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From the increase in terrorism, to the push for gender fluidity, to the gradual eradicating of Christianity from schools, many of the trends unfolding in this century can be worrying. Earl Blackburn shows that, during these times, learning about our history is one of the best tools for encouraging us in our faith. He reminds us that the same all powerful Lord, who helped Christian heroes in past times, walks with us today.
Written with the easy style of years of experience, 50 World Changing Events in Christian History is an inspiration for Christians of any age.
Nestled in a few verses in Luke’s Gospel is a Jesus who would not have been tolerated on our city streets today: He was not politically correct. He did not try to save people’s feelings. This was because the things He was saying were too important and His love for people too strong to allow Him room to tread softly.
Steven Lawson unpacks these few verses, looking at the unashamed honesty, passion, and urgency with which Jesus explains the incredible cost involved in following Him. It is undoubtedly the biggest sacrifice any person ever makes – but it is for the most abundantly glorious prize imaginable.
By the end of his brief life Ulrich Zwingli would change the religious landscape of his home and the world. It wasn’t until the last few years of his life that he became a reformer. He fought for truth and righteousness with his mind and pen, he fought for lost souls to hear the good news of Jesus Christ, and at the age of forty-seven, as an army chaplain, he was killed on the battle-field. The Shepherd Warrior, Ulrich Zwingli, fought the good fight.With his last strength he voiced his victory: “They can kill the body but not the soul!”
Martin Luther’s father was a miner with ambitions – he wanted to better himself and provide his children with a good education. Martin upset his father’s plan by becoming a monk rather than a lawyer, but by the age of 29 he was a professor of theology. In addition to his college duties he preached almost every day and visited people on pastoral duties – he kept two secretaries very busy.
Luther’s father, meanwhile, became a town councillor, the part owner of six mines and owned a large house in the main street.
What happened to make this son of the upwardly mobile establishment into the revolutionary who nailed 95 Theses onto the church door at Wittenberg, affecting not only the whole of the Christian church but also breaking the power of a European superstate? This is the story of a passionate, flawed and courageous man who loved his family and the people around him; a man who went further in challenging the status quo than any other in history, the man who started the Reformation.
In every age, Christians experience pressure to embrace contemporary culture. In Corinth, the church had been infiltrated by some who had grown weary of the message of the cross: whose boast was in outward appearance. In 2 Corinthians 2-7,Paul writes into this setting, urging the Corinthians then, and us today, to embrace the ‘weak’ ministry of Gospel proclamation, to partner with ‘weak’ Christians, and to boast in ‘weak’ ministers. It is in this weakness that God’s power is exhibited. Nothing could be more opposite to our celebrity culture.
These days, modesty seems to be a floundering ship … and the more we try to patch her up with teaching, the faster she seems to sink. Passing on this virtue to the next generation can feel like a hopeless cause.
Instead of answering the questions we usually ask – where to draw the lines –What’s Up with the Fig Leaves? points us towards the really important questions — where to lay the foundations. Building on what Scripture teaches, we obtain for ourselves – and are better equipped to pass on – a deeper, sounder understanding of modesty … one that will not capsize even in a world lurching from one sexual revolution to another.
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We are daily reminded of our lack of trust in God, our neglect of prayer, our worship of other things – our faithlessness to a perfectly faithful God. Philip De Courcy looks at the every-day struggles of life, from understanding God’s purposes to coping with pain. He draws on Scripture to help equip us for these struggles – and encourage us to rely on our Father who did not leave us without guidance, even for the smallest aspect of life.