Category: Christian Theology

  • Download Interreligious Learning by Michael S. J. Barnes PDF

    By Michael S. J. Barnes

    Taking the subject of studying as principal to the in charge perform of interfaith discussion, Michael Barnes discusses a Christian spirituality which builds on virtues of hospitality and the welcoming of different traditions, when keeping the significance of distinction and particularity within the look for that means. every one bankruptcy explores how religion grows as an individual crosses a threshold into one other non secular global and learns sensitivity to echoes of the recognized within the unknown. Encounters with the spiritual different, refracted via texts, conversations, artefacts and locations, are used to demonstrate the traditional Patristic subject matter of 'seeds of the Word'. Cumulatively they convey that religion which learns find out how to have interaction imaginatively with one other non secular global continuously returns to the 'home' culture, reinvigorated in its appreciation of the opposite. This e-book contributes to present comparative theology stories, utilizing a theological method of interreligious reports complementary to 1 according to the adventure of interpersonal relations.
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  • Download Post-Traumatic Public Theology by Stephanie N. Arel,Shelly Rambo PDF

    By Stephanie N. Arel,Shelly Rambo

    This booklet imagines new modes of non secular reaction to trauma, relocating past easy solutions to the ‘why’ of human ache towards discussions of profound expressions of religion within the aftermath of trauma. attractive present realities resembling struggle, race, and weather switch, chapters function particular destinations from which theology is completed and draw at the assets of Christian religion so that it will reply. This quantity acknowledges non secular leaders as first-responders to trauma and gives theological reflections that may get up within the present realities of violence and its aftermath. The writings offer versions for a way to combine the language of religion with the literature of trauma.
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  • Download Get Low: Reflections on Pride and Humility by Jack Wisdom PDF

    By Jack Wisdom

    Humility and its ordinary enemy, delight, colour each quarter of our lives. a person looking to stick to Jesus must keep on with his instance of humility and “get low.” Jack knowledge examines how a formal knowing of humility affects every thing from our courting with God to our view of heritage, bravery, prosperity, and over a dozen different topics.

    “Get Low is the type of booklet that serves as a replicate to our personal satisfaction. One second you may be giggling and the following feeling uncovered by means of Jack’s candor. this is often an awesome ebook and it'll swap you!”

    -Chris Seay, writer of The Gospel in accordance with Jesus, Pastor of Ecclesia, Houston

    Jack knowledge is the husband of Diana and the daddy of 2 grown daughters. through day he's an legal professional in Houston. Jack is a graduate of Trinity college, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the collage of Houston legislations Center.

    “Jack Wisdom’s Get Low is a miles wanted booklet in today’s global. Humility is a topic not often spoken of, less realized or practiced, even in our Christian context. Jack does a gorgeous task of pinpointing ‘bogus religiosity’ and reminding us that the dominion of God can in simple terms be tested during the humility and repair of God’s humans. I hugely suggest this book.”

    —Rachel Quan, govt Director, Renovaré

    “Jack knowledge has written a really superb piece of biblical theology that calls us to humility. He writes with a simplicity and readability that fits his subject matter of humility and integrity. i discovered myself being drawn towards repentance and worship as I learn. it's a excitement to commend this e-book for large studying and reflection.”

    -Robert B. Sloan, Jr., President, Houston Baptist University

    “Jack knowledge is a superb lawyer additionally informed in biblical theology. As a companion in a winning and strong legislation enterprise, he's well-qualified to parade one of the proud. His existence and this ebook map another path—the manner of humility, simplicity, and repair. Get Low masterfully weaves the biblical narrative with astute reflections to make a compelling case for the cruciform way of life of Jesus’ followers.”

    —Dr. James H. Furr, President, Houston Graduate university of Theology

    “Get Low is pithy, considerate, convicting, and freeing. I provide Get Low my maximum praise: i need my little ones to learn this book!”

    — Bruce Wesley, Pastor, transparent Creek neighborhood Church, League urban, Texas

    “The basically virtues Jesus ever claimed for himself are gentleness and humility. Jack knowledge has dug deeply into the Scriptures and mirrored faithfully at the Christian tradition—ancient and modern—to motivate us to persist with within the steps of the grasp. Jack warns of the perils linked to delight and reminds us of the advantages waiting for these able to ‘get low.’ hugely recommended!”

    —David B. Capes, Thomas Nelson study Professor, Houston Baptist University

    “Get Low is a worrying book—purposefully so. Jack knowledge intends to disturb these people who think in Jesus yet have negotiated for ourselves a life-style that appears not anything just like the existence our Lord lived. Be warned: for the comfy and the complacent this publication is dangerous—and necessary.”

    —Rob Renfroe, nationwide Chairperson of the Confessing Movement
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  • Download The Spiritual Journey of St. Philip's Church Charleston, by William McIntosh PDF

    By William McIntosh

    St. Philip's Church (Church of britain) was once tested in Charleston SC circa 1680. in view that 1680, the one booklet written in regards to the church was once a fifty web page booklet written in 1897. This writer selected to write down concerning the twentieth century and the early twenty first century to procure stay prices. It has made the ebook come alive.
    remember. this isn't only a heritage booklet yet even more. It contains scandals, benefits and miracles. Tears were shed at St. Philip's, anger has been expressed and joyous voices have praised the Lord during the centuries. The Holy Spirit lives inside our historical walls.
    inside this e-book is the tale of of the murder,of Bishop Guerry, race family members, and the ultimate sermon of Rev. Renny Scott. This writer has chronicled the decline of The Epsicopal Church from 1915 to 2013. The final bankruptcy is named "The Trials and Tribulations of the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence" from 2006 to 2013. The bankruptcy leads as much as St. Philip's, and 40 different church buildings in diocese of South Carolina, to leaving The Episcopal Church.

    This writer, William McIntosh III, a local of Charleston SC graduated from the highschool of Charleston and Tulane college with a heritage significant. His spouse, Suzanne, an L.S.U. journalism, is the editor. invoice has written a number of articles for the South Carolina historic Society, the Huguenot Society of South Carolina and the Louisiana old Society. His well known ebook "Indians' Revenge together with a hisotry of the Yemassee Indian battle 1715 - 1728" to be had on
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  • Download In the Self's Place: The Approach of Saint Augustine by Jean-Luc Marion,Jeffrey L. Kosky PDF

    By Jean-Luc Marion,Jeffrey L. Kosky

    In the Self's Place is an unique phenomenological analyzing of Augustine that considers his engagement with notions of id in Confessions. utilizing the Augustinian event of confessio, Jean-Luc Marion develops a version of selfhood that examines this adventure in gentle of the complete of the Augustinian corpus. in the direction of this finish, Marion engages with noteworthy glossy and postmodern analyses of Augustine's such a lot "experiential" paintings, together with the serious commentaries of Jacques Derrida, Martin Heidegger, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Marion eventually concludes that Augustine has preceded postmodernity in exploring an way over the self over and past itself, and in utilizing this alterity of the self to itself, as a motive force for artistic kinfolk with God, the realm, and others. This studying establishes notable connections among bills of selfhood around the fields of up to date philosophy, literary reports, and Augustine's early Christianity.
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  • Download Pascal's God-Shaped Vacuum: A Guided Tour of The Pensees by Peter Gilbert,Earl Palmer PDF

    By Peter Gilbert,Earl Palmer

    Blaise Pascal wrote the Pensées to his skeptical and stressed pals to maneuver them to hunt God. The Pensées are greatly considered as the most exhilarating and powerful defenses of the Christian religion ever written, rather for modern-day readers who resemble Pascal's buddies. This accomplished guided journey of Pascal’s Pensées, plus biography of Pascal’s brave existence, goals to profit seekers and believers by way of conveying Pascal’s insights into: (1) Why a individual is depressing with out God; (2) Why Christianity uniquely bargains a winsome and efficacious healing; and (3) Why Christianity, regardless of smooth objections, is plausibly actual. the best value of Pascal’s Pensées should be their compelling articulation of the original relevance of Christ’s gospel for our time. In T.S. Eliot’s phrases, “But i will be able to consider no Christian author, now not Newman even, extra to be recommended than Pascal to people who doubt, yet who've the brain to conceive, and the sensibility to think, the disease, the futility, the meaninglessness, the secret of lifestyles and discomfort, and who can in simple terms locate peace via a delight of the total being.”

    Pascal’s signature Pensée undergirding the subjects of this guided travel is quantity 148: “What else does this yearning proclaim yet that there has been as soon as in guy a real nation of happiness, of which all that now is still is the empty print and hint? This he attempts in useless to fill with every thing round him notwithstanding none will help, when you consider that this limitless abyss could be stuffed merely with an enormous and immutable item, in different phrases by means of God himself.” via this Pensée and so forth Pascal wakes us as much as enjoy that we can have a God-shaped vacuum in our center, as advised, for instance, by way of our affinity for diversions and indifference as how one can steer clear of addressing our grimmest difficulties similar to our forthcoming deaths, disappointment, and unjust self-absorption.

    The Pensées particularly handle how somebody this aspect of the technological revolution can heavily examine Christian fact and lifestyles within the face of up to date countervailing currents together with scientism, cynicism, and leisure tradition. Pascal’s case for why to hunt and think is mainly suitable for this day simply because he wrote to fashionable secular society, to bold pursuers of profession good fortune, to the bored and detached, to highbrow skeptics. against this, classical rational apologetics hardly ever penetrate this team, simply because they forget the readers’ psychology, mistakenly pre-supposing they're open to looking God. via combining variety, wit, and reasoned arguments to maneuver either the center and brain, Pascal’s Pensées are identified for environment his listeners on fireplace to soak up an curiosity in looking.

    The Pensées will entice those that get pleasure from awesome writing and need to achieve deeper perception into the human situation. As Professor Henry Phillips placed it, “Pascal bargains a portrait of the human that provokes questions whose solutions should be discovered purely within the Christian religion.” The Pensées are specifically on the right track for readers who fight with how a cheap individual dwelling in today’s technological period could be a Christian; for those Pascal is indispensible studying and the final word mentor.

    In addition to aiding seekers figure out their doubts approximately trust, this guided journey goals to make Pascal’s techniques virtually precious for a Christian to dwell lifestyles congruently with the gospel, and specifically to raised climate sleek doubts and criticisms. This publication was once encouraged by means of the superb guided journey of the Pensées (Christianity for contemporary Pagans, 1993) by means of Professor Peter Kreeft, and from studying that many fellow Christians count number the Pensées as one in all their all-time so much precious reads. Given the stature of Pascal as a substantial Christian philosopher, it's wonderful that only a few entire guided excursions with target to aid sleek seekers and believers were released, and this publication is helping fill this area.

    Forward by means of Reverand Earl F. Palmer
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  • Download The Undead and Theology by Kim Paffenroth,John W. Morehead PDF

    By Kim Paffenroth,John W. Morehead

    The academy and pa tradition alike realize the nice symbolic and educating worth of the undead, even if vampires, zombies, or different undead or living-dead creatures. This has been explored variously from opinions of consumerism and racism, via explorations of gender and sexuality, to attention of the breakdown of the extended family. such a lot educational examinations of the undead were undertaken from the views of philosophy and political idea, yet one other vital road of exploration comes via theology. throughout the vampire, the zombie, the Golem, and Cenobites, individuals tackle various theological matters in terms of serious mirrored image at the divine and the sacred in pop culture via movie, tv, photograph novels, and literature.

    “Both theologians and fanatics may still delight in this assortment that explores the non secular implications of society’s fascination with the undead and different monsters, offering worthy insights into human nature and theology. A amazing contribution to popular culture studies.”
    —Elizabeth L. Rambo
    Associate Professor of English
    Campbell University

    “What can AMC's well known tv sequence, The strolling useless, the legendary golem creature in Jewish folklore, and the demon ‘cenobites’ who rule hell in Clive Barker's fiction let us know approximately urgent theological concerns? This smart, insightful, and vigorous choice of essays brings monsters into dialog with the resurrection of Jesus, and considers the eschatological implications of the go back of the lifeless . . . an exceptional source for college kids who recognize those worlds all too good, in addition to a normal viewers becoming a growing number of serious about the non secular dimensions of renowned culture.”
    —Gary Laderman,
    Professor of yank non secular heritage and Cultures
    Emory University
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  • Download Entrusted: Anchoring Your Life in the Gospel by David Shibley PDF

    By David Shibley

    as we have been allowed via god to be entrusted
    with the gospel, nonetheless we speak…
    1 Thessalonians 2:4 (Modern English Version)
    “if just one of the books i’ve written lives lengthy past my lifetime i pray it will likely be this book.”
    – David Shibley
    In today’s ethical and theological fog many have overlooked the gospel.

    Lesser agendas have taken middle degree. during this complicated, frightened time you've been vouchsafed with the best tale ever told­—you were entrusted with the gospel! This booklet is set anchoring your lifestyles within the gospel—prizing it, maintaining it, proclaiming it, and dwelling in its beneficial privileges. It’s a decision to place the gospel first—first in our loyalties, first in our preaching, first in how we view humans, first in how we view existence.

    Entrusted is written for
    believers who are looking to observe (or rediscover) real north of their stroll with Jesus Christ
    multitudes of heartbroken Christians who're leaving church prone puzzling over the place the gospel has long gone
    sincere seekers who could dare to pray that the excellent news approximately Jesus fairly does carry the answers
    today’s preachers and coming generations of gospel proclaimers

    In those eye-catching pages missionary-statesman David Shibley might help you
    •return to the simplicity and dynamic strength of the gospel
    •unpack the wonder and style of the gospel message
    •identify distortions that experience hampered the gospel’s reception
    •discover your position in advancing God’s excellent news to the world
    •anchor your destiny within the bedrock desire of the gospel

    Entrusted is a clarion name to exalt the gospel of Jesus Christ as our optimum treasure and our ultimate reward to the realm. this can be a booklet whose time has come. permit its message convey clean wish, pleasure, and fervour for Jesus for your middle!
    David Shibley serves as foreign consultant for worldwide strengthen, the ministry he based in 1990. the writer of over 20 books, he has outfitted thousands of leaders in sixty three countries to proportion the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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  • Download Humor Us: An Appeal for the Gospel of Relaxation by Donald Capps PDF

    By Donald Capps

    This booklet addresses the truth that americans are likely to dwell less than a large amount of rigidity, stress, and anxiousness, and means that humor will be worthwhile in assuaging their misery. It posits that humor is an invaluable placebo during this regard; cites reports that exhibit that humor moderates lifestyles rigidity; considers the connection of faith and humor, specifically as capacity to relieve nervousness; proposes that Jesus had a feeling of humor; means that his parable of the workers within the winery has funny implications for the comfort of occupational rigidity; explores the connection of gossip and humor; and means that Jesus and his disciples have been a joking group. It concludes that Jesus seen the dominion of God as a worry-free existence.

    "In a global of significant difficulties and stressed-out humans, psychology of faith pupil Donald Capps explores the belief and use of humor and William James' inspiration of the Gospel of leisure in mild of scripture and the ministry of Jesus. we're splendidly brought to Jesus and his disciples as a joking neighborhood. This e-book is a becoming coda to Don Capps' prolific existence. He bargains us not just final laughs, however the present and style of humor."
    --Ryan LaMothe, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Saint Meinrad Seminary and college of Theology

    "This is Donald Capps' final publication, and it really is between his most sensible. His 3rd monograph on humor, Humor Us, engages empirical, theoretical, scientific, ancient, biblical, and theological writings on humor, delivering a compelling imaginative and prescient for moderating pressure and assuaging anxiousness via what William James referred to as 'The Gospel of Relaxation.' all of us may do good to dangle to Capps' wisdom."
    --Nathan Carlin, McGovern clinical tuition, Houston, Texas

    "Donald Capps presents greater than 'molecules of desire' as he invitations the reader into his personal 'gospel of relaxation.' In a playful demeanour that mixes severe scholarship in regards to the therapeutic strength of humor and mind's eye with a feeling of hopefulness, Capps argues persuasively reluctant partnership exists among faith and humor. This partnership serves as an antidote to twenty-first-century anxiety."
    --Carol L. Schnabl Schweitzer, affiliate Professor of Pastoral Care, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia

    "Laughter isn't the most sensible medication, in response to Donald Capps during this subversive and now and then very humorous ebook, yet humor can serve as a robust placebo for relieving tension in an age of hysteria. whereas faith and humor have seldom made for cozy bedfellows, Humor Us provides compelling biblical help for ushering humor into the holy of holies. via meticulous scholarly research of gospel parables and therapeutic narratives, Capps invitations readers to take 'imaginative ownership of the shared reviews of Jesus and his disciples,' together with shared humor. This ebook is a refined yet devastating indictment of humorless educational theology, whereas concurrently providing pastoral convenience for worried souls who hard work and are heavy laden."
    --Robert C. Dykstra, Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

    Donald Capps (1939-2015) was once William Harte Felmeth Professor of Pastoral Theology (Emeritus) at Princeton Theological Seminary. he's the writer of Striking Out (Cascade Books, 2011), At domestic on this planet (Cascade Books, 2013), Still Growing (Cascade Books, 2014), The ingenious Self (Cascade Books, 2014), and The spiritual Life (Cascade Books, 2015) and coauthor with Nathan Carlin of Living in Limbo (Cascade Books, 2010) and The present of Sublimation (Cascade Books, 2015).
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  • Download Political Church: The Local Church as Embassy of Christ's by Jonathan Leeman PDF

    By Jonathan Leeman

    The church is political.

    Theologians were debating this declare for years. Liberationists, Anabaptists, Augustinians, neo-Calvinists, Radical Orthodox and others proceed to debate the problem. What will we suggest through politics and the political? What are the boundaries of the church’s political achieve? what's the nature of the church as an establishment? How can we determine those claims theologically?

    Jonathan Leeman units out to handle those questions during this major paintings. Drawing on covenantal theology and the ‘new institutionalism’ in political technological know-how, Leeman evaluations political liberalism and explores how the biblical canon informs an account of the neighborhood church as an embassy of Christ’s nation. Political Church heralds a brand new period in political theology.
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