New Book: Good and Angry

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“Something that matters to you just isn’t right. First you see the problem, then you feel it. It starts with a rush of adrenaline and often a rush of words, but it ends with an overwhelming sense of irritation that impacts how we talk to those we live and work with, complaining,and maybe even a settled bitterness to a person or a group of person. We know anger affects us negatively, but we don’t know any other way to respond when life goes wrong.

Good and Angry, a groundbreaking new book from David Powlison, contends that anger is more than a problem to solve. Anger is our complex human response to things we perceive as wrong in a complex world, thus we must learn how to fruitfully and honestly deal with it. Powlison undertakes an in-depth exploration of the roots of anger, moral judgment, and righteous response by looking in a surprising place: God’s own anger.

Powlison reminds us that God gets angry too. He sees things in this world that aren’t right and he wants justice too. But God’s anger doesn’t devolve into manipulation or trying to control others to get his own way. Instead his anger is good and redemptive. It causes him to step into our world to make wrongs right, sending his own Son to die so that we can be reconciled. He is both our model for change and our power to change.

Good and Angry sets readers on a path toward a faithful and fruitful expression of anger, in which we return good for evil and redeem wrongs. Powlison offers practical help for people who struggle with irritation, complaining, or bitterness and gives guidance for how to respond constructively when life goes wrong. You, your family, and your friends will all be glad that you read this book.”

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New Book: Love Thy Body

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“Why the call to Love Thy Body? To counter a pervasive hostility toward the body and biology that drives today’s headline stories:

Transgenderism: Activists detach gender from biology. Kids down to kindergarten are being taught their body is irrelevant to their authentic self. Is this affirming–or does it demean the body?

Homosexuality: Advocates disconnect sexuality from biological identity as male or female. Is this liberating–or does it denigrate biology?

Abortion: Supporters say the fetus is not a person, though it is biologically human. Does this mean equality for women–or does it threaten the intrinsic value of all humans?

Euthanasia: Those who lack certain cognitive abilities are said to be human but not persons. Is this compassionate–or does it ultimately put everyone at risk?

In Love Thy Body, bestselling author Nancy Pearcey goes beyond politically correct slogans with a riveting exposé of the dehumanizing worldview that shapes current watershed moral issues.

Pearcey then turns the tables on media boilerplate that misportrays Christianity as harsh or hateful. A former agnostic, she makes a surprising and persuasive case that Christianity is holistic, sustaining the dignity of the body and biology.

Throughout she entrances readers with compassionate stories of people wrestling with hard questions in their own lives–their pain, their struggles, their triumphs.”

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New Book: Sipping Saltwater

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“A unique angle on the problem of idolatry and how it affects Christians, particularly in our contemporary culture of numerous hidden idols.

The uniqueness of this book comes in the metaphor of sipping saltwater. Even as Christians, we ‘sip’ on idols such as money, relationships, careers, sex, food, human approval…the list is endless. These things promise to satisfy us—to quench our thirst. In the end, however, they fail to do so and leave us thirstier than we were before drinking them. To make matters worse, we are left with devastating hangovers—the negative consequences of our idolatry.

This book enables readers to identify their own source(s) of saltwater and explains how to quench their thirst with Jesus’ living water—the only drink that will ever truly satisfy us both now and for eternity. It inspires readers to go on in the Christian life as they started—by making Jesus the centre of our lives and giving our worship to him.”

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New Book: Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side

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Empower Your Kids to Respond Well to the Hard Questions That Threaten Their Faith

It’s no secret that children of all ages are being exposed to negative criticism of Christianity as they spend time at school, with friends, or online. Are you prepared to talk with your kids about how they can effectively answer the tough questions that come their way?

In Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side, you’ll find 40 of the most common challenges kids face—along with clear, easy-to-understand responses you can discuss together. This book will help you…

 

  • encourage open dialogue on issues your kids might hesitate to talk about
  • replace your children’s doubts with the confidence only God’s truth can give
  • equip your kids to build the good thinking skills essential for today”

 

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新書介紹: 逆道 – 路加福音品讀

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“「我來要把火投在地上,如果燒了起來,那是我所願意的。我有應當受的浸,我是多麼迫切地期待這事完成。你們以為我來是要地上有和平嗎?不是的,我告訴你們,是要有紛爭。」(路十二章49~51節)

耶穌來,光照這原本黑暗的世界。 光,源自那讓世界不安的火。刺眼的火光,熾熱那權勢操弄、人們昏睡的世界,為了呼喚世界悔改,辨識創造主才是真正的歷史主宰。顛覆的道,喚醒那手下沉、腿發酸、視野模糊的跟從者,瞥見主的恩情、憧憬和心意。 悔改是生命道途上一百八十度的轉向,顛覆是逆轉上下倒置。這世界、這一代的教會,必須再一次聆聽、相信、跟從耶穌和他的教導。 逆道,是以為名。……這書是為「提阿非羅」——渴慕神的人而寫。如果讀者在讀這書及其引發的默觀的過程中重新相信、瞥見神依然在我們中間工作,從而整頓人生,這是最大的回饋。 這書為基督的跟從者而寫。如果讀者在讀這書及其引發的默觀過程中重拾跟從的腳步,忠心地服侍恩主所關愛的社群,這是大的獎賞。 是的,如果讀者在讀這書及其引伸的默觀中看見自己和身處的社會…… “(摘自本書自序)

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新書介紹: 壞鬼比喻 – 馬太福音篇

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“「芥菜種的比喻,教導我們不能只看外表,要看內心?」

「葡萄園的比喻,教導我們不可與人比較,要常存感恩?」
「十童女的比喻,教導我們不可懶惰,要常預備主的再來?」
真的是這樣嗎?
對於信徒來說,比喻一點都不陌生。或許在讀經或靈修中,經常都會讀到。耶穌在馬太福音中,經常以比喻去解釋何謂天國,好使天國的奧祕能深入淺出地展現出來。因此,倘若要明白天國的信息,就必須好好學習如何詮釋天國的比喻。
本書列舉了十五個我們耳熟能詳的馬太福音比喻。作者主張以「反轉」的閱讀方法,先將比喻中的關鍵觀念反轉過來,並與原來的意思對照,藉此帶出比喻的關鍵之處。此外,作者將經文置於耶穌及馬太的世界,加以細讀,從而替讀者解開經文的當代意義。在每章的最後部分,作者更提供有關宣講比喻的建議及反思問題,鼓勵我們反思及活出天國子民當有的踐行。本書適合信仰群體中的每一員。”

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新書介紹: 壞鬼釋經 – 舊約詩歌篇

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“聖經經文,是否如我們所理解的?應怎樣理解?教養孩童,使他走當行的道,就是到老他也不偏離。就是教孩童聖經故事?傳道者說:虛空的虛空,虛空的虛空,凡事都是虛空。一切真的都是虛空?只要你行公義,好憐憫,存謙卑的心,與你的上帝同行。只是社運金句?

除了敘事文體外,舊約聖經另一種最常見的體裁就是「詩歌」。而且這些舊約詩歌,很多時會出現於聖詩,並且會成為我們的「金句」或「口號」。可是,當這些耳熟能詳的聖詩、金句或口號,經常「提醒」著我們,或者當我們將這些金句經常「應用」到我們日常生活處境中,我們有否想過,它們的意思是否真的如我們所理解的那樣?本書列舉了十九段我們熟悉的、但又常誤解了的舊約詩歌。作者不單從經文的上文下理、語境以及詩歌體裁獨有的平行結構等寫作技巧,闡釋它的意思,引申出相關的應用,他更在書中明確指出一些常犯的釋經謬誤。透過這些釋經示範,讓我們一起學習如何恰當地解釋聖經!”

 

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新書介紹: 基督教神學概論

 

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“鑒於今日信徒對教義漠不關心的普遍現象,本著作是相當重要的。加之在許多所謂掛名式的基督徒心中浮現著膚淺模稜兩可,不知所云的情形,更由於在講臺上熱心傳講狡猾的錯誤,導致各種異端邪說之驚人發展,有如雨後春筍,所以有關教義書籍的出版實為重要。如果教會要衛護其寶貴的信仰,並把握交托給她的真理,此其時也。著者本改革宗的信仰立場,廣泛地、簡明地對有關聖經要道予以闡述,殷望本書內容的明瞭性,勿因其簡短而受影響。於每章之末皆附有問題數則,以試學者對本書之內容究有若干心得。願神親自使此書成為多人的祝福與助益。”

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新書介紹: 全是教會

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“讓教會成為踐行中的福音與群體!

 教會,以福音為中心,以群體為中心,不是口號,是作者親身的見證!本書作者創建了名為「會眾之家」的基督徒群體,勇敢地以不一樣的方式運作教會!作者說「教會並不是一個你要參加的聚會,也不是一處你要進入的地方。教會是我們在基督裏的身分,也是塑造我們整個生命的身分,使我們的生活和宣教『全是教會』」。
不是從上帝的話語而來的屬靈經驗,並不是基督教的經驗!
我們可以論及教義,卻不願以親密的用語談論救主?
真理不能在密切的關係以外,被有效教導!
大部分牧養關顧都是在平凡生活處境中發生!
聖經的靈性是每一天的靈性,不是給精英分子更高層次的靈性!
我不想對人開放自己的家》我不想參與別人的生命?我不想我的教會出現貧困的人?
很多人對教會植堂並不熱心,因為他們假設了「大就是好」!
為何有這麼多人離開教會?為何這麼多人覺得教會不再吸引?兩位作者曾為此深受困擾,因此毅然以不一樣的方式運作教會,希望在後現代世界中認真履行教會的使命。
本書記錄了他們對教會的願景以及這趟冒險旅程中的種種反思。他們發現,教會必須同時以「福音」與「群體」為中心,讓我們的生活與宣教「全是教會」。
本書第一部分探討兩個關鍵原則:以福音為中心,以群體為中心;第二部分,作者則與讀者一同思考如何在教會生活的不同層面,將這兩個原則踐行出來。難得的是,行文中不時加插大大小小動人的真實見證,讓人讀起來更覺興味盎然。”
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新書介紹: 關係式領導

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“作者從聖經猶大書五個「非領袖」的意象:牧人、浮雲、果子、狂浪及流蕩的星,歌羅西書和腓利門書中關係處於緊張而微妙的領袖、僕人和群體,及12年在維真學院擔任院長和9年在富勒神學院馬克斯.德普雷領導中心出任行政總監的實際領導經驗,有效地幫助讀者在領導力和追隨力上能有方向性地處理身份、存活和意義問題,並怎樣成為有感染力和忠於服侍的僕人領袖。當中有許多例子,是來自他領導維真學院的理事會、德普雷領導中心職場管理和教會裡事奉者的40年實際經驗。 ”

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