新書介紹: 不寬容的信仰?

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“持守信仰,反而讓基督徒互相傷害嗎?

聖經揭示天國的憲章,要基督徒作地上的鹽、世上的光。許多基督徒順服神的話,力圖翻轉世界,卻製造出諸多衝突與對立;也有許多意圖翻轉這世界的基督徒,小心避免粗暴地將信仰強加於世界。何者寬容?何者不寬容?世界常常看到基督徒從彼此相愛,變成彼此相愛相殺。

卡森這本《不寬容的信仰?》就是在探討「不寬容」這個導致教會出現衝突的癥結。最主要的原因,在於人們對「寬容」的定義出現了巨變。回顧人類歷史,卡森萃取出兩種寬容觀,一種是傳統的寬容觀念,另一種是近年才慢慢興起的新寬容觀。在傳統的寬容觀裡,對與錯的觀念是存在的,因此有時會暫時容錯,錯到逾越了界線才會不寬容地排拒錯誤。相反地,新寬容觀為要避免不寬容的排拒錯誤,便不分對錯接納「所有」言論。

卡森也說,新寬容觀看似寬大包容,實則是以「寬容與否」作為言論篩選的終極判準。吸納了新寬容觀作為核心價值的世界,一定會把事事較真的基督徒貼上「不寬容」的標籤。

身處這樣的世界,基督徒更應該認真地思考寬容的內涵,避免將寬容本身高舉為上帝,而是憑藉聖靈的智慧與合一,共同反思更好的實踐,在二十一世紀的今天展現屬神的寬容,向世界活出天國的光鹽生命。”

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新書介紹: 屬靈的撫育

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“今天的教會為什麼需要一本特別論及「姊妹門訓」的書呢? 根據提多書的背景,保羅了解到姊妹靈命的復興,必須靠姊妹來協助。 作者以提多書二章3-5節的吩咐為起點,帶領讀者仔細地觀察伊利莎伯與馬利亞的關係。教會中那些「才德的婦人」,年長、有信心且靈命成熟,能勸勉、裝備年輕的姐妹,以智慧來帶領她們為神的榮耀而活。本書看重婦女在屬靈撫育上的特質與責任,並發展出一種「生命對生命」的培育系統,它是跨越世代的傳承,能通行於四海。”

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Free eBook: Truths You Can Trust

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SBTS is offering a free download of their faculty’s newest book Truths You Can Trust; you can access it here.

“As secular culture becomes increasingly antagonistic to Christian faith and some theological institutions are lowering their convictional standards, the church needs a foundation of truth. In this book from SBTS Press, faculty members of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary offer 13 truths you can trust in life and ministry. Scholars like Thomas R. Schreiner, Stephen J. Wellum, and Donald S. Whitney write about theological disciplines ranging from systematic theology to counseling, and show how truth still matters.”

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新書介紹: 揭開奧秘

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“從亞當夏娃開始,直到最後一位先知,作者克羅尼帶領我們走一趟精彩的舊約之旅,使我們發現基督原來就在許許多多的舊約經文之中,真可惜我們以前沒有注意到!當你打開這本書,在這趟探險之旅中認識亞伯拉罕、雅各、摩西、約書亞、路得、大衛,以及其他的舊約人物時,你會碰到許許多多的驚喜,因為在這些故事之中,隱藏著許多有關耶穌的真理,使我們對祂的身份與主權有更深的認識。讓我們一起來揭開舊約的奧秘吧!”

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Free eBook: Unstuck

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For this month, The Good Book Company is offering a free download of Tim Lane’s Unstuck; you can access it here.

“Is there an area in your life that you want to change, but you don’t know how?

Is there a behavior that you’ve tried to stop, but you just can’t seem to do it?

Is there a negative thought pattern that you have attempted to move on from, but nothing you try ever works?

Is there a relationship that you want to repair, but despite all your best intentions, nothing seems to make things better?

In other words, do you want to change, but feel stuck?

Tim Lane takes you on a nine-step journey towards lasting change. This practical and biblical guidance recognizes that the path to lasting change can only be found by growing in grace as we look to Christ and are empowered by the Holy Spirit. So these steps are much more than self-help strategies: they are truths that are rooted in Scripture.

Whatever your struggle, this warm and encouraging book will empower you to break free from unwanted habits and behaviors that don’t seem to go away.

Use this book on your own, with a friend, or in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Each step ends with a “work it through” exercise to really help you put what you’re reading into practice, so that you can make a change in your life that lasts.

Whatever your struggle, this warm and encouraging book will help you to get unstuck as you look to Christ in the day-to-day pressures of life.”

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Free Audiobook: Competing Spectacles

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For the month of January, you can download Tony Reinke’s Competing Spectacles for free; you can access it here.

“We live in a world full of shiny distractions, faced with an onslaught of viral media constantly competing for our attention and demanding our affections. These ever-present visual ‘spectacles’ can quickly erode our hearts, making it more difficult than ever to walk through life actively treasuring that which is most important and yet invisible: Jesus Christ. In a journalistic style, Tony Reinke shows us just how distracting these spectacles in our lives have become and calls us to ask critical questions about what we’re focusing on. The book offers us practical steps to redirect our gaze away from the addictive eye candy of the world and onto the Ultimate Spectacle-leading to the joy and rest our souls crave.”

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新書介紹: 非死不可的門徒

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“刺激你的信仰腦細胞,顛覆你的門徒DNA ◎「每一次我禱告,我搖動祢的手……」這首詩歌為何會變「禁歌」? ◎上帝是「不聽禱告的上帝」?這是危言聳聽吧? ◎「今天的禱告會帶得很好耶!」請問怎樣是很好的禱告會? ◎「將最好的獻給主」,上帝還不一定簽收咧! ◎人生以「使命必達」為目的?小心落入現代文明病的陷阱喔! ◎不想用「成功神學」騙人,但「審判」又嚇跑一堆人,說實話難道錯了嗎? ◎開口閉口「神會帶領」,是尊重神的主權,還是推卸自己的責任啊? ◎「宗教都是勸人為善的。」古往今來這句話澆息多少傳福音的熱情?且看劉曉亭如何讓它照妖鏡!

禱告、敬拜、傳福音,這些基本的門徒操練固然重要,但若未經檢視、慎思明辨,很容易就流於形式或自我中心,產生以上種種怪現象。結果,跟隨耶穌的門徒一不小心就變「山寨」,麥子變稗子,「非死不可」變成「必死無疑」。

劉曉亭牧師,累積二十年「劉三講古」的經驗,擅長說故事,喜歡領人認識耶穌。進入網路時代,與時俱進,在facebook發表文章,專挑信仰中最尖銳嗆辣的問題,進行每天一篇信仰答客問。本書收錄40篇精彩文章,幫助讀者重新聚焦於耶穌,校正你我的門徒方位。學作門徒不再是信仰的大悶鍋,而是活出健康整全的生命!”

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