The Gospel According to Jesus

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The Gospel According to Jesus by John F. MacArthur Summary

The first edition of The Gospel According to Jesus won wide acclaim in confronting the “easy-believism” that has characterized some aspects of evangelical Christianity. Over the past 50 years, a handful of books have become true classics, revered world-wide for their crystal-clear presentation of the Gospel and lauded for their contribution to the Christian faith. These extraordinary books are read, re-read, and discussed in churches, Bible study groups, and homes everywhere. John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus is one of those books. In The Gospel According to Jesus, MacArthur tackles the idea of “easy believism,” challenging Christians to re-evaluate their commitment to Christ by examining their fruits. MacArthur asks, “What does it really mean to be saved?” He urges readers to understand that their conversion was more than a mere point in time, that, by definition, it includes a lifetime of obediently walking with Jesus as Lord. This 20th anniversary edition of MacArthur’s provocative, Scripture-based book contains one new chapterand is further revised to provide Christians in the 21st century a fresh perspective on the intrinsic relationship between faith and works, clearly revealing Why Jesus is both Savior and Lord to all who believe.

The Gospel According To Jesus Christ

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The Gospel According To Jesus Christ by José Saramago Summary

Saramago's Jesus is the son not of God but of Joseph. Mary Magdalene is his lover not his convert. In the wilderness he tussles not with the Devil – a kindly and necessary evil – but with God, a fallible, power-hungry autocrat. And he must die not for the sins of the fathers but for the sins of the Father. By investigating these simple inversions Saramago has woven a dark parable; a secular gospel of astonishing richness and depth. ‘An original, wild and beautiful book’ Times Literary Supplement

Good News

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Good News by John MacArthur Summary

Everything the Bible has to say about the gospel is simply an exposition of its central message: Jesus Christ lived and died to save sinners. The gospel is about Him, and it answers Jesus' key question: "Who do you say that I am?" It is good news. In Good News: The Gospel of Jesus Christ, Dr. John MacArthur examines the Bible's revelation of Christ and encourages Christians with the vast implications of all that Christ accomplished for them. This is a book to rekindle love and awe for the Savior.

The Gospel According to Paul

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The Gospel According to Paul by John F. MacArthur Summary

From master-expositor and Bible teacher John MacArthur, a revelatory exploration of what the apostle Paul actually taught about the good news of Jesus The apostle Paul penned a number of very pithy, focused passages in his letters to the early church that summarize the gospel message in just a few well-chosen words. Each of these key texts has a unique emphasis highlighting some essential aspect of the Good News. The chapters in this revelatory new book closely examine those vital gospel texts, one verse at a time. John MacArthur, host of the popular media ministry Grace to You, president of the Master’s University and Seminary, and longtime pastor at Grace Community Church, tackles such questions as, What is the gospel? What are the essential elements of the message? How can we be certain we have it right? And how should Christians be proclaiming the Good News to the world? As always, the answers John MacArthur gives are clear, compelling, well-reasoned, easy to grasp, and above all, thoroughly biblical. The Gospel According to Paul is written in a style that is easily accessible to lay people, including those who know very little about the Bible, while being of great value to seasoned pastors and experienced ministers.

The Gospel According to the Novelist

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The Gospel According to the Novelist by Magdalena Maczynska Summary

Why have so many prominent literary authors-from Philip Pullman and José Saramago to Michèle Roberts and Colm Tóibím-recently rewritten the canonical story of Jesus Christ? What does that say about our supposedly secular age? In this insightful study, Magdalena Maczynska defines and examines the genre of scriptural metafiction: novels that not only transform religious texts but also draw attention to these transformations. In addition to providing rich examples and close readings, Maczynska positions literary studies within interdisciplinary debates about religion and secularity. Her book demonstrates a surprising turn of events: even as contemporary novelists deconstruct the traditional categories of “secular” and “sacred” writing, they open up new spaces for scripture in contemporary culture.

Interpretation of Jesus Christ's Gospel According to St. John

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Interpretation of Jesus Christ's Gospel According to St. John by Enzo Nastati Summary

In the path of inner awakening there is a moment in which we perceive with our whole being the importance to find Truth, which brings us to faith in relationship with the Divine. This yearning of our soul corresponds to the moment in which we find the Gospels, which are the "Good News" that Christ brought to us. If, in this path of searching, we use our whole heart, our whole soul and our whole mind, then we can start to perceive John's Gospel in comparison to the other three, like a monument of incomparable greatness, harmony, and truth. This moment corresponds to the transition from "Simple" faith to "Conscious" faith. John's Gospel revolves primarily around the Greater "I" and the process that helps us with its conscious birth within us. The Gospel begins speaking about Logos, and so in the peculiarity of Jesus, in which in the moment of birth the Logos descended. In Luke's Gospel (2:6-7), he describes with extreme clarity this particular episode. Because of its importance and the little knowledge about it, we think it is important to talk about it. With John, we have the beginning of the Greater and Conscious "I" in a new relationship with the Divine, a relationship that can be called "direct worship," or "upside-down worship," since it flows from "below" to "above" without the help of mediators. In the end, we find in Saint John's Gospel the beginning of the institution of the New Community, which is based on love. It is an event in which metamorphosis surrounds all of his Gospel. It begins with the episode of the Marriage at Cana and ends with the well-known "Woman, see your child." Then he said to the disciple, "See your mother." From that moment on, the disciple took her with him (John 19:26-27). With this we can follow the transformation of the community from the blood (the family members at Cana) to love (John and the Mother at the cross). This profoundly esoteric and thoughtful exegesis and study aid will bring new depth to the the Gospel of St. John for "whoever has ears to hear." The author provides much food for meditation and study.

The Beginning of the Gospel

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The Beginning of the Gospel by Eugene LaVerdiere Summary

Mark wrote "the beginning of the Gospel" for Christians who thought it was the end. For that he told them a story of another time when Jesus' disciples thought it was the end but turned out to be the beginning. That is why the passion-resurrection of Jesus dominates the Gospel according to Mark. Using rhetorical and literary analysis, the author introduces Mark's story as the beginning of the Gospel as we enter the new millennium.

The Gospel According to Simon of Cyrene

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The Gospel According to Simon of Cyrene by Daniel Joseph Cesar Summary

This book provides the missing pieces to the jigsaw puzzle we call Jesus. The missing pieces are so different from the existing pieces present in the Gospels of the New Testament that a new and unfamiliar picture of Jesus emerges. Without this book, and especially the Gospel of Simon of Cyrene, it is impossible to understand Jesus and his life. What has come before is rendered irrelevant and incoherent. For example, the dominant culture in the Roman Empire and Judea was Greek no Jewish. Or that Jesus believed in Judaism in terms of Greek philosophy. So much we as Catholics hear about our church comes from Protestant sources without such information being identified as such. Popular opinions become accepted as fact when it is not challenged as false. The author presents primary source material which will clearly seperate fact from fiction. Once the readers read the words of Jesus and his deeds in this book, they will understand the man and his mission. The testimony of the early church fathers is there for anyone to read and comprehend the Catholic nature of the early church. Truly, this book has in it what every Catholic should know about their faith and church.

The Gospel According to the Apostles

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The Gospel According to the Apostles by John F. MacArthur Summary

Ever since the days of the apostles Paul and James, Christians have struggled to define the proper tension between faith and works. Salvation, Paul stresses is "not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). But James argues, "Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works" (2:18). In his characteristic compelling style Dr. MacArthur reconciles these two seemingly divergent threads of biblical truth, taking on the difficult questions head on: What is cheap grace? Have some Christians adopted a "no-lordship" theology? What must a person do to be considered righteous by God? Do our works have any affect on our salvation? Jesus asked his followers, "Why do you call me Lord and not do the things that I tell you to?" When John MacArthur dared in his earlier book to ask us this question, critics accused him of shelving grace. Others read the same book and heard in it the identical message preached since the founding of the Church. "The Gospel According to the Apostles is the same gospel Jesus preached," Dr. MacArthur says, "but it differs dramatically from the diluted message popular today. I pray you'll find this book an encouragement as you seek to put your own faith to work."

At Jesus' Feet

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At Jesus' Feet by Doug Batchelor Summary

"Someone to love me." That's all she wanted--all anyone really wants. We are all addicts, "sinaholics," says the author, trying to fill with various addictions a gaping void in our hearts designed for God. Take Mary Magdalene. She was a prosperous prostitute, but her life was one sad, sordid story--until she met Someone who loved her with a pure, unconditional love. Ever afterward the shame of her past was eclipsed by her absolute devotion to the One who set her free.

The Gospel According to Jesus

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The Gospel According to Jesus by Chris Seay Summary

Most Christians are living a distorted Christian life. You don't have to be one of them. Imagine a church where 84% of Christians are completely unfamiliar with the essential tenets of their faith, with a crippling misunderstanding of the word righteousness and, in turn, the gospel of Jesus. According to a recent survey conducted by Chris Seay and Barna Research Group, this is not just speculation; it's the reality for the church today. The Gospel According to Jesus takes an in-depth look at this research study, which examines our understanding of the command, "Seek first the kingdom and His righteousness." Most Christians define righteousness as morality. This means that what's being preached by the church is not at all the gospel Jesus intended for His followers. Through personal stories, interviews with today's church leaders, and a detailed study of the book of Romans, Chris uncovers a staggering disconnect between the gospel according to Christians and the gospel according to Jesus--the redeeming, restorative gospel that a broken world so desperately needs. Our role, he says, is to join Jesus in restoring the world. Will you?

The Gospel According to Mary, Mother of Jesus

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The Gospel According to Mary, Mother of Jesus by Donald W. Bartow Summary

The Gospel According to Mary, Mother of Jesus shares the heart of a special mother. With compelling compassion and tenderness, author Don Bartow captures the life of Jesus from the unique perspective of His mother, Mary, the woman God chose and blessed to bring His Son to Earth. Mary's Gospel chronicles her reflections on many life experiences which she may have "pondered in her heart". In the unique literary style of the gospels, Mary lovingly recounts years of memories, including the promise by a heavenly angel that she would conceive, by the Holy Spirit, a baby, "a Savior, who is Christ the Lord". The Gospel According to Mary, Mother of Jesus is a very moving and personal account of the life and ministry of her special son, Jesus. Creatively it presents the essence of the gospel of faith, hope, and love. This entertaining and enlightening journal flows tenderly from the heart of the aged mother of Jesus. It is scripturally sound, culturally sensitive, and in modern language. Spiritually powerful, Mary's entire gospel possesses a touching human quality sure to be an inspiration to young and old readers whether believers or unbelievers. This uplifting and life-enriching book is as easy to read as an entertaining suspense novel, while at the same time being as informative as a textbook. The author presents the life and times of Jesus as viewed through the tender eyes and heart of His mother. The Gospel According to Mary, Mother of Jesus seeks to open your eyes and heart to the struggles and love Mary experienced as the mother of the remarkable Jewish boy who grew to teach, perform miracles, suffer crucifixion, and bring salvation to the world. It presents a timeless story with a timely message.

The Gospel According to the Son

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The Gospel According to the Son by Norman Mailer Summary

Norman Mailer fused fact and fiction to create indelible portraits of such figures as Marilyn Monroe, Gary Gilmore, and Lee Harvey Oswald. In The Gospel According to the Son, Mailer reimagines, as no other modern author has, the key character of Western history. Here is Jesus Christ’s story in his own words: the discovery of his divinity and the painful, powerful journey to accepting and expressing it, “as if I were a man enclosing another man within.” In its brevity and piercing simplicity, it may be Mailer’s most accessible, direct, and heartfelt work. Praise for The Gospel According to the Son “Quietly penetrating . . . [Norman Mailer’s] gospel is written in a direct, rather relaxed English that yet has an eerie, neo-Biblical dignity.”—John Updike, The New Yorker “A book of considerable intellectual force . . . The writer’s powerful mind works in a specialized way, not by theological argumentation but by telling or retelling a story.”—The New York Review of Books “Challenges readers on the religious right and the atheist left with equally rich interpretive tasks.”—The Dallas Morning News “An informed and believable work of fiction . . . of what may have been going through the mind of Jesus during his epic ministry.”—San Francisco Chronicle Praise for Norman Mailer “[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation.”—The New York Times “A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent.”—The New Yorker “Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure.”—The Washington Post “A devastatingly alive and original creative mind.”—Life “Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.”—The New York Review of Books “The largest mind and imagination [in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book.”—Chicago Tribune “Mailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream.”—The Cincinnati Post From the Hardcover edition.

The Gospel According to Mark

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The Gospel According to Mark by C. F. D. Moule Summary

This volume on Mark's Gospel is one of the series of commentaries on the New English Bible designed for use in schools and training colleges, and for the layman. Each volume will comment on one book, or two or three short books, of the Bible, beginning with the New Testament, already published. In each the text will be given in full. Sections of text and commentary alternate, so that the reader does not have to keep two books open, or turn from one part of the book to the other, or refer to a commentary in small type at the foot of the page. Great care is being taken to see that the commentary is suitable to the student and the layman: there is no Greek or Hebrew, and no strings of biblical references, but the commentary does convey the latest and best scholarship. The general editors all have experience of teaching or examining in school and working with adults. There will also be a general introductory volume, Understanding the New Testament, and a volume of maps and plates, The New Testament Illustrated.

The Gospel According to Harry Potter

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The Gospel According to Harry Potter by Connie W. Neal,Samuel F. Parvin Summary

A companion to the best-selling The Gospel according to Harry Potter: Spirituality in the Stories of the World's Most Famous Seeker, this ten-session study, appropriate for youth and adults, explores the religious themes that are prevalent in the popular series of children's books and films. Each session recommends scenes from the DVD and video releases of the first two Harry Potter movies, along with corresponding passages from the books, to facilitate discussion.

Mark's Story

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Mark's Story by Tim LaHaye,Jerry B. Jenkins Summary

The thrilling new novel of the Jesus Chronicles from the authors of the multi-million bestselling Left Behind series. The phenomenal multi-million-selling Left Behind series has won legions of fans. Now Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins give us the second book in their bestselling Jesus Chronicles-biblically inspired novels that bring to life the story of Jesus as never told before. Mark's Story is a thrilling account that vividly depicts the last day before Jesus' crucifixion and the danger that early believers faced as they boldly proclaimed him Christ the Lord. Readers will discover firsthand the growth of the early Church, the struggles of Jesus' followers, the persecution they endured-and their bravery and passion, which laid the foundation for the Christian Church and still reverberates throughout the world today.

The Gospel According to Matthew

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The Gospel According to Matthew by A. W. Argyle,Aubrey William Argyle Summary

This volume provides an accessible, introductory commentary on the opening book of the New Testament: the Gospel of Matthew. Words, concepts, parables and historical context are explained.

The Gospel According to Luke

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The Gospel According to Luke by E. J. Tinsley Summary

This series of commentaries on the New English Bible is designed for use in schools and colleges, and for the minister and the layman. Each volume comments on one book, or a few short books, of the Bible, and in each the text is given in full. Sections of text and commentary alternate, so that the reader does not have to keep two books open, or turn from one part of the book to the other, or refer to a commentary in small type at the foot of the page. Great care has been taken to see that the commentary is suitable for the student and the layman: there is no Greek or Hebrew, and no strings of biblical references, but the commentary does convey the latest and best scholarship. The general editors all have experience of teaching or examining in school and working with adults.