library-9-job-completeThe ABC library has approximately 30,000 volumes, including the largest theological collection in Alaska. The library also contains curriculum materials, media resources, computers for student use, a children’s library, and several reading and study areas. The library subscribes to many Christian magazines and periodicals. A selection of visual aid material is available for student ministries.  ABC’s Wilderness Campus, located in Glennallen, houses an extension library located on the second floor of Joy Hall.


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Professor’s Pick – The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places

ABC’s Intercultural Ministry Professor Frank Emrick calls this book a must read. Here is why he chose the Insanity of Obedience: Walking With Jesus in the Tough Places by Nik Ripkin as the primary text for the upcoming Church Planting & Leadership Development modular course January 7-11.

“I was looking for a book for the History and Issues in Missions course I was going to oversee. As a current issue, I believe many Christians need a better understanding of the persecuted church. I was also wanting students in the course to be moved to a deeper commitment to The Great Commission (Mt. 28:19-20). I thought what better way than to read  true stories of the most committed Christians on earth, the persecuted. Portions of the book were assigned to read.

Ripken (not his real name) went to several areas of the world to talk with and learn from those who are persecuted. Reading the book, although I found much that I anticipated, I did not anticipate the personal conviction of the areas I fall short in my service to Jesus our King. Many chapters have a story or simply a statement that challenged my way of thinking and the way I live my Christian life.  

Another reason I initially chose the book was the title, “The Insanity of Obedience.” When I was a seminarian, I was introduced to the concept of “Obedient Oriented Training through church planting and discipleship courses I took. I was reading the book to see if it would suit the course above for the Fall Term. However, so many examples stood out as important to church planting that I was certain that it would suite the purposes of the Church Planting and Leadership Development course for this Winter Term. The lead instructor for the course, agreed with me and we decided to list the book as the text for this course too.

This is not so much a textbook in the academic sense. It is however, a book that reveals that obedience to Christ’s commands and application of Biblical principles are key to the spread of the Gospel, discipleship, leadership development and church planting movements. Each chapter makes one want to read the next. I found it a compelling read.”

[teach] them to observe all that I commanded you…”    Mt 28:20″

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments: Learn the Lost Art of Making Sense by Ali Almossawi

The antidote to fuzzy thinking, with furry animals!

Have you read (or stumbled into) one too many irrational online debates? Ali Almossawi certainly had, so he wrote An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments! This handy guide is here to bring the internet age a much-needed dose of old-school logic (really old-school, a la Aristotle).

Here are cogent explanations of the straw man fallacy, the slippery slope argument, the ad hominem attack, and other common attempts at reasoning that actually fall short—plus a beautifully drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) commit every logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks a strange light in the sky must be a UFO because no one can prove otherwise (the appeal to ignorance). And Lion doesn’t believe that gas emissions harm the planet because, if that were true, he wouldn’t like the result (the argument from consequences).

Once you learn to recognize these abuses of reason, they start to crop up everywhere from congressional debate to YouTube comments—which makes this geek-chic book a must for anyone in the habit of holding opinions. (from the back cover)

Voices from the Field: Conversations with our Global Family, edited by T.J. MacLeslie

Voices from the Field presents a unique opportunity to encounter real people and hear authentic Christian perspectives from around the world. The world has never seemed closer. We feel we can watch history unfold before our very eyes on our constantly connected devices. We have access to more information than ever before, but this flood of data has not produced genuine connection nor understanding. Genuine conversations require safe places for us and to share and humility to listen. The contributors to this volume have felt safe to share and your are invited to listen to voices from around the world. Voices that confront our practices and prejudices while inviting our partnership. To engage in missions today is to embrace the task of life-long learning. This book is a rich resource for those who would join in the global task of building God’s Kingdom, presenting not just more information but new lenses through which to see ourselves and our shared world. (From the back cover)

Half the Church – Winner of the ABC Poll!

Women comprise at least half the world, and usually more than half the church, but so often Christian teaching to women either fails to move beyond a discussion of roles or assumes a particular economic situation or stage of life. This all but shuts women out from contributing to God’s kingdom as they were designed to do. Furthermore, the plight of women in the Majority World demands a Christian response, a holistic embrace of all that God calls women and men to be in his world.

The loudest voices speaking into women’s lives in the twenty-first century thus far come from either fundamentalist Islam or radical feminism. And neither can be allowed to carry the day.

The Bible contains the highest possible view of women and invests women’s lives with cosmic significance regardless of their age, stage of life, social status, or culture. Carolyn Custis James unpacks three transformative themes the Bible presents to women that raise the bar for women and calls them to join their brothers in advancing God’s gracious kingdom on earth. These new images of what can be in Christ free women to embrace the life God gives them, no matter what happens. Carolyn encourages readers with a positive, kingdom approach to the changes, challenges, and opportunities facing women throughout the world today. (Amazon description.)

A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible DVD

A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the BibleA Lamp in the Dark is an exciting documentary that shows the intriguing history of the Bible. Enter into a world of saints and martyrs battling against spies, assassins, and wolves in sheep’s clothing. Through the Middle Ages, the popes and Inquisition forbade biblical translation, threatening imprisonment and death to those who disobeyed. Learn the lives of men like John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, Myles Coverdale and others, who hazarded their lives to communicate the Bible in languages people could understand. With the Fall of Constantinople, ancient Greek manuscripts came into Europe, and with them, the clear streams of understanding that would bring about the Protestant Reformation. But what is little known is that Rome launched a Counter Reformation with the intent of destroying all the works of the Reformers. Could this be the key to the “untold” history of the Bible? And is it possible that this ancient war on the Word of God continues to this day?

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth Bailey

Beginning with Jesus’ birth, Ken Bailey leads you on a kaleidoscopic study of Jesus throughout the four Gospels. Bailey examines the life and ministry of Jesus with attention to the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, Jesus’ relationship to women, and especially Jesus’ parables. Through it all, Bailey employs his trademark expertise as a master of Middle Eastern culture to lead you into a deeper understanding of the person and significance of Jesus within his own cultural context. With a sure but gentle hand, Bailey lifts away the obscuring layers of modern Western interpretation to reveal Jesus in the light of his actual historical and cultural setting. This entirely new material from the pen of Ken Bailey is a must-have for any student of the New Testament. If you have benefited from Bailey’s work over the years, this book will be a welcome and indispensable addition to your library. If you are unfamiliar with Bailey’s work, this book will introduce you to a very old yet entirely new way of understanding Jesus.

Objectivity in Biblical Interpretation by Thomas Howe

Biblical interpretation is facing a crisis. Is Biblical interpretation the result of someone’s particular perspective or personal point of view? Is there no basis upon which we can discover and hold to a “correct” interpretation? More and more authors are surrendering to the influence of Postmodern relativism. This malady is not limited to non-evangelicals. The pervasiveness of a Postmodern perspectivism propagated through the notions of presuppositions, preunderstanding, world views, horizon, paradigms, historicism, and a host of other approaches that are often confusing to a committed Christian who simply wants to understand God’s Word. Objectivity in Biblical Interpretation analyzes and explains the current crisis of objectivity and presents a reasoned defense of objective interpretation that directly confronts the relativistic claims of Postmodern relativism.

New Birth or Rebirth: Jesus Talks with Krishna

Ultimate truth. The destiny of souls. The individual heart. Can Krishna and Jesus agree on anything?
This is what Subramaniam, a real-life Hindu of the twentieth century, wonders as he enters a fictitious conversation between two religious figures who have changed the lives of millions. As Jesus and Krishna respond to each other’s view of life and the afterlife, they speak words straight from the texts of Christianity and Hinduism and straight into the soul.
Subramaniam asks Jesus and Krishna hard questions about faith. Meanwhile, a fictional character, Richard, eavesdrops, asking himself the most important question of all:
Does it really matter what I believe?

Orthodox Alaska: A Theology of Mission

Describes the the history of the Orthodox Church in Alaska. Uses that history as the foundation for discussing Orthodox missiology for the church in America and the universal church as well.