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Martin Luther And The Rule Of Faith$40.00Add to cart
Martin Luther considered the reading of God’s word to be his primary task as a theologian, a pastor, and a Christian. Though he is often portrayed as reading the Bible with a bare approach of sola Scriptura–without any concern for previous generations’ interpretation–the truth is more complicated.
In this volume in IVP Academic’s New Explorations in Theology (NET) series, Reformation scholar Todd R. Hains shows that Luther read the Bible according to the rule of faith, which is contained in the church’s ancient catechism of the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Apostles’ Creed. Hains carefully examines Luther’s sermons to show how Luther taught the rule of faith as the guard and guide of Bible reading.
This study will helpfully complicate your view of Luther and bring clarity to your own reading of God’s Word.
Mapping Atonement : The Doctrine Of Reconciliation In Christian History And$27.99Add to cart
This introduction traces the origins, development, and divergent streams of atonement theology throughout the Christian tradition and proposes key criteria by which we can assess their value. The authors introduce essential biblical terms, texts, and concepts of atonement; identify significant historical figures, texts, and topics; and show how various atonement paradigms are expressed in their respective church traditions. The book also surveys current “hot topics” in evangelical atonement theology and evaluates strengths and weaknesses of competing understandings of atonement.
Thrill Of Orthodoxy$24.00Add to cart
Every generation faces the temptation to wander from orthodoxy–to seek out the jolt that comes with false teaching, and to drift with cultural currents.
And so every generation must be awakened again to the thrill of orthodoxy, and experience the astonishment that comes from stumbling afresh upon the electrifying paradoxes at the heart of the Christian faith.
In The Thrill of Orthodoxy, Trevin Wax turns the tables on those who believe Christian teaching is narrow and outdated. Returning to the church’s creeds, he explains what orthodoxy is and why we can have proper confidence in it, and lays out common ways we can stray from it. By showing how heresies are always actually narrower than orthodoxy–taking one aspect of the truth and wielding it as a weapon against others–Wax beckons us away from the broad road that ultimately proves bland and boring, and toward the straight and narrow path, where true adventure can be found.
More Than A White Mans Religion$26.99Add to cart
Though many today accuse Christianity of being a white, imperialistic religion, it is actually the source for cherished Western ideals of racial and gender equality. In More Than a White Man’s Religion, author and speaker Abdu Murray shares stories from the Bible and his own experiences as a global apologist, a member of an ethnic minority, a son of immigrants, and a former Muslim to show that the gospel message provides dignity and liberty to non-whites and women.
More Than a White Man’s Religion reveals:
*The ethnically diverse roots of biblical stories and passages that inspired some of the greatest social reforms in history
*How challenging and sometimes confusing Bible passages and stories can be best understood to champion equality for ethnically diverse people and women
*Ways believers can bring real and lasting change to our culture’s pervasive racial, ethnic, and gender equality issues by following Jesus’ and his followers’ examples
Without overlooking the places where Christianity has failed to live up to its own ideals, Murray challenges the myth that Christianity is an oppressive, Western religion and shows believers how to better fulfill their God-given mandate to uphold the dignity of every human being.
Tackling head-on one of the most serious challenges to the Christian faith in our multicultural age, More Than a White Man’s Religion demonstrates how the gospel can inspire positive change for modern culture.
Home Of God$32.99Add to cart
We live in the midst of a crisis of home. It is evident in the massive uprooting and migration of millions across the globe, in the anxious nationalism awaiting immigrants in their destinations, in the unhoused populations in wealthy cities, in the fractured households of families, and in the worldwide destruction of habitats and international struggles for dominance. It is evident, perhaps more quietly but just as truly, in the aching sense that there is nowhere we truly belong.
In this moment, the Christian faith has been disappointingly inept in its response. We need a better witness to the God who created, loves, and reconciles this world, who comes to dwell among us.
This book tells the “story of everything” in which God creates the world as the home for humans and for God in communion with God’s creatures. The authors render the story of creation, redemption, and consummation through the lens of God’s homemaking work and show the theological fruit of telling the story this way. The result is a vision that can inspire creative Christian living in our various homes today in faithfulness to God’s ongoing work.
Interpreting Your World$21.99Add to cart
Whether we interpret Scripture or culture, it matters what we do, not just what we think or feel. How do we live with our interpretation, and how do we live it out? This book helps us understand how culture forms us as political actors, moves us aesthetically, shapes the rhythms of our lives, and connects (or disconnects) us from God and neighbors we are called to love. The goal is to be equipped to engage culture with greater fluency and fidelity in response to the triune God.
This short, accessible introduction to the conversation between theology and culture offers a patient, thoughtful, and theologically attuned approach to cultural discernment. It helps us grow our interpretive skill by training our intuition and giving us a slower, more deliberate approach that accounts for as much of the complexity of culture as possible. The book explores 5 dimensions of culture–meaning, power, morality, religion, and aesthetic–and shows how each needs the others and all need theology. Each chapter includes distinctive practices for spiritual formation and practical application. Foreword by Kevin J. Vanhoozer.
Low Anthropology : The Unlikely Key To A Gracious View Of Others And Yourse
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Many of us spend our days feeling like we’re the only one with problems, while everyone else has their act together. But the sooner we realize that everyone struggles like we do, the sooner we can show grace to ourselves and others.
In Low Anthropology, popular author and pastor David Zahl explores how our ideas about human nature influence our expectations in friendship, work, marriage, and politics. We all go through life with an “anthropology”–ideas about what human beings are like, our potentials and our limitations. A high anthropology can breed perfectionism, anxiety, burnout, loneliness, and resentment. Meanwhile, Zahl invites readers into a biblically rooted and life-giving low anthropology, which fosters hope, deep connection with others, lasting love, vulnerability, compassion, and happiness.
Zahl offers a liberating view of human nature, sin, and grace, showing why the good news of Christianity is both urgent and appealing. By embracing a more accurate view of human beings, readers will discover a lasting hope for others–and themselves.
War Peace And Violence$26.00Add to cart
In a world of war, terrorism, and other geopolitical threats to global stability, how should committed Christians honor Jesus Christ and his Word? How should Christians think and act when it comes to church-state relations, the preservation of order, the practice of just peacemaking, and the use of coercive force?
In this volume in IVP Academic’s Spectrum series, four contributors–experts in Christian ethics, political philosophy, and international affairs–offer the best of current Christian thinking on issues of war and peace. They present four distinct views:
*Eric Patterson, just war view
*Myles Werntz, nonviolence view
*A. J. Nolte, Christian realist view
*Meic Pearse, church historical view
Each contributor makes a case for his own view and responds to the others, highlighting complexities and real-world implications of the various perspectives. Edited and with an introduction and conclusion by the philosopher Paul Copan, this book provides a helpful orientation to the key positions today.
Pentecostal Orthodoxy : Toward An Ecumenism Of The Spirit$24.00Add to cart
“Can anything orthodox come from Pentecostalism?”
This recasting of Nathaniel’s familiar question from the Gospel is a fair summary of many modern Christians’ assessment of the Pentecostal tradition. Yet in recent years, a growing number of Pentecostals have been turning afresh to the ancient, creedal Christian faith.
Bishop Emilio Alvarez has himself been at the forefront of this movement. In Pentecostal Orthodoxy he introduces the phenomenon, and extends the project of paleo-orthodox ressourcement (associated with scholars such as Thomas Oden and Robert Webber) to include orthodox expressions within Pentecostalism, particularly his own Afro-Latino Pentecostal movement. This book is a manifesto of sorts, promising not only to open up the possibility of a genuinely orthodox Pentecostalism, but to reframe modern ecumenical dialogue as well.
Is Hell Real$4.99Add to cart
Dane Ortlund Explains That Hell Is Indeed Real, but Hope Comes through Jesus Christ
When individuals talk about an afterlife, they often talk about heaven and avoid any mention of hell. The idea of hell is uncomfortable and most people prefer to not discuss it. Given this reality, our society lacks an understanding of what hell is, why it exists, and how people can avoid it.
Pastor Dane Ortlund has written this Church Questions booklet to educate readers on the reality of hell and the hope found in Jesus Christ. Using a variety of biblical passages, Ortlund explains that God is just, righteous, and deals perfectly with humanity. In light of God’s holiness and our sin, we fall woefully short of heaven. Humanity deserves hell, but heaven is offered to believers through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
*Written by Dane Ortlund: Author of Gentle and Lowly (500,000+ copies in print)
*Useful for Seekers: Accessible for those new to faith or looking to learn more
*Part of the Church Questions Series: Developed to give biblical insight into common questions
John Calvin : Commentary On Romans$19.99Add to cart
The Theological Foundations series highlights the enduring influence of prominent figures from church history. The present volume features John Calvin’s Commentary on Romans, along with an introduction by series editor Timothy George that explores the life, ministry, and scholarship of the French reformer. Many today know Calvin as a systematic theologian, yet this volume introduces us to a seeker and biblical scholar whose mind and life were captivated by God’s Word. Scholars, pastors, and students will benefit as they read Romans alongside Calvin.
Augustine : On Christian Doctrine And Selected Introductory Works$19.99Add to cart
The Theological Foundations series highlights the enduring influence of prominent figures from church history. This volume features four works by Augustine of Hippo, along with an introduction by series editor Timothy George that explores Augustine’s intellectual and pastoral impact today. Scholars, pastors, and students alike may take up, read, and learn from these masterpieces penned by one of church history’s most iconic theologians.
The four works included in this volume are:
*On Christian Doctrine
*A Sermon to Catechumens on the Creed
*A Treatise on Faith and the Creed
*A Treatise on the Spirit and the Letter
Delighting In The Trinity$18.00Add to cart
Why is God love? Because God is a Trinity.
Why can we be saved? Because God is a Trinity. How are we able to live the Christian life? Through the Trinity.
In this engaging book, Michael Reeves offers an introduction to Christianity and the Christian life that from start to finish is rooted in our triune God–Father, Son, and Spirit. Through the Trinity we understand not only the person and work of Christ but also prayer, the church, and every aspect of our faith. With wit and clarity, Reeves draws from church history down to the present, referencing a wide range of notable teachers and preachers.
For over a decade, Delighting in the Trinity has provided a rich, enjoyable portrait of basic Christian beliefs, opening up the profound and life-changing truths of our faith. It is now part of the IVP Signature Collection, which features special editions of iconic books in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of InterVarsity Press.
Christian Theology Of Science$24.99Add to cart
An author on the cutting edge of today’s theology and science discussions argues that creedal Christianity has much to contribute to the ongoing conversation. This book contains an intellectual history of theology’s engagement with science during the modern period, critiques current approaches, and makes a constructive proposal for how a Christian theological vision of natural knowledge can be better pursued. The author explains that when Christians treat theology as their first truth discourse, it is good for both science and religion. Foreword by David Bentley Hart.
Lord Roars : Recovering The Prophetic Voice For Today$24.99Add to cart
The world cries out for a prophetic word to the chaos, unrest, and destructiveness of our times. Can the biblical prophets speak into our world today?
Leading Old Testament ethicist M. Daniel Carroll R. shows that learning from the prophets can make us better prepared for Christian witness. In this guide to the ethical material of Old Testament prophetic literature, Carroll highlights key ethical concerns of the three prophets most associated with social critique–Amos, Isaiah, and Micah–showing their relevance for those who wish to speak with a prophetic voice today.
The book focuses on the pride that generates injustice and the religious life that legitimates an unacceptable status quo–both of which bring judgment–as well as the ethical importance of the visions of restoration after divine judgment. Each of these components in the biblical text makes its own particular call to readers to respond in an appropriate manner. The book also links biblical teaching with prophetic voices of the modern era.
Across The Spectrum$35.99Add to cart
This accessible yet comprehensive primer helps readers understand the breadth of viewpoints on major issues in evangelical theology, with chapters using the popular four-views format. This third edition of a well-received textbook (over 60,000 copies sold) has been updated and revised throughout. It examines positions taken by evangelical scholars on 17 seminal issues. In addition, it offers end-of-chapter “For Further Reading” sections, an extensive glossary, and an appendix that addresses contrasting views on 15 additional issues in contemporary evangelicalism.
Bible And Baptism$22.99Add to cart
This addition to A Catholic Biblical Theology of the Sacraments series provides readers with a deeper appreciation of God’s gifts and call in the Sacraments through a renewed encounter with God’s Word.
New Testament scholar Isaac Morales, OP, offers a biblical theology of the initiatory rite of baptism that will be interesting and informative to the church catholic. Morales provides a synthetic biblical account of the sacrament of baptism, rooted in the rich water symbolism of the Old Testament and finding its full flourishing in baptismal participation in the saving events of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection as described in the New Testament. This book provides lay teachers with background and depth on topics taught frequently in the parish, making it suitable for classroom use and parish ministry.
The series editors are Timothy C. Gray and John Sehorn. Gray is president of the Augustine Institute, which has one million subscribers to its online content channel, Formed.org. Gray and Sehorn both teach at the Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology, which prepares students for Christian mission through on-campus and distance education programs.
Trinitarian Dogmatics : Exploring The Grammar Of The Christian Doctrine Of$29.99Add to cart
This introduction draws on the breadth of the Christian tradition to present a biblically grounded, globally informed, and conceptually precise account of the doctrine of the Trinity. It covers key themes and concepts, offering an alternative to introductory texts on the Trinity that are arranged historically/chronologically. The book incorporates majority world theology, engages important debates in contemporary biblical studies, and draws on neglected historical figures. It also contains a glossary of trinitarian terms and an annotated bibliography of major works on the doctrine of God.
Change Of Heart$38.00Add to cart
How did one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated liberals have such a dramatic change of heart?
After growing up in the heart of rural Methodism in Oklahoma, Thomas Oden found Marx, Nietzsche and Freud storming into his imagination. He joined the post-World War II pacifist movement and became enamored with every aspect of the 1950s’ ecumenical Student Christian Movement. Ten years before America’s entry into the Vietnam war he admired Ho Chi Min as an agrarian patriot. For Oden, every turn was a left turn.
At Yale he earned his PhD under H. Richard Niebuhr and later met with some of the most formidable minds of the era–enjoying conversations with Gadamer, Bultmann and Pannenberg as well as a lengthy discussion with Karl Barth at a makeshift office in his hospital room. While traveling with his family through Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and got his first taste of ancient Christianity. And slowly, he stopped making left turns.
Oden’s enthusiasms for pacifism, ecumenism and the interface between theology and psychotherapy were ambushed by varied shapes of reality. Yet it was a challenge from a Jewish scholar, his friend and mentor Will Herberg, that precipitated his most dramatic turn–back to the great minds of ancient Christianity. Later a meeting with then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Benedict XVI) planted the seeds for what became Oden’s highly influential Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. This fascinating memoir walks us through not only his personal history but some of the most memorable chapters in twentieth-century theology.
From Prisoner To Prince$24.00Add to cart
The story of Joseph is prominent in the book of Genesis and yet is rarely mentioned in the rest of Scripture.
How then do we understand Joseph’s significance in redemptive history? When Christians have addressed this question, the conversation has frequently turned toward typology: Is Joseph a type of the Messiah?
Messianic interpretations of the Joseph narrative have often lacked methodological rigor or have simply failed to make a convincing case. Most often interpreters have simply noted historical correspondences between Joseph and Jesus, without considering the narrative’s function in the context of Genesis, its redemptive-historical significance, or its appropriation by later biblical authors.
In this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, Samuel Emadi offers a more comprehensive canonical treatment of the Joseph narrative. He considers Genesis 37-50 in its own literary and theological context, intra-canonical development of the Joseph story via inner-biblical allusion, and New Testament references and allusions. Emadi defends the notion that Joseph functions as the resolution to the plot of Genesis and that this story typologically influences how later biblical authors narrate redemptive history, culminating in the New Testament’s portrayal of Jesus as an antitypical, new and final Joseph.
Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.
Seeing Is Believing$32.00Add to cart
How might film reveal God?
In its most basic form, film is a series of images displayed over time. Of course, film has developed greatly since the Lumiere brothers by adding components such as sound, special effects, digital recording, and more to create an increasingly complex artistic medium. Historically, film studies has often focused on the narrative aspect of film as it seeks to tell a story. More recent studies, however, have turned attention to other elements of film, such as the musical score. Yet, film remains, in a sense, a series of images.
In this study, the latest in IVP Academic’s Studies in Theology and the Arts (STA) series, theologian Richard Goodwin considers how the images that constitute film might be a conduit of God’s revelation. By considering works by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Bresson, Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick, and more, Goodwin argues that by inviting emotional responses, film images can be a medium of divine revelation.
Blessed are those who have seen God… through film.
Explorers Guide To John Calvin$22.00Add to cart
Creation is the theater of God’s glory. Scripture is like a pair of glasses that clarifies our vision of God. Justification is the hinge on which religion turns.
These and other affirmations are often associated with John Calvin, the 16th-century French Protestant Reformer best known for his ministry in Geneva and his authorship of the Institutes of the Christian Religion. Over the course of his lifetime and through several editions, Calvin expanded the Institutes from a brief study to a four-volume book that covers the main doctrines of the Christian faith and continues to shape the theology of the Reformed tradition.
In this volume, Reformed theologian Yudha Thianto guides readers through a careful study of Calvin’s Institutes. After setting Calvin and his writing in their historical context, he outlines the most significant aspects of Calvin’s theology, guiding those who would know more about his work and, through it, the God who inspired him.
Truth Theology And Perspective$21.99Add to cart
Study Systematic Theology through the Lens of Truth
There are many themes that flow through and unite the entirety of Scripture, and in his latest book, scholar Vern S. Poythress explores the relationship between God and truth.
In Truth, Theology, and Perspective, Poythress explains how truth informs and confirms what the Bible teaches. In addition to a theology of objective truth, he explains how it is interwoven through each of the major topics in systematic theology, such as revelation, the Bible, man, Christ, salvation, and eschatology. This perspective highlights how the interconnectedness and harmony of Scripture is an extension of God’s own truthfulness and how this attribute is manifested in all of creation, prompting us to greater worship and gratitude to God.
*For Those Interested in Systematic Theology: Particularly college students, seminarians, and pastors
*Written by Vern S. Poythress: Author of many works on biblical interpretation, science, and history including In the Beginning Was the Word; Redeeming Science; and Inerrancy and Worldview
*New Perspective: Major topics in systematic theology studied through the lens of truth
Fruitful Theology : How The Life Of The Mind Leads To The Life Of The Soul$17.99Add to cart
Why do the theologians rage?
Even a cursory scrolling of social media may lead you to the conclusion that you have to be angry to do theology. Sadly, our day is characterized by theological fighting-complete with harsh words, exaggeration, biting sarcasm, and the spirit of tearing down our brothers and sisters in Christ. But it does not have to be this way. In fact, it should not be this way.
In Fruitful Theology, Ronni Kurtz swims upstream to counter this prevailing problem. Instead of theology leading to anger, division, and discord, this book shows that the life of the mind can actually lead to the fruit of the Spirit. Fruitful Theology is for anyone who:
*Wants to grow in an understanding of Scripture, but is afraid that knowledge will make them arrogant;
*Is confused about the relationship between doctrine and Christian living;
*Is concerned that theological conviction promotes disunity and discord among Christians;
*Desires to grow in Christian maturity, but isn’t sure how theology fits into that desire.
What if our speech and conduct were seasoned more with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? How might the church’s unity be restored, and our witness be maximized, if we were characterized by the fruit of the Spirit instead of the spirit of our age? Theology may not be the most obvious candidate in helping reorient our life towards the fruit of the Spirit, but a right contemplation of God can indeed lead to right living for God, and that is exactly what this book hopes to explore.
Gods Provision Humanitys Need$38.00Add to cart
In a world often consumed with self-sufficiency, this book reminds us that humans have an innate need for the grace of God’s personal presence. Christa McKirland, an author doing research at the intersection of Christian theology and the sciences, argues for a new way of understanding the image of God. She makes an exegetical and theological case that human beings were created to need the presence of God in order to flourish. Such a need is not a liability but our greatest human dignity. Foreword by Alan Torrance.
God At Work In The World$22.99Add to cart
A leading scholar offers an up-to-date articulation of the theological grounding of the missionary endeavor. Lalsangkima (Kima) Pachuau argues that theology of mission deals with God’s work in and for the world, which is centered on salvation in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Pachuau brings a global perspective to mission theology, explains how theology of mission is related to theology as a discipline, and recognizes recent critiques of “missions,” offering a compelling response rooted in the very nature of God.
God In Eternity And Time$29.99Add to cart
When theology begins with God’s eternal will and knowledge, determinism tends to result. In God in Eternity and Time, eminent scholar Robert Picirilli argues we should look first to God’s creation and the incarnation-to the created order where God has chosen to act and reveal himself. As God’s decrees and foreknowledge in eternity are then read in light of his acts in time, God’s interactions with human beings on the personal level of influence and response clearly reveal themselves.
God in Eternity and Time presents a fresh argument for libertarian human freedom. Divided into two sections, the first part of the book explores how God speaks and acts in creation, while the second carefully examines foreknowledge and “middle knowledge,” demonstrating the fallacy of logical arguments against freedom based on foreknowledge.
Against Liberal Theology$18.99Add to cart
Liberal Christian theology permeates mainlines denominations and progressive circles of the church to this day. But what is liberal theology? What are progressive Christians progressing toward, and what are they leaving behind?
In Against Liberal Theology, professor and theologian Roger E. Olson warns progressive and mainline Christians against passively accepting the ideas of liberal theology without thinking through the consequences. In doing so, he examines the basic beliefs of the Christian faith, the main ideas of liberal theology, the way today’s mainline and progressive Christianity relates to classic liberalism, and how classic Christian faith and liberal Christianity connect and contradict. Following in the footsteps of Gresham Machen’s now-classic Christianity and Liberalism 100 years ago, Olson worries that liberal Christianity may not be Christianity but a different religion altogether.
After examining the origins of liberal theology in the nineteenth century, Olson examines how liberal theology views:
*Sources of truth
Gentle but direct, Olson provides an even-handed assessment and critique of the ideas of liberal theology and worries that liberal Christianity has strayed too far from the classic Christian orthodoxy of the fathers and creeds to be considered “Christian” at all.
Doctrine Of The Word Of God$29.99Add to cart
A Guided Tour of One of the Greatest Theological Works of the Twentieth Century
Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics is considered by many to be the most important theological work of the twentieth century and for many people reading it, or at least understanding it contents and arguments, is a lifelong goal. Yet its enormous size, at over 12,000 pages (in English translations) and enough print volumes to fill an entire shelf, make reading it a daunting prospect for seasoned theologians and novices alike.
Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics for Everyone, Volume 1–The Doctrine of the Word of God helps bridge the gap for would-be Karl Barth readers from beginners to professionals by offering an introduction to Barth’s theology and thought like no other. User-friendly and creative, this guide helps readers get the gist, significance, and relevance of what Barth intended for the church… to restore the focus of theology and revitalize the practices of the church.
Each section contains insights for pastors, new theologians, professionals, and ordinary people including:
*Summaries of the section
*And other visually informative features that reinforce the main points of the Barth’s thought
In addition, each volume features the voices of authors from different academic disciplines who contribute brief reflections on the value of Church Dogmatics for creative discovery in their disciplines. Volume 1 reflections include:
*Douglas Campbell (biblical studies)
*Myk Habets (systematic theology)
*Richard Keith (pastors)
*Julie Canlis (ordinary people)
*James Chaousis (mental health)
*John Vissers (spiritual formation)
Whether you are just discovering Barth or want a fresh look at his magnum opus, this series invites you to an enjoyable and insightful journey into the Church Dogmatics.
History Of The Devil Ancient And Modern$24.99Add to cart
The History of the Devil is a classic historical and religious book universally considered one of Daniel Defoe’s greatest works of non-fiction. The book was first published in 1726 and made an immediate impact on English literature, society and the ecclesiastical community in the early 18th century and continues to enrich humanity as a faithful source of historical and biblical truth and wisdom.
The History of the Devil cleverly unfolds the actions, devices, and evil nature of Satan and his host of devils against God and mankind throughout the history of the world. Defoe divides the book into two parts: Ancient, or the time from before the creation of the universe to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ; and Modern, or from the time of Christ and establishment of the Christian Church to the present day. His style is one that uniquely blends serious biblical principles and history with lighter satirical narrative, especially when dealing with mankind’s many false presuppositions about the Devil, and clearly delineates when each, or both, is applicable to the subject of discussion.
Hollywood Heroes : How Your Favorite Movies Reveal God$16.99Add to cart
Seven fictional stories–Captain America, Iron Man, Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Batman, and Wonder Woman–point us to the ultimate hero, Jesus Christ.
Think about it. What if Batman knew your name and wanted to be friends with you? What if you were the one that Tony Stark died to save? What if it was you that Luke Skywalker would stop at nothing to redeem? Hollywood Heroes will awaken you to these questions and help you to see a God who stops at nothing to redeem you. And it will strengthen you to invite others into conversations of faith and life in Jesus.
Fictional stories about heroes help us realize that there is evil to fight, souls to be won, and growth to be achieved. It helps us recognize–regardless of religious or cultural beliefs–that sacrificing your life for another’s is a powerful and beautiful display of love.
Fictional heroes help us to reconsider what is tangibly in front of us through the lens of story rather than simply as just another day in our ordinary lives. Appealing straight to the heart, the stories bypass artificial barriers that we would normally block them with because our worldview has been threatened.
When we examine out-of-this-world qualities like idealism, genius, a willingness to sacrifice, discipline, loyalty, humility, courage, wisdom, focus, power, and love, we discover that Jesus practices them perfectly.
Saints Everlasting Rest$24.99Add to cart
A Hopeful Puritan Perspective on Suffering and Death
In the throes of a long illness and confronting the possibility of death, 17th-century theologian Richard Baxter found comfort in the reality of heaven that awaits believers of Christ. During his recovery, Baxter wrote about the afterlife in what would become his best-selling book.
The Saints’ Everlasting Rest meditates on what Scripture reveals about heaven, helping believers live an abundant, God-honoring life in anticipation of eternal rest. Baxter encourages readers not to become distracted or discouraged by the temporal as he refocuses their minds on the eternal. Confronting difficult topics including sin, suffering, and fear of death, he also emphasizes God’s sufficient grace and how the promise of heaven enriches life on earth.
Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada: Inspiring message from the founder and CEO of the Joni and Friends International Disability Center
Great for Personal and Group Study: Each chapter ends with questions for reflection, tackling issues including death, abundant joy, security in Christ, and patience through affliction
Modernized Version of a Puritan Classic: Abridged and edited, with a detailed summary of Baxter’s life and work, along with short introductions to each chapter
Biblical Support for Dealing with Grief or Illness: Explains suffering and death from a Christ-centered perspective, with practical tips for living a heavenly life
Common Callings And Ordinary Virtues$27.99Add to cart
Every day, we do commonplace things and interact with ordinary people without giving them much thought. This volume offers a theological guide to thinking Christianly about the ordinary nature of everyday life. Leading ethicist Brent Waters shows that the activities and relationships we think of as mundane are actually expressions of love of neighbor that are vitally important to our wellbeing. We live out the Christian gospel in the contexts that define us and in the routine chores, practices, activities, and social settings that give ordinary life meaning. It is in those contexts that we discover what we were created for, to be, and to become.
Theology For Ministry$39.99Add to cart
When a rich theological perspective is lost, so is the larger story for pastoral ministry. When pastors see how God’s whole counsel shapes and impacts their entire ministry, both pastors and churches will thrive. Deeply connecting theology with practice, this volume seeks to recover the rich scriptural framework for ministry that is grounded in key Christian doctrines such as the Triune God and his decrees, the person and work of Christ, and the application of all the benefits and blessings that come to us through the Spirit in our union with Christ. Contributors such as Joel Beeke, Ligon Duncan, Michael Horton, and Robert Letham write out of their experience both as pastors and theologians, providing a pattern of rich biblical-theological reflection that a vibrant ministry demands and that those engaged in ministry need in order to be sustained in their work.
Nature And Work Of The Holy Spirit$15.99Add to cart
Our doctrine of the Holy Spirit influences everything else we believe. He is foundational to our understanding of Scripture, theology, history, and practical Christian living. This book highlights mainstream evangelical systematic theology derived from biblical teaching and draws special attention to the vast scope and depth of the Spirit’s work in all areas of creation and life. Deepen your knowledge of the Spirit as you overview the wisdom and insights he has granted to his church regarding himself. Produced by Third Millennium Ministries for a global, multilingual, evangelical audience, the books in the Christian Essentials series make highly vetted, master’s-level theology clear, personal, and accessible to a broad spectrum of readers.
Life And Work Of Jesus$17.99Add to cart
Many of us know a lot about Jesus’s earthly life-but we don’t often stop to think about the things he said and did beforehand, the things he’s saying and doing now, or the things he’ll say and do in the future. This book takes a big-picture approach. Who is the Son of God? Why did he choose to be born as Jesus? What did he accomplish during his time on earth? How will his re-turn fulfill God’s plans for history? What does any of that have to do with our lives today? As you learn more about Jesus, may your love and appreciation for him increase and your life become a clearer reflection of his. Produced by Third Millennium Ministries for a global, multilingual, evangelical audience, the books in the Christian Essentials series make highly vetted, master’s-level theology clear, personal, and accessible to a broad spectrum of readers.
Attributes And Work Of God$15.99Add to cart
For decades, Third Millennium Ministries has been working to make a high-quality, orthodox theological education possible for anyone. Its Master’s-level course materials are written in accessible language, vetted by Evangelical scholars, and used by seminaries, Bible colleges, churches, and mission organizations around the world. Now this established curricula is available in book form-an ideal resource for any student of theology, formal or informal. “Knowing God” means different things to different people-everything from experiencing personal intimacy with God, to witnessing his mighty works, to understanding facts about him that the Holy Spirit has revealed. What theologians often call “theology proper” is complex but vastly rewarding, growing us in our knowledge and understanding of God. The Attributes and Works of God considers God’s attributes, eternal plan, and works in history, with a special focus on his decrees, creation, and providence. Readers will learn the fundamentals necessary to understand themselves and their world.
From Isolation To Community$22.99Add to cart
It is no secret that isolation is one of the key ailments of our age. But less explored is the way the church as it is frequently practiced contributes to this isolation instead of offering an alternative. With the help of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, this book argues for a renewed vision of the church community as a theological therapy to cultural, moral, and sociological isolation. It offers an account of how familiar church practices, such as Scripture reading, worship, prayer, and eating, contribute to community formation in the body of Christ.
Indigenous Theology And The Western Worldview$21.99Add to cart
This volume by a Cherokee teacher, former pastor, missiologist, and historian brings Indigenous theology into conversation with Western approaches to history and theology.
Written in an accessible, conversational style that incorporates numerous stories and questions, this book exposes the weaknesses of a Western worldview through a personal engagement with Indigenous theology. Randy Woodley critiques the worldview that undergirds the North American church by dismantling assumptions regarding early North American histories and civilizations, offering a comparative analysis of worldviews, and demonstrating a decolonized approach to Christian theology.
Woodley explains that Western theology has settled for a particular view of God and has perpetuated that basic view for hundreds of years, but Indigenous theology originates from a completely different DNA. Instead of beginning with God-created humanity, it begins with God-created place. Instead of emphasizing individualism, it emphasizes a corporateness that encompasses the whole community of creation. And instead of being about the next world, it is about the tangibility of our lived experiences in this present world. The book encourages readers to reject the many problematic aspects of the Western worldview and to convert to a worldview that is closer to that of Jesus.
Buried Talents : Overcoming Gendered Socialization To Answer God’s Call$20.00Add to cart
If God is calling women to lead, what’s holding them back?
Susan Harris Howell has spent years helping students investigate this question. In Buried Talents, she makes clear how gender disparity in leadership is directly connected to a larger, less overt issue: gendered socialization. Howell examines gendered messages people encounter inside and outside the church in each stage of life, showing how they often create misconceptions about who women are, what they’re capable of, and how they fit into God’s work. As these messages pull men toward leadership, they push women away from it. God’s call to leadership doesn’t come in a vacuum. It comes to particular people who have, from childhood through adulthood, been shaped by subtle forms of socialization. Using social science research and interviews to explain these forces, Howell offers psychological and practical tools for both women and men to make more balanced vocational decisions. A discussion guide and suggested reading lists are also included to help readers engage and apply the content. As opportunities for women continue to expand, too many still hold back in responding to God’s call. Buried Talents provides compelling guidance for how we can remove obstacles that keep women from fully using their gifts.
What Is Saving Faith$34.99Add to cart
John Piper Argues That Faith in Christ Is Not Saving unless It Includes the Affectional Dimension of Treasuring Christ
What happens in the heart when it experiences real saving faith? John Piper argues that faith in Christ is not saving unless it includes what he calls “the affectional dimension of treasuring Christ”. Nor is God glorified as he ought to be unless he is treasured in being trusted. Saving faith in Jesus Christ welcomes him forever as our supreme and inexhaustible pleasure.
What Is Saving Faith? explains that a Savior who is treasured for his all-satisfying worth is more glorified than a Savior who is only trusted for his all-forgiving competence. In this way, saving faith reaches its God-appointed goal: the perfections of Christ glorified by our being satisfied in him forever.
Written by Best-Selling Author and Pastor John Piper: Explores a critical and misunderstood element of the Christian faith, urging believers to ask the unsettling question, Do I have saving faith?
Theologically Robust: Studies respected theologians’ work regarding salvation, including John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Henry Scougal, John Owen, Wayne Grudem, and J. I. Packer
Accessible: Written for students, nominal or thoughtful Christians, and church leaders of all levels, as well as anyone interested in the nature of faith and the essential relationship between faith and feeling
Doctrine Of Scripture$17.99Add to cart
A Clear and Concise Exploration of the Christian Doctrine of Scripture
The Bible is the written word of the living God. He speaks through this word, working in and through human agents as he reveals himself to his people. His word is trustworthy, yet many Christians struggle to articulate why they believe that to be true. Centered in the words of Scripture and especially the teaching of Jesus himself, this volume unpacks the doctrine of Scripture as taught by the church through the ages, helping to strengthen readers’ confidence in God’s word.
Despite the challenges that are often leveled against the Bible, Thompson clearly articulates what Jesus taught about the Scriptures, how God speaks to his people through the written word, the crucial work of the Holy Spirit to apply the word, and the vital attributes of Scripture-its clarity, truthfulness, sufficiency, and efficacy. Readers will find encouragement to walk according to the word and to delight in the God who speaks.
*Concise and Accessible: Intended for use by church members and leaders as well as those in academic contexts
*Christ-Centered: Rooted in Jesus’s own words about the Old Testament and his commissioning of the apostles who would go on to write the New Testament
*Addresses Common Questions: Answers challenges about the Bible’s clarity, truthfulness, sufficiency, and efficacy
Gospel People : A Call For Evangelical Integrity$16.99Add to cart
A Biblical Case for the Importance and Goodness of Being “Evangelical”
The term evangelical is often poorly defined and frequently comes with cultural and political baggage. As the label has become more controversial, many Christians have begun to wonder if they should abandon it altogether.
Michael Reeves argues from a global, scriptural, and historical perspective that, while it’s not necessary to discard the label altogether, Christians must return to the root of the term-the evangel, or “gospel”-in order to understand what it truly means. He identifies the theology of evangelicalism and its essential doctrine-the Father’s revelation in the Bible, the Son’s redemption in the gospel, and the Spirit’s regeneration of the heart-calling believers to stand with integrity as people of the gospel.
*A Biblical and Theological Explanation of Evangelicalism: Rooted in Scripture and the writings of figures throughout church history
*Globally-Minded: Explores evangelical theology and distinctives outside of narrow cultural definitions
*Brief and Accessible: Written for both lay people and church leaders
40 Questions About Arminianism$27.99Add to cart
The actual life and teaching of Jacobus Arminius are often unknown or misunderstood across many Protestant traditions. Answers beyond a basic caricature can be elusive. What are the essential historical backgrounds of Arminianism, and what theological teachings connect to the Arminian point of view? Mixing solid historical research with biblical and doctrinal precision, Baptist scholar J. Matthew Pinson clarifies the foundations of this influential tradition.
40 Questions About Arminianism addresses the following questions and more:
*Who was Jacobus Arminius?
*How has the church interpreted God’s desire that everyone be saved?
*How is Arminianism different from Calvinism?
*Can one be both Reformed and Arminian?
*What is “universal enabling grace”?
*What do Arminians mean by “free will”?
*Do Arminians believe that God predestines individuals to salvation?
*Is it possible for a Christian to apostatize?
An accessible question-and-answer format helps readers pursue the issues that interest them most and encourages a broad understanding of historic and contemporary Arminianism, with additional resources available at 40questions.net.
Truths Table : Black Women’s Musing On Life, Love, And Liberation$26.00Add to cart
A collection of essays and stories documenting the lived theology and spirituality we need to hear in order to lean into a more freeing, loving, and liberating faith–from the hosts of the beloved Truth’s Table podcast
Once upon a time, an activist, a theologian, and a psychologist walked into a group chat. Everything was laid out on the table: Dating. Politics. The Black church. Pop culture. Soon, other Black women began pulling up chairs to gather round. And so, the Truth’s Table podcast was born.
In their literary debut, co-hosts Christina Edmondson, Michelle Higgins, and Ekemini Uwan offer stories by Black women and for Black women exploring theology, politics, race, culture, and gender issues through a Christian lens. For anyone seeking to probe the spiritual dimensions of hot-button issues within the church, or anyone thirsty to deepen their faith, Truth’s Table provides exactly the survival guide we need, including:
– Michelle Higgins’s unforgettable treatise revealing the way “racial reconciliation” is a spiritually bankrupt, empty promise that can often drain us of the ability to do real justice work
– Ekemini Uwan’s exploration of Blackness as the image of God in the past, present, and future
– Christina Edmondson’s reimagination of what a more just and liberating form of church discipline might look like–one that acknowledges and speaks to the trauma in the room
These essays deliver a compelling theological re-education and pair the spiritual formation and political education necessary for Black women of faith.
Bible Doctrine Workbook$24.99Add to cart
A WORKBOOK to Help You Explore and Reflect on Life’s Most Important Theological Questions.
How do we know the Bible is God’s Word? What is sin and where did it come from? How is Jesus fully God and fully man? What are spiritual gifts? When and how will Christ return?
If you’ve asked questions like these, then systematic theology is no abstract term. It’s an approach to finding answers every Christian needs to know. The Bible Doctrine WORKBOOK accompanies Wayne Grudem’s highly regarded Bible Doctrine. Following the textbook’s structure, the WORKBOOK features review material and exercises for every chapter, and all major areas of Christian doctrine are covered, including:
*The Word of God
*Christ and the Holy Spirit
*The Application of Redemption
The WORKBOOK maintains the clear writing, friendly tone, and frequent applications to life found in the textbook. Students will benefit from this hands-on engagement with the important teachings in Bible Doctrine.
Bible Doctrine Second Edition$44.99Add to cart
Explore Answers to Life’s Most Important Theological Questions. Over 175,000 Copies Sold!
How do we know the Bible is God’s Word? What is sin and where did it come from? How is Jesus fully God and fully man? What are spiritual gifts? When and how will Christ return?
If you’ve asked questions like these, then systematic theology is no abstract term. It’s an approach to finding answers every Christian needs to know. The second edition of Bible Doctrine takes a widely used upper-level textbook on systematic theology and makes it accessible. Abridged from the second edition of Wayne Grudem’s award-winning Systematic Theology, Bible Doctrine covers the same essentials of the faith, giving you a firm grasp on seven key topics:
*The Doctrine of the Word of God
*The Doctrine of God
*The Doctrine of Man
*The Doctrine of Christ
*The Doctrine of the Application of Redemption
*The Doctrine of the Church
*The Doctrine of the Future.
You don’t need to have had several years of Bible college or seminary training to reap the benefits of Bible Doctrine. It’s easy to understand and packed with biblical answers to your most pressing theological questions.
This new edition now includes:
*New, thoughtful critiques of open theism, the new perspective on Paul, Molinism (or “middle knowledge”), “Free Grace” theology, and the preterist view of Christ’s second coming
*Completely revised, stronger chapter on the clarity of ScriptureCompletely revised, stronger chapter on creation and evolution. New discussion of how biblical inerrancy applies to some specific “problem verses” in the Gospels
*Additional material respectfully explaining evangelical Protestant differences with Roman Catholicism (with extensive interaction with the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church), Protestant liberalism, and Mormonism
*Completely updated bibliographies
*All Scripture quotations updated from RSV to ESV
*An explanation of why monogenes in John 3:16 and elsewhere should be translated as “only begotten” rather than merely “only”
*An extensive discussion on the eternal submission of the Son to the Father
*A discussion of recent criticisms of the penal substitutionary view of the atonement
*Numerous other updates and corrections that have be prompted by letters and emails from people around the world and by interaction with the students Wayne has taught over the last 26 years both at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and at Phoenix Seminary
Practical Religion : Essential Biblical Truths For Daily Christian Living$24.99Add to cart
Practical Religion, by J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), was first published in 1878 and is renowned as a theological and apologetic Christian “classic”-esteemed for its clear, profound and penetrating narrative on the practice of genuine Christian living. Within its pages, Ryle masterfully unfolds practical biblical truths in a series of treatises, or “papers” as he calls them, each written to address a critical aspect of where personal faith in Christ and the practice of that faith in holy living unite and are essential for Christian growth and effective discipleship.
Ryle exposes hypocrisy and nominalism in religion, or “Churchianity” as he calls it, which was as systemic in his day as it is today. His poignant narrative appeals to the evangelical Church as well as to individuals who profess to be Christians-a call to self-examination in all things, and a return to sound Biblical truths seriously and practically applied in every aspect of life.
Ryle’s powerful, engaging style penetrates the heart and challenges the mind of its readers and is not for the faint of heart. Ryle’s design is to stir the hearts and minds of those who genuinely and humbly seek a deeper abiding, surrendered life in Christ. No wonder his equally renowned contemporary English minister, Charles Spurgeon, considered Ryle “An evangelical champion. One of the bravest and best of men.” J.I. Packer calls Practical Religion, “The manual for the practice of Christianity.”
J. C. (John Charles) Ryle was the first Bishop of Liverpool, England, and one of the most influential evangelical ministers and writers of the nineteenth century. He was renowned for his rare ability to bring the riches of Biblical truth, plainly and powerfully, to the hearts of his hearers and readers.
Practical Religion will enrich the believer’s walk with Christ and provide the Church with much needed insight for preaching and living genuine Christianity, now and in every generation!
Orthodoxy : With Annotations And Guided Reading By Trevin Wax$19.99Add to cart
Catholics and Protestants alike have long appreciated Chesterton’s Orthodoxy as a classic work of apologetics. It is his recounting of his quest to found a new religion, a philosophy of life that would include everything that makes most sense of the world, only to discover at the end of his journey that the religion and its philosophy already exist. It is Christianity. However, due to the temporal and cultural difference between us and Chesterton in 1908, much of the book is not easy to understand upon first (or second) reading. This version of Orthodoxy (with annotations and guided reading) will make Chesterton’s classic more accessible for the first-time reader and will also provide enjoyment for the person who has enjoyed Orthodoxy for many years.
What Is Christianity$19.95Add to cart
In this book, Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) provides a historical sketch on the nature of Christianity and the unifying power of Christ. He proceeds from unity to diversity–on what the Christian church agrees and the areas where it differs. It is apologetic and evangelistic, ecumenical and Reformed, and historical and theological in scope. In this succinct book, Bavinck traces the history of Christian doctrine and life, distinguishing the East from the West, and then focusing on the West through the Reformation to the twentieth century. Both at the beginning and the end of the book, he places before the reader what he deemed the most important religious and theological question of the day: Who is Jesus?