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Struggling With Evangelicalism$17.00Add to cart
When evangelicals make a mess, who cleans it up?
Many today are discarding the evangelical label, even if they still hold to the historic tenets of evangelicalism. But evangelicalism is a space, not just a brand, and living in that space is complicated. As a lifelong evangelical who happens to be a biracial Asian/white millennial, Dan Stringer has felt both included and alienated by the evangelical community and has wrestled with whether to stay or go. He sits as an uneasy evangelical insider with ties to many of evangelicalism’s historic organizations and institutions. Neither “everything’s fine” nor “burn it all down,” Stringer argues that we need four postures to grapple realistically and redemptively with evangelicalism. Without awareness, we don’t know our identity. Without appreciation, we risk succumbing to cynicism. Without repentance, we capitulate to idolatry. And without renewal, future generations will find this space even less inhabitable. This even-handed guide offers a thoughtful appreciation of evangelicalism’s history, identity, and strengths, and also lament at its blind spots, toxic brokenness, and complicity with injustice. From this complicated space, we can move forward with informed vision rather than resignation, and with hope for our future together.
Urban Ministry Reconsidered$50.00Add to cart
Christian ministries often struggle to account for urbanization’s growing force, complexities, and reach-and to formulate theologically and sociologically appropriate responses. Urban Ministry Reconsidered features a collection of original essays by leading scholars and practitioners that explores current issues and challenges in urban communities.
Together these articles consider how cultural and structural frameworks have led to new conceptualizations and configurations of urban ministry. In addition, they examine the degree to which the social, spiritual, and organizational priorities of urban ministries have been reconceived in response to these shifts.
Demanding Liberty : An Untold Story Of American Religious Freedom$18.00Add to cart
Religious liberty is one of the most contentious political issues of our time. How should people of faith engage with the public square in a pluralist era? Some citizens hope to reclaim a more Christian vision of national identity, while others resist any religious presence at all.
This dispute is not new, and it goes back to the founding era of American history. As the country was being formed, some envisioned a Christian nation where laws would require worship attendance and Sabbath observance. Others advocated for a thoroughly secular society where faith would have no place in public life. But neither extreme won the day, thanks to the unsung efforts of a Connecticut pastor who forged a middle way.
Historian Brandon O’Brien unveils the untold story of how religious liberty came to be. Between the Scylla and Charybdis of theocracy and secularism, Baptist pastor Isaac Backus contended for a third way. He worked to secure religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all Americans, not just for one particular denomination or religious tradition. Backus’s theological ideas had social consequences, giving us insights into how people of faith navigate political debates and work for the common good.
Backus lived in an age of both religious revival and growing secularism, competing forces much like those at work today. Then and now, people fiercely argue about the role of government and the limits of liberty. The past speaks into the present as we continue to demand liberty and justice for all.
Philosophy Of The Christian Religion$50.00Add to cart
Each field of study comes with its own set of questions; each period of time refines and redirects those questions. The Christian religion as we find it in the twenty-first century presents a unique set of problems to be solved and questions to be answered. In this introduction to the philosophy of the Christian religion, eminent philosopher and theologian Nancey Murphy applies the tools of philosophical analysis to a set of core yet contemporary religious questions: what does our historical moment mean for the possibility of knowing God? Is faith still possible? Does God intervene in human history? Is there such a thing as universal knowledge of God? Written with the needs of students encountering the philosophy of religion for the first time in mind, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental questions inherent in Christian faith. Murphy also provides tools for how to answer those questions.
Middle East On Fire In The 21st Century$10.99Add to cart
The world events between the Christians and the Muslims that have been happening since December 1979 until now. One event and one war after another has led to the 10th crusade. Thinking this can’t be happening, well it is right in front of our eyes and in our lifetime.
Approaching Philosophy Of Religion$28.00Add to cart
Encountering philosophy of religion for the first time, we are like explorers arriving on an uncharted coastline. There are inviting bays and beaches, but rocky reefs and pounding surf as well. And what tribes may inhabit the land is anyone’s guess.
But our cautious intrigue turns to confidence as Anthony Thiselton greets us as a native informant. Cheerfully imparting insider knowledge, mapping the major landmarks, and outlining the main figures and issues in its tribal debates, he teaches us the basics for gaining cultural fluency on these foreign shores.
Approaching Philosophy of Religion is divided into three parts:
Part I (Approaches) provides descriptions of the main entrance ramps to studying the subject, with lively case histories, working examples, and assessments of their lasting value.
Part II (Concepts and Issues) gives us brief introductions to the origins and development of ideas, and highlights their significance in the work of major thinkers.
Part III (Key Terms) supplies concise explanations of all the words and phrases that readers need to know in order to engage the subject.
For students and anyone else reading and engaging philosophy of religion for the first time, Approaching Philosophy of Religion is the essential companion.
Invisible Worlds : Death Religion And The Supernatural In England 1500-1700$28.99Add to cart
How did traditional beliefs about the supernatural change as a result of the Reformation, and what were the intellectual and cultural consequences? Following a masterly interpretative introduction, Peter Marshall traces the effects of the Reformers’ assaults on established beliefs about the afterlife. He shows how debates about purgatory and the nature of hellfire acted as unwitting agents of modernization. He then turns to popular beliefs about angels, ghosts and fairies, and considers how these were reimagined and reappropriated when cut from their medieval moorings. Contents PART 1: HEAVEN, HELL AND PURGATORY: HUMANS IN THE SPIRIT WORLD 1. After Purgatory: Death and Remembrance in the Reformation World 2. “The Map of God’s Word’: Geographies of the Afterlife in Tudor and Early Stuart England’ 3. Judgment and Repentance in Tudor Manchester: The Celestial Journey of Ellis Hall 4. The Reformation of Hell? Protestant and Catholic Infernalisms, c. 1560-1640 5. The Company of Heaven: Identity and Sociability in the English Protestant Afterlife PART 2: ANGELS, GHOSTS AND FAIRIES: SPIRITS IN THE HUMAN WORLD 6. Angels Around the Deathbed: Variations on a Theme in the English Art of Dying 7. The Guardian Angel in Protestant England 8. Deceptive Appearances: Ghosts and Reformers in Elizabethan and Jacobean England 9. Piety and Poisoning in Restoration Plymouth 10. Transformations of the Ghost Story in Post-Reformation England 11. Ann Jeffries and the Fairies: Folk Belief and the War on Scepticism
Urbansouls : Reflections On Youth Religion And Hip Hop Culture$10.99Add to cart
Hailed as “one of the most courageous and prophetic voices of our time” by Cornel West, the Rev. Osagyefo Sekou is an acclaimed activist, theologian, and author. Sekou served on on the front lines in the Ferguson uprising in the summer of 2014 and is one of today’s leading voices on social justice issues for his generation.
Arguing that the religion must be used for the expansion of democracy, Gods, Gays, and Guns takes up the topics of gay marriage, economic justice, and social movements. Written in Parisian cafes, London’s ghettos, and the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake and post-Katrina New Orleans, Gods, Gays, and Guns is a spiritual tour-de-force, revealing a crisis of faith in religion and democracy. urbansouls foreshadows the Ferguson uprising by offering keen insight on the social and cultural situation of the greater St. Louis region. Written while serving as a youth pastor and community center director in the late ’90s, Sekou reads the religious sensibilities of hip hop as a meaning-making activity for those who have been alienated from society’s traditional institutions such as the church.
Beyond The Modern Age$35.00Add to cart
The modern age has produced global crises that modernity itself seems incapable of resolving-deregulated capitalism, consumerism, economic inequality, militarization, overworked laborers, environmental destruction, insufficient health care, and many other problems. The future of our world depends on moving beyond the modern age. Bob Goudzwaard and Craig G. Bartholomew have spent decades listening to their students and reflecting on modern thought and society. In Beyond the Modern Age they explore the complexities and challenges of our time. Modernity is not one thing but many, encompassing multiple worldviews that contain both the source of our problems and the potential resources for transcending our present situation. Through an archaeological investigation and critique of four modern worldviews, Goudzwaard and Bartholomew demonstrate the need for new ways of thinking and living that overcome the relentless drive of progress. They find guidance in the work of Rene Girard on desire, Abraham Kuyper on pluralism and poverty, and Philip Rieff on culture and religion. These and other thinkers point the way towards a solution to the crises that confront the world today. Beyond the Modern Age is a work of grand vision and profound insight. Goudzwaard and Bartholomew do not settle for simplistic analysis and easy answers but press for nuanced engagement with the ideologies and worldviews that shape the modern age. The problems we face today require an honest, interdisciplinary, and global dialogue. Beyond the Modern Age invites us to the table and points the way forward.
Witness Of Religion In An Age Of Fear$19.00Add to cart
We live in a world driven by fear. But should we allow fear to play such a large role in our lives? According to the religions of the world, the answer is no.
In this helpful and illuminating book, Michael Kinnamon challenges readers to consider why we find ourselves in this age of fear and what we can do about it. Drawing on support from a diversity of religious traditions and teachers, Kinnamon argues that religious faith is the best way to combat a culture of fear. He explores fear in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the American political scene, and he shares courageous examples of individuals from different religions working for peace.
Perfect for individuals or group study, this book helps readers understand the manipulative power of fear and how religious beliefs call us to reject fear at all costs. A study guide is included.
Role Of Faith And Religion In The Life Of African Americans$10.00Add to cart
African-Americans who are highly involved in religion have fewer family problems than those who are not involved. The youths in these families have better emotional control and greater involvement in positive, productive activities.
This book is a discussion of the history of African-Americans–through hundreds of years of cruelty and brutality in slavery, war, and segregation–and the role of Christian faith and churches in helping black people survive and overcome such enormous challenges. These facts offer powerful testament to the role of faith and religion in the lives of African-Americans.
Encouragement, hope, faith, and determination will help us receive what God has for us if we serve Him! Author Florence Van Liew Crain hopes and prays that those who think they cannot make it will be able to get up, brush themselves off, and move forward.
Challenge Of Evil$30.00Add to cart
Belief in God in the face of suffering is one of the most intractable problems of Christian theology. Many respond to the spiritual challenge of evil by ignoring it, blaming God, or insisting on the inherent meaninglessness of life. In this book, William Greenway contends that we don’t have to deny our moral selves by either ignoring evil or abandoning our moral sensibilities toward it. We can open our eyes fully to suffering and evil, and our own complicity in them. We can do so because it is only in this full acceptance of the world’s guilt and our own that we make ourselves fully open to agape, to being seized by love of others and God. Inspired by the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas and the Christian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Challenge of Evil lovingly explains how we can look squarely at the overwhelming suffering in the world and still, by grace, have faith in a good and loving God.
Altars Where We Worship$35.00Add to cart
While a large percentage of Americans claim religious identity, the number of Americans attending traditional worship services has significantly declined in recent decades. Where, then, are Americans finding meaning in their lives, if not in the context of traditional religion? In this provocative study, the authors argue that the objects of our attention have become our god and fulfilling our desires has become our religion. They examine the religious dimensions of six specific aspects of American culture-body and sex, big business, entertainment, politics, sports, and science and technology-that function as “altars” where Americans gather to worship and produce meaning for their lives. The Altars Where We Worship shows how these secular altars provide resources for understanding the self, others, and the world itself. “For better or worse,” the authors write, “we are faced with the reality that human experiences before these altars contain religious characteristics in common with experiences before more traditional altars.” Readers will come away with a clearer understanding of what religion is after exploring the thoroughly religious aspects of popular culture in the United States.
Unified Particle Theory$10.00Add to cart
In this book, Localized Motion Researcher; Gordon W. Stull lays out in clear terms the Unified Particle Theory, which posits that all of humanity–and indeed all of creation–is more interconnected than we may realize.
Though it is a heady topic, Mr. Stull’s use of language and metaphor brings the abstract into the realm of the understandable, grounding these high-minded concepts in imagery that the layman can appreciate. He goes on to suggest that the great mysteries of what brought the Universe into existence can be answered by the inclusion of God and, furthermore, that this vast interconnectedness is a result of Christ Jesus and the Kingdom of God being present in every person.
Enjoyable for the naturalist and the spiritualist alike, Mr. Stull’s Unified Particle Theory sheds light onto some of the great issues of our time, and promotes thoughtful consideration.
Christian Faith And Religious Freedom$18.95Add to cart
“In an era when the American church is actively pursuing political power, Christian Faith and Religious Freedom provides a timely and important analysis of the biblical and christological basis of religious freedom. Dr. Norskov Olsen has achieved a remarkable work of Scripture and history alike on fundamental principles of religious liberty and church/state relations. Readers of all faiths will appreciate this important work, which fills a glaring void in the literature.” -Alan J. Reinach, Esq.
Goddess Energy Returned 999$10.00Add to cart
Religion is one topic that could spur heated debates yet this institution, which is supposed to sow love and peace, has become an instigator of war and the division of mankind. Is there any way to unite all the people in worshipping the one God, The Creator of all?
Joan Samuel’s view of religion is as a whole that is divided into many parts and believes that one is connected to the other like pieces of a puzzle. She says that the answers to perplexing questions about one’s religion could be found in another religion, and is a means to develop a deeper understanding of God. In her belief there is no wrong religion. Instead of hating one religion over another, she asks that each person respect the other and be united by thruth to attain a higher form of spirituality.
“The Goddess Energy Returned 999-There Is No Religion Higher Than Truth” is an attempt to overturn the animosity between differing beliefs of mankind by looking beyond religion and focusing on the development of oneself-morally and spiritually.
Truth Of Who God Is$19.00Add to cart
The Truth of Who God Is was written for one reason: the Bible insists that we speak and teach our faith.
2 Timothy 4:2-3 and 5: “Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. ….make full proof of thy ministry.”
2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Romans 8:14 and John 1:12 say that I, a sinner, bound for hell, was given by faith the power to become an adopted son of the one and only living God.
On July 30, 1972, C. Ray Sandefur was spiritually born again of the same eternal spirit that Grandfather Adam died from eternally (Romans 5:12). The power for this blessing of mercy and grace came from John 1:12, 3:3, 16, and 8:32. After being set free from the bondage of this world, he became a servant as his Savior Christ was. He, God in the flesh, washed him with the Word and cleaned up his sinful life. He, God, knelt down and washed His disciples’ dirty feet (John 13:5). He can wash your dirty heart.
Read this book to clearly see and understand the truth from the one and only God of all creation, to understand who he is and how man was made in his image and should therefore respect him.
Occurence Of Revelation$16.00Add to cart
“The Occurrence of Revelation: A True Story of a Close Call Against the Secret Antichrist Organization and the Near Earth Flip” is an engaging and fascinating account of the author’s spiritual and supernatural experiences.
Tracing her faith back to her childhood, Karen Saylor Johnson offers the reader a deeply personal portrayal of the struggles she has faced, both personally and on behalf of others. Her story gradually widens from an intimate perspective to one of worldwide proportion as she explores the meaning of biblical prophecies and the events leading to the end times. Ms. Johnson asserts that she was personally called to service under God as the Second White Horseman of the Book of Revelation. In 2009, Jesus was reborn, and He asked Ms. Johnson to get the word out to the people of the world.
“The Occurrence of Revelation: A True Story of a Close Call Against the Secret Antichrist Organization and the Near Earth Flip,” Ms. Johnson presents a wide-ranging work intended to challenge and enlighten readers both spiritually and emotionally.
Betrayed Innocence : Catholicism Child And Member Harm Protestantism Compar$13.00Add to cart
“Betrayed Innocence: Catholicism Child and Member Harm, Protestantism Comparison” tells the story of Marty Jung’s harrowing sojourn through parochial education, a kind of dark night of the schools. In intimate detail he describes the mental and physical “harm” that was inflicted on him and his fellow students.
Jung says he writes now because “this story needs to be told.” But he also goes on to try to put his painful experiences into a broader context, one that will provide a deeper understanding, and suggest remedies; so that this maltreatment will not happen again. In this pursuit, Jung delves into the beliefs and practices that animate religious educators, and more broadly, the faithful themselves.
“Betrayed Innocence” is a book that will evoke painful memories in some, spark outrage in others-but which ought to inspire concern and compassion in all.
Political History Of The Bible In America$62.00Add to cart
“Biblical history, enriched by many religious and cultural traditions, flows into and is intertwined with our nation’s epic, both for better and for worse. To ignore that history is to cut ourselves off from our roots and to deny the ancestral experiences that forged our individual and collective identity.”
-from the prologue
This substantial work explores the interplay of religion and politics throughout the history of the United States. Paul D. Hanson traces American history back to colonial times, paying close attention to the role that biblical tradition has played in shaping the national story of the United States. He then presents a detailed study of politics in the Bible that is framed by the challenges and crises in American history. Students will learn how deeply religion has influenced both domestic and international policy and contributed to the nation’s sense of identity and purpose. After laying these biblical-historical foundations, Hanson considers a method of biblical interpretation that can speak to the diverse nation of today. He proposes an inclusive form of public moral discourse that invites full participation by members of all religious and philosophical groups.
Houseboats Drugs Government And The 4th Estate$13.00Add to cart
“Houseboats, Drugs, Government, and the 4th Estate” is a firsthand narrative history of the Sausalito houseboat culture as it evolved over the last four decades. The story centers on the Waldo Point Harbor, home to the largest collection of houseboats in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the 1960s, the harbor attracted overflow from the San Francisco drug scene, and what followed was a struggle by the core tenants to reclaim their community. In Houseboats, T. J. Nelsen, a Sausalito houseboater and former harbormaster, takes a hard look at the bureaucratic process involved in ridding his community of drugs and violence. He writes candidly about government and individual responsibilities and offers guidance to readers interested in tackling drug problems in their own communities. “Houseboats” is an extraordinary story about citizens, politicians, the press, and our criminal justice system.
Rise And Fall Of Capitalism$21.95Add to cart
The love of money and the denial of living wages cast dark shadows on almost every aspect of life of this planet. Washington is full of millionaires who seem to have forgotten their duty to the American people. And corporate executives seek to increase profits any way they can, even if it means cutting the legs out from under their employees. Welcome to America, the home of capitalism in all its glory!
The Rise and Fall of Capitalism: A Social, Religious, and Political Perspective by Anthony Usher examines the history of capitalism and its impact on Americans and discusses solutions to even the playing field between the lower, middle, and upper classes based on biblical principles. In addition to discussing Americans love of money and the economic challenges facing our country, Usher also addresses sensitive religious-political issues that Christians and non-Christians struggle with, such as same-sex marriage, abortion, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Economics, politics, religion, and current events are linked to the end of the world and the collapse of the best economic system devised by human hands, giving way to a new theocratic kingdom. Are you ready?
World In The Trinity$39.00Add to cart
1. Language And Reality
2. The “Inside” And The “Outside” Of Everything
3. Philosophical/Scientific Models Of The God-World Relationship In The Current Religion And Science Debate
4. Theological Models Of The God-World Relationship In The Current Religion And Science Debate
5. Panentheism: Hierarchically Ordered Systems Of Existence And Activity
6. “Incarnation” As Key To The Argument For Panentheism
7. Divine And Human Personhood In A Systems-Oriented Approach To The Trinity
8. Tradition And Traditioning: Church As Both System And Institutional Entity?
9. Miracles And The Problem Of Evil
10. Resurrection And Eternal Life
Joseph A. Bracken argues that the failure of theology and science to generate cohesion is the lack of an integrated system of interpretation of the Christian faith that consciously accords with the insights and discoveries of contemporary science.
In The World in the Trinity, Bracken utilizes the language and conceptual structures of systems theory as a philosophical and scientific grammar to show traditional Christian beliefs in a new light that is accessible and rationally plausible to a contemporary, scientifically influenced society. This account opens new possibilities for rethinking the God-world relationship, the Trinity, incarnation, creation, and eschatology within the context of a broader ecological and cosmological system. In re-describing these articles constitutive of Christian belief, the author is conscious of the vital importance of retaining the inherent power and meaning of these concepts. This volume freshly retrieves pivotal themes and concepts constitutive of the Christian tradition in a conscious rapprochement with current scientific understandings of nature.
To The Faithless And The Unbelieving Bertram Grey$16.00Add to cart
To the Faithless and the Unbelieving: BERTRAM GREY is at once a complex essay on religion and a delightfully easy to read story following the thought-development of a young Bertram Grey. Kevin Garrett employs Bertram Grey and several other fascinating allegories as a means to uncover the many way in which God is viewed. Indeed understanding of God varies from person to person, and culture to culture. Garrett also delves into a brief history of religion, tying the strings of belief together. With one insightful conclusion following another and so on, To the Faithless and the Unbelieving: BERTRAM GREY is sure to enlighten the spirit and mind.
Secular Government Religious People$28.50Add to cart
The field of church and state in America is stuck in an unproductive debate about competing rights. One side emphasizes the right to be free of government-sponsored religion, such as prayer at public ceremonies. In contrast, the other side emphasizes people’s right to express their religious character and beliefs, sometimes even through government.Secular Government, Religious People breaks free of this trap. Ira Lupu and Robert Tuttle present an original theory that makes the secular character of American government, rather than a set of individual rights, the centerpiece of religious liberty in the United States. Through a comprehensive treatment of relevant constitutional themes and through their attention to both historical concerns and contemporary controversies — including issues often in today’s news — Lupu and Tuttle define and defend the secular character of U.S. government.
Answer To Bad Religion Is Not No Religion Leaders Guide$12.00Add to cart
If you think the only logical response to bad Christianity is to leave Christianity completely, this book is for you. In an effort to help those who’ve been hurt by or turned off by negative religion, Martin Thielen explains that there is an alternative to abandoning religion: good religion. Thielen uses personal stories to illustrate the dangers of religion that is judgmental, anti-intellectual, and legalistic. While addressing the growth of the new atheism movement and the “Nones” (people that have no religious affiliation), this book argues that leaving religion is not practical, not helpful, and not necessary. Thielen provides counterparts to the characteristics of bad religion, explaining that good religion is grace-filled, promotes love and forgiveness, and is inclusive and hope-filled. Perfect for group study, the leader’s guide provides everything needed to facilitate sessions and provide options based on the time and style of each group.
Answer To Bad Religion Is Not No Religion$20.00Add to cart
If you think the only logical response to bad Christianity is to leave Christianity completely, this book is for you. In an effort to help those who’ve been hurt by or turned off by negative religion, Martin Thielen explains that there is an alternative to abandoning religion: good religion. Thielen uses personal stories to illustrate the dangers of religion that is judgmental, anti-intellectual, and legalistic. While addressing the growth of the new atheism movement and the “Nones” (people that have no religious affiliation), this book argues that leaving religion is not practical, not helpful, and not necessary. Thielen provides counterparts to the characteristics of bad religion, explaining that good religion is grace-filled, promotes love and forgiveness, and is inclusive and hope-filled. Perfect for individual, group, or congregational study, a Leader’s Guide and a Worship and Outreach Kit are also available to further the discussion and increase community involvement.
Analogical Turn : Rethinking Modernity With Nicholas Of Cusa$39.50Add to cart
In the face of the late modern crisis of Western science and culture, The Analogical Turn recovers Nicholas of Cusa’s alternative vision of modernity, and, in doing so, develops a fresh perspective on the challenges of our time.
In contrast to Cusa’s mainstream contemporaries, his appreciation of individuality, creativity, and scientific precision was deeply rooted in the analogical rationality of the Middle Ages. He revived and transformed the tradition of scientific realism in a manner which now, retrospectively, offers new insights into the completely ordinary chaos of postmodern everyday life.
Johannes Hoff offers a new vision of the history of modernity and the related secularization narrative, a deconstruction of the basic assumptions of postmodernism, and an unfolding of a liturgically grounded concept of common sense realism in this original book.