Friday, July 28, 2017

Free Reformation poster exhibition

Host a free Reformation poster exhibition
The poster exhibition “#HereIstand. Martin Luther, the Reformation and its Results” shows the upheavals of the 16th century. It comprises up to 30 posters in the A1 format (84.1 x 59.4 centimetres, 4/0coloured). The exhibition has a modular structure, so that it can also be displayed on smaller premises.

With modern, scientifically substantiated, and attractively designed information graphics, the exhibition shows the most important events in the history of the Reformation, and its effects up to the present. Using the biography of Martin Luther as a starting point, insight is given into the time prior to the Reformation. The exhibition then directs its focus to the dynamics of the Reformation, which unfolded after Luther’s posting of his 95 theses against the sale of indulgences, and deals with central questions of the history of the Reformation: 
What was actually new about Luther’s theology? 
What happened in Wittenberg in 1517? 
How did the new teaching spread?

In addition to the information graphics, the exhibition also includes seven large images of high-quality museum exhibits. As a special feature, original exhibits that have been 3D-scanned can be downloaded and printed out with a 3D printer.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Bible Project

The Bible project's mission is to show how the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus.
The Bible Project is a  non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. 
They create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story.

Their approach is underpinned by the belief that the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus. They are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context and communicating its wisdom for the modern world.

They value creativity, technology, and people.

Videos available are available for:
  • every book of the bible
  • themes of the bible
  • sections of the bible

To download videos and discover more visit 

Book: When your heart breaks - navigating grief and loss

Whether you have lost a job, a dream, a friendship, or a loved one, you mourn. You might mourn for a few weeks, or your grief may extend for years. Sadness seems to build a permanent residence in your bones, weighing down your soul. You wonder if you’ll ever feel whole again.


God plunges into your heartbreak and works abiding and holy transformation in your life. It may take months or years for you to heal, but you can ground your hope for healing in Jesus. 
He will always be your hope when your heart breaks.

When your heart breaks gives you an opportunity for  a place of refuge and a point of reference as you navigate the path of grief.    Grieving occurs in many situations in life; grief is usually associated with death, but it can occur after any loss-divorce, layoffs, the end of a friendship.    The book can be read cover to cover, or readers can flip to one of the 52 devotions that will help them most in this season of life.    The focus of each chapter is the presence of God in the midst of grief and the comfort and hope that can be found in that knowledge.

Where you can buy Hope when your heart breaks
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What others are saying
Written from a grace-filled pastor’s heart, Michael Newman has penned an essential resource for embracing hope amidst grief. Hope dims when life’s storms hit, but Michael skillfully uses Scripture to ignite the torch of healing. His beautiful insights into grief tell us he’s been there. He wraps God’s words of hope around the grieving like a toasty blanket on a frosty night. Compassionate, crucial, Christ-centered—and critically needed. I will absorb and share this brilliant resource for years to come.

Grief is messy. Life after loss doesn’t follow an ordered and predictable path, but looks more like a tangled plate of spaghetti. Navigating confusing emotions and thoughts requires a reliable guide, and you’ve got a friend in Michael W. Newman. Grief is messy, and Michael Newman understands messy. These short chapters explore the untidy realities of what happens after loss. Hope When Your Heart Breaks validates the pain of loss, offers helpful insight, and gently points to a Savior who redeems your suffering with purpose and hope. Read and gift this book. You will be comforted and the Holy Spirit will grow your faith.

This is a refreshing book! The Bible is absolutely unique among the sacred writings of all religions. It is the historical description of God’s love influencing the lives of real people facing real situations. Michael Newman has taken this unique reality and put it to use in the daily struggles of the Christian. He offers a clear connection between biblical life situations and the reader’s daily life. Through it all, he shows the intricate way that God’s love is at work in the lives of His people, giving direction and hope to those struggling with difficult emotions and tough situations.

Michael Newman’s book . . . demonstrates a personal and pastoral acquaintance with the gut-wrenching realities of the grief process from a variety of losses—death of a loved one, loss of a job, family crisis, and dramatic changes in the aging process. The issues and questions raised by each chapter strike raw emotions, thoughts, and faith struggles at various stages in the grief process. Each chapter also connects the struggle with biblical narratives and comforting Christ-centered passages, which bring hope to the situation while encouraging the ongoing work of grief. I strongly recommend this book for personal
use and for giving to family and friends in need.

There is a reason they call it grief work. This resource honors the process of grief, as well as the value of the loss experience, the tears, the struggle, and the sadness even. It also recognizes the breadth of diversity in the grief experience for each individual. The text is artfully organized so that the readers can pick it up and look through a section that speaks to them, or read through the book as a whole. The insight into the humanity of those who have walked through loss in Scripture is unique and deeply comforting. If you are grieving, if you are walking alongside someone who is grieving, if you are in clinical practice or offer spiritual care, this book is a welcome resource for your shelf!

Grief is involved in every change in life. Michael Newman understands this and seeks to find the threads of grief that are in life experiences such as fear, anger, depression, guilt, and purposelessness. Each of the fifty-two devotional chapters is independent of the others. The meditation itself will connect with you; devotional guides follow every chapter for further spiritual work; prayer encouragement and direction end each chapter.

Michael Newman speaks the truth in love with empathy and acknowledgment of what happens to a person during grief and loss— emotionally, physically, chemically, spiritually, and relationally. He writes about the reality of life and brings our focus back to our Lord God through Scripture in a nonthreatening way. When one is weakened by grief, he or she can’t concentrate on a whole book or a long reading, but these short chapters get right to the point. I recommend this book as a resource for parish nurses, lay ministers, Stephen Ministers, pastors, and others who walk alongside someone experiencing heartbreak.

Grief hits us all at various times throughout our lives. This book gives encouragement by taking us on a journey through the lives of people in the Scriptures who grieve, yes, but with the hope that comes from trusting in the God of heaven and earth, the one who rules over life and death, who conquers grief with eternal joy. It is a book to share, but even more importantly, it is a book to read.

Michael Newman provides the reader with insight, sensitivity, and encouragement. He consistently shares the love of God and assures us that Jesus understands and cares. His personal style suggests that the author also understands and cares. As a parish nurse, I will use this book with individuals and groups experiencing grief and loss. I also recommend that parish nurses and others involved in congregational health ministry read and discuss in small groups to enhance their compassionate care to the person who is grieving.

When looking through a prism, light is refracted into a full spectrum of colors. Michael W. Newman accomplishes the same thing here, treating grief as a prism through which we see the full spectrum of emotions and experiences that loss brings to life. The conversational tone of his writing makes the reader feel as if he has crawled into his or her mind, truly grasping the nuances of grief as one struggles to move from brokenness to healing. Best of all, each and every chapter clearly articulates that we cannot accomplish this on our own, pointing to Jesus Christ as the true source of hope and strength. A must-have for all of us, at any stage of life.


Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Book: What's so great about Christianity?

In a world of facts and figures, can an intellectual have faith? 
Is it possible to believe anything the Bible says? 
Yes, and one man will show you how.
Amidst scientists’ attempts to debunk Christianity’s truths and atheists’ assuming the Bible is a how-to-be-virtuous self-help book, bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza resolves to both answer the tough questions and challenge believers as well as doubters to search for the ultimate truths about theories of origin. D’Souza tackles subjects and events such as the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition, the Big Bang theory and Darwinism—everything you always pondered but never scrutinized, now placed under the proverbial microscope and studied thoroughly.

Part I: The Future of Christianity
Chapter One The Twilight of Atheism: The Global Triumph of Christianity . . . . . 3
Chapter Two Survival of the Sacred: Why Religion Is Winning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Chapter Three God Is Not Great: The Atheist Assault on Religion . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Chapter Four Miseducating the Young: Saving Children from Their Parents . . . 17
Part II: Christianity and the West
Chapter Five Render unto Caesar: The Spiritual Basis of Limited Government . . . . . . . 25
Chapter Six The Evil That I Would Not: Christianity and Human Fallibility . . . 31
Chapter Seven Created Equal: The Origin of Human Dignity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Part III: Christianity and Science
Chapter Eight Christianity and Reason: The Theological Roots of Science . . .. . 41
Chapter Nine From Logos to Cosmos: Christianity and the Invention of Invention . . 45
Chapter Ten An Atheist Fable: Reopening the Galileo Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Part IV: The Argument from Design
Chapter Eleven A Universe with a Beginning: God and the Astronomers . . . . . . . 57
Chapter Twelve A Designer Planet: Man’s Special Place in Creation . . . . . . . . . . 61
Chapter Thirteen Paley Was Right: Evolution and the Argument from Design. . . . . 67
Chapter Fourteen The Genesis Problem: The Methodological Atheism of Science . . . 73
Part V: Christianity and Philosophy
Chapter Fifteen The World Beyond Our Senses: Kant and the Limits of Reason. . . 79
Chapter Sixteen In the Belly of the Whale: Why Miracles Are Possible . . . . . . . . . . 83
Chapter Seventeen A Skeptic’s Wager: Pascal and the Reasonableness of Faith . . . . 87
Part VI: Christianity and Suffering
Chapter Eighteen Rethinking the Inquisition: The Exaggerated Crimes of Religion . . 93
Chapter Nineteen A License to Kill: Atheism and the Mass Murders of History . . . . 95
Part VII: Christianity and Morality
Chapter Twenty Natural Law and Divine Law: The Objective Foundations of Morality .  101
Chapter Twenty-One The Ghost in the Machine: Why Man Is More Than Matter . . . . . 105
Chapter Twenty-Two The Imperial “I”: When the Self Becomes the Arbiter of Morality .109
Chapter Twenty-Three Opiate of the Morally Corrupt: Why Unbelief Is So Appealing . 113
Chapter Twenty-Four The Problem of Evil: Where Is Atheism When Bad Things Happen? 119
Part VIII: Christianity and You
Chapter Twenty-Five Jesus among Other Gods: The Uniqueness of Christianity . . . . . 125
Chapter Twenty-Six A Foretaste of Eternity: How Christianity Can Change Your Life . . .129

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Monday, July 03, 2017

Book: I've Got Your Back: Biblical Principles for Leading and Following Well

If Jesus wrote a book about leadership today, he would tell a story. That's what the Jim Galvin decided when he tore up his first draft. 
Instead, Jim wrote a parable about four twenty-somethings who are having major problems with bad bosses. 
Jack Hendrickson, a retired Army Special Forces Sergeant and former missionary, begins to teach them Biblical principles about leadership and when they put it into practice at work, it makes their lives worse!  Experienced leaders are calling I've Got Your Back a landmark book to help next generation leaders with a Biblical foundation for leadership. Many talented young people have been victims of follower abuse. They don't want anything to do with leadership positions. Some have issues with authority and need guidance to heal. Galvin writes about a new kind of leader the world is desperate to follow. At the end of the parable, the author outlines Biblical principles of followership, as well as leadership, because everybody needs to learn how to lead and follow well.