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  1. Sin and the Fall

    Sin and the Fall

    Narrator: Ben Hunter
    Runtime: 0.75 Hrs - Unabridged
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    A pastor traces the extent and effects of sin in the world and draws readers to the Bible's teaching on sin and the fall. A quick glance at a newspaper will indicate that all is not right in the world. Where did hatred, death, and suffering come from? Why do we lie, cheat, and steal, and why does all this seem to be an unending cycle? Nothing is more important in understanding the human condition than to recognize the presence of sin in the world. In this new booklet from the Gospel Coalition, Reddit Andrews lays out the Bible's teaching on sin and the fall. He notes that we were not always this way, and that sin is something foreign to God's original design for creation. By defining sin and exploring its effects, Andrews shows readers that sin is absolutely pervasive, is completely universal, and leads to death. Sin and the Fall offers a thoughtful explanation for point 4 of the Gospel Coalition's Confessional Statement. The coalition is an evangelical renewal movement dedicated to a Scripture-based reformation of ministry practices.
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  2. Why Believe the Bible?

    Why Believe the Bible?

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 5.67 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    We live in a culture that more and more questions authority, truth claims, and traditional beliefs. So what are we to believe about the authority and trustworthiness of a book that is thousands of years old? Is God's Word truly inerrant? How is it different from other religious texts? Why should we trust its claims? In Why Believe the Bible?, esteemed Bible teacher John MacArthur asks--and definitively answers--these questions and many more, including -Is the Bible the Word of God? -Can we prove the Bible is true? -How did the Bible come to be? -What does it mean that the Scriptures are "inspired?" -What did Jesus believe about God's Word? -Who decided which books were part of the Bible? Skeptics, new Christians, and longtime believers will find in this accessible book clear answers to vexing questions about the book that has arguably had more impact on the world than all other books combined. Includes a Bible reading plan with study tips and an appendix with helpful tools for Bible study.
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  3. Reimagining Apologetics

    Reimagining Apologetics

    The Beauty of Faith in a Secular Age

    Runtime: 9.9 HRS. - Unabridged
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    How should one proclaim of the gospel of Jesus Christ in a secular age? For many Christians, the traditional approach of apologetics has grown stale. In light of the current secular climate, as described by Charles Taylor and others, rhetorical strategies that previously served the church and apologists well are no longer effective. Justin Bailey seeks to address this dilemma by infusing apologetics with an appeal to the imagination, the aesthetic, and the affective. Demonstrating that this is possible, he engages with two examples of those who have done apologetics through the imagination: George MacDonald and Marilynne Robinson. By beginning with the imaginative and the aesthetic dimensions of faith before expounding proofs, Bailey argues, hearers of the good news will find both their hearts and their minds engaged.
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  4. You Lost Me

    You Lost Me

    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 9 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    More than 60 percent of young people who went to church as teens drop out after high school. This is a striking and alarming statistic... Based on new research, You Lost Me shows pastors, church leaders, and parents how we have failed to equip young people to live "in but not of" the world and how this has serious long-term consequences.
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  5. Mission Drift

    Mission Drift

    The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches

    Runtime: 6 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Is your organization in danger of Mission Drift? Without careful attention, faith-based organizations drift from their founding mission. It's that simple. It will happen. Slowly, silently, and with little fanfare, organizations routinely drift from their purpose, and many never return to their original intent. Harvard and the YMCA are among those that no longer embrace the Christian principles on which they were founded. But they didn't drift off course overnight. Drift often happens in small and subtle ways. Left unchecked, it eventually becomes significant. Yet Mission Drift is not inevitable. Organizations such as Compassion International and InterVarsity have exhibited intentional, long-term commitment to Christ. Why do so many organizations--including churches--wander from their mission, while others remain Mission True? Can drift be prevented? In Mission Drift, HOPE International executives Peter Greer and Chris Horst tackle these questions. They show how to determine whether your organization is in danger of drift, and they share the results of their research into Mission True and Mission Untrue organizations. Even if your organization is Mission True now, it's wise to look for ways to inoculate yourself against drift. You'll discover what you can do to prevent drift or get back on track and how to protect what matters most.
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  6. Gospel-Centered Family Counseling

    Gospel-Centered Family Counseling

    An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors

    Runtime: 9.7 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Pastors and counselors regularly minister to people whose marriages or families are in crisis. Tempers run high and feelings are brought low when a marriage is hurting or a family is in disarray. Pastors and counselors need practical, biblical help in order to connect their theological training to the reality of modern messy relationships. These how-to training manuals provide relevant, user-friendly equipping for pastors, counselors, lay leaders, educators, and students, enabling them to competently and compassionately relate God's Word to marriage and family life.
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  7. The End of Poverty

    The End of Poverty

    Runtime: 14 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned for his work around the globe advising economies in crisis, here draws on his twenty-five years of expertise to offer a uniquely informed vision of the keys to economic success in the world today and the steps that are necessary to achieve prosperity for all.
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  8. The Expository Genius of John Calvin (A Long Line of Godly Men)

    The Expository Genius of John Calvin (A Long Line of Godly Men)

    Narrator: Simon Vance
    Runtime: 4 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In The Expository Genius of John Calvin, Dr. Steven J. Lawson delves into the practices, commitments, and techniques that made John Calvin, the great Reformer of the sixteenth century, such an effective preacher during his long pastorate at Saint Pierre Cathedral in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Lawson identifies thirty-two distinctives of Calvin s preaching, providing comments from Calvin s writings, quotations from Reformation scholars, and examples from Calvin s own sermons to reinforce his points. In the end, Dr. Lawson finds in Calvin a strong model for expository preaching and calls on modern pastors to follow the Reformer s example.
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  9. Multicultural Ministry

    Multicultural Ministry

    Narrator: Raymond Scully
    Runtime: 5.45 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    A practical guide to multicultural ministry in a changing America, with motivating stories and examples from the author’s personal experiences in successful multicultural ministry. It also offers practical how-to ideas from a wide circle of churches.
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  10. No Place for Truth

    No Place for Truth

    or, Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?

    Narrator: Steven Crossley
    Runtime: 14.1 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Has something indeed happened to evangelical theology and to evangelical churches? According to David Wells, the evidence indicates that evangelical pastors have abandoned their traditional role as ministers of the Word to become therapists and "managers of the small enterprises we call churches." Along with their parishioners, they have abandoned genuine Christianity and biblical truth in favor of the sort of inner-directed experiential religion that now pervades Western society.Specifically, Wells explores the wholesale disappearance of theology in the church, the academy, and modern culture. Western culture as a whole, argues Wells, has been transformed by modernity, and the church has simply gone with the flow. The new environment in which we live, with its huge cities, triumphant capitalism, invasive technology, and pervasive amusements, has vanquished and homogenized the entire world. While the modern world has produced astonishing abundance, it has also taken a toll on the human spirit, emptying it of enduring meaning and morality.Seeking respite from the acids of modernity, people today have increasingly turned to religions and therapies centered on the self. And, whether consciously or not, evangelicals have taken the same path, refashioning their faith into a religion of the self. They have been co-opted by modernity, have sold their soul for a mess of pottage. According to Wells, they have lost the truth that God stands outside all human experience, that he still summons sinners to repentance and belief regardless of their self-image, and that he calls his church to stand fast in his truth against the blandishments of a godless world.The first of three volumes meant to encourage renewal in evangelical theology (the other two to be written by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. and Mark Noll), No Place for Truth is a contemporary jeremiad, a clarion call to all evangelicals to note well what a pass they have come to in capitulating to modernity, what a risk they are running by abandoning historic orthodoxy. It is provocative reading for scholars, ministers, seminary students, and all theologically concerned individuals.
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  11. Christ's Redemption

    Christ's Redemption

    Author: Sandy Wilson
    Narrator: Ben Hunter
    Runtime: 0.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Pastor Sandy Willson shows that Christ's redemption is central to the Christian message and offers hope to a lost world. What separates Christianity from other religions? What makes the Christian message distinctly Christian? In this new booklet from the Gospel Coalition, pastor Sandy Willson demonstrates that Christianity is most fundamentally Christ's redemption. Willson traces the life of Christ, noting his humility before the cross and his exaltation after his death. He shows how Christ redeems us by accomplishing what we could not do. As our representative and substitute, Christ restores us to fellowship with God. This booklet is a helpful resource for those wanting to understand why the Christian message is distinctive. Christ's Redemption offers a thoughtful explanation for point 7 of the Gospel Coalition's Confessional Statement. The coalition is an evangelical renewal movement dedicated to a Scripture-based reformation of ministry practices.
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  12. Bittersweet

    Bittersweet

    Runtime: 5.58 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In this follow-up book in audio download format to Cold Tangerines, author Shauna Niequist shifts her gaze to the challenges and blessings of change in Bittersweet.
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  13. Shrink

    Shrink

    Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture

    Author: Tim Suttle
    Runtime: 5.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Among followers of Jesus, great is often the enemy of good. The drive to be great—to be a success by the standards of the world—often crowds out the qualities of goodness, virtue, and faithfulness that should define the central focus of Christian leadership. In the culture of today’s church, successful leadership is often judged by what works, while persistent faithfulness takes a back seat. If a ministry doesn’t produce results, it is dropped. If people don’t respond, we move on. This pursuit of “greatness” exerts a crushing pressure on the local church and creates a consuming anxiety in its leaders. In their pursuit of this warped vision of greatness, church leaders end up embracing a leadership narrative that runs counter to the sacrificial call of the gospel story. When church leaders focus on faithfulness to God and the gospel, however, it’s always a kingdom-win—regardless of the visible results of their ministry. John the Baptist modeled this kind of leadership. As John’s disciples crossed the Jordan River to follow after Jesus, John freely released them to a greater calling than following him. Speaking of Jesus, John said: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Joyfully satisfied to have been faithful to his calling, John knew that the size and scope of his ministry would be determined by the will of the Father, not his own will. Following the example of John the Baptist and with a careful look at the teaching of Scripture, Tim Suttle dares church leaders to risk failure by chasing the vision God has given them—no matter how small it might seem—instead of pursuing the broad path of pragmatism that leads to fame and numerical success.
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  14. How Do I Know if I'm Really Saved

    How Do I Know if I'm Really Saved

    Author: John Ortberg
    Narrator: Dean Gallagher
    Runtime: 1.55 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    What Does It Mean to Be Saved? Some people think that salvation is merely about meeting the minimal entrance requirements needed to get into heaven when they die. But that’s not how Jesus talked about it. Rightly understood, salvation is an invitation to know God and to experience His presence, favor, and power starting right here on earth. In How Do I Know if I’m Really Saved, bestselling author John Ortberg: Dispels the myth that eternal life is something we can only hope to experience after we die, Recaptures the New Testament definition of salvation, eternal life, and the Good News of the Gospel, and Explains what it really means to be a disciple. So what does it mean to be saved? Let’s find out!
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  15. Justification

    Justification

    Narrator: Ben Hunter
    Runtime: 0.75 Hrs - Unabridged
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    A concise introduction to the doctrine of justification. What does it mean to be justified? Humanity is in a desperate state; our sins separate us from the holy God. To be justified through Christ means we are covered in his righteousness and God no longer looks on us as guilty sinners. In this joyous action there is a depth of meaning and theology, and in this new booklet from the Gospel Coalition Philip Ryken directs us to the Bible's rich teaching on the subject. He begins with our need for justification as found in the opening chapters of Romans and moves on from there, covering the source of justification, the basis for justification, and the place of imputation in justification. This booklet makes for an accessible introduction to this central doctrine. Justification offers a thoughtful explanation for point 8 of the Gospel Coalition's Confessional Statement. The coalition is an evangelical renewal movement dedicated to a Scripture-based reformation of ministry practices.
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