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The Apologetics Study Bible

Real Questions. Straight Answers. Stronger Faith. The Apologetics Study Bible will help today's Christians better understand, defend, and proclaim their beliefs in this age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism. More than one hundred key questions and articles placed throughout the volume about faith and science prompt a rewarding study experience at every reading. Highlights of this new thinking person's edition of God's Word include the full text of the popular Holman Christian Standard Bible translation, two-color page layout, an introduction to each Bible book focusing on its inherent elements of apologetics, and profiles of historic Christian apologists from Justin Martyr to C. S. Lewis. (B&H Publishing Group, $39.99)


ESV, The Literary Study Bible
Editors: Leland Ryken and Philip Graham Ryken

The ESV Literary Study Bible approaches the Bible as literature and shows how the application of literary tools of analysis helps tremendously in reading and understanding the Bible. Readers are introduced to the literary features of each book of the Bible and to each section within each book. While traditional Bibles are reference books, this is truly a reader's Bible. The format and commentary make it ideal for private devotional reading, for preachers and Bible teachers, and for use in group Bible studies. (Crossway Books, $49.99)


Believer's Baptism
Editors: Thomas R. Schreiner and Shawn Wright

Is believer's baptism the clear teaching of the New Testament Scriptures? What are the historical and theological challenges to believer's baptism? What are the practical applications for believer's baptism today? Volume two in the New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology series for pastors, advanced Bible students, and other deeply committed laypersons addresses these compelling questions. (B&H Publishing Group, $19.99)


A Theology for the Church
Editor: Daniel L. Akin

An immense 992-page work, with contributions from leading Baptist thinkers Albert Mohler, Jr., Paige Patterson, Timothy George, and many others, addressing four major issues in regard to eight Christian doctrines:
What does the Bible say?
What has the Church believed?
How do the doctrines fit together?
How does each doctrine impact the church today? (B&H Publishing Group, $49.99)


Comeback Churches
by Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson

Research shows that over time, most churches plateau and then eventually decline. Typically, they start strong and experience periods of growth, then stagnate and lose members. Since 1991, the North American population has increased by 15 percent while the number of "unchurched" people has increased by 92 percent. Large church houses that were filled in the 1950s and '60s now hold a fraction of their capacity. To counter this trend, authors Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson surveyed three hundred churches from across ten different denominations that recently achieved healthy evangelistic growth after a significant season of decline. What they have discovered is an exciting method of congregation reinvigoration. (B&H Publishing Group, $17.99)


Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples
by Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger

The simple revolution has begun. From the design of the iPod to the uncluttered Google home page, simple ideas are changing the world. Simple Church clearly calls for Christians to return to the simple Gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. Based on case studies of four hundred American churches, authors Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove that the process for making disciples has quite often become too complex. Simple churches are thriving, and they are doing so by taking these four ideas to heart: Clarity. Movement. Alignment. Focus. (B&H Publishing Group, $12.99)


The Divided States of America?
What Liberals AND Conservatives are missing in the God-and-country shouting match!

by Richard Land

A popular look at the separation of church and state: what it is, what it isn't, and why it matters for the future of religion in America. An alarm-ringing but intelligent and fair-minded revelation of the backlash against traditional moral values, presented in an accessible and practical way using the sports analogy of fair play. (Thomas Nelson, $22.99)


Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
General Editor: William D. Mounce

Presenting the Vine's of the 21st century! From the author of the best-selling biblical Greek textbook, this volume draws on world-class contemporary scholarship to set a new standard in biblical word studies. No knowledge of Greek required. Perfect for busy pastors and anyone who wants to better understand God's Word. (Zondervan, $29.99)


The Word of Promise, NKJV — New Testament Audio Bible, CD — Unabridged

A twenty-hour, twenty-CD, diverse star-studded audio Bible production of The New Testament. This multi-voiced faithful rendering of the NKJV New Testament is presented in a compelling, dramatic audio theater format. The arresting world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before. (Thomas Nelson, $49.99)


Facing The Giants, DVD

From the award-winning producers of Flywheel comes a new, action-packed, family-friendly drama about a high school football coach who draws up a new game plan for his team … and himself. In his six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never had a winning season. Even the hope of a new season is squelched when the best player on his Shiloh Eagles decides to transfer schools. After losing their first three games of the season, the coach discovers a group of fathers are plotting to have him fired. Combined with pressures at home, Coach Taylor has lost hope in his battle against fear and failure. However, an unexpected challenge helps him find a purpose bigger than just victories. Daring to trust God to do the impossible, Coach Taylor and the Eagles discover how faith plays out on the field … and off. DVD and ministry resources available from LifeWay at www.lifeway.com/facingthegiants. (Provident-Integrity Distribution, $19.98)


Flywheel — Director's Cut, DVD

From the creator's of Facing The Giants, comes Flywheel — Director's Cut, which has been re-edited with lots of new bonus features, including an eight-part Bible study featuring clips from the film! Jay Austin wants to sell you a used car in the worst way … and that's exactly what he'll do! No one can trust him — especially his wife and son. Yet as Jay restores a classic convertible, he sees God working to restore him as well. Get ready to cheer and cry as Jay Austin begins the ride of his life when he learns to honor God with his business, his relationships, and his life! (Provident Distribution, $19.98)

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