“Beating God to the punch” is about reaching out for what you could have never earned, achieved, or deserved. It is affirming your desperate need for what only grace can provide. It is celebrating the shocking sacrifice of the Messiah for your sins. It is embracing the nowism of the grace of Jesus. It’s celebrating your freedom from your slavery to sin and your welcome to slavery to Christ. Obedience is your moral obligation, but it is never, ever your means of achieving or maintaining relationship with God. You reach out knowing that in the moments when you don’t reach out, God will still not turn His back on you. But you don’t sit around waiting. You run after the grace that has eternally taken hold of and rescued you from you. Mason would say that you “beat God to the punch.” And I’m glad for the reminder. Read and you will be too.”—Paul David Tripp, from the Foreword
“There is no one I would rather read on issues of popular culture than Mike Cosper. This book is not another ‘here’s how you find the gospel in Superman’ project. Cosper analyzes popular culture with depth and with wisdom, seeing both the common grace of conscience all around us and the depths of human sin. As Cosper interacts with popular culture, he models for us how to listen to the voices around us in order that we might engage them with the mission of Christ. This book is about more than the media he analyzes. It is also a training ground for how to pay attention to our neighbors.”—Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
What is the nature and purpose of distinctively Christian scholarship, and what does that imply for the life and calling of the Christian scholar? What is it about Christian scholarship that makes it Christian? The following scholars grapple with such questions in this volume: Jonathan A. Anderson, Dariusz M. Bryćko, Natasha Duquette, M. Elizabeth Lewis Hall, George Hunsinger, Paul K. Moser, Alvin Plantinga, Craig J. Slane, Nicholas Wolterstorff and Amos Yong.
Unscripted empowers you to shake off stale evangelism techniques and embrace a new way of life. It does not offer you another “program” to follow. It encourages you to live boldly and passionately in the cause of Christ without reservation. Unscripted is a way of life that connects you with the spiritual power needed for effective witnessing and, more importantly, for building meaningful relationships through which your witness can flow.
William Farley argues that mature Christians solve many spiritual problems in their lives by preaching the gospel to themselves. The gospel is not one event but a story that began before time and stretches into eternity. Key moments in this story—such as Jesus’ incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension—teach us lessons that can be applied to life every single day. In this user-friendly book, Farley shows us how.
This book is a manual to resource the defense of marriage against radical deconstruction. It mainly consists of objectively formulated, well targeted responses that each refute a false or misleading truth claim used to confuse or weaken understanding and support for what distinguishes real marriage from same-sex relationships. Each response is limited to one page followed by a second page listing resources supporting that response. Beyond these targeted responses, the book provides supplemental materials that include two first-person accounts (one male, one female) by persons who have wrestled with same-sex attractions and emerged to embrace procreationally structured sexual relationships; a list of places where persons with unwanted same-sex attractions can find help; and two researched essays that validate truth claims on which this book depends.
In this volume, leading contributors—one evangelical and one mainline/catholic representing each view—establish their models and approaches to the doctrine of the Trinity, each highlighting the strengths of his view in order to argue how it best reflects the orthodox perspective. In order to facilitate a genuine debate and to make sure that the key issues are teased out, each contributor addresses the same questions regarding their trinitarian methodology, doctrine, and its implications. Contributors: Stephen R. Holmes, Paul D. Molnar, Thomas H. McCall, Paul Fiddes.