The Buzz About the Church:Re-Imagining Discipleship Through the Metaphor of Beekeeping Matthew Thomas
For about two decades, John W. Loftus was a devout evangelical Christian, an ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and an ardent apologist for Christianity. With three degrees - in philosophy, theology, and philosophy of religion - he was adept at using rational argumentation to defend the faith. But over the years, doubts about the credibility of key Christian tenets began to creep into his thinking. By the late 1990s, he experienced a full-blown crisis of faith. In this honest appraisal of his journey from believer to atheist, the author carefully explains the experiences and the reasoning process that led him to reject religious belief. The original edition of this book was published in 2006 and reissued in 2008. Since that time, Loftus has received a good deal of critical feedback from Christians and skeptics alike. In this revised and expanded edition, the author addresses criticisms of the original, adds new argumentation and references, and refines his presentation. For every issue, he succinctly summarizes the various points of view and provides references for further analyzation. In conclusion, he describes the implications of life without belief in God - some liberating, some sobering. This frank critique of Christian belief from a former insider will interest freethinkers as well as anyone with doubts about the claims of religion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Buzz Kemper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048126/bk_acx0_048126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What words come to mind when we think of God? Merciful? Just? Compassionate? In fact the Bible lays out God´s primary qualities clearly: He´s jealous, petty, unforgiving, bloodthirsty, vindictive - and worse! Originally conceived as a joint presentation between influential thinker and best-selling author Richard Dawkins and former evangelical preacher Dan Barker, this unique book provides an investigation into what may be the most unpleasant character in all fiction. Barker combs through both the Old and New Testaments (as well as 13 different editions of the ´´Good Book´´), presenting powerful evidence for why Scripture shouldn´t govern our everyday lives. This witty, well-researched book suggests that we should move past the Bible and clear a path to a kinder and more thoughtful world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins, Buzz Kemper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057912/bk_acx0_057912_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
C2, Zondervan, and World Vision are teaming together on the most ambitious and ecumenical curriculum promoting Christian social responsibility and justice ever conceived. This is a topic that has been building a great deal of buzz within the ranks of Church leadership, but has not yet ignited as an action-based movement among North American Christians. That´s 77 million potential Good Samaritans sitting in the pews. And the time is now. The people are ready. The market is ready for the book, START -- becoming a Good Samaritan. START´s headliner curriculum brings together topical experts, theologians, mega-church pastors, front-line workers, victims, encouragers, and even "unknowns" to offer a complete picture of the problem and a practical understanding of how to be a Good Samaritan right now, right where each of us lives. We are all too painfully aware that the Church today is not known as aGood Samaritan. We´re known more as the priest or the Levite from the story - or worse. Rick Warren put his finger on the aching need for this curriculum and book when he said, "It´s time for a second reformation, not one of theology, but of works." 1. Language: English. Narrator: Reneé Raudman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/000817/bk_zond_000817_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Step 13 is the true story of how one man struggled with alcohol addiction and how God used this life to bring glory to himself. Jim Brissey opens his heart and honestly portrays his day-to-day struggle to give up his ´´[G]ood friend, Buzz´´. As he shares his own struggles to overcome alcohol and worship God to the fullest, Jim testifies that God can indeed use anyone to bring others to him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josh Berndt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/119625/bk_acx0_119625_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Rift Walker is the second installment in the Vampire Empire trilogy. Set in a postapocalyptic world, this tale of courage, sacrifice, and heroism takes place against the backdrop of an age of steam and rational humanism, where the social elite have rejected religion and spiritualism as nothing more than quaint superstition. Brutal Vampire Clans rule half the world, keeping human herds for food, and Princess Adele, heir to the throne of Equatoria, is faced with grim choices. War is imminent and her marriage to the odious Senator Clark of America will cement an alliance uniting the Equatorian Empire and the American Republic. This integration of war machines is to be the opening volley in the campaign to reclaim the Northern Hemispheres. Unfortunately, Adele’s betrothed has a bloodthirsty war strategy, one the Princess finds as repulsive as the actions of the vampires they fight. Moments in advance of the Princess’s marriage to the Senator, the Greyfriar, legendary champion of the human resistance, rescues Adele before vampire assassins can murder her. While on the run from the agents of Prince Cesare, the acting Clan Lord of the Northern Vampires, Adele seeks to discover a way to protect her beloved Equatoria and prevent the genocide Clark intends to implement, all while trying to free herself from an unwanted marriage. Meanwhile, Cesare’s agents have struck deep at the heart of Equatoria and will stop at nothing to keep Adele from ascending to the throne. Treachery abounds; friendship, loyalties, and allegiances are tested. Will Princess Adele be able - with the help of her beloved Greyfriar; her devoted guard and faithful officer, Anhalt; and her mentor, Mamarou - to turn the tide before human civilization is forever shattered? 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Marsters. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/buzz/000012/bk_buzz_000012_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.