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The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People
The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People
von John Ortberg
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Spiritual Disciplines for New Christians, 5. Mai 2000
John Ortberg, who serves as teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, is a gifted teacher. His goal in writing this book was to offer new christians (or those exploring christianity) an accessible guide to christian practices that foster spiritual growth: prayer, reading scripture, and so on. Ortberg's story-telling, humor, and breezy writing style are appealing. He succeeds in motivating the reader to practice spiritual disciplines, but is less successful at telling the reader how to pray, how to read the bible, etc. For a more in-depth guide to the practice of spiritual disciplines, the reader would be better served by Richard Foster's "Celebration of Discipline" or Donald Whitney's "Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life", for example. Moreover, he spends little time explaining the interplay of spiritual disciplines and grace. If we are saved by grace through faith, are spiritual disciplines merely "works"? For such a discussion, Dallas Willard's "Spirit of the Disciplines" is invaluable. However, Ortberg is a great place for many christians, particularly new christians to begin to explore spiritual disciplines.


The Philokalia, Volume 4: The Complete Text; Compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain & St. Markarios of Corinth: The Complete Text Compiled by ... the Holy Mountain and St.Makarios of Corinth
The Philokalia, Volume 4: The Complete Text; Compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain & St. Markarios of Corinth: The Complete Text Compiled by ... the Holy Mountain and St.Makarios of Corinth
von Nicodemus
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,04

5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Work for All Christians, 18. April 2000
Although I am not an Orthodox Christian, I cherish the four volumes of the "Philokalia". Although these writings present certain challenges to the modern reader (a knowledge of Greek philosophy would be helpful for a deeper understanding of many of these writings), the reader is profoundly rewarded with a work that informs and inspires. Like the writings of St. Francis, Theresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Luther, and Calvin, the "Philokalia" deserves a careful reading by anyone who wishes to understand the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition.


A Marginal Jew: Volume 2: Rethinking the Historical Jesus (Marginal Jew; Rethinking the Historical Jesus)
A Marginal Jew: Volume 2: Rethinking the Historical Jesus (Marginal Jew; Rethinking the Historical Jesus)
von John P. Meier
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5.0 von 5 Sternen First Rate Scholarship, Well Worth the Reader's Effort, 18. April 2000
With the first two volumes of "A Marginal Jew," Meier has proved himself one of the premier New Testament scholars in the English language. "A Marginal Jew" is not an easy read but rewards the reader with solid scholarship. Throughout, Meier confronts 20th century commentators (such as the Jesus Seminar) and reveals the degree to which preconceptions have colored their conclusions regarding the historicity of the four gospels. The extensive treatment of John the Baptist, the Kingdom of God, and Jesus' miracles are each worthy of publication as stand-alone texts and would be accounted among the leading works on these subjects. I eagerly await volume three.


Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Structure of Scientific Revolutions
von Thomas S Kuhn
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Must-Read Book, 12. April 2000
"The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" is one of the most influential, and certainly one of the most cited, books of the 20th century. Kuhn persuasively undercuts the notion of the progressive growth of scientific knowledge, arguing that what is thought of as "science" at one period of history will be seen as "non-science" in a later period. Kuhn also argues that seemingly irrational causes provoke the transition ("paradigm shift") from one scientific era to the next. Certainly provocative, this book is also highly readable and convincingly argued.


Willow Creek Seeker Services
Willow Creek Seeker Services
von G. A. Pritchard
  Taschenbuch
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Flawed But Informative Book, 1. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Willow Creek Seeker Services (Taschenbuch)
Pritchard does the evangelical christian community a service in his painstaking study of America's most influential church, Willow Creek Community Church. Willow Creek is the prototype of the "seeker-oriented church," a church that employs contemporary musical style, drama and multimedia, and relevant preaching to convey the gospel message to the unchurched. Pointing to deficiencies in Willow Creek's preaching and programs, Pritchard sides with the critics who have accused Willow Creek of watering down the gospel in an attempt to appeal to the unchurched and achieve numerical growth at the expense of "depth". However, it is doubtful whether other evangelical churches would fare well if subjected to the same careful analysis. Do other leading evangelical churches preach the gospel in such a manner that unchurched people profess Christ and grow as disciples? Other studies have shown that, in fact, most evangelical churches grow predominantly by attracting members of other christian churches and are relatively ineffective in achieving growth through conversion of unchurched people. Moreover, many members of evangelical churches have a shallow understanding of the truths of scripture and evidence little of the godliness one would expect of fully formed followers of Christ. Pritchard has done an admirable job of documenting Willow Creek's deficiencies. What he has failed to report is that Bill Hybels and other leaders at Willow Creek have been no less willing to identify deficiencies in their ministry and take steps to address them (for example, in their emphasis on small groups and the hiring of teaching pastors such as John Ortberg). I admire Pritchard's careful factual analysis but find his conclusions sorely lacking. The ideal evangelical church against which Willow Creek could be measured simply doesn't exist. Willow Creek has displayed creativity and courage in proving that unchurched people will respond to the gospel if it is preached in a language they can understand. Pritchard merely proves that it is easier to criticize than to create.


Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions (Leader's Guide (Harpersanfrancisco).)
Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions (Leader's Guide (Harpersanfrancisco).)
von Gerald G. May
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen The Biology of Christian Spirituality, 24. Februar 2000
May, a psychiatrist and spiritual director, relates the current biological understanding of addiction to christian spirituality. May argues that our "attachments," which prevent us from freely responding to God's grace, gain their power over our lives through the same biological mechanism as addictions to alcohol, narcotics, and nicotine. May underscores the importance of good habits or virtues (and the devastating effect of bad habits or vices) on our spiritual lives. Thought provoking and well-argued.


New Seeds of Contemplation
New Seeds of Contemplation
von Thomas Merton
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the great books on prayer, 29. September 1999
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Those who are seeking a "how-to" book on prayer will probably be disappointed -- they'd be happier with Merton's "Meditation" (bundled with "Spiritual Direction") or "Contemplative Prayer." But for those who have tasted contemplation and are seeking some guideposts to mark their way, this is one of the finest books available. A beautiful, inspiring work by one of the greatest modern writers on the spiritual life.


Prepare Your Church for the Future
Prepare Your Church for the Future
von Carl F George
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Preis: EUR 24,00

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must-read book for churches that want to grow., 17. November 1998
Many churches have adopted small group ministry as a way to connect Christians and to provide support and growth for their members. George shows how small groups can become an engine for evangelism and leadership development and enable churches to break through barriers to growth. Essential reading for any church wanting to grow -- in both numbers and depth. I also recommend the follow-up book by George, "The Coming Church Revolution," which goes into greater depth and detail and provides examples of many churches from several denominations that have successfully used this model.


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