Personal book recommendations from Henry Neufeld

In this store I recommend titles from my own publishing company Energion Publications, technical books, and other books on any topic of interest. These may be related to any of my blogs or sites.

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Author: William Powell Tuck
William Powell Tuck is the author of 32 books who brings his lifelong experience as pastor, seminary professor, husband, and father to the page.
Preaching Resources
How-to, sample sermons, guides to preparation
Resources for Studying the Psalter
Commentaries and book on the Psalms that will help deepen your study
RCN Series
David Drake's fun and entertaining space opera series
Biblical Inspiration and Authority
A variety of viewpoints on this important topic
Author: Alden Thompson
Alden Thompson is an incredibly clear advocate of dialogue and openness in biblical studies.
Safehold Series
David Weber's incredible series of a future world where humanity's survival may be at stake.
Conversations in Ministry Series
Short guides to topics of interest to pastors by pastors, edited by the Academy of Parish Clergy.
Guides to Practical Ministry Series
Series from the Academy of Parish Clergy by pastors for pastors
Energion eBooks
Books from Energion Publications that are available in epub format on my aer.io store.
Elgin Hushbeck, Jr. (Author)
Books by Elgin Hushbeck, Jr., author of the Consider Christianity Series.
Consider Christianity Series
Elgin Hushbeck's excellent basic series on Christian apologetics
Perspectives and Backgrounds on the Apostle Paul
A special collection for books related to my ongoing video study on Paul, starting September 15, 2016.
Historical Jesus
Books that will help you untangle the historical Jesus theories.
Revelation Resources
Key resources for studying the biblical book of Revelation.
Isaiah Commentaries and Resources
The books I recommend for studying Isaiah
Study Bibles (English)
Study Bibles are often lousy and even more often misused. This list will help you choose well!
To the Hebrews
Commentaries and resources for the study of Hebrews
Daniel Commentary
A selection of commentaries to help gain perspective!
Open Source Software
Useful guides to open source applications for your small business
Ezekiel
My recommended resource list for studying this challenging book
Author: Bruce Epperly
Bruce's clear and optimistic, yet grounded view of faith is refreshing
Topical Line Drives
Straight to the point in under 44 pages
Areopagus Critical Christian Issues
The Areopagus series includes short, scholarly works on issues that are current and important in Christianity
Creation and Evolution
The Christian doctrine of creation and how it relates to the method of creation
Christian Apologetics
Some basic useful books on Christian apologetics
Fantasy
My favorites, both from my own Enzar Empire Press imprint and from other publishers
Science Fiction
My choices, both from my own Enzar Empire Press imprint and from other writers.
Participatory Study Series
Challenging and varied small group Bible study
My Own Books (Henry Neufeld)
Books I have authored or co-authored

The contributors to this volume (J.D. Punch, Jennifer Knust, Tommy Wasserman, Chris Keith, Maurice Robinson, and Larry Hurtado) re-examine the "Pericope Adulterae" (John 7.53-8.11) asking afresh the question of the paragraph's authenticity. Each contributor not only presents the reader with arguments for or against the pericope's authenticity but also with viable theories on how and why the earliest extant manuscripts omit the passage.

Readers are encouraged to evaluate manuscript witnesses, scribal tendencies, patristic witnesses, and internal evidence to assess the plausibility of each contributor's proposal. Readers are presented with cutting-edge research on the pericope from both scholarly camps: those who argue for its originality, and those who regard it as a later scribal interpolation. In so doing, the volume brings readers face-to-face with the most recent evidence and arguments (several of which are made here for the first time, with new evidence is brought to the table), allowing readers to engage in the controversy and weigh the evidence for themselves.

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The Pericope of the Adulteress in Contemporary Research
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The editors of this book contend that one of the world's best-known and most influential bodies of literature is one of the least understood. This is due both to the proliferation of modern hermeneutical approaches and to the lack of understanding of the historical backgrounds of the New Testament. In their sequel to their earlier work, New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Black and Dockery present essays on current issues and methods with the purpose of enhancing New Testament interpretation, teaching, and preaching, and providing a useful means of learning what the New Testament is all about.

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Interpreting the New Testament
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Because it is conspicuously absent from more than one early Greek manuscript, the final section of the gospel of Mark (16:9-20) that details Christ s resurrection remains a constant source of debate among serious students of the New Testament.

Perspectives on the Ending of Mark presents in counterpoint form the split opinions about this difficult passage with a goal of determining which is more likely. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary professors Maurice Robinson and David Alan Black argue for the verses authenticity. Keith Elliott (University of Leeds) and Daniel Wallace (Dallas Theological Seminary) contend that they are not original to Mark s gospel. Darrell Bock (Dallas Theological Seminary) responds to each view and summarizes the state of current research on the entire issue."

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Perspectives on the Ending of Mark: Four Views
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Proof that learning grammar doesn't have to be boring. This easy-to-understand and humorous guide is for students in their second year of Greek study.
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It's Still Greek to Me: An Easy-To-Understand Guide to Intermediate Greek
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Introduces Greek students to the field of linguistics and shows how its findings can increase their understanding of the New Testament.
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Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek: A Survey of Basic Concepts and Applications
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Featuring a new cover design and padded hardcover format, Gold Medallion Award winner Experiencing God Day-By-Day is based on Henry Blackaby s multi-million selling Experiencing God book and Bible study. Brimming with insight and seasoned with grace, this 365-day devotional reader helps to start a daily routine by focusing the mind on the divine presence in each life. Whether selected as a thoughtful gift or as a personal resource, this book will inspire great changes while sustaining the essential habit of turning to God on a daily basis."
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Experiencing God Day-By-Day: Devotional
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The cross has always been a scandal and sometimes a source of ridicule. At the same time, it is the central symbol of Christianity. Author William Powell Tuck believes that the cross has never been more relevant than it is today. It may be difficult to preach the cross, but it is the duty of Christians to do so. "As long as the church lifts up a hollow, aluminum foil cross instead of a heavy wooden cross, we will always be guilty of heresy in the message we present to the world," he says. In the pages of this book you will start by looking the cross as the central symbol of the gospel, a symbol that you cannot forget if you want to preach and live an authentic gospel. From there you will look at how the cross illuminates our understanding of God, and then to the way it guides the way we will teach and serve. The cross is truly a difficult subject to preach, both because we stand amazed at what it represents and because of what it calls for each of us to do. But however difficult it is, we must not avoid it. Only if we become the church under the cross will we be the genuine body of Christ.
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The Church Under the Cross
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A Fresh look at the Beatitudes in Matthew's Gospel by William Powell Tuck
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The Way for All Seasons
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"A Revolutionary Gospel" focuses on the centrality of Rauschenbusch's concept of salvation-his view of both personal and social salvation-in its relationship to the Kingdom of God in the teachings of Jesus. Rauschenbusch believed that Jesus' teachings were revolutionary and aimed to bring about the moral transformation of the individual and society. William Powell Tuck describes how Rauschenbusch's concept of redemption requires a transformation of society as well as individuals-and that no one can genuinely be redeemed without this redemption affecting the social culture as well. "A Revolutionary Gospel" shows us how Rauschenbusch's revolutionary concept of salvation is still relevant today.
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A Revolutionary Gospel: Salvation in the Theology of Walter Rauschenbusch
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The membership of River Road Church, Baptist, includes a wide spectrum of persons of varying educational attainments, wide economic levels, and all ages from children to seniors. They represent a variety of careers including merchants, trades, professions, community leaders, and educational faculty in the local schools, colleges, graduate schools, and seminaries. No matter the educational level of the membership, the church sought a highly educated clergy. The pastors called to serve River Road Church came with advanced graduate studies and earned doctor's degrees. The five preachers in this volume span almost seven decades. Each stayed a length of time to accomplish the challenges he faced in the building up of the congregation and the enhancement of the spiritual life of the membership. Each preacher brought different gifts of preaching, management styles, craftsmanship, and vision.
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The Pulpit Ministry of the Pastors of River Road Church, Baptist, Richmond, Virginia
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The intent of this book is to look seriously at what constitutes the content and background of authentic preaching. This book is offered as one pastor and preaching professor's suggestions on how I have tried to share the gospel through my ministry both in the classroom and in the pulpit. I have been pastor of small and large congregations, rural and downtown urban churches, college and seminary congregations, healthy and troubled parishes. During my busy pastoral ministry with my congregations I have tried to share with them not only my verbal sermons from the pulpit, but also a written copy by the next Sunday. This has often been an exacting but rewarding discipline. It has pushed me for originality, careful craftsmanship, sound biblical exegesis, and the desire for clarity and to offer my best gifts. Being pastor in a college and seminary community has certainly heightened my awareness to offer my best all the time.
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A Pastor Preaching: Toward a Theology of the Proclaimed Word
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Facing Grief and Death
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For many people, especially children, Christmas is a favorite time of year -- we're surrounded by the marvelous sights of stores and houses covered with brightly colored decorations, we hear the pleasant sounds of carols filling the air, and we gather with family and friends to enjoy gift-giving and sumptuous food. But all this is just a reminder of the greatest gift of all -- the blessed birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this volume, a renowned pastor and teacher shares 16 messages that proclaim with a child's wide-eyed wonder the joyous news of the coming of God's Son. William Powell Tuck helps us see the true meaning of the season by putting our holiday celebrations in the context of the unique mystery of the incarnation, leading us to a greater appreciation of the sensory delights that make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year. This book will be a treasured sermon preparation resource for pastors, as well as a source of inspiration for personal meditation or small group studies. William Powell Tuck has had a long and distinguished career as a parish pastor and seminary professor. He has served Baptist congregations in Virginia, Louisiana, Kentucky, and North Carolina, and he currently teaches preaching at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia. He was also a professor for several years at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Tuck is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including The Lord's Prayer Today, Authentic Evangelism: Sharing the Good News with Sense and Sensitivity, and Our Baptist Tradition.
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Christmas Is for the Young... Whatever Their Age: 16 Christmas Sermon Stories
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Taking into account cultural influences and how they affect the church's capacity to carry out its evangelistic mission, Tuck proposes practical ideas based in a biblical theology of evangelism that can enable church members to evangelize with greater sensitivity and effectiveness.
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Authentic Evangelism: Sharing the Good News with Sense and Sensitivity
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Many people go through life as though they were blind and deaf. They seem to hear and see so little of the world that surrounds us.
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Through the Eyes of a Child
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Stewardship is one of the essential means the church utilizes to roll up its sleeves and engage in the ministry it is challenged to do. -- William Powell Tuck

Jesus said in His sermon on the mountain, "Blessed are ..." (Matthew 5:1-12)

James said, Faith without works is dead. (James 2:14-26)

Dr. Bill Tuck shares his heart and his teachings on stewardship that will bring the reader into a greater appreciation of how God wants to use our time, talent and finances to build His Church as well as draw us into a deeper relationship with Him. You will find each chapter begins with a scriptural notation that will lend itself to further study and meditation on God's Word. May we be found to not only be reader of God's Word, but also doers of His Word.

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Forgotten Beatitude: Worshiping Through Stewardship
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What's a preacher to do with holidays? Some seem to almost preach themselves, especially those in the church calendar. Others are more secular or may seem to conflict with the church calendar. Some are even controversial and require a gentle, but firm touch of the preacher's art. William Powell Tuck is a master preacher and in this book he demonstrates his sensitivity to the issues raised by some of the holidays and special days of the year along with his grounding in biblical studies, theology, and homiletics. You can read these sermons as essays if you want, but they are not light devotionals. They are serious efforts to grapple honestly with issues and to guide a church community in learning and growing as they celebrate their lives, their families, and their communities. For the preacher, these sermons can serve as models for how to approach these days, as well as providing insight into the various issues involved.
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Holidays, Holy Days, & Special Days
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This critically acclaimed series provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The authors are scholars of international standing.
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The Psalms: A Commentary
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Based on his linguistic analysis of both biblical and extrabiblical texts, Mitchell Dahood interprets the Hebrew poetry of the psalms in the light of rich cultural and linguistic evidence, as well as providing a translation of these much-loved poems.
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Psalms III 101-150
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Based on his linguistic analysis of both biblical and extrabiblical texts, Mitchell Dahood interprets the Hebrew poetry of the psalms in the light of rich cultural and linguistic evidence, as well as providing a translation of these much-loved poems.
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Psalms II 51-100
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Based on his linguistic analysis of both biblical and extrabiblical texts, Mitchell Dahood interprets the Hebrew poetry of the psalms in the light of rich cultural and linguistic evidence, as well as providing a translation of these much-loved poems.
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Psalms I 1-50
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Can you imagine what it might have been like for the ancients to hear and perform their Scripture in song?

In his first book, Seeing the Psalter, author Bob MacDonald showed us that the Psalms were not just a randomed collection of poems, but a carefully constructed story. Now with Song in the Night, Bob reveals the Bible as not just a set of books to be read but also as a song to be heard. From 6,000 pages of music, here are a few examples to be sung from our hearts, raised in praise from our lips. It is a song in the night.

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Song in the Night: According to the Melody in the Accents of the Hebrew Text
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This volume combines a cultural guide to the biblical world and an annotated Bible. Its notes feature the reflections of Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Jewish scholars.
* Twenty-three insightful articles on aspects of the history, literary background, and culture of the biblical era.
* A special index of people, places, and themes of the Bible.
* 36 pages of full-color New Oxford Bible Maps, with index.
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One of my favorite study Bibles on one of my favorite Bible versions.
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"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."And#8212;Matthew 5:48In his classic book A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, John Wesley offers a comprehensive teaching on the doctrine of Christian perfection. In it, he describes the evolution of his own theological reasoning, telling the story of how he came to understand and to preach this doctrine in his own life. In this work that is part autobiography, part spiritual contemplation, and part scriptural exegesis, Wesley shares tracts he wrote on the topic of perfection, describes the conflicts that sometimes arose over his ideas, reveals his own developing convictions, and offers probing queries for all believers to consider. Included at the end is an account of Wesley's personal experience of "entire holiness."
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Plain Account of Christian Perfection
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Master and Commander in space Brilliant and brave starship captain Daniel Leary and ace spy Adele Mundy confront a pirate plot and once again save the Republic of Cinnabar despite itself.
#9 in the national best selling RCN space adventure series.
Captain Daniel Leary with his friend and spy Officer Adele Mundy are sent to a quiet sector to carry out an easy task: helping the local admiral put down a coup before it takes place. But then the jealous admiral gets rid of them by sending them off on a wild goose chase to a sector where commerce is king and business is carried out by extortion and gunfights.
With anarchy and rebellion in the air, a rogue intelligence officer plots the war that will destroy civilization and enlists the help of a brute whom even torturers couldn't stomach.
And, of course, it s up to Leary and Mundy to put a stop to the madness.
About David Drake s previous RCN novel, What Distant Deeps:
Drake deftly weaves a web of political machinations and intrigue that vividly depicts the costs of war. Fans of Patrick O'Brian's Maturin and Aubrey novels will enjoy this intricate, rousing space opera. Publishers Weekly
About David Drake s RCN series:
R]ousing old-fashioned space opera. Publishers Weekly
The fun is in the telling, and Mr. Drake has a strong voice. I want more Philadelphia Weekly Press
S]pace opera is alive and well.This series is getting better as the author goes along character development combined with first-rate action and memorable world designs. SFReader.com
About David Drake:
P]rose as cold and hard s the metal alloy of a tank rivals Crane and Remarque Chicago Sun-Times
Drake couldn t write a bad action scene at gunpoint. Booklist"
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The Road of Danger
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LEARY AND MUNDY RETURN in the RCN SERIES.
#10 in the nationally best-selling Republic of Cinnabar Navy space adventure series.
Cinnabar's chief spymaster is a mother also--and her son is determined to search for treasure in the midst of a civil war. Who better to hold the boy's hand and to take the blows directed at him than Captain Daniel Leary, the Republic of Cinnabar Navy's troubleshooter, and his friend the cyberspy Adele Mundy?
The only thing certain in the struggle for control of the mining planet Corcyra is that the rival parties are more dangerous to their own allies than to their opponents. Daniel and Adele face kidnappers, hijackers, pirates and a death squad even before they can get to their real business of ending the war on Corcyra. Only with planetary peace can the boy they're escorting get on with his mission.
The boy thinks the treasure he's looking for is a thousand years old. Daniel and Adele know that it's probably a dream
But if the treasure is real, it just might be tens of thousands of years older than anyone imagines, and incalculably more valuable
About David Drake s previous RCN novel, What Distant Deeps:
Drake deftly weaves a web of political machinations and intrigue that vividly depicts the costs of war. Fans of Patrick O'Brian's Maturin and Aubrey novels will enjoy this intricate, rousing space opera. Publishers Weekly
About David Drake s RCN series:
R]ousing old-fashioned space opera. Publishers Weekly
The fun is in the telling, and Mr. Drake has a strong voice. I want more Philadelphia Weekly Press
S]pace opera is alive and well. This series is getting better as the author goes along character development combined with first-rate action and memorable world designs. SFReader.com
About David Drake:
P]rose as cold and hard s the metal alloy of a tank rivals Crane and Remarque Chicago Sun-Times
Drake couldn t write a bad action scene at gunpoint. Booklist"
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The Sea Without a Shore
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We carry our purses everywhere. We don't leave home without them. They are as diverse and unique as we are. A purse can truly reflect who we are. Is it smooth, black leather or bold pink flowers? Does it hang from our arm or is slung over our back or strapped around our waist? What if we were given a purse by Jesus Himself full of whatever we would need for the day and season of life? How much would it cost? Who could afford it? It's free because it is given to us, the Bride, by our Groom, Jesus Christ. Let's see what Jesus has given - It's in the Bag
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It's in the Bag
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Set in the late 1800's in Colorado, Prayer Trilogy is the story of the Jenkins and Davidson families, one nearly starving on their farm and the other a prosperous business family in the city of Denver. Neither family is perfect but both know the power and comfort of prayer that sustains their relationship with God.These stories provide a wonderful reminder that prayer is the key to our intimate relationship to God. The characters are flawed but that only enhances the power and compassion of God in their individual lives to weave a family tapestry and even a larger community picture.These stories will appeal to young and old alike.
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Prayer Trilogy
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Iris Elaine Picket lives in a beautiful home, with many servants, and a husband who sees her with the same respect he sees those household slaves. The loss of her child after yet another beating from her husband gives her the impetus to take her maidservant and flee South Carolina, leaving behind her parents, security, even her name and begin a new life in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania. Once again, author Kimberly Gordon, draws us into the lives of her fictional characters, connecting us in our contemporary lives with her imperfect people who struggle to make good choices, just like us. This story calls us to consider our own secret prejudices as Iris evolves from her childhood beliefs to the truths that she recognizes as she finds friends in those who were once thought of as slaves. Mrs. Gordon writes unapologetically from her Christian beliefs but avoids the distraction of preaching and, instead, offers her characters who are learning from the witness of others and their own time of prayer with God.
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Allegheny Hideaway
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Margaret Roe, orphaned at the age of eight, lives her life in the same orphanage where her father was forced to leave her when he went off to fight in the Civil War. Now, fifteen years later, she takes care of the present set of children who are in the orphanage and has only a visit to the local confectionery shop as the highlight of her week. Margaret makes an uncharacteristically bold move and signs on as a mail order bride and quickly finds herself on a train to Iowa City, Iowa where she becomes Mrs. Russell Chadwick. Margaret's marriage is by no means usual as her husband is kind but distant. As she builds relationships with her neighbors and even her in-laws, her relationship with her husband remains confusing, emotionally hurtful and a test of her faith and trust in God and her husband. How does she know what God really wants her to do? Should she stay with Russell or leave him and begin yet again? This is author Kimberly Gordon's third published historical novel. While the characters and settings reflect well the history and mores of the time, the reader can easily draw insight into contemporary life lessons. Mrs. Gordon is a master at laying down biblical principles within the context of the story.
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Please Love Me
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The pace and assumptions of modern life often make the pursuing things of the spirit difficult. The Ground of God: Contemplative Prayer for the Contemporary Spirit leads the reader to a rhythmic cycle of read, pray, examine. It's four sections work together to encourage growth in one's spiritual life through this cycle so that the reader is drawn step by step into an active and wholly engaging spirituality. Living a prayer filled, bible based life leads the reader to ask the question: What on earth is so commanding? Who is in command?

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Ground of God: Contemplative Prayer for the Contemporary Spirit
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For many readers the Epistle to the Hebrews is among the most difficult books of the New Testament. Understanding its message calls for a great familiarity with its Old Testament background and a good knowledge of first-century biblical exegesis. This new, independent paperback edition of F. F. Bruce's long-standing hardcover volume on Hebrews in the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) series covers both of those fronts. When first published in 1964, Bruce's "Hebrews" received critical acclaim, and over the years it has become a classic work of evangelical biblical scholarship. Just before his death in 1990, Bruce completed a full revision of the text, incorporating twenty-five years of further study. Every reader of Hebrews -- whether student or scholar, minister or layperson -- will benefit from the careful exegesis and pastoral wisdom distilled in this volume.
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The Epistle to the Hebrews
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Craig Koester's respected study uses the symbolic language of the Gospel of John as a focus to explore "the Gospel's literary dimensions, social and historical context, and theological import." This edition is fully revised and updated and includes a number of new sections on such topics as Judas and the knowledge of God. Fresh treatments are given on a number of issues, including the Gospel's Christology. This new edition offers both new insights and proven worth for students and scholars alike.
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Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel: Meaning, Mystery, Community
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In this landmark commentary, Craig R. Koester offers a comprehensive look at a powerful and controversial early Christian text, the book of Revelation. Originally written for Christian communities in Asia Minor, Revelation depicts scenes of cosmic conflict in which God, the creator of the world, overcomes the forces of destruction and makes all things new. This often misunderstood portion of the New Testament repeatedly surprises readers by warning that judgment is imminent, only to interrupt the visions of terror with messages of hope and redemption.
Koester provides richly textured descriptions of the book s setting and language, making extensive use of Greek and Latin inscriptions, classical texts, and ancient Jewish writings, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. While Revelation has often been viewed as world-negating, this commentary focuses on its deep engagement with social, religious, and economic issues. It also addresses the book s volatile history of interpretation and its cultural impact over the centuries. The result is a groundbreaking study that provides powerful insights and sets new directions for the continued appreciation of this visionary religious text."
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Revelation: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
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Kenneth Miller believes that the argument between creationists and theists over evolution is far less relevant than the reality of existence. The author shows that belief in God is not incompatible with evolution.
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I consider this the single best exposition of theistic evolution from a scientist.
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