YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU
Do we choose God or does God choose us? Passages throughout the New Testament either assume or directly state the point that the believers were chosen to believe. Yet that idea is foreign within the modern context that sees belief in God as a victory of personal choice. This book looks to scripture to explore the premise that the knowledge of God we experience as belief is something God has awakened within us. That premise reorients our understanding of our lives in this world and the life to come. As the book explains, God is transforming believers by renewing their minds. In doing so, he is realizing an objective pursued without variation through both the Old Testament and the New.
HOW DO WE KNOW GOD IS REAL?
“What may be known of God is manifest,” wrote Paul in his letter to the Romans. In other words, the evidence is plain. Yet believers get lost. They wrestle with doubt, and can be overcome by the fear that what they believe is foolish. This short book provides a trail out of these woods, offering an argument by which we know that God certainly exists. As Paul’s words suggest, we can infer the reality of God from our experience of the world. We don’t even have to look far, because our very experience of selfhood makes the case that God is with us. This book is a letter of reassurance to every Christian who struggles with doubt, which quite possibly means it is written to every Christian.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Do the biblical Ten Commandments consist of something more than a list of rules? This book unpacks one of the most familiar parts of the Bible to find the richness of meaning that waits within the ancient text. Topics the book explores include the distinction between an idol and a false god; the continuity between the commandments and Jesus Christ; and the significance of the fact that the commandments were split between two tablets of stone. As the book explains, the text written on tablets can be seen as a map. That map outlines spiritual principles basic to our lives, and it charts the steps in a progression aimed at drawing the heart nearer to God.