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God's call to the church is to love not just those who are easy to love, but also those we would rather avoid or ignore. Leroy Barber, a leading voice in reconciliation and justice, provides a rousing exhortation to build relationships across barriers, offering practical advice on how to do so. Embrace the challenge to show a divided world the bridge-building power of God's love.
Clark Pinnock, Richard Rice, John Sanders, William Hasker and David Basinger argue for a new perspective on God and his work in the world, both rejecting process theology and demanding reconsideration of classical doctrines of God's immutability, impassability and foreknowledge. A 1995 Christianity Today Book Award winner!
How should the local church think about justice? Adam Gustine provides a theological vision for the church's identity as a just people, where God's character and the pursuit of shalom infuses every aspect of our congregational DNA. In this renewed vision, the church becomes a prophetic alternative to the broken systems of the world and a parable of God's intentions for human flourishing and societal transformation.
To understand our roles in God's global mission, we first need to understand that mission. In this article, author Paul Borthwick shares eight ways that John 3:16 describes the missionary heart of God so that we can find our place as missionaries and disciples in God's kingdom.
The triunity of the Christian God is not just one isolated doctrine among others. Allan Coppedge draws out the implications for our understanding of God's nature, attributes, roles, relationship to creation and providence.
What is it like as a woman in the world of Biblical Studies? For Carmen Imes, author of "Being God's Image" it means being called to teach the Bible but not always embraced within the church. Read about how Scripture's testimony calls for full inclusion of women in gospel ministry.
What does God intend for his broken creation? In this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, Graham A. Cole seeks to answer this question by setting the atoning work of the cross in the broad framework of God's grand plan to restore the created order, and places the story of Jesus, his cross and empty tomb within it.
Has your church lost its sense of gladness? Most Christians resist the idea of pursuing happiness. We're comfortable with finding joy or being blessed, but seeking happiness seems too superficial. Offering a radical call to reclaim happiness, Tim McConnell shares his countercultural vision for radiating a deep sense of joy in a world that desperately needs it.
With Playing God, Andy Crouch opens the subject of power, elucidating its subtle activity in our relationships and institutions. He gives us much more than a warning against abuse, though. Turning the notion of "playing God" on its head, Crouch celebrates power as the gift by which we join in God's creative, redeeming work in the world.
Whether in our careers, churches, schools or families, busyness is the norm, and anything less makes us feel unproductive and anxious. John Koessler understands that rest is not automatic or easy to attain. With honest, biblical reflections on trends in our culture and churches, he presents a unique perspective on how pursuing rest leads us to the heart of God.