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Perfect Love : Understanding John Wesleys A Plain Account Of Christian Perf (Exp$14.00Add to cart
A Perfect Love is the full text of Wesley’s book. What makes this version unique is that the author has edited Wesley’s text and updated his language for the contemporary reader. Christian perfection is the doctrine that distinguishes Methodism from other Christian denominations. People who read and study this book will come away with a greater appreciation for this important doctrine. It will change their lives. It may even change their church.
A Perfect Love includes in-text definitions and notes that explain names and terms that may be unfamiliar to the reader. It also includes hymns by Charles Wesley that describe the work of grace in human lives that leads to perfection in love. In addition, Dr. Diana Hynson provides a study guide that may be used for individual or small group studies, and Dr. Marjorie Suchocki offers a careful theological and spiritual reflection on Wesley’s work.
Briefly, the term Christian perfection, as Wesley used and understood it, may be translated as “Christian maturity.” It is the process of “growing up” in the love of God and neighbor. It is “holiness of heart and life.” It is “having the same mind in you that was in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). Christian perfection is the goal of salvation; it is the outcome of a life lived with and for God in Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Divinity And Diversity$23.99Add to cart
One of today’s foremost theologians presents the case for embracing religious pluralism as integral to the Christian gospel. Religious pluralism is a fact in North American society today. More than at any other time, adherents of different religious traditions live, work, and play side by side. Yet the fact of religious pluralism creates a tension for a large number of Christians. At the same time they have realized that Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and members of many other religious groups have become their neighbors, they are also aware of Christian teachings that seem to exclude these groups. Statements such as “no one comes to the Father except through me,” and “outside the church there is no salvation,” seem to imply that these new neighbors are not part of the family of God, or at least that their religious beliefs and practices are not viable avenues to human wholeness and salvation.
In this insightful and irenic work, Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki demonstrates that Christians need not ignore, nor even compromise, the teachings of the gospel in order to accept and rejoice in religious pluralism. She argues that the Christian doctrines of creation, incarnation, the image of God, and the reign of God make the diversity of religions necessary. Without such diversity the rich and deep community of humanity that is the goal of the Christian gospel cannot be realized.
Along the way Suchocki rejects the exclusivist claim that there can be no relationship with God apart from the church, and the inclusivist idea that Christianity is the highest expression of the search for God, with other religions possessing in part that which Christians possess in full. She argues instead for a pluralist position, insisting on a full recognition of the distinctive gifts that all of the religious traditions bring to the human table.
In Gods Presence$17.99Add to cart
What are we really doing when we pray? Are we communicating with God or merely talking things over with ourselves? And isn’t it just a bit presumptuous to think that, with the whole vast universe to attend to, God is listening to our petty personal petitions? If you’ve ever asked yourself questions like these, this book is for you!