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by Alvin Schmidt
This book documents today’s rising rates of cremation in the West, and notes that these rates now include many deceased Christians, a stark contrast to Christians in the past who had consistently rejected cremation from their earliest years in pagan Rome to the mid-1960s. Christians opposed and spurned cremation for a number of reasons, discussed in this book. By mid-fourth century, Christianity’s rejection of cremation influenced pagan Rome to abandon cremation. Earth burial became the only acceptable way to dispose of deceased humans, resulting in a major cultural change in the West. Converts to Christianity had to promise they would never be cremated. Graveyards were named coemeteria, Latin for where dead people “sleep;” from which we get the word “cemetery,” a name now contradicted by cremation.
This book is a clarion call to Christians. Dr. Schmidt has amassed historical, biblical, theological, and practical evidences that the modern Christian church will only refuse to hear to its great loss, both now and at the judgment Seat of Christ where we each shall receive what is due to for things done “while in (might we add “to”) the body” (2 Corinthians 5:10).
—Craig A. Parton, M.A., J.D. United States Director,
International Academy of Apologetics, Santa Barbara, California.
This powerful apologetic clearly establishes that cremation fails to find endorsement in the inspired Holy Scriptures. Dr. Schmidt’s research will prove invaluable for those who might query the need for burial rather than cremation. Hopefully, this book will have a wide influence on Christian thought and practice.
—Donald Howard, Pastor Emeritus, Anglican Church, Diocese of Sydney,
NSW, Australia. Author of Burial or Cremation: Does It Matter?
I heartily recommend Dr. Schmidt’s excellent book Cremation, Embalmment, or Neither?A Biblical/Christian Evaluation to clergy and faithful laypeople alike concerned with the increasing rates of cremation among Christians. This will be in keeping with the Apostle Paul’s admonition: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world” (Romans 12:2).
—Archpriest Victor S. Potapov, Rector,
Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Washington, DC.
This book provides an excellent opportunity for Christians to engage in deep theological thought regarding end of life decisions. Dr. Schmidt has thoroughly documented the historical roots for Christian burial. A must read for all Christians.
—Beth Hoeltke, Ph.D., Librarian, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.
by Hal Senkbeil
Sanctification: Christ in Action examines both the historical roots of the Evangelical movement as well as its present-day impact in our nation. The book also specifically analyzes the effects of Evangelical teachings on Lutheranism and offers new initiatives to tackle the challenges faced by churches today.
A Lutheran Primer for Preaching: A Theological Approach to Sermon Writing
by Edward Grimenstein
A Lutheran Primer for Preaching is designed to provide new pastors with a sound, biblical method to construct a sermon. And all pastors, new and experienced alike, will benefit from this first-published proposal for a theology of preaching from a distinctly Lutheran perspective. Rev. Dr. Edward Grimenstein outlines this uniquely Lutheran theology for preaching, while at the same time offering a scriptural model for sermon construction that may be employed by all pastors.
Over the past fifty years, many negative practices have snuck into the Church’s preaching which still hold influence to this day, such as: regarding the Scriptures as distant stories with little impact upon the present world, viewing sermons as times for moralistic and educational teaching, and even treating Jesus more like an idol on a shelf rather than as the Creator of the universe. Theologies like historical criticism continually question the inerrancy of Scripture, authority of the spoken Word, and the role of Scripture in becoming normative for the life of the Church.
This primer provides pastors with a practical guide that counters common challenges that all modern preachers face during their ministry.
by Rebekah Curtis (with guest Rose Adle)
Are you interested in understanding the wider culture and your place within God s plan for His people? Women are often greatly encouraged to learn that their driving desire to be a wife and mother is part of God s plan and not a symptom of latent patriarchalism or a sell-out of their emancipated sisters. This book surveys historical, sociological and scientific defense of women s roles. It investigates cultural clichés. And, most important, it explores the biblical perspective of God s planned order and how women are to function within it.
by Ray Keating
How do rescuing a Christian family from the clutches of Islamic terrorists, minor league baseball in New York, a string of grisly murders, sordid politics, and a pastor, who once was a Navy SEAL and CIA operative, tie together? Find out in MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating. Ray Keating has been called “a great novelist” by the host of “BookTalk” radio. A Washington Times reviewer, who happens to be a pastor who once worked for the CIA, noted, “Mr. Keating also allows you to discover how each of his characters tick in a style and tone reminiscent of some of the best-loved books of all time.” MURDERER’S ROW is the fifth Pastor Stephen Grant novel, and Keating serves up fascinating characters, gripping adventure, and a tangled murder mystery, along with faith, politics, humor, and, yes, baseball. Ray Keating said, “In this Pastor Stephen Grant thriller, I enjoyed bringing baseball into the exciting world of Pastor Stephen Grant, and his family, friends, and former CIA colleagues. I hope readers have as much fun reading MURDERER’S ROW as I had writing it.” Discover Pastor Stephen Grant and his world of intrigue, faith, action, love and murder.
With Joel Lehenbauer
This report aims to serve as a constructive resource for thoughtful Christian reflection on the complex questions arising from the intersection of science, faith, and Christian theology. Each of its five chapters provides conceptual tools and examples that should aid Christians in forming a faithful response to these questions and, it is hoped, will encourage more young people to pursue scientific careers in full knowledge of the nature and significance of the scientific vocation.
by Christopher Thoma