eBook Sale: Gregory Koukl’s New Apologetics Release, “The Story of Reality”

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“It’s my favorite thing I’ve written yet,” says Greg Koukl, President of Stand to Reason, about his new apologetics book The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between.

You may recognize Koukl as the author of the classic apologetics work Tactics: A Game Plan for Sharing Your Faith. Koukl’s latest work, The Story of Reality released earlier this year, and right now the eBook edition is 60% off.

story-of-reality-3d-coverIn brief, The Story of Reality is a “wide-angle account of the Christian view of the world, a big-picture description of the meaning of the drama of human history.”

What people are saying

“Koukl has masterfully captured the heart of the Christian story in a way that is clarifying and insightful for…

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Who Killed Jesus? The Historical Context of Jesus’ Crucifixion

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Much of the scholarly discussion about the circumstances of Jesus’ death relates to the question of who was responsible for his arrest and crucifixion.

Who was responsible? The Jews or the Romans?

Historically, the primary responsibility has been placed on the Jewish leadership and the Jews in Jerusalem. Throughout the centuries, this has sometimes had tragic consequences, resulting in anti-Semitism and violence against Jews.

More recent trends in scholarship have shifted the blame to the Romans.

The tendency to blame the Jews, it is said, arose in the decades after the crucifixion with the church’s growing conflict with the synagogue and its desire to convince Rome that Christianity was no threat to the empire.

Most contemporary scholars recognize that…

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Darwin, Darwinism, and the “Dictionary of Christianity and Science”

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9780310496052Faith and science have been both kissing cousins and sworn enemies throughout Western history.

That tension, however, hasn’t stopped Paul Copan, Tremper Longman, Christopher Reese, and Michael Strauss from offering the church and academy a new reference resource for the intersection of the Christian faith and contemporary science.

The Dictionary of Christianity and Science (on-sale 4/25/17) engages the crucial faith-science topics of the day. From Adam and Eve to the age of the earth, Big Bang to bioethics, string theory to the Scopes trial, this definitive resource offers you access to over 450 concepts, individuals, and debates, displayed in three types of entries:

Introductions offer quick and easy overviews Essays present further exploration of significant topics Multiple-view discussions stimulate discussion through vigorous, charitable, persuading points-of-view articles

To give you a…

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4 Non-Biblical, Non-Christian Views of Reality You Need to Know About

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9780310521556_imageIn his new book The Essentials of Christian Thought Roger Olson tells the story of an aunt who was a passionately devoted member of the Presbyterian church. Though she was “one of the sweetest, most intelligent and devout Christian women he has ever had the privilege to know,” there was one problem:

Whether she was aware of it or not, her worldview, her metaphysical vision of ultimate reality, was radically contrary to that of the Bible and Christianity. (108)

This worldview problem is actually far too common. Which is why Olson devotes an entire chapter to non-biblical, non-Christian views of reality. We’ve briefly outlined these alternative perspectives that all Christians…

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When Word-for-Word Is Ambiguous (John 9:7) – Mondays with Mounce 279

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I have been sensitive lately to finding passages in which a word-for-word translation is not clear but is ambiguous and perhaps even misleading. I am finding lots of examples.

The one that jumped out to me this morning is John 9:7. Jesus tells the man born blind, “‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam [τὴν κολυμβήθραν τοῦ Σιλωάμ]’ (which means Sent [ὃ ἑρμηνεύεται ἀπεσταλμένος]).” The ESV here is traditional and is reflected in the CSB (the new edition of the HCSB), NET, NRSV, and KJV.

So why then does the…

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Why People are Reluctant to Talk about Their Christian Convictions

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We recently sat down with Greg Koukl to talk about what prevents people from articulating their faith to non-believers. Take a look at what he said:

The best way to start

In the Tactics online course, Gregory Koukl offers practical strategies to help you stay in the driver’s seat as you maneuver comfortably and graciously in any conversation about your Christian convictions.

In fact, we think this is so important that we’re giving away free access to the first lesson.

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How to Keep Receiving Your Newsletters from Zondervan Academic (Subscriber, Please Read)

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APRIL 7, 2017: If you subscribe to one of Zondervan Academic’s email newsletters, you may receive an unusual email from us soon. It requests that you click a link within your email “to keep receiving” your newsletter.

 

This is a legitimate email from Zondervan Academic. Clicking the email link (or more simply, re-subscribing to the Academc Update now) are the only ways to ensure you will continue to receive email updates from us.

 

What will happen if you click on the email link? Two things:

You will get access to something free. (A free PDF download or online course, depending on which newsletter you’re receiving.) You will continue to receive email newsletters from us for as long as you wish. You can still unsubscribe at any time.

 

Why is Zondervan Academic asking you to click a…

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Olive Tree Bible Software Sale: The Best Bible Reference Tools

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Save big on Bible reference works at Olive Tree Bible Software right now. (The sale ends April 17, 2017.) You will find deals on single volumes and complete sets:

Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, and atlases guides on how to read the Bible for all its worth works from trusted authors including Moisés Silva, Bill Mounce, Mark L. Strauss, and more

Most deals are 50% off, with only a few exceptions. This is the time to build your Bible reference library. Learn more and browse the titles on sale now at Olive Tree Bible Software.

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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth1. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Fourth Edition by Gordon D. Fee…

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[Common Places] The Five Solas: Grace Alone

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This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology. We will then conclude each month with an annotated reading guide on classic and contemporary works that…

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Tremper Longman III Reflects on the Challenges of Studying Genesis

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We recently sat down with Tremper Longman III to discuss why the book of Genesis is so challenging to read and understand. His new Genesis online course is now available.

Genesis, like the rest of the Old Testament is a difficult book for us as twenty-first Christians to understand.

After all, we’re distant from this book in many ways. For one thing, it’s an ancient book. This is a book that was written three thousand five hundred years ago and has many strange and ancient customs.

The book of Genesis is also distant from us in terms of culture. It was written in an Ancient Near Eastern culture,…

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Logos Software Sale: Illustrated Commentary Set on the Old Testament

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zibbcot-setSave 25% on the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament set at Logos Bible Software. This is the premier commentary for connecting to the historical and cultural backgrounds of the Old Testament. You will save $50. (Deal ends April 17, 2017.)

This richly visual commentary series features:

over 2,000 photos, maps, charts and diagrams passage-by-passage commentary that presents archaeological findings, geographic insights, notes on manners and customs, and more analysis into the literature of the ancient Near East that will help you gain a deeper understanding of the biblical text

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The commentary series includes work by world-class scholars:

John H. Walton (Genesis) Daniel I. Block (Judges) Tremper Longman III…

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eBook Sale on Reformed Theology: Deals Start at $1.99

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Save up to 76% on timely and popular eBooks by Timothy Keller, D. A. Carson, Michael Horton, Tim Challies, and over 16 other authors in our new eBook sale on Reformed theology.

Topics in the sale include:

the Reformation and some of its solas (faith alone, God’s word alone, God’s glory alone) systematic and historical theology from a Reformed perspective ministry health and growth study Bibles for deeply biblical thinking

Read deeply, be strengthened, and be challenged by the eBooks in this sale. This eBook sale ends Sunday, April 9, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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