新書介紹: 愛在天邊

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“本書記載的那段時間的以色列宣教,是現今宣教歷史中的奇蹟。有人說,全世界沒有一個宣教工場,對福音有這麼好的反應。這是一段不應被淹沒的歷史,時間雖短,卻是世界宣教歷史中的一部分,甚至可以稱為現代的使徒行傳。”

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新書介紹: 神話語的力量

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“二十一世紀,是個討厭權威的時代,因為權威似乎妨礙了個人的自由與安舒。在世人眼中,基督教與聖經彷彿也只代表著種種過時的誡命與要求,淪為令人退避三舍的「權威」象徵。

那麼,面對種種對於權威的反感,以及來自科學、宗教、哲學、文化對聖經的挑戰,今日的我們可以如何閱讀聖經?又該如何理解其權威?
賴特幫助我們從一個全新的角度來了解:聖經,原是一齣偉大劇作的劇本。在這些歷久彌新的書卷中,透露出一個偉大的故事正進行著,還沒結束。從創造到墮落經過了一幕,從以色列到耶穌又過了一幕。教會登場兩千年之後,天使和世人仍舊是觀眾。這齣劇作乃是神的故事,神藉此在世界中行事,要讓天上、地下一切萬有,都降服在祂的審判、醫治、統管之下。
莎士比亞的戲劇道出了永恆的人性,因而風靡數百年;然而聖經成書至今千餘年,不只描繪人性與社會張力,更進一步塑造無數人的品格、建立人類文明的面貌。今日,神仍然對信祂的人發出邀請,以謙卑的態度找到自己在這齣神聖戲劇中的角色,讓祂話語的豐富力量,形塑構成一個國度的群體,在忍耐中轉變這個世界。
堅持「聖經權威」,絕對不是說「聖經的意思我們都懂,不必再提問題了」;反而應該是說,每個時代的教會,必須注滿新的活力,重新嘗試更深刻地去認識聖經,要更徹底地倚靠聖經而活,即便這會跟以往所寶貝的傳統有所牴觸,卻也在所不惜。
我們該作的應該是比現代主義更深入歷史裡頭去認真下工夫。這麼一來,就會發現許多現代主義批判研究裡所發現的問題或「矛盾」,其實都是因為將外來的世界觀投射在經文之上所造成。”

 

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新書介紹: 創造神學與人生

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“聖經的創造神學,焦點不在於神如何創造物質世界,而在於祂如何創造合祂心意的世界觀,藉著神的創世之工彰顯祂是「創造主」,並指導人如何在祂創造的世界裡,享受祂賜的恩福,過美好的人生。創造和救贖息息相關:創造是救贖的基礎,救贖是創造的恢復。可惜華人教會一向以來重救贖輕創造,以致將福音局限於個人得救上天堂,忽略大地管家的責任,更無法支取福音承載生命的力量。

本書輯錄的四篇文章,涵蓋神學與應用兩個層面。
〈神看與人看:論創造神學的創造秩序〉從「神看……是好的」整合創造神學的三種秩序,指出神創造世界,為要賜福世人,而人要享用這些恩福,就要以神的眼光看事物,按祂設立的秩序來生活;
〈從神話到神學:創造神學的再思〉由古代近東神話說起,從拉比傳統和聖經神學的進路,還原創造神學的本來面目;
〈從創造神學看傳道書的職場智慧〉論述創造神學與職場的關係,指出人在日光之下勞碌的本質和價值;
〈從創造神學看安息日的意義〉闡明七日創造的高峰──安息日對基督徒的意義。”

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新書介紹: 神聖擁抱

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“為讓大家建立起理解基督教靈性的基礎,在今天的世界中活出初期信徒的靈性,韋柏從現在追溯至遠古,展示了聖經的教導在神學上如何發展,又如何與文化互動。

本書探討我們如何使當代靈性回歸到聖經根源,在個人生活及教會生活中活出神的故事,回應神聖的擁抱。”

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新書介紹: 目睹生命之道

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“或許這是你和身邊親友的懷疑:信耶穌和拜菩薩有什麼不一樣?宗教都是勸人為善,為什麼非要信耶穌不可?信教可以,但何必走火入魔,那樣狂熱?

或許這是你和身邊親友的信念:「重生」就是「重新做人,改過向善」。發生這些不幸,一定是因為我有「罪」未認。既然耶穌說「要用心靈和誠實拜父」,所以敬拜「誠心誠意」就好。
如果這就是你的情況,請翻開本書,跟隨陳濟民老師,梳理經文脈絡,為你的疑惑在約翰福音中找到答案,為你的信仰在約翰福音上重鑄根基。
基督徒與非基督徒的生命基礎其實都一樣,差別在於對耶穌基督的認識;若是在這基礎上發生了錯誤,基督徒與非基督徒的生命都會出現問題。
約翰福音是華人教會常用的福音工具,多鼓勵初信者甚或非信徒從約翰福音讀起,好建立信仰的根柢。
然而,在一個高舉「神蹟」甚至錯解「信心」的世代,在一個定義「榮耀」就是居上不居下、作首不作尾的社會,在一個充滿仇恨而非「捨己之愛」的殘酷世界中,任何真心尋求真理的基督徒,更應該重回約翰福音,從中學會以屬天的眼光,看出約翰福音已指明:「信」是一個動詞,有特定對象與內涵;相信耶穌會醫治、行神蹟,並不等於真的信耶穌!而約翰目睹的耶穌,不僅言行合一,更在愛中為人捨己以至於捨命,在祂眼中,犧牲的十架之路才是真正的榮耀。從耶穌身後的使徒開始,歷世歷代作出真正有力見證的信徒,莫不是效法基督,走上同樣道路,以活出屬天的生命,來見證那真正的生命之道。
華神榮休院長陳濟民老師,既是一位聖經學者,亦是恂恂長者,以其生命的厚度,反映出經文的深度,並根據長年在港、台、英、美牧養服事的經驗,針砭華人教會特有的信仰問題。不掉書袋,不窮究字義文法──跟著陳濟民老師,學習如何梳理經文的上下文脈,找到關鍵線索,解讀約翰福音的核心信息。
本書每章皆分為兩種單元,引領讀者深度研經,並培靈應用於現實生活中:
「經文解讀」──細察經文,讀出信息。
「道在生活」──活出信息,得著生命。”

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新書介紹: 天國的語言

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“與我們的天父、與我們的鄰舍,在大樹下一起閒話家常吧!人類最為獨特的,是擁有高度精密的語言。我們發明了數學的語言,進行抽象思考;也發明了音樂的語言,演奏出美妙的樂曲;還發明了電腦的語言,我們每日的工作都仰賴。 正是因為語言太重要,一旦語言敗壞,整個世界就被轄制,人類成了語言的奴隸。我們用負面的語言彼此傷害,用虛妄的語言欺騙,用華麗的詞藻掩飾,用譴責的語言論斷,用煽動的語言操控,用仇恨的語言報復。 耶穌,便是上帝差來的語言大師。在這個充滿邪惡、扭曲、狂妄、驕傲、欺瞞語言的世界,耶穌使用著另外一種語言系統──天國的語言。這種語言,是恩典的語言、饒恕的語言;這種語言,是鼓勵的語言、祝福的語言。祂用盼望的語言扭轉人心的絕望,也用憐憫的語言化解綿延的仇恨。 神的國近了,神的語言也近了。畢德生邀請我們一同成為天國語言學校的學生:跟隨耶穌,聽祂說故事,向祂學禱告。在日常生活的閒話家常中,也在工作場合的人際對話裡,讓耶穌的禱告,成為我們的禱告;讓天國的語言,成為我們的語言。”

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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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