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The Word of God in English
Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation

by Leland Ryken

Since the Bible is God's holy Word, translators have a heavy responsibility to provide accurate and reliable translations. Leland Ryken asserts that Bible translation should be essentially literal – any translation violating how language is dealt with in everyday life as well as in scholarly pursuits cannot be based on the right theory. Ryken describes the translation principles that make for reliable English Bible translation, looks at common translation fallacies, and offers principles for good translation. He probes the theological, ethical, and hermeneutical issues involved and surveys difficulties with modern translations.

Published by Crossway Books: $15.99


Think Like Jesus
Make the Right Decision Every Time

by George Barna

Have you ever wondered why research consistently shows that most born again Christians are indistinguishable from non-Christians in their attitudes and behavior? Have you been concerned that the Church is not having the influence it ought to have on our society?

George Barna addresses these important issues in this compelling new book. The premise is simple: you cannot act like Jesus until you think like Jesus. Barna contends that the key is developing a worldview that incorporates critical Scriptural principles and translates those beliefs into specific action.

Published by Integrity Publishers: $19.99


Making Sense of the Trinity
3 Crucial Questions

by Millard J. Erickson

Despite the common use of the phrase Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, many Christians and plenty of nonbelievers lack an understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. This often is a barrier to faith or growth, but one that can be overcome when explored openly and thoroughly. The Trinity has much to teach us about the essence of God and our relationships with one another.

In Making Sense of the Trinity, Millard J. Erickson demonstrates the biblical foundation, logic, and importance of the Trinity as he answers these three questions:

Is the doctrine of the Trinity biblical?

Does the doctrine of the Trinity make sense?

Does the doctrine of the Trinity make any difference?

Published by Baker Books: $12.99


Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
edited by Chad Brand, Charles W. Draper & Archie England

The Holman Bible Dictionary edited by Trent C. Butler has become one of the best-selling Bible reference tools since its publication in 1991. Now this revised and expanded edition called the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary offers even greater value to Bible students and teachers.

The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary is designed both for those who need information quickly and those who want in depth treatments of hundreds of topics. Each entry begins with a brief definition of the word followed by more detailed information.

Published by Broadman & Holman: $29.97


Bible Navigator
by WORDsearch

Ask anyone the number one frustration when using Bible software and you'll get the same response: It's not easy to use. The makers of Bible Navigator hope to change all that.

Bible Navigator is a new Bible software tool designed by WORDsearch Corp for LifeWay Christian Resources' technology division in conjunction with Broadman & Holman Publishers. The basic version offers two different Bible translations and seven reference books.

The software offers user-friendly features for comparing different translations on the same screen and the ability to locate cross-references quickly. Pop-up windows enable users to read the text of a Scripture verse with their choice of translation without opening a separate window. The desktop feature allows customized screens for different users, and a built-in word processor allows students to write study or sermon notes without leaving the software.

Basic Version: $19.95


The Homosexual Agenda
by Alan Sears & Craig Osten

Authors Alan Sears and Craig Osten expose the goals of the homosexual movement and its rising legal activism. The homosexual agenda has as its primary aim to "trump" the rights of all other groups, especially those of people of faith. The saddest part of the story is that it is working.

In 1988, 74.9 percent of the American public thought that sex between two people of the same gender was always wrong. By 1998, the percentage had fallen to 54.6 percent. Sears and Osten provide well-documented proof that America; is not only becoming more tolerant of homosexuality, through the indoctrination of children, positive exposure on TV, and the support and approval of corporate America, it is becoming less tolerant of those who disagree.

Published by Broadman and Holman: $14.99


A Minister's Treasury of Funeral and Memorial Messages
by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, pastor of the 10,000-member First Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida, has provided a much-needed manual for pastors, ministers, and laymen alike who are called to minister in funeral and memorial services. He has been a pastor for thirty-six years and also served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Published by Broadman and Holman: $16.99


Spurgeon on Leadership
Key Insights for Christian Leaders from the Prince of Preachers

by Larry J. Michael

The impact of Charles Haddon Spurgeon continues to inspire evangelical leaders more than a century after his death. The nineteenth century "Prince of Preachers" demonstrated leadership ability that remains pertinent and applicable today.

This in-depth look at Spurgeon includes leadership principles and practical innovations, allowing Spurgeon a voice in Christian issues in the current socio-politico-religious setting.

Published by Kregel Academic & Professional: $15.99

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