Making Sense of the Bible

Making Sense of the Bible
  • Author : Adam Hamilton
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 352
  • Relase : 2014-03-18
  • ISBN : 9780062234971

Making Sense of the Bible Book Review:

Denominations from evangelical to mainline continue to experience deep divisions over universal social issues. The underlying debate isn’t about a particular social issue, but instead it is about how we understand the nature of scripture and how we should interpret it. The world’s bestselling, most-read, and most-loved book is also one of the most confusing. In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton, one of the country’s leading pastors and Christian authors, addresses the hot-button issues that plague the church and cultural debate, and answers many of the questions frequently asked by Christians and non-Christians alike. Did God really command Moses to put gay people to death? Did Jesus really teach that everyone who is not a Christian will be assigned to hell? Why would Paul command women to “keep silent in the church?” Were Adam and Eve real people? Is the book of Revelation really about the end times? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? Is the Bible ever wrong? In approachable and inviting language, Hamilton addresses these often misunderstood biblical themes leading readers to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving.

Incarnation

Incarnation
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 176
  • Relase : 2020-09-15
  • ISBN : 1791016413

Incarnation Book Review:

Learn the meaning behind the names of Christ and the difference He makes in our lives this Christmas.

The Bible Makes Sense

The Bible Makes Sense
  • Author : Walter Brueggemann
  • Publisher : Darton, Longman & Todd Limited
  • Pages : 144
  • Relase : 2016-07-28
  • ISBN : 0232532540

The Bible Makes Sense Book Review:

'It is strange that the Bible is our most treasured book, and yet it seems so difficult that we don't find it very helpful.'Perhaps we have expected the wrong things of it; we have asked of it what it cannot do. We have expected the Bible to keep promises that it has never made to us. The Bible cannot be a good luck piece to bring God's blessing. Nor can it be an answer book to solve our problems or to give us right belief.'I suggest that the Bible is precious to us because it offers us a way of understanding the world in a fresh perspective, a perspective that leads to life, joy, and wholeness. It offers us a model, a pattern, through which we may think about, perceive, and live life differently.'In this unique book for all Christians, Walter Brueggemann shows us how we can approach the Bible not as a collection of ancient documents, but as our partner in an ongoing dialogue about our life here and now. The Bible Makes Sense includes suggestions for reflection, discussion, passages for meditation and outlines for group study and your own prayerful Bible reading.

Rediscovering Scripture's Vision for Women

Rediscovering Scripture's Vision for Women
  • Author : Lucy Peppiatt
  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Pages : 184
  • Relase : 2019-08-06
  • ISBN : 9780830853960

Rediscovering Scripture's Vision for Women Book Review:

Does God call women to serve as equal partners in marriage and as leaders in the church? With careful exegetical work, Lucy Peppiatt considers relevant passages in Ephesians, Colossians, 1 Peter, 1 Timothy, and 1 Corinthians. There she finds a story of God releasing women alongside men into all forms of ministry, leadership, work, and service on the basis of character and gifting, rather than biological sex.

When Christians Get It Wrong

When Christians Get It Wrong
  • Author : Adam Hamilton
  • Publisher : Abingdon Press
  • Pages : 119
  • Relase : 2013-01-20
  • ISBN : 9781426775239

When Christians Get It Wrong Book Review:

Following Jesus can be more about serving others rather than judging them.

The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 176
  • Relase : 2021-12-21
  • ISBN : 1791021255

The Lord's Prayer Book Review:

The power and significance of the prayer Jesus taught.

Unafraid

Unafraid
  • Author : Adam Hamilton
  • Publisher : Convergent Books
  • Pages : 258
  • Relase : 2018-03-13
  • ISBN : 9781524760335

Unafraid Book Review:

Learn how to face and overcome the fears we feel about loneliness, illness, financial insecurity, disappointing others, failure, insignificance, and aging “A thoughtful, literate, faith-filled guide to reclaiming our minds and our lives.”—John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church and author of I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me You’d be hard-pressed to overstate the extent to which fear, anxiety, and worry permeate our lives today. Fear wreaks havoc on our relationships and communities. It leads us into making bad decisions. It holds us back from the very pursuits that promise fulfillment and joy. As the senior pastor of a large, diverse church in America’s heartland, Adam Hamilton has seen the cost of fear up close. When he surveyed his congregation on how fear affects them, 2,400 people responded—and what they said was eye-opening. Eighty percent admitted to living with moderate or significant levels of fear. Unafraid is Hamilton's insightful and impassioned response. Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Hamilton uses a mixture of facts and faith to help readers understand and counter fears related to such outsize perils as death and illness, as well as the everyday anxieties all of us encounter. He invites us to: Face our fears with a bias of hope Examine our fears in light of the facts Attack our anxieties with action Release our cares to God Writing with generosity and intelligence, Hamilton shows how believer and unbeliever alike can develop sustaining spiritual practices and embrace Jesus’s recurring counsel: “Do not be afraid.” For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can thrive in troubled times, Unafraid offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions.

Words of Life

Words of Life
  • Author : Adam Hamilton
  • Publisher : Convergent Books
  • Pages : 240
  • Relase : 2020-12-29
  • ISBN : 9781524760557

Words of Life Book Review:

What if the Ten Commandments were not just a set of ancient rules, but a guide to experiencing the good life today? “Adam Hamilton is a teacher of the highest order, able to bridge the gap between very old divine teaching and very current human reality.”—Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Always a Guest: Speaking of Faith Far from Home Nearly everyone has heard of the Ten Commandments, the list of “thou-shalt-nots” found in the Bible. Jesus saw these commandments not as onerous burdens, but as guideposts to help us experience a good and beautiful life. These ten ancient “words” were given to us by a loving God who longed to set safe boundaries, create order out of chaos, help communities live peacefully, and protect us—often from ourselves. In this book of Scripture and inspiration, bestselling author Adam Hamilton brings modern eyes to the most important set of ethics in history. He considers the commandments in their historical context, considering the meaning of each commandment in Hebrew, unpacking how Jesus reinterpreted them, and showing how every thou-shalt-not was intended to point to a life-giving “thou shalt.” He also explores how the latest research in science and psychology illuminates these commandments, rightly understood, as a way of ordering one's life beautifully in the present day. In a culture marked by workaholism, materialism, and social media-driven envy, God has given us a time-tested path that leads to gratitude, confidence, and peace. A landmark work from one of our most trusted biblical thinkers, Words of Life is an inspiring, thought-provoking read for anyone seeking to live a meaningful and joyful life.

unChristian

unChristian
  • Author : David Kinnaman,Gabe Lyons
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2007-10-01
  • ISBN : 9781441200013

unChristian Book Review:

Based on groundbreaking Barna Group research, unChristian uncovers the negative perceptions young people have of Christianity and explores what can be done to reverse them.

The Challenge of Jesus

The Challenge of Jesus
  • Author : N. T. Wright
  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Pages : 207
  • Relase : 2015-02-26
  • ISBN : 9780830899135

The Challenge of Jesus Book Review:

With an all-new introduction by the author, N. T. Wright's classic work helps us grow in our understanding of the historical Jesus within first-century Palestine while challenging us to follow Jesus more faithfully into the postmodern world of the twenty-first century.

The Book of Wisecracks

The Book of Wisecracks
  • Author : Gerald Mann
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 216
  • Relase : 1998-07
  • ISBN : 0964727218

The Book of Wisecracks Book Review:

Things Hidden

Things Hidden
  • Author : Richard Rohr
  • Publisher : Franciscan Media
  • Pages : 261
  • Relase : 2022-02-01
  • ISBN : 9781632533869

Things Hidden Book Review:

Discover how reading the Bible can change your life. The Bible is meant to be about transformation, not merely information. In Things Hidden, Richard Rohr invites you to experience Scripture as spirituality—as a living text that can breathe new life into your relationship with God and change your way of seeing the world. Diving deep into topics like morality, power, and wisdom, Rohr paints a picture of a biblical God who is grace-filled and abundant, and who calls us to be fully alive. Things Hidden will invigorate your relationship with the Bible and leave you feeling nourished, hopeful, and better able to embody a Christ-centered spirituality.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness
  • Author : Adam Hamilton
  • Publisher : Abingdon Press
  • Pages : 65
  • Relase : 2018-02-20
  • ISBN : 9781501858505

Forgiveness Book Review:

"If your enemies are starving, feed them some bread; if they are thirsty, give them water to drink." Proverbs 24:17 (CEB) There is nothing more crippling than holding on to anger. Anger, more than any other emotion, has the power to consume all aspects of our lives, distort our sense of purpose, and destroy our relationship with God. In the passionate and life-changing book Forgiveness: Finding Peace Though Letting Go, bestselling author Adam Hamilton brings the same insight that he applied in the bestseller "Why?" to the challenge of forgiveness. Hamilton argues that revelation comes when we realize that forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves rather than to someone else. He also contends that only when we learn to forgive others and ourselves can we truly receive forgiveness from God. “Adam Hamilton not only reminds us about the importance of reconnecting the broken pieces of our lives, but shows how the process of grace and forgiveness is possibly our most complete picture of God.” --Shane Stanford, author of Making Life Matter: Embracing the Joy in the Everyday “The heartbeat of the gospel is grace. With practical insight, Hamilton makes grace understandable--both for seeking and for granting forgiveness. I highly recommend this book.” --Melody Carlson, author of Healing Waters: A Bible Study on Forgiveness, Grace, and Second Chances “Adam Hamilton’s book offers clear guidance for believers struggling with the practical application of our biblical imperative to forgive. It is a must-read for both Christian counselors and every person who has something or someone to forgive.” --Jennifer Cisney Ellers, author of The First 48 Hours: Spiritual Caregivers as First Responders "Deeply rooted in the Bible’s testimony about God’s extravagant mercy, this fine little book explores the Christian call to practice both repentance and forgiveness in the image of God. Straightforward and practical, Hamilton vividly sketches the habits of the heart that discipleship requires in our daily relationships with spouses and intimate life partners, family members, friends and strangers." --Patricia Beattie Jung, Professor of Christian Ethics, Saint Paul School of Theology

How (Not) to Read the Bible

How (Not) to Read the Bible
  • Author : Dan Kimball
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Pages : 336
  • Relase : 2020-12-01
  • ISBN : 9780310113768

How (Not) to Read the Bible Book Review:

Is Reading the Bible the Fastest Way to Lose Your Faith? For centuries, the Bible was called "the Good Book," a moral and religious text that guides us into a relationship with God and shows us the right way to live. Today, however, some people argue the Bible is outdated and harmful, with many Christians unaware of some of the odd and disturbing things the Bible says. Whether you are a Christian, a doubter, or someone exploring the Bible for the first time, bestselling author Dan Kimball guides you step-by-step in how to make sense of these difficult and disturbing Bible passages. Filled with stories, visual illustrations, and memes reflecting popular cultural objections, How (Not) to Read the Bible is a lifeline for individuals who are confused or discouraged with questions about the Bible. It also works great as a small-group study or sermon series.

Half Truths

Half Truths
  • Author : Adam Hamilton
  • Publisher : Half Truths
  • Pages : 176
  • Relase : 2016-04-12
  • ISBN : 1501813897

Half Truths Book Review:

Join Adam Hamilton in Exploring Popular Sayings that Miss the Point.

Love to Stay

Love to Stay
  • Author : Adam Hamilton
  • Publisher : Abingdon Press
  • Pages : 178
  • Relase : 2013
  • ISBN : 9781426759512

Love to Stay Book Review:

Draws on an extensive survey of couples and singles, wisdom from the Bible, and stories from the author's own ministry and marriage to explore what it takes to create and sustain healthy, meaningful romantic relationships across the course of a lifetime.

The Welcoming Congregation

The Welcoming Congregation
  • Author : Henry G. Brinton
  • Publisher : Westminster John Knox Press
  • Pages : 157
  • Relase : 2012-01-01
  • ISBN : 9780664237004

The Welcoming Congregation Book Review:

This practical book by pastor and writer Henry G. Brinton studies the biblical basis for Christian hospitality and how it is practiced in congregations today.

Creed

Creed
  • Author : Adam Hamilton
  • Publisher : Abingdon Press
  • Pages : 190
  • Relase : 2016-11-29
  • ISBN : 9781501813726

Creed Book Review:

We’re all searching. Sometimes the search is easy: simply type a question and the answer pops up. But sometimes our questions are complicated, and the answers are difficult to see and harder to articulate. How do we discover and examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life? Adam Hamilton believes that some powerful answers are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs. In this book, Hamilton considers important questions of life, reality, and truth. He explores not only what Christians believe, but also why they believe it and why it matters. Chapters include: God Jesus Christ The Holy Spirit The Church at the Communion of Saints The Forgiveness of Sins The Resurrection of the Body Creed: What Christians Believe and Why is also part of a six-week church-wide program that includes a Leader Guide, DVD, and youth and children resources.

The Bible Unwrapped

The Bible Unwrapped
  • Author : Meghan Larissa Good
  • Publisher : MennoMedia, Inc.
  • Pages : 251
  • Relase : 2018-09-28
  • ISBN : 9781513802350

The Bible Unwrapped Book Review:

Foreword by Greg Boyd 2019 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year: Theology/Biblical Studies Category Many people have questions about Scripture they are too afraid to ask. Are all the stories of the Bible true? What about all the books that got left out? What do we make of all that violence? What do we do when biblical authors seem to disagree? And what if we encounter situations the Bible doesn’t address? Drawing from the best of contemporary biblical scholarship and the ancient well of Christian tradition, scholar and preacher Meghan Larissa Good helps readers consider why the Bible matters. Known for presenting complex theological ideas in accessible, engaging ways, Good delves into issues like biblical authority, literary genre, and Christ-centered hermeneutics, and calls readers beyond either knee-jerk biblicism, on the one hand, or skeptical disregard on the other. Instead, The Bible Unwrapped invites readers to faithful reading, communal discernment, and deep and transformative wonder about Scripture. Join an honest conversation about the Bible that is spiritually alive and intellectually credible. Read the ancient story of God in the world. You may even learn to love it.

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
  • Author : Marcus J. Borg
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 160
  • Relase : 2009-03-17
  • ISBN : 9780061747625

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time Book Review:

Of the many recent books on the historical Jesus, none has explored what the latest biblical scholarship means for personal faith. Now, in Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg addresses the yearnings of those who want a fully contemporary faith that welcomes rather than oppresses our critical intelligence and openness to the best of historical scholarship. Borg shows how a rigorous examination of historical findings can lead to a new faith in Christ, one that is critical and, at the same time, sustaining. "Believing in Jesus does not mean believing doctrines about him," Borg writes. "Rather, it means to give one's heart, one's self at its deepest level, to . . . the living Lord." Drawing on his own journey from a naive, unquestioning belief in Christ through collegiate skepticism to a mature and contemporary Christian faith, Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life—one not rooted in creeds or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community. In straightforward, accessible prose, Borg looks at the major findings of modern Jesus scholarship from the perspective of faith, bringing alive the many levels of Jesus' character: spirit person, teacher of alternative wisdom, social prophet, and movement founder. He also reexamines the major stories of the Old Testament vital to an authentic understanding of Jesus, showing how an enriched understanding of these stories can uncover new truths and new pathways to faith. For questioning believers, doubters, and reluctant unbelievers alike, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time frees our understanding of Jesus' life and message from popular misconceptions and outlines the way to a sound and contemporary faith: "For ultimately, Jesus is not simply a figure of the past, but a figure of the present. Meeting that Jesus—the living one who comes to us even now—will be like meeting Jesus again for the first time."