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Name:  Paul Strobel  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Vandalia, Illinois

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High on the Okaw's Western Bank: Vandalia, Illinois, 1819-39
ISBN: 0252018923

University of Illinois Press. 1992

In this first complete history of Vandalia during its twenty years as the second capital of Illinois, Paul Stroble charts the town's earliest days and discusses its most important figures. He places its history within the context of the frontier community in Illinois, detailing major aspects of economic and political development and exploring cultural and social aspects.
Illinois' government was moved to Vandalia from the state's first capital in Kaskaskia in 1819, then moved again to Springfield twenty years later. During its era as the center of the state's political life, Vandalia grew from being an outpost on the bluffs of the Kaskaskia ("Okaw") River to a thriving community of about nine hundred persons.
Abraham Lincoln began his political career in Vandalia, as did Stephen A. Douglas. The community was also the home of James Hall, the West's first major author.
An examination of the town's business life is based on a thorough study of contemporary newspapers and county government documents. The local leadership's social homogeneity and cooperative character are juxtaposed with the political conflicts of state government and the vicissitudes of local economy caused by the biennial influx of visitors. Stroble discusses the impact of Vandalia's pioneer era on the town's own self-image, as well as how the legends of the capital era were transformed in remembrance and recording.
Vandalia had unusual advantages as a state capital. During the capital period, the social and economic bases of the town were laid by civic-minded citizens and county settlers. Compared to communities elsewhere in Illinois, Vandalia did not grow substantially. Stroble suggests this was due to factors including the newness of the land for an agricultural economy, governmental indifference toward investment in a temporary capital, the uncertainties of civic goal-setting in a new social environment, and the pattern of Illinois settlement during the 1820s and 1830s.

Adams Street Antiques
ISBN: 0967408601

Paul Stroble. 1999


Paul and the Galatians: The Life and Letters of Paul
ISBN: 0687090237

Abingdon Press. 2000

This is the second book in the series, The Life and Letters of Paul. It explores the difficult relationship between the Law of the Jews and the Christian faith of the Galatians. Drawing on historical data about the Galatian congregations and their origins, the author explains how Paul understood his audience and tailored his argument to address the particular threats to their faith and their misunderstandings of the relationship between law and freedom. The six sessions are: 1 - Who Were the Galatians? 2 - A "Second String" Apostle? 3 - Faith or Works? 4 - Faith Came First 5 - What Is Liberty? 6 - Life in the Spirit Each session is self-contained and includes study questions for reflection that are all you need to lead a group or to pursue the study on your own. The volumes in “The Life and Letters of Paul” series are especially appropriate for those who want an in-depth study of the Pauline epistles. Key Features: • Use of historical, archaeological, and geographical data for the region • Direct engagement of learners with the Scriptures • Learning helps interspersed with the study text • Based on the New Revised Standard Version Key Benefits: • Helps readers grasp the culture and context from which Paul’s writings emerged Paul and the Galatians explores crucial theological, ethical, and ecclesiastical questions in Paul’s famous epistle. Each session is self-contained and includes questions for reflection. The volumes in “The Life and Letters of Paul” series are especially appropriate for those who want an in-depth study of the Pauline epistles. The six session topics are: Who Were the Galatians? (1:1–10) A “Second String” Apostle? (1:11–2:10) Faith or Works? (2:11–2:21) Faith Came First (3:1–4:7) What Is Liberty? (4:8–5:24) and Life in the Spirit (5:25–6:18).

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Lent 2002 Student Behold His Cross Scriptures for the Church Seasons: A Lenten Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary
ISBN: 0687098262

Abingdon Press. 2002

This is the lectionary-based offering for Lent known as Scriptures for the Church Seasons. The study includes 7 sessions one for each Sunday in Lent including Easter. They are as follows 1- Grace Abounds More 2 - Abundant Grace Through Faith 3 - All That We Need 4 - Seeing as God Sees 5 - For Death, No Victory 6 - The Journey to Golgotha 7 - Behold Our Savior! (see the separate leader's guide #068709819X)

FaithQuestions - What Do Other Faiths Believe?: A Study of World Religions (Faithquestions Series ID 45458)
ISBN: 0687075505

Abingdon Press. 2003

This in-depth study will have 6-8 sessions. In it the author interviews leaders in Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other faiths to explore how the beliefs and practices of these religions are similar to and different from basic Christian beliefs. Religious tolerance will be promoted by the understanding of other religions’ beliefs about sin, forgiveness, salvation, future beyond death, ethics, etc.

You Gave Me a Wide Place: Holy Places of Our Lives
ISBN: 083581002X

Upper Room. 2006

You gave me a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip-Psalm 18:36 Places are part of our personal story and can be important keys to understanding God's presence in our life. Whether the sacred place lies at the water's edge, in a quiet small town or in pristine high-country mountains, all have felt pulled and connected to a spot. Perhaps at the least likely moment you felt touched by God's presence just when you needed it most, even if it was in a mundane, public place. No matter how remote or ordinary your special place is, God was (and is) already there - waiting to touch your life.

What About Religion and Science?: A Study of Faith and Reason (Faithquestions)
ISBN: 0687641624

Abingdon Press. 2007

This book invites us to consider ways to remain confident in our faith as we understand and appreciate the discoveries and advances of science. How can Christians integrate, believe, or accept all the teachings of science, the Bible, and Christian tradition? How can we believe in both the discoveries of science and the Bible? Are science and religion compatible or incompatible? Does the Christian understanding that God created the universe exclude the findings and discoveries of science? What is the role of faith in the world of education? What can we believe about intelligent design? If we believe in evolution, can we believe in God? Does the Big Bang theory exclude God? If we are Christians, can we support stem-cell research and cloning? Can science help us understand the afterlife? Does science negate or support prayer? What is the difference between faith and reason? Do they exclude or complement one another? As Paul Stroble addresses these questions and others, he helps us examine different possible ways that religion and science relate to each other and ways that science and religion provide meaning and value in our lives.

PAUL STROBLE is an elder of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church. He has served both as parish pastor and college instructor and currently teaches at the University of Akron, where he earned an Excellence in Teaching award. He is a long-time writer-researcher for the United Methodist curriculum FaithLink and author of numerous articles and curricular materials. Among his eleven books are Paul and the Galatians and What Do Other Faiths Believe? He is married to Dr. Beth Stroble, and they have a daughter, Emily.

The FaithQuestions study series is designed to meet the needs of people who have questions about the Christian faith and who desire a deeper engagement with scripture and with discipleship as they explore studies of issues in theology, ethics, missions, Bible interpretation, and church history. It seeks to equip a new generation of church leaders to appreciate the eternal message of the gospel and to develop the skills to articulate its relevance in our contemporary context. The series would be a good choice for users who have completed Disciple.
this will be the ninth study in the series, following What About the Rapture -
What Do Other Faiths Believe - What Happens When We Die -
What About Divine Healing - What About the Trinity - What About Forgiveness
- What About the Devil - What About Reading the Bible



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