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Redeeming Philosophy: A God-Centered Approach to the Big Questions

Redeeming Philosophy: A God-Centered Approach to the Big Questions

by Vern S. Poythress

Who am I? Why am I here? Where do I find meaning?Life is full of big questions. The study of philosophy seeks answers to such questions. In his latest book, prolific author Vern Poythress investigates the foundations and limitations of Western philosophy, sketching a distinctly Christian approach to answering basic questions about the nature of humanity, the… Read more…

Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God: A Handbook for Biblical Interpretation

Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God: A Handbook for Biblical Interpretation

by Vern S. Poythress

Every time we read the Bible, we’re reading in the presence of God. How should this incredible truth shape how we read?Moving quickly from principle to practice, Vern Poythress helps us rethink how we interpret the Bible by showing us the implications of entering into God’s presence as we study. This handbook outlines distinct steps for practicing faithf… Read more…

In the Beginning Was the Word: Language: Language--A God-Centered Approach

In the Beginning Was the Word: Language: Language--A God-Centered Approach

by Vern S. Poythress

Language is not only the centerpiece of our everyday lives, but it gives significance to all that we do. It also reflects and reveals our all-sustaining Creator, whose providential governance extends to the intricacies of language. Writes Vern Poythress, "God controls and specifies the meaning of each word-not only in English but in Mandarin Chinese, Hin… Read more…

Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach

Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach

by Vern S. Poythress

Many people think science is antagonistic to Christian belief. Science, it is said, shows that the universe is billions of years old, while the Bible says it is only thousands of years old. And some claim that science shows supernatural miracles are impossible. These and other points of contention cause some Christians to view science as a threat to their be… Read more…

Inerrancy and Worldview: Answering Modern Challenges to the Bible

Inerrancy and Worldview: Answering Modern Challenges to the Bible

by Vern S. Poythress

Though the Bible presents a personal and relational God, popular modern worldviews portray an impersonal divine force in a purely material world. Readers influenced by this competing worldview hold assumptions about fundamental issues—like the nature of humanity, evil, and the purpose of life—that present profound obstacles to understanding the Bible.In … Read more…

Theophany: A Biblical Theology of God's Appearing

Theophany: A Biblical Theology of God's Appearing

by Vern S. Poythress

“A theologically rich, spiritually edifying exploration of all that the Bible says about an awe-striking reality.” —Dennis JohnsonEach time God appears to his people throughout the Bible—in the form of a thunderstorm, a man, a warrior, a chariot, etc.—he comes to a specific person for a specific purpose. And each of these temporary appearances—… Read more…

Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought

Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought

by Vern S. Poythress

For the well-rounded Christian looking to improve their critical thinking skills, here is an accessible introduction to the study of logic (parts 1 & 2) as well as an in-depth treatment of the discipline (parts 3 & 4) from a professor with 6 academic degrees and over 30 years experience teaching. Questions for further reflection are included at the end of ea… Read more…

Redeeming Sociology: A God-Centered Approach

Redeeming Sociology: A God-Centered Approach

by Vern S. Poythress

Interpersonal relationships are possible for humans because we are created in the image of a Trinitarian God. But if the Trinity is our model for relationships, why is the human condition rife with pain and evil? How are we to think correctly about fallen human relationships and our models for understanding them? Redeeming Sociology advocates a biblically i… Read more…

Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible: A Guide to Reading the Bible Well

Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible: A Guide to Reading the Bible Well

by Wayne Grudem, Paul R. House, Vern S. Poythress, C. John Collins, Darrell L. Bock, Thomas R. Schreiner, Gordon Wenham, Dennis E. Johnson, David Chapman, David M. HowardJr., John DelHousaye, David Reimer and J. Julius ScottJr.

How do I get more out of my Bible reading?What was going on during the gap between the Old and New Testaments?How do all the books of the Bible fit together as a whole?This book answers these questions and puts clear, readable Bible study aids at your fingertips. It contains thirteen essays from some of today’s best evangelical scholars including C. John C… Read more…

Redeeming Mathematics: A God-Centered Approach

Redeeming Mathematics: A God-Centered Approach

by Vern S. Poythress

What does God have to do with mathematics? Everything.In this book, Vern Poythress argues that the harmony of abstract mathematical truths, the physical world of things, and the personal world of our thinking depends on the existence of the Christian God. Poythress shows that these distinct “perspectives” on mathematics cohere because all three find thei… Read more…

Translating Truth (Foreword by J.I. Packer): The Case for Essentially Literal Bible Translation

Translating Truth (Foreword by J.I. Packer): The Case for Essentially Literal Bible Translation

by Leland Ryken, J. I. Packer, Wayne Grudem, Vern S. Poythress, C. John Collins and Bruce Winter

Which translation do I choose?In an age when there is a wide choice of English Bible translations, the issues involved in Bible translating are steadily gaining interest. Consumers often wonder what separates one Bible version from another.The contributors to this book argue that there are significant differences between literal translations and the alternat… Read more…

Understanding Scripture: An Overview of the Bible's Origin, Reliability, and Meaning

Understanding Scripture: An Overview of the Bible's Origin, Reliability, and Meaning

by R. Kent Hughes, Leland Ryken, John Piper, J. I. Packer, Wayne Grudem, Vern S. Poythress, John D. Currid, C. John Collins, Thomas R. Schreiner, Peter J. Gentry, Daniel B. Wallace, Peter J. Williams, Roger Beckwith, David Alan Black and Chapman

Originally featured as articles in the ESV Study Bible, these eighteen essays have been repurposed and republished in a convenient format. Covering a diverse range of essential subjects, including how to read the Bible well and why it is reliable, the essays delve into specific topics such as world religions, canon, and archaeology.Useful as both a general o… Read more…


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