Youth of Today, Rejoice—This is the book you’ve been waiting for ever since you stopped watching Davey and Goliath and started growing hair on your downstairs area! Gideon Lamb and Jeremiah Smallchild totally get it. From their take on Hootie and the Blowfish records to hip biblical parables to the joys of home-schooling, they know what the kids are into, and they know how to relate to them like a couple of “awesome dudes.” Which is why Gideon and Jeremiah, aka God’s Pottery, are the perfect people to address the tough issues that plague the Youth of Today—issues as complicated and troubling as rap music, speed dating (“the silent killer”), and the myth of “sexercise.” What Would God’s Pottery Do? combines essays, photographs, frank confessionals—not to mention several clearly labeled “humor” sections!—to help steer kids in the right direction, all while speaking their language. Gideon and Jeremiah are totally jazzed to reach out and touch the youth using their trademark blend of people skills and biblical know-how. Though aimed primarily at adolescents, What Would God’s Pottery Do? contains life lessons for students of any age (except old people)! Many cynics out there claim that God’s Pottery is not really a Christian duo but rather a brilliantly executed parody. To those nonbelievers, Gideon and Jeremiah have but one thing to say: “We still love you, and we still want to help everyone—even the ones who will be going to Hell when they die!”
The Christian Bible is fundamentally a story. Writers, painters, sculptors, artists, and indeed, people of all walks of life live by the telling of their stories. Stories are the most basic mode of human communication. Thus it is vital to ask why Christians and above all Christian theologians so often fail to express their faith in terms of story. The vast majority of the Hebrew Scriptures, for example, consist of stories. Jesus proclaimed and taught about the Reign of God through stories and parables. At the heart of the Christian faith are stories, not concepts, propositions, or ideas. Given the deep rootedness of the Christian faith in storytelling, this book seeks to address the fact that Christian theology has too often taken the form of concepts, ideas, and systems. This book is an attempt to speak of Christian faith and theology in stories rather than systems. Through stories, both biblical and non-biblical, this book shows how we might reimagine the task of Christian theology in the life of faith today. At its heart is the conviction that in the beginning there were stories and that, in the end and indeed, beyond the end, are stories, not texts, ideas, and concepts.
Instructions for achieving financial success can actually be found within the pages of the Bible. For those wise enough to follow them, prosperity is assured. These instructions are given to us by God Himself, in the form of principles which any person can adopt and apply in their own life. The author does not take the approach that God can be manipulated into satisfying your selfish, worldly whims. In fact, there is a considerable amount of material in the text which warns against this attitude. Instead, the reader is shown the Biblical procedure for getting their heart right with God, so that they arrive in a state where God can bless them financially. Once this condition is achieved, a person can then pursue the two primary Biblical principles for financial success that the author has expounded upon, which result in: • A tree planted by rivers of living water, whose leaf shall not whither, and all that he does shall prosper • The doors of heaven are opened and blessings are poured out in such abundance that there is not room enough to store them all Many Bible-believing Christians already practice these principles and can testify to their effectiveness. God really does want to bless you!
To the Faithless and the Unbelieving: BERTRAM GREY is at once a complex essay on religion and a delightfully easy to read story following the thought-development of a young Bertram Grey. Kevin Garrett employs Bertram Grey and several other fascinating allegories as a means to uncover the many way in which God is viewed. Indeed understanding of God varies from person to person, and culture to culture. Garrett also delves into a brief history of religion, tying the strings of belief together. With one insightful conclusion following another and so on, To the Faithless and the Unbelieving: BERTRAM GREY is sure to enlighten the spirit and mind. About the Author Kevin Garrett still resides in Jacksonville, FL. Over the years his faith in God has developed and strengthened. Due to multiple brain aneurisms he does not drive. However, if he did have a car, his bumper sticker of choice would read: THE BIBLE SAID IT. I BELIEVE IT. LET'S HAVE A DISCUSSION!
"The contrast in appreciation of Leviticus and Numbers by the synagogue on the one hand, and by the church on the other, is little short of astonishing. The former has considered it crucial to an understanding of God and of the nature of the "chosen people" of Israel. The latter has usually reduced it to allegory or as a mere historical record of Israelite religion. In this new volume, Hebrew Bible scholar Lloyd R. Bailey examines these often overlooked or underappreciated books of Moses in the contexts of both the Jewish and Christian traditions. ... the primary goal of the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary series is to make available serious, credible biblical scholarship in an accessible and less intimidating format. A visual generation of believers deserves a commentary series that contains not only the all-important textual commentary on Scripture, but images, photographs, maps, works of fine art, and drawings that bring the text to life. Each volume of the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary series features a CD-ROM, which expands the uses and capabilities of the Commentary even more"--Publisher description.
Have you wondered about the purpose of life and what might be your eternal destiny? God has revealed the answers to such questions. It is possible for all matter and beings to become perfected. This book explains how that is possible and how it is in fact the intent and glory of God. It explains who we are, where we came from, why we are here and where we are going after death.