Christianity Lite

Author: Glen Berteau
Publisher: Charisma Media
ISBN: 1621362272
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We need more than a diluted, decaffeinated faith. We need the real thing. Almost every food and beverage today also has a “lite” version--potato chips, whipped cream, maple syrup, soda, beer... You may even remember an ad campaign for a light beer a few years back, “Tastes great. Less filling.” Many of us have taken that same attitude--sometimes even without realizing it--and applied it to our faith. We want blessings, but without obedience. Comfort, but without sacrifice. Happiness, but without repentance. As a result, we have watered down, decaffeinated, and diluted the message of the gospel until it really has no effect on our lives or the lives of others. In Christianity Lite Glen Berteau calls us back to the full gospel message: Jesus didn’t come to make our normal, selfish, sinful lives a little better. He came to radically transform life as we know it. This narrow way, the way of grace-inspired obedience, is the only way to find the real Jesus, real meaning, real hope, and a life where we’ll really live!

The Culturally Savvy Christian

Author: Dick Staub
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470344032
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In The Culturally Savvy Christian—his incisive critique of contemporary culture and religion—Dick Staub concludes that though it is influential, American popular culture is generally superficial (diversionary, mindless, and celebrity–driven) spiritually delusional (moralistic, therapeutic, and deistic) and soulless (sustained not by art, craft, and ideas, but by the mad pursuit of profit—propped up by marketing and technology). Similarly American Christianity has devolved into its own mindless, diversionary, and celebrity–driven superficiality. Because humans are created in God′s image with spiritual, intellectual, creative, moral, and relational capacities, we long for more, yet the true seeker faces the lose–lose alternatives of a soul–numbing culture and a vacuous Christianity–lite. The renaissance we need in both faith and culture will originate in a deep spiritual renewal that restores God′s image in us and creates a new breed of culturally savvy, thoughtful creatives who rekindle the spiritual, intellectual, and creative legacy of Christians as enrichers of culture.

Cristianismo Light Deje De Beber Un Evangelio Aguado Christianity Lite

Author: Glen Berteau
Publisher: Casa Creacion
ISBN: 162136187X
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Necesitamos algo más que una fe diluida y descafeinada. NECESITAMOS LO AUTENTICO. Casi todos los alimentos y bebidas de hoy tienen una versión "light"; las papas fritas, la crema batida, el jarabe de arce, las gaseosas, las bebidas... Incluso puede que haya escuchado campañas publicitarias sobre algunos de estos donde aluden a un sabor "mas suave y liviano". Muchos de nosotros hemos adoptado esta misma actitud, algunas veces sin darnos cuenta, y lo aplicamos a nuestra fe. Queremos las bendiciones, pero sin la obediencia. La comodidad sin el sacrificio. La felicidad sin el arrepentimiento. Como resultado de esto, hemos aguado, descafeinado y diluido el mensaje del evangelio hasta llevarlo a no tener ningún efecto en nuestras vidas o la vida de otros. En Cristianismo Light, Glen Beteau nos hace un llamado al mensaje del evangelio completo; Jesús no vino para mejorar nuestras vidas normales, egoístas y pecaminosas. Vino para transformar radicalmente lo que conocemos. Este camino estrecho, el camino de la obediencia inspirada en la gracia, es el único camino para encontrar al verdadero Jesús, un verdadero significado, una esperanza real y una vida en la cual vivamos auténticamente.

Shopping For God

Author: James B. Twitchell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416545729
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Not so long ago religion was a personal matter that was seldom discussed in public. No longer. Today religion is everywhere, from books to movies to television to the internet-to say nothing about politics. Now religion is marketed and advertised like any other product or service. How did this happen? And what does it mean for religion and for our culture? Just as we shop for goods and services, we shop for church. A couple of generations ago Americans remained in the faith they were born into. Today, many Americans change their denomination or religion, sometimes several times. Churches that know how to appeal to those shopping for God are thriving. Think megachurches. Churches that don't know how to do this or don't bother are fading away. Think mainline Protestant churches. Religion is now celebrated and shown off like a fashion accessory. We can wear our religious affiliation like a designer logo. But, says James Twitchell, this isn't because Americans are undergoing another Great Awakening; rather, it's a sign that religion providers-that is, churches-have learned how to market themselves. There is more competition among churches than ever in our history. Filling the pew is an exercise in salesmanship, and as with any marketing campaign, it requires establishing a brand identity. Successful pastors ("pastorpreneurs," Twitchell calls them) know how to speak the language of Madison Avenue as well as the language of the Bible. In this witty, engaging book, Twitchell describes his own experiences trying out different churches to discover who knows how to "do church" well. He takes readers into the land of karaoke Christianity, where old-style contemplative sedate religion has been transformed into a public, interactive event with giant-screen televisions, generic iconography (when there is any at all), and ample parking. Rarely has America's religious culture been examined so perceptively and so entertainingly. Shopping for God does for religion what Fast Food Nation has done for food.

Darwin Divinity And The Dance Of The Cosmos

Author: Bruce Sanguin
Publisher: Wood Lake Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1551455455
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In March 2005, the United Nations released its Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Among the findings: 2/3 of the world's ecosystems are seriously degraded; 90 percent of the world's fish stocks are depleted; and climate change is not just something that might happen, it is already upon us. Many people, including many Christians, will hear this and delude themselves into thinking that technology can and will save the day. A wiser and more helpful response, especially for Christians, is to find a way to step back into the flow of nature from which we have extricated ourselves. In "Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos", Bruce Sanguin shows us the way. Sanguin draws on the latest scientific understandings of the nature of the universe and weaves them together with biblical meta-narratives and frequently overlooked strands of the Judeo-Christian tradition to create an ecological and truly evolutionary Christian theology -- a feat few theologians have even attempted. This book -- and more importantly the work of integration it suggests -- represents a fundamental challenge to our theological and liturgical models. But for those who are ready and willing to embark on an exciting theological journey of discovery, it also represents a rich opportunity to become reacquainted with the Spirit of God moving in and through the very dynamics of an unfolding universe. In "Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos", Sanguin draws on the latest scientific understandings of the nature of the universe and weaves them together with biblical meta-narratives and frequently overlooked strands of the Judeo-Christian tradition to create an ecological and truly evolutionary Christian theology.

The Culturally Savvy Christian

Author: Dick Staub
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470344032
Size: 76.66 MB
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In The Culturally Savvy Christian—his incisive critique of contemporary culture and religion—Dick Staub concludes that though it is influential, American popular culture is generally superficial (diversionary, mindless, and celebrity–driven) spiritually delusional (moralistic, therapeutic, and deistic) and soulless (sustained not by art, craft, and ideas, but by the mad pursuit of profit—propped up by marketing and technology). Similarly American Christianity has devolved into its own mindless, diversionary, and celebrity–driven superficiality. Because humans are created in God′s image with spiritual, intellectual, creative, moral, and relational capacities, we long for more, yet the true seeker faces the lose–lose alternatives of a soul–numbing culture and a vacuous Christianity–lite. The renaissance we need in both faith and culture will originate in a deep spiritual renewal that restores God′s image in us and creates a new breed of culturally savvy, thoughtful creatives who rekindle the spiritual, intellectual, and creative legacy of Christians as enrichers of culture.

Christianity Beyond Belief

Author: Todd D. Hunter
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830832564
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Todd Hunter presents a new paradigm for Christian discipleship that shows how salvation is not just a question of whether we are saved but also a call to progressively grow more like Christ. Hunter's biblical perspective might just change the way you look at life forever.

Christians And The Common Good

Author: Charles Gutenson
Publisher: Brazos Press
ISBN: 144121447X
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Christians across the spectrum have soured on religious involvement in politics, tempted either to withdraw or to secularize their public engagement. Yet the kingdom of God is clearly concerned with justice and communal well-being. How can Christians be active in public life without getting mired down in political polarization and controversy? For too long, the question of faith in public life has centered on what the Bible says about government. Charles Gutenson, a theologian respected by both evangelical and mainline Christians, argues that we should first ask how God intends for us to live together before considering the public policies and institutions that would best empower living together in that way. By concentrating on the nature of God, we can move past presuppositions regarding the role of government and engage in healthy discussions about how best to serve the common good. This lucidly written book includes a foreword by bestselling author Jim Wallis.

Why Christianity Must Change Or Die

Author: John Shelby Spong
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061756121
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An important and respected voice for liberal American Christianity for the past twenty years, Bishop John Shelby Spong integrates his often controversial stands on the Bible, Jesus, theism, and morality into an intelligible creed that speaks to today's thinking Christian. In this compelling and heartfelt book, he sounds a rousing call for a Christianity based on critical thought rather than blind faith, on love rather than judgment, and that focuses on life more than religion.

Bad Religion

Author: Ross Douthat
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 143917833X
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Traces the decline of Christianity in America since the 1950s, posing controversial arguments about the role of heresy in the nation's downfall while calling for a revival of traditional Christian practices.