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Everything the Bible has to say about the gospel is simply an exposition of its central message: Jesus Christ lived and died to save sinners. The eighteenth century was a time of remarkable missionary activity. As the British Empire expanded around the world, Christian missionaries followed in the wake of merchants and explorers to bring the gospel to places where Christ had never been named. Save more when you purchase five or ten copies of The Prayer of the Lord. The Bible teaches us to pray without ceasing, but many Christians struggle with prayer. Is there a right way to pray?
Save more when you purchase five or ten copies of None Other. Why do we need the law if salvation is by grace alone? Sinclair B. Since the days of the early church, Christians have wrestled with the relationship between the law and gospel. Save more when you purchase five or ten copies of Learning to Love the Psalms. The Psalms are undeniably beautiful. They are also difficult, and readers often come away convinced that tremendous riches remain just beyond their grasp. The Book of Psalms is one of the greatest treasures the Lord has given to His people. Through these sacred poems, God has given us a rich songbook and a divinely inspired guide for our prayers.
Save more when you purchase five or ten copies of A Time for Confidence. As members of a society that is quickly abandoning its Christian past, followers of Christ often feel disoriented or even frightened. When human leaders and political advocates fail us, doubts arise and the road to compromise beckons. From the classroom to mainstream media, Christians regularly find their fundamental beliefs discounted by opponents who consider faith to be incompatible with reason.
But in this apologetics primer, Dr. Where are you, God? Can I trust you, God? These are questions many of us have asked when experiencing times of trial and suffering. What do the five points of Calvinism really mean? There are a lot of misconceptions in popular culture and the church regarding Reformed theology.
Some references to it are positive, some negative. The Christian life starts with simple faith. In What We Believe, Dr. What does an individual contribute to his or her salvation? Do we open the door to our hearts or does God pursue us? What is free will? These questions have been debated for centuries, yet Scripture is clear.
The Bible is not like any other book because its ultimate Author is God. We can learn much from Martin Luther and his uncompromising advocacy of the gospel. Robert Godfrey, Rev. Glory to the Holy One is a collection of hymns by R. Sproul and Jeff Lippencott that provides the church with an offering of that which is good, true, and beautiful in the Christian faith. This album is a collection of beautiful hymns written by Dr. Musicians and congregations can join in the worship of our great God through the music of Saints of Zion.
Save more when you purchase five or ten copies of Saints of Zion. In this new collection of sacred music for the church, Jeff Lippencott and R. Sproul and Jeff Lippencott have produced hymns and sacred music with the goal of helping the church offer worship that is true, good, and beautiful.
In a time when the church had lost sight of the fundamentals of the gospel, God used a humble monk named Martin Luther to bring about the greatest revival in church history. Many Christians know little about the history of the church. In this monumental study series, Dr. In this allegorical tale, theologian, pastor, and author Dr. A clear understanding of the person and work of Jesus Christ is absolutely vital for the church. Ligonier Ministries humbly offers this statement as a tool for clarity and as a catalyst for confession.
From the pulpit at Westminster Chapel in London, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones set a new standard for faithful and passionate preaching, a standard that continues to be relevant today. Save more when you purchase five or ten copies of The Legacy of Luther. He was the most influential man of his day. We live in a world that needs awakening, and this booklet exists to help guide you in prayer for awakening. What is awakening? What exactly is a reformed pastor? In this six lecture series, Dr. Ian Hamilton demonstrates that the ideal characteristics of the reformed pastor are found in Jesus Christ.
When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, little did they know that they would be given a model for prayer that would be used for generations. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Donate Now. Fix that problem! Ligonier Ministries The teaching fellowship of R. Close Your Cart Loading Search Home Learn. Article Obeying God or Man? Sproul Sinclair Ferguson W. Sproul R. Sproul Books That Influenced R. Andrew's Expositional Commentaries. Sproul The Westminster Confession of Faith is one of the most precise and comprehensive statements of biblical Christianity, and it is treasured by believers around the world.
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Sproul How can we persevere through persecution? Book by R. Sproul Save more when you purchase five or ten copies of What Is Predestination? Sproul Save more when you purchase five or ten copies of Does God Exist? Sproul Save more when you purchase five or ten copies of God Is Holy. Sproul Save more when you purchase five or ten copies of Moses and the Burning Bush. Sproul Save more when you purchase five or ten copies of The Prayer of the Lord. Anne Rice is not Dostoyevsky, or even C.
Lewis, but this is the third time the magic has worked. What is her secret of success? A small but necessary part of it is the fact that she had been an accomplished novelist, in both literary style and practical psychology, for many years. She told her conversion story in the appendix to her first volume Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.
It is significant that no Modernist scripture scholar or theologian has ever written a single successful novel. It is a stunning achievement. In the New Testament, the miracle at the wedding at Cana--where Jesus turned water into wine--marks the commencement of his tumultuous three-year ministry. In Rice's beautifully observed novel a sequel to 's Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt , however, the wedding miracle is in fact the culmination of an intimate family saga of love, sorrow and misunderstanding.
As the novel opens, Yeshua Jesus struggles with a sense of restlessness of purpose and a deep love for a comely kinswoman. Waves of isolation sweep over him as he comes to understand that serving the Lord's will takes precedence over the desires of his own heart. Whereas the first novel in this series hewed so closely to Scripture and to the author's meticulous research as to be somewhat arid as fiction, this book imagining the "lost" young adulthood of Jesus offers wise and haunting speculation where the Bible is silent.
And the final chapters, which pick up the story with the New Testament's accounts of Jesus' baptism, temptation, and early miracles, manage to be soulfully insightful even while faithfully tracking the Gospels. Rice undertakes a delicate balance here: How can a writer make a believably sensitive and wounded protagonist out of someone who is believed to be sinless? If it is possible to create a character that is simultaneously fully human and fully divine, as ancient Christian creeds assert, then Rice succeeds.
Rice continues the story of Jesus, which she began with s stunning Out of Egypt. Silent Hannah, a deaf mute, claws the air. She-s just heard that her brother, the Orphan, and Yitra, another beautiful boy, have been stoned by a viciously self-righteous crowd. The murdered boys were doomed by rumors of their forbidden love. Comforting Hannah with his strange serenity, is Yeshua bar Joseph, or Yeshua the Sinless, another townsman about whom the Nazarenes whisper: Past 30 and still unmarried?
Fitfully sure of his destiny--his spiritual intuitions come upon him like spasms--Jesus senses that ordinary life is divinely denied him. He is smitten with Avigail, Silent Hannah-s best friend and the town-s angelic beauty, but knows that his love must be chaste. So when marauding brigands attempt to kidnap her, his rescue of the girl is tender but irreproachable.
Not so, however, believes her furiously possessive father. And Jesus becomes suspect, with Avigail's father making insinuations about the young people's connection. To find her shelter, Jesus journeys to Cana, there to petition the scribe Hananel to intercede. Its subplots detailing the machinations of Pontius Pilate and Herod Antipas, the Essene struggle toward the purer faith and the flight of some of Jesus's comrades to Athens to study philosophy, this is painstakingly researched historical fiction.
Rice's Christ is both convincing and compelling. Another winner. Anne Rice in following Christ the Lord from Egypt through Nazareth, from boyhood into adulthood, and accompanying him on the road to Cana and His emergence into public life, has continued with reverence, marvelous scholarship, and a faithful portrayal to present the mystery God's dwelling among humankind. The author has given us the mystery of the Incarnation in such a way that, while remaining a mystery, is accessible to all with a depth of scholarship and faith that easily merges into the joy of discovery.
Thank you for allowing me to be part of this wonderful journey with you, as you continue to bring Christ the Lord to and beyond the fan-base you've developed over these many years. You know me pretty well, and you know that I am orthodox in my theology and cautious in endorsing propositions regarding the faith. Having said that, you've once again opened a few stained-glass windows in this priest's literary soul.
Your description of a grieving mother whose young son has just been murdered was very powerful, very real. I've been with mothers who've lost sons and daughters both young and old. I had the painful and difficult privilege of being with my own mother when we buried my brother.
You know the pain better than most; you've dug deep into the soul here, with sensitivity and skill. I was struck by a conversation you place between Yeshua and an older Essene about John the Baptist. In terms of capturing the historical and geographical setting, I think you've nailed it. Having traveled to the Holy Land with you last year I have vivid memories of Nazareth and Sepphoris and many other places, of course , and your description reinspire the wonder that I experience when we walked through those cities.
You have created a beautiful gift for those who already know and love Jesus and an enticing portrait for those who have not yet had the privilege of doing so. The Road to Cana thoughtfully and imaginatively explores the cost of what it meant for Jesus to share our humanity, underlining His kind compassion, determination and sacrifice. In this exploration, however one may feel about this or that detail, most readers will feel drawn closer to the heart of the one who loved us so much. As an artist, a literary artist, of the written word, you have manifested, communicated, disclosed, realized, actualized, etc.
The Word that took on flesh in Jesus Himself, the Word as articulated in the narrative of the Gospel, the Word embodied in the Sacraments, the Word present in the Persona Christi of the ordained, the Word present in all Hearers of the Word. Perhaps not as a formally trained or schooled theologian, nonetheless, theological through and through. Your first, and now second novel, on the person of Jesus Christ are gems, like a fine Ruby or a fine Diamond. As Jesus commended himself into the hands of the Father from the Cross, as He breathed His last breath, I see your writing as a Rite of Commendation; where you have handed over into other hands your unsurpassable theological research, your personal investment of time, emotion and sincere loved, and your artistry.
Mainly, and simply said, your personal encounter of the person of Jesus has been artfully and theologically articulated in and through your novels, thus far written. You have an audience far beyond the institutional structures of the present church. May many, both within and without those structures find meaning and fulfillment in Him, through your words. In her second novel about the life of Christ "Christ the Lord. The Road to Cana" , Anne Rice turns her remarkable gifts to the story of the young adult Jesus and his life leading up to and climaxing with the baptism, the temptations in the wilderness and the wedding feast at Cana.
The narrative bristles with tension as we are led into the honor and shame culture of Jesus' Nazareth and watch a stoning, and we sense the tensions created by the oppressive presence of the Roman overlords and their minions such as Herod Antipas. Particularly telling is the way Anne is able to portray both the human and divine sides of who Jesus was without the characterization seeming unnatural or too stilted. We sense Jesus' passions, his power, his frustrations, his longings, and his deep sense of calling as God makes clear to him the path before him, one step at a time.
If you only have time to read one book this Easter season, this is the book for you. There are books that entertain and are soon forgotten. There are books that astonish, but the excitement soon passes.
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And then there are books that nourish and nurture and reward repeated readings. This book is not mere chicken soup or pablum for light eaters, it is a full course meal for the soul. Highly recommended! Andrews University, Scotland. I finished reading The Road to Cana and liked the book so much I am already rereading it.
Thanks again for such a beautiful gift! The episodes from Jesus' hidden life had a profound effect on me. I always wanted to be like Jesus, but after reading this book, I realized Jesus was really a lot like me. Other books I read on Jesus never got inside of him the way this one did. Now I can see he was truly human as well as divine ; he had the same emotional struggles that I, and all of us, go through. It might not be easy to accept this interpretation of Jesus. It is certain to provoke discussion. It would be more comfortable to think of Jesus as a concept, a spirit, a totally perfect being outside ourselves that we could turn to in need.
The challenge is to see him as a man who was tempted in every way we are, and for that reason can understand us in our weakness. The book began with a shocking incident, and I thought, No, not that! And then?
What will the people do, what will Jesus do? Between the lines, I was wondering what some today would do. From that moment on, the movement of the book never let up. Each scene was so carefully worked out that I could see it developing and moving on to the next one just like in a movie. In his Spiritual Exercises, St Ignatius taught us to contemplate the Mysteries of Jesus' life by watching the characters, hearing what they are saying, imagining ourselves as a part of the scene.
He would have loved your book! The Gospels only give a few lines about Jesus' hidden life. Using the imagination to fill up these gaps helps me to know him better. This is crucial, because if I don't know him, then what is my life all about and what am I trying to teach others? Through the words and actions of Jesus in this book I was able to form a more complete picture of him in my mind. It is a complex picture, but one I find very appealing. There is Jesus as a man surrounded day and night by his extended family, relatives and coworkers, yet always yearning to be alone to pray, to think and to dream.
He knows the Scriptures and could have been a Scribe like Jason. But he chose to be a manual worker, a carpenter, and in many ways, a romanticist rather than a revolutionary. It was this feature of Jesus' personality that I found most intriguing. Even as his grand destiny became clearer and more universal, he was always aware of the individual, the personal, the smallest, gentle gesture of kindness to one in need.
In what seems to be crucial during the events leading up to the wedding at Cana, Jesus loved Avigail, and he sacrificed his love for her. And even if he was Jesus, this kind of sacrifice, which is always the greatest love, hurt. In the book, Jesus had a highly developed sensitivity, which made him liable to misunderstanding and pain. He was a person who continually suffered because of his sensibilities.
He thought and felt about things differently than others.
This is an important feature for me to know, since sometimes I wondered if such sensitivities in myself could be wrong, or at least something to overcome. To realize that Jesus very likely felt the same way is reassuring. I can be like him because he became like me. Before, I had thought of Jesus, especially in his hidden life, as someone totally peaceful, going through a blessed childhood and adolescence in the quiet company of his devoted parents.
I had no idea Nazareth could at times be such a madhouse! Yet, looking at village life, as I have experienced it these many years here, I know this to be true. One of my favorite parts in the book is the seamless transition from the almost unbearably dramatic moments leading up to Avigail's engagement to Reuben, to the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan. I could sense this emotional horde of people moving from a potential stoning to a baptismal immersion, all with the same uncontrollable religious passion.chototuca.gq
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I saw Jesus as part of this expectant group heading toward the river. Then there was that key transformation in him: the influx of the Holy Spirit that made him forever different, and recognized then as "The One. I thoroughly enjoyed how Jesus in the desert was able to put the devil on the defensive. It was a philosophical interlude in the book that made clear what St Ignatius calls "the Two Standards. The devil's temptations were to emptiness and despair. Jesus was filled with confidence and hope. And how intriguing their faces were the same, that they were reflections! Finally, down to the last page, the last sentence, everything came together; the story was complete for now.
There was a both a spiritual and a literary sense of satisfaction in finishing the book. It was as beautifully written as it was, I think, inspired. And those wonderful, original characters! My favorites were Hananel and Shemayah: old, disagreeable, opinionated men totally set in their ways. How could they possibly change?
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Only through Jesus' gentle patience and incredible understanding and forgiveness. His personal concern and kindness broke through all the defenses they had carefully set up. Hananel and Shemayah became so central to the story that without their change of heart, the wedding at Cana would have had more problems than lack of wine. Mary and Joseph also became for me flesh and blood characters.
Mary, a very human and at times humorous mother who knew her son so well she could chide him in his reluctance to follow her wishes, telling him to honor his father AND his mother. And Joseph, fading into old age and another world, yet still wanting to be a part of it all. So much like our real life parents Then there was that "cameo" appearance of Herod Antipas at the River Jordan. It was only a brief and subtle moment, but his personality came across so powerfully. I know he will appear later. He won't let it rest A few comparisons come to mind. Although the styles are different, the book reminds me of some of Khalil Gibran's stories, especially those translated from the Arabic, and his book of first person accounts called, Jesus.
Gibran was born in the same Lebanese village as my maternal grandmother, so I have always felt a kinship with him. Many of Gibran's stories can be shocking as yours can because of their unconventional, but nevertheless quite plausible, ways of looking at God, religion and society. Then there are the visionary works of Catherine Emmerick, so strong in their details about Jesus. It was good you called your books novels rather than revelations!
Yet God certainly works through your works and really does make them a "revelation" for countless people. To help people to know God, to know Jesus, could any calling be more important? And you have that call! To sum things up, I loved the book, all of it, every page every word. I felt a different person after reading it; it will help my prayer life, my relationship to Jesus and my ministry. The Road to Cana affected me even more than Out of Egypt, because Jesus is older now and easier for me to identify with at this stage. But both books are superb. Finally, I want to mention the cover painting of Jesus.
It is a loving, welcoming, sensitive and intimate face that becomes deeper the more one looks at it. It is a beautiful painting. I have never seen it before.
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All of us have different images of Jesus in our minds and hearts, and these portraits are very personal. I was wondering what my picture of Jesus was now, after reading the book. I saw Jesus struggling interiorly and exteriorly throughout much of the book, in agony at times, but also maintaining a consistent kindness, patience and overriding peace.
His human nature encompassed both strength and vulnerability, both masculine and feminine sensibilities. Not until the last chapters of the book did he have the full assurance of all that he was and what he could do. Up until then, there didn't seem to be that confidence; instead, there was restlessness; there were questions, voices Of course, no painting could possibly portray such a complex, emotional ambivalence.
But I thought I would look around and see if I could find a picture that described the way I saw Jesus in your book. The face of Jesus I found in one of my library's art books looks to me like a grown-up version of the portrait of the young Jesus on the cover of the paperback version of Out of Egypt. I'm enclosing an attachment of this painting for you.