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James Bryan Smith believes we have bought into false notions of happiness and success. In this follow up to his first book, The Good and Beautiful God, Smith traces through the Sermon on the Mount and helps us replace our false beliefs with Jesus' narratives about life in the kingdom of God.
Behind every crisis we read about in the news lurks a moral crisis—a crisis of goodness. To properly address these issues, Pastor Jonathan Dodson thinks we must be formed as people of moral goodness. In this wise and practical book, Dodson takes us back to the Beatitudes, examining each teaching in the context of the new morality in our society today and presenting a compelling portrait of the truly good life.
In this magisterial collection, the contemporary complaints against belief in God are addressed with intellectual passion and rigor by some of the most astute theological and philosophical minds of the day. Including an interview by Gary Habermas with noted convert to theism Antony Flew, and a direct critical response to Richard Dawkins's God Delusion by Alvin Plantinga, God Is Great, God Is Good offers convincing and compelling reassurance that though the world has changed, God has not.
Paul's pastoral letters focus on the objective and universal truth revealed in Jesus. John Stott's teachings from The Message of 1 Timothy and Titus and The Message of 2 Timothy are offered here as brief daily devotional readings, with thirteen weekly studies that take small groups passage by passage through the pastoral letters.
Paul's letter to the Galatians is not only a defense of his authority as an apostle, but also a celebration of the remarkable grace offered through Jesus Christ. John Stott's teachings from The Message of Galatians are offered here as brief daily devotional readings, with nine weekly studies that take small groups passage by passage through Galatians.
Number of Studies: 9
In this inspiring devotional, commentary from our ancient church fathers accompanies weekly Scripture readings following cycle A of the Revised Common Lectionary. Cindy Crosby and Thomas C. Oden also provide brief biographies of the church fathers.
In this anniversary edition of James Bryan Smith's classic book, you are invited to put your thoughts about God and how he works in our lives to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God. Once you've discovered the truth in Scripture, you will learn how to practice spiritual exercises that will help you grow in the knowledge of our good and beautiful God.
Why is it that solid, rational arguments for the Christian faith often fail? James Sire, public defender of the Christian faith, has asked himself that question. Sometimes the arguments themselves just aren't that good. How can we make them better? Sire offers insights on making a persuasive case for Christ.
Douglas Connelly presents eight session LifeGuide® Bible Study on the problem of evil and how we should regard God in light of evil.
Number of Studies: 8
A follow-up to the previous Ancient Christian Devotional, which follows lectionary cycle A, this devotional guide follows lectionary cycle C, which begins in Advent 2009. This guide to prayer and reflection combines excerpts from the writings of the church fathers as found in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture with a simple structure for daily or weekly reading and prayer.