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GOD WAS HERE.

IN THIS ISSUE

MAp GEEK? 4 EVIDENcE FOR CHRISTIAN cOUNSELING 6 THE cANONS LOADED QUESTIONS 7

SURPRIsED BY CIVILIZATION

FRoM THe PRoloGUe

I had come to Oxford and this year abroad in part to rest. . . . I wasnt burned out or washed out or struggling with my faith. I wasnt bitter or angry or trying to run away. I wasnt at a crisis point or lost or in need of direction. Any of these would have made a good story. But I was simply worn out, depleted, like Bilbo in the Lord of the Rings: I feel all thin, sort of stretched . . . like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. I needed time away, to rest, and to contemplate. . . .
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What I really needed was spiritual rest. I needed to take stock of my life, rediscover where I came from and where I may be going. I wanted to take a year to walk in the steps of

Jim Belcher (PhD, Georgetown) is associate professor of practical theology at Knox Theological Seminary. He is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Newport Beach, California, where he served from 2000-2010 and led a period of steady growth. He is the author of the award-winning book Deep Church.

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my heroes, read their books again and marinate in their livesgo deeper into their stories and learn from them all over again. It was going to be like a pilgrimage, a time to spiritually and experientially connect with the places and people that had most influenced me. And, most importantly, to reconnect with God. . . . This book is about the pilgrimage my family took to England and Europe from August 2010 to June 2011. When we set out for Oxford, . . . all we knew was that the journey would begin in Oxford. We had plans to travel to Europe, but we did not know if I would go alone or take the family along. Where and when we would go would have to unfold as part of the pilgrimage. But this was part of the adventure, enjoying the serendipity of travel, learning to depend on God, and being open to new and profound experiences.

PRaiSe foR IN SEARCH OF DEEP FAiTH Winston Churchill famously said, The farther

backward you can look, the farther forward you pilgrimage throughout Europe, In Search of

are likely to see. . . . The fruit of Jims year-long


Deep Faith is a personal, probing and provocative

adventure into the robust realism of the Christian faith. Highly recommended. author of One Way Love Tullian Tchividjian, senior pastor,

WaTcH a video of JiM BelcHeR oN DieTRicH BoNHoeffeR aT

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MAPPING HOLY GROUND

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From creation to the exodus to the birth of the church, this atlas maps out the history of the Bible concisely and comprehensively. All the great characters of the Bible can be found here in their own settingMoses, David, Solomon, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod, Jesus, Paul and more. Now their stories come to life in this condensed version of The IVP Concise Atlas of Bible History.

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Paul Lawrence (PhD, University of Liverpool) is an expert in Akkadian, Hebrew and Near Eastern archaeology currently working on Bible translations for SIL International. His professional archaeological experience includes a dig in northern Iraq along the Tigris River just north of ancient Nineveh. Richard Johnson (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) is affiliate assistant professor of church history at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has been the senior pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley, California, since 1984.

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Unique among Bible archaeology books, this compact, eye-catching resource combines history, geography and archaeology in one accessible and visually absorbing package.
AMoNG THe aTlaSS MaNY feaTUReS aRe:

numerous full-color maps a variety of panoramic reconstructions multiple site plans

dozens of color photographs clear chronological charts an index and gazetteer

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LUMINOUS
T. David Beck

Motivated by a life-altering experience of connection with Christs hands and feet in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, pastor and missionary David Beck explores the everyday, formational practices that push us toward our center in Christ and cause us to shine like stars in the world. Make no mistake: God intends for his children to be luminous. A great guide for any who care about living their faith, not just talking about it. Tim Morey, author of Embodying Our Faith
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EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES FOR CHRISTIAN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY


Edited by Everett L. Worthington Jr., Eric L. Johnson, Joshua N. Hook and Jamie D. Aten

Trends toward professional acknowledgment in recent years have created a demand for religious therapies to prove their metal in a secular, evidence-based context. While the research is still in its infancy, these essays weigh the merits of existing faith-accommodative treatments and approaches ranging from devotional meditation to marriage and family therapy. Includes a guide for conducting your own clinical trials.
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CHILDRENS MINISTRY IN THE WAY OF JESUS


David M. Csinos and Ivy Beckwith Foreword by John H. Westerhoff III

Parting ways with church-growth models that use kids to proselytize parents, childrens ministers David Csinos and Ivy Beckwith draw on research in human development to show what happens when church communities view children as spiritual beings, theologians, disciples of Jesus and fellow worshipers of God.
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THE MESSAGE OF THE PERSON OF CHRIST


Robert Letham

In this all-new addition to the Bible Speaks Today Bible Themes Series, Robert Letham calls on a range of key Old and New Testament texts to show how the narrative of the Bible, progressively and in evergreater detail, culminates in a vision of its central figure, Jesus Christ. Includes an appendix tracing the early churchs struggle to grasp this vision from Nicaea (a.d. 325) to Constantinople II (a.d. 553).
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THE QUESTION OF CANON


Michael J. Kruger

In this intuitive and erudite book, Michael Kruger casts a critical light on contemporary debates over the New Testament canon, suggesting that perhaps weve been asking the wrong questions. The lions share of scholarship today asks Why these books and not others? Kruger ventures another questionone that may well afford new perspectives on the premodern church Why a New Testament at all?
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APOLOGETICS

Making a case for what cannot be contained

A JIGSAw GUIDE TO MAKING SENSE OF THE WORLD


Alex McLellan

Alex McLellan shares his proven method for training and empowering Christian apologists. He encourages potential truth-tellers to proceed in piecing their worldview together, trusting that our fragments of truth will form the outline of Gods great picture.
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THE SwEDISH ATHEIST, THE SCUBA DIVER AND OTHER APOLOGETIC RABBIT TRAILS
Randal Rauser

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE


Peter Kreeft

THE BIOLOGY OF SIN


Matthew S. Stanford, PhD

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Come eavesdrop on a caffeinated debate between Randal Rauser and his atheist friend. As we follow them down rabbit trails and through personal revelations, we witness a paradigm shift in apologeticswhere a familiar quibble over terms becomes a mutual apprenticeship in the truth.
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Any reader sitting down to peruse these dialogues . . . [will] find himself roused, amused, entertained and instructed. Peter Kreeft does what all great teachers do: he returns us, again and again and again, to what T. S. Eliot called the permanent things.
Thomas Howard, author of The Novels of Charles Williams

Taking on major Christian preconceptions about sin, addiction and the role of the brain, neuroscientist Matthew Stanford shares what he has learned about biblical perfectionism, biological determinism and the vast territory inbetween.
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PARABLES
[Parables] capture the listener and make him a participant, overturning his world view and leading him to call into question his most basic values.

D. A. Carson

INTERPRETING THE PARABLES (SECOND EDITION)


Craig L. Blomberg

PARABLES
John White

THE PARABLES OF JESUS


David Wenham

Craig Blomberg surveys the contemporary critical approaches to the parablesincluding those that have emerged in the twenty years since the first edition. This widely used text has taken a minority perspective and made it mainstream, with Blomberg ably defending a limited allegorical approach and offering brief interpretations of all the major parables.
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These twelve studies by the late John White lead us to reflect on the parables of Jesushow they tend to sneak up on us, catch us off-guard and topple our easy assumptions. Each one of these masterful moral tales from Matthew and Luke will take you and your group down a deceptively familiar road, only to take an unexpected turnexposing your most basic thoughts to the healing light of Jesus.
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The Bibles most vivid portraits of Gods kingdom, with profound, millenarian reversals, come to us in the parables of Jesus. David Wenham offers a nontechnical but comprehensive study of dozens of these stories, drawing on their first-century religious and social setting and illuminating their significance today.
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SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Growth is no accident.

THE GIFT OF BEING YOURSELF


David G. Benner, Foreword by M. Basil Pennington

RUN wITH THE HORSES


Eugene H. Peterson

INVITATION TO A JOURNEY
M. Robert Mulholland Jr.

SANCTUARY OF THE SOUL


Richard J. Foster

In a series of profound reflections on the life of Slowly we are unpacking Jeremiah the prophet, Eugene Peterson explores the full implications the heart of what it of incarnation. David means to be fully and Benner does exactly the same in this excellent book, genuinely human. using good theology, psychol- His writing is filled ogy and spiritual practice to with humor and selfmake the profound obvious. reflection, insight and wisdom, helping to set a This is the work of all course for others in the good teachers. quest for life at its best. Richard Rohr, OFM, 213 PAGES, PAPERBACK, Center for Action and 3706, $15.00, Contemplation ClUb PRice: $10.50
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In the finest tradition of spiritual literature, Robert Mulholland helps Christians new and old to understand that we become like Christ gradually, not instantly. He reviews the classical spiritual disciplines and demonstrates the importance of undertaking our spiritual journey with and for others.
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Richard Foster equips Christians to embark successfully on the journey of meditative prayer. Featuring short chapters on the method of meditative prayer, insights from classical Christian writers and reflections from the authors own experience with extended prayer, Sanctuary of the Soul may be the last introduction to prayer youll ever need.
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THE CANON
The church no more gave us the New Testament canon than Sir Isaac Newton gave us the force of gravity. -J. I. Packer

THE CANON OF SCRIPTURE


F. F. Bruce

THE MAKING OF THE NEw TESTAMENT (SECOND EDITION)


Arthur G. Patzia

OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY


Paul R. House

IS THE NEw TESTAMENT RELIABLE? (SECOND EDITION)


Paul Barnett

In this landmark study, distinguished exegete F. F. Bruce recounts the fascinating historical processes that brought about the canonization of the Old and New Testaments and the ensuing waves of scrutiny as critical climates have changed in ancient, medieval, early modern and modern eras.
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Now revised and expanded, Arthur Patzias textbook tells the unlikely story of the origin, collection, copying and canonizing of the New Testament documents. You will be brought into the work of numerous biblical scholars who followed subtle clues and whispers of evidence to come to the full story of the New Testament canon.
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A student-friendly offering geared to a wide audience, Paul House models a thematic approach to Old Testament theology, moving book by book through the Hebrew canon. An invaluable resource for pastors and lay teachers of the Bible.

Tremper Longman III


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Increasingly, the reliability of not just the New Testament but any document of history is called into question. In Is the New Testament Reliable? Paul Barnett defends the task of the historian and the concept of history, and ultimately shows that we can take confidence in the New Testament, for it tells us the truth.
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A good book for better understanding ourselves, the Christian world as it now exists and the Bible.
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A book that should be read by everyone concerned with freedom of conscience.


Peter L. Berger, professor emeritus, Boston University

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes


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Os Guinness

The Global Public Square


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The God-Shaped Brain


Timothy R. Jennings, M.D.
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Alan Fadling
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James Bryan Smith
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Mapping the Origins Debate


Gerald Rau
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