Meet “the Nones”—In this thought-provoking exploration of secular America, celebrated journalist Katherine Ozment takes readers on a quest to understand the trends and ramifications of a nation in flight from organized religion. Studies show that religion makes us happier, healthier and more giving, connecting us to our past and creating tight communal bonds. Most Americans are raised in a religious tradition, but in recent decades many have begun to leave religion, and with it their ancient rituals, mythic narratives, and sense of belonging. So how do the nonreligious fill the need for ritual, story, community, and, above all, purpose and meaning without the one-stop shop of religion? What do they do with the space left after religion? With Nones swelling to one-fourth of American adults, and more than one-third of those under thirty, these questions have never been more urgent. Writer, journalist, and secular mother of three Katherine Ozment came face-to-face with the fundamental issue of the Nones when her son asked her the simplest of questions: “what are we?” Unsettled by her reply—“Nothing”—she set out on a journey to find a better answer. She traversed the frontier of American secular life, sought guidance in science and the humanities, talked with noted scholars, and wrestled with her own family’s attempts to find meaning and connection after religion. Insightful, surprising, and compelling, Grace Without God is both a personal and critical exploration of the many ways nonreligious Americans create their own meaning and purpose in an increasingly secular age.
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Paul's letter to the Roman Church is, in a nutshell, a testimony of God's grace: the Gospel of God. It brings into focus not only the correct way to understand the New Covenant reality of grace, but also, perhaps more significantly, the correct way to understand the Old Covenant of law. The importance of this clarification cannot be understated. In fact, it was the dominant theme Paul continued to clarify to the church throughout his entire known ministry. To Paul, the Christian life was lived through the profound reality of grace.The New Covenant is the awakening of God's divine way of the Spirit, established at its appointed time through the finished work of his Son. Paul was convinced of this new era of grace, and, in a way that perhaps only Paul could do, he explained how all things found their reality in grace and how all things are achieved through the power of grace. Grace was not merely a nice word to Paul; it was the very nature of God. It was to Paul, and remains true for every generation, the all-encompassing power of the Almighty.'God's Grace Apart From Law' is an easy to read, conversational journey through the first three chapters of Paul's letter to the Roman church. If you want to gain a better understanding of how the New Covenant functions and how to correctly understand the relationship between God's grace and God's law, then this book will help you greatly. "Mooney presents us with yet another reason he is such a gift to today's church. This book exposes the fraud of self-made righteousness and invites us to the joys of truly knowing our perfect standing in Jesus Christ. So if you want to more fully celebrate God's grace, read this book and find your heart overflowing with gratefulness to your Jesus."Dr. Andrew FarleyBestselling author of "The Naked Gospel" and "God Without Religion"
- Author : Joachim Kahl
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1971
- Genre : Christianity
- Pages : 215
- ISBN : UOM:39015005679108
A Taste of Grace is an easy-to-read page-turning exploration of God's amazing grace, demonstrated and illustrated by the teachings of Jesus. A Taste of Grace proclaims God's grace as irreconcilably opposed to the core values and beliefs of institutionalized religion and reveals God's grace to be an absurd and foolish sentiment that doesn't add up to the human mind.
The power of grace for true transformation Grace is the most significant gift from God that mankind has ever received. It is at the core of our Christian faith, and without it we would still be without hope and without God. But grace isn’t what most people think it is. It is not just a “get out of hell free” card. The good news is that it’s better! Grace is the favor of God that gives to us access to His power for everything we need for life. Grace Is Not a Get Out of Hell Free Card takes you step-by-step through the amazing power of grace. Once and for all you can be free from the bondages of sin, strongholds, lack, and demonic oppression, and you can enter into the fullness of all Christ bought for us. Now is the time for your life to be transformed by the revelation knowledge of God’s grace. No more defeat, no more struggling, no more lack in any area. Now is your time! God is going to open the windows of heaven and reveal to you a place called grace, where everything you need is.
Paul was the writer of Galatians and Ephesians. Each book discusses God's Grace. The book of Galatians reveals God's Grace on Individuals, while the book of Ephesians explains God's Grace on His Church. Without the Grace of God, we are without hope; however, God's Grace provides us with Hope and Assurance. When God makes a promise, we are assured that God will make good on His promise. God has promised that His Grace is extended to everyone who will believe Him, accept His Son, and calls on Him for forgiveness. Without God's Grace, I would not know Him or have the ability to know Him. With God's Grace, I have received Jesus as my Savior and know without a doubt that I belong to the Lord. God's grace extends beyond the individual and is presented to His Church. The Church was established by the Lord and has the purpose of fulfilling the will of God. Therefore, God's Grace has been showered upon His Church, when His Church allows Him to work through the Church. I believe you will enjoy studying these two books and will receive insight into the Lord's Grace.
There wasn't any improvement in my health condition despite the medical treatments that I had received. At the point where I couldn't take it anymore, I started telling God to take my life so I would finally find rest. God didn't do that, instead His grace came through for me. When everyone, including my mum thought that I was going to die, God healed me mysteriously. My health started improving gradually. Nevertheless, just when I started recuperating, the second and final university entrance examination was fixed. And it was only a few days away.
What do you want out of life? What are you pursuing? Happiness? Money? Fame? Fortune? Pleasure? Security? The ultimate prize is none of these but is actually something much higher and better: Christlikeness. It sounds formidable, but ask yourself one question: Don't you want to be like Christ? If you answered YES! then this book is for you! Have you ever asked yourself, "How can I be more like Jesus? How can I stop sinning? How can I live consistently in a way that pleases God?" Have you ever wondered what the scripture means, "Without holiness no man will see the Lord"? Does it distress you that many believers seem to disregard holiness because they think that they are not "under the law"? Have you ever thought about what it means to be "under the law" and "under grace"? Are you concerned that our nation has cast God aside and is pursuing a secularist agenda? How can that be reversed? Like Christ By Grace: Pursuing the Prize of Christlikeness By God's Grace will give you the answers you seek. Jesus Christ supplies everything you need to be like Him. The book you hold in your hands is a message of encouragement and hope, as well as a challenging call to Christlikeness. No matter how many times you have fallen and no matter how miserably you may have failed, God is on your side. God is for you. He's not about to give up on you. You can be like Christ by grace!
Andrew Farley's experience as a Christian was first characterized by self-effort as he tried to please God at any cost. His ruthless religion resulted in spiritual burnout and disillusionment with church. Only then did he discover what relaxing in Jesus means and how enjoying God's intimate presence can transform everyday life. Using a unique story-driven format, God without Religion dismantles common religious misconceptions, revealing the true meaning of being filled with the Spirit the facts about judgment, rewards, and God's discipline the simple truth behind predestination and the divisions it causes the problem with the popular challenge to "live radical" Pulling no punches, Farley shows how the truth about these controversial issues can liberate and unify believers as we discover how to rest in the unconditional love of God.
God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness You are never beyond the reach of God’s grace. Neither are you ever beyond the need of God’s grace. Without grace we’d never come to Christ. But being a Christian is more than just coming to Christ, it’s about growing and becoming more like Jesus. This pursuit of holiness is hard work, and as we enter into this discipline, we sometimes lose sight of grace. Jerry Bridges helps us steer clear of this disastrous distraction, offering a clear and thorough explanation of the gospel and what it means to the believer. Explore how the same grace that brings us to Christ also grows us in Christ. Includes full study guide (which was previously sold as a stand-alone discussion guide, ISBN 9781576839904).
The author reveals how grace is the heart of the gospel'a liberating, life-giving and comforting melody throughout the Bible. Grace is our certainty of eternal life and God's all-encompassing acceptance. Without grace, our religious beliefs are bad news, thus this book's advice, Grace: never leave home without it! Learn how God's grace is absolute and all inclusive; something we never deserve or earn! Grace offers the most refreshing peace we will ever know. Grace is the solution to every problem and menacing crisis threatening our planet. Rightly understood, grace points exclusively and continuously to Jesus. Then why is God's gift of grace so controversial or even difficult for Christians to accept? Could it be because grace is totally unbelievable, unexpected and undeserved? Is this why legalism, the enemy of grace, is so common and hard to recognize in ourselves? Grappling with these questions, the author reveals how, from Eden to our day, cradled at the very heart of the great controversy is grace.
St. Augustine's Dilemma: Grace and Eternal Law in the Major Works of Augustine of Hippo traces the major theme of St. Augustine's thought through his major works, and especially focuses on the growing conflict between Augustine's understanding of Eternal Law which has its roots in his Neo-platonic philosophical tradition, and his understanding of Grace which grows out of his study of St. Paul's writings. As early as 396-7, Augustine is already wrestling with the problem, and this work shows that it has a major effect on his understanding of the means of salvation. Creswell traces the growing struggle through five periods of Augustine's life, and documents a growing dependence upon grace.
- Author : Gbenga Oduniyi
- Publisher : AuthorHouse
- Release Date : 2014-05-12
- Genre : Bibles
- Pages : 148
- ISBN : 9781496977533
Jesus Christ came into this world to bring God’s influence into man’s situations and circumstances, so that man may regain his God-given ability (dominion) which was once lost in the Garden of Eden. I believe the letter ’g’ in the word ‘grace’ stands for God. When you remove that letter ‘g’ then what you will have is ‘race’. Running the race of life without God can be frustrating; it is a life of hardship. Jesus therefore came to pave way for man to combine divinity with humanity in order to conquer satan and the world system. We live under grace dispensation, but not all Christians enjoy the grace of God. This book therefore teaches us the basic steps, attitudes, characters and decisions we must take in order to bring to manifestation the grace of God that is already placed upon our lives through redemption. The word of God says; “Arise, shine, for thy light is come ...” (Isaiah 60:1). The light is there, but it will not shine without an input from you, if the light must shine, then you must arise. In the same vein, grace to become all that God programmed you to become in life is upon your life, but there are some practical steps you will need to take that will automatically set grace at work in your life.
- Author : Justin M. Anderson
- Publisher : Cambridge University Press
- Release Date : 2020-07-30
- Genre : Religion
- Pages : 341
- ISBN : 9781108485180
Explores how Aquinas's understanding of virtue developed as his consideration of sin, grace, and God's action in human life deepened.
When it comes to God’s grace and forgiveness, do you sometimes feel like church folks speak out of both sides of their mouths? In this provocative book, Pastor Jeremy White explains why God’s grace and truth do not “balance” each other out. Instead, you will discover that grace is radically imbalanced in your favor! Learn to let go of that religious checklist of “do’s and don’ts” in exchange for the unconditional grace of God offered to you in Christ. “What if everything you’ve ever dreamed of in your relationship with God is already yours to enjoy? What if you just don’t realize how good you’ve got it? That’s the radical message in The Gospel Uncut by Jeremy White, a pastor who is not afraid to proclaim the gospel of grace, plainly and without compromise. Read this book to see you are clean and close to your God. Read this book to relax and enjoy your Jesus. He loves you so!” Andrew Farley, bestselling author of “The Naked Gospel” and host of “Andrew Farley LIVE” on Sirius XM “Everyone looks for that just-right book, the one that will quickly illuminate and invigorate, and which will resolve odd questions that have plagued for years. This is that book. I’m not kidding. The Gospel Uncut is truly a treasure that is both breathtaking and timely! Jeremy White skillfully leads the reader out of tangled wonderings about God and into the clear and easy rest and love that Jesus offers to all. If you’re looking for treasure, get this book!” Ralph Harris, author of “God’s Astounding Opinion of You” and President of Life Course Ministries.
In this brilliant and compelling defense of the Christian faith, Ravi Zacharias shows how affirming the reality of God's existence matters urgently in our everyday lives. According to Zacharias, how you answer the questions of God's existence will impact your relationship with others, your commitment to integrity, your attitude toward morality, and your perception of truth.
Christians trying to model their lives after Jesus may find that He gets buried under lists, rules, and formulas. Now bestselling author Randy Alcorn offers a simple two-point checklist for Christlikeness based on John 1:14. The test consists of balancing grace and truth, equally and unapologetically. Grace without truth deceives people, and ceases to be grace. Truth without grace crushes people, and ceases to be truth. Alcorn shows the reader how to show the world Jesus -- offering grace instead of the world's apathy and tolerance, offering truth instead of the world's relativism and deception. Grace or Truth…or Both? Truth without grace breeds self-righteousness and crushing legalism. Grace without truth breeds deception and moral compromise. Is it possible to embrace both in balance? Jesus did. Randy Alcorn offers a simple yet profound two-point checklist of Christlikeness. “In the end,” says Alcorn, “we don’t need grace or truth. We need grace and truth. And for people to see Jesus in us, they must see both.”