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Living In God S Two Kingdoms

Author : David VanDrunen
ISBN : 143352452X
Genre : Religion
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Modern movements such as neo-Calvinism, the New Perspective on Paul, and the emerging church have popularized a view of Christianity and culture that calls for the redemption of earthly society and institutions. Many Christians have reflexively embraced this view, enticed by the socially active and engaged faith it produces. Living in God’s Two Kingdoms illustrates how a two-kingdoms model of Christianity and culture affirms much of what is compelling in these transformationist movements while remaining faithful to the whole counsel of Scripture. By focusing on God’s response to each kingdom—his preservation of the civil society and his redemption of the spiritual kingdom—VanDrunen teaches readers how to live faithfully in each sphere. Highlighting vital biblical distinctions between honorable and holy tasks, VanDrunen’s analysis will challenge Christians to be actively and critically engaged in the culture around them while retaining their identities as sojourners and exiles in this world.

God S Glory Alone The Majestic Heart Of Christian Faith And Life

Author : David VanDrunen
ISBN : 9780310515821
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Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations, often referred to as the ‘solas’: sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five statements summarize much of what the Reformation was about, and they distinguish Protestantism from other expressions of the Christian faith. Protestants place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to do all things for God’s glory. In God’s Glory Alone—The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life, renowned scholar David VanDrunen looks at the historical and biblical roots of the idea that all glory belongs to God alone. He examines the development of this theme in the Reformation, in subsequent Reformed theology and confessions, and in contemporary theologians who continue to be inspired by the conviction that all glory belongs to God. Then he turns to the biblical story of God's glory, beginning with the pillar of cloud and fire revealed to Israel, continuing through the incarnation, death, and exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ, and culminating in Christ's Second Coming and the glorification of his people. In light of these wonderful biblical themes he concludes by addressing several of today's great cultural challenges and temptations—such as distraction and narcissism—and reflecting on how commitment to God's glory alone fortifies us to live godly lives in this present evil age.

Christians In Society

Author : William Henry Lazareth
ISBN : 1451420226
Genre : Religion
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"This user-friendly, informative historical theology also challenges contemporary Christians at affirm common biblical ground for theological ethics and to facilitate more public social witness."--BOOK JACKET.

Natural Law And The Two Kingdoms

Author : David VanDrunen
ISBN : 9780802864437
Genre : Religion
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Conventional scholarship holds that the theology and social ethics of the Reformed tradition stand at odds with concepts of natural law and the two kingdoms. But David VanDrunen here challenges that status quo through his careful, thoroughgoing exploration of the development of Reformed social thought from the Reformation to the present. - from publisher description.

Overflowing Earth

Author : James G. Landis
ISBN : 9781469190419
Genre : Religion
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From cover to cover Overflowing Earth proclaims a reassuring truth, "Without a gardener, there will never be a garden." Overflowing Earthis for those who doubt all the scary predictions about the future of planet earthfrightening pandemics; worldwide shortages of food, water, oil, power, and even pure air. This book explains why all the prophets of doom have repeatedly been wrong and shows that, except for war, mankind's lot on the earth has dramatically improved, especially in the last two centuries. In contrast to a message of gloom, doom, and disbelief in a Creator God, Overflowing Earthproclaims a message of peace and plenty. Overflowing Earth shows how God designed the earth to be a garden of plenty, filled with human beings who obey and worship Him. If man chooses to work in sync with God, the earth can indeed be a place of abundance, an Overflowing Earth.

Feet On Earth Head In Heaven

Author : Norma Jean Duncan
ISBN : 9781621895138
Genre : Religion
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Norma Jean Duncan found God following a personal revelation of his love. In a life now dedicated to him, she offers her readers an account of her journey that illustrates the difficulties of living in a secular world with a heavenly perspective. Duncan weaves personal reflections into her discussions on the glory of God, prayer, love, forgiveness, obedience, and terminal illness and shows the relevance of scriptural wisdom to the life of every modern believer. There are chapters on eternal scriptural truth, and the factors that corrupt it and lead to the promotion of intolerance and injustice in organized religion. The author examines this difficulty in relation to subjects like creation, sexuality, gender submission, faith and works, the spiritual standing of those who have no knowledge of Christ, and the rise of aggressive atheism. Through discussion of these controversial but important topics, her intention is that the Christian community will lead and not follow the contemporary secular world.

The Gift Of Grace

Author : Niels Henrik Gregersen
ISBN : 1451418809
Genre : Religion
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This landmark volume, the first of two, assesses the prospects and promise of Lutheran theology at the opening of a new millennium. From four continents, the thirty noted and respected contributors not only gauge how such classic themes as grace, the cross, and justification wear today but also look to key issues of ecumenism, social justice, global religious life, and the impact of contemporary science on Christian belief.

Hearing God S Voice For Yourself

Author : Marilyn Parmelee
ISBN : 9781462814800
Genre : Religion
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Are you searching for God´s voice? This is a practical, easy to follow book with plenty of exercises and examples. This book WILL change your life. Jennifer Lyle This is a serious manual packed with real exercises that have been tested and if followed you´ll learn to hear the voice of God. Josephine Walker, MED Finally! A book to exercise ones spiritual being! What a practical application for everyday problems and decisions. Patricia Neeley You will find this book an excellent resource for learning and developing a daily spiritual discipline. Prophet Lauro Adame - Founding Pastor of The Lion´s Den Church

Ecclesiastes Song Of Songs

Author : Iain Provan
ISBN : 9780310872085
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The NIV Application Commentary Ecclesiastes/Song of Songs. Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs have always presented particular challenges to their readers, especially if those readers are seeking to understand them as part of Christian Scripture. Ecclesiastes regularly challenges the reader as to grammar and syntax. The interpretation even of words which occur frequently in the book is often unclear and a matter of dispute, partly because there is frequent word-play in the course of the argument. The argument is itself complex and sometimes puzzling and has often provoked the charge of inconsistency or outright self-contradiction. When considered in the larger context of the OT, Ecclesiastes stands out as an unusual book, whose connection with the main stream of biblical tradition seems tenuous. We find ourselves apparently reading about the meaninglessness of life and the certainty of death in a universe in which God is certainly present but is distant and somewhat uninvolved. When considered in the context of the NT, the dissonance between Ecclesiastes and its scriptural context seems even greater; for if there is one thing that we do not find in this book, it is the joy of resurrection. Perhaps this is one reason why Ecclesiastes is seldom read or preached on in modern churches. The Song of Songs (also known as the Song of Solomon) has been read, historically, by Christians, in two primary ways—as a text which concerns the love and sexual intimacy of human beings and as a text which uses the language of human love and intimacy to speak of something else—the relationship between Christ and the church. Christians have often felt that they must choose between these options—that a text about human love and sexual intimacy could not be at the same time a spiritual text. It is one of the challenges of reading the Song to explore how far this is necessarily true and how far Christian readers have been influenced in their reading more by Platonism and Gnosticism than by biblical thinking about the nature of the human being and of human sexuality. Another challenge is to discover whether the Song is really one “song” at all, or simply a haphazard collection of shorter poems cast together because of their common theme of love; and still another is to gain clarity on what, precisely, is the connection between the Song and Solomon. This commentary sets out to wrestle honestly with all the challenges of reading these biblical books—the challenges of reading the texts in themselves, and the challenges of reading them as intrinsic parts of Christian Scripture. Using the standard structure of the NIVAC series, it explores their “original meaning,” the “bridging contexts” that enable their journey to the present, and their “contemporary significance.” In the course of the exploration, these books are seen to be deeply relevant in what they have to say both to the contemporary church and the contemporary culture.

Chazowth Of The New Millennium

Author : Fritz Bazin
ISBN : 9781418424466
Genre : Religion
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Despite living amongst luxuries only the son of eccentrically rich socialites could have, Scott Benson is miserable and alone. With limited connection to his parents and even less to his classmates, all Scott can do with his life is narrate someone else's. Sitting alone in the cafeteria, he meets Tristan, a charismatic stranger with an insatiable desire for excitement. Within one week, Scott is catapulted into the center of his high school's most elite social circle; a new world is suddenly opened to him and it's all he can do to follow along. He gets his first taste of drugs and alcohol, watches as his new best friend dates the girl of his dreams, and finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of others, all in the name of good fun. Yet even as Scott is trying to make heads or tails of the chaos, Tristan's appetite for adventure only continues to grow, escalating from the innocently daring to the recklessly destructive.

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