A Devotional based on the Ten Commandments that will help lead discussions on the possibility of Christians living today's society while following Gods' Laws. A wonderful Devotional for youth groups; young adults; and new Christians. Also a great study guide for mature believers looking for a new look at a part of Christianity they have taken for granted.
Jesus Got His Hands Dirty. What About You? Jesus did not share the gospel with the poor, profane, and rebellious where they lived just so that we would share it only with the prim and proper, in churches. He did not suffer the agony of the cross so that we would live safely within the church walls, untouched by the hurting world around us. He was not raised from the dead to new life so that we would keep ourselves, His message, and His power out of reach of the people who need it. Jesus got His hands dirty, interacting with a messy world to reach those He loves. Today, our church services, music, look, attitudes, and actions are all are so clean and proper, it's hard for anyone to be touched by them. In trying to be clean, we have forgotten how messy life can be. To be effective for Him, we must start serving as He did, where life is messy. Dirty Christians is a call for the people of Christ to... Leave the safety of the church to venture out into the messiness of the real world of people with deep hurts, serious issues, and torn apart lives, and love them as He did Chase after the life of service and love-the standard to which He has called us Discover in the messiness of serving God why being Christlike cannot be an option, but must be a necessity Experience the power of God as never before as we do what Jesus did and love as He loved Dirty Christians is not a "let's feel good about ourselves" kind of book. If you're up for the challenge to live Jesus out to this world, read it...and see what God can do through you when you dare to live out a messy faith. A native of southeastern Michigan, Daniel Brown lives in South Alabama where he and his wife, Debbie, pastor Anchor Assembly of God in Bayou La Batre. The father of two, and grandfather of five (so far), Daniel encourages Christians to get a little dirty while serving. He is currently working on his next book, Crude Church. www.dirtychristians.org Follow us on Twitter @dirtychristians Like us on Facebook at dirtychristiansministries"
This study sheds new light on identity formation and maintenance in the world of the early Christians by drawing on neglected archaeological and epigraphic evidence concerning associations and immigrant groups and by incorporating insights from the social sciences. The study's unique contribution relates, in part, to its interdisciplinary character, standing at the intersection of Christian Origins, Jewish Studies, Classical Studies, and the Social Sciences. It also breaks new ground in its thoroughly comparative framework, giving the Greek and Roman evidence its due, not as mere background but as an integral factor in understanding dynamics of identity among early Christians. This makes the work particularly well suited as a text for courses that aim to understand early Christian groups and literature, including the New Testament, in relation to their Greek, Roman, and Judean contexts. Inscriptions pertaining to associations provide a new angle of vision on the ways in which members in Christian congregations and Jewish synagogues experienced belonging and expressed their identities within the Greco-Roman world. The many other groups of immigrants throughout the cities of the empire provide a particularly appropriate framework for understanding both synagogues of Judeans and groups of Jesus - followers as minority cultural groups in these same contexts. Moreover, there were both shared means of expressing identity (including fictive familial metaphors) and peculiarities in the case of both Jews and Christians as minority cultural groups, who (like other 'foreigners') were sometimes characterized as dangerous, alien 'anti-associations'. This title pays close attention to dynamics of identity and belonging within associations.
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