Books

Experience the “Fizz of Energy” from Christian History: An Interview with Stephen Backhouse – Christian Article

What do you know about the growth and impact of Christianity from the apostles to the present day, not only in the Western world but also globally, including the development of Eastern Orthodox and Armenian Christianity, as well as considering Christianity in Latin America, Southeast Asia, the Baltic and Slavic states, and India? And why is it important to have this knowledge? Bible Gateway interviewed Stephen Backhouse, author of the Zondervan Essential Companion to Christian History (Zondervan, 2019). [Read the…

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Uncover the Keys to Modern Communication in 45 Minutes & Save Big in October’s Sale – Christian Article

Today’s audiences are hungry—but they don’t want the same “food” their parents and grandparents did. Canned stories don’t work anymore. People are longing to be fed with authenticity and personal transformation. Connection is key. But how do you build that connection? Learn effective new strategies to bolster your preaching in just 45 minutes with How to Communicate Effectively to Modern Audiences. In this course from Logos Mobile Ed, Grant Fishbook shares from over 20 years of experience creatively communicating the…

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Meet me in a few? An ongoing relationship with books. – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Brokenhearted. Brain fogged. Exhausted. Anxious. Mid 2014 I found myself in a place I had never been before. I was suffering from severe depression. I had swerved into unknown territory. It was scary and I was embarrassed. How did this happen? I kept working, writing, traveling, trying to be present at home with my family. But there wasn’t room for much else. Seasons like these can last for months and sometimes even years. I wondered when my mind would be…

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PARADISE BOOK SPOT – Brooklyn Lindsey – Youth Ministry Christian Article

The paradise book spot doesn’t exist. I’m sorry if this has also been your lifelong daydream and you weren’t expecting this plot to twist today. I get it. I’ll sit with you while the thought sinks in. I’ve searched most of my reading life for a book spot that delivers. What are the qualities? Remote Breezy Oceanview, Mountainview, Sunset or Sunrise view Minimal Destractions With tea, chilled spritzer, coffee Comfortable Covered with option to be uncovered Low energy Next to…

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Last Chance: Save Up to 40% in September’s Monthly Sale – Christian Article

This September, we’ve got a ton of great deals to keep your bookshelf full all season long. From books on biblical studies to Church history, you can save up to 40% in the monthly sale. One notable book on sale this month is Peter G. Bolt’s excellent contribution to the New Studies in Biblical Theology collection, The Cross from a Distance: Atonement in Mark’s Gospel. Enjoy this excerpt—and get it on sale while you can! ___ By Peter G. Bolt,…

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How to Live Your Faith in a Rapidly Changing Multi-Religious Society – Christian Article

By Irving Hexham The Bible begins by proclaiming the great truth that God created the heavens and the earth. It continues by telling the story of the creation of humankind and states very clearly that all people are made in the image of God. Not surprisingly, given the fact that God is the creator of all things, we are told in Genesis 1 that he surveyed his creation and saw that it was good. Today many people laugh at the…

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Poverty, Newbigin, Greek, and Hebrew—Highlights from the Monthly Sale – Christian Article

New month, new deals—save up to 35% in July.  From books on Christian living to original language research, here are some highlights from July’s  monthly sale. Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions From the acclaimed New Studies in Biblical Theology series (NSBT), Neither Poverty nor Riches dives deep into the Bible’s teaching on possessions.  On a subject as sensitive as this one, it is extraordinarily rare to find balance and prophetic voice rolled up in one. In…

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Spiritual Lessons from the Life of Trees: An Interview with Matthew Sleeth, MD – Christian Article

The Bible talks about trees more than any living creation other than people. Have you missed the forest…and the trees? For example, the Bible refers to its wisdom as a Tree of Life (Proverbs 3:18). What is the hidden language of trees that can help us better understand God? Bible Gateway interviewed Matthew Sleeth, MD (@MatthewSleeth) about his book, Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us (WaterBrook, 2019). Describe how you…

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What Children Get Right That Adults Get Wrong – Christian Article

By G. K. Chesterton, adapted from Heretics and Orthodoxy All the towering materialism which dominates the modern mind rests ultimately upon one assumption; a false assumption. It is supposed that if a thing goes on repeating itself it is probably dead; a piece of clockwork.  People feel that if the universe was personal it would vary; if the sun were alive it would dance. This is a fallacy even in relation to known fact.  For the variation in human affairs…

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When My Life Suffered a Dream-Crushing Blow – Christian Article

By Chris Norton Editor’s Note: On October 16, 2010, Chris Norton suffered a crushing spinal injury playing college football. The injury was so severe, he needed to be airlifted by helicopter to Mayo Clinic. Taken from the new book The Seven Longest Yards written by Chris and his wife Emily, this post picks up the story mid-helicopter ride through his subsequent surgery and initial prognosis. I sought the Lord, and he answered me;he delivered me from all my fears. —…

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Free Book: Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ – Christian Article

It’s free book time again! July’s free book is Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ by Thomas R. Schreiner.  Like most writers of a Pauline theology, Schreiner discerns something at the heart and soul of Paul’s theology: “. . . the supremacy of God in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.” Schreiner has stitched this theme into the book’s fabric, and the result is a deeply spiritual, robust Pauline theology.  Snag your free copy of Paul, Apostle of God’s…

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Andy Stanley Clearly Articulates the Premise of Irresistible

Andy Stanley Clearly Articulates the Premise of Irresistible Maggie John of the daily Christian television show 100 Huntley Street has posted a full, 49-minute interview she did with Andy Stanley, talking first about his famous father and his call to ministry, and then focusing in more directly on his book Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleased to the World. (Thomas Nelson, 2018) Some people have their minds made up about what Andy did say or did not say and that’s…

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Inspirational: The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible Storybook – Christian Article

Content manager for Bible Gateway Right from the beginning of the Bible to its end, the Holy Spirit is dramatically acknowledged: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2) and “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty…

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Outer Edges: Who Are You Forgetting in Your Sermons? – Christian Article

Most preaching is aimed at the people in the middle. How do we preach so people on the edges can feast, too? By Patricia Batten I preached on five verses in the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel. In verses 40–45, Mark tells us about a man who lived on the outer edges of society. He was stuck away from the community, covering his head and yelling out “unclean, unclean.” He was not allowed to live within the community. His disease…

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Don’t Try to Tame God: An Interview with Matthew Barrett – Christian Article

Have Christians domesticated God? Or do we properly see God who is high and lifted up, the Creator rather than the creature, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, and someone than whom none greater can be conceived? In this interview, Matthew Barrett (@mattmbarrett) talks about his book, None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God (Baker Books, 2019). In the book you argue that Christians in the past century absorbed a view of God that is far too small; one that is not in…

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June’s Free Course: John Frame on Scripture – Christian Article

This month, pick up your free Mobile Ed course by John Frame: TH207 The Clarity of Scripture. In this short course, John Frame considers what the clarity of Scripture means. He describes it in light of God’s sovereignty, authority, and presence. Dr. Frame also explains how to understand the clarity of Scripture when reading passages in the Bible that seem unclear. Get your free course now! Also, this month, get two more courses for under $30: BI103 Principles of Bible…

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Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke, Free for CAPC Members – Christian Article

 Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until September 5, 2019, through our partnership with Crossway. We live in a time when there is always something to see. There may not be much worth looking at, but that doesn’t mean the latest political theatrics, news event, terror attack, or sports scandal isn’t vying for our attention. It may feel as if these sorts of things have increased recently. Digital media aggressively tries…

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How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything: An Interview with Jeremy R. Treat – Christian Article

What does the phrase “kingdom of God” really mean? How does it bring profound and practical clarity and coherence to living all of life—identity, work, play, relationships, justice, and character—in this age of distraction? Bible Gateway interviewed Jeremy R. Treat (@JeremyTreat5) about his book, Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything (Zondervan, 2019). Why did you write this book? Jeremy R. Treat: I’ll never forget the first time I heard that the kingdom of God was the number…

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How to Use Sermon Archives like Commentaries in Logos – Christian Article

Did you know sermons function much like commentaries in Logos? This post will show you how to get the most use out of sermon collections in Logos. For a limited time, several sermon archives are 30% off, so take a look at the sale if you’d like to add more sermons to your library. Broadly speaking, there are three main ways to use sermons beyond manually finding them in your library: Through the Passage Guide Through the Sermon Starter Guide…

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Walk With God on the Path of Life: An Interview with Lisa Robertson – Christian Article

The path of life is similar to natural paths: it leads to a destination, someone has gone before to create it, and it’s time-tested and established. What does it mean to find God’s path for you? Bible Gateway interviewed Lisa Robertson (@lisanrobertson_) about her book, The Path of Life: Walking in the Loving Presence of God (Thomas Nelson, 2019). Why is Psalm 16:11 special to you? Lisa Robertson: In a wedding present, this verse was included with the card. The…

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Every Logos Sale Ending at Midnight—Including Free Book – Christian Article

At midnight tonight, we pull down a number of incredible sales. Find links to all of them here so you don’t miss out. 20% off all Logos packages + free Mobile Ed Course Get your first base package ever or stack onto what you already have—no limits. And get a free course while you’re at it. Shop this sale. N. T. Wright sale Every book and course from the esteemed professor available in Logos—savings up to 30%. Shop this sale.…

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10 Quotes on the Christian Life from John Stott – Christian Article

Nearly 50 years ago, the evangelical church was on the brink of shirking the call to global missions. As framer of the Lausanne Covenant in 1974, John R. W. Stott (1921–2011), an Anglican priest, was on the forefront of the movement to preserve modern missions endeavors. He founded the Langham Partnership to equip churches with biblical resources and training for global missions. While the Lausanne Covenant may have been Stott’s most significant contribution to modern Christianity, it was far from…

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A Week in the Life of Ancient Rome: An Interview with James L. Papandrea – Christian Article

What do you know about the every-day living conditions of first-century Rome? How did that ancient culture impose a tremendous social cost on the followers of Jesus? What were the daily struggles of the church in Rome and how does an awareness of that time period influence readers of the New Testament in the 21st century? Bible Gateway interviewed James L. Papandrea (@jimpapandrea) about his book, A Week in the Life of Rome (IVP Academic, 2019). What is the premise/plot…

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How to Read and Understand a Difficult Book – Christian Article

I’ve spent the past couple of years reading difficult books. Most of them have been rigorously academic. They can be tough to read, but if you learn how to read them well, there’s gold on the other side. But why read a difficult book? Why Read Difficult Books The goal is to read hard books that are profitable. Just because a book is written by an academic who uses a lot of big words doesn’t mean that it’s good. You…

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The Beautiful Unity of the Church – Christian Article

By Luis Palau Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God.— EPHESIANS 4:11–13 Deep in the jungles of a Latin American nation that shall remain nameless, I met three young men. Much like any passionate young fellows, they enjoyed time…

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