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Sean McDowell

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Dr. Sean McDowell leads the Bible department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools in California. The awarded teacher is also a popular national youth speaker, editor of the HCSB Apologetics Study.
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The Jesus Legend
A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition
Paul Rhodes Eddy, Gregory A. Boyd - 2007-08-01
Sean McDowell
@WilliamMcgibney The book by Eddy/Boyd is fantastic      source
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Testimonies to the Truth
Why You Can Trust the Gospels
Lydia McGrew - 2023-01-25
Sean McDowell
Finally got my physical copy in the mail. Truly an excellent book for believer and skeptics interested in the reliability of the Gospels.      source
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Passport to Heaven
The True Story of a Zealous Mormon Missionary Who Discovers the Jesus He Never Knew
Micah Wilder - 2021-06-01
Sean McDowell
@7Psalm20 That’s a great book. I loved interviewing Micah when it came out!      source
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Mere Christianity
C. S. Lewis - 2018-07-02 (first published in 1942)
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This powerful and practical book is one of the most beloved and popular introductions to the Christian faith ever written. It gathers C. S. Lewis' legendary radio talks, in which he set out to "explain and defend the beliefs common to almost all Christians." Without denominational boundaries, Lewis offers a strong and rational argument for the Christian faith that is both timeless and relevant to modern readers. This book is a testament to Lewis' reputation as one of the most important writers and thinkers of our time and has sold millions of copies worldwide.
Sean McDowell
@jhmmms SUCH a good book!      source
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Christian Apologetics
A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith
Douglas Groothuis - 2011-07-27
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This comprehensive text by Douglas Groothuis presents a thorough defense of Christian theism. From defending objective truth to discussing the key arguments for God from natural theology, Groothuis covers it all. The book considers alternative views and provides a compelling case for the credibility of Jesus, the incarnation, and the resurrection. A must-read for anyone seeking answers to enduring human questions.
Sean McDowell
@jrpeet Excellent book. You’ve really read it three times?      source
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Strange New World
How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution
Carl R. Trueman - 2022-02-15
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Explore the origins of identity politics in a world driven by technological advances and "expressive individualism" in Strange New World. Historian Carl R. Trueman investigates the philosophies and cultural influences that have shaped Western thought, from the Romantics to the New Left, and their impact on personal identity, religion, and free speech. This concise and insightful book offers readers a deeper understanding of the critical issues facing society today. A must-read for fans of Trueman's acclaimed The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self.
Sean McDowell
@rperez12 Outstanding book      source
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Cultivating Humility After Humiliation
Pat Nemmers - 2022-11-15
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A must-read for upcoming Christian leaders, this book emphasizes the importance of ongoing humility in our lives. Through personal stories and truth-filled chapters, the author challenges readers to overcome past failures and choose humility for a lifetime. With endorsements from respected Christian leaders, this book provides hope and guidance for those who seek to lead with grace and faith.
Sean McDowell
My Top Books of 2022 | Some good books recommended by @challies      source
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Embracing Complementarianism
Turning Biblical Convictions into Positive Church Culture (A biblical vision for the roles of men and women in the church-and how to put them into practice)
Graham Beynon, Jane Tooher - 2022-10-01
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Embracing Complementarianism explores the biblical roles of men and women in the church, providing practical guidance for implementation. This book highlights the positive aspects of complementarianism and encourages a culture of partnership between genders, maximizing their gifts for God's kingdom.
Sean McDowell
My Top Books of 2022 | Some good books recommended by @challies      source
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The Remarkable Story of an Institutional Transformation and the 10 Essential Principles and Practices that Made It Happen
Jason K. Allen - 2022-09-13
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Discover the leadership principles that turned a struggling seminary into one of the fastest growing and largest in the world. In Turnaround, Dr. Jason K. Allen shares his experience in leading the turnaround of Midwestern Seminary, offering essential insight for any leader looking to save a sinking ship. Apply these principles to your own leadership challenges and thrive in your calling.
Sean McDowell
My Top Books of 2022 | Some good books recommended by @challies      source
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The Manual
Getting Masculinity Right
Al Stewart - 2022-08-14
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Navigating the tricky waters of masculinity has never been harder. How do you be a good man in a world that constantly calls out toxic behavior? Al Stewart's new book, The Manual, explores these issues and offers practical advice for men looking to live a valued life. From exploring the current debates on masculinity to delving into what the Bible has to say on the subject, The Manual covers it all. With refreshing honesty and personal experiences, Al teaches men how to be healthy sons, friends, husbands, and fathers. Central to his message is the role of faith in bettering oneself and serving others. Don't miss out on this essential guide to being a good man in today's world.
Sean McDowell
My Top Books of 2022 | Some good books recommended by @challies      source
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Dean Inserra - 2022-05-03
The Men We Need by Brant Hansen
The Air We Breathe by Glen Scrivener
Powerful Leaders? by Marcus Honeysett
You're Only Human by Kelly M. Kapic
Land of Hope by Wilfred M. McClay
The Third Option by Miles McPherson
Abortion Rights by Kate Greasley, Christopher Kaczor
Godly Jealousy by K. Erik Thoennes