questions are the ones asked not by professional theologians but by sincere students and laypersons. Helpful answers to such questions are not, alas, as common as we might think. Thankfully, in Theology Questions Everyone Asks, we get some real-truth answers to go with real-life questions. Thomas H. McCall, associate professor of biblical and systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Dont we all have questions? I do. Not just the acceptable questions people feel comfortable asking . . . but also the kind of questions you may be afraid to verbalize because people will accuse you of doubt or irreverence. But these essays freely engage our questions and ask ones we have not even yet thought about. Thankfully, they also provide thoughtful answers, built on solid research and reflection, yet remaining always accessible and clear. Kelly M. Kapic, professor of theological studies, Covenant College

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GROWING UP IN CHRIST MaPPING HOLY GROUND

Evangelicals are known for their emphasis on conversion. But what about life after conversion and beyond justification? Called to Be Saints is a comprehensive theology of the Christian life from beginning to end, along with the means of formation and transformation. Both profound and practical, this book is a trinitarian theology of holiness that encompasses both justification and sanctification, both union with Christ and communion with God. In this theologically rich account of participation in the life of Christ, Gordon Smith unfolds how and why Christians are called to become wise people, do good work, love others and enjoy rightly ordered affections.

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Gordon T. Smith is president and professor of systematic and spiritual theology at Ambrose University College and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta. He is the author of many books, including Courage and Calling: Maximizing Your God-Given Potential and The Voice of Jesus: Discernment, Prayer and the Witness of the Spirit.

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PRAISE FOR CALLED tO BE SAIntS

This book is both a call and invitation to live life in Christmore precisely, to live a life that is the fruit of dynamic participation in the life of Christ. This life will have at least four distinctive marks or features. Each of these is offered as an invitation: To be a wise person and to pursue wisdom with passion and persistence. To do good work in response to the call of Christvocational holiness. To love others as one learns to live in love. To know the joy of Godthe joy that is the deep wellspring of the blessed life.

Gordon Smith compellingly connects Christian maturity and holiness in a way that reminds us that we need not shy away from calling ourselves saints as we grow in our life with Christ. Indeed, it is in reclaiming the idea of sainthood for every believer that we find the doorway into a proper understanding and practice of the holy life. Steve Harper, emeritus professor of spiritual formation and Wesley studies, Asbury Theological Seminary This book is a wise guide to abundant living, not through self-help techniques but by learning how to live an abundant life in Christ. Read this book, study this book, live this book, and you will find wisdom, goodness, love and joy. James Bryan Smith, author of The Good and Beautiful God

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PREACHING IN AN AGE Of DISTRACTION


J. Ellsworth Kalas

How do we preach when all of ushearers and preachers alikeare constantly distracted? J. Ellsworth Kalas offers wise insights for effective preaching in an age of distraction. He explores how God can meet people precisely at the point of their distraction, connecting through pastoral attentiveness, creativity and excellence.
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BROKE
Caryn Rivadeneira

When Caryn Rivadeneira and her family experienced financial struggle, she was plunged into a series of questions about the goodness of God. Her honest book explores the various ways she discovered Gods presence in the midst of continued financial hardship and is a powerful reflection on the brokenness of our human condition.
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LEVITICUS
Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries Jay Sklar

Leviticus describes a point in human history when God came and dwelt in the midst of the ancient Israelites and taught them what their purpose in life really was. Jay Sklars commentary makes clear what it is that the Lord said to them and, in so doing, makes clear what he says to us today.
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SENTNESS
Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw Foreword by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch

In defiance of the temptations to make the church all about its members, Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw call us to embrace our sentness, to follow Jesus into our world and call it to faith. Dive into Sentness, and youll discover the six postures of a church thats keeping pace with Gods work in the world.
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IVP BIBLE BACKGROUNd COMMENTARY: NEW TESTAMENT (SECONd EdITION)


Craig S. Keener

In this award-winning commentary, Craig Keener presents the cultural background you need for enriched Bible study. This revised edition of the standard reference work has been expanded throughout to provide even more up-to-date information by one of the leading New Testament scholars on Jewish, Greek and Roman culture.
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UNLOST
Michael Hidalgo

This is a journey of the mind as well as the heart as Michael Hidalgo uncovers for us the false views of God that were causing him to wander, and leads us to the true God of the Bible who is waiting with open arms. Unlost is a fresh, narrative view of the gospel story illustrated from the authors life and experience.
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SHAPE YOUR fAITH

Christian formation for the heart, mind and soul

THE GOd-SHAPEd BRAIN


Timothy R. Jennings, M.D.

STORY-SHAPEd WORSHIP
Robbie F. Castleman

THE SHAPE Of PRACTICAL THEOLOGY


Ray S. Anderson

Tim Jennings, one of Americas top psychiatrists, reveals how our brains and bodies thrive when we have a healthy understanding of who God is. Exposing how different concepts of God affect the brain differently, Dr. Jennings forges surprising new connections between neuroscience, health and right belief.
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Robbie Castleman carefully explores the biblical basis for worship, not as something that pleases us, the worshiper, but as something meant to be pleasing to God. She then puts this in historical and practical contexts in a way that is both winsome and wise. Robert J. Keeley, professor of education, Calvin College, and author of Helping Our Children Grow in Faith
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In this groundbreaking book, Ray Anderson reflects theologically and practically on preaching, worship, ethics, social justice, therapy, family, homosexuality, burnout in ministry, reconciliation in relationships and theological education itself. The result is a new and renewing foundation for engaging in Christian ministry.
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HISTORICAL FAITH SHAPERS

Discover the radical lives of these game changers of the faith

BONHOEffER, CHRIST ANd CULTURE


Edited by Keith L. Johnson and Timothy Larsen

THE AMAZING JOHN WESLEY


H. Newton Malony

fRANCIS Of ASSISI ANd HIS WORLd


Mark Galli

CLOUdS Of WITNESSES
Mark A. Noll and Carolyn Nystrom

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the most compelling theologians of the twentieth century, with a formidable legacy as Lutheran pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi resistant. This collection focuses on Bonhoeffers views of Christ, the church and culture.
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Methodist minister H. Newton Malony draws on little-known facts about John Wesleys life to show how the preacher started a movement that would save England from the ravages of the French Revolution and how his preaching among average citizens assured that the Wesleyan movement would grow into one of the largest evangelical movements.
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Mark Galli examines the life and influence of one of the most popular figures in the history of ChristendomFrancis of Assisiwho rejected the violence and corruption in the church to raise up a radical order of Christian witness. This IVP Histories volume strips away the modern gloss in order to discover the real man in his physical, political and social contexts.
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In seventeen inspiring narratives Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom introduce a new and robust company of saints in the Christian heartlands of Africa and Asia. Spanning a century, from the 1880s to the 1980s, their stories demonstrate the vitality of the Christian faith in a diversity of contexts.
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A MOTHERS TOUCH

Give her the gift of encouragement this Mothers Day

HOLY IS THE dAY


Carolyn Weber

THE EASY BURdEN Of PLEASING GOd


Patty Kirk

SENSIBLE SHOES
Sharon Garlough Brown

GOdS WHISPER IN A MOTHERS CHAOS


Keri Wyatt Kent

English professor and mother Carolyn Weber tells how her desire to control the events of her life came into contact with Gods desire to give her each day as a gift from himself. Join her on a winding path through literature, history and daily lifeleading finally to the still, quiet place of the present moment.
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Award-winning writer Patty Kirk knows what its like to try to impress God. Through personal stories and careful meditation on Scripture, Kirk urges our uncertain and ever-burdened souls back into the awareness of the Lords gentle yet unceasing demand to live in love.
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Sharon Browns story provides a way for readers to vicariously dip into deep spiritual practices through the realistic struggles and joys of four women. Through emotionally resonant characters, Sensible Shoes encourages us to communicate with God in new ways, broadening our spiritual journey one step at a time. Jana Riess, author of Flunking Sainthood
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Mothering infants and small children can be exhausting, mindnumbing work. So how can you possibly find time for God? Moms need Gods wisdom, guidance and peace in this time more than any other. Keri Wyatt Kent offers down-to-earth ideas and thoughtful encouragement to help along the way.
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Essential resources for enriching small groups and Bible studies

dISCIPLESHIP ESSENTIALS
The Essentials Set Greg Ogden

ABIdING IN CHRIST
LifeGuide Bible Studies J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom

CAN I TRUST THE BIBLE?


RZIM Critical Questions Discussion Guides Darrell L. Bock

A dEEPER LOOK AT JAMES


LifeGuide in Depth Series Andrew T. Le Peau and Phyllis J. Le Peau

Discover the fullness of life in Christ. We grow in Christ as we seek him together. Jesus own pattern of disciple-making was to be intimately involved with others and allow life to rub against life. This second-edition workbook by Greg Ogden is a tool designed to help you follow this pattern Jesus drew for us.
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In Abiding in Christ, trusted guides J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom lead you through a study of Jesus farewell to his disciples in John 1417 to help you discover what it means to abide in Christ during the time between Christs departure and his second coming.
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The Bible is held by many as the Word of God, but to make such an assertion is to invite a greater scrutiny than we assign to other literature. Are the documents that make it up reliable sources of history? This guide provides a forum for exploring this question in a group or individually.
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A Deeper Look at James will take your study of James to the next level with critical new tools for discovery and growth. As you delve into cultural backgrounds, make connections across books and engage in group exercises, youll come to a deeper grasp of the message of James.
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This survey of the New Testament combines compelling stories, brilliant images and simple illustrations (maps, charts) to create contexts (conceptual frameworks) that guide you through the Bible.

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