Books and Bible studies for all believers. From Bible Thumpers to Back Row Baptists. GalatiansNEW COMMENTARY ALERT! It's finally here! We are so proud to announce the latest volume in the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary series, GALATIANS, by Marion L. Soards and Darrell J. Pursiful.
In Galatians, Paul endeavored to prevent the Gentile converts in churches he had founded from embracing a version of the gospel that insisted on their observance of a form of the Mosaic Law. He saw with a degree of clarity not shared by many that such a message reduced the crucified Jesus Christ, who alone was the heart of the gospel, to being a mere agent of the Law. For Paul, the gospel of Jesus Christ alone, and him crucified, had no place in it for the claim that Law-observance was somehow necessary for believers in Christ to experience the power of God’s grace.
http://ow.ly/OMwYM"A self-described 'Texas-bred, Spirit-led, Bible-teaching, revival-preaching, recovering Southern Baptist,' James Milton Dunn, over the last fifty years, has been the most aggressive Baptist proponent for religious liberty in the United States. Through his ministry as a pastor, ethicist, and activist, James Dunn developed a distinctly Baptist approach to politics, showing fellow Baptists how to apply their Christianity in the public square on social and church-state issues in a manner consistent with the historic Baptist commitment to freedom. This ethic of political engagement promoted by Dunn was motivated by a loving concern for others and a commitment to the common good."
—JAMES M. DUNN AND SOUL FREEDOM
http://www.helwys.com/sh-books/james-m-dunn-and-soul-freedom/"Lauren Brewer Bass’s FIVE HUNDRED MILES is a sort of WILD for the Christian soul seeking to live its calling. Lauren tells the story of her experience of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain as a way to imagine calling as a journey rather than a destination. Her insights will no doubt be an inspiration to young people who are setting out on their own paths to live their callings as faithful pilgrims."
—Susan M. Shaw
Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Director of the School of Language, Culture, and Society
Oregon State University
Be sure you drop by our exhibit at CBF General Assembly and get your copy of FIVE HUNDRED MILES before tonight's author signing.Have you heard about this month's sale book, HOLY BOLDNESS?
Paul R. Dekar approaches evangelism by examining the everyday pursuits of ordinary people, and demonstrates how evangelism often arises as a response to an overflow of God’s love. He begins with four practices of holiness by which we humble ourselves before God. Through prayer, Sabbath observance, holy play, and discernment of God’s call on our lives, we recognize God as the bedrock of our lives. With boldness, church members will come alive as they share Jesus with the world and serve as agents of God’s reconciling love, inviting people to become part of God’s family. http://ow.ly/PkIxKHave you heard about this month's sale book? Dr. David P. Gushee describes it this way:
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Just 16 more Fridays until the new Star Wars movie comes out? That's 16 more Fridays to read A TRUE HOPE: Jedi Perils and the Way of Jesus by Joshua Hays. http://www.helwys.com/sh-books/a-true-hope/
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Last Friday, Jim Autry read from his newest book, ON PAYING ATTENTION, in his home state of Iowa.
James A. Autry Reading
A poetry reading that draws 80 people is impressive in any size town, but for a town of 8,000 people, it's even more remarkable. Jim Autry read from his newest book, ON PAYING ATTENTION. Hometown Heritage, an organization that aims to build community capacity and development through the study of communication and celebrate small town life through social history and the arts, sponsored the reading. Many thanks to Jim Caulfield and The Perry News for the photos.
"For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” ― Anne Lamott
Yesterday, President Carter attended the Sunday school he often teaches at his home church, Maranatha Baptist, despite announcing his cancer diagnosis last week. The AJC.com reports that he also plans to teach this coming Sunday. We are honored to partner with Maranatha Baptist and President Carter by providing the Formations adult Bible study curriculum Maranatha uses each week. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/carter-shows-up-for-sunday-school-church-service/nnLFL/
"Why do children of such a creative, imaginative God practice such unimaginative faith?" —from today's Reflections devotion
We are ready! Just 20 Fridays left until Christmas and we have everything all planned out: snow angels, ice skating, cookie dough, singing, and all five Advent NextSunday Studies. http://ow.ly/PT5Ha
It's a new month and you know what that means. New Sale! But it's also August, and you may have just bought 200 pencils, so we'll just leave this here: http://ow.ly/Qq1JZ
Harry Potter Day
Happy Harry Potter Day! We decided the end of the summer needed a little magic, so we made sugary snitches, gathered our owls, found a house elf, let our sorting hat decide our houses, and even had a duel or two. We hope your Friday is as fun as ours!
Reviews keep coming in for A TRUE HOPE: Jedi Perils and the Way of Jesus by Joshua Hays. Have you read it yet? http://ow.ly/PshBK
"And it keeps the place dry and turns away the summer sun and sends back the fireplace heat through the winter cracks And holds everything together through the storms" From "Nights Under a Tin Roof" in James A. Autry's new book of poetry: ON PAYING ATTENTION http://ow.ly/PrIcc
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