New Book: Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church

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“Capitol Hill Baptist Church associate pastor Michael Lawrence contributes to the IXMarks series as he centers on the practical importance of biblical theology to ministry. He begins with an examination of a pastor’s tools of the trade: exegesis and biblical and systematic theology. The book distinguishes between the power of narrative in biblical theology and the power of application in systematic theology, but also emphasizes the importance of their collaboration in ministry.

Having laid the foundation for pastoral ministry, Lawrence uses the three tools to build a biblical theology, telling the entire story of the Bible from five different angles. He puts biblical theology to work in four areas: counseling, missions, caring for the poor, and church/state relations. Rich in application and practical insight, this book will equip pastors and church leaders to think, preach, and do ministry through the framework of biblical theology.”

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New DVD: The Bible (Miniseries)

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“From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes The Bible – an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television event is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.”

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2014 Lent Devotionals

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As we enter into the Lenten season today, let us be reminded of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection which has purchased our salvation. There are many websites offering devotionals including those listed below:

Bible Gateway – http://www.biblegateway.com/lent-devotions

PTS Lent Devotional – http://www.pts.edu/Lent_2014

TSM Lent Devotional – http://www.tsm.edu/lent2014

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新書介紹: 耶穌的群體 – 使徒行傳新視野

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“聖靈的能力降臨在耶穌的群體之中,從耶路撒冷、猶太全地和撒馬利亞,直到地極,我們是耶穌的見證。

品嚐千層派,需要品 嚐者的用心。除了知道裡頭運用的素材之外,烘焙師傅用了怎樣的手法□平?反覆折疊了幾次?是品嚐千層派可以試著知道的事。他不一定要把每一層單獨剝開仔細 測量厚度,卻會因著對於烘焙師傅技法的明瞭,以致能帶著欣喜與驚奇,品嚐千層派巧妙層疊的口感和香氣。

閱讀使徒行傳,同樣需要讀者的細心,才能完整咀嚼使徒行傳整體的豐富信息。除了針對歷史背景的探究之外,路加使用了怎樣的筆法撰寫?與前傳「路加福音」的關聯性如何?在羅馬帝國的社會處境中要傳遞給信徒的信息是什麼?這些對於讀者來說,都是相當必要的提問。

作者曾思瀚博士在本書的研究,正能幫助華人讀者深入體會路加的用心。他以路加福音的平行經文作為使徒行傳敘事的註釋,也以路加福音和使徒行傳敘 事之間的互動題旨,來相互詮釋。如此一來,能夠對於路加著作產生整體一貫的解讀,使得使徒行傳的信息益發清楚;更重要的是,讀者將會發現路加是如此喜愛使 用文學上的平行手法,不僅可以看到使徒行傳人物間的平行事蹟,更是看到這些人物與路加福音中耶穌的平行,而教會的成長軌跡亦是仿效著基督!讀者將會明白路 加文學上的平行,是為了提醒第二代基督徒所具有的全新身分而出現,他們的身分並非只是隸屬某個新的社團或組織,而是彌賽亞自己的具體化。

曾博士有如一位超級美食家,建議讀者把路加福音和使徒行傳當作單一的敘事來品嚐,以宏觀和整全的角度來統合歷史、神學和文學三種解讀角度,產生對於使徒行傳中故事情節、經文含義和神學反思的深刻理解,是當代華人讀者研讀使徒行傳不可或缺的重要參考。”

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New Book: When Helping Hurts – How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself

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“Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. Don’t let this happen to you, your ministry or ministries you help fund! A must read for “anyone” who works with the poor or in missions, When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications. The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel.

‘Initial thoughts’ at the beginning of chapters and ‘reflection questions and exercises’ at the end of chapters assist greatly in learning and applying the material. A situation is assessed for whether relief, rehabilitation, or development is the best response to a situation. Efforts are characterized by an ‘asset based’ approach rather than a ‘needs based’ approach. Short term mission efforts are addressed and economic development strategies appropriate for North American and international contexts are presented, including microenterprise development.”

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