"Why are so many Christians bored? Could it be that the well-meaning attempt to simplify the gospel message for contemporary culture has produced churches full of discouraged people secretly longing for something more? Jesus Cropped from the Picture describes this phenomenon and proposes a return to our sacred roots as a guard against spiritual lethargy and a way to enhance spiritual vibrancy."
"The Christian faith is anchored on the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, whose incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection forever changed the world. This book suggests how we can renew our contemporary faith again, by rediscovering these roots, our Sacred Roots, by retrieving the Great Tradition of the Church that launched the Christian revolution."
"To sojourn on spiritual pilgrimage is one of the most vivid and vibrant motifs of spiritual formation in Scripture for the people of God. As a special companion for the Sacred Roots Annual, A SojournerÂs Quest is filled with prayers, resources, and insights that will refresh and nourish you greatly as you walk in the Living Way of Christ!"
"Rev. Don Allsman, vice president of World Impact and Satellite Director, has written a masterful textbook for urban leaders on how to organize resources for maximum success. Entitled, The Heroic Venture: A Parable of Project Leadership, this book surveys the wisdom of project management using the expedition of the Lewis and Clark as an organizing center."
"Without question, the most dynamic spiritual force in the Church is the Spirit-inspired and illumined Word of God, the Holy Scriptures. This module highlights the dynamic power of the Word of God to both convert the lost, and secure the called into the full will of God."
"Of all the subjects preached and taught by Jesus of Nazareth, none are as significant and controversial as the subject of the Kingdom of God. In four lessons, this module provides a birdÂs eye view of the Reign of God, from a discussion how GodÂs absolute sovereignty and lordship of God was defied by the devil and the first human pair to the inauguration of GodÂs reign in Jesus Christ."
"The Church of God in Jesus Christ is one of the most refreshing and important themes of all the Scriptures. Jesus of Nazareth, through his death, burial, and resurrection, has been exalted as head over his new people, those called to represent him in the earth and bear witness of his already/not yet Kingdom."
"In this important module we explore various biblical perspectives of mission and GodÂs people, from the perspective of Mission as Drama, as Romance, and as War. Each of these biblical images provides insight into the character of GodÂs covenant promise and his working through the various epochs or sections of time to bring about redemption in Christ."
"In this course we outline the need for biblical interpretation, and what is required to carry out this great task. We will explore both the divine and human dimensions of the Bible, and introduce an effective method of biblical interpretation designed to help you approach your study of Scripture so as to bridge the gap between our ancient and contemporary worlds."
""This module covers in broad outline the systematic categories of the study of Âtheology proper.Â We begin by outlining the concepts of general and special revelation, and carefully explore the importance of studying the doctrine of God in terms of God's immanence, i.e., his present and active involvement in creation, as well as his transcendence, God's infinite nature and unknowableness.""
""This course explores the roles and offices of four of the critical positions of leadership in the Church. The Christian Leader as Deacon probes the foundations of Christian leadership as it relates to the offices and functions of the diaconate, or ministry of deacons, as a servant, a steward, and an assistant.""
""This module covers in a broad outline the key dimensions of evangelism and spiritual warfare, including the BibleÂs telling of the war of the universe that was caused by the disobedience of the devil and humankind. God's good creation was made subject to demonic powers and death, and humankind is now enslaved by selfishness, disease, alienation, and death.""
""In the lessons included in this volume we examine the relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament through the idea of progressive revelation, as well as consider how the events, institutions, and persons of the OT represent an analogy where we can understand the larger relationship of God with all of the redeemed through Jesus Christ.""
""In this important course we first consider the significance of the Nicene Creed for Christological studies, especially how it frames Christ's work as two movements: his humiliation (i.e., his becoming human and dying on the cross for our sakes) and his exaltation (his resurrection, ascension, and the hope of his return in power).""
""This module specifically covers four critical dimensions of effective Christian leadership. We begin with a focus on effective worship leading, with a special focus on the role of ministering the Word and Sacrament among the people of God. We also consider the role of the Christian leader in Christian education.""
""In this module we explore the vision of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting in the city. Here we affirm the lordship of Jesus Christ, who as risen Lord and God's anointed Messiah, has been exalted to the position of head over all things to the Church and as Lord of the harvest. As Lord, he calls us to penetrate our oikos (household networks) in urban, cross-cultural evangelism.""
""After summarizing the critical perspectives and processes associated with a profitable study of the life of Christ, we consider the birth, infancy, and childhood narratives of the Messiah. We see that the New Testament reveals in the Gospel accounts of the Apostles that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah who fulfills the promise of God for salvation, redemption, and revelation.""
""This module explores the person and work of the Holy Spirit, beginning with the biblical evidence of God the Spirit as the third person of the one Trinitarian God. We begin our study by exploring the biblical portrayal of the Spirit as a divine person who both is God and who consciously acts as God.""
""This module focuses on the role of Christian leaders to equip the saints through the ministry of preaching and teaching. We first consider the ministry of proclamation (kerygma) and then highlight dimensions of the ministry of teaching (didache).""
""We begin our study by defining the concept of the world from a biblical point of view, and assess the different ways in theological tradition that church/world relationships have been understood in the history of the Church.""
"Sin lugar a dudas, la fuerza espiritual mÃ¡s activa de la iglesia es la Palabra de Dios, inspirada e iluminada por el EspÃritu, es decir, las Sagradas Escrituras. Como discÃpulos de Jesucristo, creemos firmemente en el poder de la Palabra de Dios para crear, convencer, convertir y llamar."
"De todos los temas que predicÃ³ y enseÃ±Ã³ JesÃºs de Nazaret, ninguno es tan significativo y controversial como el tema del Reino de Dios. Tanto los expertos conservadores como los liberales concuerdan en que el tema favorito de JesÃºs, que predicÃ³ y enseÃ±Ã³ con mÃ¡s frecuencia, es el Reino de Dios. Fue su mensaje de salvaciÃ³n, su plan general y el centro de su teologÃa."
"El estudio de la persona de Dios, el Padre Todopoderoso, es uno de los estudios mÃ¡s importantes y enriquecedores de la Palabra de Dios. Afecta todos los componentes del discipulado, la adoraciÃ³n y el ministerio. Tal como nuestro SeÃ±or JesÃºs dijo: ÂY esta es la vida eterna: que te conozcan a ti, el Ãºnico Dios verdadero, y a Jesucristo, a quien has enviadoÂ (Juan 17.3)."
"QuizÃ¡ no hay nada mÃ¡s importante en la salud de una congregaciÃ³n cristiana que la prÃ¡ctica de un liderazgo cristiano efectivo. Dios ha levantado a hombres y mujeres con dones para cuidar de su pueblo, a fin de ejercer una supervisiÃ³n que sana y bendice a la iglesia."
"Como discÃpulos de JesÃºs del siglo XXI en las ciudades de Estados Unidos, deseamos ser fructÃferos en la obra de Dios: ministrando a los perdidos y contribuyendo con el avance del Reino de Jesucristo (Juan 15.8,16). Dios ha ordenado que produzcamos fruto abundante y duradero en nuestra generaciÃ³n, llevando las Buenas Nuevas del amor de Cristo hasta los confines de la tierra."
"El ministerio de la Palabra de Dios es de vital importancia en el ministerio facultativo. Pablo les dice a los efesios que Dios ha otorgado a la Iglesia apÃ³stoles, profetas, evangelistas, y pastores y maestros a fin de que capaciten a los santos en la obra del ministerio para edificaciÃ³n del cuerpo de Cristo (Ef. 4.11-12)."
"Conforme al claro testimonio de las Escrituras acerca de sÃ mismas, Dios capacita a sus representantes mediante la Palabra de Dios, inspirada por el EspÃritu, es decir, las Escrituras. Cada persona que Dios llama al ministerio deberÃ¡ tener la determinaciÃ³n de disciplinarse, a fin de dominar el contenido de la Palabra, someterse a sus mandatos y enseÃ±ar sus verdades."
"Existen pocas verdades teolÃ³gicas en la historia de la Iglesia que han provocado tanta controversia, discordia y divisiÃ³n como la doctrina del EspÃritu Santo. Partiendo de antiguas desaveniencias sobre la Trinidad y la ÂprocesiÃ³nÂ, hasta las controversias modernas acerca del bautismo y los dones del EspÃritu Santo, estos temas han provocado que creyentes sinceros..."
"Descansar en la peregrinaciÃ³n espiritual es uno de los motivos mÃ¡s vivos y vibrantes de la formaciÃ³n espiritual en la Biblia para el pueblo de Dios. Como un compaÃ±ero especial para el anuario de RaÃces Sagradas, el libro ÂLa bÃºsqueda del peregrinoÂ estÃ¡ lleno de oraciones, recursos y conocimientos que le refrescarÃ¡n y nutrirÃ¡n en gran medida al caminar en el Camino viviente de Cristo."