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Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship
by Gregory Boyle

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English

Pages

225

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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<b>In a moving example of unconditional love in dif­ficult times, the Jesuit priest and bestselling author of <i>Tattoos on the Heart</i>, Gregory Boyle, shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of kinship.</b><BR><BR>In his first book, <i>Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion</i>, Gregory Boyle introduced us to Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention program in the world<i>. </i>Critics hailed that book as an “astounding literary and spiritual feat” (<i>Publishers Weekly</i>) that is “destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>). Now, after the suc­cessful expansion of Homeboy Industries, Boyle returns with <i>Barking to the Choir </i>to reveal how com­passion is transforming the lives of gang members.<BR> <BR> In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, <i>Barking to the Choir </i>offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. Sergio, arrested at nine, in a gang by twelve, and serving time shortly thereafter, now works with the substance-abuse team at Homeboy to help others find sobriety. Jamal, abandoned by his family when he tried to attend school at age seven, gradually finds forgive­ness for his schizophrenic mother. New father Cuco, who never knew his own dad, thinks of a daily adventure on which to take his four-year-old son. These former gang members uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness.<BR> <BR> This book is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people with a glimpse at a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers. Gently and humorously, <i>Barking to the Choir </i>invites us to find kinship with one another and reconvinces us all of our own goodness.
NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook: Bringing to Life th...
by Zondervan

Language

English

Pages

2400

Publication Date

August 23, 2016

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<p><strong>2017 ECPA BIBLE OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT</strong></p><p>“How I wish someone had put a book like this into my hands 50 years ago.” -<strong> N.T. Wright, </strong>Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland</p><p>“I cannot recommend a study Bible any more than this one: Five stars!” - <strong>Scot McKnight, </strong>Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary</p><p> </p><p><strong>CONTEXT CHANGES EVERYTHING</strong></p><p>You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture.</p><p>That’s what the <em>NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible</em> provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.</p><p>Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.</p><p>The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the Scriptures read. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world.</p><p>The <em>NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible</em>, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S. Keener (Asbury Theological Seminary) in the New Testament, brings to life the ancient world of Scripture for modern readers.</p><p> </p><p>Features:</p><ul><li>The full text of the NIV</li><li>Targeted book introductions explain the context in which each book of the Bible was written</li><li>Insightful and informative verse-by-verse study notes reveal new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar passages</li><li>Key Old Testament (Hebrew) and New Testament terms are explained and expanded upon in two helpful reference features</li><li>Over 300 in-depth articles on key contextual topics</li><li>375 full-color photos, illustrations, and images from around the world</li><li>Dozens of charts, maps, and diagrams in vivid color</li><li>Words of Jesus in red</li><li>Additional study Bible tools: cross references, a concordance, indexes and other helps</li></ul>
Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skepti...
by , Sean McDowell

Language

English

Pages

868

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">The modern apologetics classic that started it all is now completely revised and updated—because the truth of the Bible doesn’t change, but its critics do. With the original Evidence That Demands a Verdict, bestselling author Josh McDowell gave Christian readers the answers they needed to defend their faith against the harshest critics and skeptics. Since that time, Evidence has remained a trusted resource for believers young and old. Bringing historical documentation and the best modern scholarship to bear on the trustworthiness of the Bible and its teachings, this extensive volume has encouraged and strengthened millions. Now, with his son Sean McDowell, Josh McDowell has updated and expanded this classic resource for a new generation. This is a book that invites readers to bring their doubts and doesn’t shy away from the tough questions.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;"> </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">Features Include: </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">• Thoroughly revised and updated from the previous edition </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">• Now co-authored by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">• All-new chapters defending against the latest attacks from Christianity’s critics </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">• Designed to be a go-to reference for even the toughest questions </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">• Offers thoughtful responses to the Bible’s most difficult and extraordinary passages </span></p><p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white;">• Expansive defense of Christianity’s core truths, including the resurrection of Jesus Christ</span></p>
Bearing God: The Life and Works of St. Ignatius of Antioch the Go...
by Andrew Stephen Damick

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English

Pages

192

Publication Date

November 15, 2017

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St. Ignatius, first-century Bishop of Antioch, called the “God-bearer,” is one of the earliest witnesses to the truth of Christ and the nature of the Christian life. Tradition tells us that as a small child, Ignatius was singled out by Jesus Himself as an example of the childlike faith all Christians must possess (see Matthew 18:1–4). In Bearing God, Fr. Andrew Damick recounts the life of this great pastor, martyr, and saint, and interprets for the modern reader five major themes in the pastoral letters he wrote: martyrdom, salvation in Christ, the bishop, the unity of the Church, and the Eucharist.
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christia...
by Nabeel Qureshi

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English

Pages

360

Publication Date

April 19, 2016

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<p>In <em>Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, </em>now expanded with bonus content, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way.</p><p>Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi struggled with an inner turmoil that will challenge Christians, Muslims, and all those who are interested in the world’s greatest religions.</p><p>Engaging and thought-provoking, <em>Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus</em> tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart?and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus.</p><p><em>"I have seldom seen such genuine intellect combined with passion to match ... truly a 'must-read' book."—</em>Ravi Zacharias</p>
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
by Gregory Boyle

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English

Pages

244

Publication Date

February 14, 2010

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“Destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>)—<i>Tattoos on the Heart</i> is a series of parables about kinship and redemption from pastor, activist, and renowned speaker, Father Gregory Boyle.<BR><BR>For twenty years, Father Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles—also known as the gang capital of the world. In <I>Tattoos on the Heart</I>, he has distilled his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.<BR> <BR>From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JC Penney fresh out of prison, you learn how to feel worthy of God’s love. From ten-year-old Pipi you learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Lulu you come to understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the dark—as Father Boyle phrases it, we can only shine a flashlight on a light switch in a darkened room. <BR> <BR>This is a motivating look at how to stay faithful in spite of failure, how to meet the world with a loving heart, and how to conquer shame with boundless, restorative love.
Smith Wigglesworth on Manifesting the Power of God: Walking in Go...
by Smith Wigglesworth

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English

Pages

210

Publication Date

September 20, 2016

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<div><P><B>Your Invitation into a Lifestyle of Supernatural Power</B></P><P>If all Christians receive the same Holy Spirit, why do some operate in greater levels of anointing than others—delivering powerful miracles through supernatural grace?</P><P>Smith Wigglesworth was an ordinary man who walked in the continuous miracle-working power of God. He reveals that the key to manifesting God’s power is understanding this one essential key—how to let God’s anointing rest upon you!</P><P>In this exciting book, featuring previously unpublished material, Wigglesworth shares Bible secrets that will help unlock the anointing within you and show you how to operate in a greater expression of God’s miraculous power! </P><P>You will learn how to:</P><ul><li>release God’s anointing to bring healing, deliverance, and miracles.</li><li>live a lifestyle that hosts the Holy Spirit and operates in His gifts.</li><li>access the infinite resources of God within you and draw strength, power, and faith.</li><li>make the supernatural natural in your everyday life.</li></ul><P><B>Receive revelatory insights from this respected pioneer of the miraculous. Discover how this anointing will impact your life and change your world through releasing the Holy Spirit’s supernatural power!</B></P></div>
Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men
by Dwight Longenecker

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

November 06, 2017

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<b>"How utterly refreshing and encouraging to read Fr. Longenecker's extraordinary ruminations on something we all thought we understood, and obviously hardly begin to understand, until now. That he has dug so deep—so we can see things we have never seen before—is a testament both to his archaeological implacability and genius and to the happy fact that God has hidden endless treasures in the Scriptures for our benefit.<br />—Eric Metaxas, <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy </em> and <em>Martin Luther</em> </b><br /><br /><div><p>Modern biblical scholars tend to dismiss the Christmas story of the “wise men from the East” as pious legend. Matthew’s gospel offers few details, but imaginative Christians filled out the story early on, giving us the three kings guided by a magical star who join the adoring shepherds in every Christmas crèche.<br /><br /> For many scholars, then, there is no reason to take the gospel story seriously.<br /> But are they right? Are the wise men no more than a poetic fancy?<br /><br /> In an astonishing feat of detective work, Dwight Longenecker makes a powerful case that the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem really happened. Piecing together the evidence from biblical studies, history, archeology, and astronomy, he goes further, uncovering where they came from, why they came, and what might have happened to them after eluding the murderous King Herod.<br /><br /> In the process, he provides a new and fascinating view of the time and place in which Jesus Christ chose to enter the world.<br /><br /> The evidence is clear and compelling. The mysterious Magi from the East were in all likelihood astrologers and counselors from the court of the Nabatean king at Petra, where the Hebrew messianic prophecies were well known. The “star” that inspired their journey was a particular planetary alignment—confirmed by computer models—that in the astrological lore of the time portended the birth of a Jewish king.<br /><br /> The visitors whose arrival troubled Herod “and all Jerusalem with him” may not have been the turbaned oriental kings of the Christmas carol, but they were real, and by demonstrating that the wise men were no fairy tale, <em>Mystery of the Magi</em> demands a new level of respect for the historical claims of the gospel.</p></div>
Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Cla...
by J. Warner Wallace

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

January 01, 2013

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<DIV><b>Written by an L. A. County homicide detective and former atheist, <i>Cold-Case Christianity </i>examines the claims of the New Testament using the skills and strategies of a hard-to-convince criminal investigator.</b></div><DIV> </div><DIV>Christianity could be defined as a “cold case”: it makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence. In <i>Cold-Case Christianity, </i>J. Warner Wallace uses his nationally recognized skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs. Including gripping stories from his career and the visual techniques he developed in the courtroom, Wallace uses illustration to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity.</div><DIV> </div><DIV>A unique apologetic that speaks to readers’ intense interest in detective stories, <i>Cold-Case Christianity </i>inspires readers to have confidence in Christ as it prepares them to articulate the case for Christianity.</div><BR>
How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels
by N. T. Wright

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English

Pages

307

Publication Date

March 13, 2012

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<p>Foundational: The four gospels come directly fromthe ancient church and are among the primary sourcesfor the church's teachings.</p><p>Familiar: Since Christian worship services began, areading from the gospels has played a central role.</p><p>Studied: For over two hundred years scholars havechallenged and defended the central claims of thegospels: miracles, historical accuracy, the divinity ofJesus, and more.</p><p>But Forgotten: Still, leading Bible scholar N. T.Wright reveals shocking news: We have all forgottenwhat the four gospels are about.</p><p>"Despite centuries of intense and heavy industryexpended on the study of all sorts of features of thegospels," Wright writes, "we have often managed tomiss the main thing that they, all four of them, aremost eager to tell us. What we need is not just a bitof fine-tuning, an adjustment here and there. We needa fundamental rethink about what the gospels aretrying to tell us."</p><p>What Wright offers is an opportunity to confront thesepowerful texts afresh, as if we are encountering themfor the first time. <em>How God Became King</em> reveals thesurprising, unexpected, and shocking news of thegospels: this is the story of a new king, a new kind ofking, a king who has changed everything, and a kingwho invites us to be part of his new world.</p>

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