The CCEL Times 3.11 (November 3, 2008)

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From the Director

Announcing ‘Warranted Christian Belief’This month we are thrilled to announce the addition of the book Warranted Christian Belief by Alvin Plantinga, a philosopher Time magazine once called the "leading philosopher of God." This book was published in 2000 by Oxford University Press which has graciously given permission for us to put it online. Thanks!

Warranted Christian Belief is a philosophical defense of the reasonableness of belief in God and the great matters of the faith.

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Harry Plantinga
Director of the CCEL

CCEL Christmas Gift Ideas

Give Christian Classics to your loved ones for Christmas—and support the CCEL at the same time. We have gift ideas from $15 to $1500 that will please (and edify) your loved ones and help keep the CCEL available to millions of users per year. Gift ideas include CCEL data and audio CDs, Logos CDs, and CCEL subscriptions. Gift wrapping and card or e-card are included.

Even better, if you order by December 1, we’ll include an additional gift, completely free.

The CCEL is a non-profit organization that makes classic Christian literature available on the web and on CD to more than 3 million unique visitors per year from 228 countries and territories. The CCEL cannot survive without the support of so many generous Christians. Purchasing Christmas gifts from the CCEL is a wonderful way to support our mission.

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Featured Hymn

"Now Thank We All Our God" by Martin Rinkart

Martin Rinkart (1586-1649) was a pastor during the horrors of the Thirty Years’ War, and that difficult ministry inspired him to both sacrificial service and to the writing of hymns of praise and confidence in God. As a youth he was a choirboy at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, and then studied at the university there. He became a schoolmaster and cantor, held several pastorates, and became the archdeacon in Eilenburg in 1617, a position he held until his death. Because of the war the walled city of Eilenburg was overflowing with refugees, causing widespread disease and famine. During the epidemic of 1637 Rinkart officiated at over four thousand funerals, including his wife’s; at times he presided at fifty burials a day. But in spite of these incredible demands on his ministry, he wrote many theological works and sixty hymns, of which "Now Thank We All Our God" is best known.

Read more about this hymn at the Hymnary
Read more about the Hymnary

Featured Classic

Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross (1542-1591)

The term ‘dark night of the soul’ is associated primarily with John of the Cross, the sixteenth-century Spanish Carmelite whose stunning poem ‘Dark Night of the Soul‘ continues to challenge and nourish Christians from many spiritual traditions. The depth and breadth of meaning in John’s ascetical theology … has been well-described from diverse perspectives. John distinguishes between active and passive nights of the senses, and active and passive nights of the spirit, for example. Each of these aspects of the night is purgative, freeing the soul from attachments that hinder the ability to receive and give God’s love.

— from The Mystic Way of Evangelism by Elaine A. Heath (Baker Books, 2008)

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Featured Group

The Ancient Christian East

In this group we will read and discuss writers of the ancient Christian East, such as Ephraim the Syrian, The Cappadocian Fathers, the Desert Fathers, and other men and women (yes there were some) writers of the Christian Patristic age and the eastern Mediterranean. We will begin with Ephraim the Syrian. All readings can be downloaded for free from the CCEL or found other places on the Web.

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Classic Sermons

George Whitefield on Gen. 5:24:

Walking with God implies our making progress or advances in the divine life. Walking, in the very first idea of the word, seems to suppose a progressive motion. A person that walks, though he move slowly, yet he goes forward, and does not continue in one place. And so it is with those that walk with God. They go on, as the Psalmist says, ‘from strength to strength’; or, in the language of the apostle Paul, ‘they pass from glory to glory, even by the Spirit of the Lord’. Indeed, in one sense, the divine life admits of neither increase nor decrease. When a soul is born of God, to all intents and purposes he is a child of God; and though he should live to the age of Methuselah, yet he would then be only a child of God after all.

— from "Walking with God," by George Whitefield (1714-1770)

Read this classic at the CCEL
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Christmas gifts from $15 to $1500

  • Give Christian Classics to your loved ones for Christmas and support the CCEL at the same time.
  • Gifts include CCEL data and audio CDs, Logos CDs, and CCEL subscriptions.
  • Free gift wrapping, delayed shipping and gift card or e-card are included.
  • If you order by December 1st, we’ll include an additional gift, completely free.

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