The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
Author: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
Pages: 153
ISBN: 1884527388
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Release: 2012-04-25
Editor: Crown and Covenant Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. There, her partner rehabilitated abandoned and abused dogs. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department's curriculum. And then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down -- the idea that Christianity, a religion that she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was, an idea that flew in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a "train wreck" at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could. - Publisher.

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
Author: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
Pages: 191
ISBN: 1884527825
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Release: 2014
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department's curriculum. And then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down -- the idea that Christianity, a religion that she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was. That idea seemed to fly in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a train wreck at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could."--Back cover.

Openness Unhindered

Openness Unhindered
Author: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
Pages: 206
ISBN: 188452799X
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Release: 2015-06-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Terms like same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gay Christian are part of daily discourse; yet enormous controversy surrounds them. They are the stuff of news headlines and vitriolic social media posts. But they also reflect stirrings of the heart in real people with real questions and concerns. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, once a leftist professor in a committed lesbian relationship and now a confessional Christian, but always the thoughtful and compassionate professor, has written a followup to The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. This book answers many of the questions people pose when she speaks at universities and churches, questions not only about her unlikely conversion to Christ but about personal struggles that the questioners only dare to ask someone else who has traveled a long and painful journey. Dr. Butterfield not only goes to great lengths to clarify some of today's key controversies, she also traces their history and defines the terms that have become second nature today-even going back to God's original design for marriage and sexuality as found in the Bible. She cuts to the heart of the problems and points the way to the solution, which includes a challenge to the church to be all that God intended it to be, and for each person to find the true freedom that is found in Christ. --

Torn

Torn
Author: Justin Lee
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781455514328
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Release: 2012-11-13
Editor: Jericho Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Justin Lee, a gay man and devout Christian, bridges the gaps between his faith and sexuality in this insightful and touching memoir. As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed "God Boy" by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events--his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible--that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance. But more than just a memoir, TORN provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members--or who struggle with their own sexuality. Convinced that "in a culture that sees gays and Christians as enemies, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace," Lee demonstrates that people of faith on both sides of the debate can respect, learn from, and love one another.

The Gospel Comes with a House Key

The Gospel Comes with a House Key
Author: Rosaria Butterfield
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781433557897
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Release: 2018-04-16
Editor: Crossway
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What did God use to draw a radical, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, did he use something in print? No, God used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, and authentically. With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as God’s tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our everyday, sometimes messy lives—helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.

Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes

Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes
Author: Kenneth E. Bailey
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9780830869329
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Release: 2011-10-12
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Paul was a Hebrew of the Hebrews, steeped in the learning of his people. But he was also a Roman citizen who widely traveled the Mediterranean basin, and was very knowledgeable of the dominant Greek and Roman culture of his day. These two mighty rivers of influence converge in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. With razor-sharp attention to the text, Kenneth Bailey examines the cultural milieu and rhetorical strategies that shaped this pivotal epistle. He discovers the deep layers of the Hebraic prophetic tradition informing Paul's writing, linking the Apostle with the great prophets of the Old Testament. Throughout, Bailey employs his expert knowledge of Near Eastern and Mediterranean culture to deliver to readers a new understanding of Paul and his world. Familiar passages take on a new hue as they are stripped of standard Western interpretations and rendered back into their ancient setting.

Out of a Far Country

Out of a Far Country
Author: Christopher Yuan,Angela Yuan
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780307729361
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Release: 2011-05-03
Editor: WaterBrook
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Over 100,000 copies sold! Coming Out, Then Coming Home Christopher Yuan, the son of Chinese immigrants, discovered at an early age that he was different. He was attracted to other boys. As he grew into adulthood, his mother, Angela, hoped to control the situation. Instead, she found that her son and her life were spiraling out of control—and her own personal demons were determined to defeat her. Years of heartbreak, confusion, and prayer followed before the Yuans found a place of complete surrender, which is God’s desire for all families. Their amazing story, told from the perspectives of both mother and son, offers hope for anyone affected by homosexuality. God calls all who are lost to come home to him. Casting a compelling vision for holy sexuality, Out of a Far Country speaks to prodigals, parents of prodigals, and those wanting to minister to the gay community. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” - Luke 15:20 Includes a discussion guide for personal reflection and group use.

The Reformed Pastor

The Reformed Pastor
Author: Richard Baxter
Pages: 329
ISBN: BCUL:VD2144881
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Release: 1808
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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The Gay Gospel

The Gay Gospel
Author: Joe Dallas
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780736960366
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Release: 2007-02-01
Editor: Harvest House Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this updated edition of A Strong Delusion, author and counselor Joe Dallas helps readers understand what pro-gay theology is and how to confront it. In a biblical manner, Dallas examines believers' personal responses and the need for bold love and commitment as they become familiar with the movement's background and beliefs study a clear, scriptural response to each belief extend Christ's love to those living the homosexual lifestyle This resource is an important one for those who have been unsure how to respond to the growing acceptance of homosexuality in the evangelical community. It offers the balance between conviction and compassion and a practical guide to communicating with those who have embraced the pro-gay Christian movement.

And So I Began to Read

And So I Began to Read
Author: Faith Cook
Pages: 120
ISBN: 1783971452
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Release: 2016-04-25
Editor: EP BOOKS
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Faith Cook is among the most loved of modern British Christian authors. Her mainly biographical works have inspired and delighted thousands. But how did she become interested in her subjects and what has Faith herself read and most appreciated over the years? Here she weaves those books into a brief autobiographical account of her life after she returned to the UK from China.

Liberating Planet Earth

Liberating Planet Earth
Author: Gary North
Pages: 190
ISBN: 0930462513
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Release: 1987
Editor: Christian Liberty Press
Language: en

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God Does His Best Work with Empty

God Does His Best Work with Empty
Author: Nancy Guthrie
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781496439697
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Release: 2020-09-15
Editor: Tyndale Momentum
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

It's amazing how heavy the weight of emptiness can feel, how much room it can take up in our souls, how much pain can be caused by something that isn't even there.But while we may see the emptiness of our lives as our greatest problem, that's not how God sees it. When God looks into the empty places of our lives, He sees His greatest opportunity. God does His best work in the emptiness of our . . . Insatiable craving for things that don't satisfy Relational disappointments and loneliness Frustrated search for purpose and meaning Relentless desire for comfort and security Ongoing struggle to live with loss and unfulfilled dreams Join Nancy Guthrie in discovering why emptiness has never been, and never will be, a problem to God. As Nancy pulls back the curtain on God's work to fill up emptiness as revealed throughout the Bible, you'll experience page after page of grace and hope that your emptiness can and will be filled. You'll begin to see that God really does do His best work with empty--as he fills it with Himself.

Same Sex Attraction and the Church

Same Sex Attraction and the Church
Author: Ed Shaw
Pages: 172
ISBN: 9780830899791
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Release: 2015-11-09
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Christians have same-sex attraction, how should the church respond? Pastor Ed Shaw experiences same-sex attraction, and yet he is committed to Scripture and the church's traditional position on sexuality. In this honest book, he shares his own experiences and shows us that obedience to Jesus is ultimately the only way to experience life to the full.

Darling

Darling
Author: Aanna Greer
Pages: 186
ISBN: 0999054503
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Release: 2017-11-16
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Learn to embrace your God-given sexuality whether you are single, engaged, or married.

Let Creation Rejoice

Let Creation Rejoice
Author: Jonathan A. Moo,Robert S. White
Pages: 187
ISBN: 9780830896356
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Release: 2014-05-02
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Bible is full of images of God caring for his creation in all its complexity. Yet experts warn us that a so-called perfect storm of factors threatens the future of life on earth. The authors assess the evidence for climate change and other threats that our planet faces in the coming decades while pointing to the hope God offers the world and the people he made.

Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus

Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus
Author: Nancy Guthrie
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781433566127
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Release: 2020-04-14
Editor: Crossway
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The story of Jesus includes all kinds of characters. Some see these people as mere examples to follow or to avoid, and some have only heard about them in Sunday school stories. But their interactions with Jesus reveal much more about the person of Jesus himself and the message he has for us. Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus tells the story of 10 people or groups of people who are integral to the story of Jesus told in the Gospels. Each chapter takes a character off the Sunday school felt board and reveals them as a three-dimensional person with desires, motivations, flaws, and limitations. They are more than examples—they show us a unique angle on the grace available through Jesus for sinners. Each chapter also offers challenging applications to the lives of readers.

Christian Faith and Same Sex Attraction

Christian Faith and Same Sex Attraction
Author: Thomas Hopko
Pages: 144
ISBN: 193627020X
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Release: 2018-05-10
Editor: Blackbirch Press, Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Combining theological and pastoral insights with a humble and loving spirit, this small gem will aid pastors, those who experience same-sex desires, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the nature of our identity and our sexuality. This 2015 edition includes a redesigned cover, a new foreword, and other minor revisions.

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
Author: Philip Pullman
Pages: 257
ISBN: 9780802196989
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Release: 2010-04-21
Editor: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A thought-provoking retelling of the Gospel story from an atheist perspective. Upon its hardcover publication, renowned author Philip Pullman’s The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ provoked heated debates and stirred a frenzy of controversy throughout the clerical and literary worlds alike with its bold retelling of the life of Jesus Christ. In this remarkable piece of fiction, famously atheistic author Philip Pullman challenges the events of the Gospels and puts forward his own compelling and plausible version of the life of Jesus. Written with unstinting authority, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is a pithy, erudite, subtle, and powerful book by a beloved author, a text to be read and reread, studied and unpacked, much like the Good Book itself. “The erudite fantasy author, Philip Pullman, makes explicit his complaint against Christian dogma with [this] challenging deconstruction of the Gospels.” —Entertainment Weekly “Inspiring . . . Again and again, [Pullman] displays a marvelous sense of the elemental power of Jesus’s instructions and parables.” —The Washington Post

Called Out

Called Out
Author: Janet Boynes
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781599797847
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Release: 2014-04-15
Editor: Charisma Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

DIVJanet Boynes leads readers through her inspiring testimony, from her decision to try the homosexual lifestyle, to the trauma and pain she suffered during her 14-year walk as a lesbian, and finally, to her glorious homecoming back to God in 1998./div

The Happy Gospel

The Happy Gospel
Author: Benjamin Dunn
Pages: 206
ISBN: 9798582761389
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Release: 2020-12
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Benjamin Dunn's first book of theology, prose and an imagery of a Smiling God.