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Friday, March 6, 2015

Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World

by Mike Horton (with guest Lucas Woodford)

"Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World" by Michael HortonRadical. Crazy. Transformative and restless. Every word we read these days seems to suggest there’s a “next-best-thing,” if only we would change our comfortable, compromising lives. In fact, the greatest fear most Christians have is boredom—the sense that they are missing out on the radical life Jesus promised. One thing is certain. No one wants to be “ordinary.”

Yet pastor and author Michael Horton believes that our attempts to measure our spiritual growth by our experiences, constantly seeking after the next big breakthrough, have left many Christians disillusioned and disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with an energetic faith; the danger is that we can burn ourselves out on restless anxieties and unrealistic expectations. What’s needed is not another program or a fresh approach to spiritual growth; it’s a renewed appreciation for the commonplace.

Far from a call to low expectations and passivity, Horton invites readers to recover their sense of joy in the ordinary. He provides a guide to a sustainable discipleship that happens over the long haul—not a quick fix that leaves readers empty with unfulfilled promises. Convicting and ultimately empowering, Ordinary is not a call to do less; it’s an invitation to experience the elusive joy of the ordinary Christian life.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes

by Nancy Pearcey

"Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes" by Nancy PearceyDon’t Think, Just Believe?
That’s the mantra in many circles today–whether the church, the classroom, the campus, or the voting booth.

Time for a Reality Check
Nancy Pearcey, bestselling and critically acclaimed author, offers fresh tools to break free from presumed certainties and test them against reality. In Finding Truth, she explains five powerful principles that penetrate to the core of any worldview–secular or religious–to uncover its deepest motivations and weigh its claims.

A former agnostic, Pearcey demonstrates that a robust Christian worldview matches reality–that it is not only true but attractive, granting higher dignity to the human person than any alternative.

Finding Truth displays Pearcey’s well-earned reputation for clear and cogent writing. She brings themes to life with personal stories and real-world examples. The book includes a study guide shaped by questions from readers, from teens to college professors. It is ideal for individual or group study.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics: Law & Gospel & the Means of Grace

by David Scaer

"Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics: Law & Gospel & the Means of Grace" by David ScaerConfessional Lutheran Dogmatics: Law & Gospel & the Means of Grace, Volume VIII. This dogmatic resource is based upon the outline and thought pattern of the Lutheran Confessions. The series is strictly and consciously confessional in its presentation of doctrine and its assessment and analysis of modern theological trends throughout the Christian church.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Righteousness of Faith According to Luther

by Hans J. Iwand (with guest Prof. John Pless)

"The Righteousness of Faith According to Luther" by Hans Iwand

 

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Friday, April 03, 2015 — Encore of January 23, 2015

Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief

by Anita Katherine Dennis

With guest Amos Bolay

"Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief" by Anita Katherine DennisAnita’s college anthropology class in the 1960s led to an incredible journey with God, as she eventually married her college professor, who was also an African chief. God sustained her interracial, cross-cultural marriage—especially as she played the role of chief’s wife in a remote village in Liberia, West Africa. In her journey to world citizen, her life was full of extremes. She met the president of Liberia in the Executive Mansion—and slept in a mud hut. She visited European capitals—and lived in a remote African village. She flew on transatlantic flights—and was carried through the high forest in a chief’s hammock. Share her struggles as she is accepted into the Mende tribe and lives in Vahun with an “off and on” kerosene fridge, swarming termites on the screens, a cyclone barely missing the house, and pungent elephant meat delivered in the middle of the night.

Donations for the new school roof in Somalahun may be sent to:

St. Michael Lutheran Church

3595 Broadway

Ft. Myers, FL  33901

Please put LIBERIA in the memo line of your check.

 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics Series

with guest Bob Bennett

Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics SeriesThis dogmatic resource is based upon the outline and thought pattern of the Lutheran Confessions. The series is strictly and consciously confessional in its presentation of doctrine and its assessment and analysis of modern theological trends throughout the Christian church. The Series includes:

Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics: Baptism

Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics: Eschatology

Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics: The Church and Her Fellowship

Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics: Christology

Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics: The Lord’s Supper

Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics: Law and Gospel and Means of Grace
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Friday, April 17, 2015

The Good Shepherd: A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament

by Kenneth Bailey (reviewed by Dr. Tim Saleska)

"The Good Shepherd: A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament" by Kenneth Bailey“The Lord is my shepherd.” Thus begins the most beloved of all Psalms—and thus begins a thousand-year journey through the Bible. Prophets, apostles and Jesus himself took up this image from David, reshaping it, developing it and applying it to their own situations and needs. Kenneth Bailey uses his celebrated insights into Middle Eastern culture and especially his familiarity with Middle Eastern shepherding customs to bring new light and life to our understanding of this central image of the Christian faith. With each of nine major Old and New Testament passages, Bailey reveals the literary artistry of the Biblical writers and summarizes their key theological features. His work is also enriched by his unique access to very early Middle Eastern commentaries on these passages, bringing fresh understanding from within the mindset of these ancient worlds. The Good Shepherd invites us to experience a rich, biblical feast of ethical, theological and artistic delights.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters

by Robert George and Patrick Lee

"Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters" by Robert George and Patrick LeeThis book defends the conjugal view of marriage. Patrick Lee and Robert P. George argue that marriage is a distinctive type of community: the union of a man and a woman who have committed to sharing their lives on every level of their beings (bodily, emotionally, and spiritually) in the kind of union that would be fulfilled by conceiving and rearing children together. The comprehensive nature of this union, and its intrinsic orientation to procreation as its natural fulfillment, distinguishes marriage from other types of community and provides the basis for the norms of marital exclusivity and permanence. Lee and George detail how the basic moral norms regarding sexual acts follow from the ethical requirement to respect the good of marriage and explain how the law should treat marriage, given its conjugal nature, examining both the same-sex-marriage issue and civil divorce.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Living A Chocolate Life

by Deb Burma

"Living a Chocolate Life" by Deb BurmaFun, friendly, and engaging, Living a Chocolate Life invites women to savor God’s rich and endless supply of grace in Christ. Whether they’re sampling everything from bitter nuggets of pain to sweet morsels of joy, this study reminds them that the Holy Spirit fills us with sweet faith in our Savior–and it is only He who can truly satisfy.

Written with a fun chocolate theme, each session focuses on one aspect of life as a Christian woman, encouraging them towards introspection and personal reflection. Designed to be 45-60 minutes long, each session includes at least one recipe for a chocolate dessert item, a Bible verse to memorize, chocolate trivia, and suggestions for group activities. Answers are provided in the back. Created for readers 18 years and older, this study is ideal for women have never attended a Bible study, or for women who are looking for a different type of Bible study.

 

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