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we are gods presence-bringers barth and plantinga as allies?

digital downloads for a buck journey through theology with tom Oden

Hope for Genuine discipleship

Have you joined a church or small group in


hopes of experiencing real life change, only
to be disappointed?
Community may be one of the most overpromised, under-delivered aspects of the
Christian life. Transforming community
does not come just from listening to
sermons or adding another church
program. It emerges as we embrace a shared
commitment to the attitudes and practices
that open us up to Christ.

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Reflecting on the story of the two disciples


who meet Christ on the Emmaus Road,
Ruth Haley Barton offers this interactive
guide for small groups of spiritual
companions who are ready to encounter
Christ in transforming waysright where
they are on the road of real life.
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Ruth Haley Barton (DD, Northern Seminary) is founding president of


the Transforming Center and is a trained spiritual director, teacher and
retreat leader. She has served on the pastoral staff of several churches,
including Willow Creek Community Church, and is the author of
numerous books including Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Sacred Rhythms,
Longing for More and Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership.

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Q & A with ruth haley barton


Why is it important to bring
community and spiritual
transformation together?

It is the lack of spiritual transformation within individuals and systems that


causes communities to falter. And it is
the lack of communitya privatized
approach to transformation that fails to
see other people as necessary instruments
of Gods gracethat limits the work of
transformation in our lives. If we can
bring these two dynamics together in
transforming community, a spontaneous
combustion will begin to take place.

Praise for
life together in christ

Life Together in Christ offers a clear challenge:


if sustaining spiritual transformation is to occur we
need rhythms of formation practiced in the midst
of community. This book is a helpful tool for those
serious about journeying on the road with others in
the direction of Jesus together.
J.R. Briggs, author of Fail

How does Life Together in Christ


bring these aspects together?

Ruth did it! She doesnt just talk about the importance of community in our spiritual formation,
but she shows us how to actually practice it. Only
through years of working with others can a book this
helpful, practical and accessible be written.
Nathan Foster, Spring Arbor University

Becoming a transforming community


involves having real guidance in the
attitudes, practices and behaviors that
open us to the transforming presence of
Christ in our midst. And thats where a
book like this comes in.

If a small group of people would use this book to


guide what they discuss and how they discuss it perhaps they would awaken anew to the radical nature
of the gospel and to the depth and wonder of genuine
Christian discipleship.
Mike Lueken, Oak Hills Church

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Mapping
Holy

The temple has always been a source of


rich scholarship and theological reflection,
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ongoing mission in the world? G. K. Beale
and Mitchell Kim take temple theology off
the bookshelf and bring it to our modernday life, where the church is instructed and
exhorted in its purpose.

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From Eden to the new Jerusalem, we are


Gods temple on the earth in our day, the
firstfruits of the new creation. God has
always desired to dwell among us, first
symbolized in the Garden of Eden, then in
the ark of the covenant and the tabernacle
that housed it, then in the temple. Now
the church must follow its missional call to
extend the borders of Gods kingdom and
take his presence to the ends of the earth.
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G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) holds the J. Gresham Machen


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theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. His books include The Book of
Revelation (New International Greek Testament Commentary), 12 Thessalonians
(The IVP New Testament Commentary Series), Johns Use of the Old Testament in
Revelation, The Temple and the Churchs Mission and We Become What We Worship.

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praise for
god dwells among us

from the introduction

The goal of this book is to strengthen


biblical conviction for sacrificial mission.
. . . Persevering mission demands fullorbed conviction that is borne out of careful and prayerful study of Gods Word.
Our conviction grows richer and stronger
when grounded in Gods cosmic mission
from Genesis to Revelation. . . .
Mission does not begin with the Great
Commission of Matthew 28:18-20, but
mission is Gods heartbeat from Genesis 1
until the new heaven and earth become the
dwelling place of the Lord God Almighty
in Revelation 2122. This ultimate picture of the whole earth filled with Gods
presence fulfills Gods original intention
from the sanctuary of Eden. We begin,
therefore, with Eden.

In Scripture, God dwells not only up above the


world but also among us, with us and within us.
. . . In God Dwells Among Us [Beale] and
Mitchell Kim have made these ideas accessible to
working pastors. It is a valuable aid to preaching
and an excellent antidote to the feeling of loneliness
that afflicts many today.
John Frame, Reformed Theological Seminary
God dwelling in the midst of his people: this
staggering vision is the heart of Gods covenantal
purposes from Genesis to Revelation. God Dwells
Among Us brings decades of scholarship on this
topic to a wider audience. More than that, it shows
how this major biblical theme is the engine of mission
in the world today. This clear and compelling study
is a real feast.
Michael Horton, Westminster
California Seminary

Mitchell Kim (PhD, Wheaton College) is lead pastor of Living Water Alliance
Church in the Chicago suburbs. Building on extensive experience in the
immigrant church, he has helped found and guide Joshua Generation to equip
youth workers to reach their generation for Christ. He also teaches Bible in the
graduate school at Wheaton College and participated in the Lausanne Congress
for World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010.

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A Change of Heart
Thomas C. Oden

How did one of the twentieth centurys most celebrated liberals


have such a dramatic change of heart? Thomas Oden journeys
from conservative rural Methodism in Oklahoma to free-spirited
theological innovation in the land of academia and back to the
foundations of ancient Christianity. This fascinating memoir
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Confessing Christ for Church


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Kimlyn J. Bender

This collection of new and previously published essays by Kimlyn


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Covenant and Commandment


New Studies in Biblical Theology
Bradley G. Green

From a close study of key Old and New Testament texts and
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Sanctification
Edited by Kelly M. Kapic

The doctrine of sanctification has spent the last few decades


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Theologys Epistemological Dilemma


Strategic Initiatives in Evangelical Theology
Kevin Diller

Karl Barth and Alvin Plantinga are not thought of as theological


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Lenten Meditations

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On the Way to
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What the cross means about who


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Walking the Labyrinth

A Violent Grace

Travis Scholl

Michael Card

A prayerful forty-day study of


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N. T. Wright

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Tom Oden is one of the most remarkable


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Encyclopedia
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The African
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Early Libyan
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General editor
Angelo Di
Berardino,
consulting editors
Thomas C. Oden,
Joel C. Elowsky
and James Hoover

Thomas C. Oden

Reaching back to
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How Africa
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Thomas C. Oden

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Join IVP in celebrating


these Christianity Today Book
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Teach Us
to Want

Visions of
Vocation

Jen Pollock Michel

Steven Garber

Christianity Todays
Book of the Year!

Award of Merit in
Christian Living

Isnt desire sinful and


selfish? The story of
each person is a story
of wanthopes dashed,
passions pursued and
ambitions fulfilled. Jen
Pollock Michel reintroduces us to a God who
purifies our longings
and gives us the desires
of our hearts.

Vocation is more than a


job. It is our relationships
and responsibilities woven
into the work of God.
In following our calling
to seek the welfare of
our world, we find that it
flourishes and so do we.
Garber offers here a book
for parents, artists, students, public servants and
business peoplefor all
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The New Parish


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Award of Merit in
the Church/
Pastoral Leadership

Tucked away in neighborhoods throughout North


America is a profound
work of hope quietly
unfolding as the gospel
takes root in the context
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the church is local, connected to the struggles of
the people and even to
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Called to
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Gordon T. Smith
Award of Merit in
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Gordon Smith synthesizes a lifetime of


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