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mizpeh 07-09-2008 01:51 PM

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Acorn to an Oak by Loren Yadon

The Story of Early Christianity by Justo Gonzalez

Kings Kid 07-10-2008 08:36 PM

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I am currently reading
Destined to reign by Joseph Prince.

Raven 07-11-2008 09:33 AM

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Pagan Christianity, Viola & Barna
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Both are excellent!

Sam 07-11-2008 08:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Raven (Post 525436)
Pagan Christianity, Viola & Barna
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Both are excellent!

What is the Emphasized Bible and how is it different than the KJV (or other versions which are not "emphasized")?

Sam 07-22-2008 07:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Sam (Post 521336)
I also recently read Prophetical Research, The Study of Eschatology by Clyde J. Haney
actually this is Bro. Clyde Haney's notes on the Book of Revelation and was published by Nathaniel Haney

Well, since reading that one I've read (or reread) the following books by Nathaniel Haney which are based on his grandfather's teaching notes:
Daniel's 70 Weeks copyright 2004
A Mystery No More copyright 2004 (about the 7 churches in Revelation 2 and 3)
The Rapture of the Church copyright 2005

Sam 07-22-2008 07:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Sam (Post 526051)
What is the Emphasized Bible and how is it different than the KJV (or other versions which are not "emphasized")?

Bump for Raven (the nice one)

steve p 07-22-2008 08:41 PM

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Ragamuffin Gospel...Brennan Manning

Sam 07-22-2008 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by steve p (Post 540388)
Ragamuffin Gospel...Brennan Manning


I bought that book, or maybe I bought Abba's Child, years ago and have not read it yet (like lots of other books I have).

Brennan Manning was scheduled to come speak at the Vineyard several years ago but had to cancel out.

Sam 07-25-2008 07:48 PM

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Three more books I've read recently:

The Glorious Revival Under King Hezekiah by Wilbur M. Smith copyright 1937

Double Trouble for the Devil (The McCool Twins 50 years in the ministry, 1948-1998) copyright 1997

The Principles of the Doctrine of Christ by Eld. R.F. Tobin copyright 1948
Elder Tobin succeeded Bishop Haywood as pastor of Christ Temple

Sam 07-31-2008 07:59 PM

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A couple more books I have read recently:

Renewals Before Pentecost by C.E. Autrey, copyright 1960

Jesus' Blueprint for Prayer by Haddon W. Robinson, copyright 1989

Tim Rutledge 07-31-2008 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Margies3 (Post 29805)
If this is the library thread maybe you'd like to share what you are currently reading (besides the Bible, of course). Tell us a little about it. Maybe we'll be inspired to pick up a copy.

The magic of thinking big, and, Personality plus.

Sam 08-04-2008 08:22 AM

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Recent reading

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, by Philip Keller, copyright 1970 (I had previously read this while in the hospital after surgery in 1990)

I Shall Not Want by R.W. Schambach, copy right 1990

The Shepherd of Israel by M.R. DeHaan, copyright 1962

Just reading or re-reading these because I have some thoughts rattling around in my head about Jesus our Shepherd (John 10:1-30; Isaiah 40:10-11) and I may teach on that in this coming Wednesday's midweek service.

Sam 08-10-2008 04:48 PM

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Two more recent reads:

My Early Ministry by Rev. E.J. Douglas, no copyright date

Shineth More and More Unto A Perfect Day" by Lois Terrell copyright 2008

Sam 08-16-2008 08:25 PM

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Two more recent reads:
Twice Born Men by M.R. DeHaan copyright 1968
Three Kinds of Sinners by Jac Wyrtzen copyright 1963

Sam 08-21-2008 11:03 PM

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Earlier this evening I finished reading "Bug and Nona On the Go." It was written in i979 by Sis. Nona Freeman. A couple of days ago I had read her book titled "The Adventures of Bug and Me" which she wrote in 1977. These are both short books (one was 168 pages and the other was less) but tell stories of those two people who were greatly used by God.

I've recently read two other books (actually more like booklets) titled "What Is the Church?" by Paul Van Gorder and "The One True Church" by Dr. M.R. De Haan.

Kings Kid 08-25-2008 09:24 PM

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I'm currently reading release your anointing tapping into the power of the holy spirit by t.d. jakes

Cindy 08-25-2008 10:08 PM

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I am currently reading People Are Pitiful-And We're All People! By Ron Mullings.

Kings Kid 08-25-2008 10:37 PM

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Originally Posted by cneasttx (Post 575136)
I am currently reading People Are Pitiful-And We're All People! By Ron Mullings.

How is his book.

MamaHen 08-26-2008 05:34 PM

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Originally Posted by MamaHen (Post 522605)
I recently read "PaganChristianity?" by George Barna & Frank Viola - very good book.

and what did you think?

It is a VERY good book. I purchased it for my personal library.

I also bought the newer book by Viola, "Reimagining Church" but I haven't started reading it yet. I have heard that it greatly emphasizes "trinitarian" teachings though. It is next on my "to read" stack, but don't know when I will get to it now that school is in session for us.

At the moment, I am now reading "The Criminalization of Christianity" by Janet Folger.

Tina 08-26-2008 07:06 PM

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Just finished reading Dead Heat by Joel C Rosenberg. Someone on another forum recommended it, and it was really a good book. They didn't tell me that it was the final book in a 5 book series though. So now I have to find the other 4 books to read, because the one I just finished was very good.

Blubayou 08-26-2008 07:18 PM

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:gagaI am reading Nelson Demille's The Lion's Game. I love his writing- action packed, witty, and fast paced. It is also racey, and has curse words in it- but as my 86 year old mother says that also reads his book- I just skip over those parts and words.

Theresa 08-26-2008 08:44 PM

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I recently read "Reedeming Love" by Francine Rivers. I also read the book about Tamar in her 5 volume novella set....I've just started the one on Rahab and have Mary and Bathseba waiting in the wings...OH, and in the interim, I read The Shofar Blew by the same author.

Theresa 08-26-2008 08:46 PM

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and Oh, I bought Bro. Parkeys book on Proverbs at the MS Campmeeting...I've been browsing it....I really, really like it.

mizpeh 08-26-2008 08:52 PM

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Faith Has Its Reasons by Boa and Bowman.

An issue of Christian History and Biography on John Chrysostom.

ReformedDave 08-26-2008 08:55 PM

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Jonathan Edwards, A Life - by George Marsden and Doctrine of the Knowledge of God by John Frame.

steve p 08-26-2008 08:56 PM

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Im reading......this thread!

mizpeh 08-26-2008 09:05 PM

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Originally Posted by ReformedDave (Post 575955)
Jonathan Edwards, A Life - by George Marsden and Doctrine of the Knowledge of God by John Frame.

I'm trying to read, Mortification of the flesh, by John Owen, but can't quite get into it.

ReformedDave 08-27-2008 12:37 PM

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Originally Posted by mizpeh (Post 575973)
I'm trying to read, Mortification of the flesh, by John Owen, but can't quite get into it.

He's a tough read. Try his 'Death of Death".

A_PoMo 08-27-2008 01:55 PM

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"The Emotionally Healthy Church" by Peter Scazzero.

Michlow 08-27-2008 02:02 PM

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Just Recently finished "A Christianity Worth Believing" by Doug Pagitt, which I enjoyed very much.

I would say the best books I read thus far this year, were "Letters from a Skeptic" and "Is God to Blame?" both by Gregory A. Boyd

They really helped me gain a new focus on spiritual matters.

ReformedDave 08-27-2008 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Michlow (Post 576470)

I would say the best books I read thus far this year, were "Letters from a Skeptic" and "Is God to Blame?" both by Gregory A. Boyd

They really helped me gain a new focus on spiritual matters.

I'll bet they did!!!!

mgsmith 09-01-2008 03:03 PM

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I haven't gotten them yet, but there are 2 books I want to get very soon--
the first one is by my pastor, Martin Schmaltz, called "Apostolic Authority- Every Believer's Privilege". It can be found here, http://apostolicmissions.org/

The other is "Five-fold Ministry and Spiritual Insights" by Lee Stoneking, which can be found here- http://www.leestoneking.com/st/de.asp

I am really looking forward to Lee Stoneking preaching at the South Georgia Fall X-Treme 2008 in October (which this year, is at the church I attend) :hanky

Sam 09-03-2008 10:10 PM

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recent reads:

Are We Confused About Revival? by Richard W. DeHaan, copyright 1965
Fast Food Christianity by J.Scott Starling, copyright 2008

Scott Starling's mom (Jane) was married to my wife's father. I guess that would make Scott and my wife step brother and step sister but that marriage happened years after my wife and I were married and she never considered Jane to be a step mother but to be her father's wife. By the way, Scott has a brother named Bruce Starling and some of you may know him from when he went to Bible School in MS. I'm not sure if it was called TBC or JCM when he was there.

A_PoMo 09-03-2008 11:55 PM

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"Alternative Worship - Resources from and for the Emerging Church" by Jonny Baker & Doug Gay. Sally Morgenthaler wrote an illuminating and helpful foreward to the book that is worth reading in and of itself.

mgsmith 09-11-2008 04:38 PM

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Received and read my pastor's book ("Apostolic Authority- Every Believer's Privilege". It can be found here, http://apostolicmissions.org/). It was excellent. Very helpful to me.

Still waiting on Bro Stoneking's books to arrive in the mail.

Reading The Oneness of God by David K. Bernard at the moment. Excellent....also listening to his 2008 audio files from the church he pastors (New Life United Pentecostal Church in Austin TX). Spent a couple hours yesterday downloading all of them. Concentrating on the Wed night Bible studies on the doctrines of the New Testament church right now....also excellent (believe he has many books that cover this material, but the audios will do for now lol).

Timmy 09-19-2008 12:29 AM

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The Shack, by William P. Young.

Sam 09-20-2008 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Timmy (Post 593310)
The Shack, by William P. Young.

Let us know what you think of that book.
I've heard both good and bad about that book.
The good came from a Roman Catholic.
The bad came from someone who thought it was too "New Age" and synchrenistic.

Timmy 09-22-2008 01:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Sam (Post 594087)
Let us know what you think of that book.
I've heard both good and bad about that book.
The good came from a Roman Catholic.
The bad came from someone who thought it was too "New Age" and synchrenistic.

I finished it yesterday. I have mixed reactions, myself. Will go into more detail in a few days (I'm still on the road now, heading home), but briefly, I thought the story, as a vehicle for his message, was fairly creative and suited the author's purposes well. And it's a pretty good, engaging story. A little wordy and redundant, awkwardly written here and there, but overall, not a bad first novel.

On the downside, I found the buzz and the hype to be overly optimistic. It is trumpeted as providing answers to difficult questions. Why does God allow pain and suffering? Why is there evil? Well, its non-answer boils down to this: we don't know. "God" even admits this explicitly in the book. I don't have it in front of me, so can't quote it, but we hear God say something like "I didn't stop the bad guy from doing that horrible thing" (don't want to give too much away, for those who haven't read it yet) "for reasons you can't possibly understand yet" to the protagonist. And God, the creator of the universe, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving, could think of only two ways to have prevented that bad thing: 1. not create in the first place (no world, no human race, no nothin'), or 2. interfere with the bad guy's free will. Huh? I'm not all-wise or any of that, but even I could have thought of lots of other ways!

OK, there's more to it than that, but nothing that satisfies very well. And some of it is self-contradictory. Can't think of an example now, but maybe later.

And the author has the protagonist play into his theology in ways that very few normal humans would. He wants us to learn that man is nothing without God. We can't do anything right, without God's help. We're dumb. God asks him to define good and evil. He dumbly says that good is whatever makes him feel good, and evil is whatever hurts him. How many ordinary humans would answer in such a self-centered way?

Is the book "deep"? Oh, it's wrapped in a whole bunch of pop theology and counter-intuitive non-logic (sometimes, just being counter-intuitive adds credibility, for some reason!) to make it seem like it's so very deep. And yes, many of the ideas expressed are thought-provoking. But answers? Few and far between, I'm afraid. And very little, if any, that haven't been expressed before, when you boil it down.

Oh, one line stood out especially. God says "Maybe your understanding of God is wrong!" Dripping with irony, I thought. Yes, maybe Mack's (the protagonist's) understanding of God is wrong. But maybe the author's understanding is wrong! Maybe mine is! Maybe yours is! But the uncertainty doesn't stop some people from making a lot of statements of fact, with no way of knowing if they're true or not. Even if you accept the Bible's infallibility, there will be several contradictory interpretations flying around for almost any scripture. People simply repeat what they've been taught, after deciding which of those things they like best. That's what we all do, I suppose, myself included.

Did I say "briefly"? :toofunny Guess I got carried away. But I do have some more to say. If I get around to it. ;)

Timmy 09-22-2008 01:55 AM

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I should add a positive comment before I sign off.

A comment about forgiveness was good: "God" says it is primarily for the benefit of the forgiver. That's very true, IMO. It doesn't help me any to hold a grudge, and it doesn't even hurt the other guy (if that's my intention). In fact, if I let it, it can destroy me. Why give the guy that satisfaction?

Steve H 09-22-2008 03:38 PM

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I recently finished a book entitled The Timeless Age of God by Russell Redden. It deals with an approach to Oneness theology from the perspective of Christ entering the timeless abode of God, and from there being able (post resurrection glorified body) to step back into time at any place he desires, past or present. The book is filled with historical documentation that supports this idea as being a mainstay of thought in ancient Israel throughout the centuries. Without ever mentioning disparate views of the godhead it presents a very concise argument for Oneness beliefs. He culled information from every conceivable area of history. The level and quality of research is very impressive.

The book can be downloaded or purchased in paperback or hard cover at Lulu.com. I think it's going to be available on Amazon soon.

Full disclosure. I know the author very well, but my recommendation stands on the merits of the book and not on the length of our friendship.

Steve H


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