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Friday, February 14, 2014

Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade

by Clarke D. Forsythe

"Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe vs. Wade" by Clarke ForsytheBased on 20 years of research, including an examination of the papers of eight of the nine Justices who voted in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, Abuse of Discretion is a critical review of the behind-the-scenes deliberations that went into the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions and how the mistakes made by the Justices in 1971-1973 have led to the turmoil we see today in legislation, politics, and public health.

The first half of the book looks at the mistakes made by the Justices, based on the case files, the oral arguments, and the Justices’ papers. The second half of the book critically examines the unintended consequences of the abortion decisions in law, politics, and women’s health.

Why do the abortion decisions remain so controversial after almost 40 years, despite more than 50,000,000 abortions, numerous presidential elections, and a complete turnover in the Justices? Why did such a sweeping decision—with such important consequences for public health, producing such prolonged political turmoil—come from the Supreme Court in 1973?

Clarke Forsythe

Clarke Forsythe

Answering those questions is the aim of this book. The controversy over the abortion decisions has hardly subsided, and the reasons why are to be found in the Justices’ deliberations in 1971-1972 that resulted in the unprecedented decision they issued.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

The Infant Priest: Hymns and Poems

by Chad Bird

"The Infant Priest: Hymns and Poems" by Chad BirdThe poems and hymns in this collection give voice to the triumphs and tragedies of life in a broken world. Here there is praise of the crucified and risen Christ, dark lamentation of a penitent wrestling with despair, meditations upon the life of our Lord, thanksgiving for the gift of family, and much more. Using the vivid and earthy language of the Scriptures themselves, Chad Bird crafts poetry by which believers who rejoice, weep, struggle, and hope can speak to God with honesty and fidelity.

Chad Bird

Chad Bird

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Warrior Monk: A Stephen Grant Novel

by Ray Keating

Warrior Monk: A Stephen Grant Novel" by Ray KeatingWARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL made “The top 10 self-published books to cross WORLD’s desk this year.” WORLD magazine (June 29, 2013, issue) looked at more than 100 titles and then came up with a “final list of 10 that display clear writing and storytelling.” On WARRIOR MONK, WORLD declared, “The ‘warrior monk’ in question is an ex-CIA agent who settled into life as a … Lutheran pastor, saving lives and taking care of bad guys (who get saved).” WARRIOR MONK revolves around a former CIA assassin, Stephen Grant, who has lived a far different, relatively quiet life as a parish pastor in recent years. However, a shooting at his church, an historic papal proposal, and threats to the Pope’s life mean that Grant’s former and current lives collide. Grant must tap the varied skills learned as a government agent, a theologian and a pastor not only to protect the Pope, but also to feel his way through a minefield of personal challenges. Larry Kudlow, CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report,” said, “Ray Keating has created a fascinating and unique character in Pastor Grant. The way Keating intertwines politics, national security and faith into a compelling thriller is sheer delight.” U.S. Congressman Pete King, the Ranking Member on the House Homeland Security Committee, declared, “CIA intrigue, the Vatican, international terrorism and brutal assassinations make Warrior Monk a fast-moving, riveting read right out of today’s – and tomorrow’s – headlines. Add challenging religious issues, which the author makes us confront, and you have a brilliant novel. Ray Keating knows what he is writing about and writes it extraordinarily well.” And Paul L. Maier, best-selling author of A Skeleton in God’s Closet, commented, “Holy Scripture and unholy gun play in the same novel? Exactly – and you’ll love the combination! WARRIOR MONK offers a riveting mix of action, romance, and intrigue, served up by a master wordsmith. Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant manages to wield both Bible and bullets with equal expertise. Grant is clearly in control whether in or out of the pulpit.”

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521

by Philip Melachthon (translated by Christian Preus)

"Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521" by Philip MelanchthonThis is arguably Philip Melanchthon’s most important work. Anyone interested in the history of the Lutheran Reformation will find that this book, the first Lutheran work of “systematic theology,” is presented in a very lively, accessible English translation, with extensive, helpful footnotes that explain the people and concepts used by Melanchthon to explain the Gospel.

Christian Preus

Christian Preus

 

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Propter Christum: Christ at the Center

by Scott Murray

"Propter Christum: Christ as the Center" by Scott MurrayEssays included:

Confessional Lutheranism Encounters Pentacostalism in India — Michael J. Albrecht

The Justification of the Ungodly: A Mockery of Simple Justice? — Steven C. Briel

Jesus Working on His Disciples — Jan Bygstad

Luther’s Invocavit Sermons: A Distinction between Internals and Externals, between the Law and the Gospel — Albert B. Collver

Christ at the Center: Johannes Brenz and His Expositio epistolam S. Pauli ad Philippenses — Charles L. Cortright

Martin Luther on Holy Baptism: The Catechism and the Von der Heiligen Taufe Predigten (1534) — Matthew C. Harrison

Bo Giertz on Righteousness in Romans — Charles M. Henrickson

Rev. Dr. Scott Murray

Rev. Dr. Scott Murray

Pastor Daniel Preus: A Soldier of Truth, a Singer of Zion — Vyacheslav Horpynchuck

Witness, Mercy, Life Together — Theodore M.R. Krey

Who Are Those Witnesses Again?: Acts 1:8 in Context — Alan Ludwig

A Contemporary View of Faith and Reason in Luther — Mark C. Mattes

Christ at the Center in Luther’s Interpretation of Old Testament Prophecy and Narratives — John A. Maxfield

Having Jesus on the Mission Field: Reflections on Lutheran Missiology with Christ at the Center — Daniel F. McMiller

Christ Alone — Herbert C. Mueller

Justification and the Pastor’s Daily Work — Scott R. Murray

The History of the Luther Academy — Martin R. Noland

Why Am I a Lutheran? — Martin R. Noland

Center and Periphery in the Lutheran Liturgy: Confessional Identity and Ecumenical Perspective — Darius Petkunas

Christ at the Center: Confessional and Pastoral Christocentricity — Jose A. Pfafenzoeller

The Ordination of Women in Global Perspective — John T. Pless

PREFACE: Daniel Preus: Protecting and Promoting the Lutheran Ethos — Klemet I. Preus

Sheep and Trampled Pearls: Gospel Relief for the Suicidal and the Suicided — Peter E. Preus

Theological Education in International Mission — Timothy C.J. Quill

The Holy Spirit in Christ: Pneumatological Christology as a Ground for a Christ-Centered Pneumatology — Leopoldo A. Sanchez

Cultural and Theological Readjustments and the Survival of Lutheranism — David P. Scaer

Matters of Life and Death: An Attempt at Confessional Contextualization — Wilhelm Weber

The Election by Grace Doctrinal Controversy and Justification — John C. Wohlrabe

 

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Friday, March 21, 2014

How Christianity Changed the World

by Alvin Schmidt

"How Christianity Changed the World" by Alvin SchmidtWestern civilization is becoming increasingly pluralistic, secularized, and biblically illiterate. Many people today have little sense of how their lives have benefited from Christianity’s influence, often viewing the church with hostility or resentment. How Christianity Changed the World is a topically arranged Christian history for Christians and non- Christians. Grounded in solid research and written in a popular style, this book is both a helpful apologetic tool in talking with unbelievers and a source of evidence for why Christianity deserves credit for many of the humane, social, scientific, and cultural advances in the Western world in the last two thousand years. Photographs, timelines, and charts enhance each chapter. This edition features questions for reflection and discussion for each chapter.

Dr. Alvin J. Schmidt - Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Prodigal Press: Confronting the Anti-Christian Bias of the American News Media

by Warren Cole Smith

"Prodigal Press: Confronting the Anti-Christian Bias of the American News Media" by Warren Cole SmithIn the nineteenth century, leading newspapers reported from a Christian perspective. Today, however, print and TV journalists increasingly take an anti-Christian stance while claiming to be neutral. Prodigal Press uncovers the shift to secular humanism that has radically altered what the media cover and how they report it.

Issuing a clarion call for Christians to reclaim American journalism, Olasky and Smith examine the influence of worldviews on reporting, objectivity, sensationalism, and crusading; the impact of legal, ethical, and technological changes; and the changes brought about by the 24/7 news cycle, the Internet, and social media.

Not all of us are called to be journalists, but every American whether he likes it or not has his thinking shaped by journalism. Prodigal Press will help you to understand both the blatant and the subtle ways in which journalists promote liberal and anti-Christian ideas.
Gary Bauer, President, American Values

The media s discrimination against people with a Christian worldview is a form of professional suicide. Prodigal Press gives new examples of anti-Christian bias, which ought to motivate more Christian young people to consider careers in journalism.
Cal Thomas, America s #1 nationally syndicated columnist

Marvin Olasky (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is editor-in-chief of WORLD magazine and holds the Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College. Olasky studied at Yale University and is the author of more than twenty books.

Warren Cole Smith

Warren Cole Smith

Warren Cole Smith is vice president of WORLD News Group, the publisher of WORLD magazine and WORLD News Service. He has written, co-written, or edited more than a dozen books on politics, religion, media, and culture.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Contradict

by Andy Wrasman

"Contradict" by Andy WrasmanTolerance and co-existence are both great! In fact, they are necessary. If we are to live together in peace without hating each other, or physically harming each other over differences in race, culture, sexual orientation, political views, and religious beliefs, we must have tolerance. However, we must also recognize that every belief can’t be equally valid. If two beliefs directly contradict each other, both of them cannot be true, no matter how “tolerant” we become. This means it is false to say that every religion is true, or that every religion leads to God. When people make such claims they show that they have not taken the time to study the world’s religions, because a brief reading of the sacred texts of only a handful of religions quickly reveals contradictions on the most fundamental levels.

Religious Contradictions

Reincarnation (Hinduism and Buddhism) contradicts the belief that this is your only life before eternity (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam).

Salvation from sin (Christianity) contradicts the belief that there is no sin to be saved from but simply pain that can be escaped through enlightenment (Buddhism).

Jesus Christ is the incarnate, Son of God (Christianity), contradicts the teaching that he is just a prophet (Islam) or that he was a false prophet (Judaism).

In light of these contradictions alone, all religions can’t be true.
They could all be false, but they can’t all be true.

Are any of them true?
This is the most important question anyone can ask.
Recognize religious contradictions.
Embrace them.
Test them. Seek the truth.
www.contradictmovement.org

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Six Days: The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church

by Ken Ham

  • "Six Days: The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church" by Ken HamDiscover how many evangelical leaders, willingly or unwittingly, are undermining the authority of God’s Word by compromising the Bible in Genesis
  • Learn how allowing for an old/universe of billions of years unlocks a door of compromise
  • Heed the wake-up call to the Church to return to the authority of God’s Word, beginning in Genesis.

Today, most Bible colleges, seminaries, K-12 Christian schools, and now even parts of the homeschool movement do not accept the first eleven chapters of Genesis as literal history. They try to fit the supposed billions of years into Genesis, and some teach evolution as fact. Our churches are largely following suit.

Ken HamKen Ham, international speaker and author on biblical authority, examines how compromise starting in Genesis, particularly in regard to the six days of creation and the earth’s age, have filtered down from the Bible colleges and seminaries to pastors and finally to parents and their children.

This erosive legacy is seen in generations of young people leaving the Church-2/3 of them. Get the facts, discover God’s truth, and help bring a new reformation to the Church by helping to call it back to the authority of God’s Word.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Racism Sinful: Biblical Proof

by Peter M. Kurowksi

"Racism Sinful: Biblical Proof" by Peter KurowskiThis book talks about racism being sinful with Biblical proof passages and hope for the future.

Rev. Dr. Peter Kurowski
Rev. Dr. Peter Kurowski

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis

by Tim Townsend

"Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis" by Tim TownsendMission at Nuremberg is Tim Townsend’s gripping story of the American Army chaplain sent to save the souls of the Nazis incarcerated at Nuremberg, a compelling and thought-provoking tale that raises questions of faith, guilt, morality, vengeance, forgiveness, salvation, and the essence of humanity.

Lutheran minister Henry Gerecke was fifty years old when he enlisted as am Army chaplain during World War II. As two of his three sons faced danger and death on the battlefield, Gerecke tended to the battered bodies and souls of wounded and dying GIs outside London. At the war’s end, when other soldiers were coming home, Gerecke was recruited for the most difficult engagement of his life: ministering to the twenty-one Nazis leaders awaiting trial at Nuremburg.

Based on scrupulous research and first-hand accounts, including interviews with still-living participants and featuring sixteen pages of black-and-white photos, Mission at Nuremberg takes us inside the Nuremburg Palace of Justice, into the cells of the accused and the courtroom where they faced their crimes. As the drama leading to the court’s final judgments unfolds, Tim Townsend brings to life the developing relationship between Gerecke and Hermann Georing, Albert Speer, Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and other imprisoned Nazis as they awaited trial.

Powerful and harrowing, Mission at Nuremberg offers a fresh look at one most horrifying times in human history, probing difficult spiritual and ethical issues that continue to hold meaning, forcing us to confront the ultimate moral question: Are some men so evil they are beyond redemption?

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Luther Works: Volume 75 & 76 (Church Postils I & II)

Edited by Ben Mayes

"Luther Works Volume 75 (Church Postils 1)" edited by Ben MayesFrom the beginning of his work on the postils, Luther had stated that they were supposed to serve common pastors and people, and thus were to be the great devotional book of the Reformation.

Martin Luther’s collected sermons for the church year were originally published in two series: the Church Postil and the House Postil. These were among his most popular works. Aside from his catechisms, they did more to teach people the Reformation than any other book.

Benefits of Luther’s Works, American Edition, vol. 75 (Church Postil I)

About Volume 75

1. Accurate and clear translation. (An early 20th-century version of these sermons was inaccurate and stilted.)

2. Presents the Church Postil as the mature Luther wanted it to be:

-Includes Luther’s often-extensive revisions to his own work, with significant variant readings from earlier editions translated in the footnotes.

-Includes the version of the summer sermons that Luther approved (Cruciger’s edition, not Roth’s edition).

-Epistles and Gospels are interspersed as they were originally printed, showing the progression of Luther’s teaching through the course of the church year.

(The early 20th-century Lenker version followed the revisionist 1700 edition of Philipp Jakob Spener, not Luther’s mature, final edition of 1540 and 1544.)

3. Includes the careful, explanatory introductions and footnotes that have become a hallmark of Luther’s Works: American Edition.

4. Includes cross-references and a table showing where Luther’s sermons can be found in the German originals.

5. Fully indexed.

About Volume 76

Luther’s collected sermons for the church year were originally published in two series: the Church Postil and the House Postil. These were among his most popular works. Aside from his catechisms, they did more to teach people the Reformation than any other book. The new translation of the Church Postil follows the last edition of Luther’s life, from 1540–1544, and includes Luther’s often-extensive revisions to his own work, with significant variant readings from earlier editions translated in the footnotes.

This volume includes the sermons on the Epistle and Gospel readings from New Year through Holy Week, plus “Meditation on the Holy Suffering of Christ” and “Sermon on Confession and the Sacrament.” The appendix contains Luther’s prefaces to earlier editions of the Church Postil. All the sermons include footnotes indicating Luther’s edits over the course of his life, all rendered in clear, lucid English.

Benefits of Luther’s Works, American Edition, vol. 76 (Church Postil II):
1. Accurate and clear translation. (An early 20th-century version of these sermons was inaccurate and stilted.)

2. Presents the Church Postil as the mature Luther wanted it to be:
• Includes Luther’s often-extensive revisions to his own work, with significant variant readings from earlier editions translated in the footnotes.

• Includes the version of the summer sermons that Luther approved (Cruciger’s edition, not Roth’s edition).

• Epistles and Gospels are interspersed as they were originally printed, showing the progression of Luther’s teaching through the course of the church year. (The early 20th-century Lenker version followed the revisionist 1700 edition of Philipp Jakob Spener, not Luther’s mature, final edition of 1540 and 1544.)

3. Includes the careful, explanatory introductions and footnotes that have become a hallmark of Luther’s Works: American Edition.

4. Includes cross-references and a table showing where Luther’s sermons can be found in the German originals.

5. Fully indexed.

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Friday, May 9, 2014 — Encore of Cross Defense on February 17, 2014.

Making the Case for Christianity

by Adam Francisco

"Making the Case for Christianity" by Adam FranciscoMaking the Case for Christianity prepares Christians to defend their faith. Accessible to readers of all levels, this books introduces specific intellectual objections to the Christian faith and then demonstrates how these objections might rationally be answered.Topics covered include the existence of God, the Gospels as reliable history, Isalm, the resurrections of Christ, the doctrine of salvation, good vs. evil, and atheism.

Dr. Adam Francisco, Professor of History at Concordia University in Irvine, California

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Friday, May 16, 2014 — An Encore of January 31, 2014.

The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics

by Robert Gagnon

"The Bible and Homosexual Practice" by Robert GagnonGagnon offers the most thorough analysis to date of the biblical texts relating to homosexuality. He demonstrates why attempts to classify the Bible’s rejection of same-sex intercourse as irrelevant for our contemporary context fail to do justice to the biblical texts and to current scientific data. Gagnon’s book powerfully challenges attempts to identify love and inclusivity with affirmation of homosexual practice. . . the most sophisticated and convincing examination of the biblical data for our time. —Jürgen Becker, Professor of New Testament, Christian-Albrechts University.

Robert Gagnon

 

 

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Friday, May 23, 2014 — An Encore of February 14, 2014.

Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade

by Clarke D. Forsythe

"Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe vs. Wade" by Clarke ForsytheBased on 20 years of research, including an examination of the papers of eight of the nine Justices who voted in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, Abuse of Discretion is a critical review of the behind-the-scenes deliberations that went into the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions and how the mistakes made by the Justices in 1971-1973 have led to the turmoil we see today in legislation, politics, and public health.

The first half of the book looks at the mistakes made by the Justices, based on the case files, the oral arguments, and the Justices’ papers. The second half of the book critically examines the unintended consequences of the abortion decisions in law, politics, and women’s health.

Why do the abortion decisions remain so controversial after almost 40 years, despite more than 50,000,000 abortions, numerous presidential elections, and a complete turnover in the Justices? Why did such a sweeping decision—with such important consequences for public health, producing such prolonged political turmoil—come from the Supreme Court in 1973?

Clarke Forsythe
Answering those questions is the aim of this book. The controversy over the abortion decisions has hardly subsided, and the reasons why are to be found in the Justices’ deliberations in 1971-1972 that resulted in the unprecedented decision they issued.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

The War on Humans

by Wesley Smith

"The War on Humans" by Wesley SmithThe environmental movement has helped produce significant improvements in the world around us–from cleaner air to the preservation of natural wonders such as Yellowstone. But in recent years, environmental activists have arisen who regard humans as Public Enemy #1. In this provocative e-book, Wesley J. Smith exposes efforts by radical activists to reduce the human population by up to 90% and to grant legal rights to animals, plants, and Mother Earth. Smith argues that the ultimate victims of this misanthropic crusade will be the poorest and most vulnerable among us, and he urges us to defend both human dignity and the natural environment before it is too late.

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