Contending for Our All

Author: John Piper
Publisher: Crossway
ISBN: 1433517884
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Athanasius. John Owen. J. Gresham Machen. Each of these men stood for the truth of God's Word in the face of opposition-all out of a deep love for Christ and a desire for people to know God in his fullness. Popularity was not a concern, and they took no joy in controversy for argument's sake. However, these men were willing to suffer for the sake of guarding the sanctity of the gospel. Many threats, years of exile, deaths of loved ones, opposition from friends and authorities, sickness and pain-none of these setbacks could keep these three from maintaining their efforts for the furthering of Christ's Kingdom or quench their zeal for Christ himself. In his fourth book of The Swans Are Not Silent series, Contending for Our All, John Piper has given us biographies of Athanasius, John Owen, and J. Gresham Machen-bishop, pastor, and seminary founder. In the life of each one, personal holiness was emphasized publicly and privately despite suffering. They were true soldiers for the sake of the cross, and each man offers life lessons for Christians today. Athanasius The deity of Christ and all its worth consumed Athanasius. He devoted his life to defending it. The great adversary was the Arian heresy. Athanasius would be banished by the emperor five times. He was contending for his all-the essential, life-giving truth of Christ and his gospel. John Owen Communion with Christ was the focus of John Owen's vast intellect and expansive heart. He battled Christ-belittling errors of the mind and heart with passion and skill. Going deeper in the understanding of Christ was for him the key to going deeper in fellowship with him. J. Gresham Machen Representing Christ in all his fullness with all of Scripture drove J. Gresham Machen. He saw in the liberal Christianity of the early twentieth century another religion. His exposure of its subtleties and his emphasis on the facts of history are astonishingly relevant for our time in the early twenty-first century. The Swans Are Not Silent When Augustine handed over the leadership of his church in A.D. 426, his successor was so overwhelmed by a sense of inadequacy that he declared, "The swan is silent," fearing the spiritual giant's voice would be lost to time. But for 1,600 years Augustine has not been silent-and neither have those who faithfully trumpeted the cause of Christ after him. Their lives have inspired every generation of believers and should compel us to a greater passion for God. Part of the The Swans Are Not Silent series.

Give Me That Book A Treasury of Truth for Troubled Times

Author: Gary Rieben
Publisher: Redemption Press
ISBN: 1632327554
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The purpose of this book is to call the people of God to a renewed devotion to the the Bible by pointing to the beauty and the bounty of the God who speaks there. In its pages, Dr. Rieben demonstrates how knowledge of the Bible, devotion to its Author, and the practice of His commands will instill within us an unshakable confidence so that we can declare with the Psalmist "though an army besiege me I will not fear, though war break out against me, I will not fear."

Seeking a Revival Culture

Author: Allen M. Baker
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1606085247
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The great burden of Al Baker's life, that which drives him in Christian ministry more than anything else, is to see the church of the Lord Jesus Christ rise up and become mighty as she has been so often in past years. One thing has become very clear to Baker--the western church is in big trouble. Many pastors are terribly discouraged in their ministries. So are their people. Pastors have been told that they can model their ministries after whoever the latest and hottest preacher is, and all will be well with them, that they can expect exponential growth in their churches. With few exceptions, this has not been their experience. They have attended the seminars and read the latest books, but they have little to show for their efforts. As a pastor, Baker is heartbroken over the vastness of people's problems in today's church--everything from incest, child molestation, homosexuality, pornography, severe depression, suicide, divorce, wayward children, adultery, fornication, and more. The pastoral problems are epidemic. The Christian faith in American churches is woefully lacking. Church people are generally no different from those of the world. What are we to do? We need revival. We need a revival culture in the western church. We need, like Israel laboring under Egyptian bondage, to become intolerable of our circumstances. Israel cried out to the Lord when their slavery became intolerable to them. May God move us to divine discontent, to be dissatisfied with the status quo!

John Owen Richard Baxter and the Formation of Nonconformity

Author: Tim Cooper
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317110471
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John Owen (1616-1683) and Richard Baxter (1615-1691) were both pivotal figures in shaping the nonconformist landscape of Restoration England. Yet despite having much in common, they found themselves taking opposite sides in several important debates, and their relationship was marked by acute strain and mutual dislike. By comparing and contrasting the parallel careers of these two men, this book not only distils the essence of their differing theology, it also offers a broader understanding of the formation of English nonconformity. Placing these two figures in the context of earlier events, experience and differences, it argues that Restoration nonconformity was hampered by their strained personal relationship, which had its roots in their contrasting experiences of the English Civil War. This study thus contributes to historiography that explores the continuities across seventeenth-century England, rather than seeing a divide at 1660. It illustrates the way in which personality and experience shaped the development of wider movements.

The Ashgate Research Companion to John Owen s Theology

Author: Mr Mark Jones
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1472466969
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As a revival in Owen studies and reprints has taken place, this much-needed Companion by an international group of leading scholars, helpfully explores key questions related to Owen's method, theology and pastoral practice. Examining his thought through such topics as his epic work on the Holy Spirit, his developed view of faith and reason, and his contribution to the place of toleration, this book offers an authoritative exploration of Britain's greatest theologians.

John Owen and English Puritanism

Author: Crawford Gribben
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019979815X
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John Owen was a leading theologian in 17th-century England. As vice-chancellor of Oxford University, he was a man of immense intellectual and cultural significance. Through his association with Oliver Cromwell in particular, he exercised considerable influence on central government, and becamethe premier religious statesman of the Interregnum. The restoration of the monarchy pushed Owen into dissent, criminalizing his religious practice and inspiring his writings in defense of high Calvinism and religious toleration. But Owen transcended his many experiences of defeat, and his claims toquietism were frequently undermined by rumors of his involvement in anti-government conspiracies.Crawford Gribben's biography documents Owen's interactions with the intellectual and print cultures of his social, political and religious environments; its narrative is structured around Owen's own publications. In contrast to the current scholarly consensus, this book emphasizes Owen's importanceas a controversial theologian deeply involved with his social and political environment. Far from personifying the Reformed tradition, he helped to undermine it, offering an individualist account of Christian faith which downplayed the significance of the Church's means of grace. His workcontributed to the formation of the new religious movement known as evangelicalism, where his influence still can be seen today.

Ich muss verr ckt sein so zu leben

Author: Shane Claiborne
Publisher:
ISBN: 3765570540
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"Man hatte mir beigebracht, was man als Christ glaubt. Aber niemand hatte mir gezeigt, wie man als Christ lebt." Wie lebt man als Christ? Diese Frage führt Shane Claiborne auf ungewöhnliche Wege. Er reist nach Kalkutta und begleitet Mutter Teresa zu den Ärmsten der Armen - und dort begegnet er Gott auf ganz neue Weise. Seine "Bekehrung zur radikalen Nachfolge" ruiniert seine beruflichen Pläne, führt ihn in die Innenstadtghettos an die Seite der Vergessenen der Wohlstandsgesellschaft und zu Beginn des Irakkriegs 2003 als Friedensaktivist nach Bagdad. Der "Extremist der Nächstenliebe" erzählt eine Geschichte voller Leidenschaft, Kreativität und eines Glaubens, der durch kleine Taten der Liebe die Welt verändert.

Eine Frau nach dem Herzen Gottes

Author: Elizabeth George
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783935558655
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Gott hat für jede Frau, Ehefrau und Mutter einen exzellenten Plan, wie sie Ihn mit allen Bereichen ihres Leben verherrlichen und eine "Frau nach dem Herzen Gottes" werden kann. Elizabeth George vermittelt in liebevollem und verständnisvollen Stil ihre biblischen und praktischen Einsichten, wie eine Frau zur Ehre Gottes leben kann: in ihrer persönlichen Beziehung zum Herrn, im Alltag mit ihrem Ehemann und ihren Kindern, mit ihrer Aufgabe als Hausfrau und mit ihrem Dienst in der Gemeinde. Dieses Buch mit Studienleitfaden eignet sich hervorragend zum Studium allein, in einer Zweierschaft oder auch im Frauenkreis. Elizabeth George ist in den USA eine bekannte Autorin zahlreicher Bücher, seit 35 Jahren mit ihrem Ehemann Jim verheiratet, Mutter von zwei Kindern und Großmutter dreier Enkel. U.a. diente sie über 20 Jahre als Mitarbeiterin im Frauenprogramm der Grace Community Church, Kalifornien, wo auch der bekannte Prediger John MacArthur lehrt.