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Cass Tell

  • Social Code (Fiction)
    • One billion websurfers: beware of the Social Code Society! Doby, a curious and resourceful software engineer, plays an online computer game that rapidly invades his computer and his life. After encountering a sensual virtual character, and discovering the game’s nefarious intentions of dominating its players, he attempts to keep from being sucked into the game . . . and to stay alive. This speedy and suspenseful book presents the reality of an internet world where one’s personal preferences are monitored for marketing purposes, and as a means to dominate and control. It is imperative that you understand this power; otherwise you may unwillingly become part of the ‘Social Code Society’. Social Code: "The rules are good."

 

     
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Kevin Vanhoozer

  • First Theology: God, Scripture, and Hermeneutics
“This is a book on theological hermeneutics. It is a plea for being hermeneutical about theology and for being theological about hermeneutics. It is an argument for treating the questions of God, Scripture and hermeneutics as one problem. This one problem defines what I call ‘First Theology.’” – From the preface

 

     
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Kevin Vanhoozer

  • Is There A Meaning In This Text?
    • Is there a meaning in the Bible, or is meaning rather a matter of who is reading or of how one reads? Does Christian doctrine have anything to contribute to debates about interpretation, literary theory, and postmodernity? These are questions of crucial importance for contemporary biblical studies and theology alike. Kevin Vanhoozer contends that the postmodern crisis in hermeneutics—“incredulity towards meaning,” a deep-set skepticism concerning the possibility of correct interpretation—is fundamentally a crisis in theology provoked by an inadequate view of God and by the announcement of God’s “death.” Is There a Meaning in This Text? guides the student toward greater confidence in the authority, clarity, and relevance of Scripture, and a well-reasoned expectation to understand accurately the message of the Bible
     
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James K.A. Smith

  • The Fall of Interpretation: Philosophical Foundations For A Creational Hermeneutic
Many philosophers of the past century have focused on the problem of hermeneutics. Theologians have shared this concern because of their interest in interpreting biblical texts. As postmodern critics have challenged the possibility of understanding any texts, the issue of how to respond has become acute. Among myriad approaches to hermeneutics, both secular and Christian theorists have often assumed the same thing: that the need for interpretation is a lamentable, scandalous, even fallen affair. In an ideal world there would be no need for interpretation, since communication would be immediate, instantaneous and errorless. James K. A. Smith, in this provocative book, cogently surveys contemporary hermeneutical discussion, identifying three traditions and how they understand interpretation: a present immediacy model, an eschatological immediacy model and a violent mediation model. Questioning the foundational assumption that these models share, Smith deftly draws on and reworks Augustine's biblical understanding of the goodness of creation to propose a creational-pneumatic model of hermeneutics. In his words, such a hermeneutic "would link [Augustine's] insights on the temporality of human be-ing and language with his affirmation of the fundamental goodness of creation: the result is an understanding of the status of interpretation as a 'creational task,' a task which is constitutive of finitude and thus not a 'labor' to be escaped or overcome. Such an 'interpretation of interpretation' revalues embodiment and ultimately ends in a ethical respect for difference as the gift of a creating God who loves difference and loves differently."
     
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Craig Bartholomew

  • The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story –
In The Drama of Scripture, Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen provide an engaging overview of the storyline and theology of the Bible. As the authors suggest in their introduction, it is only as we read and appropriate the Bible "as our story" that we fully understand it and allow it to have authority over us. As we enter into the story of the Bible, we find God revealed there and are called to participate in his continuing activity. The biblical story, then, is foundational to Christian thinking and living. Working from this perspective, the authors survey the story in Scripture. Their work is part introduction, part commentary, part theology, and thoroughly engaging. They suggest two over-arching themes running throughout the story -"covenant" in the Old Testament and "the kingdom of God" in the New Testament. These two themes effectively summarize the activity of God throughout human history. They are ways of looking at the story in order to gain an understanding of God's purposes and to let them claim us. Bartholomew and Goheen work their way through the Bible as a drama with six acts - creation, sin, Israel, Jesus, mission, and new creation. Their study provides an introduction to the Bible and a commentary on important passages, but it is more than that. It is also a theological reflection on the ongoing story and a call for participation in God's grand narrative

 

     
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Gordon Fee, Douglas Stuart

  • How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth
The primary task of Bible study is to determine what the Scriptures meant at the time they were written and how that meaning applies to us today. This vital guide focuses on the historical contexts of the Bible and explains differences between the Old Testament narratives, the Epistles, Gospels, Parables, Psalms and more. It's a practical approach to Bible study -- one that makes good sense and is easy to understand. This new edition includes, among other changes, a new section on the Song of Songs and an updated list of recommended commentaries and resources.
     
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Hans Boersma

  • Violence, Hospitality and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition

    The cross is central to any understanding of Christian theology. But what is the primary significance of the cross: God's victory over death and hell? The moral example of a righteous sufferer? God's Son taking the punishment for the world's sin? Or is it possible that in our postmodern setting these traditional views of the atonement are irrelevant and outmoded? In this important study, Hans Boersma proposes an understanding of the atonement that is sensitive both to the Christian tradition and to postmodern critiques of that tradition. Throughout his work, Boersma takes seriously the critics of traditional atonement theology. He also acknowledges a certain paradoxical tension between violence and hospitality that will remain a mystery. Nevertheless, he offers a substantial response in the form of an alternative account of violence that also re-envisions the atonement as divine hospitality.
     
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Kevin Vanhoozer

  • The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology – Kevin Vanhoozer
Observing a strange disappearance of doctrine within the church, Kevin Vanhoozer argues that there is no more urgent task for Christians today than to engage in living truthfully with others before God. He details how doctrine serves the church—the theater of the gospel—by directing individuals and congregations to participate in the drama of what God is doing to renew all things in Jesus Christ. Taking his cue from George Lindbeck and others who locate the criteria of Christian identity in Spirit-led church practices, Vanhoozer relocates the norm for Christian doctrine in the canonical practices, which, he argues, both provoke and preserve the integrity of the church’s witness as prophetic and apostolic.
     
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Ralph McCall

  • Bring Your Vision To Life: The Guide For Turning “What If?” Into Reality --- Ralph McCall
Have you been postponing your passions for a life of reasonable routine? Do you dream of something greater for yourself and others? Are you tired of ending another day knowing that you were meant for something better? Whether small or large, your dreams can begin today. That's the premise of Bring Your Vision to Life. This book will help you explore your recurring wishes of how things could be that, if fulfilled, would make a significant difference in your life and the lives of others. It takes you on a twenty-five day journey through the concrete process of identifying, managing, and achieving a vision. Bring Your Vision to Life asks the question, "what is your vision?" knowing that if you can narrow your deepest God-given desires down to their essence, and plan for their realization, you can bring them to life. A five-week, group study guide is included in the book to help you turn "what if?" into reality. Stop putting your life on hold. Get ready to push 'play.' Get ready to bring your vision to life.
     
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