Coffee Shop Conversations: Evangelical Perspectives on by Russell L. Meek,N. Blake Hearson

By Russell L. Meek,N. Blake Hearson

there are many matters within the public sq. confronting the Western church. whereas there are any variety of books to be had on all the issues engaged during this number of essays—just struggle, relations making plans, leisure, immigration, politics, monetary recession, reasonable alternate, and health and wellbeing care—there isn't any compact consultant that ways every one of those matters from an evangelical standpoint. Coffee store Conversations does simply that. The booklet doesn't goal to handle every one factor exhaustively; as an alternative, it bargains an evangelical method of those issues, with the hopes that the door may be opened for additional dialog.

This ebook brings jointly the services of numerous evangelical students who're dedicated to serving the church via scholarship. the amount is for that reason excellent for scholar ministry, Sunday institution periods, small teams, and contributors attracted to attractive the broader tradition from a stance that's good reasoned and dedicated to biblical religion and practice.

“Scholarly with out being pedantic, priceless with no being burdensome, this new paintings by means of various younger students presents dialogue on a number of wanted issues. As an ethicist myself, i'm continually overjoyed to work out younger students delve into components of wanted dialogue. i'm excited this booklet has been written and that those essays could good obtain a much wider viewers. Of instances while believers should be salt and lightweight, that day is now! I commend this team for relocating us from the place we're to the place we should be!”
—Frank S. web page, President and leader government Officer, Southern Baptist conference govt Committee

Coffee store Conversations is as provocative because it is informative. The authors don't presume to supply ‘definitive’ solutions to our generation’s such a lot urgent moral difficulties, yet they're going to definitely get us considering. You’ll disagree with a few of it (I did) and you’ll reap the benefits of it all. I can’t think a extra fascinating publication to take advantage of as a dialogue starter with acquaintances in any Christian setting.”
—Gary M. Burge, Professor of latest testomony, Wheaton collage and Graduate School

Russell L. Meek is an accessory teacher and doctoral pupil at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He additionally serves because the affiliate editor for magazine for the Evangelical research of the previous testomony and is an assistant e-book assessment editor for magazine of Hebrew Scriptures.

N. Blake Hearson is an affiliate professor of previous testomony and Hebrew at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor of small teams at church buildings and has been a member of the college at Columbia Evangelical Seminary.

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Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of by Donald E. Miller,Kimon H. Sargeant,Richard Flory

By Donald E. Miller,Kimon H. Sargeant,Richard Flory

Pentecostalism is the quickest turning out to be spiritual circulation on this planet, presently expected to have no less than 500 million adherents. within the movement's early years, such a lot Pentecostal converts lived in relative poverty, but the swiftly moving social ecology of Pentecostal Christians comprises many middle-class participants, in addition to more and more teens attracted through the song and colourful worship of those church buildings. The stereotypical view of Pentecostals as "other-worldly" and disengaged from politics and social ministry is additionally being challenged, as Pentecostals-including many that are devoted to operating for social and political change-constitute growing to be minorities in lots of international locations. Spirit and Power addresses 3 major questions: the place is Pentecostalism transforming into globally? Why it's turning out to be? what's its social and political influence? The participants to this quantity contain theologians, historians, and social scientists, who carry their assorted disciplinary views to endure on those empirical questions. The essays draw on large survey study in addition to in-depth ethnographic box tools, with analyses delivering diverging and occasionally competing causes for the expansion and effect of Pentecostalism round the world.

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Finding Our Balance: Repositioning Mainstream Protestantism by Ronald P. Byars,Thomas W. Currie

By Ronald P. Byars,Thomas W. Currie

Mainstream American Protestantism is struggling with an identification drawback. we aren't fundamentalists, however it is straightforward to outline ourselves in response to them. Paralyzed through the surprise of a cultural flip towards skepticism, we're tempted to make allies of the skeptics, in part to distance ourselves from the non secular correct and partially to put declare to credibility in a milieu during which it truly is ok to be religious yet to not be spiritual. A outcome is that we discover ourselves taking part in within the shallow finish of the pool. The ancient Protestant precept serves as an enabler while it privileges wondering over confirmation, inflicting us to lose the required stability among the 2. American-style well-known Protestantism because it has advanced doesn't have robust sufficient foundations to resist cultural pressures. studying an identification worthy being taken heavily would require revisiting the large catholic and reforming culture so one can locate an authoritative instead of purely reactive voice. The problem is theological, yet to not educational theology. The problem fairly is to the theology that sustains the neighborhood congregation via educating, definitely, yet such a lot pressingly via preaching and worship. the days demand considerate and strategic repositioning.

"It is to be was hoping that the voice of Ron Byars may be broadly heard this day in mainstream American Protestantism. here's a big argument for the much-needed authority of a nuanced orthodoxy, for the restoration of notice and sacrament on the middle of the lifetime of our church buildings, for tub, booklet, meal, and attentiveness to the bad because the unobscured valuable schedule of our Sunday conferences. when you are considering the identification and faithfulness of your personal congregation, take and read!"
--Gordon W. Lathrop, Past-President, Societas Liturgica and North American Academy of Liturgy, Philadelphia, PA

"Ron Byars is at his absolute best in Finding Our Balance,demonstrating the brain of a considerate student and the center of a professional pastor, preacher, and worship chief. during this powerfully persuasive publication, he essentially names the church's idolatrous try to make peace with the needs of the encircling tradition and demands an unashamed re-claiming of the church's doctrinal allegiance to Jesus Christ as expressed within the old creeds and classical liturgy of the church. think me, this booklet simply may be a online game changer within the lifetime of mainstream Protestantism."
--Ron Luckey, retired ELCA pastor, Lexington, KY

"A provocative and sensible dialog among Tillich's 'Protestant precept' and Barth's theological 'modesty'--a modesty Barth rooted no longer within the fallibility of God's notice yet of human phrases. Byars reminds us that God's notice is expressed within the religion of the church ('orthodoxy'), a dwelling culture preserved in liturgy--both the major and the perform of it in worship--with consciousness to the main needy between us."
--Tom Trinidad, pastor, religion Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs, CO

Ronald Byars is Professor Emeritus of Preaching and Worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia, the place he taught following decades in pastoral ministry in either Michigan and Kentucky. as well as Christian Worship (2000), his latest publication is The Sacraments in Biblical Perspective (2011). He lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Pursued by a Relentless God by Shawn Brace

By Shawn Brace

We cover. God seeks. Eternity awaits.

- Christ may have in simple terms pursued us to the purpose of taking up human flesh. that will were unimaginable enough.

- He can have pursued us to Pilate's courtyard and suffered there the lashes from the Roman squaddies, and the jeers from the mocking crowd. that will were unfathomable.

- He might also have pursued us to Calvary and allowed His palms to be brutally fixed to a lifeless tree and a crown of thorns to be thrust upon His head. that might were inexplicable.

But He went extra. Infinitely extra. He pursued us the entire method to hell - with none warrantly He may ever go back. this can be the self-abandonment that drove our Savior. this is often how a long way grace will pursue.

Shawn Brace brings impressive perception to a subject matter in grave chance of changing into typical: grace. "A humorous factor occurs whilst one selections up the outdated Testament," says Brace. "Amidst the rubble of a supposedly indignant God, one discovers relatively the opposite.... the guts of this testomony finds a God who loves. A God who cares. A God who pursues."

If the be aware grace has misplaced its resonance, Pursued will powerfully realign its value and event the lifetime of somebody burnt out through "playing" church.

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Praying Our Days: A Guide and Companion by Frank T. Griswold

By Frank T. Griswold

This booklet is the 1st new devotional source of its variety for Episcopalians in additional than generations.

It contains devotions to mark the rhythm of the day (brief prayers at mounted hours); the secret of time and the rhythm of the week, the months, and the Christian yr; self-examination and guidance for reconciliation and the Eucharist; intercessory prayers; devotions to the mummy of Jesus; praying with the saints; plus praying with icons, beads, and different aids. each one portion of the booklet will open with a short advent and instructing through Bishop Griswold, guiding the reader within the potent use of the material.

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Theologians of the Baptist Tradition by Timothy George,David S. Dockery

By Timothy George,David S. Dockery

Baptists' Timothy George and David S. Dockery replace and considerably reshape their vintage ebook for you to look after and notice the Baptists' “underappreciated contribution to Christianity's theological heritage.” George and Dockery have re-arranged this volume—considerably abbreviated from the seven hundred web page first edition—in gentle of the Southern Baptist id controversy.

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Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521 by Philip Melanchthon

By Philip Melanchthon

This is arguably Philip Melanchthon's most vital paintings. somebody drawn to the background of the Lutheran Reformation will locate that this e-book, the 1st Lutheran paintings of "systematic theology," is gifted in a really vigorous, obtainable English translation, with wide, useful footnotes that designate the folk and ideas utilized by Melanchthon to provide an explanation for the Gospel. 


  • Clear English translation
  • Scripture index
  • Index of topics and names
  • Extensive historic advent by way of translator Dr. Christian Preus
  • Extensive footnotes explaining terminology, background, and theology

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The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh: Pentecostalism and the by Amos Yong

By Amos Yong

The Pentecostal circulation has had an important effect at the form of globally Christianity some time past century. Estimates are that Pentecostals and charismatics make up nearly one-fourth of Christians around the world, and the numbers are just anticipated to develop. With those advancements comes the necessity for considerate Christians of all persuasions to higher comprehend Pentecostal theology. in truth, Amos Yong believes that Pentecostal theology could be a excellent gift to the church at large.

Yong offers a completely Pentecostal theology of salvation, the church, the character of God, and construction. He additionally presents a desirable survey of the nation of globally Pentecostalism, analyzing how Pentecostal theology is influencing Christian church buildings in different countries.

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Baptist Theology (Doing Theology) by Stephen R. Holmes

Thisbook considers the precise rules and expressions of Christian religion to befound within the old Baptist church buildings. an overview of the historical past of theBaptist move can be provided, from its British beginnings in Amsterdam in1609, via its various advancements in Britain, Europe and North the USA, toits all over the world presence and variety this present day, and its dating to many otherchurches with apparently-similar practices (Pentecostal and ‘new’ churches,e.g.).

Holmes attracts a few of the threads jointly, noting the realdiversities within the background of Baptist theology, yet suggesting that during a visionof the current and pressing Lordship of Christ skilled within the localcongregation, there's a thread that hyperlinks every one of these distinctives.