Bitten by a Camel: Leaving Church, Finding God

Fortress Press - Kent dobson climbed Mount Sinai in search of the God who had eluded him. Instead he got bitten by a camel. Dobson was climbing the ladder of Christianity, teacher, too: a worship leader, and ultimately senior pastor of one of the largest and most prominent churches in America. And it is ultimately, like the message of Jesus himself, hopeful.

But he was growing disillusioned with the faith, at least inside the shell of organized religion. One sunday morning, he preached to his congregation, “I don’t know what the word God even means anymore. He soon left the church, but his quest for God became more intense than ever. In bitten by a camel, life-giving, but on the foundation of Jesus and the Bible, Dobson deconstructs much of what passes as Christianity, he reconstructs a faith that is fulfilling, and true—true to himself and true to God.

Bitten by a Camel: Leaving Church, Finding God - . Dobson’s message is funny, poignant, and winsome.

Postcards from Babylon: The Church In American Exile

Spello Press - He does so in a way that deeply resonates with the primal claims of evangelical theology. The original gospel proclamation that the lord of the nations was a crucified Galilean raised from the dead and that salvation was found in vowing allegiance to Jesus of Nazareth unleashed a shock wave that turned the Roman Empire upside down.

Postcards from babylon diagnoses the diabolical and invites us to become pilgrims on Christ’s narrow road that delivers us out into life. Jarrod mckenna, pastor, founder of First Home Project for refugees in Australia. Read it and you’ll see why. But what about contemporary american christianity? is it the countercultural way of Jesus or merely a religious endorsement of Americanism? In his provocative book, Postcards From Babylon, Brian Zahnd challenges the reader to see and embrace a daring Jesus-centered Christianity that can again turn the world upside down.

In a bold and daring articulation, brian Zahnd has sketched a 'Theology of the Cross' for our time and place in the United States of the twenty-first century. Then see what happens as these Postcards from Babylon do their work in you and in others. Brian D. Include a note asking if they’d be willing to talk with you about it after they read it.

Postcards from Babylon: The Church In American Exile - Mclaren, author of the great spiritual migration"This love letter from a concerned pastor will enrage contemporary Pharaohs and their false prophets who blaspheme by blessing everything that Christ came to free us from. Immediately read one—underline it and extract quotes from it to share on Facebook and Twitter, and refer to it in sermons and casual conversations.

What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything

HarperOne - You cannot get to the holy without going through the human, Rob tells us. To get to the heart of the bible’s meaning, we should be asking: "what’s the story that’s unfolding here and why did people find it important to tell it? What was it that moved them to record these words? What was happening in the world at that time? What does this passage/story/poem/verse/book tell us about how people understood who they were and who God was at that time?" In asking these questions, Rob goes beyond the one-dimensional question of "is it true?" to reveal the Bible’s authentic transformative power.

Rob addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as God’s Word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies in Scripture. What is the bible? provides insights and answers that make clear why the Bible is so revered and what makes it truly inspiring and essential to our lives.

What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything - Rob takes us deep into actual passages to reveal the humanity behind the Scriptures. Using the same inspired, inquisitive approach, he now turns to our most sacred book, the Bible. When considering a passage, we shouldn’t ask "Why did God say. With what is the bible?, he recaptures the Good Book’s magic and reaffirms its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today.

. Instant new york times bestsellerrob bell, the beloved author of love wins and what we Talk About When We Talk About God, and relevant than we ever imagined—and offers a cogent argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, new way.

Cross Vision: How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence

Fortress Press - Now, with the sensitivity of a pastor and the intellect of a theologian, Gregory A. He shows how the death and resurrection of jesus reframes the troubling violence of the Old Testament, and, most importantly, how all of Scripture reveals God’s self-sacrificial love, how we can follow Jesus’ example of peace.

Renowned pastor-theologian Gregory A. Boyd proposes the “cruciform hermeneutic, ” a way to read the Old Testament portraits of God through the lens of Jesus’ crucifixion. In cross vision, boyd follows up on his epic and groundbreaking study, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God. Boyd tackles the Bible’s biggest dilemma.

Cross Vision: How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence - The old testament god of wrath and violence versus the New Testament God of love and peace—it’s a difference that has troubled Christians since the first century.

Heretic!: An LGBTQ-Affirming, Divine Violence-Denying, Christian Universalist's Responses to Some of Evangelical Christianity's Most Pressing Concerns

Quoir - And while nothing in heretic! is completely unique—that is, much of the theology contained herein goes as far back as Christianity itself—Distefano creatively puts his unique perspective and humor onto the pages with care. Contrary to what some may say, rather than being the product of a demonic lie, this book, is an open and honest set of answers to the questions wrestled with by countless Christians the world over.

Refreshing and liberating, this is a must read for any who dare question their inherited doctrines.

How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That’s Great News

HarperOne - It does not hold easy answers to the perplexing questions and issues that confront us in our daily lives. Controversial evangelical bible scholar, popular blogger and podcast host of the Bible for Normal People, and author of The Bible Tells Me So and The Sin of Certainty explains that the Bible is not an instruction manual or rule book but a powerful learning tool that nurtures our spiritual growth by refusing to provide us with easy answers but instead forces us to acquire wisdom.

But when we allow the bible to determine our expectations, not answers, is the Bible’s true subject matter, we see that Wisdom, ” writes Enns. Moving us beyond the damaging idea that “being right” is the most important measure of faith, Enns’s freeing approach to Bible study helps us to instead focus on pursuing enlightenment and building our relationship with God—which is exactly what the Bible was designed to do.

But the bible is not static, Peter Enns argues. The bible, in other words, really isn’t the problem; having the wrong expectation is what interferes with our reading. Rather than considering the bible as an ancient book weighed down with problems, and contradictions that must be defended by modern readers, flaws, Enns offers a vision of the holy scriptures as an inspired and empowering resource to help us better understand how to live as a person of faith today.

How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That’s Great News - Rather, the bible is a dynamic instrument for study that not only offers an abundance of insights but provokes us to find our own answers to spiritual questions, cultivating God’s wisdom within us. This distinction, is important because when we come to the Bible expecting it to be a textbook intended by God to give us unwavering certainty about our faith, he points out, we are actually creating problems for ourselves.

How the bible actually Works makes clear that there is no one right way to read the Bible.

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News

WaterBrook - What zahnd experienced instead was the Father’s love—revealed perfectly through Jesus Christ—for all prodigal sons and daughters. God is wrath? or god is love?in his famous sermon “sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, violent, ” Puritan revivalist Jonathan Edwards shaped predominating American theology with a vision of God as angry, and retributive.

. Haunted by fear that crippled his relationship with God, Zahnd spent years praying for a divine experience of hell. Three centuries later, Brian Zahnd was both mesmerized and terrified by Edwards’s wrathful God. In sinners in the hands of a loving god, zanhd maintains that the summit of divine revelation for sinners is not god is wrath, Zahnd asks important questions like: Is seeing God primarily as wrathful towards sinners true or biblical? Is fearing God a normal expected behavior? And where might the natural implications of this theological framework lead us?   Thoughtfully wrestling with subjects like Old Testament genocide, eternal punishment in hell, and the final judgment in Revelation, the crucifixion of Jesus, but God is love.

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

Thomas Nelson - Undaunted by the bible's most difficult passages, imagining, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, and debating Scripture's mysteries. The bible, is not a static work but is a living, captivating, breathing, she discovers, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God's loving and redemptive work in the world.

. If the bible isn't a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her--and it will change you too.

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again - Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, short stories, original poetry, retelling them through memoir, soliloquies, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, and even a short screenplay.

Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism

Westminster John Knox Press - In telling his story, gushee speaks to the cultural divisions of a generation, as well as of today, and to those who have themselves been disillusioned by many battles within American Christianity. In this provocative tell-all, david gushee gives an insider's look at the frictions and schisms of evangelical Christianity, based on his experiences that began with becoming a born-again Southern Baptist in 1978 to being kicked out of evangelicalism in 2014 for his stance on LGBT inclusion in the church.

When do we compromise, jobs, and security? as he takes us through his sometimes-amusing, and when we do we stand our ground? Is holding to moral conviction worth sacrificing friendship, and always-stirring journey, sometimes-heartbreaking, Gushee shows us that we can retain our faith in Christ even when Christians disappoint us.

Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism - . As he describes his own struggles to find the right path at different stages of his journey, he highlights the turning points and decisions that we all face. But gushee's religious pilgrimage proves even broader than that, his difficult days at the liberal Union Seminary in New York, as he leads his reader through his childhood experiences in Roman Catholicism, his encounters with the Christian Right, and more.

What We Talk About When We Talk About God

HarperOne - At the same time, many intuitively feel a sense of reverence and awe in the world. How god is described today strikes many as mean, backward, illogical, tribal, primitive, and at odds with the frontiers of science. Can we find a new way to talk about god?pastor and new york times bestselling author Rob Bell does here for God what he did for heaven and hell in Love Wins: he shows how traditional ideas have grown stale and dysfunctional and reveals a new path for how to return vitality and vibrancy to how we understand God.

Bell reveals how we got stuck, and how we can reconnect with the God who is with us, why culture resists certain ways of talking about God, and ahead of us, for us, pulling us forward into a better future—and ready to help us live life to the fullest.

The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and the Discovery of Faith

Howard Books - Just perhaps, says rollins, the radical message found in Christianity might be one that the church can show allegiance to. In the same vein as rob bell’s bestseller Love Wins, this book pushes the boundaries of theology, presenting a stirring vision at the forefront of re-imagined modern Christianity.

In divine magician, each part comes into play as he explores a radical view of interacting with the world in love. As a dynamic speaker as he is in writing, Rollins examines traditional religious notions from a revolutionary and refreshingly original perspective. Rollins argues that the christian event, reenacted in the Eucharist, is indeed a type of magic trick, one that is echoed in the great vanishing acts performed by magicians throughout the ages.

The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and the Discovery of Faith - In this mind-bending exploration of traditional Christianity, firebrand Peter Rollins turns the tables on conventional wisdom, offering a fresh perspective focused on a life filled with love. Peter rollins knows one magic trick—now, make sure you watch closely. At the heart of his message is a life lived through profound love.

In an effort to unearth the power of Christianity, Rollins uses this framework to explain the mystery of faith that has been lost on the church. In this trick, disappears the Turn, a divine object is presented to us the Pledge, and then returns the Prestige. It has three parts: the Pledge, the Turn, and the Prestige.

But just as the returned object in a classic vanishing act is not really the same object—but another that looks the same—so this book argues that the return of God is not simply the return of what was initially presented, but rather a radical way of interacting with the world.