Simply Jesus

Why he was, what he did, why it matters

Author: Tom Wright

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281067287

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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We begin with a thought experiment. Modern critical biblical scholarship often points out how the church's teachings about Jesus have become encrusted with tradition so that it is hard to see what the core documents—the New Testament—really say about him. Now, with the insight of 200 years of modern critical scholarship and assuming an audience that includes both the well-churched and the non-churched, how should the church present the story and identity of the central personality of their faith, Jesus of Nazareth? Many people will be surprised at the story they hear.

Where Was Jesus While He Was on Earth?

Author: Comlanvi Sena Paul Avoungnassou

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1449743498

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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Through this book, the Christian God is revealed in his true colors. The greatest answer you will find in this book is whether Yahweh, Jesus Christ, the Angel of the Lord, the Father, and the Holy Spirit describe one and the same person. What if the Trinity Doctrine is in fact an accurate description of the nature of the Christian God? Could Jesus be a created angel? And how did God create the universe?

Reifes Leben

Eine spirituelle Reise

Author: Richard Rohr

Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH

ISBN: 3451808900

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Richard Rohrs Buch über die spirituelle Dimension des Älter- und Reiferwerdens: Was ist von Bedeutung auf der Lebensreise? Während Menschen in der ersten Hälfte in Beruf und Partnerschaft an der »Form" ihres Lebens arbeiten, rückt in der zweiten Lebenshälfte dessen »Inhalt" in den Mittelpunkt. Darüber entscheiden nicht zuerst Altersstufen, sondern vor allem Erfahrungen des Loslassens und wie wir damit umgehen - auf dem Weg zu unserem »wahren Selbst".

Beyond Christian Folk Religion

Re-grafting into Our Roots (Romans 11:17-23)

Author: Edward A. Beckstrom

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621896579

Category: Religion

Page: 276

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As the Christian church moved from its inception in an Eastern/Oriental culture westward across Asia Minor (Turkey) into Greco-Roman culture with primarily a Western philosophy, theology, and values, Jesus' message and Paul's teachings began to be interpreted according to those cultural norms. While Paul kept calling his churches back to their Jewish roots and Eastern values, the Jewish voice was lost when the Jerusalem church dispersed as Israel fell during the Jewish Revolt of 66-73 AD. The temple was destroyed, its clergy silenced, and Judaism seemed irrelevant to the growing Christian church. The church had become primarily Gentile in theology and philosophy and its Hebrew foundation was largely forgotten and lost. In Beyond Christian Folk Religion, Beckstrom, brings the reader back to Jesus' roots (Romans 11:17-23) and to the core of Paul's message.

Live Like You Mean It

Author: Eric Delve

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444721992

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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This energetic and engaging call to live life to the full offers you the chance to rethink what matters to you and why, and to do something about it. Too often we drift through life, going with the flow or being tossed by currents beyond our control, and failing to realise that if we would only fight for the life God meant us for life would be so much more fulfilling. Eric Delve, the well-known evangelist and organiser of the Detling Festival, here sets out a strong argument for intentional living, the need to engage positively with the choices that face us and the rewards it will bring if we do so. Along the way he challenges us to face up to who we really are, jettisoning pretence or fantasy, and to accept our humanity in its weakness and its high potential. Then he urges us to understand what God's purpose is for us and to let him guide us into the full life he wants for us - including standing firm through difficult times. Finally he issues a challenge to us all, to escape from the modern curse of individualism and accept the need - and wonderful opportunity - to pass on all we've learnt in life to colleagues, friends and families - because they're worth it, too.

Parallel Stories

A Novel

Author: Péter Nádas

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1429963573

Category: Fiction

Page: 1152

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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 In 1989, the year the Wall came down, a university student in Berlin on his morning run finds a corpse on a park bench and alerts the authorities. This scene opens a novel of extraordinary scope and depth, a masterwork that traces the fate of myriad Europeans—Hungarians, Jews, Germans, Gypsies—across the treacherous years of the mid-twentieth century. Three unusual men are at the heart of Parallel Stories: Hans von Wolkenstein, whose German mother is linked to secrets of fascist-Nazi collaboration during the 1940s; Ágost Lippay Lehr, whose influential father has served Hungary's different political regimes for decades; and András Rott, who has his own dark record of mysterious activities abroad. The web of extended and interconnected dramas reaches from 1989 back to the spring of 1939, when Europe trembled on the edge of war, and extends to the bestial times of 1944–45, when Budapest was besieged, the Final Solution devastated Hungary's Jews, and the war came to an end, and on to the cataclysmic Hungarian Revolution of October 1956. We follow these men from Berlin and Moscow to Switzerland and Holland, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, and of course, from village to city in Hungary. The social and political circumstances of their lives may vary greatly, their sexual and spiritual longings may seem to each of them entirely unique, yet Péter Nádas's magnificent tapestry unveils uncanny reverberating parallels that link them across time and space.This is Péter Nádas's masterpiece—eighteen years in the writing, a sensation in Hungary even before it was published, and almost four years in the translating. Parallel Stories is the first foreign translation of this daring, demanding, and momentous novel, and it confirms for an even larger audience what Hungary already knows: that it is the author's greatest work.

What God Really Thinks About Women Bible Study Guide

Finding Your Significance Through the Women Jesus Encountered

Author: Sharon Jaynes

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 0736939881

Category: Religion

Page: 154

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Popular speaker, teacher, and author Sharon Jaynes (combined sales of over 235,000 copies) presents an insightful and inviting study guide companion for her new book, What God Really Thinks About Women. With her trademark biblical perspective, Sharon spends time with Jesus' mother, the woman at the well, Mary Magdalene, and others, and brings to life their experiences with the forgiveness, healing, and love of Jesus. Great for group or individual exploration, this revealing study guide provides reflective questions, passage studies, and exciting discoveries about God's love for His daughters then and now. Sharon's wisdom and personal approach guides readers to witness and experience God's power to transform them from insignificant to highly esteemed disgraced to full of grace guilty to forgiven Readers will awaken to God's heart and hope for them as He lovingly exchanges their heartache, hopelessness, doubt, or shame for the beauty of wholeness.

Das Reich Gottes

Author: Emmanuel Carrère

Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3957572940

Category: Fiction

Page: 524

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In einer Phase von Selbstzweifeln und Depression gerät Emmanuel Carrère in eine Krise des Unglaubens. Er wendet sich dem Christentum zu und versucht, sich zum Glauben zu überzeugen. Nach einer Zeit der intensiven Auseinandersetzung mit den Ursprüngen des Christentums und dem Versuch, konsequent den christlichen Idealen zu folgen, gerät er in eine zweite Krise, eine Krise des Glaubens. In radikaler Ehrlichkeit stellt sich der vernunft- und psychoanalysegeprägte Pariser Intellektuelle der Gretchenfrage und der eigenen Tradition : Was bedeutet uns der Glaube, was uns persönlich und was unserer Gesellschaft ? Um dieser Frage auf den Grund zu gehen, vertieft er sich in die Anfänge des Christentums, er findet Identifikationsfiguren in Paulus, dem Revolutionär, Lukas, dem Intellektuellen und fragt nach der Kraft, mit der es ihnen gelang, etwas zu glauben, was niemand sonst glaubte und eine so machtvolle Tradition zu begründen. Er bringt diese überaus fesselnde frühe Geschichte des Christentums, voll politischer und gesellschaftlicher Unruhen und Intrigen, dem Leser so nahe, dass dieser unmittelbar herausgefordert wird, sein eigenes Verhältnis zur Tradition und zum Glauben zu hinterfragen. Carrère gelingt es in diesem einzigartigen und brisanten Buch, seine eigene Lebens- und Glaubensgeschichte mit der historischen Handlung zu verweben und den Leser mit den unendlichen Facetten des Glaubens und Nichtglaubens zu konfrontieren. Ob ablehnend oder bejahend : An den Fragen des Glaubens kommt heute niemand vorbei.

The Case against Christ

A Critique of the Prosecution of Jesus

Author: George G. R. Dekle Sr.

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443832707

Category: History

Page: 350

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Some two thousand years ago, in a small province of the Roman Empire, an obscure Roman governor ordered the execution of a peasant leader. It went virtually unnoticed at the time. No official report of the event has survived, and we would have no memory at all of it except for the efforts of a handful of followers of the condemned man. Those followers who kept that memory alive changed the course of history, and the results of their efforts continue to reverberate to this day. Conventional interpretation says that the execution of Jesus of Nazareth came on the heels of a series illegal trials before a number of different tribunals, and at the culmination of that series of trials a moral coward by the name of Pontius Pilate ordered Jesus’ execution despite being satisfied that he was innocent. Revisionist interpretation says that there was no trial at all, that Pilate simply executed Jesus because he was a nuisance, and that Jesus’ followers invented the story of his execution as a means of shifting the blame from the Roman government to a group of people whom they despised – the Jews. Are the Gospels good history or bad propaganda? Does a fair reading of the Gospel accounts support either the conventional or the revisionist interpretation of the trial of Jesus? Who, if anyone, should shoulder the blame for the crucifixion of Jesus? The Case against Christ seeks to answer these questions by treating the matter as a forensic death investigation and answering the questions as they might be answered by a prosecutor attempting to determine who should be held criminally responsible for the death of Jesus.

Rubikon

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic

Author: Tom Holland

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 3608108181

Category: History

Page: 463

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Aufstieg und Untergang der Römischen Republik: Mit stilistischer Brillanz und historischem Scharfsinn erzählt Tom Holland die römische Geschichte von ihren etruskischen Anfängen bis zur Ermordung Caesars. »Erzählte Geschichte vom Feinsten. Ein Buch, das mich wirklich gefesselt hat.« Ian McEwan »Eine atemberaubende und glänzend geschriebene Gesamtschau der Machtkämpfe im Rom von Caesar und Cicero.« Uwe Walter »Eine packende, spannende und ungemein unterhaltsame Darstellung der römischen Republik.« Books of the Year, Sunday Times »Tom Holland erzählt den Untergang der römischen Republik neu: ein geistreiches Werk. Hochaktuell.« Independent on Sunday

The Love That Matters

Meeting Jesus in the Midst of Terror and Death

Author: Charles H. Featherstone

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630877654

Category: Religion

Page: 250

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A blond-haired, blue-eyed Lutheran man is approached on the streets of Chicago by members of the Latin Kings so he may teach them how to pray, and he does so with grace--this man's story, one suspects, isn't going to be a typical one. Life has not been easy for Charles Featherstone. From being bullied by peers and teachers in school, to his refusing to become a bully himself by leaving the armed services, to wandering the world in search of work and finding unexpected hospitality as an outsider nearly everywhere, to witnessing the 9/11 attacks from his nearby office, Featherstone's story is a tale of survival akin to Jacob's wrestling the angel at the River Jabbok. It may well leave the reader limping a bit, too, for the encounter with God found in these pages is stark and startling. Truly God's love knows no bounds and cannot be captured by labels--but as Featherstone's life attests, that love just might capture you.

The Ice House

Author: Minette Walters

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330528718

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Winner of the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey Award for best first novel, The Ice House is the mystery thriller from crime queen Minette Walters. It was evident, if there were no other entrance to the ice house, that the body had at some point traversed this thorny barrier . . . The big question was, how long ago? How long had that nightmare been there? The people of Streech village had never trusted the three women living up at the Grange – not since Phoebe Maybury's husband suddenly, inexplicably, vanished. Ten years later a corpse is discovered in the grounds and Phoebe's nightmare begins. For once they have identified the body the police are determined to charge her with murder . . .

Who Is God? A Devotional Journey Through Genesis and Exodus

Author: M.R. Hyde

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1312551151

Category: Religion

Page: 158

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Who is God? Many people have ideas about God. Where do you get your ideas? M.R. Hyde invites you to learn about God from the Bible, and in particular, from Genesis and Exodus. This devotional journey, first in The Trinity series, helps readers move from the Bible as just a history book or biographies of people of faith to the person and character of the God of the universe-both personal and majestic, righteous and merciful, terrifying and wonderful. This book is divided into small sections of Genesis and Exodus designed for personal or small group interaction.

Everyone Loves You When You're Dead

(And Other Things I Learned From Famous People)

Author: Neil Strauss

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 0857861212

Category: Music

Page: 560

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You can tell a lot about someone in a minute if you choose the right minute. Join Neil Strauss as he: • Makes Lady Gaga cry • • Tries to keep Mötley Cru?e out of jail • • Gets kidnapped by Courtney Love • • Goes to church with Tom Cruise (and his mother) • • Reads the mind of Britney Spears • • Hunts down Jackie Chan • • Gets picked on by Led Zeppelin • • Buys nappies with Snoop Dogg • • Goes drinking with Bruce Springsteen, dining with Gwen Stefaniand hot-tubbing with Marilyn Manson • • Talks glam with David Bowie, drugs with Madonna, death with Johny Cash and sex with Chuck Berry • • Gets molested by The Strokes, gets in trouble with Prince and gets Christina Aguilera into bed • Also features exclusive UK heavyweight champions Steve Coogan, Noel Fielding, Russell Brand and more . . .

Streams for Teens

Thoughts on Seeking God’s Will and Direction

Author: L. B. E. Cowman

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 031056462X

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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It’s a noisy, confusing, sometimes scary world, and it’s not always easy to know which way to turn. For anyone Streams for Teens is a great place to stop for directions.Using poems, reflections, and Scripture, this devotional guide challenges us to listen and watch for God’s will for our lives and trust His guidance as we travel new paths and open new doors. Streams is easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to share with others. Open it up. See where it leads.

What Jesus Taught And Why It Matters

Towards a Christianity With No Other Foundation But Christ

Author: Georg Retzlaff

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1452077193

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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Do Jesus and His Gospel really matter? Looking at Christianity today, 2000 years later, one wonders whether what He shared with the world was quickly smothered by Old Testament legalism, Zoroastrian fantasies, Greek philosophical speculations, and Germanic folk traditions. Most Christians seem to think that their religion is about "going to heaven", eternal life after death, someone "paying the price" for our sins (to either God or the devil – an issue still not resolved). If Christianity is not first and foremost about His Words of Eternal Life, about the Gospel He preached, but rather about pre-, and preter-Christian ideologies, it has no right to call itself Christian. This book is about Jesus, and Jesus alone. No one should have laid another foundation except with His words being the cornerstone of all we are and do.

The Biblical Cosmos

A Pilgrim's Guide to the Weird and Wonderful World of the Bible

Author: Robin A. Parry

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630876224

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the Bible. When we read Scripture we often imagine that the world inhabited by the Bible's characters was much the same as our own. We would be wrong. The biblical world is an ancient world with a flat earth that stands at the center of the cosmos, and with a vast ocean in the sky, chaos dragons, mystical mountains, demonic deserts, an underground zone for the dead, stars that are sentient beings, and, if you travel upwards and through the doors in the solid dome of the sky, God's heaven--the heart of the universe. This book takes readers on a guided tour of the biblical cosmos with the goal of opening up the Bible in its ancient world. It then goes further and seeks to show how this very ancient biblical way of seeing the world is still revelatory and can speak God's word afresh into our own modern worlds.