Christian Communities in Paul's Cities of Rome and Corinth What did Christians believe in cities that played a ... Christian preaching began in Jewish synagogues at Rome in the 40s of the first century,267 but soon the members of the ...
Author: Markus Vinzent
Why is the Resurrection of Christ so remote, almost non-existent in many early Christian writings of the first 140 years of Christianity? This is the first Patristic book to focus on the development of the belief in the Resurrection of Christ through the first centuries A.D. By Paul, Christ's Resurrection is regarded as the basis of Christian hope. In the fourth century it becomes a central Christian tenet. But what about the discrepancy in the first three centuries? This thought provoking book explores this core topic in Christian culture and theology. Taking a broad approach - including iconography, archaeology, history, philosophy, Jewish Studies and theology - Markus Vinzent offers innovative reading of well known biblical and other texts complemented by rarely discussed evidence. Christ's Resurrection in Early Christianity takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the wilderness of unorthodox perspectives in the breadth of early Christian writings. It is an eye-opening experience with insights into the craftsmanship of early Christianity - and the earliest existential debates about life and death, death and life - all centred on the cross, on suffering, enduring and sacrifice.
... Anchors For Our Lives Principles-Based Behaviors Part Two: Christ's “Meat” Level Principles of True Christianity Introduction to Part Two of Book 1: Christ's “Meat” Level Principles of True Christianity Yes! More Is Available!
Author: Joe Zug
Publisher: Balboa Press
If you have been listening to your inner-voice, you have probably avoided traditional religion, left it or are currently considering such? If so, then this book was written for you. It explains the Real God’s uncorrupted plan for mankind which is totally positive, totally progressive, purposeful, principles-based, Cosmically comprehensive, completely compassionate and harmoniously integrated with no internal inconsistencies! You will find explanations herein that correlate Earth’s physical phenomenon with Cosmic Spiritual laws (quantum physics). Also revealed are Christ’s higher, “Tree of Life” doctrines that supersede the traditional focus, by Christians, Jews and Muslims, on the lower level doctrines of the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.” The scriptures of those three religions contain the same Garden of Eden story that cites these two metaphorical trees. Jesus Christ intended to switch mankind’s attention to the “Tree of Life” principles. He also attempted to “teach us how to fish” rather than to “give us a fish.” Tradition says he came to “give us salvation” yet that would literally put mankind in the category of “being on the dole” -- something current, inconsistent “Christians” seem to loathe. Spiritual maturity is the result of our personally practicing the higher, “meat” level principles that Jesus Christ taught and modeled. Thereby, we qualify for God’s gracious endowment of Ascension into Heaven.
These themes, based on a qualitative study of the canonical gospels, assist readers with the development of a framework for a Christlike life. The book defines Mean Christianity and considers its causes and costs.
Author: Billy T. Ogletree
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Mean Christianity: Finding Our Way Back to Christ’s Likeness explores the Christian faith as an intentional, daily commitment to others—a cathartic and uncomfortable journey that leads travelers to Christ’s likeness. The book considers how and why individual Christians and the corporate body of Christ have come to be perceived negatively by so many. It describes the primacy of Christ as the central tenet of Christianity, and offers seven “Jesus” life themes for every Christian. These themes, based on a qualitative study of the canonical gospels, assist readers with the development of a framework for a Christlike life. The book defines Mean Christianity and considers its causes and costs. Readers are confronted with both the possibility of meanness in the faith and in their actions, and encouraged to consider a Christlike life as an alternative to meanness. Finally, readers are introduced to the concepts of forgiveness, grace, and mercy as a part of God’s broader plan for reconciliation and fullness in life.
"I wish this book had been around when I was an atheist and started to seek God.
Author: James Emery White
Publisher: Baker Books
"I wish this book had been around when I was an atheist and started to seek God. It's a no-nonsense, practical, and insightful guide that will help all those on a quest for spiritual truth. If you're investigating whether there's any substance to the Christian faith, you must read this important book."--Lee Strobel, former award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and bestselling author of more than twenty books *** In our post-Christian age, the old answers for skeptics are no longer cutting it. Why? Because they largely seek to answer the wrong questions. Our world is changing, and while the gospel never changes, the way we talk about it and learn about it must. Christianity for People Who Aren't Christians answers both classic and bleeding-edge questions that skeptics have about the faith, such as - Is there a God? - Why do the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus matter? - Why is there so much suffering in the world? - Why do Christians think there is only one way to know God? - How do I reconcile the Bible's picture of Christ's followers with the actual Christians I know who have disappointed me? Covering such topics as astrophysics, social justice, and acceptance of the LGBTQ community, this one-of-a-kind book is perfect for those skeptical of Christianity and for those who love them and want to keep the line of communication open.
According to the celebrated Christian writer Mr. Goodrich , the Christian world had no chronology and recorded no ... Relative to the time of Christ's birth , the “ Encyclopedia Britannica ” says , “ Christians count one hundred and ...
This is a compelling read. The book, containing personal and practical illustrations, is a dynamic challenge to bring one's life into conformity with Christ's expectations.
Author: Gordon Haresign
Publisher: WestBow Press
"Authentic Christianity is an insightful and timely wake-up call to every Christian today. If you want to rediscover what the church is all about, this is a good place to start." --Whitney T. Kuniholm, president, Scripture Union USA Authentic Christianity is more than a scholarly exposition of the first three chapters of the book of Revelation. The book takes you on a tour from the small island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea to the sites of seven ancient cities in what was known as Asia Minor. The messages Christ conveyed to the churches in those cities are as stunning today as they were then. The author relates those messages into direct confrontation and challenge as he builds a convincing case for the display of authentic Christianity. Authentic Christianity captures attention from the outset as it not only examines Christ's critique of those churches at the end of the first century; it exposes today's churches. In light of the church's declining influence in the world, the author makes an exceptionally strong appeal for those who call themselves Christians to be authentic. Authentic Christianity exalts Christ's role in the church and reflects the high standard expected of Christians today. In an age when the church is increasingly scorned, the author sounds a clarion call for repentance and revival. This is a compelling read. The book, containing personal and practical illustrations, is a dynamic challenge to bring one's life into conformity with Christ's expectations. The reader cannot possibly remain indifferent after reading the book and seriously considering its timely message. The book is an appeal for action, change, revival and authenticity.
In this book, author, Austin de Bourg deals frankly with the misconceptions of Christianity which many earnestly practice today, warning of the dangers of replacing relationship with God with religion which, in fact, keeps us from coming to ...
Author: Austin de Bourg
Discover who God intends for you to be and how to fulfil your God-appointed purpose! This book is a wakeup call to slumbering Christians. It addresses the urgent need for Christians to return to Jesus Christ and His Christianity, and to passionately pursue a personal, intimate relationship with Him, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. It takes you deeper in Christ and propels you to put your Christian faith into action, and advance the Kingdom of God. Too much is at stake for you not to know what really is the Christianity that Jesus Christ has prepared especially for you. In his unique, simple style, author Austin de Bourg leads Christians into the full understanding of their faith as he unveils Christianity from God's perspective. This book takes the subject of Christianity to a dimension where modern literature on the topic rarely ventures. It reveals truths from the Word of God on the supernatural birthright and heritage of Christians and Christianity and answers questions on the seldom-taught doctrine of the reality and conflict of the dual nature of Christians. What Really is Christianity points out the importance of Christians knowing and keeping their divine lineage and heritage alive, not only for their benefit, but for the benefit of those who would carry on the faith. Like the early Christians who knew who they were, this generation and the generations to come would be able to live and function as Christ ordained and as such, successfully changed their world. In this book, author, Austin de Bourg deals frankly with the misconceptions of Christianity which many earnestly practice today, warning of the dangers of replacing relationship with God with religion which, in fact, keeps us from coming to God. Not only does the author diagnose the present malady of Christians and Christianity, but he prescribes the corrective treatment. In so doing, he identifies with precise clarity the Christianity that Christ established and left for us to follow. Both Christians and non-Christians alike will benefit from this insightful work pregnant with the author's personal, intimate experience with the Trinity and his passion to see everyone experience the superior quality of life that he himself has come to know and experience through Christ's Christianity.
Some men are highly tempted to do what David did, and if they fall and they're Christians, they hate themselves for ... Sad to say, many of these men are born-again, yet many have no knowledge of how Jesus Christ holds the secret to ...
Author: Bill Gillham
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Bill Gillham believes that the Christian life is a blessing rather than a burden and is convinced that misapprehensions of what the Bible really says sometime leave us feeling shackled instead of free. He shows the way to seeing things differently.
The essays in this volume are the Product of fifty leading scholars, from across the Christian spectrum, seeking to clarify and to affirm the immense significance of interreligious dialogue for Christianity in our new planetary society.
Author: Peter C. Phan
Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
How has Christian tradition developed its understanding of the problem of salvation for non-Christians? How do the Christian churches appraise the spiritual values of those other religions whose members collectively make up the majority of mankind? Christianity and the Wider Ecumenism explores the growing shift from efforts toward unity within Christianity to broader, more far-reaching attempts at greater harmony among world religions (the "wider ecumenism"). Editor Peter Phan traces the trend back to the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) but notes that, in the last ten years or so, the movement has become pronounced. in addition to Vatican II, the World Council of Churches has established a Dialogue with People of Living Faiths and ideologies. Also, the growing number of courses on campus in comparative religions testifies to the critical importance of interfaith studies and dialogue in our religiously plural world. Despite resistance by some Christians to this new trend, there is a willingness on the part of others to support the "wider ecumenism," even to abandon any claim to Christ's/Christianity's uniqueness, definitiveness, absoluteness, and superiority. They rightly point to the need for faith in God as Absolute Mystery, to Christian praxis in favor of justice and freedom, and to the enormous historical suffering and conflicts, caused by the myth of Christian uniqueness. They add that we live today in a world village in which dialogue with other religionists and societies, as full equals, is imperative, perhaps for our very survival. Not mere contact but active cooperation and mutual understanding is required now more than ever to deal with urgent global issues involving mass poverty and starvation, religious fanaticism, the threat to the environment, and the omnipresent danger of nuclear destruction. These problems are far too important to be left to governments. The essays in this volume are the Product of fifty leading scholars, from across the Christian spectrum, seeking to clarify and to affirm the immense significance of interreligious dialogue for Christianity in our new planetary society.
23 • Christian , this devotedness is a Duty as it is essential to our Christian State . It's true , you may bear the Name ; but you cannot be the thing designed by that Name , if you devote not all to the Honour of the Lord Jesus ...
The Pagan Christ is a book of rare insight and power that will reilluminate the Bible and change the way we think about religion.
Author: Tom Harpur
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
A provocative argument for a mystical, rather than historical, understanding of Jesus, leading to a radical rebirth of Christianity in our time. For forty years, scholar and religious commentator Tom Harpur has challenged church orthodoxy and guided thousands of readers on subjects as controversial as the true nature of Christ and life after death. Now, in his most radical and groundbreaking work, Harpur digs deep into the origins of Christianity. At a time of religious extremism, Tom Harpur reveals the virtue of a cosmic faith based on ancient truths that the modern church has renounced. His message is clear: Our blind faith in literalism is killing Christianity. Only with a return to an inclusive religion where Christ lives within each of us will we gain a true understanding of who we are and who we are intended to become. The Pagan Christ is a book of rare insight and power that will reilluminate the Bible and change the way we think about religion.
His words are Flesh and blood is not antichrift , but a fpirit contrary to Christ's fpirit , that dwells in flesh and blood ... but the spirit of satan ' in false christians , appearing as an angel of light ; this is antichrift .
to a Being who makes the body of the Christian his temple ; whose Spirit works mysteriously in the recesses of our ... To him , and in him , we are to be united ; one with Christ , and through him one with the Father of our spirits ...
Indifference of Christ towards varieties of speculative belief - Christ contrasted with St. Paul in their ... intended to be rudimentary 98 Christ's own anticipations as to the future of His kingdom -The actual evolution of Christianity ...
Gooding and Lennox throw fresh light on these questions by tracing the Book of Acts’ historical account of the message that proved so effective in the time of Christ’s apostles.
Author: David Gooding
Publisher: Myrtlefield House
Who gets to determine what Christianity means? Is it possible to understand its original message after centuries of tradition and conflicting ideas? Gooding and Lennox throw fresh light on these questions by tracing the Book of Acts’ historical account of the message that proved so effective in the time of Christ’s apostles. Luke’s record of its confrontations with competing philosophical and religious systems reveals Christianity’s own original and lasting definition.
Then they will add the Apostle Paul's great statement: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). They teach that this means that because we are Christians that we are taken outside of any ...
Author: David Rivington
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Christ’s Teaching of Judgment to Christians by David Rivington The most terrifying words ever spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ were spoken to Christians, to His own disciples, when He said: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23) What does Jesus mean? What are Christ’s warnings to professing 21st century Christians today? This book is written to answer Christ's own teaching to these questions and God’s judgment upon every professing Christian. “I know of no chapter in all of Scripture which needs to be taught and explained to Christians in this modern superficial and confused Church age more than Matthew chapter 7.” - David Rivington