Tag: Intervarsity Press


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Author(s): Os Guinness
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
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2016 Christianity Today Book of the Year in Apologetics/Evangelism

One of Desiring God’s Top 15 Books of 2015

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In our post-Christian context, public life has become markedly more secular and private life infinitely more diverse. Yet many Christians still rely on cookie-cutter approaches to evangelism and apologetics. Most of these methods assume that people are open, interested and needy for spiritual insight when increasingly most people are not. Our urgent need, then, is the capacity to persuade―to make a convincing case for the gospel to people who are not interested in it.

In his magnum opus, Os Guinness offers a comprehensive presentation of the art and power of creative persuasion. Christians have often relied on proclaiming and preaching, protesting and picketing. But we are strikingly weak in persuasion―the ability to talk to people who are closed to what we are saying. Actual persuasion requires more than a one-size-fits-all approach. Guinness notes, “Jesus never spoke to two people the same way, and neither should we.”

Following the tradition of Erasmus, Pascal, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Malcolm Muggeridge and Peter Berger, Guinness demonstrates how apologetic persuasion requires both the rational and the imaginative. Persuasion is subversive, turning the tables on listeners’ assumptions to surprise them with signals of transcendence and the credibility of the gospel.

This book is the fruit of forty years of thinking, honed in countless talks and discussions at many of the leading universities and intellectual centers of the world. Discover afresh the persuasive power of Christian witness from one of the leading apologists and thinkers of our era.


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Kregel: Christian Jihad: Two Former Muslims Look at the Crusades and Killing in the Name of Christ by Ergun & Emir Caner vs. More Than a Prophet: An Insider’s Response to Muslim Beliefs About Jesus & Christianity by Emir Fethi Caner
Crossway: Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Mahaney Whitacre  vs. Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms by Gloria Furman
New Leaf: 4 Days to a forever Marriage by Gary Smalley & Norma Smalley vs. Today is Your Best Day by Roy Lessin
Intervarsity Press: Here in Spirit: Knowing the Spirit Who Creates, Sustains, and Transforms Everything by Jonathan K. Dodson vs. Beyond Awkward: When Talking About Jesus Is Outside Your Comfort Zone by Beau Crosetto
Christian Focus: Resilient: How 2 Timothy teaches us to bounce back in Christian Leadership by John Benton vs. Mea Culpa: Learning from Mistakes in the Ministry by Kyle McClellan
Moody Publishers: On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work by Derek J. Prime & Alistair Begg vs. On Pastoring: A Short Guide to Living, Leading, and Ministering as a Pastor
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Reformation Heritage: Sing a New Song: Recovering Psalm Singing for the Twenty-First Century by Joel R. Beeke and Anthony Selvaggio vs. The Day of Worship: Reassessing the Christian Life in Light of the Sabbath by Ryan McGraw


Author(s): Sandra Maria Van Opstal
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
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What happens when a diverse church glorifies the global God?

We live in a time of unprecedented intercultural exchange, where our communities welcome people from around the world. Music and media from every culture are easily accessible, and our worship is infused with a rich variety of musical and liturgical influences. But leading worship in multicultural contexts can be a cross-cultural experience for everybody. How do we help our congregations navigate the journey?

Innovative worship leader Sandra Maria Van Opstal is known for crafting worship that embodies the global, multiethnic body of Christ. Likening diverse worship to a sumptuous banquet, she shows how worship leaders can set the table and welcome worshipers from every tribe and tongue. Van Opstal provides biblical foundations for multiethnic worship, with practical tools and resources for planning services that reflect God’s invitation for all peoples to praise him.

When multiethnic worship is done well, the church models reconciliation and prophetic justice, heralding God’s good news for the world. Enter into the praise of our king, and let the nations rejoice!


Author(s): Christopher J. H. Wright
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
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We cannot know Jesus without knowing his story.

Today the debate over who Jesus is raged on. Has the Bible bound Christians to a narrow and mistaken notion of Jesus? Should we listen to other gospels, other sayings of Jesus, that enlarge and correct a mistaken story? Is the real Jesus entangled in a web of the church’s Scripture, awaiting liberation from our childhood faith so he might speak to our contemporary pluralistic world?

To answer these questions we need to know what story Jesus claimed for himself. Christopher Wright is convinced that Jesus’ own story is rooted in the story of Israel. In this revised and updated book, he traces the life of Christ as it is illuminated by the Old Testament. And he describes God’s design for Israel as it is fulfilled in the story of Jesus.



The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your LifeAuthor(s): Timothy R. Jennings
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
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What you believe about God actually changes your brain.

Brain research in neuroscience has found that our thoughts and beliefs affect our physical, mental and spiritual health. Mind and body are interrelated, and we are designed for healthy relationships of love and trust. When we understand God as good and loving, we flourish. Unfortunately, many of us have distorted images of God and mostly think of him in fearful, punitive ways. This leads us into unhealthy patterns of self-defeating behaviors and toxic relationships. But our lives can change when God renews our minds with a truer picture of him.

Psychiatrist Tim Jennings unveils how our brains and bodies thrive when we have a healthy understanding of who God is. He dispels common misconceptions about God and shows how different God concepts affect the brain differently. Our brains can adapt, change and rewire with redeemed thinking that frees us from unnecessary pain and suffering. Discover how neuroscience and Scripture come together to bring healing and transformation to our lives.


Author(s): Harold M. Best
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
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We are not created to worship. Nor are we created for worship. We are created worshiping.
Too often Christians have only thought of worship in terms of particular musical styles or liturgical formats. But a proper view of worship is far larger than what takes place in churches on Sunday mornings. Worship is not limited to specific times, places or activities.
God is by his very nature continuously outpouring himself. Because we are created in his image, we too are continually pouring ourselves in various directions, whether toward God or toward false gods. All of us, Christian or not, are always worshiping, whether or not that worship is directed toward God. We are unceasing worshipers.
The fruition of a lifetime of study, reflection, and experience, this volume sets forth Harold M. Best’s understanding of worship and the arts. Widely respected as one of the foremost thinkers and practitioners in his field, Best explores the full scope of worship as continuous outpouring in all settings and contexts. With careful exposition and eloquent analysis, Best casts a holistic vision for worship that transcends narrow discussions of musical style or congregational preference. On this broader canvas, Best addresses popular misunderstandings about the use of music and offers correctives toward a more biblically consistent practice of artistic action.
Incisive, biblical, profound and comprehensive, Best’s landmark volume is one by which all other statements on worship and the arts will be measured.


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