Hypocrisy is Keeping People from the Church – An Excerpt from The Problem of God

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God doesn’t exist. Christianity has a violent history. The Bible can’t be trusted. We hear phrases like this more and more from those who are challenging the Christian faith. In his book The Problem of God: Answering A Skeptic’s Challenges to Christianity, pastor Mark Clark addresses the top ten questions doubters are asking.

In today’s excerpt, we learn about one of the biggest hurdles keeping people from embracing the faith: Christians themselves.

9780310535225The Problem of HYPOCRISY

The greatest Liar has his Believers; and it often happens, that if a Lie be believ’d only for an Hour, it has done its Work, and there is no further occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it; so that when Men come…

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eBook Flash Sale: How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

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For a brief time you can save 36% on the eBook edition of Clay Scroggins’ new book How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority. In this book you will discover:

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Excerpt: The Importance of Critical Thinking

How to Lead When You're Not in ChargeOne of the most common frustrations of not being in charge is being told no. No…

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Know what your small group will read this fall? Here are some reliable choices. (eBook Sale)

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Want to go deep with your small group this fall? We’ve discounted a handful of eBooks for you, with prices starting at $2.99–so you save up to 77%.

Authors include Scot McKnight, Greg Koukl, Chris Wright, Henry Cloud and John Townsend, and more The topics range widely, but all of these eBooks are interesting and trustworthy picks for a small group who wants to dig deep.

Share the sale with your group—but don’t delay, because this deal ends on August 27.

These eBooks will help you…

Tackle apologetics, calling, & tough questions of faith:

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs by Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert The God I Don’t Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of…

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Unexpected Ally: Thomas Aquinas – An Excerpt from Grace Alone

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In today’s excerpt from Grace Alone–Salvation as a Gift of God, Carl Trueman, professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, gives us the background and context of Thomas Aquinas, the unexpected friend of grace alone.

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9780310515760If the reception of Augustine’s theology of grace was subject to some confusion in the West, there were still some theologians whose teaching maintained his clear emphasis on God’s sovereignty and priority. Among these the most preeminent was Thomas Aquinas.

Most Protestants, if they have heard of Thomas Aquinas, probably regard him with some degree of suspicion. He is, after all, the great theologian of Roman Catholicism who provided the most elaborate and compelling arguments for many Roman Catholic distinctives such as transubstantiation. For many…

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Zondervan Academic Titles Now Available for Libraries through EBSCO

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Grand Rapids, Mich., July 27, 2017 — Zondervan Academic is pleased to announce that many of its titles are now available for libraries through EBSCO’s GOBI® Library Solutions and EBSCOhost Collection Manager.

“For many years, academic librarians have requested the availability of Zondervan Academic titles from EBSCO,” says Jesse Hillman, Vice President of Marketing, Zondervan Academic. “We are thrilled that our titles will now equip students, librarians, and other users in their research.”

Librarians can now access these titles through EBSCOhost Collection Manager or GOBI®.

EBSCO is the leading provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, ebooks and discovery service to libraries of all kinds. For over 70 years they have partnered with libraries to improve research with quality content and technology. EBSCO offers more than a million titles from leading publishers, ensuring that valuable, trusted content can…

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eBook Sale: July Kindle Deals Featuring McKnight, Scazzero and More

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Right now a handful of eBooks are on sale for Amazon Kindle. Save up to 80% on the titles below, but don’t wait: The deals end July 31, 2017.

[UPDATE: All of these eBooks are on sale at Barnes & Noble, ChristianBook, iBooks, and other eBook retailers as well! Just grab them before the end of July 2017 to get the deals.]

Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. Sale: $3.99. Original: $12.99

Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible Book by Book. Sale: $3.99. Original: $11.99

Wesley Hill, Washed and Waiting. Sale: $2.99. Original: $9.99

Carolyn Custis James, Lost Women of the Bible. Sale: $1.99. Original: $6.99

Russell Jeung, At Home in Exile. Sale: $1.99. Original: $9.99

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A Woman for All Seasons – An Excerpt from Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation

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“How do we make a five-hundred-year-old Katharina relevant to North American culture? Is there anything she has to say to Western women and men today? Why should we take the time to make her acquaintance?” (9)

In today’s excerpt from Kathie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation, Ruth Tucker invites readers to discover this no-nonsense, confident and determined woman, and to consider why her life is relevant for men and women today.

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9780310532156In many ways, Katharina’s voice echoes among modern women, wives, and mothers who have carved out careers of their own. And unlike so many of the Reformation women we read about, her primary vocation was not related to ministry. She was a farmer and a brewer with a boarding house the size of a Holiday…

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How to study the book of Romans

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Romans is one of the most well-known books of the Bible.

You’ve probably heard a hundred sermons from the book of Romans. You might list Romans 8 as one of your favorite passages. You might be aware that Romans contains some of the key passages on predestination, the doctrine of justification, the doctrine of sanctification, and other core doctrines of the church. And you probably know the role a verse from Romans played in Martin Luther’s articulation of the 95 theses that launched the Reformation.

Romans has had a life-changing impact on the lives of millions of people. It’s not hard to argue that this short letter written to a group of Christians two thousand years ago has changed world history.

So whether you know it or not, you have probably been influenced by the book of Romans.

It’s difficult…

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What the Bible says about predestination

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In any conversation about predestination, election, and God’s will in the act of salvation, two verses from Romans 8 are usually cited:

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:29–30)

These two verses are some of the most scrutinized in the Bible, so let’s take a moment to unpack them in more detail to see what they tell us about predestination.

See what Douglas Moo says about Paul’s understanding of predestination:

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Advice on studying Romans from Douglas Moo

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We recently sat down with Douglas Moo to talk about some challenges students face when studying Romans. Take a look at what he says.

And be sure to check out his new online course, The Book of Romans: History, Meaning, and Application.

I’ve talked to Christians over the years who say, “Oh, I’m not ready to study Romans yet, that’s too heavy for me.”

You’ve probably heard it taught maybe from the pulpit, maybe you’ve taken a Sunday school class on it. You’ve read it. You’ve studied it perhaps even in Bible study.

Romans is a book that addresses many of those fundamental worldview issues. What does it mean to be a Christian? What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ? How is it relevant to me and to my church?

I think some of the reasons we therefore…

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What is justification?

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In Romans 1:17, Paul writes: “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’”

This does not refer, in so many words, to “justification by faith.” However, the idea is clearly expressed: God’s righteousness is “by faith from first to last.” It is the one who is “righteous by faith” who will gain spiritual life.

What does this mean? Douglas Moo explains:

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You Can Love Him or Hate Him, but You Can’t Ignore Him: Augustine on Grace–An Excerpt from Grace Alone

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“Grace is the heart of the Christian gospel. It is a doctrine that touches the very depths of human existence.” (19)

In today’s excerpt from Grace Alone–Salvation as a Gift of God, Carl Trueman, professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, reveals the importance of Augustine’s thinking as a foundation for the church’s understanding of this magnificent gift.

9780310515760Grace Narrated: Augustine’s Confessions

The history of theology is essentially a story. How one tells that story, which characters and places and actions receive prominence, will vary from historian to historian. But when we look at the “history of grace,” an undisputed key figure in that history is Augustine, fifth-century bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa. Augustine’s life and writings profoundly shaped all later debates about grace.…

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