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Released: Homosexuality: A Scriptural Way Forward for the United Methodist Church

Homosexuality book coverEnerPower Press announces the release of a new book, Homosexuality: A Scriptural Way Forward for the United Methodist Church by Joe Miller, Jr.

For some people, the homosexuality issue is very clear cut. But many people have numerous questions and mixed feelings about the issues and the people involved. This book is written from the heart of a man, a pastor, who is concerned about the LGBT people in his church and community. He brings a scriptural, but also scientific discussion of this controversial subject, in which he believes we must “care for the least of these” as Jesus taught us.

Joe Miller, Jr. is a retired ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. He is a second-career clergy person who spent the first 30 years of his adult life as a chemical engineer. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville and an MDiv from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He is a U S Army vet, taught at Lamar University and the University of Akron, has managed a variety of R&D departments, has been awarded U S Patents and published articles in professional journeals.  He currently serves on the local city  council, operates an all-volunteer food share pantry, is the local director of the Salvation Army, and teaches Bible studies in local churches.

 

Researching Abroad: Tips and Tools for the Trade

Missions Front CoverDr. D. Keith Campbell brings his years of experience as a visiting lecturer in Beijing, China to Researching Abroad: Tips and Tools for the Trade, a small but practical volume of advice and tools that any long term scholar or researcher will need to avoid the unknown and often frustrating difficulties. Whether it is helpful “apps” or negotiating social mores, Dr Campbell brings cheerful, encouraging words to the unsuspecting visiting scholar. [Retail: $6.99 on Direct.Energion.com]

Dr. D. Keith Campbell (Sourtheastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Vice President of International Relations with Global Scholars. Dr Campbell taught four years as Visiting Lecturer of New Testament at Shanghai Normal University in Shanghai,China, and two years as Adjunct Instructor of New Testament and Theology at Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary in Beijing, China.

Note:  All proceeds from Dr. Campbell’s book go to the Global Scholars Network (GSN), a ministryGlobal Scholars. GSN serves national Christian professors outside ofNorth America (www.global-scholars.org/gsn).

PuppySwap?

Glad that wasn’t real!

Now a commercial (partially).

EnerPower Press offers a small book written by Pam Bell, a lady who operates a no-kill shelter in the Pensacola area. She tells stories from a Veterinary clinic from the point of view of a dog resident there. The title is Granny’s Tails, and she’s putting the money she gets from this into the shelter.

At $9.99 you can order direct and get free shipping, and know that a substantial portion of that price (around half) supports the shelter.

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Testify: By the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of Our Testimony

9781631990717mEnerPower Press, an imprint of Energion Publications, announces the release of Testify: By the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of Our Testimony. It is available now at a pre-order price of $11.89 (Reg. Retail $16.99) on EnergionDirect.com.

This 170+ page book is an excellent resource for personal study or teaching a group on “What is a testimony?” and “Why” and “How” we are told in God’s Word to give our testimony. Author Doris Horton Murdoch brings her teaching and media specialist skills to compiling an in-depth look at this key to growing discipleship.

Copies of this book are available free for bloggers, pastors and small group leaders to review. Contact us: pubs@energion.com with your request.

Testify: By the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of Our Testimony

9781631990717mMore people come to know God and become practicing Christians because of the testimony of a person, either in words or their life that is lived out in truthful reality than for any other reason. Have you ever shared your testimony with someone? What does the Bible say about testifying? Testify: By the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of Our Testimony by Doris Horton Murdoch is a personal testimony of what she has learned in Bible study, discussion and theological reflection about testifying and delivering your own personal testimony. This 172-page book is now on Pre-Order Sale with EnergionDirect.

Doris Horton Murdoch received her master’s degree in education at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida and certification as a media specialist from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She also attended Asbury Seminary studying in the area of World Missions and Evangelism.

??????????????????????Testify: By the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of Our Testimony is Doris Horton Murdoch’s third published book, and joins Under the Sun: A Look at Solomon, Ecclesiastes and Our Faith, as well as her current work in a genre for children entitled I Only Like Sports.

Doris resides in Live Oak, Florida, with her husband, Jerry. They have two sons and five grandchildren.

Seeking Submissions for From Laughter to a Cure

9781938434709sThe project is now off and running. Author Dalia Taylor is seeking submissions for From Laughter to a Cure. Do you have a funny story? Would you like to get involved in this project designed both to help people and to raise money? Check out the submissions page.

Any funny or cute story about a child is welcome. These are not just stories about children have been ill.

They Think Jesus Will Return within Forty Years

9780954018702sA Pew report shows that 27% think Jesus will definitely return within forty years, while 20% think he probably will. Hardly better is the 28% who say this probably won’t happen.

But how do they know this? What is their basis for thinking it? Christians have been thinking that Jesus is coming soon for centuries. Prediction after prediction has been shown to be false by the passage of time.

Nonetheless, we don’t mend our ways. We just keep right on making predictions.

Bible scholar and theologian Edward W. H. Vick addresses this problem in his book The Adventist’s Dilemma, distributed by Energion Publications via this EnerPower Press web site. You’ll see the various ways we try to get around the “not knowing the day and hour” statement made by Jesus.

This is a serious and lengthy discussion of the issue, but considering the extent to which people try to know what they cannot know.

If you are a church pastor, give strong consideration to holding a study on this topic. In addition to the book cited above, Dr. Vick has written Eschatology: A Participatory Study Guide, published by Energion Publications. It’s designed for a serious study group to get a grasp of the theory behind the study of eschatology.