3b: Resources … books and websites

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Note: It is strongly suggested that you  print off  a complete section for reading

through at a later date than trying to read the content of this website directly off

the computer  screen.

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These pages are given to highlight further issues of building Christian

community around the world. Jesus Christ needs to be at the centre of all efforts

to building that community. Then there needs to be a wholistic emphasis on the

inner person (our spirit), middle person (our soul of mind,  will and emotions)

and our outer persons (our physical body), as being necessary for building

effective community.

There are several categories here as part this Resources page:

        • Websites …… the linked websites in the left hand column of

                                this website

        • CD’s and DVD’s ….. still under construction

        • Recommended Books ….. still under construction

        • Past E-mail Broadcasts …… the linked websites in the left

                                hand column of this website

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Websites:

These websites have been grouped initially into two broad sections then four

finer categories in the last section of four categories based on the ideas below:

1.JESUS CHRIST ….. THE ORIGIN OF ALL THINGS:

  • Look at the website by my friend Ian Thomson. He addresses these issues in a

         way I never could. In http://ianthomsonian.org/ he addresses topics such as:

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2. INNER  PERSON (our spirit):

see the Blog Site: http://2innerpersonourspirit.blogspot.com/

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3. MIDDLE PERSON (our soul of mind, will and emotions):

see the Blog Site: http://3middlepersonoursoulofmind.blogspot.com/

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4. OUTER PERSON (physical body)

Practical application of our Christian  Worldview And The Outer

Created Order ….. how did we get here? ….. through Evolution or a

Special Creation?). See the Blog Site:

http://4outerperson.blogspot.com/

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Recommended Books: …..

Book Depository in the United Kingdom ….. millions of books available …. Delivery around the world is included

in the price of the book.

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Heavenly Man, The by Hattaway Paul, Brother Yun.

Publisher Descriptions

The true story of how God took a young, half-starved  boy from

a poor village in Henan Province, China, and  used him to preach

the gospel despite intense persecution.

[Publisher]

The Heavenly Man is the intensely dramatic story of how God took a young,

half-starved boy from a poor village in Henan Province and used him mightily

to preach the gospel despite horrific opposition. Brother Yun is one of China’s

house church leaders, a man who despite his relative youth has suffered

prolonged torture and imprisonment for his faith. His account challenges any

complacency about the situation in China, where  international economic

investment ignores the   brutal fact that religious   persecution is still a daily

reality for millions.

Instead of focusing on the many   miracles or experiences of suffering,

however, Yun prefers to emphasize the  character and beauty of Jesus. This

astonishing book will form a watershed in  your spiritual life.

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Publisher Descriptions

A leading voice at the crossroads of faith and politics offers a prophetic   appeal

for our times: faced with a growing gap between the rich and poor,   bombarded

by national security alerts that ratchet up our stress levels,  taxed by a

government  that spends billions of dollars on war – where do we   find hope?

In this revised and updated edition of his classic, Jim Wallis insightfully critiques

contemporary culture and politics, inspiring us with  stories to convert our way

of thinking and point to a solution to our current  social and political dilemmas.

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Call To Conversion, The (Revised and Updated 2005) …

(Why Faith Is Always Personal but Never Private)

Wallis Jim (Author of the New York Times bestselling God’s Politics)

Paperback

Publisher Descriptions

Put Your Faith into Action!

A leading voice at the crossroads of faith and politics offers a prophetic  appeal

for our times: faced with a growing gap between the rich and poor, bombarded   

by national security alerts that ratchet up our stress levels,  taxed by a

government that spends billions of dollars on war – where do  we find hope? In 

this revised and updated edition of his classic, Jim Wallis  insightfully critiques

contemporary culture and politics, inspiring us with stories to convert our way

  of thinking and point to a solution to our current  social and political dilemmas.

– Publisher

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God’s Politics

Wallis Jim (Author of the New York Times bestselling God’s Politics)

Publisher Descriptions

Since when did believing in God and having moral values make you  pro-war,

pro-rich, and pro-Republican? And since when did promoting  and pursuing

a progressive social agenda with a concern for economic  security, health care,

and educational opportunity mean you had to put   faith in God aside?

While the Right in America has hijacked the language of faith to prop up its 

political agenda – an agenda not all people of faith support – the Left hasn’t 

done much better, largely ignoring faith and continually separating moral 

discourse and personal ethics from public policy. While the Right argues that 

God’s way is their way, the Left pursues an unrealistic separation of religious

values from morally grounded political leadership. The consequence is a false

choice between ideological religion and soulless politics.

The effect of this dilemma was made clear in the 2004 presidential  election.

The Democrats’ miscalculations have left them despairing and

searching for a way forward. It has become clear that someone must

challenge the Republicans’ claim that they speak for God, or that they

hold a monopoly on moral values in the nation’s public life.

 

Wallis argues  that America’s separation of church and state does not require

Banishing  moral and religious values from the public square. In fact, the very

Survival of America’s social fabric depends on such values and vision to shape

Our politics – a dependence the nation’s founders recognized.

God’s Politics offers a clarion call to make both our religious communities

and our government more accountable to key values of the prophetic

religious tradition – that is, make them pro-justice, pro-peace, pro-environment,

pro-equality, pro-consistent ethic of life (beyond single  issue voting), and

pro-family (without making scapegoats of single mothers  or gays and lesbians).

Our biblical faith and religious traditions simply do not allow us as a nation  to

continue to ignore the poor and marginalized,  deny racial justice, tolerate  the

ravages of war, or turn away from the human rights of those made in the  image

of God.

These are the values of love and justice, reconciliation, and  community that

Jesus taught and that are at the core of what many of us believe,  Christian or

not. In the tradition  of prophets such as Martin Luther King Jr.,  Dorothy Day,

and Desmond Tutu,  Wallis inspires us to hold our political leaders  and policies

accountable by integrating our deepest moral convictions into our  nation’s

public life.

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Velvet Elvis … Repainting the Christian Faith Rob Bell.

Publisher Descriptions

“Somewhere in my basement sits a Velvet Elvis – a painting of the   King himself,

air-brushed onto black velvet in a wooden frame.  What if the painter of my Velvet

Elvis announced there was no more   need to paint, that he had painted the

ultimate painting? We would think  he had lost his mind because of our

instinctive  understanding that art is  never done – it’s the endless process of

learning,exploring, shaping and forming.

 

And it’s no different with faith. The Christian faith will never be complete. We will

always be exploring and discovering what it means to live in harmony with   God

and each other. If we don’t, our faith may end up in the basement.  This book is

about the endless need to keep painting . . . Rob Bell.”

– Publisher.

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Irresistible Revolution, The

Claiborne Shane

Publisher Descriptions

Living as an Ordinary Radical, using unconventional examples from  his own

life, Shane Claiborne  stirs up questions about the church and  the world, and

challenges readers to truly live out their Christian faith.

 

Many of us find ourselves caught somewhere between unbelieving activists 

and inactive believers. We can write a cheque to feed starving children or  hold

signs in the streets and feel like we’ve made a difference without ever 

encountering the faces of the suffering masses. In this book, Shane Claiborne

describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, inviting us into   a

movement of the Spirit that begins inside each of us and extends into a  broken

world. Shane’s faith led him:

        • to dress the wounds of lepers with Mother Teresa

        • visit families in Iraq amidst bombings

        • dump $10,000 in coins and bills on Wall Street to redistribute 

                                wealth.

Shane lives out this revolution each day in his local neighbourhood, an  

impoverished community in North Philadelphia, by living among the homeless, 

  helping local kids with homework, and “practicing resurrection” in the 

forgotten places of our world. Shane’s message will comfort the disturbed, 

and disturb the comfortable but will also invite us into an irresistible  revolution.

His is a vision for ordinary radicals ready to change the world  with little acts

of love.

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Simply Christian by Tom Wright

Simply Christian is essential reading for anyone who wants to consider the real fundamentals of

Christianity or is intrigued by its claims about the place of justice, beauty and love in our daily lives.

Written in a lively and accessible style, though rooted in solid scholarship, this book describes the

exciting relevance of the Bible and the Christian story for the contemporary world.

Not since C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity has there been such a thrilling attempt to re-express the heart

of the Christian faith and the transformation it offers to every area of personal and social life.

SIMPLY CHRISTIAN is essential reading for anyone who wants to consider the real fundamentals of Christianity or is

intrigued by its claims about the place of justice, beauty and love in our daily lives.

Written in a lively and accessible style, though rooted in solid scholarship, this book describes the exciting

relevance of the Bible and the Christian story for the contemporary world.

It is laid out helpfully in three sections. The first opens with the frustrated longings of humanity for justice,

spirituality, relationships and beauty: why are things like this, do they have to be so and can life be lived differently?

Tom Wright then sets out the central Christian belief about God and his creation, and explores the biblical analysis

of what’s wrong with the world. He explains God’s plan for its renewal, and the central importance of Jesus.

In the final section, he explores what it means to follow Jesus, to be energized by the Holy Spirit and to advance

God’s plan for our world.

“Brilliant Bishop Wright is one of God’s best gifts to our decaying Western church, and would-be learners and

teachers of the faith will gain hugely from these fascinating pages.” – J.I. PACKER, professor of theology,

Regent College.
– Publisher.

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No God But One: Allah Or Jesus? by Nabeel Qureshi:

 Both Islam and Christianity teach that there is only one God, and so many people see them as similar and overlapping. Bestselling author Nabeel Qureshi takes readers on a compelling journey that compares the two faiths in detail, revealing their radically different natures.

On account of the superficial points of agreement between Islam and Christianity, many don’t see how tremendously deep the divides between them really are, and fewer still have considered the evidence for each faith. How is Jihad different from the Crusades? Can we know the life of Jesus as well as the life of Muhammad? What reason is there to believe in one faith over the other, and what difference can the Gospel really make?

In No God But One, New York Times bestselling author Nabeel Qureshi takes readers on a global, historical, yet deeply personal journey to the heart of the world’s two largest religions. He explores the claims that each faith makes upon believers’ intellects and lives, critically examining the evidence in support of their distinctive beliefs. Fleshed out with stories from the annals of both religions, No God But One unveils the fundamental, enduring conflict between Islam and Christianity-directly addressing controversial topics like Jihad, the Crusades, Sharia, the Trinity, and more.

Readers of Qureshi’s first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, will appreciate his careful and respectful comparison of Islam and Christianity. Both religions teach that there is No God But One, but who deserves to be worshiped, Allah or Jesus?


– Publisher

See the  book  in the Christian bookshop in Koorong in Australia

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Books on the New Spirituality Movement:

There are two religious spiritualities vying for the modern mind:

1. A Spirituality from Jesus Christ …. there is a great need to  equip the

Church to answer, in the power of the gospel, the questions emerging in a

culture dominated by planetary paganism, for the sake of her evangelism and

her intentional Christian living.

There is a further need:

  • To train a new generation of scholars and leaders to understand and inform

  • the

        Church  of the challenge of global paganism.

  • To understand the richness of the Christian gospel and the Bible’s worldview

         in light  of the  post-modern pagan option.

  • To instruct members of Christ’s Church around the world about the

          implicationsof living in and witnessing to a pagan world.

  • To give an understanding of the counter-cultural character of the Christian

Worldview to the  next generation of Christians, born into a paganized culture

that claims to be just and normative,  and dismisses Christianity as mere bigoted

“traditionalism,” by giving Christian youth an understanding  of the timeless

character of the Christian/pagan antithesis.

The New Spirituality: This spirituality is quite different to the Spirituality

from Jesus Christ as described  In the page Spirituality from Jesus Christ

…. where they are coming from.  Each is vying for the modern mind.

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See the website at: http://www.truthxchange.comDr. Peter Jones has written

and he Has many books which are available in the Online Store section of the

website. See the section for viewing his online books at

http://www.truthxchange.com/store/

See the section for viewing his online books at

http://www.truthxchange.com/store/

Two of his excellent books are:

  • ‘Gnostic Empire Strikes Back’ by Peter Jones …. Gnostic Empire Strikes

        Back  sounds the alarm of the New Age threat, comparing it to the ancient

Christian heresyof Gnosticism.

  • Spirit Wars by Peter Jones …. Spirit Wars demonstrates that at the dawn

  • of a  new millennium, two world views (the only two) collide: pagan monism

and theism — the earth goddess or the God who made heaven and earth. At the

heart of our culture wars are Spirit Wars.

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Robert Bell Books, DVD’s and Videos:

Robert Holmes Bell Jr. (born August 23, 1970) is a best-selling  author,

Christian speaker, and the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church located in

Grandville, Michigan. He is also the featured speaker in the first   series of

spiritual short films called NOOMA, and has been tagged by some  in the press

as “the next Billy Graham.”[1] Bell and his wife, Kristen, have two boys and

live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Bell

See a different website on Rob Bells Church: http://www.marshill.org/

When you put Rob Bell into a search engine like Google, you find many listings

for Rob Bell.

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PAST E-MAIL BROADCASTS ….. See the following stories:

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PAST KEN AND  HARRIET PLACE E-MAIL BROADCASTS …..

E-mail broadcasts to lighten up your day …. bring some fun, laughter and a

different perspective on life.

From a Christian Spirituality: Proverbs 15:13-15 “A merry heart maketh a

Cheerful  countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. The heart

of him that hath  understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools

feedeth on foolishness.  All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a

merry heart hath a continual feast.”

See the following e-mails:

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