BOOK and BLOG

This section contains the outline of the book Living Faith used in the course, along with links to related EmailMeditation blogs.  The book provides the overview, the EmailMeditation links provide supplementary readings.

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Living Faith is the book reproduced on this website at THE BOOK(s) tab above.  The below outline is from What’s Christianity All About? and is not exactly the same as Living Faith.  The ten chapters are on the same subjects, but the titles are different for chapters seven, nine, and ten.  Living Faith contains only about 25% of the content of What’s Christianity All About? so the outline below contains items that, though related, are not covered in Living Faith.  

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CHAPTER ONE:  THE STORY AND MESSAGE OF THE BIBLE

The Bible: The Unknown Book

1008)  The Book

217)  Reading What Has Been Written for Us

495)  Read the Instructions

The Bible’s Structure and Formation

The Old Testament

The New Testament

The Apocrypha

Stories from the Apocrypha:

325)  ‘He said, she said:’  Susanna and the Elders  (part one)  (326; part two)

139)  The Wisdom and Courage of Judith

Stories from the books of Maccabees:  441) / 463) / 464)

The Theme and Message of the Bible

728)  Cleo and John  (part one)  (729; part two)

The Formation and Translations of the Bible

Revelation, Inspiration, and Authority

Reading the Bible

329)  The Key to the Bible

462)  A Message in a Bottle

878)  How Reading the Bible is Like Eating Fish  (879; part two)

529)  Losing Almost Everything

Popular Bible Translations

CHAPTER TWO:  THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES

The Two Testaments

The Pentateuch:  Creation, Fall, Election and Covenants

The Prologue to the Biblical Story

Abraham: Israel’s Founding Father

“Calls” in the Bible

Moses: Israel’s Deliverer and Lawgiver

The Historical Books: The Rise and Fall of Israel

The Voice and Message of the Prophets

The Wisdom and Devotional Literature

“Your Majesty, the Jews!”

Judaism and Christianity

CHAPTER THREE:  THE WORLD, LIFE, AND MINISTRY OF JESUS

The Gospels’ Sitz im Leben

The Intertestamental Period

The House of Herod

The First-Century World of Jesus

730)  Son of Man

The Coming of Jesus in the “Fullness of Time”

Jesus’ Birth

618)  A Savior Has Been Born For You

619)  Away in a Manger

988)  The Visit

981)  Too Ordinary?  (982; part two)

991)  Christmas Every Day  (992; part two)

Brief Outline of Jesus’ Public Ministry

687)  “Who Do You Say That I Am?”

Jesus’ Baptism, Testing and Disciples

635)  Was Jesus An Obedient Son?  (636; part two)

Jesus’ Threefold Mission

964)  Speak Softly, and Carry a Big Stick  (965; part two)  (966; part three)

829)  The Robe  (830; part two)  (831; part three)

Jesus’ Death

717)  Palm Sunday, 150 Years Ago

723)  Jesus and the Soldiers

Jesus’ Resurrection

The Names and Titles of Jesus

897)  A Hundred Christs

672)  The Incomparable Christ

649)  Jesus and God

CHAPTER FOUR:  THE GOSPEL TESTIMONIES TO JESUS

The Gospels: Then and Now

The Canonical Gospels

The Historical Jesus

The Synoptic Gospels

Mark:  The Foundation Gospel

Matthew:  The Jewish-Christian Gospel

Luke:  The Universal Gospel

John:  The Fourth Gospel

The Gospels:  Four Stories, One Jesus

CHAPTER FIVE:  PAUL AND THE OUTWARD MOVEMENT

The Outward Movement

472)  Mustard Seeds

The Acts of Peter and the Travels of Paul

The Apostle Paul:  Life, Writings, and Theology

Galatians:  The Epistle of Christian Freedom

The Corinthian Correspondence

Romans:  Paul’s Magnum Opus

Paul’s Other Letters

Hebrews and the Seven General Letters

The Book of Revelation

Was Jesus the Messiah?

CHAPTER SIX:  A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY

The Patristic Period:  Creeds, Constantine, and Augustine

The Middle Ages: Papacy, Schism, and Crusades

The Reformation: Wycliffe, Luther, and Calvin

936)  Martin Luther and the Reformation

180)  Martin Luther on Holy Communion

32)  Luther, Louie, and Elvis

364)  The Apostle’s Creed in Luther’s Catechism

408)  Martin Luther’s Prayers for Pastors

175)  Martin Luther on Contentment

803)  Prayers of Confession by Martin Luther

The Enlightenment

Christian Missions

806)  Abraham and Adamou  (807; part two)

673)  Going to Faraway Lands… Then, and Now

347)  Eaten by Cannibals?  No Problem.

674)  Seeing Jesus in India

809)  The Worst People on Earth  (810; part two)

895)  “If We Didn’t Know Jesus, We Would Be Cooking and Eating You”

578)  “To Bring You to God”  (579; part two)

692)  Bruchko and Jesus  (693; part two)

675)  How Missionaries Have Changed the World  

Christianity in the World

23)  Judas, the Hero

395)  Church Growth in China

Christianity in America

798)  New Life for an Old Church

CHAPTER SEVEN:  CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY AND BELIEFS

Christian Theism

God Our Father:  All-Mighty and All-Loving

880)  Blaming God

750)  Good or Bad?

1037)  Wait and See

The Doctrine of Creation

Sin:  Origin and Universality

Jesus Christ:  Birth, Death, and Resurrection

The Holy Spirit:  The Third Person of the Trinity

The Church:  Marks, Sacraments and Polity

752)  What is the Purpose of the Church?

910)  Church

892)  Believing in the Communion of Saints  (893; part two)

876)  Welcoming the Stranger

877)  Too Many Hypocrites

950)  Precious Memories

786)  Life Together

663)  Learning at Salem Church

767)  “Look for a Building with a Cross on Top;  There You Will Find Help”

875)  Why Are Preachers Always Asking for Money?

176)  Give These Young Folks What They Want

164)  Getting Excited About Church?

136)  Called to Love the Whore

87)  Only the Church…

The End Times:  Heaven, Hell, and the Hereafter

995)  Those Were the Days

859)  Looking Back; Looking Ahead

856)  “I Can’t Wait to Get Out of Here!”

778)  The Everlasting Arms

CHAPTER EIGHT:  OTHER RELIGIONS AND BELIEFS

Eastern Religions

Hinduism: The Religion of India

Buddhism: The Middle Way

Shintoism, Sikhism, and Other Religions

Islam:  Submission to Allah

Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other Religions

Do All Roads Lead to God

CHAPTER NINE:  PRAYER, STUDY, AND EVANGELISM

A Place to Stand

753)  Abide in Me  (754; part two)  (755; part three)

718)  “I Know Just How You Feel”

120)  Stand Firm

Growing in Christ Through Prayer

1005)  Table Prayers

Growing in Christ Through Study and Service

20)  What Would Jesus Do?

531)  Schindler’s List and His Regrets

454)  Who is Doing What for Who?  (455; part two)

Obstacles to Growth:  The Seven Deadly Sins

885)  “A Burden on My Soul”

870)  Church Ladies Learn About Temptation

Christian Apologetics:  God, Suffering and Miracles

The Message of Evangelism: Jesus Christ

865)  The Problem of James  (866; part two)

The Mechanics of Evangelism:  Sharing the Good News

777)  Does the Money Really Get There?

815)  Using Your ‘But’  (816; part two)

Pascal’s Wager

CHAPTER TEN:  BIBLICAL GUIDELINES FOR CHRISTIAN LIVING

The Christian Worldview

884)  Peace in the Midst of Trouble

784)  Not the Answer

The Ten Commandments:  Rules for Christian Living

698)  I.  Rules, Excuses, Forgiveness  (699; part two)  (700; part three)

183)  Follow the Instructions

906)  Paying Too Much

48)  The Old Man and His Grandson

780)  “I Will Never Lie Again!”

The Sermon on the Mount:  The Christian Manifesto

The Good Samaritan, Prodigal Son, and Other Parables

Jesus’ “I Am” Statements

Habits of Godly Living

612)  Obeying God in All Things

913)  Why Should I Obey?  (914; part two)

864)  Helping Yourself By Helping Others

1023)  Doing Good Work

781)  It is the Lord You Are Serving

844)  Do It Anyway

862)  No Pity

774)  Memorial Day Meditation

782)  Seeing Others as Jesus Sees Them  (783; part two)

847)  C. S. Lewis’s Essay on Forgiveness  (848; part two)

976)  Tookie, Mickey, Santa, and Jesus  (977; part two)

631)  Teach Obedience

A Summary of the Good News

Epilogue:  The Essence of Christianity