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50 Ways to Help Save the Earth: How You and Your Church Can Make a Difference

by Rebecca J. Barnes-Davies

This guide outlines fifty ways in which you, your congregation, and your local community can help fight global warming and enjoy participation in a vital part of Christian discipleship. 50 Ways to Help Save the Earth makes a clear connection, in a practical and unintimidating way, between stewardship of the earth and living one's faith. This easy-to-follow book consists of seven chapters on topics related to global climate change: "Water," "Energy," "Transportation," "Food and Agriculture," "People," "Other Species," and "Wilderness and Land." Each chapter begins with a statement on how the content relates to global warming, followed by seven action items ranging from individual efforts to activities that encourage the involvement of the congregational and wider communities.

The Barefoot Way: A Faith Guide for Youth, Young Adults, and the People Who Walk With Them

by Dori Grinenko Baker

This exceptional and innovative resource invites older youth, college students, and all who care about them, to participate for 21 days in journey and experiences of youth who have encountered God and told their story. Perfect for individual, small group, and workshop use, each day readers step "barefoot" onto the "Holy Ground" of these experiences in order to "L. I. V. E. " the story themselves: To Listen, Immerse, View it Wider, and Explore Actions and "Aha" moments.

A Brief History of Ancient Israel

by Victor Matthews

Grounded in the latest archeological developments, Victor Matthews'sA Brief History of Ancient Israel presents a concise history of Israel covering the ancestral period, conquest and settlement, the monarchy, and both the exilic and postexilic periods. Using supplemental figures and insets, the author concentrates on providing a cogent and condensed discussion of events. He examines historical geography, archaeological data, and, where relevant, comparative cultural materials from other ancient Near Eastern civilizations. With an accessible yet high-quality introduction,A Brief History of Ancient Israel will be of immense value to both students of the Old Testament and the scholars who teach them.

Calvin's Institutes: A New Compend

by Hugh T. Kerr

This is an easy-to-read book that follows the main development of Calvin's theology, accentuating Calvin's positive convictions without lingering over matters of only dated importance, for persons who desire authentic texts of a religious tradition.

Christmas Customs Around the World

by Herbert H. Wernecke

[from the back cover] "STUDY, DEVOTION, AND INSPIRATION Sure to fascinate everyone who celebrates Christmas and to give extra pleasure to readers with special interest in folkways." The author has gathered meticulously from many sources, including records of missionaries, a remarkable variety of Christmas miscellanea intended to 'supplement rather than duplicate' other books on Christmas customs. Divided geographically by continent and by country, this book discusses the Christmas celebration, with special emphasis on geographical and cultural influences. Vernacular terminology with English equivalents adds reality and interest. A selection of Christmas recipes and suggestions for a Christmas program based on world-wide customs complement the text which describes both secular and religious Christmas observances. Recipes, a bibliography and indices are included.

Essential Theological Terms

by Justo L. González

This provides students with discussions of theological terms. Each entry in book gives more detail than a dictionary, introducing the meaning of the term, its importance, and how it has been understood in both historic and contemporary theology.

Essentials of Christian Theology

by Stanley Grenz William C. Placher

This splendid introductory textbook for Christian theology presents essays by leading scholars on the major theological questions. William Placher provides an excellent discussion of the history and current state of each doctrine while the essays explore the key elements and contemporary issues relating to these important theological concepts.

Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

by Westminster John Knox Press

This electronic version of the hymnal is specially adapted for use with paperless braille devices. Find a hymn quickly by adding the number sign to the hymn number. Also, refrains are repeated each time they're to be sung. This version does not have musical notation but is otherwise complete. Special proofreading was performed by Terry Gorman.

The Gospel of Luke

by William Barclay

With a historian's precision, Luke's Gospel shows painstaking care both in detail and in expression. Of equal distinction is the universal appeal of the Gospel. Barclay's insightful comments help each of us to see the infinitude of God's love through Luke's eyes. For almost fifty years and for millions of readers, the Daily Study Bible commentaries have been the ideal help for both devotional and serious Bible study. Now, with the release of the New Daily Study Bible, a new generation will appreciate the wisdom of William Barclay. With clarification of less familiar illustrations and inclusion of more contemporary language, the New Daily Study Bible will continue to help individuals and groups discover what the message of the New Testament really means for their lives.

The Heart of Black Preaching

by Cleophus J. Larue

In this book, Cleophus LaRue argues that the extraordinary character of black preaching derives from a distinctive biblical hermeneutic that views God as involved in practical ways in the lives of African Americans. This hermeneutic, he believes, has remained constant since the days of slavery. LaRue analyzes the distinct characteristics of African American preaching and brings the insights of both theory and practice to bear on this important subject matter.

Hope in Pastoral Care and Counseling

by Andrew D. Lester

This book focuses on clinical theories and methods for pastoral assessment of intervention with those who despair and offers a corrective measures to these stories through deconstruction, re-framing, and reconstruction.

Inheriting Our Mothers' Gardens: Feminist Theology In Third World Perspective

by Katie Geneva Cannon Letty M. Russell Kwok Pui-Lan Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz

This book represents a major contribution toward the development of a global feminist theology. The personal histories and experiences of women of African, Asian, Anglo-American, and Latin-American heritage recounted here make it possible to analyze the social and historical contexts of their Christian faith. Their insights into the lives of those who have been oppressed or excluded, in the Third World or in the United States, clear the way for understanding the partnership of men and women everywhere.

An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination (Second Edition)

by Walter Brueggemann Tod Linafelt

In this updated edition of the popular textbook, Walter Brueggemann and Tod Linafelt introduce the reader to the broad theological scope of the Old Testament, treating some of the most important issues and methods in contemporary biblical interpretation. This clearly written textbook focuses on the literature of the Old Testament as it grew out of religious, political, and ideological contexts over many centuries in Israel's history. Covering every book in the Old Testament (arranged in canonical order), the authors demonstrate the development of theological concepts in biblical writings from the Torah through post-exilic Judaism. This introduction invites readers to engage in the construction of meaning as they venture into these timeless texts.

Joshua, Judges and Ruth

by Carolyn Pressler

Who is God? How does God act in our lives? How are we to act as God's faithful people? Joshua, Judges, and Ruth represent a chorus of voices reflecting on Israel's earliest days in its land. In Joshua, God empowers an obedient Israel to conquer the promised land. In Judges, Israel's faithlessness and God's wrath lead to a downward spiral of sin, subjugation, and social disintegration. Ruth narrates a story of divine blessing worked out through human loyalty. Books in the Westminster Bible Companion series assist laity in their study of the Bible as a guide to Christian faith and practice. Each volume explains the biblical book in its original historical context and explores its significance for faithful living today. These books are ideal for individual study and for Bible study classes and groups.

Justice in the Making: Feminist Social Ethics

by Beverly Wildung Harrison

This collection of essays and lectures of Beverly Harrison who has long fought for women and others at the margins, challenging the subjugating ways in which women's intellectual contributions, their gifts of ministerial leadership, and their reproductive capacity and sexual identity have been defined, demonstrates the progression of Harrison's contribution to the field of Christian ethics and the evolution of her thought in response to changing social realities.

Let the Oppressed Go Free: Feminist Perspectives on the New Testament

by Luise Schottroff Annamarie S. Kidder

This book draws together fascinating recent studies by a leading European scholar of aspects of the New Testament of special interest to women. These essays, translated for the first time, will deepen feminist scholarship in the English-speaking world.

The Letters of Paul: Conversations in Context, Fifth Edition

by Calvin J. Roetzel

This 5th edition has been updated the reflect developments in the scholarship since 1998. It is an introduction to St. Paul and his writings, aimed at students.

The Life of Paul for Today

by Lyle D. Vander Broek

This book presents the life and work of the New Testament's premier missionary, the apostle Paul. It surveys his "pre-Christian life," his conversion and call, and his missionary activities, noting the pivotal events that marked his relationship with the congregations he founded and with the Jerusalem church. Vander Broek focuses on Paul's life and labors but also provides important and relevant discussions of how the life of Paul speaks to Christian faith today. This book will be of much interest to contemporary church groups and individuals who are interested in how the church's most important early missionary continues to impact Christian lives. Questions for discussion are included.

Literary Forms in the New Testament

by James L. Bailey Lyle D. Vander Broek

Two seminary teachers introduce to incoming students the specific literary forms that appear in the New Testament. Each article defines a common literary form, gives numerous examples, suggests ways in which knowledge of the form is helpful in interpretation, and offers an annotated bibliography for the specific form discussed. There is an exegetical emphasis throughout. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc. , Portland, Or.

The Magic Meadow

by Alexander Key

As five crippled children play games of imagining themselves in another beautiful world, one of the boys finds he can help the rest of them escape to a strange new place.

The Meaning of Creation (Genesis and Modern Science)

by Conrad Hyers

Anyone who would propose to offer an interpretation of what the Genesis accounts of creation "really mean" must do so with considerable caution. There have been many different interpretations sent back to Europe, so to speak, not only of the meaning of the whole but of every verse, even every word. Perhaps this great variety of interpretation is an indication of the richness and subtlety of the creation stories themselves, which can suggest such a diversity of meanings. Perhaps, too, this variety is a reflection of the interpreters themselves, coming to these ancient texts from such a diversity of ages, cultures, philosophies, academic fields, methodologies, and religious persuasions. As in the case of the Dutch anthropologist, it is very easy to shape materials which come to us from a distant culture, language, and time to fit our own modes of thought and the issues that concern us.

Memories of Ancient Israel: An Introduction to Biblical History--Ancient and Modern

by Philip R. Davies

Recent years have seen an explosion of writing on the history of Israel, prompted largely by definitive archaeological surveys and attempts to write a genuine archaeological history of ancient Israel and Judah.

More than Chains and Toil: A Christian Work Ethic of Enslaved Women

by Joan M. Martin

In More than Chains and Toil, Joan Martin explores the experiences of enslaved women and the realities of their social world to uncover the interrelationships among moral agency, work, and human meaning. She then reflects ethically on the implications such a distinct perspective on labor might have for women in contemporary African American communities and for broader discussions about the meaning of work in American society.

New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors (3rd edition)

by Gordon D. Fee

Building on the belief that the task of exegesis is to understand the divine-human intention locked within the biblical text, Gordon Fee provides a lucid step-by-step analysis of exegetical procedures that has made New Testament Exegesis a standard textbook for nearly two decades. Now more than ever, with an updated, newly integrated bibliography and an appendix directly addressing reader-response criticism, this essential, classic guide will assist students, scholars, and clergy in coming to grips with the New Testament.

The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology (Third Edition, Revised and Expanded)

by Bruce J. Malina

A classroom standard for two decades,The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology has introduced students to both the New Testament and the social-scientific study of the New Testament. This revised and expanded third edition offers new chapters on envy and the Jesus movement, updates chapters from earlier editions, augments the bibliography, and offers student study questions.

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