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Publisher: IVP Academic
Price: $2.99 (June 29-30)
If you don’t believe God has a sense of humor, just look in the mirror. Humor is a truly human phenomenon―crossing history, culture, and every stage of life. Jokes often touch on the biggest topics of our existence. And although it may seem simple on the surface, humor depends on the use of our highest faculties: language, intelligence, sympathy, sociability.
To the philosopher Steve Wilkens, these facts about humor are evidence that God just has to be in there somewhere. Yet many Christians, scholars, and laypeople alike, haven’t taken humor seriously. In What’s So Funny About God? Wilkens launches an exploration of the connections between humor and many of the central topics of Christian theology. He argues that viewing Scripture and theology through the lens of humor brings fresh insight to our understanding of the gospel, helps us avoid the pitfalls of both naturalism and Gnosticism, and facilitates a humble, honest, and appealing approach to faith.
Wilkens turns this lens on the paradoxes of human nature, the Christian calendar, church life, and new readings of well-known biblical texts, including the book of Esther, the nativity narratives, and Jesus’ own teachings. Taking into account the problems of suffering and the need for timely lament, he portrays the Christian story as one that ultimately ends in cosmic comedy. Full of wit and thoughtful jokes throughout, it’s enough fun that you may not realize you’re reading theology.
Gospel e-books is working together with Christian publishers to allow you to choose what e-books you’d like to have discounted. Cast your vote below and the book with the most votes in each poll will be placed on sale soon after. If there are less than 100 total votes in a particular poll, the winning book will not be discounted.
Kregel: What Do I Say to a Friend Who’s Gay? by Emily Parke Chase vs. Out: One Christian’s Experience of Leaving the Gay Community by Bob Fife
Intervarsity Press: What’s So Funny About God?: A Theological Look at Humor by Steve Wilkens vs. Coffee with Jesus by David Wilkie
Good Book Company: Be True to Yourself: Why it Doesn’t Mean What you Think it Does by Matt Fuller vs. Sipping Saltwater: How to find Lasting Satisfaction in a World of Thirst (Live Different) by Steve Hoppe
Harvest House: 52 Weeks Through the Psalms Devotional: A One-Year Journey of Prayer and Praise by James Merritt vs. 52 Weeks Through the Bible Devotional: Fall in Love with the Book That Changed Everything by James Merritt
Christian Focus: Pressing On, Finishing Well: Learning from Seven Biblical Characters by Michael Black vs. A Faith to Live By: Understanding Christian Doctrine by Donald Macleod
In this grab bag, we have 3 e-books from Intervarsity Press. The prices and sale dates that they have provided are under each book cover.
In this grab bag, we have 8 e-books from Intervarsity Press. The prices and sale dates that they have provided are under each book cover.
Why do we buy what we buy, vote the way we vote, eat what we eat and say what we say? Why do we have the friends we have, and work and play as we do? It’s our choice? Yes, but there are forces, often unseen, that shape every decision we make and every action we take.
These hidden, life-shaping values and ideas are not promoted through organized religions or rival philosophies but fostered by cultural habits, lifestyles and the institutional structures of society. Steve Wilkens and Mark Sanford shine a spotlight on the profound challenges to Christianity and faithful Christian living that come from worldviews that comprise the cultural soup we swim in.
The authors show how to detect the individualism, consumerism, nationalism, moral relativism, scientific naturalism, New Age thinking, postmodern tribalism and salvation as a therapy that fly under our radar. Building on the work of worldview thinkers like James Sire, this book helps those committed to the gospel story recognize those rival cultural stories that compete for our hearts and minds.
In this grab bag we have 3 e-books from Intervarsity Press. The prices and sale dates that the publisher has provided are under each ebook cover.
In this grab bag we have 4 e-books on ethics and justice from Intervarsity Press. The prices and sale dates that the publisher has provided are under each ebook cover.