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Grief Observed

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A classic work on grief, A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments," A Grief Observed an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings.

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9780060652388
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2015-04-21
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He Remembers the Barren: Second Edition

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He Remembers the Barren is a tender conversation with women in the church who wrestle with the issue of barrenness in marriage. Addressing questions frequently asked by those struggling with infertility, Schuermann examines the source of conception, control of our bodies, family planning, and adoption through the lens of the theology of the cross, always pointing the reader to her identity in Christ.

This revised and expanded second edition boldly confesses the author's growing understanding of barrenness and related life issues. With Psalm readings, beloved hymn texts, and prayers at the conclusion of each chapter, He Remembers the Barren resonates on a devotional level that offers comfort not only to those who ache under the cross of barrenness, but to anyone who knows the grief and shame of suffering. It is a valuable resource for family members, friends, pastors, and anyone seeking to better understand and empathize with the childless experience of a loved one. Schuermann gives voice to those who are barren but not broken, drawing the reader away from the temptation to despair and always bringing the focus back to the Gospel and the peace that only Christ can give.

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9781934328156
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2017-06-02
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He Restores My Soul

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He Restores My Soul
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Suffering comes to everyone in this life, yet many are surprised to find it in the green pastures of the Good Shepherd. Disease and death invade this peaceful landscape, and hardship and heartache come even to "the sheep of His hand."

Why do pain and persecution flourish along the path of righteousness? How can sickness and sin reside beside the Lord's still waters? Utilizing the timeless, rich comfort permeating Psalm 23, author Katie Schuermann (He Remembers the Barren) and a host of literary friends ponder such questions and many more in this book of empathy and encouragement for the cross-bearing Christian woman.

Addressing such topics as living the Christian faith in the public arena, carrying a child in the womb who is not expected to live, struggling against sexual temptation, caring for aging parents, regretting an abortion, living with mental illness and chronic diseases, longing for the gift of a spouse, raising children apart from one's own upbringing, mothering while working, and children leaving the faith, each chapter persistently points the reader to a firm trust in God's promises found in His Word and a resounding joy in God's mysterious work of conforming us "to the image of His Son" (Romans 8:29).

Contributing authors: Katie Schuermann, Rebecca Mayes, Christina Roberts, Cheryl Swope, Cheryl Magness, Magdalena Schultz, Heidi Sias, Kristin Wassilak, Mollie Hemingway, Heather Smith, Julia Habrecht, Pamela Boehle-Silva

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9781934328187
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2018-09-28
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Holy People, Holy Lives

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9780758662927

Inseparable: Five Perspectives on Sex, Life, and Love in Defense of Humanae Vitae

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9781683570912
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2018-07-07
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Jesus Said What?

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Jesus Said What?
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9780758672063

Life in Christ: Rooted, Woven, and Grafted into God’s Story

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9780758670397

Life, Liberty And The Defense

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Life, Liberty And The Defense
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At the onset of "Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity," Leon Kass gives us a status report on where we stand today: "Human nature itself lies on the operating table, ready for alteration, for eugenic and psychic 'enhancement, ' for wholesale redesign. In leading laboratories, academic and industrial, new creators are confidently amassing their powers and quietly honing their skills, while on the street their evangelists are zealously prophesying a posthuman future. For anyone who cares about preserving our humanity, the time has come for paying attention." Trained as a medical doctor and biochemist, Dr. Kass has become one of our most provocative thinkers on bioethical issues. Now, in this brave and searching book, he also establishes himself as a prophetic voice summoning us to think deeply about the new biomedical technologies threatening to take us back to the future envisioned by Aldous Huxley in "Brave New World." As in Huxley's dystopia, where life has been smoothed out by genetic manipulation, psychoactive drugs and high tech amusement, our own accelerating efforts to master reproduction and genetic endowment, to retard aging, and to conquer illness, imperfection, and death itself are animated by our most humane and progressive aspirations. But we are walking too quickly down the road to physical and psychological utopia, Kass believes, without pausing to assess the potential damage to our humanity from this brave new biology. In a series of meditations on cloning, embryo research, the human genome project, the sale of organs, and the assault on mortality itself, Kass evaluates the ongoing effort to break down the natural boundaries given us and to remake the human body into an instrument of our will. What does it mean to treat nascent human life as raw material to be exploited? What does it mean to blur the line between procreation and manufacture? What are the proper limits to this project for the remaking of human nature? These are the questions we should be asking to prevent runaway scientism with its utopian longings from reshaping humankind in the image of our own choosing. Kass believes that technology has done and will continue to do wonders for our health and longevity and that we have much to be thankful for. But there is more at stake in the biological revolution that saving life and avoiding death. We must also strive to protect the ideas and practices that give us dignity and keep us human. "Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity" challenges us to confront the posthuman future that may await us by thinking deeply about the life and death issues we face today.
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9781594030475
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2003-12-31
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Love Him for Us

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Love Him for Us
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"From Fort To Fort" might have been the title of this book, since my story begins in Fort Worth, TX and ends in Fort Wayne, IN.

During those years, I have been surrounded by people of Faith, young and old. In Ft Worth, before I went to Australia, I was the Jr Youth Director, as well as the church secretary at my home congregation, St. Paul Lutheran Church.

In Australia, I taught art, grades one through 10 in our Lutheran schools.

Upon return to the States, I was secretary to Dr. Charles Evanson for three years, for Dr. Eugene Bunkowske for a year, served in acquisitions in the seminary library, resettled refugees with Catholic Charities, and taught English as a second language to Laotians.

At Ascension Lutheran Church in Ft Wayne, I was first a teacher's aide at the preschool, followed by ten years in the capacity of full-time church/ school secretary under Dr. John Stube.

These activities placed me in a position to appreciate the points of view of clergy as well as laity.

Oh, yes, I was also the wife of a busy pastor/professor, mother to five great kids, foster mom to two teenage boys in Australia, and at last count, between Bob and me, I am grandmother to 31 children!

To God be the Glory!

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9780986423284
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2020-04-09

Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body

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Internationally renowned Biblical scholar Michael Waldstein offers a new critical translation of Pope John Paul II's talks on the Theology of the Body, presenting his magnificent vision of the human person with meticulous scholarship and profound insight. A Preface by Cardinal Schönborn, a Foreword by Christopher West, a comprehensive index of words and phrases, a Scriptural index, and a reference table for other versions of the papal texts are included. Recipient of a CPA Award!
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9780819874214
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2006-10-01
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ManUp!

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What does it mean to be a man? Sacrifice.


Man Up! doesn't tell you to take down the feminists or reclaim your God-given role and rights. Real masculinity starts with giving of yourself for the good of those around you and in your care. It's counter-cultural-and it's exactly how God designed biblical manhood.


This book is a call to fix your eyes and your hope on the Man up on the cross and to find in His selfless sacrifice the perfect example for manliness in our self-indulgent, self-centered society. That's where Man Up! really stands out in the crowd. Don't pick up these pages expecting to find an ideal man you should strive to be. This book is anchored in a different ideal. In the person of Jesus Christ, God became man. What Adam lost in his rebellion, Jesus restored in His Incarnation. Jesus is the perfect man. His example sets the paradigm for perfect masculinity. But more importantly, His sacrifice obtains forgiveness and mercy for the rest of us men who are bound to fail in this God-given task to be good men.


Men in all stages of life will appreciate this refreshing perspective-whether you're searching for footing in this crazy culture, seeking a godly relationship with your wife, or looking for guidance on raising children.

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9780758654809
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2017-03-10

Marriage Is Like Dancing

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Knowing how to lead and how to follow is essential in ballroom dancing. The same is true in marriage. Author Richard C. Eyer uses the biblical themes of the image of God and the mystery of the one flesh union of marriage to assert that marriage is not whatever we choose to make of it, but it is what God has made it to be. Readers identify with the sometimes humorous, sometimes difficult, nature of dancing that parallels the humorous and difficult nature of marriage. This is not a book on how to fix a bad marriage, but how to support a good marriage. Learn how marriage thrives when spiritual love, as well as human love, are present between a husband and wife. The author shares personal illustrations from his own marriage and includes a discussion guide for couples' use. The book is an excellent resource for couples and for pastors who counsel couples both before and after the marriage ceremony.
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9780758613028

Martyr's Faith in a Faithless World

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Who your heroes are says a lot about you. "We live in the shadows of our heroes. We look up to them. We try to live like them. Our heroes encourage and inspire us."

In A Martyr's Faith in a Faithless World, Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller urges readers to consider not only who their heroes are, but how those heroes shape them.

Wolfmueller shows that heroic martyrs St. Stephen, St. Perpetua, Polycarp, Romanus, and St. Agatha are not defined by their achievements, but by the power of faith that God worked within them. These martyrs demonstrate the heroism of following Christ with humble hearts in the face of affliction and death. Each martyr stands as a testament to the bold rejection of sin, patient endurance through affliction, and firm grounding in the ultimate joy of heaven. Wolfmueller expertly combines practical principles, Church history, and a rich use of Scripture to provide

encouragement for the Christian's struggle against suffering and sin. Ultimately, the book directs readers to look to Christ, who completed the greatest act of heroism in his saving death and resurrection.

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9780758662491
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2019-08-01

Mentioning the Unmentionables: Naming the Corrosive Threat to Our Lives Together and Our Faithful Response in the Body of Christ

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We have a pornography crisis in the church. This book, however, does not take a deep dive on the statistics or how our brains are being rewired by the internet. This is not a book about the pornography business. This is a book about root causes, root teachings, and then root solutions. Mentioning the Unmentionables seeks to answer the question "How did we get here?" It calls attention to the dire problem of pornography, but then offers a faithful response in the context of the church: to mention the unmentionables.
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9781666789706
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2023-12-06
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Mere Christianity

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The Beloved Classic on What All Christians Believe

One of the most popular introductions to Christian faith ever written, Mere Christianity brings together Lewis's legendary broadcast talks during World War Two. Here, Lewis provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

A collection of scintillating brilliance, Mere Christianity remains strikingly fresh for the modern reader and at the same time confirms C.S. Lewis's reputation as one of the leading writers and thinkers of our age.

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9780060652920
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2001-02-06
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Miracles

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Do Miracles Really Happen?

In Miracles, C.S. Lewis argues that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in his creation. Using his charismatic warmth, lucidity, and wit, Lewis challenges the rationalists and cynics who are mired in their lack of imagination and provides a poetic and joyous affirmation that miracles really do occur in everyday lives.

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9780060653019
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2015-04-21
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Nailed!: Moral Injury: A Response from the Cross of Christ for the Combat Veteran

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Combat is not a football game. Losers lose with their lives and winners often lose with their souls. "Thou shalt not kill," is still the natural law code given by God ingrained upon all human hearts since the dawn of civilization. In combat it takes a supreme act of consciousness to distinguish between murder and killing in defense of a nation. The wounds that our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines can suffer from combat are not only physical but spiritual; wounds to the soul and conscience from perceived violations of moral norms based upon one's upbringing, societal standards and religion. Such moral injury can be devastating to the warrior's mental health. Things go wrong in war quickly and easily. War is a toxic. Combat comes with a terrific personal price tag. Healing and cleansing are necessary after combat.

How do our warriors integrate the numbing images of violence and destruction that invades their souls without permission? How do our warriors reintegrate back into the civilian society that they have just defended with their lives and their blood? Will time and distance from the battlefield plus a splash of cognitive restructuring heal all wounds eventually? These questions I seek to answer through the lens of the cross of Christ. The answer will surprise you because God's Word is always counter-intuitive to our natural thoughts, intuitive solutions and our personal but often unchallenged worldviews.

Moral injury is defined in the literature as a wound to the conscience, an act of commission or omission, performed in a warzone by the warfighter while engaged in killing behaviors. All warriors live by a code, written and unwritten. What norms the conscience of the combat veteran is absolutely vital for his/her recovery after suffering moral injury. Collateral damage to innocent civilians, survivor's guilt, unintended deaths where the veteran was the perpetrator or betrayed by higher authority are all toxic events powerful enough to leave permanent scars and no lasting solution for the conscience. Imaginary self-forgiveness offered by VA counselors cobbled together with strenuous renewal therapies stand juxtaposed to authentic forgiveness proffered through the cross of Christ and the creation of the new man in Christ Jesus. The combat veteran has a choice in the therapeutic/soteriological worldview; a choice which gazes down upon two divergent paths that have little in common now and no future intersection on the distant horizon.

The NT centurion passages reveal that the military mindset by vocation and training is pre-wired for obedience to a word of authority which principle the missio Dei (mission of God) uses to shatter false norms and allegiances. The cross is not an offer of "self-forgiveness" but the present reality of the world objectively reconciled and forgiven. The conscience of the combat veteran normed by the cross in exchange for all the guilt, shame, sorrow and regret war can muster heals the conscience of the combat veteran suffering moral injury. The arduous military training of the servicemember uniquely positions him/her to receive the sure peace of God through faith alone in the highest Word of authority. The cross of Christ stands immovable, counter-intuitive and a beacon of hope for every combat veteran struggling and engaging in self-healing, self-medication and self-rationalization. The bloody warfare of Christ upon His cross renews the soul and the conscience, again and again and again.


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9781977239334
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2021-04-16
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Neither Beast Nor God: The Dignity of the Human Person

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Appeals to "human dignity" are at the core of many of the most contentious social and political issues of our time. But these appeals suggest different and at times even contradictory ways of understanding the term. Is dignity something we all share equally, and therefore the reason we all ought to be treated as equals? Or is it what distinguishes some greater and more admirable human beings from the rest? What notion of human dignity should inform our private judgments and our public life?

In Neither Beast Nor God, Gilbert Meilaender elaborates the philosophical, social, theological, and political implications of the question of dignity, and suggests a path through the thicket. Meilaender, a noted theologian and a prominent voice in America's bioethics debates, traces the ways in which notions of dignity shape societies, families, and individual lives, and incisively cuts through some common confusions that cloud our thinking on key moral and ethical questions. The dignity of humanity and the dignity of the person, he argues, are distinct but deeply connected--and only by grasping them both can we find our way to a meaningful understanding of the human condition.

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9781594032578
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2009-09-29
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Not by Nature But by Grace: Forming Families Through Adoption

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Working from within the contours of Christian faith, this book examines the relation between two ways of forming families--through nature (by procreation) and through history (by adoption). Christians honor the biological tie between parents and children, for it is the work of God in creation. Yet Christians cannot forget that it is adoption, and not simply natural descent, that is at the center of the New Testament's depiction of God's grace. Gilbert Meilaender takes up a range of issues raised by the practice of adoption, always seeking to do justice to both nature and history in the formation of families, while keeping at the center of our vision the truth that it is not by nature but by grace that we can become adopted children of the one whom Jesus called his Father.

Meilaender begins with reflection on the puzzling relation of nature and history in forming families and proceeds to unpack the meaning of huiothesia, the word used in the New Testament to name the grace by which a follower of Jesus becomes an adopted child of God. That perspective is applied to a range of questions that regularly arise in Christian theological discussions of adoption: Is adoption only for the infertile? Should single persons adopt? Is it wise for adoption to take place across racial or national boundaries? Special attention is paid to the relation between adoption and new reproductive technologies and to what is called "embryo adoption." Interspersed between the chapters are letters written by the author to his own son by adoption. But if the argument of the book is taken seriously, these letters are written not to one who falls within a special category of "adopted son or daughter," but to one who is, simply and entirely, a son or daughter.

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9780268100681
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2016-09-15

Praktikos & Chapters on Prayer, 4

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The living link through whom the ascetic principles of hellenistic philosophers passed into monasticism, Evagrius molded christian asceticism through his own works and through his influence on John Cassian, Climacus, Pseudo 'Denis, and Saint Benedict.

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9780879079048
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1972-11-01
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Principles of Biblical Interpretation for Everyone

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9780911770865

Reckless Pilgrims

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In this provocative yet thoughtful collection of poems, Rev. Sabel reinvigorates the neglected art of poetical reflection on the Christian life. Avoiding the dull didacticism and self-interrogation which characterize much contemporary poetry, Sabel's work recalls a more fundamental and generous purpose in poetry: it invites the reader to contemplate matters which can only be intimated. The matters which Rev. Sabel calls us to contemplate are those of the Christian life ""in a time when the Christian faith is an option among many, and when the politics of the moment seems to pollute the faith beyond recognition."" Sabel's reflections remind us that faith and art need not be separated; that, indeed, the Old and New Testament abound in a poetic rhythm, repetition, and representation which serve the glory of God. The poems in this volume--as indicated in its title--should be understood as a pilgrimage: a pilgrimage which takes the ancient affinity between faith and art as its point of origin, and which traverses out of this origin onto the uncertain paths of twenty-first-century Christian life. As all pilgrimages do, this pilgrimage aims at eternal life with Christ Jesus. On this pilgrimage, Rev. Sabel invites us as fellow travelers.
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9781666773507
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2023-05-25
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Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ

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At the age of thirty-nine, Christian theologian Todd Billings was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable cancer. In the wake of that diagnosis, he began grappling with the hard theological questions we face in the midst of crisis: Why me? Why now? Where is God in all of this? This eloquently written book shares Billings's journey, struggle, and reflections on providence, lament, and life in Christ in light of his illness, moving beyond pat answers toward hope in God's promises. Theologically robust yet eminently practical, it engages the open questions, areas of mystery, and times of disorientation in the Christian life. Billings offers concrete examples through autobiography, cultural commentary, and stories from others, showing how our human stories of joy and grief can be incorporated into the larger biblical story of God's saving work in Christ.
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9781587433580
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2015-02-17
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Resurrection Freedom: God’s Power to Face Life’s Challenges

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9780692119686

Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution

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Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution
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"Carl Trueman explains modernity to the church, with depth, clarity, and force. The significance of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self . . . is hard to overstate."
--Rod Dreher, from the Foreword

Modern culture is obsessed with identity. Since the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015, sexual identity has dominated both public discourse and cultural trends--yet no historical phenomenon is its own cause. From Augustine to Marx, various views and perspectives have contributed to the modern understanding of the self.

In this timely book, Carl Trueman analyzes the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom--rather than the cause--of the human search for identity. Trueman surveys the past, brings clarity to the present, and gives guidance for the future as Christians navigate the culture in humanity's ever-changing quest for identity.

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9781433556333
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2020-11-24
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