"Counterfeit Kingdom" (Holly Pivec and R. Douglas Geivett)
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by Conrade Yap, (Dr)
4d ago
TITLE: Counterfeit Kingdom: The Dangers of New Revelation, New Prophets, and New Age Practices in the Church AUTHOR: Holly Pivec and R. Douglas Geivett PUBLISHER: Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing, 2022, (272 pages).   What is the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement? What are their beliefs and practices? Why are they so popular? What spurred their rise? Who are the people involved? Why should we be concerned about its spread? The term NAR might appear foreign to us. However, if you are familiar with Bethel Church, Bethel Music, the music group "Jesus Culture," or some of t ..read more
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"Ordinary Discipleship" (Jessie Cruickshank)
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by Conrade Yap, (Dr)
4d ago
TITLE: Ordinary Discipleship: How God Wires Us for the Adventure of Transformation AUTHOR: Jessie Cruickshank PUBLISHER: Colorado Springs, CO: Tyndale House Publishers, 2023, (224 pages).   The Bible has various metaphors to describe discipleship and spiritual growth. In particular, Jesus himself uses ordinary things to depict the Kingdom of God and spiritual growth. There is the parable of the talents to showcase the importance of stewardship. There is the parable of the tenants on the dangers of unfaithfulness. Chief of them all is the parable of the Sower which describes fou ..read more
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"Exit the Cave" (Blaine Hogan)
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by Conrade Yap, (Dr)
1w ago
TITLE: Exit the Cave: Embracing a Life of Courage, Creativity, and Radical Imagination AUTHOR: Blaine Hogan PUBLISHER: Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2023, (256 pages).   Each of us has our own cave. It is a place where we could feel comfortable, relaxed, and honest with ourselves. For author Blaine Hogan, his cave is more than that. It is about him boldly taking a step out of the cave of addiction, depression, self-pity, and encountering health issues among his loved ones. He shares about past broken relationships, broken marriages, and emotional struggles.  As an actor, he toggles ..read more
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"Changing with Aging" (Don Kuhl)
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by Conrade Yap, (Dr)
1w ago
TITLE: Changing with Aging: Little Stories, Big Lessons AUTHOR: Don Kuhl PUBLISHER: Boca Raton, FL: HCI Communications, 2022, (224 pages). If there is one thing that is guaranteed to happen in life, that is aging. We are all adding years to our lives. Every birthday celebration, anniversary, or remembrance of a milestone. In an honest assessment of life as well as a determination to make the best out of the years we have, author Don Kuhl shares stories and insights as he deals with the topic of aging. He does that through stories and snippets of life as he knows it. At 73 years old now ..read more
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"Refresh Your Hope" (Lori Hatcher)
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by Conrade Yap, (Dr)
2w ago
TITLE: Refresh Your Hope: 60 Devotions for Trusting God with All Your Heart AUTHOR: Lori Hatcher PUBLISHER: Grand Rapids, MI: Our Daily Bread Publishing, 2023, (272 pages).   We all need hope. Like a train going through a long dark tunnel, we all want to see light sooner rather than later. Journeying through dark times can be scary and suffocating. Hope carries the confidence that the journey will not end in the dark but pull one through toward the light. Yet, in a world of ups and downs, hope is not always present. That is why we need to have hope refreshed and this book shows us 6 ..read more
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"Tending the Fire That Burns at the Center of the World" (David F. White)
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by Conrade Yap, (Dr)
2w ago
TITLE: Tending the Fire That Burns at the Center of the World: Beauty and the Art of Christian Formation AUTHOR: David F. White PUBLISHER: Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2022, (192 pages).   There is a saying that claims in a subjective sense, that beauty is according to the eyes of the beholder. In other words, if one thinks it is beautiful, then it is. Otherwise, it is not. That is how many love relationships begin. What if beauty is not just something that is subjective? What if the revelation of Truth is beauty in itself? What if admiring beauty draws us closer to Truth and the Giv ..read more
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"Under the Wings of God" (Cornelius Plantinga)
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by Conrade Yap, (Dr)
1M ago
TITLE: Under the Wings of God AUTHOR: Cornelius Plantinga PUBLISHER: Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2023, (192 pages). Ordinary believers honour the Bible. Church-goers read the Bible. Academics analyze the Bible. Devotees meditate on the Bible. Pastors preach the Bible. Authors write about the Bible. It would seem like the Bible is used in so many different ways. Those seeking a closer walk with God will not be content with any form of superficial reading. They will also meditate and contemplate the Word of God. As purposed in the cover of this book, renowned Professor Cornelius Plant ..read more
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"A Place at the Table" (Miranda Harris and Jo Swinney)
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by Conrade Yap, (Dr)
1M ago
TITLE: A Place at the Table: Faith, Hope and Hospitality AUTHOR: Miranda Harris and Jo Swinney PUBLISHER: London, UK: Hodder and Stoughton, 2022, (224 pages). What is hospitality? What has the practice of hospitality got to do with faith and hope? How does that help to cultivate friendship and community building? These basic blocks of community are covered in this fascinating book about the life and work of the founders of Arocha. Containing many stories of people in the Arocha community as well as from the Bible, one gets to see how ordinary objects like a house, a table, and a meal can hel ..read more
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"Tell Her Story" (Nijay K. Gupta)
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by Conrade Yap, (Dr)
1M ago
TITLE: Tell Her Story: How Women Led, Taught, and Ministered in the Early Church AUTHOR: Nijay K. Gupta PUBLISHER: Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2023, (224 pages). One of the negative comments I have heard from modern readers is about the patriarchal nature of the Bible, especially the Old Testament. They note how the heads of households in the past are restricted to men. There are also many instances where modern folks quickly accuse gender discrimination. Why should Eve be a "helpmeet" to Adam and not the other way around? Why are most of the judges male? What about the way women ..read more
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"Kingdom and Country" (Angie Ward, ed.)
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by Conrade Yap, (Dr)
1M ago
TITLE: Kingdom and Country: Following Jesus in the Land that You Love (Kingdom Conversations) AUTHOR: Angie Ward PUBLISHER: Colorado Springs, CO: Tyndale House Publishers, 2022, (208 pages).   Is there a difference between patriotism and nationalism? What about our allegiance to God and country? Are they the same? Thanks to social media, people are starting to be vocal about the state of politics, in the country. For Christians, it is about practicing their faith in an increasingly secular world. Some might even say that our world is increasingly becoming anti-Christian. Recognizing the ..read more
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