Lessons from the East:Finding the Future of Western Christianity in the Global Church Bob Roberts
Christianity, Islam, and Liberal Democracy:Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa Robert A. Dowd
The Introduction to Christianity and Science: Audio Lectures offers a thorough introduction to the intersection between science and Christian belief. How does Christian theology relate to scientific inquiry? What are the competing philosophies of science, and do they ´´work´´ with a Christian faith based on the Bible? Designed to accompany the Dictionary of Christianity and Science, this lecture set synthesizes the insights of over 140 international contributors. Each lesson in the Introduction to Christianity and Science: Audio Lectures, presented by scholars Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael G. Strauss, includes reliable summaries and critical analyses of relevant concepts, theories, terms, movements, individuals, and debates. The toughest questions about faith and science, from Adam and Eve to the age of the Earth, miracles, and evolution, are explored, along with concepts such as string theory and multiverse. Session titles and runtimes: 0 - Introduction (8 min.) 1 - Foundational Terms (23 min.) 2 - Historical Development of Science in the West (14 min.) 3 - Genesis and Modern Science, Part 1 (16 min.) 4 - Genesis and Modern Science, Part 2 (29 min.) 5 - Biological Evolution, Darwinism, and Intelligent Design (16 min.) 6 - Selected Biblical and Theological Issues Related to Modern Science (25 min.) 7 - Anthropology, Theological and Scientific (15 min.) 8 - Key Scientific Disciplines and Concepts in the Christian Perspective (29 min.) 9 - Ethical and Bioethical Issues (18 min.) 10 - Philosophy of Science and Christian Faith (23 min.) 11 - Models for Relating Christianity and Science (14 min.) 12 - Key Thinkers in the Science and Faith Discussion (15 min.) 13 - Looking Ahead: Cutting-Edge Issues in Contemporary Science (29 min.) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, Michael G. Strauss. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/002918/bk_zond_002918_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Having heard the Christmas story told and retold more times than we can count, it is easy to view Mary and Joseph as nothing more than paper people whom we encounter every year on the Christmas cards that crowd our mantle. In Road to Bethlehem, a prelude to his popular Seeds of Christianity Series, E. G. Lewis rounds out this flat, two-dimensional view of Mary and Joseph. In his hands they become real flesh and blood people who live, love and interact with the world around them. Relying upon meticulous research and masterful storytelling, he has crafted a wonderfully entertaining, thought-provoking, and deeply informative novel. Through careful attention to detail he immerses the listener into the daily life of the new carpenter in Nazareth and a young woman named Mary who has caught his eye. There´s a beautiful innocence to Mary and her thoughts. The author has a gentle way with words, explaining just enough to intrigue, leading enough to entice. Wise lessons are threaded into the tale...the power of forgiveness, the gift of mercy, and the healing capacity of love. The God of these words is ever-present in the characters´ lives, but never intrusive. You´ll come away from this novel with a deep understanding and newfound respect for both Mary and Joseph. Like all of his Seeds of Christianity books, Road to Bethlehem is both historically and biblically accurate. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Elsbree. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/049849/bk_acx0_049849_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are you a spiritual person? A mature Christian? The apostles do not think that you are unless you have mastered the basic principles of the oracles of God. The writer of the book of Hebrews wanted to present some exciting thoughts about Jesus. He wanted to start exploring some heady insights about the work of Messiah, but he felt frustrated because people seemed unprepared for these deeper, spiritual lessons. He wanted to go deep, but people were still shallow. They did not have the basics down. He wrote, ´´It is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food´´ (Hebrews 5:11-12). In Elementary Principles, D. Thomas Lancaster takes listeners back to first-century Messianic Judaism to explore what he calls ´´an apostolic catechism´´, the foundational basics of discipleship to Jesus of Nazareth. Think you know it all already? Get ready to rethink your religion. This book of ´´basics´´ challenges common Christian assumptions while laying out clear, biblical definitions for all followers of Jesus. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food. (Hebrews 5:11-12) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matt McKeown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/068353/bk_acx0_068353_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jason Vines takes listeners on a graphic, sometimes sad and often hilarious behind-the-scenes romp through some of the most publicized and studied crises in recent history. Vines cautions the reader up-front: ´´Relax, this is not a book about Jesus. However, he does appear in two chapters: first as a Hispanic grandfather from Waterford, Michigan, and later as the real Prince of Peace. No, this is a book about my life in the public relations blast furnace in the automotive industry; a quickly-derailed attempt to help a friend rebuild Detroit´s tattered image, thwarted by the sex, lies and corruption of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick; and, finally, trying to avoid another crisis with the number one selling book of all time. No, not Harry Potter; the Bible.´´ The crises Vines helped navigate through made headlines the world over: Jeep vehicles accused of deadly sudden unintended acceleration, Nissan´s near-death experience until it regained its MOJO, the Ford/Firestone tire mega-debacle, a jihad against SUVs by the ´´What Would Jesus Drive?´´ nuts, Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick´s drive to prison and finally avoiding a boycott of the most popular Bible in the world by evangelical Christian leaders. In his epilogue, titled ´´Government Motors on Fire,´´ Vines tackles the fake Chevy Volt fire crisis and General Motors´ 2014 nightmare with its faulty ignition switches that led to at least 13 deaths and may lead to criminal indictments. Vines shares lessons learned and mistakes made. He notes that if he can impart anything in this book, it is the guiding principles he believes useful for any organization (not just the auto industry) or individual to avoid, mitigate or survive the inevitable crisis. As he puts it: ´´If you think you are immune to a crisis, you´ve already failed an overarching guiding principle.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Curtis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/025441/bk_acx0_025441_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Relationships, whether friendships or romances, can be painful when we repeatedly choose the wrong people to get involved with. Safe People offers solid, Bible-centered guidance for making safe choices in relationships, helping us identify the nurturing people we need in our lives as well as the people we must learn to avoid. The award-winning authors analyze 20 traits of ´´unsafe people,´´ what makes people trustworthy, issues within ourselves that jeopardize relationships, and ways to avoid unhealthy entanglements. Learning the lessons of Safe People will not only enable you to protect your own heart; it will also teach you how to become the kind of safe person others need in their lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/000055/bk_zond_000055_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Martin Luther, preacher and writer, unleashed the unconditional and uncompromising gospel of God’s love for sinners in Jesus Christ who was crucified and rose from the dead. He exposed both man’s lost condition and Christ’s unfathomable love with unrelenting persistence and unmistakable clarity. Luther believed man was bound in sin, and only Christ could set the sinner free. He held Christ before his students, listeners, and readers. That message marked and formed his students and coworkers; yet, after his death, bitter disputes broke out about some of the most central aspects of his theology. Debates cut to the very heart of the Reformation, while its future hung precariously in the balance. An Uncompromising Gospel highlights Luther’s key theological teachings, details the controversies that broke out after his death, and provides important lessons for our own day, as Christians still struggle to grasp and hold the idea the love Christ had for sinners. As Lutheranism, in specific, and Christianity, as a whole, struggle to find and articulate their identity in challenging times once again, An Uncompromising Gospel provides helpful reminders about what the chief task and message of the church are, and should be, as it presses forward in God’s grace and with the good news of Christ Jesus. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Macare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114201/bk_acx0_114201_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In his latest book, Dr. Stevenson takes a closer look at modern day Christianity and what it means to be walking in God´s love. This work is filled with practical, usable information for those seeking a deeper relationship with their creator. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Core. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057256/bk_acx0_057256_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.