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  • Introduction To Ecclesiology (Revised)

    $30.00

    What is the church? Why are there so many different expressions of church throughout time and space, and what ties them all together?

    Ecclesiology–the doctrine of the church–has risen to the center of theological interest in recent decades. In this text, theologian Veli-Matti Karkkainen provides a wide-ranging survey of the rich field of ecclesiology in the midst of rapid developments and new horizons. Drawing on Karkkainen’s international experience and comprehensive research on the church, this revised and expanded edition is thoroughly updated to incorporate recent literature and trends. This unique primer not only orients readers to biblical, historical, and contemporary ecclesiologies but also highlights contextual and global perspectives and includes an entirely new section on interfaith comparative theology. An Introduction to Ecclesiology surveys.

    *major theological traditions, including Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Reformed, and Pentecostal

    *ecclesiological insights from Latin American, Africa, and Asia

    *distinct perspectives from women, African Americans, and recent trends in the United States

    *key elements of the church such as mission, governance, worship, and sacraments

    *interreligious comparison with Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist communities

    As the church today encounters challenges and opportunities related to rapid growth in the Majority World, new congregational forms, ecumenical movements, interfaith relations, and more, Christians need a robust ecclesiology that makes room for both unity and diversity. In An Introduction to Ecclesiology students, pastors, and laypeople will find an essential resource for understanding how the church can live out its calling as Christ’s community on earth.

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  • Worshipping With The Reformers

    $24.00

    Worship of the triune God has always stood at the center of the Christian life. That was certainly the case during the sixteenth-century Reformation as well. Yet in the midst of tremendous social and theological upheaval, the church had to renew its understanding of what it means to worship God. In this volume, which serves as a companion to IVP Academic’s Reformation Commentary on Scripture series, Reformation scholar Karin Maag takes readers inside the worshiping life of the church during this era. Drawing from sources across theological traditions, she explores several aspects of the church’s worship, including what it was like to attend church, reforms in preaching, the function of prayer, how Christians experienced the sacraments, and the roles of both visual art and music in worship. With Maag as your guide, you can go to church-with the Reformers.

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  • Necessity Of Reforming The Church

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    The church reached a turning point in the sixteenth century. Worship had become a spectacle, the gospel was distorted, the sacraments were replaced by superstition, and ministers lived in immorality. To restore the church to the teachings of Christ, the Reformers cried out for a return to God’s authoritative Word. In this classic treatise, John Calvin presents four areas of the church’s life and doctrine that must be carefully guarded and guided by Scripture. This timeless call for biblical faithfulness beckons us today. How will we respond?

    This new translation by Dr. Casey Carmichael, with a foreword from Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, also includes A Reply to Cardinal Sadoleto, Calvin’s letter defending the work of reformation as it was applied in the city of Geneva.

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  • Miracles And The Supernatural Throughout Church History

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    Despite claims that miracles died with the apostles, Jesus said that every believer could do the same miraculous works as He did (John 14:12). From the book of Acts through today, the Spirit of God has demonstrated an enduring pattern of empowering Christians to confirm the gospel through signs and wonders.

    In this inspiring book, author and teacher, Tony Cooke uncovers the power of God revealed through the centuries. Discover accounts of the Holy Spirit’s miraculous work through individuals like Ignatius of Antioch, Irenaeus of Lyon, Basil of Caesarea, Augustine, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, and many more.

    As you your faith in the unceasing work of the Spirit grows, you will be empowered to move in the same miracles as Jesus did! Will you step out in faith?

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  • Great Azusa Street Revival

    $14.99

    As fascinating collection of the words and teachings of William Seymour in the years leading up to and including the historic Azusa Street Revival, which began in Los Angeles in 1906 before spreading across the country and creating the modern-day Pentecostal movement. Includes historic accounts, eyewitness testimonies to the power of God, and photos capturing the multicultural, worldwide appeal of Seymour and his ministry, including his stirring sermons, which covered a wide range of topics that are still relevant to believers today. Complied by Roberts Liardon, author of the bestselling God’s Generals series.

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  • 100 Most Important Events In Christian History

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    From Nero’s burning of Rome to Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses to Billy Graham’s crusades, the history of Christianity is a story filled with difficulty, daring, and devotion. This compelling book highlights 100 of the most important events in 2,000 years of that history in a single concise volume. Packed with well-researched information and written in a readable, journalistic style, it brings to vivid life some of the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the church. Perfect for pastors, teachers, history buffs, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the origins and development of the Christian church.

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  • Urban Legends Of Church History

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    Urban Legends Church History surveys forty of the most commonly misunderstood events of church history, from the period of the early church through the modern age. While these urban legends sometimes arise out of pure falsehood and fabrication, they are often the product of exaggerated recounting of actual historical events. With a pastoral tone and helpful explanations of where the error originally occurred, authors John Adair and Michael J. Svigel tackle legendary misconceptions like the early church worshiping on Saturday, or the unbroken chain of apostolic succession. Urban Legends of Church History will help readers avoid misunderstanding key events from church history, and guide them in applying the principles that have characterized the Christian church since first century.

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  • Voices Of The Martyrs Graphic Novel Anthology AD 34-AD 203

    $29.99

    Voices of the Martyrs, A.D. 34 – A.D. 203 covers the earliest period of church history. Though we will never know how many have given their lives for following Jesus Christ, this volume contains the stories of the first, and best known. Men and women who were faithful to their Savior, regardless the cost.

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  • Bavinck : A Critical Biography

    $44.99

    Dutch Calvinist theologian Herman Bavinck, a significant voice in the development of Protestant theology, remains relevant many years after his death. His four-volume Reformed Dogmatics is one of the most important theological works of the twentieth century.

    James Eglinton is widely considered to be at the forefront of contemporary interest in Bavinck’s life and thought. After spending considerable time in the Netherlands researching Bavinck, Eglinton brings to light a wealth of new insights and previously unpublished documents to offer a definitive biography of this renowned Reformed thinker.

    The book follows the course of Bavinck’s life in a period of dramatic social change, identifying him as an orthodox Calvinist challenged with finding his feet in late modern culture. Based on extensive archival research, this critical biography presents numerous significant and previously ignored or unknown aspects of Bavink’s person and life story. A black-and-white photo insert is included.

    This volume complements other Baker Academic offerings on Bavinck’s theology and ethics, which together have sold 90,000 copies.

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  • History Of The Black Baptist Church

    $16.99

    The history of black people in the United States is a history of challenge and resilience, of suffering and solidarity, of injustice and prophetic resistance. It is a history steeped in the hope and strength that African Americans have derived from their faith in God and from the church that provided safety, community, consolation, and empowerment. In this new volume from pastor and scholar Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft, the history of the black Baptist church unfolds-from its theological roots in the Radical Reformation of Europe and North America, to the hush arbors and praise houses of slavery’s invisible institution, to the evolution of distinctively black denominations. In a wonderfully readable narrative style, the author relates the development of diverse black Baptist associations and conventions, from the eighteenth century through the twentieth century’s civil rights movement. Ideal for clergy and laity alike, the book highlights key leaders, theological concepts, historic events, and social concerns that influenced the growth of what we know today as the diverse black Baptist family of churches.

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  • God Has Chosen

    $30.00

    He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world . . . Among the traditional tenets of the Christian faith is the belief that God chooses or elects people for salvation. For some Christians, such an affirmation is an indication of God’s sovereign and perfect will. For others, such a notion is troubling for it seems to downplay the significance of human agency and choice. Throughout the church’s history, Christians have sought to understand the meaning of relevant biblical texts and debated this theological conundrum. With care and insight, theologian Mark Lindsay surveys the development of the Christian doctrine of election. After exploring Scripture on this theme, he turns to the various articulations of this doctrine from the early church fathers, including Augustine, and medieval theologians such as Aquinas, to John Calvin’s view, the subsequent debate between Calvinists and Arminians, and Karl Barth’s modern reconception of the doctrine. On this journey through the Bible and church history, readers will discover how Christians have understood the notion that God has chosen.

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  • Introduction To John Owen

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    Over 3 centuries since his passing, Puritan John Owen continues to impact readers through his writings. With over 8 million words published in 80 titles, his topics were as diverse as they were many, ranging from theological works to sociopolitical topics such as the proper nurture and education of children. An Introduction to John Owen by Crawford Gribben is a theological survey of these works, inviting readers to experience anew the grace of God as they go through the Christian life. For Owen, spiritual life was about increasing in grace and goodness, in fellowship with each member of the Trinity. This exploration captures the vision of the Christian life that Owen wished for his readers to have and distills it into an accessible companion volume.

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  • Retrieving Augustines Doctrine Of Creation

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    How might premodern exegesis of Genesis inform Christian debates about creation today? Imagine a table with three people in dialogue: a young-earth creationist, an old-earth creationist, and an evolutionary creationist. Into the room walks Augustine of Hippo, one of the most significant theologians in the history of the church. In what ways will his reading of Scripture and his doctrine of creation inform, deepen, and shape the conversation? Pastor and theologian Gavin Ortlund explores just such a scenario by retrieving Augustine’s reading of Genesis 1-3 and considering how his premodern understanding of creation can help Christians today. Ortlund contends that while Augustine’s hermeneutical approach and theological questions might differ from those of today, this church father’s humility before Scripture and his theological conclusions can shed light on matters such as evolution, animal death, and the historical Adam and Eve. Have a seat. Join the conversation.

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  • Questions Of Context

    $40.00

    The gospel is for every tribe, tongue, and nation (Revelation 7:9), but there is no single biblical or theological model for the relationship between the gospel and these diverse cultures. Indeed, every suggested approach carries its own range of philosophical and theological commitments that all too often remain unexamined. Contextualization is fraught with challenges-yet wrestling with questions of context is essential for how we understand mission, theology, and the embodiment of the Christian faith. German missiology has engaged these questions in a variety of ways that can both inform and critique Anglo-American traditions. In this compilation and analysis, John Flett and Henning Wrogemann translate and comment on a core thread of German missiological works, explaining both their historical and current significance. Drawn from journals and books across a century of academic discourse, these classic writings trace developments from Gustav Warneck, the father of contemporary missiology, through key thinkers such as Karl Hartenstein, who coined the term missio Dei, down to twenty-first century discussions of intercultural hermeneutics. Along the way they reveal advances, mistakes, and changing definitions as German missiologists interacted with the cultural and political realities of their time. This longitudinal study, showcasing many texts available in English for the first time, tackles the history and dynamics of contextualization head-on and sheds new light on the state of missiology today. We are reminded, Flett and Wrogemann argue, that we must keep working to honor difference within the worldwide Christian community as necessary to the fullness of our being in Christ.

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  • Forerunners Of The Faith Teachers Guide

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    The Christian faith extends beyond our personal experiences, our individual churches, and far beyond our present age. This, for the Christian, is great news. When we become acquainted with the legacy of our Christian heritage, we connect our stories to those of the faithful believers who have come before us.

    This connection is precisely what Nathan Busenitz, Dean of Faculty and professor of church history at The Master’s Seminary, seeks to provide. Based on the bestselling Fundamentals of the Faith, Forerunners of the Faith outlines the biblical orthodoxy that characterizes the true church. Busenitz succinctly identifies thirteen key lessons that capture the trials and triumphs of the historical Church, providing insights for how the ancient Christians responded to the problems of their day to become the pillars of faith we now consider them to be. Learn how your faith stands on the shoulders of giants like Athanasius, Augustine, and Wycliffe. As more than a didactic resource, Forerunners of the Faith serves as spiritual encouragement as we remember the legacy of God’s faithfulness to his people.

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  • History Of Apologetics

    $59.99

    Explore Apologetics through the Lives of History’s Great Apologists

    The History of Apologetics follows the great apologists in the history of the church to understand how they approached the task of apologetics in their own cultural and theological context. Each chapter looks at the life of a well-known apologist from history, unpacks their methodology, and details how they approached the task of defending the faith.

    By better understanding how apologetics has been done, readers will be better able to grasp the contextualized nature of apologetics and apply those insights to today’s context. The History of Apologetics covers forty-four apologists including:

    Part One: Patristic Apologists

    *Justin Martyr by Gerald Bray
    *Irenaeus of Lyons by Stephen O. Presley
    *Athenagoras of Athens by W. Brian Shelton
    *Tertullian of Carthage by Bryan M. Litfin
    *Origen by A. Chadwick Thornhill
    *Athanasius of Alexandria by Jonathan Morgan
    *Augustine of Hippo by Chad Meister

    Part Two: Medieval Apologists

    *John of Damascus by Daniel J. Janosik
    *Theodore Abu Qurrah by Byard Bennett
    *Timothy I of Baghdad by Edward L. Smither and Trevor Castor
    *Anselm of Canterbury by Edward N. Martin and Steven B. Cowan
    *Saint Thomas Aquinas by Francis J. Beckwith and Shawn Floyd
    *Ramon Lull by Greg Peters
    *Gregory Palamas by Byard Bennett

    Part Three: Early Modern Apologists

    *Hugo Grotius by Bryan Baise
    *Blaise Pascal by Tyler Dalton McNabb and Michael R. DeVito
    *Jonathan Edwards by Michael McClymond
    *William Paley by Charles Taliaferro
    *Joseph Butler by David McNaughton

    Part Four: 19th C. Apologists

    *Simon Greenleaf by Craig A. Parton
    *John Henry Newman by Corneliu C. Simut
    *Kierkegaard by Sean A. Turchin and Christian Kettering
    *James Orr by Ronnie Campbell
    *B. B. Warfield by Kim Riddlebarger

    Part Five: 20th C. American Apologists

    *J. Gresham Machen by D. G. Hart
    *Cornelius Van Til by K. Scott Oliphint
    *Gordon Haddon Clark by Robert A. Weathers
    *Francis A. Schaeffer by William Edgar
    *Edward John Carnell by Steven A. Hein

    Part Six: 20th C. European Apologists

    *A. E. Taylor by Michael O. Obanla and David Baggett
    *G. K. Chesterton by Ralph Wood
    *Dorothy Sayers by Amy Orr-Ewing
    *C. S. Lewis by Alister McGrath
    *Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Matthew D. Kirkpatrick
    *Lesslie Newbigin by Krish Kandiah

    Part Seven: Contemporary Apologists

    *John Warwick Montgomery by Craig A. Parton
    *Charles Taylor by Bruce Riley Ashford and Matthew Ng

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  • Christianity In North Africa And West Asia

    $39.95

    Christianity in North Africa and West Asia is a comprehensive reference work that covers key facts and analyses on every country in North Africa and West Asia, offering reliable demographic information and original interpretive essays by indigenous scholars and practitioners. It maps patterns of growth and decline, assesses major traditions and movements, analyzes key themes, and examines current trends.

    Ideal for anyone studying North African and West Asian Christianity, this volume examines key themes such as faith and culture, worship and spirituality, theology, social and political engagement, mission and evangelism, religious freedom, gender, interfaith relations, monastic movements and spirituality, displaced populations, Christian media, and ecclesiology.

    This volume is part of the Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity Series.

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  • Multitude Of All Peoples

    $35.00

    Christianity is not becoming a global religion. It has always been a global religion.

    The early Christian movement spread from Jerusalem in every direction, taking on local cultural expression all around the ancient world. So why do so many people see Christianity as a primarily Western, white religion? In A Multitude of All Peoples, Vince Bantu surveys the geographic range of the early church’s history, revealing an alternate, more accurate narrative to that of Christianity as a product of the Western world. He begins by investigating the historical roots of the Western cultural captivity of the church, from the conversion of Constantine to the rise of European Christian empires. He then shifts focus to the too-often-forgotten concurrent development of diverse expressions of Christianity across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. In the process, Bantu removes obstacles to contemporary missiological efforts. Focusing on the necessity for contextualization and indigenous leadership in effective Christian mission, he draws out practical lessons for intercultural communication of the gospel. Healing the wounds of racism, imperialism, and colonialism will be possible only with renewed attention to the marginalized voices of the historic global church. The full story of early Christianity makes clear that, as the apostle Peter said, God does not show favoritism, but accepts those from every people who fear him and do what is right.

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  • Epic : An Around The World Journey Through Christian History

    $19.99

    Each generation suffers from self-obsession, and we do well to keep one eye on the past, to consider not only where we wish to go, where we have been. Christianity has a long and storied past that testifies to God’s enduring grace, and even though so much of Christian history has passed away and many of its people and objects have been lost to time, a few precious relics and locations remain.

    As we consider these objects with careful eyes and look at them in their historical context, we find the beginnings of a story. Through thirty-three carefully selected objects, author and pastor Tim Challies introduces readers to the history of Christianity in a unique and creative way. It’s a story that tells us what God is accomplishing in this world, whether through princes or peasants, triumph or trial. Each of these objects offers us a tangible link between the present and the past, between the Christians of the twenty-first century and the Christians who lived and died in centuries past.

    In a few cases these objects are hidden away or in private collections, but more commonly they are there for all who wish to see them. Beginning with the relics of the earliest Christians, we journey through history to look at the importance of a peculiar scrawl of graffiti and the creedal significance of an otherwise unremarkable carving. We take a leap forward in time to consider the loving labor of monks and the martyrdom of Christians who called for reform long before the days of Luther. We look at pulpits and paintings and posters and pieces of machinery. And, of course, we look at books and the remains of books – for nothing has so charted and maintained the course of Christian history as its books.

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  • Inexplicable : How Christianity Spread To The Ends Of The Earth

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    A Trilogy Christian Publishing Title

    The name of Jesus and his teachings captured people’s hearts and minds throughout much of the world long before Christianity was legal. Long before armies and governments protected or supported it, and then long after Emperor Constantine’s reign as many leaders misused it for their own gains or religious views. Christianity also survived brutal persecutions during many centuries, including the present. Its growth seems inexplicable.

    While there are innumerable possible explanations for this, in the final analysis there are relatively few viable answers. One leading contender is that there really is something to the mystical power of the Holy Spirit, and the life-changing message of Jesus recorded in the New Testament. Another is, at the least billions of people have held passionate beliefs in Jesus’s miraculous powers over life and death, and his eternal promises. The Pew Research Center’s recent work supports the claim that Christianity is the only religion in the world with a major presence on every continent.

    Inexplicable traces this remarkable spread of Jesus’s followers, including many of the heroic actions from those believing in his deity, and those horrific actions of those misusing his teachings. The Gospel’s journey is ongoing, and its story remains an engaging one. From Coptic monasteries and the Roman Colosseum to a small church in Franklin, Tennessee or mega churches in Laos or Seoul, it’s a rich narrative. Whether standing in the Sistine Chapel, looking at a Nestorian stone in China, or a Christian school in Kigali, this narrative continues and here we provide its historic context.

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  • Color Of Compromise

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    An acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically–up to the present day–worked against racial justice. And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response.

    The Color of Compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don’t know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.

    The Color of Compromise
    *Takes you on a historical, sociological, and religious journey: from America’s early colonial days through slavery and the Civil War
    *Covers the tragedy of Jim Crow laws, the victories of the Civil Rights era, and the strides of today’s Black Lives Matter movement
    *Reveals the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about meaningful integration
    *Charts a path forward to replace established patterns and systems of complicity with bold, courageous, immediate action
    *Is a perfect book for pastors and other faith leaders, students, non-students, book clubs, small group studies, history lovers, and all lifelong learners

    The Color of Compromise is not a call to shame or a platform to blame white evangelical Christians. It is a call from a place of love and desire to fight for a more racially unified church that no longer compromises what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality. A call that challenges black and white Christians alike to standup now and begin implementing the concrete ways Tisby outlines, all for a more equitable and inclusive environment among God’s people. Starting today.

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  • Christianity In Sub Saharan Africa

    $39.95

    Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa is a comprehensive reference volume that covers key facts and analyses on every country in Sub-Saharan Africa, offering reliable demographic information and original interpretative essays by indigenous scholars and practitioners. It maps patterns of growth and decline, assesses major traditions and movements, analyzes key themes, and examines current trends.

    This is the paperback version of volume 1, of a 10-volume series, and it’s ideal for anyone studying African Christianity. It includes essays examining each of the major Christian traditions (Anglicans, Independents, Orthodox, Protestants, Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, Pentecostals/Charismatics), as well as key themes such as faith and culture, worship and spirituality, theology, social and political engagement, mission and evangelism, religious freedom, interfaith relations, slavery, anthropology of evil, and migration.

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  • Story Of Creeds And Confessions

    $34.99

    Creeds and confessions throughout Christian history provide a unique vantage point from which to study the Christian faith. To this end, Donald Fairbairn and Ryan Reeves construct a story that captures both the central importance of creeds and confessions over the centuries and their unrealized potential to introduce readers to the overall sweep of church history. The book features texts of classic creeds and confessions as well as informational sidebars. Additional resources are available through Baker Academic’s Textbook eSources.

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  • William Perkins Architect Of Puritanism

    $18.00

    Once a highly influential preacher in the Elizabethan church and the international Reformed world, William Perkins (1558-1602) has become a rather surprisingly neglected figure in church history. In this book, Joel Beeke, Sinclair Ferguson, Greg Salazar, Geoff Thomas, and Stephen Yuille seek to recover the importance of Perkins by situating his life, priorities, ministry challenges, and influence within their original seventeenth-century context. They help readers peer behind the veil to see the real Perkins as he contended for the faith and attempted to shepherd God’s people in the midst of profound challenges. This volume will be both a reservoir of theological and practical truth and will foster a greater experiential knowledge of and love for the great God whom William Perkins proclaimed and served.

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  • Puritan Workbook : To God’s Glory, Lessons On Puritanism (Workbook)

    $20.00

    This workbook has been designed to supplement the 35 video lessons on Puritan: All of Life to the Glory of God and is useful in a number of different contexts, including personal devotions, homeschooling, study groups, and Sunday School. Each chapter focuses on a particular lesson and is divided into five sections:

    *Meditate – Here you will find a Puritan quotation along with a pertinent passage of Scripture for meditation. Take a few minutes to prayerfully ponder the passage in this section and record any thoughts or applications that come to mind.

    *Learn – This section contains material on the subject covered in the video lesson. Some of this will be review from the lesson, but will also contain supplementary material to further whet your appetite for these rich themes.

    *Reflect – We have provided questions here for personal reflection and examination. This section is intended to help you digest the lesson material and apply it to your soul and life. We are after what the Puritans called experiential religion.

    *Discuss – Next are questions for group discussion, though they can also be used for personal study. This section aims to be less soul searching and more theological and practical, helping you think through the lesson material in its application to the church today.

    *Read – In this final section you will find a brief bibliography with some of the most helpful primary and secondary sources to pursue for further study. The goal of these lessons is not to be ends in themselves, but means to get you to read the Puritans for yourself, if you are not doing so already.

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  • Our Hands Are Stained With Blood Revised And Expanded Edition (Expanded)

    $16.99

    Every Christian must read this shocking account of the Church’s history.

    The pages of church history are marked by countless horrors committed against the Jewish people.

    From the first persecutions of the Jews in the fourth century to the horrors of the Holocaust, from Israel-bashing in today’s press to anti-Semitism spouted from the pulpit, this painful book tells the tragic story that every Christian must read.

    In this pivotal work, Dr. Michael Brown reflects on the Church’s past atrocities and exposes the skeletons in our closet. He reveals how seemingly innocent lines of thought have lead to unspeakable cruelties, why well-meaning citizens so often fall into the trap of hate… and how you can bring an end to the cycle of violence.

    This generation can make a difference. Now is time for change! Discover the important role you play in shaping the Church’s future, today.

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  • 5 Minutes In Church History

    $10.00

    The history of the church is filled with stories. Stories of triumph, stories of defeat, stories of joy, and stories of sorrow. These stories are a legacy of God’s faithfulness to His people. In this book, Dr. Stephen J. Nichols provides postcards from the church through the centuries. These snapshots capture the richness of Christian history with glimpses of fascinating saints, curious places, precious artifacts, and surprising turns of events. In exploring them, Dr. Nichols takes the reader on a lively and informative journey through the record of God’s providence to encourage, challenge, and enjoy. This is our story-our family history.

    THE CENTURIES OF CHURCH HISTORY GIVE US A LITANY OF GOD’S DELIVERANCES. GOD HAS DONE IT BEFORE, MANY TIMES AND IN MANY WAYS, AND HE CAN DO IT AGAIN. HE WILL DO IT AGAIN. AND IN THAT, WE FIND COURAGE FOR TODAY AND FOR TOMORROW.

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  • Meaning Of Protestant Theology

    $32.99

    This book offers a creative and illuminating discussion of Protestant theology. Veteran teacher Phillip Cary explains how Luther’s theology arose from the Christian tradition, particularly from the spirituality of Augustine. Luther departed from the Augustinian tradition and inaugurated distinctively Protestant theology when he identified the gospel that gives us Christ as its key concept. More than any other theologian, Luther succeeds in carrying out the Protestant intention of putting faith in the gospel of Christ alone. Cary also explores the consequences of Luther’s teachings as they unfold in the history of Protestantism.

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  • Grace Defined And Defended

    $19.99

    Christians love to celebrate grace, but often talk about it in vague generalities. But such an important biblical concept ought to be clearly defined so it can be consistently defended. In this book, best-selling author Kevin DeYoung points modern readers back to an old document originally written to do just that. Warmly pastoral and broadly accessible, this book introduces readers to the Canons of Dort, a 17th-century work summarizing the central doctrines of the Christian faith. Widely regarded as a key pillar of the Reformed tradition, the Canons of Dort stand as a faithful witness to God’s grace-offering a depth of understanding that the church still needs today. In three concise sections-covering history, theology, and practical application-DeYoung explores what led to the Canons and why they were needed, the five important doctrines that they explain, and Dort’s place in the Reformed tradition today.

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  • Balm In Gilead

    $28.00

    Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson is one of the most eminent public intellectuals in America today, and her writing offers probing meditations on the Christian faith. Based on the 2018 Wheaton Theology Conference, this volume brings together the thoughts of leading theologians, historians, literary scholars, and church leaders who engaged in theological dialogue with Robinson’s work–and with the author herself.

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  • Restless Faith : Holding Evangelical Beliefs In A World Of Contested Labels

    $19.99

    One of the most influential evangelical voices in America chronicles what it has meant for him to spend the past half century as a restless evangelical–a way of maintaining his identity in an age when many claim the label evangelical has become so politicized that it is no longer viable. Richard Mouw candidly reflects on wrestling with traditional evangelical beliefs over the years and shows that although his mind has changed in some ways, his core beliefs have not. He contends that we should hold on to the legacy that has enriched evangelicalism in the past. The Christian life in its healthiest form, says Mouw, is always a matter of holding on to essentials while constantly moving on along paths that we can walk in faithfulness only by seeking the continuing guidance of the light of God’s Word. As Mouw affirms the essentials of the evangelical faith, he helps a new generation see the wisdom embodied in them.

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  • ReGrace : What The Shocking Beliefs Of The Great Christians Can Teach Us To

    $15.99

    The church is tired of seeing Christians act ungraciously toward one another when they disagree. Social media has added to the carnage. Christians routinely block each other on Facebook because of doctrinal disagreements. The world watches the blood-letting, and the Christian witness is tarnished.

    But what if every Christian discovered that their favorite teacher in church history had blind spots and held to some false–and even shocking–views?

    Bestselling author Frank Viola argues that this simple awareness will soften Christians when they interact with each other in the face of theological disagreements. In ReGrace, he uncovers some of the shocking beliefs held by faith giants like C.S. Lewis, Luther, Calvin, Moody, Spurgeon, Wesley, Graham, and Augustine–not to downgrade or dismiss them, but to show that even the greats in church history didn’t get everything right. Knowing that the heroes of our faith sometimes got it wrong will empower us to treat our fellow Christians with grace rather than disdain whenever we disagree over theology.

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  • Unimaginable : What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity

    $15.99

    Is God dying? Some people think so–and more want it so. They say Christian beliefs and our way of life aren’t relevant anymore. But what critics, and even many churchgoers, don’t realize is the life-changing importance of Christianity.

    Showing how the world would be a dark place without Christianity, Unimaginable guides you through the halls of history to see how Jesus’s teachings dramatically changed our world and continue to be the most powerful force for good today. Learn how Christianity has stood against slavery, racism, eugenics, and injustices toward women and children why freedom as a universal value and modern education and legal systems owe much to Christianityhow Christians throughout the ages have demonstrated the value of human life by sacrificially caring for the sick, marginalized, and dying how people of faith are extending God’s kingdom through charities, mental health initiatives, and other ways.

    This provocative and enlightening book is sure to encourage believers and equip them to respond to doubters.

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  • Foxes Book Of Martyrs

    $15.99

    In 1563, John Foxe published an account of the life of Christian martyrs, beginning with Stephen, the first to die for the cause of Christ, and ending with the most recent martyrs of his day–Protestants killed during Bloody Mary’s reign. He knew that dangers lay in forgetting the martyrs–in being insensitive to their struggles. They faced torture and death in their fight of faith, willing to stand for their beliefs and the Word of God regardless of the price. The faithfulness of such historical figures as John Wycliffe, John Huss, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and so many others has given us our rich Christian heritage. Their courage and dedication inspire us to live for Christ today.

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  • Sola : How The Five Solas Are Still Reforming The Church

    $12.99

    Discover why the fundamentals of the Reformation still matter today

    Why do people get so excited about a bunch of Latin phrases, that some guys in Europe came up with 500 years ago? Sure, those five Latin phrases have defined Protestantism for those 500 years, but why do they matter today? To my church? For my life? What’s the big deal about all these solas anyway? These ones:
    *Sola scriptura-Scripture alone
    *Sola fide-Faith alone
    *Sola gratia-grace alone
    *Solus Christus-Christ alone
    *Soli Dei Gloria-To the glory of God alone?

    Sola is a winsome, inspiring introduction to these five pillars of the Reformation, showing not just what they are but why they’re important for the Christian life today. Edited and compiled by Jason Allen, Sola will illuminate these core truths that have been reforming the church all along. And it may just get you excited about nerdy Latin phrases too.

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  • 5 Events That Made Christianity

    $15.00

    With characteristic style, John Pritchard takes us on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, as he unpacks the five great events that made Christianity – Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost. We explore: What happened? What did it mean? What does it mean for us? Absorbing, immediate and full of stories, this volume offers deeply considered theology, brilliantly communicated to connect with life as we actually experience it.

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  • 7 Books That Rocked The Church

    $19.95

    7 Books That Rocked the Church, by Daniel Crane, explores controversial books throughout history that the Christian church has famously disavowed–and asks the question why?

    Engagingly written and thoughtfully researched, this book explores what the fuss was all about with books ranging in date from the second century after Christ to more contemporary authors. Books by Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Galileo Galilei, and many others profoundly upset the church by calling into question foundational Christian doctrines or beliefs. Most of the books discussed here were banned at some time by Christian authorities.

    The author’s aim is to challenge Christians to respond critically but open-mindedly to books that oppose a Christian worldview. Readers of 7 Books That Rocked the Church will come away better equipped to answer the charge that the church is intolerant of competing ideas. They will also develop the ability to interact with new and possibly dangerous ideas that comport with Jesus’ admonition to be wise as serpents but gentle as doves. This book also includes discussion questions for further study.

    1. Valentinus the Gnostic: Who Doesn’t Love a Conspiracy Theory? (Think The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown)

    2. Galileo Galilei: A Scandal of Religion, Science, and Politics

    3. Voltaire’s Candide, Enlightenment Rationalism, and the Church’s Thin Skin

    4. Darwin’s Origin of Species: The Many Faces of Evolutionary Theory

    5. Marx’s Communist Manifesto: The Red Bull of the Masses

    6. Sigmund Freud’s Ego

    7. Joseph Campbell: Christianity as an (Almost) Enlightened Myth (A book that strongly influenced George Lucas’s Star Wars films)

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  • Christianity In The Roman Empire

    $19.95

    We may have more in common with Christians of the early church than we realize.

    In Christianity in the Roman Empire, Robert Winn guides us through the history of Christianity from the first century to the years before Constantine. Winn bridges the gap between contemporary Christians and those who lived in the Roman Empire from AD 100-300, with engaging discussion questions and in-depth details about controversial topics (such as persecution and biblical interpretation) and figures of the time (such as Perpetua and Felicity, and Justin Martyr). This book will provide you with a deeper appreciation for the early Christians as you learn about their struggle in the face of cultural and societal pressures to build the faith community we have today.

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  • Triumphant Church : What Happens When Ordinary People Are Empowered By An E

    $14.99

    The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church.

    Countless attempts have been made to delegitimize the church’s influence, kill its progress, and stamp out its identity. Some Christians have become intensely critical and even fearful of what the twenty-first-century church is becoming, citing its lack of holiness, compassion, biblical literacy, relevance to the world, and more. The question must be asked: When has the church not faced tribulation?

    In The Triumphant Church, Tony Suarez declares that God trusts us with his church. He invites followers of Jesus to journey with him as he examines the book of Acts and the birth of Jesus’ glorious, triumphant church–full of flaws and imperfect people, yet beautifully and wonderfully made.

    The noise in the news that the church is in decline is simply not true. The body of Christ continues to grow and show that what God promises he fulfills. The church is God’s chosen vehicle to bring salvation to humankind.

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  • Jesus Is Risen

    $28.99

    He has examined Jesus Christ’s life, his divinity, and the prophecies that preceded him in the Old Testament. Now bestselling author David Limbaugh picks up after the Gospels in a captivating study of Jesus Christ’s legacy in the early church and the work of St. Paul.

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  • Puritan Heroes

    $25.00

    Looks at important English and American Puritans from the 16th century to the 18th century

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  • In The Year Of Our Lord

    $18.00

    The story of the church is important for Christians to know, for it contains rich and uplifting stories of God’s dealings with His people. Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson takes the reader on a tour of the Christian history, featuring stories and songs to give believers a sense of their place in God’s kingdom and to encourage them in their walk.

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  • Still Protesting : Why The Reformation Still Matters

    $18.00

    In this book, D. G. Hart investigates what was at stake in the sixteenth century and why Protestantism still matters. Of note is the author’s recognition that the Reformers addressed the most basic question that confronts all human beings: How can a sinner be right with and worship in good conscience a righteous God who demands sinless perfection? Protestants used to believe that this question, along with the kind of life that followed from answers to it, was at the heart of their disagreement with Rome. Still Protesting arises from the conviction that the Reformers’ answers to life’s most important questions, based on their study of the Bible and theological reflection, are as superior today as they were when they provided the grounds for Christians in the West to abandon the bishop of Rome.

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  • Essential Jonathan Edwards

    $22.99

    You’ve heard his name, you’ve probably heard your pastor quote him, but who is he really?

    250 years later, Jonathan Edwards, America’s consummate pastor-theologian, continues to capture the attention of Christians around the world. Yet Edwards left us over 1,200 sermons and thousands of pages of other publications, not to mention the literal thousands of books that have been written about Edwards since he died. Where does one even begin? That’s why we created the Essential Edwards Collection. It serves as a perfect introduction to Edwards’s life and thought. It explores Edwards day-to-day life, and his views on beauty, true Christianity, heaven and hell, and the good life. Strachan and Sweeney strike the perfect balance between necessary background information and giving Edwards’ own works room to speak.

    Whether you’re an Edwards fan already or only know Edwards because of that Angry God sermon, this book will lead you to drink deeply of Scripture and gaze longingly at God.

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  • Demanding Liberty : An Untold Story Of American Religious Freedom

    $18.00

    Religious liberty is one of the most contentious political issues of our time. How should people of faith engage with the public square in a pluralist era? Some citizens hope to reclaim a more Christian vision of national identity, while others resist any religious presence at all.

    This dispute is not new, and it goes back to the founding era of American history. As the country was being formed, some envisioned a Christian nation where laws would require worship attendance and Sabbath observance. Others advocated for a thoroughly secular society where faith would have no place in public life. But neither extreme won the day, thanks to the unsung efforts of a Connecticut pastor who forged a middle way.

    Historian Brandon O’Brien unveils the untold story of how religious liberty came to be. Between the Scylla and Charybdis of theocracy and secularism, Baptist pastor Isaac Backus contended for a third way. He worked to secure religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all Americans, not just for one particular denomination or religious tradition. Backus’s theological ideas had social consequences, giving us insights into how people of faith navigate political debates and work for the common good.

    Backus lived in an age of both religious revival and growing secularism, competing forces much like those at work today. Then and now, people fiercely argue about the role of government and the limits of liberty. The past speaks into the present as we continue to demand liberty and justice for all.

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  • McCheynes Dundee

    $20.00

    In the mid-nineteenth century, Dundee was gradually establishing itself as Scotland’s third-largest city, with a rapidly expanding economy. What most attracted observers’ attention, however, was the religious revival that began in the Fall of 1839 under the leadership of two relatively young and inexperienced ministers, Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843) and William Chalmers Burns (1815-1868). In McCheyne’s Dundee, historian Bruce McLennan ably traces the story of revival in this industrial Scottish seaport. After looking at the social and economic conditions of the city, as well as the significant religious issues of the day, he then considers McCheyne and Burns-their backgrounds, their brief ministries in Dundee, and their impact as God’s instruments of great spiritual blessing to the people of that city. McLennan concludes with an analysis of the reactions to the revival-both approbation and opposition- and the awakening’s long-term effects, which could still be seen a generation later.

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  • Gods Timeline : The Big Book Of Church History

    $19.99

    With colour illustrations, pictures, and pull-out timelines, this history book brings the church throughout the ages to life! Learn about the Early, Medieval and Missionary church, passing through key events such as the Council of Nicea and the Reformation – right through to the present day. Find out about the people God used and the impact they had on those around them – including us today!

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  • Revival Now : A Jesus Awakening

    $4.99

    In Christian history, no phenomenon is clearer than the recurrence of revivals. A passion for repentance sweeps across a city and those who had been unaware of the supernatural are now keenly aware of God’s presence. Gripped by conviction of wrongdoing, they throw everything aside and desperately search for a way of salvation.

    Our spiritual instincts are often clouded by worthless pursuits, but God is working through His laws for the salvation of His people and for the world’s good.

    Edited for today’s reader by Tom Phillips, Laws of Revival, written by James Burns in 1909, traces common characteristics of past revivals but shows us how our world today is ripe for a new, profound movement of God’s Spirit.

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  • Affectionate Theology Of Richard Sibbes

    $16.00

    In a time of political turmoil and religious upheaval, Richard Sibbes sought to consistently apply the riches of Reformation theology to his hearers’ lives. He emphasized the security of God’s covenant, the call for assurance of salvation, and the place of the heart in the Christian life. In The Affectionate Theology of Richard Sibbes, Dr. Mark Dever gives readers a penetrating look into the life and theology of this fascinating figure.

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  • Together On Gods Mission

    $14.99

    Together on God’s Mission investigates Southern Baptist history, showing how and why the Southern Baptist Convention came to embrace the vision of a cooperative denomination. It also explores how this vision has shaped denominational identity and structure. This historical study is followed by a discussion of the biblical description of how the mission of God determines the mission of the church. This study shows that God’s mission is not simply furthered by churches working together, but rather that cooperation between churches makes up a key component of God’s mission. Finally, the study concludes that the Southern Baptist Convention is uniquely positioned to enable churches to fully participate in God’s mission to redeem the nations and restore creation from the effects of the Fall.

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  • Martin Luther : The Man Who Rediscovered God And Changed The World

    $30.00

    On All Hallow’s Eve in 1517, a young monk named Martin Luther posted a document he hoped would spark an academic debate, but that instead ignited a conflagration that would forever destroy the world he knew. Five hundred years after Luther’s now famous Ninety-five Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas, acclaimed biographer of the bestselling Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future. Written in riveting prose and impeccably researched, Martin Luther tells the searing tale of a humble man who, by bringing ugly truths to the highest seats of power, caused the explosion whose sound is still ringing in our ears. Luther’s monumental faith and courage gave birth to the ideals of liberty, equality, and individualism that today lie at the heart of all modern life.

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  • Long Before Luther

    $13.99

    Where was the gospel before the Reformation?

    Contemporary evangelicals often struggle to answer that question. As a result, many Roman Catholics are quick to allege that the Reformation understanding of the gospel simply did not exist before the 1500s. They assert that key Reformation doctrines, like sola fide, were nonexistent in the first fifteen centuries of church history. Rather, they were invented by Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others.

    That is a serious charge, and one that evangelicals must be ready to answer. If an evangelical understanding of the gospel is only 500 years old, we are in major trouble. However, if it can be demonstrated that Reformers were not inventing something new, but instead were recovering something old, then key tenets of the Protestant faith are greatly affirmed. Hence, the need for this book.

    After reading Long Before Luther, readers will:
    *Possess a greater understanding of church history and the role it plays in the church today.
    *Have a deeper appreciation for the hard-won victories of the Reformation.
    *Be equipped to dialogue with Catholic friends about the presence of Reformed doctrines throughout church history.
    *Feel renewed gratefulness for the unearned nature of grace and the power of the gospel.

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  • Life And Times Of Martin Luther

    $18.00

    A fascinating look at the ideas that founded the Protestant Church Wittenberg, Germany, 1517: Martin Luther publishes 95 theses criticizing the practices of the Roman Catholic Church. With that one defiant act, a conflict begins-a conflict that will spark the Protestant Reformation and ultimately lead to the division of the Christian church. This sophisticated book commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by examining the details of Martin Luther’s life and his lasting legacy.

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  • 95 The Ideas That Birthed The Reformation

    $9.99

    In 1517, an unknown Augustinian monk, informed by his growing belief that salvation is by faith alone, published and distributed a stark criticism of papal abuses in the Catholic Church. In doing so, Martin Luther lit the spark for what would become the Protestant Reformation.

    What became known as the 95 Theses was a series of statements expressing concern with corruption within the Church, primarily the selling of indulgences to the people as a means covering them from their sins.

    For the 500th anniversary of Luther’s revolutionary writing, Whitaker House is combining each thesis with an excerpt from one of his later works to provide a convenient way to understand the ideas and concepts that became the seeds of the Protestant Reformation.

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  • Pentecost To Present Trilogy Set

    $49.99

    Complete set of Pentecost to the Present. The author has carefully researched what evidence and reports there were in the early Church, and found that far from dying out, the Pentecostal sparks continued to spread through the known world. These three volumes give documented historic evidence of signs, wonders and miracles, leading to a massive expansion of the Church to the present day. Book One: Prophetic and Spiritual Gifts Movements covers the period from the early Church through the Middle Ages when much of northern Europe was converted through miracle-working missionary monks.

    Book Two: Reformations and Awakenings covers the period from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century, including the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and how that affected Christianity both in Europe and the new World. Book Three: Worldwide Revivals and Renewal brings us up to the present day, sparked by the Welsh Revival of 1904-5 and Azusa Street in 1906 followed by the charismatic renewal and the global rise of Pentacostalism.

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  • Unreformed Martin Luther

    $16.99

    Will the real Martin Luther please stand up?

    After five hundred years of examining the life of the ?father of the Reformation,? we must surely know all there is to know about Martin Luther. But is that true?

    Did he really nail his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door?

    Did he throw an inkpot at the devil?

    Did he plant an apple tree?

    Did his wife escape her convent in a herring barrel?

    German radio and television journalist Andreas Malessa looks at the actual history of Luther and concludes that many of the tales we know best are nothing but nonsense.

    Diving gleefully into the research, Malessa investigates many of the falsehoods and fallacies surrounding the reformer, rejecting them in favor of equally incredible facts. Full of humor and irony, this book educates and entertains while demonstrating a profound respect for Luther’s life and mission.

    If you’re looking for the truth of the man behind the theses, come discover his faith and influence–with the myths stripped away.

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  • Pentecost To Present Book 3

    $19.99

    Without knowing the Holy Spirit’s work in history, we cannot possibly understand what He is doing today, much less prepare for what He will do.

    In this third and final installment, the reader will learn how Charles Parham founded the modern Pentecostal baptism with speaking in tongues, how Evan Roberts gained worldwide attention through the 1904-05 Welsh revival, and how William Seymour spearheaded an international Pentecostal movement from Azusa Street in Los Angeles in 1906. The reader will learn how Pentecostalism spawned new denominations, national and international ministries, global renewal movements, and inspired innovators to take modern revivalism to a whole new level. Then when Pentecostalism penetrated American Middle-class Protestantism, many observers began speaking of a third force in Christianity. Meanwhile, revolutionary changes in the Catholic Church opened the door for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Then, just as the charismatic movement was beginning to subside in America, it went global, as charismatic mega churches, Bible schools, and television networks took the message of renewal to the world. The twenty-first century has witnessed a dramatic shift in Christianity to the Southern Hemisphere fueled, in part, by the global rise of Pentecostalism, with many new movements on the horizon.

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  • Under Siege Mar

    $22.99

    Writing from the perspective of a student of life, history, law, politics, and theology, Don Hutchinson draws on all of these areas in ‘Under Siege’ to offer perceptive insight into the Christian Church of today’s Canada. The reader will receive the benefit of his thirty years of church leadership, Christian witness, constitutional law, and public policy experience to gain a practical understanding of how we, the Church, may cast the deciding votes on the future of Christianity in our constitutionally guaranteed ‘free and democratic society.’

    How did we get here? What happened to ‘Christian’ Canada? Do we not have ‘Charter’ rights like everyone else? What does the Bible say?

    Many Christians sense that an advancing secularism is trying to force upon Canadians a culture in which faith is meant to be private. Hutchinson presents historic, legal, and theological grounds for us not to hide our faith in stained-glass closets, but instead to enter Canada’s contested public space with confidence. Together as individual Christians, congregations, denominations, and para- congregational ministries, we are the Church in Canada. And together we have the capacity to impact the nation for God’s good, the good of our neighbours, and the good of ourselves. Will we?

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  • Pentecost To The Present Book 2

    $19.99

    Jesus once spoke of a time when men would sleep and an enemy would come and sow tares among the wheat. The Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the Modern Age were just such a time.

    In this second installment, the reader will learn how signs and wonders played roles in the foundations of nearly every new state church, Free Church, and denomination. How Catholicism countered with its own reformation that included a revival of mysticism, a new army of spiritual soldiers, and the discovery of the New World. How restorationist movements countered the intellectual revolutions of their day with revivals of faith in the supernatural. How a decade-long prayer meeting shaped the future of revivalism affecting both England’s Wesleyan Revival and America’s First Great Awakening. How the French Revolution replaced Christianity with liberalism as the world’s dominant ideology. How many Americans countered this new revolution with a Second Great Awakening. How Phoebe Palmer began the modern Holiness movement and Jeremiah Lanphier launched a worldwide Laymen’s Prayer Revival. How many Americans reunited after the Civil War with a series of Holiness Camp Meetings, followed by a similar Higher Life movement in Britain, and later, a new stream of American healing ministries.

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  • Path Of Christianity

    $65.00

    24 Chapters

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    John Anthony McGuckin, one of the world’s leading scholars of ancient Christianity, has synthesized a lifetime of work to produce the most comprehensive and accessible history of the Christian movement during its first thousand years. The Path of Christianity takes readers on a journey from the period immediately after the composition of the Gospels, through the building of the earliest Christian structures in polity and doctrine, to the dawning of the medieval Christian establishment. McGuckin explores Eastern and Western developments simultaneously, covering grand intellectual movements and local affairs in both epic scope and fine detail. The Path of Christianity is divided into two parts of twelve chapters each. Part one treats the first millennium of Christianity in linear sequence, from the second to the eleventh centuries. In addition to covering key theologians and conciliar decisions, McGuckin surveys topics like Christian persecution, early monasticism, the global scope of ancient Christianity, and the formation of Christian liturgy. Part two examines key themes and ideas, including biblical interpretation, war and violence, hymnography, the role of women, attitudes to wealth, and early Christian views about slavery and sexuality. McGuckin gives the reader a sense of the real condition of early Christian life, not simply what the literate few had to say. Written for student and scholar alike, The Path of Christianity is a lively, readable, and masterful account of ancient Christian history, destined to be the standard for years to come.

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