What's the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? New Edition with Study Guide: A Guide to What Matters Most

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Pastor and author Martin Thielen has compiled a list of ten things people need to believe, and ten things they don't, in order to be a Christian. This lively and engaging book will be a help to seekers as well as a comfort to believers who may find themselves questioning some of the assumptions they grew up with. With an accessible, storytelling style that's grounded in solid biblical scholarship, Thielen shows how Christians don't need to believe that sinners will be "left behind" to burn in hell or that it's ...
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Overview


Pastor and author Martin Thielen has compiled a list of ten things people need to believe, and ten things they don't, in order to be a Christian. This lively and engaging book will be a help to seekers as well as a comfort to believers who may find themselves questioning some of the assumptions they grew up with. With an accessible, storytelling style that's grounded in solid biblical scholarship, Thielen shows how Christians don't need to believe that sinners will be "left behind" to burn in hell or that it's heresy to believe in evolution. And while we must always take the Bible seriously, we don't always have to take it literally.

At the same time, Christians do need to believe in Jesus--his life, his teachings, his death and resurrection, and his vision for the world. A great benefit of those beliefs is that they provide promising answers to life's most profound questions, including: Where is God? What matters most? What brings fulfillment? What about suffering? Is there hope? Thielen articulates centrist, mainline Christianity in a way that's fresh and easy to understand, and offers authentic Christian insights that speak to our deepest needs.

This new edition includes a leader's guide, previously only available online, and a new introduction from the author that reflects on the book's reception. The leader's guide features unique and easily implemented aids for carrying out a seven-week, congregation-wide initiative that will help local churches reach out to their communities. More information is available at thielen.wjkbooks.com.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664239381
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 2/13/2013
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 237,198
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Martin Thielen is Senior Pastor of Brentwood United Methodist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. He has been a national worship and preaching consultant, seminary professor, and has led more than one hundred church leadership workshops across the country. Visit his Web site at GettingReadyforSunday.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    we are using this book for our Lenten study.

    This is an excellent book, our study group has had many interesting discussions in the past several weeks. I will be reading the sections that we as a group didn't get to. Martin Thielen is an excellent writer.

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    I think this book does a wonderful job of explaining the most im

    I think this book does a wonderful job of explaining the most important aspects of Christianity and what it truly means to be a Christian. 

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