Challenge of Easter

Challenge of Easter
$6.00
Why do we celebrate Easter? Lost among the colored eggs and chocolate candies is Easter's bold, almost unbelievable claim: Jesus has risen from the dead, and now everything is different. Historian, biblical scholar and bestselling author N. T. Wright, in this excerpt from The Challenge of Jesus, takes a step back from the hoopla surrounding Easter to look at it in its earliest context, where we see a band of followers discovering the fulfillment of all the promises God had made to their people over the centuries, and pronouncing a new era that unsettled their friends and scandalized their oppressors. That era extends to our day, where to celebrate Easter is to receive an invitation to live as though God is among us, making everything new.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830838486
Publication Date: 
2009-12-04

Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words

Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words
$14.99
In this small but powerful book, renowned theologian Stanley Hauerwas offers a moving reflection on Jesus's final words from the cross. Touching in original and surprising ways on subjects such as praying the Psalms and our need to be remembered by Jesus, Hauerwas emphasizes Christ's humanity as well as the sheer "differentness" of God. Ideal for personal devotion during Lent and throughout the church year, this book offers a transformative reading of Jesus's words that goes directly to the heart of the gospel. Now in paperback.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781587433085
Publication Date: 
2011-09-01
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Easter from the Back Side

Easter from the Back Side
$10.50

Easter from the Back Side

J. Ellsworth Kalas

Using an approach similar to the one he took in Parables from the Back Side and other books in the popular Back Side series, author J. Ellsworth Kalas opens up new possibilities of insight into the biblical Easter story. The author looks beyond the traditional gospel scriptures to connect the story of Christ’s resurrection with other stories and scriptures throughout the Bible, including both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Kalas’s creative approach both clarifies basic teachings and introduces new possibilities of meaning, even for those who are most familiar with the Easter story. Enriched with contemporary illustrations and personal experiences, this volume will provide new perspectives on Easter.

Chapter titles and Scriptures include: “Why We Need Easter” (Genesis 3:1-7, 22-24); “Easter from an Ash Heap” (Job 19:13-27); “Easter for the Disillusioned” (Ecclesiastes 2:14-26); “Ezekiel Celebrates Easter” (Ezekiel 37:1-10); “Easter Is a Love Story” (John 20:1-18); “Late for Easter” (1 Corinthians 15:1-11); and “Forever Easter” (Revelation 21:1-4).

J. ELLSWORTH KALAS is president of Asbury Theological Seminary and has been part of the faculty there since 1993, after thirty-eight years as a United Methodist pastor and five years in evangelism with the World Methodist Council. He has been a presenter on Disciple videos, is the author of the Christian Believer study, and has written more than thirty books, including the popular Back Side series; Longing to Pray: How the Psalms Teach Us to Talk with God; Strong Was Her Faith: Women of the New Testament; and What I Learned When I Was Ten.

 

ISBN/SKU: 
9780687490790
Publication Date: 
2008-12-01

Forgiveness

Forgiveness
$12.00

Forgiving others and humbly asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christian believers. Lent, a time to reflect on our Christian journey, is an appropriate time to deepen our understanding and practice of forgiveness. Marjorie J. Thompson, author of the best-selling book Soul Feast, takes a close look at our understanding of forgiveness in this encouraging study. In six brief chapters, Thompson addresses such questions as the following:

  • Is forgiveness a Christian duty under all circumstances? Or are there situations when Christians do not need to forgive?
  • Is forgiveness a matter between individuals, or is it meaningful only in the context of communities?
  • Is forgiving the best route to healing for the injured?
  • How do we get past emotional barriers to real forgiveness?

Using biblical examples and real-life situations, Thompson illustrates each chapter's theme in an informative and engaging way. A study guide is also included at the back of the book that is appropriate for either individual reflection or group discussion. With clarity, insight, and sensitivity, this book is the perfect resource for examining both our ability to forgive and our own need for forgiveness.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664259723
Publication Date: 
2014-01-03

Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus: A Lenten Study

Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus: A Lenten Study
$15.00
A provocative study focusing on both the positive and negative responses of people who encountered the living Christ and his offer of good news.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780835899710
Publication Date: 
2008-11-01
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Lent for Everyone: Matthew, Year a: A Daily Devotional

Lent for Everyone: Matthew, Year a: A Daily Devotional
$15.00

Lent for Everyone: Matthew, Year A provides readers with an inspirational guide through the Lenten season, from Ash Wednesday through the week after Easter. Popular biblical scholar and author N. T. Wright provides his own Scripture translation, brief reflection, and a prayer for each day of the season, helping readers ponder how the text is relevant to their own lives. By the end of the book, readers will have been through the entirety of Matthew, along with Psalm readings for each Sunday. Suitable for both individual and group study and reflection, Wright's Lenten devotional will help make Matthew's gospel your own, thoughtfully and prayerfully, and your journey through Lent a period of discovery and growth.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664238933
Publication Date: 
2013-09-02

Resurrecting Easter: Meditations for the Great 50 Days

Resurrecting Easter: Meditations for the Great 50 Days
$16.00

Established author, Kate Moorehead, provides devotional resources for the forgotten post- Easter season. Short daily readings offer more seasonally-appropriate material for those accustomed to a Lenten practice. American Christians have forgotten the Easter season. We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus on one day and then return to ordinary time. But Christ appeared over and over again for forty days in resurrected form. We cannot sustain this resurrection season because that kind of sustained joy overwhelms us. This book is designed to help us sustain Easter.

Established author provides devotional resources for the forgotten post- Easter season Short daily readings offer more seasonally-appropriate material for those accustomed to a Lenten practice American Christians have forgotten the Easter season. We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus on one day and then return to ordinary time. But Christ appeared over and over again for forty days in resurrected form. We cannot sustain this resurrection season because that kind of sustained joy overwhelms us. This book is designed to help us sustain Easter."
ISBN/SKU: 
9780819228482
Publication Date: 
2013-10-01
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Searching for Truth: Lenten Meditations on Science & Faith

Searching for Truth: Lenten Meditations on Science & Faith
$12.95
John Polkinghorne dares to ask the questions that would seem to be too dangerous to askand he comes up with some answers which are deeply satisfying to both mind and heart."
ISBN/SKU: 
9780824516550
Publication Date: 
1996-12-01

Thank God It's Thursday: Encountering Jesus at the Lord's Table as If for the Last Time

Thank God It's Thursday: Encountering Jesus at the Lord's Table as If for the Last Time
$13.99
Thank God It s Thursday is the prequel to bestselling author Will Willimon s highly successful, Thank God It s Friday. Following the book of John, Will Willimon focuses on Jesus teaching of his disciples prior to his own death but also before their own hour of decision. The climax of the Gospel is when Jesus pours out his life on the cross surely an enactment and demonstration of the power of God s self-sacrificial love.

So to sustain and fortify his followers for the difficulties ahead, Jesus prepares them by teaching and offering sacraments of self-giving, through which they (and we) experience the grace and presence of the risen Lord. This book can equip Christians to face their hardships as they humbly serve with the promise of God's abiding presence already made good by his outpouring of sacrificial love. Written with the clarity, depth, and insight that are Will Willimon's trademark, this book offers afresh the challenge and grace of the message of the Resurrected One."
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426743375
Publication Date: 
2013-02-01
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Weekend That Changed the World: The Mystery of Jerusalem's Empty Tomb

Weekend That Changed the World: The Mystery of Jerusalem's Empty Tomb
$25.00

In this powerful, spellbinding book, Peter Walker takes the reader on a guided tour through the backstreets and alleyways of Jerusalem as he documents the dramatic events of the last days of Jesus' life. Using maps, drawings, and color photographs, Walker constructs a myriad of evocative detail that becomes, in the end, a compelling defense of the biblical account of the crucifixion and resurrection.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664222307
Publication Date: 
2010-07-15

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