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Books, news, and events from TIU's Rolfing Library

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Great Family Films for the Summertime

Did you know that the library has an ever-growing collection of family films? This summer, check them out! (Literally.)

Disney/Pixar Favorites:

Chronicles of Narnia:


Film reelOther Feature-Length Cartoons:

  • The Secret of Kells: “In a remote medieval outpost of Ireland, young Brendan embarks on a new life of adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying a book brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide.” (from the DVD jacket)
  • Rise of the Guardians: “An epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes — each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians [Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman] must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imaginations of children all over the world.” (from the Rise of the Guardians website)

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Book Displays: Soteriology

Getting Saved: The Whole Story of Salvation in the New Testament

This month, Rolfing is highlighting resources on soteriology, the theology of salvation. In a work entitled Getting “Saved”: The Whole Story of Salvation in the New Testament, by Charles H. Talbert and Jason A. Whitlark, the authors explore what the New Testament says about salvation and what it means for believers. This collection of twelve essays by six authors focuses on the process of salvation in the context of the post-conversion experience.

The book was reviewed by John Frederick of St. Mary’s College for The Gospel Coalition. The reviewer had mainly positive things to say about the book. He recommended it as a valuable resource for Protestants and Evangelicals. The reviewer viewed the emphasis on  the inner renewal involved in the salvation process as a move in the right direction, as opposed to the sometimes lax view of inner change that plagues some evangelical circles. He also promoted the book as a great resource for people who do not agree with the authors’ premise. He suggests that people from any tradition can benefit from the results of these articles and the thoughts of the authors.

The reviewer argues that the title of the book is somewhat misleading. The title, Getting “Saved”: The Whole Story of Salvation in the New Testament, implies a comprehensive view of salvation; the process of conversion, sanctification, justification, and final salvation; past, present, and future.  The essays that make up this book mainly focus on the period after conversion, the “progressive element of salvation.”  The reviewer also felt that the booked lacked a clear declaration of the fact that salvation is only accomplished through faith in Christ alone . It is clear that the authors believe this is the way to salvation, but the reviewer counted it as a weakness that it was not stated as clearly and as often as one might hope in a book about “getting saved.”

Check out this and other valuable resources from Rolfing on our display about soteriology!

Have you read Getting “Saved”: The Whole Story of Salvation in the New Testament? What are your thoughts on the book? We want to hear your thoughts!

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Summer Movie Marathons

For students, the summer is a golden opportunity to loosen up and cast off (some of) the cares of the academic year. What better way to do that than to hold a movie marathon!

The great news is that the library has in its DVD collection all three mainstays of movie-marathoners. Yes, my friends, the great Triumvirate of Trilogies can be found on our shelves: Indiana Jones (sorry, no Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Star Wars (the original three — of course!), and The Lord of the Rings (yes, even the extended editions!).

Each is epic. Each is exciting. Each is perfect for a summertime couch-bound decompression session. So put down the summer Hebrew homework, gather some friends together, pop some popcorn, and spend a day at your nearest home theater munching, gabbing, and enjoying the show.

Plus, unlike your local multiplex, tickets to these movies are free. Or as Yoda would say, “Free of cost they are.”



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Book Displays: Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives on Ethnicity

This month, Rolfing Library will feature a display highlighting the sociological and anthropological perspectives on ethnicity. This topic became especially relevant this week as I listened to an interview on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift. This conversation focused on trans-racial adoption and the effect of ethnic differences on an interracial family.

The host interviewed a child of trans-racial adoption and a mother of two adopted daughters of another race. The conversation centered around the unexpected challenges of being part of an interracial family and the unique benefits of parenting and being a child of a interracial family.

During the broadcast, both the mother and daughter identified a phenomenon that they had experienced that I found specifically interesting. In many cases, people feel the need to comment on the family’s physical differences. Many people mean well, saying things like, “I see the family resemblance,” knowing full well that the parents and children are not related and do not look similar. Others ask questions like, “Who are their real parents?” Each question comes with its share of challenges and social difficulties. Affirming the family connection and identity as a unit is important in these circumstances, but denying the ethnic differences between the parent and child does not benefit the the child or the family. Both women commented on the importance of connecting the adopted child with a mentor of the same race. This helps affirm the child’s identity and explore the sides of themselves that differ from their parents. Ethnicity can be a difficult subject to discuss but exploring our own ethnic differences and similarities can lead to greater self-discovery and understanding of those around us.

Here are some resources available on our display. Stop by the library and check out our resources on the sociological and anthropological aspects of ethnicity!

We want to hear your thoughts and stories!

How are ethnicity and identity related?

What has been your experience with trans-racial adoption or interracial families?

Culture Keeping Taking sides Clashing views in race and ethnicity God's new humanity The convergence of race, ethnicity, and gender multiple identities in counseling

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Book Displays: Small Group Ministry

I have been a part of a few small groups in my life, with varying degrees of success. In some cases, there have been profound connections made, learning accomplished, and hearts changed. Unfortunately, there have also been experiences that were not as successful; awkward silences, “too perfect” answers, shallow conversation, and disrespectful participants. The variety in my experience has caused me to wonder, “What factors contribute to the success or failure of a small group ministry?”

Small groups can foster some of the most intimate and life-changing moments in a Christian’s life, even Jesus kept a small group of friends in his inner circle, but some Christians find this type of model difficult to emulate in our culture today.

A blog post by The Gospel Coalition entitled Building a Better Small Group, uses the lifestyle and spiritual practices of the English Puritans as a model for building spiritual community in our culture today. Author Joanne Jung argues that the Puritan’s focus on biblical literacy and soul care in the practice of conference, cultivated authentic community and intimate connection with God and his Word. She provides a list of questions used by the Puritans to further their understanding of God, open themselves up to hearing God’s voice, and connect with each other.

This month we are featuring a display about small group ministry. Check out some of the resources we have to offer on this subject.

Building a Life-Changing Small Group Ministry  Small Groups with Purpose  Coaching Life-Changing Small Group Leaders  When the Church was a Family  The Church and the Crisis of Community

What makes a successful small group?

How have your experiences shaped your views of small groups and authentic community?

What can small group leaders do to help make a small group successful? What can participants do?

Join the conversation, we want to hear your thoughts!