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Paradox Lost

Author : Richard P. Hansen
ISBN : 9780310518396
Genre : Religion
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Too often the tensions and unanswerable questions of Scripture and the Christian life are seen as barriers to faith. In Paradox Lost, pastor and author Richard Hansen shows that they are exactly the opposite -- indeed, God’s mysteries are one of the places where we may encounter him most closely. In exchange for Enlightenment-based rationalism that can stunt spiritual imagination, Hansen invites readers to: Discern that there is a hiddenness to God that can be inviting rather than threatening Appreciate that God is far greater than we sometimes assume, and to adjust our mental maps to make more space for awe Realize that faith and reason are not enemies but rather dance partners that complement one another Hansen examines three kinds, or “orders” of biblical paradox, each at a deeper level than the last, demonstrating for readers that paradox is both endemic to modern life and also a natural part of the landscape of Christian faith. Paradox Lost doesn’t seek to solve or justify paradox; instead, it looks through paradox toward what it reveals--namely a holy, mysterious, and awesome God.

Apologetics At The Cross

Author : Joshua D. Chatraw
ISBN : 9780310524724
Genre : Religion
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Amid the pluralism and secularism of Western culture, Christian apologetics has experienced a renewal of interest. In Apologetics at the Cross, Joshua D. Chatraw and Mark D. Allen provide an introduction to the field, acquainting students and lay learners with the rich history, biblical foundation, and ongoing relevance of apologetics. Unique in its approach, Apologetics at the Cross presents the biblical and historical foundations for apologetics, explores various contemporary methods for approaching apologetics, and gives practical guidance in "how to" chapters that feature many real-life illustrations. With their respectful approach, which pays special attention to the attitude and posture of the apologist, Chatraw and Allen equip Christians to engage skeptics with the heart as well as the mind. Conversational in tone and balanced in approach, Apologetics at the Cross provides a readable introduction to the field of apologetics. Readers will be informed and equipped for engaging a wide range of contemporary challenges with the best in Christian thought.

Paradox Lost

Author : Catherine Skurja
ISBN : 9780985310417
Genre : Religion
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What if there was a way to peel back the broken and tattered pieces of ourselves, and uncover a new life of freedom, adventure, and transformation? For many of us, our misconceptions about the nature and character of the triune God have kept us from the freedom and joy found in our true identity in Christ. Damaging cycles of shame and the endless effort to look the part keep us trapped in drama and fear. Unable to grasp the paradox of a God who is both Lion and Lamb, we end up feeling alone, stuck on the banks of the river while a life of passion and adventure beckons. Using stories of transformation, Paradox Lost presents a framework for understanding our patterns of “stuckness” and provides specific tools for getting off the riverbanks and into the current. With life-giving insight into God’s nature, readers will find the courage to uncover their own wounded places, as well as invite others to experience the wholeness of abundant life in Christ.

Paradoxology

Author : Krish Kandiah
ISBN : 9781444745351
Genre : Religion
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The Christian faith is full of apparent paradoxes: - a compassionate God who sanctions genocide - an all-powerful God who allows horrific suffering - a God who owns everything yet demands so much from his followers - a God who is distant and yet present at the same time Many of us have big questions that the Christian faith seems to leave unanswered. So we push them to the back of our minds, for fear of destabilizing our beliefs. But leaving these questions unexamined is neither healthy for us, nor honouring to God. Rather than shying away from the difficult questions, we need to face them head on. What if the tension between apparently opposing doctrines is exactly where faith comes alive? What if this ancient faith has survived so long not in spite of but precisely because of these apparent contradictions? What if it is in the difficult parts of the Bible that God is most clearly revealed? Paradoxology makes a bold new claim: that the paradoxes that seem like they ought to undermine belief are actually the heart of our vibrant faith, and that it is only by continually wrestling with them - rather than trying to pin them down or push them away - that we can really move forward, individually and together.

Called To Love

Author : Carl Anderson
ISBN : 9780770435745
Genre : Religion
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Explains Pope John Paul II's departure from the traditional Christian viewpoint of the body as a threat to a person's spiritual nature, offering an integrated vision of the body and soul and a new understanding of the divine meaning of human sexuality and the beauty of love.

Kingdom Grace Judgment

Author : Robert Farrar Capon
ISBN : 0802839495
Genre : Religion
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Here in one volume is Robert Farrar Capon's widely praised trilogy on Jesus' parables The Parables of the Kingdom, The Parables of Grace, and The Parables of Judgment. These studies offer a fresh, adventurous look at all of Jesus' parables, treated according to their major themes. With the same authorial flair and daring insight that have earned him a wide readership, Capon admirably bridges the gap between the biblical world and our own, making clear both the original meaning of the parables and their continuing relevance today.

Searching For Spring

Author : Christine Hoover
ISBN : 9781493412730
Genre : Religion
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The Bible says that God makes all things beautiful in their time, but when we look around today we see a broken and marred world. Our reality is so often the "not beautiful" that it's hard to trust that God can make our mess into something good. So how do we live with hope for a future redemption of all things? In Searching for Spring, Christine Hoover takes readers on a treasure hunt for beauty in both familiar and unexpected places. Framed by the changing seasons, this journey will heighten readers' senses and awaken their affections for the creator of it all. For all who are in the midst of suffering, who find their faith withering, who are questioning whether God is at work--or even present--as they wait for something in their lives to become beautiful, this book will be a welcome reminder that God never stops his redemptive work and that there is a time for everything under heaven.

Paradox

Author : Matt Leroy
ISBN : 1632570912
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There are key truths essential to Christianity that can seem contradictory, yet authentic holiness not only embraces them, it is defined by them. This powerful and relevant study seeks to open disciples minds to God s paradoxes, deepening followers faith and challenging them to not be conformed to popular thinking. Transformational growth happens as we move from resisting what we perceive as spiritual opposites, to embracing what God has designed to be formative spiritual tension holding it all together. Five chapters engage key tensions: old and new, faith and works, grace and truth, holiness and love, and trust and reason."

Distant God

Author : Chris Nye
ISBN : 9780802493941
Genre : Religion
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Does God feel far away? There comes a time in every Christian’s life when God feels distant. This feeling can be confusing, discouraging, or even dangerous. Distant God meets us in the middle of this struggle. It helps us think rightly about what we’re experiencing and gives practical ways for drawing near to God. It answers questions like: What does it mean that God is always with me? What role do works (like devotion, confession, and repentance) have in all this? How should I handle spiritual lows and seasons of doubt? When we feel distant from God, we need voices of truth speaking into our lives. Drawing from the story of the prodigal son, Chris Nye takes us through various reasons why we may feel this way and offers encouragement along the way. This is not a book of trite answers or easy solutions, but it offers specific ways of drawing near when God feels distant. It also includes stories of Christians throughout history who have faced this issue in similar ways. Distant God is a biblical and pastoral answer to why God might feel far away and what we can (and cannot) do about it.

Shattered

Author : Frank Pastore
ISBN : 9781589976627
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Former major league pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Frank Pastore tells the story of how his baseball dreams came to an end in June 1984 when a ball crashed into his right elbow, and describes how a renewed faith in God helped him to overcome his disappointment and start a new life.

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