What may appear to be the most biblical approach to the life of faith—“Do what
the Bible says”—misses how the Bible actually works. If we want a faith that is
truly vibrant and active, we have to get used to the fact that God's presence
Author: Peter Enns
Publisher: Hachette UK
'Seldom will you encounter such a fine combination of historical scholarship, interesting reading, and clever humour in one Biblical study. And then filled with faith and hope besides! Peter Enns does it again!' Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward For many Christians, the Bible is a how-to manual filled with literal truths about belief that must be strictly followed. But the Bible is not an instruction manual or rule book but a powerful learning tool that nurtures our spiritual growth, argues Bible scholar Peter Enns. It does not hold easy answers to the perplexing questions and issues that confront us in our daily lives. Rather, the Bible is a dynamic instrument for study that not only offers an abundance of insights but provokes us to find our own answers to spiritual questions, cultivating God's wisdom within us. 'The Bible becomes a confusing mess when we expect it to function as a rulebook for faith. But when we allow the Bible to determine our expectations, we see that Wisdom, not answers, is the Bible's true subject matter', writes Enns. This distinction, he points out, is important because when we come to the Bible expecting it to be a textbook intended by God to give us unwavering certainty about our faith, we are actually creating problems for ourselves. The Bible, in other words, really isn't the problem; having the wrong expectation is what interferes with our reading. Rather than considering the Bible as an ancient book weighed down with problems, flaws, and contradictions that must be defended by modern readers, Enns offers a vision of the holy scriptures as an inspired and empowering resource to help us better understand how to live as a person of faith today. How the Bible Actually Works makes clear that there is no one right way to read the Bible. Moving us beyond the damaging idea that 'being right' is the most important measure of faith, Enns's freeing approach to Bible study helps us to instead focus on pursuing enlightenment and building our relationship with God - which is exactly what the Bible was designed to do.
—Peter Enns, author of How the Bible Actually Works “Sarah Bessey's Miracles
and Other ... I can't think of a single other work that brings together such raw,
vulnerable pain with such a real sense of enchantment. Sarah is not too pious to
Author: Sarah Bessey
Publisher: Howard Books
“This book—the fullness, depth, and beauty of Sarah Bessey’s faith and artistic genius—is a miracle” (Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior) and an unforgettable and life-affirming exploration of how trauma can strengthen your faith and miracles can be found in unexpected places. In the brief instant Sarah Bessey realized that her minivan was, inevitably, going to hit the car on the highway on the bright, clear day of the crash, she knew intuitively that it would have life-changing consequences. But as she navigated the winding path from her life before the accident—as a popular author, preacher, and loving wife and mother—to her new life after, inhabiting a body that no longer felt like her own, she found that the most unexpected result was how it shook her deeply rooted faith, upending everything she thought she knew and held so dearly. Weaving together theology and memoir, Sarah delivers “a well-written reminder of seeing the miracles in life’s highs and lows” (Library Journal). The road of healing leads to Rome where she met the Pope (it’s complicated) and encountered the Holy Spirit in the last place she expected. She writes about her miraculous healing, learning to live with chronic pain, and the ways God makes us whole in the midst of suffering. She invites us to a path of knowing God that is filled with ordinary miracles, hope in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and other completely reasonable things. Insightful, profound, and unexpected, “Sarah’s writing is so breathtaking, sometimes you think you are reading poetry. The story is so thrilling, sometimes you think you are devouring a novel. And the Spirit she describes is so compelling, you’ll swear you experienced a revival. You won’t put it down once until you close the last page” (Jen Hatmaker, New York Times bestselling author).
He provides surprising insights and answers about how the Bible actually works as a source of faith and guidance, showing a brand-new way of reading this sacred text.
Author: Rob Bell
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
The New York Times bestselling author Rob Bell, using his inspired and inquisitive approach, focuses on the most widely read book of all time. He provides surprising insights and answers about how the Bible actually works as a source of faith and guidance, showing a brand-new way of reading this sacred text.
But they all worked for a paycheck, operated on a budget, and drove used cars.
They weren't traveling the world in their private Gulfstream like other people were
doing. If I'm going to learn to fly, I'd rather learn from an actual pilot than my 8th ...
Author: Ryan Mix
Publisher: Rossling Publishers
Is debt sinful? Will riches draw us further away from God? Is money really “the root of all evil”? Being raised in the church, entrepreneur, and critically-acclaimed author, Ryan Mix, grew up thinking the answer to these questions was ‘yes’ – that the Bible and money simply do not mix. But after business success showed him how money worked and how it can be used to create jobs, fund charities, and improve lives, he began to wonder whether the Bible really warns us against it or whether it has just been misunderstood. Through in-depth research and interviews with Biblical experts, Ryan set out on a spiritual journey to discover what the Bible actually says about money. His ground-breaking findings and perceptive, real-world insight have transformed his life, and are sure to revolutionize yours, as well. You will discover: • Age-old Scriptures revealing how money works in today’s economy • Why poverty is not a virtue and there is nothing wrong with being rich • An ancient Bible story illustrating how to use debt to your advantage • An answer to why the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer • Why we will never have to choose between “God or money” • A radical mindset shift that unlocks the key to cheerful giving With a bold and humorous style, Ryan investigates some of the Bible’s most cited, and often misunderstood, money-related verses, revealing their original meanings and connecting them to today’s economy. Referencing and analyzing over 100 different Biblical passages, this extraordinary study could change the way you view money and life.
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on AppropriationsPublish On: 1971
We believe that it should be possible , and that we are going to work at it very
assidiously . ... But I did not know that they had actually worked it out . Senator BIBLE . That is what I understood him to say and I will query him on it further
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Appropriations
171 This utterance actually contradicts the Bible ; it is uttered in a mood of
scepticism . ... Body and Soul To best see how the Biblical view of man is not
merely theory , but actually works out in practice , let us examine the Biblical
conception of ...
... and their existence proves the action of some extraordinary power therein , but
as we are told that false prophets might produce them as the magicians of Egypt
did actually work some which bore a close resemblance to those which were ...
I shall not attempt to point out all the benefits which the Bible has conferred upon
our world , or which it is calculated to ... The question is not , what men , calling
themselves Christians and professing to believe the Bible , actually are ; but what
entire history of Israel, from the Israelite conquest of Canaan (again, whether this
was actually true or survived only as a created memory) to the present days of ...
The author of thishistory either worked for or wasstrongly sympathetic to Josiah.
Author: Michael L Satlow
Publisher: Yale University Press
In this sweeping narrative, Michael Satlow tells the fascinating story of how an ancient collection of obscure Israelite writings became the founding texts of both Judaism and Christianity, considered holy by followers of each faith. Drawing on cutting-edge historical and archeological research, he traces the story of how, when, and why Jews and Christians gradually granted authority to texts that had long lay dormant in a dusty temple archive. The Bible, Satlow maintains, was not the consecrated book it is now until quite late in its history. He describes how elite scribes in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.E. began the process that led to the creation of several of our biblical texts. It was not until these were translated into Greek in Egypt in the second century B.C.E., however, that some Jews began to see them as culturally authoritative, comparable to Homer’s works in contemporary Greek society. Then, in the first century B.C.E. in Israel, political machinations resulted in the Sadducees assigning legal power to the writings. We see how the world Jesus was born into was largely biblically illiterate and how he knew very little about the texts upon which his apostles would base his spiritual leadership. Synthesizing an enormous body of scholarly work, Satlow’s groundbreaking study offers provocative new assertions about commonly accepted interpretations of biblical history as well as a unique window into how two of the world’s great faiths came into being.
But the books of Chronicles in the Bible actually have a conclusion which
corresponds to their whole plan ( § 142 ) ; so ... work should have been torn
asunder at a later time , and cut up into three works , to one of which a suitable
New Light on the Bible, from the Coming of Shiloh, the Spirit of Truth, 1828-1837
John Ward C. Holinsworth ... neither are any charged with doing evil , until they actually work evil against that good which God promised to man ; then when that
A Mind-Opening Look at God, the Bible, the Church, and Faith Hiley H. Ward ...
The problem of the image of God is a problem of the Bible. You might expect the
... God's allegedly anointed book, the Bible, actually works against his purpose.
Author: Hiley Ward
You know the Big questions. When did it all begin? Before creation, what? Before that? Where was I 10,000 years ago? When will it all end? But I suppose that the question that bothers people most is: How can God, the omnipotent, the Creator, be good when there is so much evil in the world? Here is an attempt to face up to the eternal, unsolvable contradictory questions about God, Jesus, the church and the practice of faith in the Christian life. Without negating traditional religion concepts, God is embraced in all of his attributes. He has a dark side. He is jealous, egotistical, cruel, tyrannical, killer of innocent hordes. He is also recognized as a great deliverer, lover of good, supporter of mankind, and a generally good companion. The Christian opts to address this second image of God, the beneficent. The author has struggled with the definition and nature of God all his life. He has found that he can question God and acknowledge his/her dark side while at the same time love God and bask in his presence and love. Here is a new kind of spiritual journey-intellectually honest and committed in faith.
... interfered , cupy themselves by studying the Bible , and copyand declared that
they would have no dealings ing useful ... In this field the Brethren of the Comhis works is unfinished , Tübingen , 1576-90 , 8 vols . mon Life actually worked ...
16 . hath this man these things and what wisdom is this which is given unto him ,
3 that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands ? Is not this the 38 ; Lk23
... 7 ; John 14 This word implies that Jesus himself actually worked IX . 2 ) , and ...
Applications The programs you buy in the box off your dealer ' s shelves , in
person or through the Web , the ones you run to do actual work on your PC , are
its applications . The word is actually short for application software . These are ...
Author: Winn L. Rosch
Publisher: Que Pub
Explores the potential of Pentium processors, the function of the motherboard, disk interfaces, safety issues, mass storage technology, display systems, parallel and infared ports, and audio technology
INTRODUCTION The game of Bible Baseball is familiar to thousands of people .
Perhaps no one has done more to publicize this ... Let ' s see how a game of Bible Baseball actually works . It is the sixth inning and the Westminster Church ...
Author: Robert T. Taylor
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Now all the thrill and competitive action of baseball is packed into a Bible game as players hit and score runs for their team by answering challenging Bible questions.
If the Bible is true in what it says , then its message is consistent within itself and
consistent with the real world . We cannot rest ... But ultimately you know that
these two passages fit into a large , true understanding of how God actually works .
Isn't it awesome when you try something and it actually works? I have little ability
... Through the years one of the true joys in my prayer life has come from praying
the actual prayers of the Bible, especially those that worked. I reason that if God ...
Author: Dave Earley
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
The 21 Most Effective Prayers of the Bible speaks to believers of all ages, backgrounds, and maturity levels with an uplifting message: that the prayers of the Bible are prayers for us today. Not an exhaustive, scholarly study, this very readable volume investigates twenty-one heartfelt prayers that produced results. Author Dave Earley shares personal examples from years of ministry that illustrate how these deepest petitions worked not only for Biblical heroes, but for Christians of today. Hope and encouragement are the hallmarks of this collection, encouraging the reader to greater faith in the power of effective prayer.
... until one year later , however , and so it was not until the latter part of 1937 that
this Bible actually went into circulation . Early in ... The prospective workers were
made acquainted with the American Bible Society , how it works , and how this ...