"I found myself joining in his joyful 'Amen!' to all of the promises that we have in Jesus Christ." --Michael Horton In this rich collection of sermons, John Webster considers the power of the gospel and the truth of God's grace.
Author: John Webster
Publisher: Lexham Press
"I found myself joining in his joyful 'Amen!' to all of the promises that we have in Jesus Christ." --Michael Horton In this rich collection of sermons, John Webster considers the power of the gospel and the truth of God's grace. Born from years of theological and biblical study, these reflections serve to challenge, stimulate, and inspire, demonstrating the grace of God at work in the complexities of life. By pointing us toward Christ, Confronted by Grace helps us grow in our understanding of the truth of the gospel.
Perkins and his contemporaries were confronted by the problem of reconciling
grace and freedom, rather different from the issues encountered by the
Reformers. Luther and Calvin, in particular, had rather bluntly, even
Author: Richard A. Muller
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Grace and Freedom addresses the issue of divine grace in relation to the freedom of the will in Reformed or "Calvinist" theology in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. It focuses on the work of the English Reformed theologian William Perkins, especially his role as an apologist of the Church of England, defending its theology against the Roman Catholic polemic, and specifically against the charge that Reformed theology denies human free choice. Perkins and his Reformed contemporaries affirm that salvation occurs by grace alone and that God is the ultimate cause of all things, but they also insist on the freedom of the human will and specifically the freedom of choice in a way that does not conform to modern notions of "libertarian freedom" or "compatibilism." In developing this position, Perkins drew on the thought of Reformers such as Peter Martyr Vermigli and Zacharias Ursinus, on the nuanced positions of medieval scholastics, and several contemporary Roman Catholic representatives of the so-called "second scholasticism." His work was a major contribution to early modern Reformed thought both in England and on the continent. His influence in England extended both to the Reformed heritage of the Church of England and to English Puritanism. On the continent, his work contributed to the main lines of Reformed orthodoxy and to the piety of the Dutch Second Reformation.
Every exercise of learning confronts its own 'context of otherness', requiring
efforts of the memory and imagination ... of faith one is confronted by the
surprising movement of grace, a revelation that stills practice into silence and
Author: Michael Barnes
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Whereas much theology of religions regards 'the other' as a problem to be solved, this book begins with a Church called to witness to its faith in a multicultural world by practising a generous yet risky hospitality. A theology of dialogue takes its rise from the Christian experience of being-in-dialogue. Taking its rise from the biblical narrative of encounter, call and response, such a theology cannot be fully understood without reference to the matrix of faith that Christians share in complex ways with the Jewish people. The contemporary experience of the Shoah, the dominating religious event of the 20th Century, has complexified that relationship and left an indelible mark on the religious sensibility of both Jews and Christians. Engaging with a range of thinkers, from Heschel, Levinas and Edith Stein who were all deeply affected by the Shoah, to Metz, Panikkar and Rowan Williams, who are always pressing the limits of what can and cannot be said with integrity about the self-revealing Word of God, this book shows how Judaism is a necessary, if not sufficient, source of Christian self-understanding. What is commended by this foundational engagement is a hope-filled 'waiting on grace' made possible by virtues of empathy and patience. A theology of dialogue focuses not on metaphysical abstractions but on biblical forms of thought about God's presence to human beings which Christians share with Jews and, under the continuing guidance of the Spirit of Christ, learn to adapt to a whole range of contested cultural and political contexts.
This work is foundational for those who are just beginning their Christian experience as well as the well-informed Bible student who is interested in effective evangelism and the topic of salvation.
Author: Anthony B. Badger
This work is foundational for those who are just beginning their Christian experience as well as the well-informed Bible student who is interested in effective evangelism and the topic of salvation. It's the ideal book for college and seminary level courses on Soteriology in that it gives a lesser known, but extensively biblical, view of the so-called “Doctrines of Grace,” as taught by Reformed Theology and identified by the acronym known as TULIP (i.e., Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints). Dr. Badger exposes these teachings for what they are: the abhorrent doctrinal results of the Reformation. In the attempt to reform the Roman Catholic Church a line of thought known as Calvinism, Five Point Calvinism, or Dortian Calvinism developed throughout Europe and England. And for nearly 500 years since Calvinism has run rampant over the teachings of the Bible. John Calvin, one of the leading Reformers followed Augustine's ideas of God's having decisively and unconditionally selected some people, but not others, for eternal salvation. Calvin popularized the notion and it became the skeleton over which the other dogmas were hung for a period of about three-quarters of a century until it was finally solidified at the Synod of Dort, Netherlands, in 1619. The Five Points of Calvinism have become the heart and soul of classical Reformed Theology to this day.Dr. Badger first explains the manner in which theology and truth claims may properly be approached, followed by a brief chapter on the history of the leaders of the Reformation. A biblical view of sin and guilt is then presented, followed by a chapter on the Calvinist's unbiblical view of man's Total Inability to believe the gospel offer. He explains why Total Depravity is not Total Inability to believe and why such teaching obscures the true nature of man as a bearer of the image of God Himself. Two chapters are devoted to the doctrine of Election and include an explanation of the Calvinist and Arminian views on the matter. Two possible alternative Free Grace solutions on the subject are given, the second of which is favored by the author. Dr. Badger then addresses the doctrine of Limited Atonement and shows it to be an unnecessary fabrication that merely concurs with Calvin's other notions of man's inability to believe and God's supposed election of only some. A chapter on the supposed imposition of Irresistible Grace by the Holy Spirit (Regeneration) prior to one's faith is shown to be anti-biblical, unreasonable, and, again, unnecessary except to uphold the other four points. The doctrine that Saint (believers) must Persevere in the Christian faith and in holiness until the end of their lives to be assured of a heavenly destiny is also exposed as a malevolent attempt to herd the “sheep” in good direction but by the use of a bad method. Threatening expulsion to Hell is not a proper method for discipleship, is legalistic, and is similar to someone saying that “the floggings will continue until the morale improves!” In all of this, Dr. Badger explains the Arminian position, as well, and shows where they also fall short of a biblical understanding. Six helpful appendices and a scriptural index follow the ten information filled chapters.Underlying the logical evaluations and biblical solutions in this work is a solidly biblical Free Grace foundation. Free Grace Theology presents God's offer of everlasting life as a free gift to anyone who believes in Jesus for it. Salvation is by God's grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (really alone!). Discipleship is to follow in the Christian life, but the results of one's Christian walk will vary on an individual basis, but at no time is one's performance a criterion for receiving the free gift of eternal life or for either retaining or proving it. Calvinistic TULIP is here not only confronted and challenged, but absolutely terminated.
"Your—Grace!" Table of Contents "Come with me, Gerald, to Dunstan's Wolde,"
said my lord, as they sat together that ... He was neither elated nor depressed, but
found himself confronting fancies he had not confronted before, and at times ...
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
"A Lady of Quality" – Set in the 17th century England, the novel relates the life of young Clorinda, girl raised by her harsh and utterly disreputable father. He forces to wear boys clothes, teaches her to ride horse like a man, her language is crass and her behavior is unconventional for a lady. Tired of such life, Clorinda decides she must change if she wants to attract a decent man and provide a decent life for herself. When she does meet a man she thinks is good for her, the trouble appears in the form of a former lover she no longer wants. "His Grace of Osmonde" is the sequel to A Lady of Quality. Duke Gerald of Osmond is a well-built, handsome, gracious, and kind nobleman who has all the gifts nature can bestow. When he sets his eyes on Clorinda for the first time, she is a gorgeous mess – the swearing, boisterous tomboy daughter of a reckless and wasteful father. Gerald is patient, knowing that fate and nature will tame her and bring them together, but he also fears that his futur bride will be ruined by the world before she settles with him.
In what he went on to say he perhaps touched on the difficulties that faced the
portrait painters : ' She is a little , simple , modest young woman ... 27 Portrait
painters were not accustomed to confront sitters of Grace ' s ' station and
Author: Hugh Cunningham
Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum
The extraordinary story of how and why Grace Darling became a major celebrity and what has happened to her fame in the years since her tragic early death in 1842
Alone, unworthy, and afraid to love again, Grace can count a thousand reasons why she should not let anyone else into her heart.
Author: Dana Beachy
Publisher: Tate Pub & Enterprises Llc
Alone, unworthy, and afraid to love again, Grace can count a thousand reasons why she should not let anyone else into her heart. Seventeen-year-old Grace's life is turned upside down when she is sent to live with a Christian foster family on a Wyoming ranch. Along her tumultuous journey to belonging, she is confronted with God's grace, an unexpected love story, and a choice. Is the beauty of surrender worth the pain?
This story is about one woman's unlikely road to motherhood. Finally, it's a book about the "undeserved gift which is life itself." It's the story of "Finding Grace." Donna VanLiere has entertained millions with her inspirational stories.
Author: Donna VanLiere
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Finding Grace is the powerful, often humorous, and deeply moving story of one woman's journey of broken dreams. It is the story of how a painful legacy of the past is confronted and met with peace. This book is for anyone who has struggled to understand why our desires— even the simplest ones—are sometimes denied or who has questioned where God is when we need him most. This story is about one woman's unlikely road to motherhood. Finally, it's a book about the "undeserved gift which is life itself." It's the story of "Finding Grace." Donna VanLiere has entertained millions with her inspirational stories. In her new book, she gives us a candid look into her own life, a life filled with suffering and pain, but one that ultimately finds peace with itself.
She has to face up to the truth or continue to live a lie - but the choice is not straightforward. Grace is an intimate portrayal of violence, both personal and political, and its legacy on one person’s life.
Author: Boswell, Barbara
Publisher: Modjaji Books
Family secrets run deep for Grace, a young girl growing up in Cape Town during the 1980s, spilling over into adulthood, and threatening to ruin the respectable life she has built for herself. When an old childhood friend reappears, Grace’s memories of her childhood come rushing back, and she is confronted, once again, with the loss that has shaped her. She has to face up to the truth or continue to live a lie - but the choice is not straightforward. Grace is an intimate portrayal of violence, both personal and political, and its legacy on one person’s life. It meditates on the long shadow cast by personal trauma, showing the inter-generational imprint of violence and loss on people’s lives.
CONFRONTING CHURCH COMPROMISE “ I do not make void the grace of God ;
for if righteousness come by the law , then Christ is dead in vain ” ( 2 : 21 ) .
confronting a brother face to face concerning comproLmise is never easy or
Author: David Maurice Levy
Contending for the Faith in the Face of CompromiseIt's amazing how even the littlest misunderstanding about God's grace can complicate the Christian life. when we lack peace, joy, or victory in our walk with Christ, oftentimes it's because we're not clear on how God's grace works in our lives.In some cases, the little misunderstandings can lead to more tragic results. It's safe to say that much incorrect Bible teaching and most cults get their start from the same place: an erroneous view of God's grace.Grace is a word we all hear frequently. We cannot help but sense there is something very special about God's grace. But do we really know what it is? And how it changes our lives?That's what the book of Galatians is all about. The book of Jude goes a step further and tells the results of those who stray from the gospel of grace. And both are brought together in David Levy's book, Guarding the Gospel of Grace: Contending for the Faith in the Face of Compromise. Don't miss out on the difference that God's grace can make in your life . . . it's nothing less than amazing!
grace. Confronted with serious disability, many of us have a strong feeling of '
there but for the grace of God, go I'. The theologian John Hull has done more
than most to challenge this. As a young lecturer in religious education at
Author: Robin Gill
Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian
A Sense of Grace contains a meditation for each day of Lent, together with a stimulating reading from Scripture, stories and anecdotes. God's grace is the central theme for these meditations - grace as it breaks through into our everyday lives. Robin Gill finds grace within family life, being a grandparent, music, in times of evil and pain, in changed lives, weakness, struggle, the Gospels and the cross. Weekly themes are: Airs and graces; Graceful living; There but for grace; Surprised by grace; Saved by grace; Amazed by grace