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10 Dead Guys You Should Know: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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10 Dead Guys You Should Know: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
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Ten fascinating bite-sized biographies of the Christians people expect you to know.

While Christians have always prized the Bible as our ultimate authority in matters of faith and practice, we also recognize that the Christian life is an intergenerational and communal activity. This collection of ten short biographies will introduce you to Christians from a variety of places and times, who all boldly preached the gospel, despite the risk to personal reputations and safety. How short-sighted it would be not to glean insights from our ancestors, whether that entails learning how to walk in their steps - or else avoiding their missteps.

Written by Ian Maddock, Rachel Ciano and Stuart Colton, who all teach church history and edited by Ian Maddock. Each chapter has suggested further reading, and additional suggestions 'for the adventurous'.

Chapter Headings:

1. Athanasius: Against the World

2. Augustine: The Grace of God Defeated Me

3. Anselm: Faith Seeking Understanding

4. Martin Luther: Here I Stand

5. Thomas Cranmer: Lord Jesus, Receive My Spirit

6. Richard Baxter: Keep These Hearts Above

7. John Wesley: A Brand Plucked from the Burning

8. Hudson Taylor: These I Must Bring Also

9. Spurgeon: Preaching, Prayer and Perseverance

10. Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Discipleship

This book is ideal for anyone wanting a biref, entertaing and illuminating overview of the lives and beliefs of these ten giants of Christian history.

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9781527106086
Publication Date: 
2021-01-08
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Anatomy of an Explosion

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Anatomy of an Explosion
$4.99

I. Needed: A realistic "model" of the Missouri Synod conflict -- Background

II. The basic principle -- A. The confessional principle-- The Lutheran confessions -- Background: Europe -- Prussian Union -- Background: America -- The church in the confessions -- "More" than the confessions? -- A fatal fallacy: Doctrines or documents? B. The biblical principle -- The Bible in the confessions -- Rationalism, historical criticism, and Missouri -- Luther in fact and fiction -- Foreground 

III. The counter-confessional (Ecumenical) attack -- Sclerosis: Prelude to haemorrhage -- The collapse of confessional concepts of church and fellowship -- the use of the confessions as a rabbit's foot -- The question of church politics -- Center stage 

IV. The counter-biblical (critical) attack -- The critical contagion in stages: ULC -- ALC -- LC-MS -- Historical criticism: definitions and distinctions -- Gospel and incarnation -- Lutheran "controls": Law/gospel or Sola Scriptura? -- Theology of the cross -- or secular cringe?

V. Epilogue.

ISBN/SKU: 
130640014

Anglicanism: A Reformed Catholic Tradition

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Anglicanism: A Reformed Catholic Tradition
$23.99
What is Anglicanism?

There are many associations that come to mind. Whether it is the buildings, the unique history, the prayers, or church government, often we emphasize one aspect against others. Is the Anglican church a Protestant church with distinctive characteristics, or a Catholic Church no longer in communion with Rome?

In Anglicanism: A Reformed Catholic Tradition, Gerald Bray argues that some theological trajectories are more faithful than others to the nature and history of the Church of England. Readers looking to understand the diversity, nature, and future of Anglicanism will be helped by Bray's historical examination.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781683594369
Publication Date: 
2021-03-03
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Answering the Enlightenment: The Catholic Recovery of Historical Revelation

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Answering the Enlightenment: The Catholic Recovery of Historical Revelation
$34.95
A perceptive study of how Catholic views of revelation can represent a retrieval of important findings from the Enlightenment. Since the Enlightenment, traditional notions of revelation have been critiqued or abandoned entirely. Kaplan examines some of the well-known and lesser-known figures in the Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment, showing that a Catholic retrieval of revelation is possible and even preferable to alternative paths. Major themes and figures include G.E. Lessing, Immanual Kant, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, and Johannes Kuhn, as well as Friedrich Schelling's later, often ignored philosophy of revelation.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780824523640
Publication Date: 
2006-03-01

Apolostic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations 3rd Ed.

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Apolostic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations 3rd Ed.
$52.99
Following the publication of his revised translations in The Apostolic Fathers in English, 3rd ed., Michael Holmes, a leading expert on these texts, offers a thoroughly revised and redesigned bilingual edition, featuring Greek (or Latin) and English on facing pages. Introductions and bibliographies are generous and up to date. In the textual apparatus, existing notes have been revised and expanded, and well over 200 new notes have been added. This handsome and handy one-volume, thin-paper edition will be an essential resource for students and scholars and a joy to book lovers.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780801034688
Publication Date: 
2007-11-01
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At Home in the House of My Fathers (Paperback)

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At Home in the House of My Father (Paperback)
$34.99
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758667236

Augustine and the Catechumenate REVISED ED.

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Augustine and the Catechumenate REVISED ED.
$39.95

As one of the most influential thinkers in Christian history, St. Augustine (354-430) had a flair for teaching and meditated deeply on the mysteries of the human heart. This study examines a little-known side of his career: his work as a teacher of candidates for baptism.

ln the revised edition of this seminal book, both the text and notes have been revised to better reflect the state of contemporary scholarship on Augustine, liturgical studies, and the catechumenate, both ancient and modern. This edition also includes new findings from some of the recently discovered sermons of Augustine and incorporates new perspectives from recent research on early Christian biblical interpretation, debates on the Trinity, the evolution of the liturgy, and much more.

This reconstruction of Augustine's catechumenate provides fresh perspectives on the day-to-day life of the early church and on the vibrancy and eloquence of Augustine the preacher and teacher.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780814663141
Publication Date: 
2014-12-30
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Christ, the Way: Augustine's Theology of Wisdom

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Christ, the Way: Augustine's Theology of Wisdom
$29.99
The Son of God is the wisdom of God

Augustine's love of wisdom drove him to Christ--and wisdom remained central to his thought. Modern biblical scholars and theologians have much to learn from one of Christianity's most prominent and prolific theologians. Retrieval of Augustine can revive and renew thinking on wisdom.

In Christ, the Way, Benjamin T. Quinn recovers and evaluates Augustine's rich writing on wisdom. While many have acknowledged sapientia (wisdom) as central in Augustine, few have offered a full treatment of his definition of wisdom and how it ordered his thought. Quinn remedies this need, tracing the development of Augustine's thought from his earliest reflections to De Trinitate, his most systematic treatment of wisdom. For Augustine, sapientia is the incarnate Christ, who by the Spirit enlightens all God's people to see clearly, live virtuously, and participate in God--thereby restoring his people to his image. Quinn then brings Augustine into dialogue with contemporary wisdom scholarship, displaying where his biblically rooted, Christocentric, faith--first approach holds rich insights for scholars and Christians today.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781683595793
Publication Date: 
2022-03-16
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Church History

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Church History
$30.00
ISBN/SKU: 
9780802874054

Deaconesses:An Historical Stdy

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Deaconesses:An Historical Stdy
$22.95
Aime Georges Martimort Since the 17th century the history of deaconesses in the Church has been the subject of numerous monographs. What is most evident about the history of deaconesses, however, is how complex the whole subject is. In this exhaustive and thoroughly researched work, Martimort presents a very readable analysis that has become the standard study of the role of women deaconesses in the early Church. He presents in as complete and objective fashion as possible the history, who and what these deaconesses were and what their functions were. "An excellent book on the topic of ordination of women to the diaconate. A masterpiece of research, and the thorough footnotes and index will increase its value for scholarly work." -The Priest "This book can be considered the last word on the subject of deaconesses. It deserves a wide readership since there is so much interest in the ordination of women." -Homiletic & Pastoral Review
ISBN/SKU: 
9780898701142
Publication Date: 
1986-12-01
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Eucharist & Church Fellowship in the First Four Centuries

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Eucharist & Church Fellowship in the First Four Centuries
$23.99
Explores the vocabulary of fellowship in the Christian community and the evidence for agreement in the confession of the faith and church practice in the Lords Supper.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780570042709
Publication Date: 
1998-01-01
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Eusebius: The Church History

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Eusebius: The Church History
$29.99
ISBN/SKU: 
9780825447211
Publication Date: 
2021-09-01

First Seven Ecumenical Councils (325-787): Their History and Theology

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First Seven Ecumenical Councils (325-787): Their History and Theology
$29.95
This unique work-no other work yet available in English treats this subject-illustrates the contribution of these Councils in the development and formulation of Christian beliefs. It then shows how their legacies lingered throughout the centuries to inspire-or haunt-every generation.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780814656167
Publication Date: 
1988-01-01
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Five Events That Made Christianity: Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost

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Five Events That Made Christianity: Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost
$15.00
'Jesus was a pest to the Romans and a threat to the religious leadership, so they threw him on to the rubbish dump. Little did they realize that it was like trying to put out a fire with petrol. The whole world exploded.' With characteristic style, John Pritchard takes us on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, as he unpacks the five great events that made Christianity - Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost. We explore: What happened? What did it mean? What does it mean for us? Absorbing, immediate and full of stories, this volume offers deeply considered theology, brilliantly communicated to connect with life as we actually experience it. 'Vividly elucidates the familiar but often not-quite-understood beliefs at the centre of the Christian faith.' Dominic Barrington, Dean of Chicago Praise for John Pritchard: Rowan Williams on God Lost and Found: 'Unusually honest . . . superbly well focused.' Justin Welby on Living Faithfully: 'A very good book by an exceptional leader . . . takes one back to the face of Christ and the realities of Christian discipleship.'
ISBN/SKU: 
9780281078066
Publication Date: 
2018-11-15
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Frederick the Wise

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Frederick the Wise
$19.99
Frederick the Wise unlocks research in German to tell the full story of Frederick, one of the most powerful territorial princes of the Holy Roman Empire, and to reveal why Frederick risked his realm of Saxony to protect the fiery monk Martin Luther and reforms of the Church. Features:
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758649171
Publication Date: 
2015-04-05
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Hallmarks of Lutheran Identity

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Hallmarks of Lutheran Identity
$15.99
What do we Lutherans believe, and how do our beliefs differ from other Protestant denominations? Many Lutherans do not know how to answer these questions. As generic Protestantism has infiltrated the Lutheran Church, many Lutherans have come to believe false concepts of faith. Some think that it makes no difference whether they are specifically Lutheran versus another Protestant denomination.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758655578
Publication Date: 
2017-02-21
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History of Christian Thought, Vol. 1

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History of Christian Thought, Vol. 1
$34.99
A treatment of the evolution of Christian thought from the birth of Christ, to the Apostles, to the early church, to the great flowering of Christianity across the world. The first volume introduces the central figures and debates culminating in the Councils of Nicea and Chalcedon among which the theologies of the early church were hammered out.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687171828
Publication Date: 
1987-07-01
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History of Christian Thought, Vol. 2

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History of Christian Thought, Vol. 2
$34.99
A treatment of the evolution of Christian thought from the birth of Christ, to the Apostles, to the early church, to the great flowering of Christianity across the world. Beginning with Augustine, Volume 2 covers the flowering of Christian thought that characterized both the Latin West and the Byzantine East during the Middle Ages.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687171835
Publication Date: 
1987-07-01
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History of Christian Thought, Vol. 3

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History of Christian Thought, Vol. 3
$34.99
A treatment of the evolution of Christian thought from the birth of Christ, to the Apostles, to the early church, to the great flowering of Christianity across the world. The final volume begins with the towering theological leaders of the Protestant Reformation and traces the development of Christian thought through its encounter with modernity.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687171842
Publication Date: 
1987-07-01
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History of Theology - 4th revised edition

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History of Theology - 4th revised edition
$38.99
This book traces the movements and counter-movements of theological thought through the centuries from the New Testament to the present. This work is divided in three parts:

Part 1 addresses the age of the church fathers

Part 2 covers the Middle Ages from Augustine to Luther

Part 3 moves from the Reformation through the 20th century

ISBN/SKU: 
9780758613486
Publication Date: 
2007-05-03

How Melanchthon Helped Luther Discover the Gospel (Hardback)

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How Melanchthon Helped Luther Discover the Gospel (Hardback)
$34.95

This book is not claiming Melanchthon rediscovered the gospel. That honor belongs to his friend and mentor, Martin Luther. Nevertheless, Dr. Lowell C. Green argues that Melanchthon helped Luther in the task. Dr. Green knew that in choosing the title, How Melanchthon Helped Luther Discover the Gospel, he risked arousing the prejudice of those who look on Melanchthon with suspicion. Green is not blind to Melanchthon's faults; at times, he is critical of him. But, he debunks the myth that when Melanchthon came to Wittenberg in 1518, Luther had already developed his Reformational doctrine. Green shows that Melanchthon brought the tools of humanism to the aid of the emerging agitation. Although maintaining a subordinate role to Luther, Melanchthon helped him repeatedly at the turning points of the Reformation.


Green asserts that Melanchthon was the first to speak of the authority of the Bible over the church. In his Baccalaureate Theses of 1519, Melanchthon became the first to articulate the forensic nature of justification. Most surprisingly, Melanchthon helped Luther move from the medieval view of faith as credulitas or adhaesio (adherence) to the Reformational view of faith as fiducia (trust) and assurance of salvation. Luther testified that he learned this from Melanchthon in 1518.


As late as 1519, Luther had not yet abandoned the medieval view of grace as an infused substance. Melanchthon again led the way in 1520 when he declared that grace was simply the attitude of God-His favor. In his 1521 Loci Communes Melanchthon not only pointed out that grace is not something in us, but he made the important distinction between "grace" and "the gift of grace" (the Holy Spirit). Luther generously acknowledged the brilliance of Melanchthon's Loci Communes. This and other accolades Luther showered on Melanchthon are an indication of young scholar's influence on the great reformer's central teachings.


Lowell C. Green was one of America's foremost Luther scholars, and his body of work continues to inform and shape Reformation studies today. This edition of How Melanchthon Helped Luther Discover the Gospel is the fruition of more than twenty-five years of Luther studies. Dr. Green's central thrust was to challenge the "Young Luther" cult which originated in the early 1900s and gained such a stranglehold on Luther studies in the 1950s and 1960s. In this volume, Green marshals the evidence gathered over a lifetime of study, joining his voice to a choir of scholars who challenge the central thesis of the "Young Luther" movement.


After thoroughly demonstrating that Luther's early works contained a medieval or Roman Catholic "analytical justification," Green traces the emergence of the Reformational doctrine and a real break with medieval theology beginning in 1519.


Green amply demonstrates that the mature Luther subscribed to and frequently expressed the doctrine of justification in forensic terms so that the glory of our salvation could be ascribed wholly to Christ and for the comfort of conscience against the accusing power of the law.


ISBN/SKU: 
9781948969543
Publication Date: 
2021-10-12
Author: 
Publisher: 

How Melanchthon Helped Luther Discover the Gospel (Paperback)

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How Melanchthon Helped Luther Discover the Gospel (Paperback)
$19.95

This book is not claiming Melanchthon rediscovered the gospel. That honor belongs to his friend and mentor, Martin Luther. Nevertheless, Dr. Lowell C. Green argues that Melanchthon helped Luther in the task. Dr. Green knew that in choosing the title, How Melanchthon Helped Luther Discover the Gospel, he risked arousing the prejudice of those who look on Melanchthon with suspicion. Green is not blind to Melanchthon's faults; at times, he is critical of him. But, he debunks the myth that when Melanchthon came to Wittenberg in 1518, Luther had already developed his Reformational doctrine. Green shows that Melanchthon brought the tools of humanism to the aid of the emerging agitation. Although maintaining a subordinate role to Luther, Melanchthon helped him repeatedly at the turning points of the Reformation.


Green asserts that Melanchthon was the first to speak of the authority of the Bible over the church. In his Baccalaureate Theses of 1519, Melanchthon became the first to articulate the forensic nature of justification. Most surprisingly, Melanchthon helped Luther move from the medieval view of faith as credulitas or adhaesio (adherence) to the Reformational view of faith as fiducia (trust) and assurance of salvation. Luther testified that he learned this from Melanchthon in 1518.


As late as 1519, Luther had not yet abandoned the medieval view of grace as an infused substance. Melanchthon again led the way in 1520 when he declared that grace was simply the attitude of God-His favor. In his 1521 Loci Communes Melanchthon not only pointed out that grace is not something in us, but he made the important distinction between "grace" and "the gift of grace" (the Holy Spirit). Luther generously acknowledged the brilliance of Melanchthon's Loci Communes. This and other accolades Luther showered on Melanchthon are an indication of young scholar's influence on the great reformer's central teachings.


Lowell C. Green was one of America's foremost Luther scholars, and his body of work continues to inform and shape Reformation studies today. This edition of How Melanchthon Helped Luther Discover the Gospel is the fruition of more than twenty-five years of Luther studies. Dr. Green's central thrust was to challenge the "Young Luther" cult which originated in the early 1900s and gained such a stranglehold on Luther studies in the 1950s and 1960s. In this volume, Green marshals the evidence gathered over a lifetime of study, joining his voice to a choir of scholars who challenge the central thesis of the "Young Luther" movement.


After thoroughly demonstrating that Luther's early works contained a medieval or Roman Catholic "analytical justification," Green traces the emergence of the Reformational doctrine and a real break with medieval theology beginning in 1519.


Green amply demonstrates that the mature Luther subscribed to and frequently expressed the doctrine of justification in forensic terms so that the glory of our salvation could be ascribed wholly to Christ and for the comfort of conscience against the accusing power of the law.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781948969550
Publication Date: 
2021-10-12
Author: 
Publisher: 

How the Church Fathers Read the Bible: A Short Introduction

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How the Church Fathers Read the Bible: A Short Introduction
$24.99

Read the Scriptures with the insight of our forebears

Christians live in the house built by the church fathers. Essential Christian doctrines were shaped by how figures such as Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Augustine read the Bible. But appreciating patristic interpretation is not just for the historically curious, as if it were only a matter of literary archaeology. Nor should it be intimidating. Rather, the fathers gleaned insights from Scripture that continue to be relevant to all Christians.

How the Church Fathers Read the Bible is an accessible introduction to help you read Scripture with the early church. With a clear and simple style, Gerald Bray explains the distinctives of early Christian interpretation and shows how the fathers interpreted key Bible passages from Genesis to Revelation. Their unique perspective is summed up in seven principles that can inspire our Bible reading today. With Bray as your guide, you can reclaim the rich insights of the fathers with reverence and discernment.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781683595830
Publication Date: 
2022-04-13
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In the Footsteps of Phoebe: A Complete History of the Deaconess Movement in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

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In the Footsteps of Phoebe: A Complete History of the Deaconess Movement in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
$42.99
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758608314
Publication Date: 
2009-05-01

Jesus Christ and Mythology

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Jesus Christ and Mythology
$31.99
Rudolf Bultmann's courageous thought has been right at the centre of living Christian theology ever since the 194os. There is no doubt that his challenge will be equally crucial for the 196os. What we have so far lacked is an account of `Bultmannism' clearly stating its message for preachers and lay people.
Now Dr Bultmann has himself supplied this lack, and has taken the opportunity of making his position sharply clear in response to criticism that he is abandoning the essence of Christianity. For all who ask how Christianity can be restated without the 'myths' of the first century, the appearance of this short book is a help and an encouragement.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780334046301
Publication Date: 
2012-05-16
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