"Down and Dirty" Guide to Theology

"Down and Dirty" Guide to Theology
$15.00
This brief, humorous introduction to theology by noted educator and author Don McKim will provide seminarians, college students, and general readers with a fun way to learn the basics. The book covers the key movements, thinkers, definitions, and questions of theology in a lighthearted way. Includes illustrations by Ron Hill.
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9780664234058
Publication Date: 
2011-07-11

After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters

After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters
$15.99

From the author of the acclaimed Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope comes a book that addresses the question that has plagued humans for centuries—what is our purpose? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time between baptism and the funeral? It's easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how we are going to live in the here and now.

Wright dispels the common misconception that Christian living is nothing more than a checklist of dos and don'ts. Nor is it a prescription to "follow your heart" wherever it may lead. Instead, After You Believe reveals the Bible's call for a revolution—a transformation of character that takes us beyond our earthly pursuit of money, sex, and power into a virtuous state of living that allows us to reflect God and live more worshipful, fulfilling lives.

We are all spiritual seekers, intuitively knowing there is more to life than we suspect. This is a book for anyone who is hoping there is something more while we're here on Earth. There is. We are being called to join the revolution, and Wright insightfully encourages readers to find new purpose and clarity by taking us on an eye-opening journey through key biblical passages that promise to radically alter the work of the church and the direction of our lives.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780061730542
Publication Date: 
2012-03-13

All Things New: Reform of Church and Society in Schleiermacher's Christian Ethics

All Things New: Reform of Church and Society in Schleiermacher's Christian Ethics
$30.00

All Things New presents a study of Rudolf Schleiermacher's important but sometimes misunderstood Christian Ethics. Brandt places Schleiermacher's ethics in the context of his life, illuminates its main themes, and corrects some common misperceptions about Schleiermacher and his work. He argues that Schleiermacher's ethical concerns helped to make him truly a "Reformed" theologian. All Things New also shows Schleiermacher to be more than an "academic theologian," but rather one who was a churchman and pastor, and who energetically engaged in both church and political activities.

The Columbia Series in Reformed Theology represents a joint commitment by Columbia Theological Seminary and Westminster John Knox Press to provide theological resources from the Reformed tradition for the church today. This series examines theological and ethical issues that confront church and society in our own particular time and place.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664237301
Publication Date: 
2011-03-14

Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith
$14.99
The critically-acclaimed author of "Leaving Church" continues her spiritual journey by revealing how she learned to encounter the sacred everywhere in the world.
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9780061370472
Publication Date: 
2010-02-09
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Anticipating Heaven Below: Optimism of Grace from Wesley to the Pentecostals

Anticipating Heaven Below: Optimism of Grace from Wesley to the Pentecostals
$30.00
About the Contributor(s): Henry H. Knight III is Donald and Pearl Wright Professor of Wesleyan Studies at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of seven books, including A Future for Truth (1997) and Is There a Future for God's Love? (2012), and editor of From Aldersgate to Azusa Street (2010).
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9781620329603
Publication Date: 
2014-02-01
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Aquinas for Armchair Theologians

Aquinas for Armchair Theologians
$17.00

Thomas Aquinas was one of the most influential thinkers in the history of Christianity and in western civilization. Yet his theological views are complex and presume acquaintance with technical philosophical language. Now Timothy Renick has produced an attractive and accessible account of Aquinas's life and thought that will make his views clear to nonspecialists. The topics dealt with include God, angels, evil, metaphysics, morality, sex, war, abortion, and politics. Illustrations are interspersed throughout the text and humorously illuminate key points providing an engaging introduction to an all-important theologian.

Written by experts but designed for the novice, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. These books are essential supplements for first-time encounters with primary texts, lucid refreshers for scholars and clergy, and enjoyable reads for the theologically curious.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664223045
Publication Date: 
2002-01-01

Augustine for Armchair Theolog

Augustine for Armchair Theolog
$17.00

In this book, Stephen Cooper provides an overview of the greatest theologian of the early church: Augustine of Hippo. Augustine has had a towering influence in the history of Christianity and his Confessions has long been regarded as one of Christianity's classic texts. Cooper introduces the life and thought of Augustine through discussing the Confessions and shows how many of Augustine's human struggles are still with us today. He also examines the theological views of Augustine that emerged through the important controversies of his times.

Written by experts but designed for the novice, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. These books are essential supplements for first-time encounters with primary texts, lucid refreshers for scholars and clergy, and enjoyable reads for the theologically curious.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664223724
Publication Date: 
2002-09-01

Becoming a Thinking Christian

Becoming a Thinking Christian
$14.00
This book challenges Christians to think. Committed lay Christians, says Cobb, are already theologians; he wants them to realize this and then to become good theologians.

Laypersons are just as capable as professional theologians of intellectual hard work, but they no longer expect the church to ask this of them. Cobb discusses why it is important for Christians to think about their own beliefs and assumptions. He encourages readers to find and become conversation partners. He also suggests steps a Christian's thinking may take; sources the individual can draw on, including how professionals can help; and where this thinking may lead. Cobb asserts that if there is a renewal of thinking in the church, there will be church renewal. The goal is to focus and sharpen one's thinking so that it is one's own, and to apply that thinking to one's being and acting. Each chapter ends with a section "Doing Your Theology" which is a list of questions for reflection and discussion.

Chapter titles include: On Becoming What You Are: A Theologian; Ethics and Theology; Shaping Up; Biblical Authority; Christians and Jews; Professionals: Help and Hindrance; Christian Counterattack; A Critique of Economics; A Critique of the University; An Afterword on Church Theology

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9780687287529
Publication Date: 
1993-09-01
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Believe the Believable: Faith in the Face of Diversity

Believe the Believable: Faith in the Face of Diversity
$13.95
Dr. Virgil Brady claims one of the major reasons for indifference in the church stems from being asked to believe the unbelievable. People leave the church. Members become inactive or indifferent. A growing number of the population simply does not experience the church as a viable channel for expressing their religious convictions. Certain religious ideas play a role in the threat of terrorism. The author addresses the issues of unnecessary divisions and tension in our churches, the nation, and around the world. Believe the Believable will help people grow a strong faith while dealing with religious diversity.Written for laity, Believe the Believable uses intelligible language and helpful illustrations to clarify the basic tenets of the Christian faith. Church groups and classes will find Dr. Brady's book a useful resource.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780595440443
Publication Date: 
2007-03-01

Black Theology of Liberation (Anniversary)

Black Theology of Liberation (Anniversary)
$20.00
With the publication of his two early works, Black Theology & Black Power (1969) and A Black Theology of Liberation (1970), James Cone emerged as one of the most theological voices in North America. These books, which offered a searing indictment of white theology and society, introduced a radical reappraisal of the Christian message for our time. Joining the spirit of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., Cone radically reappraised Christianity from the perspective of the oppressed black community in North America. Forty years later, Cone's work retains its original power, enhanced now by his reflections on the evolution of his own thinking and of black theology.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781570758959
Publication Date: 
2010-11-16
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Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians

Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians
$17.00

This latest volume in the ever-popular WJK Armchair series turns its sights on contemporary theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945). Born in Breslau, Germany, Bonhoeffer led quite an intriguing life. This book, with dozens of illustrations by artist Ron Hill, highlights Bonhoeffer's background and theological education; his time at Union Seminary in New York City; his involvement in the resistance movement against Adolf Hitler; and his participation in the plot to assassinate Hitler.

Written by experts but designed for the novice, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. These books are essential supplements for first-time encounters with primary texts, lucid refreshers for scholars and clergy, and enjoyable reads for the theologically curious.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664230104
Publication Date: 
2009-10-07

Bread of Angels

Bread of Angels
$16.95
As Barbara Brown Taylor reminds us, the Israelites received the bread of angels― manna―as they made their way through the wilderness. So too is God made known to us in the simple things that sustain our lives. With humor and an eye for human stubbornness, Taylor points to just how much like the people of scripture we can be―stiff-necked and ungrateful in the face of God's bounty.

Taylor moves through the span of the Bible in her search for divine love. In the stories of Moses, David, and Daniel she picks up its trace in reversals and surprises. She refreshes our perspective on Pentecost and its aftermath in a sermon sequence on the Book of Acts. And at book's center radiates her stunning parable of the Incarnation, “God's Daring Plan.”

With characteristic flair, Taylor grounds her exegetical enterprise on jokes and stories packed with truth. As pleasurable as they are profound, her meditations on the life of faith and the cost of discipleship will instruct the preacher and delight the reader.
ISBN/SKU: 
1561011428
Publication Date: 
1997-07-01
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Calvin

Calvin
$12.00
Abingdon Pillars of Theology is a series for the college and seminary classroom designed to help students grasp the basic and necessary facts, influence, and significance of major theologians. Written by noted scholars, these books outline the contrxt, methodology, organizing principles, primary contributions, and key writings of people who have shaped theology as we know it today.

John Calvin (1509-1564) continues to be read and discussed because he illumines our human experience. Although inseparatable from his context, Calvin's theology speaks for itself, thus identifying ways Calvin remains a living voice for those who struggle with the  meaning of Christian faith.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687659135
Publication Date: 
1901-12-13

Calvin for Armchair Theologian

Calvin for Armchair Theologian
$15.00

In this concise introduction to Calvin's life and thought, Christopher Elwood offers an insightful and accessible overview of Calvin's key teachings within his historical context. The trials and travails Calvin encountered as he ministered and taught in Geneva are discussed, with special attention given to theological controversies associated with the Trinity and predestination. Elwood indicates the ways that Calvinism developed and its influence in today's world. Illustrations are interspersed throughout the text and humorously illuminate key points providing an engaging introduction to this important theologian.

Written by experts but designed for the novice, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. These books are essential supplements for first-time encounters with primary texts, lucid refreshers for scholars and clergy, and enjoyable reads for the theologically curious.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664223038
Publication Date: 
2002-02-01

Calvin vs. Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice

Calvin vs. Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice
$17.99
The theology "de jour" originates with John Calvin, with an emphasis on “the elect” and "sovereign will of God.”  So much Calvinism saturates our air that Christians may not know there is another way of thinking about their faith, one well represented by Wesley. But no matter what people think, many act in ways that promise to change the world by offering grace and hope but also by helping to provide food and shelter to hurting people. In other words, they believe like Calvinists but they live like Wesleyans.

This book is not intended to put down Calvin but to point to significant differences between Calvin and Wesley. Each wrote about major tenets of the church: who God is and what God's will is for us; the place of Scripture; the atonement of Christ; the role of human responsibility; the work of God’s grace, the relation of the church and world; and how these beliefs can connect to how people practice their faith. But Calvin and Wesley were different, and following their prescriptions will lead us down different paths.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426743351
Publication Date: 
2013-10-15

Can We Trust the Gospels?

Can We Trust the Gospels?
$12.99

Attacks on the historical reliability of the Gospels--especially their portrayal of Jesus Christ--are nothing new. But are these attacks legitimate? Is there reason to doubt the accuracy of the Gospels? By examining and refuting some of the most common criticisms of the Gospels, author Mark D. Roberts explains why we can indeed trust the Gospels, nearly two millennia after they were written.

Lay readers and scholars alike will benefit from this accessible book, and will walk away confident in the reliability of the Gospels.

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9781581348668
Publication Date: 
2007-06-08
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Can You Believe in God and Evolution

Can You Believe in God and Evolution
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9780687335510
Publication Date: 
2006-05-18
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Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It

Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It
$23.95

In a world torn apart by religious extremism on the one side and a strident secularism on the other, no question is more urgent than how we live with our deepest differences—especially our religious and ideological differences. The Case for Civility is a proposal for restoring civility in America as a way to foster civility around the world. Influential Christian writer and speaker Os Guinness makes a passionate plea to put an end to the polarization of American politics and culture that—rather than creating a public space for real debate—threatens to reverse the very principles our founders set into motion and that have long preserved liberty, diversity, and unity in this country.

Guinness takes on the contemporary threat of the excesses of the Religious Right and the secular Left, arguing that we must find a middle ground between privileging one religion over another and attempting to make all public expression of faith illegal. If we do not do this, Guinness contends, Western civilization as we know it will die. Always provocative and deeply insightful, Guinness puts forth a vision of a new, practical "civil and cosmopolitan public square" that speaks not only to America's immediate concerns but to the long-term interests of the republic and the world.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780061353437
Publication Date: 
2008-01-22

Christian Doctrine (revised)

Christian Doctrine (revised)
$30.00

Christian Doctrine has introduced thousands of laity, students, and theologians to the tenets of the Christian faith. This edition reflects changes in the church and society since the publication of the first edition and takes into account new works in Reformed theology, gender references in the Bible, racism, pluralism, ecological developments, and liberation theologies.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664253684
Publication Date: 
1994-07-01

Christianity Without Superstition: Meaning, Metaphor, and Mystery

Christianity Without Superstition: Meaning, Metaphor, and Mystery
$12.00
Is belief in the Nicene and Apostles Creeds required to be a Christian?  Does science support or diminish belief in the divine?  How does one live Jesus' way in the world?

A careful study of Jesus shows that his intended legacy for us was not a set of propositional beliefs, but a way for being in the world, a way that opens us to the extraordinary opportunity of the present, a way that can convert our hurried, anxious lives into something luminous.

Our obsession with "what to believe" misses the primary message of the Bible, says McQuiston, who illustrates that the paramount message of Jesus, and even the Hebrew Scriptures, is not about what stories to believe, but how to live.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780819227386
Publication Date: 
2012-09-01

Cost of Discipleship

Cost of Discipleship
$16.99
One of the most important theologians of the twentieth century illuminates the relationship between ourselves and the teachings of Jesus in this classic text on ethics, humanism, and civic duty.
What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between cheap grace and costly grace. Cheap grace, Bonhoeffer wrote, is the grace we bestow on ourselves...grace without discipleship....Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the girl which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know....It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.
The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense of civic duty."
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9780684815008
Publication Date: 
1995-09-01
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Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms

Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms
$13.99
So much theology is confusing and intimidating. The concepts themselves are given weighty-sounding names, such as incarnation and justification, and the explanations of the concepts sometimes can be more confusing than the names.

Captivating, entertaining, and highly informative, Crazy Talk helps readers navigate their way through that complexity and offers a vocabulary that dares - and equips! - its readers to embrace their own faith in a new, well-informed way.

The purpose of Crazy Talk, says author Rolf Jacobson, is to render the heart of our Christian theology in a form that is accessible and appealing to everyone. The format of the book is similar to that of a dictionary of theological terms- but with a twist of humor! Each entry includes the name of the theological term, an ironic definition of the term, and a short humorous essay offering a fuller explanation of the term. In making the term understandable, Jacobson concentrates on the big theological issue that is at stake in the term - and why it matters. Includes over 50 black and white illustrations.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780806680378
Publication Date: 
2008-03-19

Creeds of the Churches, Third Edition: A Reader in Christian Doctrine from the Bible to the Present

Creeds of the Churches, Third Edition: A Reader in Christian Doctrine from the Bible to the Present
$40.00

Creeds of the Churches offers, in one comprehensive volume, the major Christian statements of faith from biblical times to the present. The third edition has been updated to include the Athanasian Creed, the London Confession, the Frankfurt Declaration, and the Lima Text, among others. A brief introduction to each creed explains its place in the developing theology of the Christian community.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780804205269
Publication Date: 
1982-01-01

Doubting: Growing Through the

Doubting: Growing Through the
$15.00
We live in a culture that doubts everything as a matter of principle. In such an environment, how can even faith be immune to doubt? Can I really trust in the gospel? Does God really love me? Can I really be of any use to God? We are taught to doubt but commanded to believe. Somehow we think that admitting to doubt is tantamount to insulting God. But doubt is not a sign of spiritual weakness--rather it's an indication of spiritual growing pains. Alister McGrath, no stranger to a faith born of doubt, here offers good news to doubters: your faith can grow, and strengthen as it grows. It needs to take root in your experience of God, it needs to take in the nourishment of instruction in the words and ways of God, it needs to be stretched into greater obedience to the commands and calling of God--but it can grow beyond doubt into a thriving relationship.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830833528
Publication Date: 
2012-02-28
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From Aldersgate to Azusa Street: Wesleyan, Holiness, and Pentecostal Visions of the New Creation

From Aldersgate to Azusa Street: Wesleyan, Holiness, and Pentecostal Visions of the New Creation
$42.00
Book by Knight, Henry H., III
ISBN/SKU: 
9781606089880
Publication Date: 
2010-08-11

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