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Surprised by Hope

Surprised by Hope Book
Author : N. T. Wright
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release : 2014-02-15
ISBN : 9780062089977
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Challenges popular beliefs about what happens after death with a lively defense of a literal resurrection of Jesus, exploring the human expectation of "new heavens and new earth" to share details about the existence of the dead who are awaiting a second coming of Christ. 40,000 first printing.

Surprised by Hope

Surprised by Hope Book
Author : Tom Wright
Publisher : SPCK Publishing
Release : 2011-01-01
ISBN : 9780281064779
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Tom Wright outlines the present confusion about future hope in both church and world. Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. This book will surprise and excite all who are interested in the meaning of life not only after death but before it.

Surprised by Hope Participant s Guide

Surprised by Hope Participant s Guide Book
Author : Nicholas Thomas Wright
Publisher : Zondervan
Release : 2010
ISBN : 031032470X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Many Christians believe that their future in heaven is all that really matters, but that's not what the Bible teaches. Premier Bible scholar Wright goes inside the Scriptures to grasp the full, breathtaking hope Jesus offers the world, and its implications for how people live their lives today as believers.

Surprised by Hope

Surprised by Hope Book
Author : Tom Wright
Publisher : SPCK
Release : 2012-09-11
ISBN : 0281062587
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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What do Christians hope for? To leave this wicked world and go to 'heaven' For the 'kingdom of God' to grow gradually on earth? What do we mean by the 'resurrection of the body', and how does that fit with the popular image of sitting on clouds playing harps? And how does all this affect the way we live in the here and now? Tom Wright, one of our leading theologians, addresses these questions in this provocative and wide-ranging new book. He outlines the present confusion about future hope in both church and world. Then, having explained why Christians believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus himself, he explores the biblical hope for 'new heavens and new earth', and shows how the 'second coming' of Jesus, and the eventual resurrection, belong within that larger picture, together with the intermediate hope for 'heaven'. For many, including many Christians, all this will come as a great surprise. Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. For if God intends to renew the whole creation - and if this has already begun in Jesus' resurrection - the church cannot stop at 'saving souls', but must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God's kingdom in the wider world, bringing healing and hope in the present life. Lively and accessible, this book will surprise and excite all who are interested in the meaning of life not only after death but before it.

Surprised by Hope Participant s Guide

Surprised by Hope Participant s Guide Book
Author : N. T. Wright
Publisher : HarperChristian Resources
Release : 2013-05-22
ISBN : 0310692148
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Many Christians believe our future in heaven is all that really matters. But that's not what the Bible teaches. In this six-session small group Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), premier Bible scholar N. T. Wright brings you inside the Scriptures to grasp the full, breathtaking hope Jesus offers the world, and its impact on your life today. Gain an exciting new vision for your life on earth in light of your future in heaven. Wonderful as is the promise of heaven, a glorious hereafter is just part of what salvation is about. What about today? Jesus called his followers the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Your life here and now is of tremendous consequence, and what you believe about the future has a direct impact on how you live in the present. In six transforming, faith-inspiring sessions, premiere biblical scholar N. T. Wright opens your eyes to the amazing full scope of what God's Word has to say about the world to come and the world that is. Filled with discussion questions, thoughts for reflection, and ideas for personal application, this study guide will help you get the most out of each session as you explore such questions as What is heaven really like? Is our main duty as Christians simply to help non-Christians get there? What hope does the gospel hold for this present life? In what ways does God intend for us to experience that hope personally and spread its healing power to the world around us? Surprised by Hope provides a clearer vision both of the future and of God's kingdom at hand today. This study provides individual and group activities, additional background material, and between-session personal studies that will enhance your experience of the video sessions. Sessions include: Hope for the World The Hope of the Resurrection The Hope of Heaven The Hope of Jesus’ Second Coming The Hope of Salvation The Hope of the Church Designed for use with the Surprised by Hope Video Study (sold separately).

Tom Wright for Everyone

Tom Wright for Everyone Book
Author : Stephen Kuhrt
Publisher : SPCK
Release : 2011-05-19
ISBN : 0281066566
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Tom Wright for Everyone addresses the reticence of many evangelicals to engage with what Tom Wright has been saying for some time. The book looks at key theological questions awaiting an answer and gives an enlightening summary of the theology of Tom Wright, arranged around terms like 'Covenant' 'Heaven' 'Kingdom' 'The resurrection of Jesus' and 'justification' Then, in perhaps the most valuable part of the book, Stephen Kuhrt describes in detail the difference putting Tom Wright's theology into practice has made in his own parish church, pastorally and in terms of mission. The book ends with a clear statement of Tom Wright's challenge to the Church in the second decade of the twenty-first century.

Surprised by Scripture

Surprised by Scripture Book
Author : Tom Wright
Publisher : SPCK
Release : 2014-08-21
ISBN : 0281069867
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In this challenging collection of his best recent sermons and speeches, Tom Wright provides a series of case studies that show how the Bible can be applied to pressing contemporary issues, including: • How it is possible to love the Bible and affirm evolution • Why belief in heaven means we should be at the forefront of the environmental movement • Where Christians today have lost focus, and why it is important for them to engage in politics Helpful, practical, and wise, Surprised by Scripture demonstrates how to affirm the Bible in today's world—as well as mapping out new ways of applying its principles and engaging effectively with the world around us.

Evangelical Theology

Evangelical Theology Book
Author : Michael F. Bird
Publisher : Zondervan Academic
Release : 2013-10-29
ISBN : 0310494427
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Evangelical Theology is a systematic theology written from the perspective of a biblical scholar. Michael F. Bird contends that the center, unity, and boundary of the evangelical faith is the evangel (= gospel), as opposed to things like justification by faith or inerrancy. The evangel is the unifying thread in evangelical theology and the theological hermeneutic through which the various loci of theology need to be understood. Using the gospel as a theological leitmotif—an approach to Christian doctrine that begins with the gospel and sees each loci through the lens of the gospel—this text presents an authentically evangelical theology, as opposed to an ordinary systematic theology written by an evangelical theologian. According to the author, theology is the drama of gospelizing—performing and living out the gospel in the theatre of Christian life. The text features tables, sidebars, and questions for discussion. The end of every part includes a “What to Take Home” section that gives students a run-down on what they need to know. And since reading theology can often be dry and cerebral, the author applies his unique sense of humor in occasional “Comic Belief” sections so that students may enjoy their learning experience through some theological humor added for good measure.

The End of History Pentecostals and a Fresh Approach to the Apocalypse

The End of History  Pentecostals and a Fresh Approach to the Apocalypse Book
Author : Robert P. Menzies
Publisher : ACPT Press
Release : 2022-02-03
ISBN : 0578360551
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Many have grown tired of confusing interpretations of the book of Revelation which feature end-time scenarios that either miss the mark or appear largely irrelevant to their lives. A fresh approach is needed if we are to recapture the vitality of John’s message and receive its desperately needed truths. The End of History offers precisely this, with its call for Pentecostals in general and the Assemblies of God in particular to reassess doctrinal statements rooted in a dispensational premillennial perspective. In their place, Menzies offers eight eschatological essentials—all of which flow from a careful reading of the Apocalypse—that call us to face the future with purpose and hope.

The Confusion of Worlds

The Confusion of Worlds Book
Author : Heiner Schwenke
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release : 2019-01-31
ISBN : 1532656041
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The idea of the resurrection of the physical body and the eternal continuation of life with this body in a future paradisiacal kingdom of God on earth is one of the most enigmatic of religious ideas. It fully contradicts our knowledge of the transitoriness of all things in this universe. According to the author, the origin for this idea lies in certain forms of otherworld experiences, as, for example, reported by people who had near-death experiences: encounters with the dead in brilliantly beautiful bodies and the experience of paradisiacal, seemingly earthly landscapes. He observes that cultures with a pre-modern cosmology sometimes projected such otherworld experiences onto this world, to distant and unknown locations on earth. These experiences were the blueprint for an expectation of paradisiacal conditions on earth. The author establishes parallels between the reports of otherworld experiences and the eschatological ideas of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Christianity. He shows that otherworld experiences can indeed foster the expectation of paradisiacal conditions on earth by referring to the Ghost Dance movement of the Lakota people in 1890. He presumes that the confusion of worlds proved fatal not only for the Lakota people but also for Jesus of Nazareth.

Life after Death

Life after Death Book
Author : Anthony C. Thiselton
Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release : 2011-12-05
ISBN : 1467434884
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Writing in the wake of a near-fatal stroke, eminent theologian Anthony C. Thiselton addresses a universally significant topic: death and what comes next. This distinctive study of "the last things" comprehensively explores questions about individual death, the intermediate state, the return of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, hell, the final state of the redeemed, and more. At once scholarly and pastoral, Thiselton's Life after Death offers biblically astute, historically informed, and intellectually sound answers -- making this book an invaluable resource for thinking Christians.

The Power of Ugly

The Power of Ugly Book
Author : Jamie J. Stilson
Publisher : Harmon Press
Release : 2010-11
ISBN : 1935959026
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Discovering The Power of Ugly will cost you your pride. You will learn to take off your religious masks and stand naked before God. Ugly will liberate you from a false spirituality which pretends that being spiritual means that you stop being a real, flawed human being. Ugly is a celebration of the beauty of God's grace reflected through our weaknesses, not our strengths.

The Lost Message of Paul

The Lost Message of Paul Book
Author : Steve Chalke
Publisher : SPCK
Release : 2019-06-20
ISBN : 0281079412
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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We have misunderstood Paul, badly. We have read his words through our own set of assumptions. We need to begin with Paul’s world view, to see things the way he saw them. · What if ‘original sin’ was never part of Paul’s thinking? · What if the idea that we are saved by faith in Christ, as Luther argued, was based on a mistranslation of Paul’s words and a misunderstanding of Paul’s thinking? ‘Over the centuries,’ writes Steve Chalke, ‘the Church has repeatedly failed to communicate, or even understand, the core of Paul’s message. Although Paul has often been presented as the champion of exclusion, he was the very opposite. He was the great includer.’ Steve Chalke MBE is a Baptist minister, founder and leader of the Oasis Charitable Trust, and author of more than 50 books.

New Creation Eschatology and the Land

New Creation Eschatology and the Land Book
Author : Steven L. James
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release : 2017-09-27
ISBN : 1498245242
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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What will the final state of the redeemed look like? Throughout the history of the church, conceptions of the final state have tended to minimize the promise of the new heavens and new earth. In contrast to the historical dominance of spiritual, heavenly, non-temporal conceptions of the final state, the last two decades have witnessed a rise in conceptions that include the redemption of material, earthly, and temporal reality. These "new creation" conceptions have included proposals regarding the fulfillment of Old Testament land promises. In New Creation Eschatology and the Land, Steven L. James argues that in recent new creation conceptions of the final state there is a logical inconsistency between the use of Old Testament texts to inform a renewed earth and the exclusion of the territory of Israel from that renewed earth. By examining a select group of new creationists, James shows that the exclusion of the territorial restoration of Israel in a new creation conception fails to appreciate the role of the particular territory in Old Testament prophetic texts and results in an inconsistent new creationism.

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology Book
Author : Anthony C. Thiselton
Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release : 2015-10-21
ISBN : 1467444138
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

In this concise, one-volume systematic theology, celebrated scholar Anthony Thiselton comprehensively covers the spectrum of Christian doctrine with an eye to practical application for Christian discipleship. Written with students and busy ministers in mind, this book is readable and accessible, comprising fifteen chapters of relatively equal length, with each chapter containing five evenly balanced subsections for teaching and learning convenience. Rather than setting out an abstract system, Thiselton explores theology as a living, organic whole. The book thus includes biblical foundations, historical thought, contemporary writers, and practical implications. Expertly incorporating biblical exegesis, philosophy, conceptual grammar, and hermeneutics, this work is the most succinct multidisciplinary systematic theology available.

A Parent s Guide to Holy Week and Easter

A Parent s Guide to Holy Week and Easter Book
Author : Axis
Publisher : David C Cook
Release : 2018-08-01
ISBN : 0830776885
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Sometimes we do things so much that it can be easy to forget their significance. For Christians, Holy Week and Easter can become like that. This year, allow this guide to help you regain an appreciation and deep grasp of just how significant this time is, as well as help you communicate that in meaningful ways to your kids. Parent Guides are your one-stop shop for biblical guidance on teen culture, trends, and struggles. In 15 pages or fewer, each guide tackles issues your teens are facing right now—things like doubts, the latest apps and video games, mental health, technological pitfalls, and more. Using Scripture as their backbone, these Parent Guides offer compassionate insight to teens’ world, thoughts, and feelings, as well as discussion questions and practical advice for impactful discipleship.

New World New Church

New World  New Church  Book
Author : Hannah Steele
Publisher : SCM Press
Release : 2017-11-30
ISBN : 0334054907
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The emerging church movement has quickly become one of the fastest growing ecclesiological phenomena in the west today. But there is still a debate to be had about how the church understands its identity and purpose within postmodern culture. Offering an assessment of the impact of the emerging church upon the church in the West, and examining the thinking of the movement's leading proponents including Brian McLaren and Rob Bell, "New World, New Church?" affirms what is good and insightful in the emerging church and offers a robust critical evaluation of its theological revisions. Table of Contents: 1. What is the Emerging Church? 2. The Emerging Church and Culture 3. The Emerging Church and Eschatology 4. The Emerging Church and Missiology 5. The Emerging Church and Ecclesiology 6 The Church of Tomorrow Bibliography

Practicing Prayer for the Dead

Practicing Prayer for the Dead Book
Author : James B. Gould
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release : 2016-11-04
ISBN : 1498284574
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Throughout history Christians have prayed for the dead. This book challenges Protestants, who seldom pray for the dead, to begin doing so, and Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox, who pray only for the Christian dead, to include the unsaved as well. Gould discusses the meaning of prayer for final consummation of all things, growth of the blessed in heaven, purification of the imperfect in purgatory, and salvation of the unsaved in hell--identifying the necessary conception of the afterlife required by each particular prayer. He also reflects on the spiritual value of prayer for the departed--how it enhances faith, builds hope, and sharpens discipleship--and provides some sample prayers for public liturgy and private devotion. In essence, Practicing Prayer for the Dead offers an outline of theology from the perspective of death, arguing that prayer for all the departed is one aspect of a tightly knit web of doctrines. The argument, while revisionary in some respects, is orthodox, ecumenical, and integrative, engaging a range of academic disciplines so as to be biblically accurate, historically informed, and philosophically reasoned.

The Gospel in the Dock

The Gospel in the Dock Book
Author : Bryan M. Christman
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release : 2021-08-10
ISBN : 1725277247
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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C. S. Lewis famously penned the phrase “God in the Dock” and proposed that there was a “great divide” between ancient and modern humans, in that our ancestors would have rightly seen themselves “in the dock” before God, while we moderns have placed God there before us. But what if what God's love most desires for us, the gospel or “good news” of the only way of life for humanity, has been “in the dock” before us from the time of Adam and Eve? And what if it is also the case that the gospel is often “in the dock” as though it is not good—even for the church? This book builds upon and expands the “life and death” stakes Lewis proposed by demonstrating that the gospel way of faith itself has been placed in the dock by us and in many ways ruined our relationships with God, with our own selves, with one another, and even with the natural world itself which we are meant to “steward” for its good. In these pages the reader will discover why the gospel that requires faith is good news, but why we so tragically default to our divisive and self-destructive ways.

The Fullness of Time in a Flat World

The Fullness of Time in a Flat World Book
Author : Scott Waalkes
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release : 2010-01-01
ISBN : 162189052X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Best-selling author Thomas Friedman says that globalization has made the world flat and that we cannot stop the process. But while it is right to say that globalization tends to flatten our world, it is wrong to say that there are no alternatives to current patterns of economic, ecological, political, and cultural integration. This book argues that the Christian liturgical calendar provides a constructive alternative to the globalization of economics, ecologies, politics, and cultures. It does so by incorporating the church into the fullness of time in the gospel narrative, thereby helping us escape from the dead end of Friedman's flat world so that we can improvise healthier ways of being globally integrated.