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How the Bible Actually Works

Peter Enns
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Peter Enns

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The Sin of Certainty

Peter Enns
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Peter Enns

Bible scholar and author of The Bible Tells Me So Peter Enns explains how Christians mistake 'certainty' and 'correct belief' for faith when what God really desires is trust and intimacy.With compelling and often humorous stories from his own life, Bible scholar Peter Enns offers a fresh look at how Christian life truly works, answering questions that cannot be addressed by the idealized traditional doctrine of "once for all delivered to the saints."Enns offers a model of vibrant faith that views skepticism not as a loss of belief, but as an opportunity to deepen religious conviction with courage and confidence. This is not just an intellectual conviction, he contends, but a more profound kind of knowing that only true faith can provide.Combining Enns' reflections of his own spiritual journey with an examination of Scripture, The Sin of Certainty models an acceptance of mystery and paradox that all believers can follow and why God prefers this path because it is only this way by which we can become mature disciples who truly trust God. It gives Christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view faith on their own flawed, uncertain, yet heartfelt, terms.

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The Bible Tells Me So

Peter Enns
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Peter Enns

Peter Enns recounts his transformative spiritual journey in which he discovered a new, more honest way to love and appreciate God's Word.Trained as an evangelical Bible scholar, Peter Enns loved the Scriptures and shared his devotion, teaching at Westminster Theological Seminary. But the further he studied the Bible, the more he found himself confronted by questions that could neither be answered within the rigid framework of his religious instruction or accepted among the conservative evangelical community.Rejecting the increasingly complicated intellectual games used by conservative Christians to 'protect' the Bible, Enns was conflicted. Is this what God really requires? How could God's plan for divine inspiration mean ignoring what is really written in the Bible? These questions eventually cost Enns his job - but they also opened a new spiritual path for him to follow.The Bible Tells Me So chronicles Enns' spiritual odyssey, how he came to see beyond restrictive doctrine and learned to embrace God's Word as it is actually written. As he explores questions progressive evangelical readers of Scripture commonly face yet fear voicing, Enns reveals that they are the very questions that God wants us to consider - the essence of our spiritual study.

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Seeking Aliveness

Brian D. McLaren
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Brian D. McLaren
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The Great Spiritual Migration

Brian D. McLaren
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Brian D. McLaren
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Overload

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

As technology increases your accessibility, it becomes harder to mute the background noise of your life and receive God's guidance. Joyce Meyer calls this OVERLOAD, when the demands of your busy life become all-consuming and overwhelming. But to experience the joyful life God has planned, you must make time to focus on His Word. Then you'll receive His healing calmness and gain the strength to take on life's challenges, from physical ailments to problems in relationships. Through the practical advice and Scriptural wisdom in this book, you'll learn how to unplug and free yourself from burdens that weigh you down. You'll gain simple, effective tips for better rest and stress management and discover the fulfilling life you were meant to lead.

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Love, Henri

Henri J. M. Nouwen
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Henri J. M. Nouwen

'This invaluable collection of over 200 letters by the late Nouwen (The Wounded Healer), a beloved author, pastor, and priest, provides insight into his personal struggles, insecurities, and faith and offers the heartfelt guidance Nouwen shared so generously with individuals to a wide audience ... The courage and kindness with which Nouwen shares his vulnerabilities and honest feelings, combined with his willingness to provide direction, advice, companionship, and affection, ensure that Nouwen's legacy as inspired spiritual guide will continue, enhanced by this testimony to his sincere desire to live with gratitude, faith, and love.'- Publishers Weekly 'When I write I think deeply about my friends, I pray for them, I tell them my emotions and feelings. I reflect on our relationship and I dwell with them in a very personal way.' - Henri NouwenOver the course of his life, priest, professor and writer Henri Nouwen wrote thousands of letters to friends, acquaintances, parishioners, students and readers of his work all around the world. He held a deep conviction about the value of reaching out to others through letters, believing that a thoughtful letter written in love could truly change someone's life. As a result, many people looked to Nouwen as a long-distance spiritual advisor. This collection of previously unpublished letters stretches from the earliest years of Henri's career through to his last ten years at L'Arche Daybreak. Rich in spiritual insights as well as touching details of Henri's daily life, the letters are organised around themes that emerge not just in his correspondence but in his writing, too: vocation and calling; solitude and prayer; suffering and perseverence; belovedness; and community. Across all these letters, what emerges most clearly is Henri's belief in the rich value of human relationships.As relevant today as they were forty years ago, and full of insight and encouragement, these letters offer a deeply personal look into the mind of a spiritual giant of the twentieth century, and are an ideal introduction to his life and thought.

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Not in God's Name

Jonathan Sacks
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Jonathan Sacks

Despite predictions of continuing secularisation, the twenty-first century has witnessed a surge of religious extremism and violence in the name of God.In this powerful and timely book, Jonathan Sacks explores the roots of violence and its relationship to religion, focusing on the historic tensions between the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.Drawing on arguments from evolutionary psychology, game theory, history, philosophy, ethics and theology, Sacks shows how a tendency to violence can subvert even the most compassionate of religions. Through a close reading of key biblical texts at the heart of the Abrahamic faiths, Sacks then challenges those who claim that religion is intrinsically a cause of violence, and argues that theology must become part of the solution if it is not to remain at the heart of the problem.This book is a rebuke to all those who kill in the name of the God of life, wage war in the name of the God of peace, hate in the name of the God of love, and practise cruelty in the name of the God of compassion.For the sake of humanity and the free world, the time has come for people of all faiths and none to stand together and declare: Not In God's Name.

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We Make the Road by Walking

Brian D. McLaren
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Brian D. McLaren
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Faith on the Streets: Christians in action through the Street Pastors movement

Les Isaac, Rosalind Davies
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Les Isaac, Rosalind Davies

12,000 trained volunteers12 years280 towns 9 countries100,000 pairs of flip-flops - these are the numbers that are bringing about change, town by town, to the face of the UK... and more and more countries around the world. Since 2003, Street Pastors have been a fixture of the night-time high street: friendly faces and a reassuring presence, defusing tension and helping people get home safely.These are the Street Pastors: caring; listening; helping. And this is the church in action - taking its faith on the streets.

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Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?

Brian D. McLaren
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Brian D. McLaren
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Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed

Jay Bakker
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Jay Bakker

God is white, male, conservative, and whatever else I want him to be. NOT.God has been exiled from His own creation. Not just by sin, but by religion.Early Judeo-Christian religion painted God as a 'mysterious' and 'unknowable' cosmic being requiring a powerful priesthood to act as 'mediators' between mortal and divine.Jay Bakker sets the record straight. God is not some conservative male 'cosmic cop' policing his wayward creation, and He has never been 'separate' from us as we've been led to believe. Jesus' redeeming presence on earth was proof that the 'mystery' surrounding God is an illusion: God was and always has been present, purposeful, and active in our world.Grappling with what it means to truly 'doubt' and 'have faith', Bakker unpacks and even debunks crucial myths that many Christians accept as fact. He asks the questions no one else dares, such as 'Is God a Hypocrite?' and 'Is God a Good Christian?' He also reevaluates the startling truth about vital issues like divorce, death, Biblical traditions, the influence of tribal dynamics, and even the authenticity of certain parts of the Bible. Our relationship with the divine will never be the same.Insightful and raw, brutally honest but full of grace, this is Jay Bakker at the top of his game.

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Fall to Grace

Jay Bakker
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Jay Bakker

If anyone ever had a reason to leave the faith, Jay Bakker did. When he was only 11 years old, his parents' PTL ministry was caught in a high-profile accounting fraud scandal, and his family was devastated by his father's affair and his parents' subsequent divorce.A disillusioned Bakker turned to drugs and alcohol and left his childhood beliefs behind. But along the way, an interesting thing happened: Bakker came to understand, through all his pain, what God's grace was really all about.In this book Bakker will explore the true nature of grace and what it means in everyday life. With disarming humility, poignant observations,and spot-on theology, Bakker both challenges Christians to reassesstheir understanding of salvation and entices non-Christians to giveJesus a chance.

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Naked Spirituality

Brian D. McLaren
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Brian D. McLaren

I've had my fill of superficial religiosity. But deep religion, authentic, naked spirituality - that's what I'm thirsty for, and so, I think, are you.In our busy lives we often sideline prayer and spiritual practice, or wrap the subject up in a tangle of guilt-driven showmanship and 'self-motivation'. Stripping away the jargon that we can often get caught up in, NAKED SPIRITUALITY presents the core concepts of prayer in a fresh and accessible way.Brian D. McLaren has spent years working with these concepts in his own life and shares candidly his own experiences and insights as well as challenge in this very applicable book. Using twelve words as a structure, he shows how we can connect with God in practical, doable and durable ways, and use that connection to serve others.

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Saying it Well

Charles R. Swindoll
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Charles R. Swindoll

SAYING IT WELL is a practical and readable book on becoming an effective and persuasive speaker, teacher and conversationalist. While most books on mastering the art of speaking take a very similar approach, mainly presenting philosophy, technique, and the how-to-do-it, SAYING IT WELL makes it personal and keeps it realistic.Swindoll lays out the foundational principles of communication, from preparing a speech, organizing thoughts, filtering out the superfluous and focusing on the important. He schools us in how to overcome fears, grab the listener's attention, deliver in a convincing manner ... and how and when to stop.This is a book for professional speakers and pastors as well as anyone who is called on from time to time to deliver a verbal presentation. With humorous stories and inventive, practical tips, one of America's premier communicators shows the reader how to speak with authority in every situation.

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Approval Addiction

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

'There is an epidemic of insecurity in our society today. Many people are insecure and feel bad about themselves, which steals their joy and causes major problems in all their relationships.''The good news is that there is a cure for the approval addiction!'APPROVAL ADDICTION asks why so many of us have an overwhelming need for acceptance from the wider world - and provides the key to breaking free from this addiction.Joyce Meyer's groundbreaking book, now available with a new look for the B-format edition:· Demonstrates that you can accept who you are· Identifies the cause of our addictive need for approval· Helps you to be released from the chains of past· Guides you through steps to break the pattern for the futureJoyce writes from raw, personal knowledge of how insecurity and low self-esteem - stemming in her case from damaging childhood experiences - can leave us feeling constantly frustrated and lacking real peace or joy. It was through embracing the knowledge that she is unconditionally loved by God that she found inner security and the power to live her life to her full potential.

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A New Kind of Christianity

Brian D. McLaren
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Brian D. McLaren
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The Reason for God

Timothy Keller
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Timothy Keller

Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer is the bestselling author of more than 100 inspirational books, including The Power of Simple Prayer, Approval Addiction, Power Thoughts and Battlefield of the Mind. Joyce's 'Enjoying Everyday Life' radio and television programmes are broadcast around the world, and she travels extensively conducting conferences.

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COME SUNDAY, by Isla Morley

Read the first chapter of Isla Morley's COME SUNDAY.