Free Course: Justification by Faith Alone

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Ligonier Connect is offering a new course “Justification by Faith Alone” taught by R.C. Sproul and moderated by Tim Challies. Besides getting to watch the videos, there will be weekly Google hangouts to discuss the material and at the end of the course class members will receive a hard copy of The Truth of the Cross for free. Join the class now as it begins next week; you can sign up here.

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新書介紹: 頑石點頭

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“本書共分為三部分 – 門徒彼得、使徒彼得和結論。賴若瀚牧師以豐富和充實的內容編排,以精闢的分析和見解闡釋彼得的生平。作者認為彼得是新約聖經最具特色的人物,他的生命經歷有非常濃厚的戲劇性。他那徹頭徹尾的人性,將智慧與魯鈍、勇敢與懦怯、自信與易變、開放與頑強夾雜在一身;再加上他顯而易見的軟弱、如鐘擺一般的極端表現,讓人一下子就可以與他認同,而且在不知不覺間就被他吸引。然而,讀彼得生平最大的收穫還不止於此,他的一生正是神無盡的恩惠、智慧與權能的彰顯,神透過軟弱的他成就神國度的大事。”

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Free eBook: Believing Prayer

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For those who want to learn more about prayer and faith, Andrew Murray’s Believing Prayer is available for free download here.

Believing Prayer combines two of Andrew Murray’s short studies on prayer, originally titled Have Faith in God and In My Name. This updated volume brings spiritual truth and profound insight to a new generation of readers while staying true to Murray’s classic simplicity and original message.”

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新書介紹: 信仰你答我問

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“人類天生就有求知求真的渴求,但在尋求真善美的過程當中又不時會落於那些講求簡單、方便、快捷的陷阱當中。這個互相矛盾的狀況,在基督教群體中亦為常見。信徒慣於接受那些既定的信仰答案,然後又以這些過於簡化、缺乏理據的信仰答案來回應別人,這樣不但叫信徒未能在自己委身的信仰中得以成長,更叫那些希望尋求真理的人未能對信仰得到充分的理解,甚至在誤會中放棄進入、或繼續尋求這個基督信仰。

 奧爾森(Roger E. Olson)的《信仰你答我問》正是要回應這個問題。作為一位神學家、一位在大學當中培訓事奉者的神學教授,並一位牧者,他深切體會那些過於簡化、不假思索的傳統信仰答案往往把信徒捆綁於那些自相矛盾的困局之中,又叫那些正在尋求信仰的人未能認識基督信仰的真正面貌。奧爾森希望透過此書,能推動信徒更多思考信仰問題,並透過提問去經常反思那些既定的信仰答案,從而去尋求那更符合聖經,又更能為人所理解的信仰回應。
本書的十個篇章,分別列舉了十個常見的信仰濫調:「這是個奧秘,只管接受」、「一切都在神的控制之下」、「耶穌就是答案」、「答案盡在聖經」、「神對你的生命有完美的計劃」、「神助自助者」、「耶穌快來」、「罪無大小之分」、「不要論斷」及「金錢非萬惡,只視乎我們怎樣用」。奧爾森的用意,不在於處理信仰中的所有難題,亦非只是為了表現自己的神學操藝而對信仰作出無謂的攻撃;他用心良苦,為要提供一個練習的機會,讓信徒學習對那些流行的信仰語句,作出進一步的思考,並按照聖經嘗試建構出更為合理、和更為人所能明白的概念。
在《信仰你答我問》中,奧爾森深入淺出地就這十個信仰濫調作出提問,當中沒有深奧難明的神學辭彙,卻見活潑、具體的生活性例子,叫讀者易於明白那些潛藏於這些陳腔濫調中的問題,和當中可能的出路。在行文中間,他更不時鼓勵讀者,對這些可能的出路再作出進一步提出問題和思考,以建立一個著重反思的基督信仰。
奧爾森在《信仰你答我問》的最後部分,以「持續尋問,卻又依然深信」作為結語的標題,正好表達了他對基督信仰那份充滿信心的堅持和鍥而不捨的追求。這是本書的核心精神,亦是奧爾森最希望能夠透過這書而傳遞給信徒的信息。”

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Free eBook: Franchising McChurch

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For those interested in learning how consumerism has affected many North American churches, you can download Thomas White and Jon Mark Yeat’s Franchising McChurch for free here.

“We live in a fast-food nation, where the service is efficient, the products are peer-tested, and size is king. And this consumer-driven approach is seeping into the church.

Across the country, churches are creating entertaining, pop culture-savvy services that feel more market-driven than ministry. On the menu? A proven blend of dynamic music, high-tech dazzle, and topical teachings. And just like any successful product, churches are launching campuses that build on their brand.

But is the franchised church of today leading to the disenfranchised believers of tomorrow? Though thousands flock to these services, how many lives are truly being changed? Have we traded real truth for relevancy?

Franchising McChurch takes an honest look at the rise of consumer-minded ministries. Authors Thomas White and John Yeats tackle a spiritual shift that is raising provocative issues such as:

The blurry line between entertainment and evangelism
A marketing approach to ministry
The warped yardstick for measuring church success
Feel-good messages that avoid tough truths

Candid and compelling, Franchising McChurch calls us back to the heart of Christ’s church, and shares the Biblical design for delivering meaningful, life-changing ministry in a fast-food world.”

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Free eBook: Practicing Affirmation

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Crossway is offering a free eBook copy of Practicing Affirmation in exchange for a short survey here.

“It happens in marriages, parent-child relationships, friendships, workplaces, and churches: Communication falters, friendships wane, teenagers withdraw, marriages fail, and bitter rifts sever once-strong ties. Christian communities are no exception. Why do so many of our relationships suffer from alienation, indifference, and even hostility?

Author Sam Crabtree believes that often at the heart of these breakdowns is a lack of affirmation. He observes in Scripture that God grants mercy to those who refresh others, and in life that people tend to be influenced by those who praise them. Crabtree shows how a robust “God-centered affirmation ratio” refreshes others and honors God.

Practicing Affirmation sounds a call to recognize and affirm the character of Christ in others. When done well, affirmation does not fuel pride in the person, but refreshes them and honors God. All who are discouraged in relationships will find wisdom and practical insight in this book.”

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Free eBook: When There Are No Easy Answers

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For those hoping to read more on the topic of suffering, John Feinberg’s When There Are No Easy Answers is available for free download here.

How can a God of love allow terrible things to happen in our lives?

Christians often assume they’re equipped to deal with tragedy if it enters their lives, but like most people, think it never really will. What happens, then, when we follow God’s will to the best of our abilities and heartbreak strikes? Do we mean it when we implore “Have Thine own way, Lord” or does that only apply in times of blessings or small, manageable hurts?

John Feinberg knows that conundrum intimately. In 1987 his beloved wife was diagnosed with an incurable, genetically transmitted disease. They were immediately challenged in their faith and their approach to God’s goodness in the face of the evil of suffering. More, they discovered just how little their Christian community understood about how to support people in crisis.

When There Are No Easy Answers considers the problem of grief from every angle, just as the Feinbergs walked through it in their journey. It confronts the question of justice, examines the nature of God, and argues for the reality of grace. Feinberg explores the biblical reasons against the use of traditional clichés and platitudes, especially by those in ministry, and lays out alternatives that can actually comfort and encourage the person who is struggling or grieving.”

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