Download and read online Welcome to College in PDF and EPUB In this engaging guide, Jonathan Morrow encourages students to consider and engage the issues they will face in the dorm, on campus, and in the college classroom. A great gift idea for all high school graduates!
Download and read online Think Christianly in PDF and EPUB Think Christianly is about seizing the opportunities we have every day to speak the life Jesus offers into our culture. Tragically, many such opportunities pass us by unclaimed—either because we don’t notice them or we have not prepared ourselves to enter into them. And those around us seem to grow increasingly unwilling to hear anything the church has to say. Jonathan Morrow helps church leaders envision and implement ways for their congregations to “think Christianly” about contemporary questions and to speak in informed, engaging ways. Morrow explores many of the important issues that Christians often hear raised with regard to faith—questions about who Jesus was, the good and bad of religion, pain and evil in the world, the reliability of the Bible, sexuality and intimate relationships, and hope for change, among others. The life and faith issues that Think Christianly addresses lead to cultural moments where Christianity and contemporary culture intersect. This book will help churches take vital steps toward cultivating compassion and competence in speaking faithfully to a questioning world.
Download and read online How to Stay Christian in College in PDF and EPUB When students go to college, they’re leaving behind their network of support and heading to a world with different perspectives, responsibilities, and expectations. Even for those going to “Christian” colleges, there’s no guarantee they won’t face challenges to their faith. So how do students stay Christian in college? How do they stay open about their faith in the face of potential ridicule? A must-read for every college student, How to Stay Christian in College will guide readers through the maze of campus realities. J. Budziszewski discusses the foundations of the Christian faith and directly addresses different worldviews and myths that students may encounter at college. Filled with quotes, statistics, resources, stories, and encouragement, this book will equip students to conquer the dangers that lie ahead.
Download and read online Can You Keep Your Faith in College in PDF and EPUB Is It Possible? Temptation abounds in this collegiate world immersed in the world. So, can you keep a God-centered, adventure-based, Christ-driven life throughout college? Abbie Smith found the answer to be a resounding YES! Packed with encouragement specifically for these trying years, Can You Keep Your Faith in College compiles experiences shared by students from more than thirty-five schools across the nation. You’re not alone in the struggle to maintain the faith you carried with you when you first set foot on campus. The book targets pertinent issues including, “The Transition,” academics, dorm life, peer pressure, extracurricular activities, sports, Greek life, dating, studying abroad, racial relations, and “God’s Surprise Encounters.” Don’t let your faith whittle away; build it up! It’s what defines you. College and Jesus. Can They Go Together? No one said it’d be easy. But here, voices from more than fifty campuses across America testify that it is possible. Can You Keep Your Faith in College? will help guide you through the best years of your life. From dorm and Greek life to dating and academia, every piece of the college equation becomes a loaded opportunity for you—and your faith—to thrive. “Abbie Smith has done a great service for high school students, parents, and guidance counselors by letting us hear directly from students who walk the campus world by faith.” Alec Hill President, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship “…a huge challenge for any believer in the university scene.” Louie Giglio Founder, Passion Conferences Bestselling author of The Air I Breathe “Abbie Smith has utilized her experience and been open in sharing the truths in a manner that will help students to better face the opportunities, trials and experiences of everyday college pressure and life.” Dal Shealy Retired President/CEO, Fellowship of Christian Athletes “This is an excellent book…down to earth, focused and real.” Jerry E. White, PhD President Emeritus and U.S. Board of Directors Chairman, The Navigators “Abbie Smith addresses a need that has been ignored for too long by the local church. Every high school senior and college freshman should read this book.” Andy Stanley Senior Pastor, campuses of North Point Ministries Story Behind the Book “Beginning my freshman year in college, God began drawing my heart to His. That spring, I trusted Christ as Lord and Savior and latched on to His journey. As an avid reader and eager Christian, I anxiously sought any material on faith-related topics. More specifically, I was craving material from people in my stage of life. It became quickly apparent, however, that collegiate voices had been overlooked, or at least left untold. This seemed a dangerous void. So with God’s provision, I setout to write a book that would tell the stories of common struggles Christians face in college everywhere. Thus began the vision of Can You Keep Your Faith in College. ” — Abbie Smith From the Trade Paperback edition.
Download and read online Mind Your Faith in PDF and EPUB The university world can be a confusing place, filled with many competing worldviews and perspectives. Beliefs and values are challenged at every turn. But Christians need not slip into the morass of easy relativism. David Horner restores sanity to the collegiate experience with this guide to thinking and flourishing as a Christian. Carefully exploring how ideas work, he gives you essential tools for thinking contextually, thinking logically and thinking worldviewishly. Here Horner meets you where faith and reason intersect and explores how to handle doubts, with an eye toward not just thinking clearly but also living faithfully. This is the book every college freshman needs to read. Don't leave home without it.
Download and read online Thriving at College in PDF and EPUB Going to college can be exciting, anxiety inducing, and expensive! You want your child to get the most out of their college experience—what advice do you give? Thriving at College by Alex Chediak is the perfect gift for a college student or a soon-to-be college student. Filled with wisdom and practical advice from a seasoned college professor and student mentor, Thriving at College covers the ten most common mistakes that college students make—and how to avoid them! Alex leaves no stone unturned—he discusses everything from choosing a major and discerning one’s vocation to balancing academics and fun, from cultivating relationships with peers and professors to helping students figure out what to do with their summers. Most importantly, this book will help students not only keep their faith but build a vibrant faith and become the person God created them to be.
Download and read online The Ultimate Guide to Being a Christian in College in PDF and EPUB When students turn 18 the world expects that they will be fully-fledged adults, yet without a solid faith foundation in a constantly changing society, they risk being pulled in a direction they shouldn’t go. When everything from cars to coffee is made to order, the youth worker’s challenge is to enable students to also “customize” their faith life in a way that they can become spiritually mature adults. The Long Haul tackles the questions students need to answer to prepare for the rest of their lives.
Download and read online Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans in PDF and EPUB Steve Wilkens introduces the study of philosophy by exploring a single issue from each of these well-known philosophers: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche and Sartre.
Download and read online Philosophy of Religion in PDF and EPUB This important new book is a combined anthology and guide intended for use as a textbook in courses on philosophy of religion. It aims to bring to the student the very best of cutting-edge work on important topics in the field. The anthology is comprised of six sections, each of which opens with a substantive introductory essay followed by a selection of influential writings by philosophers of religion: Religious Epistemology deals with the rationality and warrant of theistic belief. Existence of God presents the cosmological, teleological, axiological, noological, and ontological arguments for the existence of God. Coherence of Theism covers the divine attributes of necessity, eternity, omnipotence, omniscience, and goodness. Problem of Evil treats both the internal and external challenges posed by evil to theistic belief. Soul and Immortality explores the substantiality and immateriality of the soul and the implications for life after death of the body. Christian Theology handles problems posed by the Trinity, incarnation, atonement, damnation, and prayer. Presenting a sympathetic view of the topics it treats, Philosophy of Religion provides an ideal resource for studying the central questions raised by religious belief.
Download and read online Hard Questions Real Answers in PDF and EPUB William Lane Craig offers answers to questions commonly asked by Christians struggling with doubt or fear, showing that the only sure foundation for hope is God Himself.
Download and read online Surrender to Love in PDF and EPUB In this expanded edition of a spiritual formation classic, David G. Benner explores the twin themes of love and surrender as the heart of Christian spirituality. God doesn't want his people to respond to him out of fear or obligation, but invites us to enter into an authentic relationship of intimacy and devotion—by surrendering to love.
Download and read online Welcome Homeless in PDF and EPUB Homeless. No other word better describes our modern-day suffering. It reveals one of our deepest and most painful conditions—not having a sense of belonging. However, Alan Graham, founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Community First! Village, is improving the quality of life for a large quantity of people through sharing his personal story of becoming more human through humanizing others. Graham believes the more we can give people dignity, the power of choice, and genuine community, the better we’ll be able to offer solutions that will have impact on the world at large. And while his missionary work is focused on giving a home to the physically homeless, he also wants to transform the lives of every living person by shifting the paradigm in understanding what it means to be “home.” In Welcome Homeless, Graham delves deep into what it means to be connected to God, the earth, and each other. In doing so, he shows us the home we’ve all longed for but never had. Welcome Homeless is about becoming fully human by being fully present. It is about finally connecting with the disconnected and finding our identity through knowing the true identity of others. Graham wants to engrain the human story in you so deeply that you start being who you were made to be—that you start finally being like the image from which you were made and start empathizing instead of sympathizing with the people around you. Similar to how we can become 100 percent fully human by mimicking the ultimate image, we can shape a better world by mimicking the picture of the new heaven and the new earth—a picture that has reality at the heart of it but is beyond our imagination. Alan Graham also shares his personal story, the stories of the homeless, and the stories of those whose worldviews have been shifted by the homeless. Because of his raw, humorous, and honest voice, he achieves a rare and profound universality. Houses become homes once they embody the stories of the people who have made these spaces into places of significance, meaning, and memory. Home is fundamentally a place of connection and of relationships that are life-giving and foundational. Graham invites you to make everyone feel truly at home by finally inviting those living on the fringes of society into your heart. This is why Welcome Homeless is about doing, not saying. It is about taking the ultimate and forward-thinking vision of a new heaven and new earth and literally breaking the soil so that new earth can exist here today. It is about realizing that homelessness is not fundamentally a consequence of moral and spiritual inadequacies; but rather it is often the logical and economical outcome for a large part of our population. So, what does your vision of humanity and love look like? Whatever the vision, it should look like community. People should feel more alive after they meet you. When your consciousness changes from one of self-absorption to a consciousness aware of its human desire for connection, compassion, kindness, and beauty, you will start seeing things differently—and others will start seeing you made anew as well because the absolute greatest self-help occurs when you help others e.
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Download and read online Spiritual Mentoring in PDF and EPUB In this book Anderson and Reese show you how to mentor and be mentored as they introduce, chapter by chapter, the work of a different classical spiritual writer, including: *Augustine * Aelred of Rievaulx *John of the Cross *Julian of Norwich * Ignatius of Loyola *Teresa of Avila *Madame Jeanne Guyon.