In Radical, David Platt invites you to encounter what Jesus actually said about being his disciple, and then obey what you have heard. He challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated a God-centered gospel to fit our human-centered preferences. With passionate storytelling and convicting biblical analysis, Platt calls into question a host of comfortable notions that are common among Christ's followers today. Then he proposes a radical response: live the gospel in ways that are true, filled with promise, and ultimately world changing
It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe - the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor - loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.
Whether you've verbalized it yet or not... we all know something's wrong.
Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts - it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.
Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.
From Miramar Films, the studio that brought you the Academy Award-winning Life Is Beautiful (Best Foreign Language Film,1998) comes The Boy In The Striped Pajamas. Based on the best selling novel by John Boyne, it’s "an unforgettable motion picture experience. Powerful and moving beyond words" (Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com). Bored and restless in his new home, Bruno, an innocent and naive eight-year-old, ignores his mother and sets off on an adventure in the woods. Soon he meets a young boy, and a surprising friendship develops. Set during World War II, this remarkable and inspiring story about the power of the human spirit will capture your heart and engage your mind.
Nationwide polls and denominational reports are showing that the next generation is calling it quits on the traditional church. And it’s not just happening on the nominal fringe; it’s happening at the core of the Faith.
What are the factors that could cause the next generation to be lost from the local church? Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis commissioned Britt Beemer from America’s Research Group to find out. In the first scientific study of its kind, Beemer surveyed a thousand 20-30 year olds who used to go to Evangelical churches on a regular basis but have since left it behind. The results are not just surprising; they are shocking:
• Those who faithfully attended Sunday school are more likely to leave the church than those who do not.
• Those who regularly attended Sunday school are more likely to believe that the Bible is less true.
• Over half of those who faithfully attended church feel that church is not relevant to real life today.
Statistics reveal a huge disconnect taking place between our children and their church experience. The trends are frightening, but Already Gone shows how to fight back for our families, our churches and our world. We can make a difference today that will affect the statistics of tomorrow!
Idol worshippers today may be of the primitive kind or a little more sophisticated. Some are church members, but their true allegiance is not to the God of the Bible. We can be very creative in deifying what we value the most. We make idols out of anything. Our idols can be ideas, achievements, past times, entertainment, possessions, personalities, and even our own selves. These are worshipped when they become the supreme objects of our devotion, attention, spending, conversation, and relationships. A saving and abiding intimacy with Jesus Christ is the antidote to this poison. "...It is the natural desire for our hearts to be mirrors into which we look and worship ourselves. Pastor Jonas shows how these mirrors of self must be broken by the truth..." -Don Whitney, Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky "...Dr. Jonas' piercing call for reformation and the removal of idols comes not a moment too soon...Dancing with Idolatry will make you "Amen!"...then soberly reflect on your own heart and devotion to God." -Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Cayman Islands "John Calvin refers to the human heart as an idol factory...Hensworth Jonas encourages us to take a close look at this dangerous reality...pull down the idols that already exist there and guard against the manufacture of any more." -Tom Ascol, Executive Director, Founder's Ministries Hensworth W.C. Jonas, D.Min., has ministered in Antigua & Barbuda as pastor of Central Baptist Church since 1985. He is Executive Director of the East Caribbean Baptist Mission, an agency focused on church planting, educational, radio and television ministries. Dr. Jonas also serves as Presiding Elder of the Baptist Circuit of Churches in Antigua and principal of the Baptist Academy of Antigua (K-12). He and his wife, Vandah, have two children: Joshua and Stephanie.