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By Immaculée Ilibagiza. 2023
This long-awaited book from New York Times best-selling author Immaculée Ilibagiza teaches readers how to pray the rosary of the…seven sorrows for greater wisdom, strength, and forgiveness.In this new book by New York Times best-selling author Immaculée Ilibagiza, readers will rediscover this important message from Mary. Mary wanted the whole world to know the seven sorrows rosary, and Immaculée not only shares it but explains Mary&’s specific teachings for how to pray it, as well as offers the promises attached to the prayers.The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows dates back to the Middle Ages, but it gained new popularity following the sightings of the Blessed Virgin Mary that occurred in the 1980s in Kibeho, Rwanda. During these sightings, which were validated by the Vatican, Mary asked that this special rosary be introduced to the world. It was spread widely to thousands of people, who then taught it to thousands of others.Immaculée also reveals incredible real-life stories from people who have been healed through this prayer. These miracles include healing of addictions, healing of &“incurable&” illnesses, including stage 4 pancreatic cancer and infertility, and more. Besides those miracles, there are many other everyday blessings to be had, including inner peace, healthier marriages, happier careers, and more.Mary said, &“Help me, my children, to spread this blessing, this prayer. I will reward those who do.&”
By Stephen Judd, John Swinton, Kara Martin. 2023
We all can think of organisations that were established by Christians that are no longer recognisably Christian. In Keeping Faith,…the authors outline the key components of organisational faithfulness – that is, what is needed for Christian organisations to stay true to the way of Jesus. They argue that the old reliance on statements of faith, or a set of Christian values, is insufficient. What is needed is a robust organisational theology that inhabits the enterprise’s structures, management, business policies, practices and relationships and is tailored to the purpose of the organisation.In this important book, you will find: a checklist to determine if your organisation is losing its faithfulness; an outline of some key components of organisational theology; examples, both positive and negative, of theological application in organisations; discussion questions for organisational reflection.With combined global experience in practical theology, running businesses and charities, and integrating faith and work, Judd, Swinton and Martin have created an important and essential book for every Christian organisation.
By Miguel A. De La Torre. 2023
Miguel De La Torre foresees a future America dominated by white nationalists—and equips us with the tools to resist it. In Burying…White Privilege, he opened our eyes to white Christians&’ complicity in maintaining racist hierarchy in America. In its sequel, Decolonizing Christianity, he encouraged us to decolonize Christianity and return it to its revolutionary roots. Now, in his conclusion to the trilogy, Miguel A. De La Torre shows us the America on our horizon, should we continue down the path of heretical white Christianity—and the outlook is not bright. Resisting Apartheid America assesses the past and present threads of systemic racism in American politics, from Plymouth Rock to the Capitol on January 6. Sweeping and unsparing in his critique, De La Torre takes on authors revered in Christian theology, including Paul, Augustine, and heroes of the Reformation, aiming to uproot the ideological foundations of racism in Christianity. Following these through lines of oppression, he warns of a decline in democracy and rise in political violence—but equips us with the nonviolent ethical framework to resist this bleak future. Resisting Apartheid America is a clarion call to Christians to remake America in the image of the God of liberation.
By Anna M. Grzymała-Busse. 2023
How the medieval church drove state formation in EuropeSacred Foundations argues that the medieval church was a fundamental force in…European state formation. Existing accounts focus on early modern warfare or contracts between the rulers and the ruled. In contrast, this major study shows that the Catholic Church both competed with medieval monarchs and provided critical templates for governing institutions, the rule of law, and parliaments.The Catholic Church was the most powerful, wealthiest, and best-organized political actor in the Middle Ages. Starting in the eleventh century, the papacy fought for the autonomy of the church, challenging European rulers and then claiming authority over people, territory, and monarchs alike. Anna Grzymała-Busse demonstrates how the church shaped distinct aspects of the European state. Conflicts with the papacy fragmented territorial authority in Europe for centuries to come, propagating urban autonomy and ideas of sovereignty. Thanks to its organizational advantages and human capital, the church also developed the institutional precedents adopted by rulers across Europe—from chanceries and taxation to courts and councils. Church innovations made possible both the rule of law and parliamentary representation.Bringing to light a wealth of historical evidence about papal conflict, excommunications, and ecclesiastical institutions, Sacred Foundations reveals how the challenge and example of powerful religious authorities gave rise to secular state institutions and galvanized state capacity.
Jung’s lectures on the psychology of Jesuit spiritual practice—unabridged in English for the first timeBetween 1933 and 1941, C. G.…Jung delivered a series of public lectures at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Intended for a general audience, these lectures addressed a broad range of topics, from yoga and meditation to dream analysis and the psychology of alchemy. Here for the first time are Jung’s complete lectures on Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises, delivered in the winter of 1939–1940.These illuminating lectures are the culmination of Jung’s investigation into traditional forms of meditation and their parallels to his psychotherapeutic method of active imagination. Jung presents Loyola’s exercises as the prime example of a Christian practice comparable to yoga and Eastern meditation, and gives a psychological interpretation of the visions depicted in the saint’s autobiographical writings. Offering a unique opportunity to encounter the brilliant psychologist as he shares his ideas with the general public, the lectures reflect Jung’s increasingly positive engagement with Roman Catholicism, a development that would lead to his fruitful collaborations after the war with eminent Catholic theologians such as Victor White, Bruno de Jésus-Marie, and Hugo Rahner.Featuring an authoritative introduction by Martin Liebscher along with explanations of Jungian concepts and psychological terminology, this splendid book provides an invaluable window on the evolution of Jung’s thought and a vital key to understanding his later work.
By Thomas Nelson. 2023
The KJV Paragraph-style Large Print Thinline Bible features the timeless beauty of the trustworthy King James Version Bible. While the traditional design…of the King James text starts each verse on its own line, this edition improves the reading experience and comprehension by keeping the writers&’ thoughts together in paragraph format. And with Thomas Nelson&’s exclusive KJV Comfort Print®, you&’ll enjoy typography designed to be exceptionally easy-to-read and honoring the legacy of the King James Version.In 1611 the King James Bible was published and authorized by the monarch of England and Scotland. Today, more than 400 years since its initial publication, the KJV is considered one of the most influential and beautiful works of the English language and continues to be the favorite translation for millions of Christians worldwide.Features include:Clear and readable 10-point KJV Comfort PrintLine-matched double column textBible book introductionsWords of Christ in redOver 22,000 translator notesOver 43,000 cross-referenced passagesConcordanceOne-year Bible Reading PlanThe Parables of Jesus Christ chartThe Miracles of Jesus Christ chart
By Zondervan. 2022
Study Hebrews in its Second Temple ContextFollowing the proven model established in Reading Romans in Context, Reading Mark in Context,…and Reading Revelation in Context, this book brings together a series of accessible essays that compare and contrast the theology and hermeneutical practices of the book of Hebrews with various early Jewish literature.Going beyond an introduction that merely surveys historical events and theological themes, this textbook examines individual passages in Second Temple Jewish literature in order to illuminate the ideas and emphases of Hebrews' varied discourses. Following the rhetorical progression of Hebrews, each chapter in this textbook:pairs a major unit of Hebrews with one or more sections of a thematically related Jewish textintroduces and explores the historical and theological nuances of the comparative textshows how the ideas in the comparative text illuminate those expressed in HebrewsIn addition to the focused comparison provided in the essays, Reading Hebrews in Context offers other student-friendly features that help them engage broader discussions, including an introductory chapter that familiarizes students with the world and texts of Second Temple Judaism and a glossary of important terms. The end of each chapter contains a list of other thematically-relevant Second Temple Jewish texts recommended for further study and a focused bibliography pointing students to critical editions and higher-level discussions in scholarly literature they might use to undertake their own comparative studies.
By Graham Hill, Willie James Jennings, Grace Ji-Sun Kim. 2018
16th Annual Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year - Culture. <p><p> We live in conflicted times. Our newsfeeds are filled…with inequality, division, and fear. We want to make a difference and see justice restored because Jesus calls us to be a peacemaking and reconciling people. But how do we do this? Based on their work with diverse churches, colleges, and other organizations, Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill offer Christian practices that can bring healing and hope to a broken world. They provide ten ways to transform society, from lament and repentance to relinquishing power, reinforcing agency, and more. Embodying these practices enables us to be the new humanity in Jesus Christ, so the church and world can experience reconciliation, justice, unity, peace, and love. With small group activities, discussion questions, and exercises in each chapter, this book is ideal to read together in community. Discover here how to bring real change to a dehumanized world.
By Kieran Flanagan. 2023
A response to the depletion of the rhetoric of sociology and the spiritual capital of theology, this volume explores the…remains of Christianity that still lurk as portents in a progressively de-Christianised society seeking replacements for belief. With the sociologist set in the role of an oracle seeking traces of Christianity in a discipline in which the intrusion of theological understandings has become harder to resist, it offers a narrative of belief following the direction of an exemplary portent: the finger. Through the exploration of broad trends in culture and modern history, this study, informed by interactionist thought, examines both the place of sociology in Christian theology, and the failure of theology to connect to its surrounding culture, asking how the two disciplines might meld profitably together. As such, it will appeal to social theorists and theologians, as well as sociologists with interests in religion, culture and secularisation.
Provides a broad and balanced understanding of how Christianity originated in the first five centuries Varieties of Early Christianity: The…Formation of the Western Christian Tradition traces the origins and evolution of Christian concepts from the first through the sixth century CE, exploring the events, issues, and individuals that helped shape the beliefs and practices of Christianity. With a multidisciplinary Religious Studies approach, this reader-friendly textbook places the early sources of Christian teaching within their historical and cultural contexts to highlight what gave rise to the beliefs and rituals that Christians follow in the present day. Chronologically organized chapters analyse the ways in which Christians absorbed and adapted ancient concepts from Judaism and Greco-Roman religion and culture from the first through the sixth centuries. Combining both traditions, early bishops, Church Fathers, and theologians added innovations that contributed to the establishment of a unique systematic theology (dogma) that became “Christianity.” Throughout the text, readers are encouraged to consider how the ways early Christians integrated their worldviews, politics, and daily lives can help articulate their own “systems of meaning” in the modern world. Helps readers navigate the vast amount of Christian literature produced in the early centuries of the Church Provides the religious and cultural background of Judaism and Greco-Roman religion and culture, the two major contributors to Christian thought Describes the methodology used to analyze the gospels in relation to ancient literature Explores topics such as Christian martyrs in the Roman Empire, the role of women in Mediterranean society, Gnostic Christians, the Christianization of the Roman Empire, the work of Saint Augustine, and the Council of Chalcedon Includes excerpts from primary documents, definitions of words and concepts, further readings, and numerous figures, timelines, and mapsFeaturing concise analyses of key scholarly and archaeological research, Varieties of Early Christianity: The Formation of the Western Christian Tradition is an excellent textbook for secondary school classes and college undergraduate courses on the history of Christianity, as well as a valuable resource for general readers interested in examining the history of Christian ideas in their historical context.
By Elder Jacob Knapp. 2023
“This long-lost biography of the nation's first widely-used Baptist evangelist is both inspirational and instructive to evangelists and Baptists of…every sort. His example should have another chance to influence the Christian world, and you should read his book. It will change your thinking about spiritual revival.”-R. Flanders“For many years, Elder Jacob Knapp was an ordinary pastor. He preached, counseled, encouraged, and shepherded a small congregation in upstate New York. But something was gnawing at Knapp that would not go away. While the Presbyterians had Finney, Knapp lamented that “there was no one man who stood forth as the champion and exemplar of revival measures” among the Baptists. One day, Knapp felt God calling him to be that man. So in 1833, Knapp quit his pastorate of eight years.As he traveled from place to place, Knapp perfected Finney’s techniques. He eventually published a complete record of his work and methods in his 1868 autobiography. Once he hit the road, he was an immediate success. By 1840, Knapp was “almost as well-known as Finney.” In fact, one contemporary claims that it was only through Knapp’s influence that “Protracted meetings, as a system of measures, had acquired a permanent place” in the life of Baptist churches. By the time of his death in 1874, Knapp claimed to have converted 100,000 persons at over 150 separate revivals.”-9Marks
By William Law. 2023
William Law, born in 1686, became a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1711, but in 1714, at the death…of Queen Anne, he became a non-Juror: that is to say, he found himself unable to take the required oath of allegiance to the Hanoverian dynasty (who had replaced the Stuart dynasty) as the lawful rulers of the United Kingdom, and was accordingly ineligible to serve as a university teacher or parish minister. He became for ten years a private tutor in the family of the historian Edward Gibbon (who, despite his generally cynical attitude toward all things Christian, invariably wrote of Law with respect and admiration), and then retired to his native King's Cliffe. Forbidden the use of the pulpit and the lecture-hall, he preached through his books. These include Christian Perfection, the Spirit of Love, the Spirit of Prayer, and, best-known of all, A Serious Call To a Devout and Holy Life, published in 1728.‘Law was about forty years of age when he wrote it and had he written no more, his reputation as a prose writer and ascetic theologian would have been established. The title of the book also Illustrates two dominant traits in his personality, the concern to be practical and the primary importance of growth in holiness. The perfection he recommends ‘calls no one to a cloyster, but to a right and full performance of those duties, which are necessary for all Christians, and common to all states of life'. It is the heart that finds expression in our actions, and it is the heart, therefore, that must be made perfect.' (A. Keith Walker, William Law, p. 47; quotation from Law's Introduction, p. 2)
By J. C. Nicol. 2023
Synesius was a Greek Bishop of Ptolemais and Neo-Platonic philosopher in the Cyrenaica. His writings are perhaps most notable for…the tension they reveal between his Christian and Platonist beliefs. "Synesius pursued his higher studies at Alexandria, where he became a devoted disciple of the famous Hypatia, to whom several of his letters are addressed and for whom he entertained a life-long devotion. After serving sometime in the army he settled in his native land, studying philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, everything; farming, hunting, having many a brush with hordes of pilfering Libyans; and every now and then upholding the cause of someone who had undeservedly fallen into difficulties". This kind of life, in every way suited to his tastes and disposition, was interrupted by a mission to Constantinople, the object of which was to present a gold crown to the new emperor, Arcadius, and obtain alleviation of the burden of taxation. Nearly three years he waited for an audience. The all-powerful Eutropius who sold the provinces to the highest bidder was not the man to allow the emperor to be troubled with complaints. Finally, Synesius obtained an audience and delivered his famous oration "On Kingship". He left Constantinople in 400. According to some authorities before, and according to others after, the mission to Constantinople, Synesius visited Athens. He had described the visit in two letters [54 and 135] to his brother, Euoptius. His reason for undertaking the voyage was, he jestingly said, that "a number of people, priests and private persons, had had revelations in dreams that, unless he did so, some great evil would befall him. Then he would escape the present evils and would no longer have to revere people who had been to Athens and regarded themselves as demigods, and those who had not as demidonkeys or mules." Athens was a disappointment. Like a beast that had been sacrificed, only the hide remained. —Catholic Encyclopedia
By William Reed Huntington. 2023
William Reed Huntington, a pioneer of the modern ecumenical movement, wrote this persuasive and impassioned plea for unity in 1879.…It ultimately led to the Chicago Quadrilateral, the Episcopal Church's first statement about ecumenism.Now, as many Christians are considering how they might affiliate with those in other denominations, Huntington's book gains contemporary relevance. But ecumenical conversations about unity often get bogged down in resolving endless details. Huntington crystallized the discussion, proposing only four essential views for uniting all Christian churches: 1) Holy Scripture is the Word of God; 2) the Nicene and Apostle's Creeds are the rule of faith; 3) there are two sacraments (baptism and eucharist) ordained by Christ; and 4) the Episcopate is the keystone of governmental unity.In The Church-Idea, Huntington addresses the importance of uniting not only the Protestant churches with each other, but Protestant churches with the Roman Catholic Church as well. It is a plea that is historically significant, prophetic, and much needed today.-Print ed.
By Billy Graham. 1981
Evangelist Graham traces human suffering from its origins in Genesis to the events that will bring suffering to an end…as prophesied in the Book of Revelation. He presents pain in all its aspects - physical, mental, and spiritual - and answers the question "How can a loving God permit suffering?" 1981.
By Richard Rice. 2014
By Daphna Lee Flegal. 2011
Give your children a Biblical account of Jesus' baptism with engaging pictures that could tell the story without words. The…storybook also includes helps for parents as they talk with their children about Baptism. It is also used as the primary student resource for leader's using the Touch the Water, Taste the Bread Ages 4-8 CD-ROM.
By Warren Cole Smith. 2021
A leader of Ministry Watch examines how cases of abuse and financial corruption have hurt the church—and how to bring…back integrity. We live in a secular, skeptical, and cynical age. Many Americans have lost faith in institutions—including the church. Although the vast majority of Christian leaders serve faithfully, examples of financial fraud, greed, sexual and emotional abuse, and other systemic problems are almost everyday occurrences. And a watching world has a right to ask even those who are faithful ministers of the Gospel: &“If you knew this was happening, why didn&’t you say something?&” Whether or not honest and above-board Christian leadership like it, in the eyes of the world, our silence makes us complicit. That&’s why this vital book takes a clear-eyed look at scandals in the church—from Jim and Tammy Bakker&’s PTL Network to Mark Driscoll, Todd Bentley, David Jeremiah, and Bill Hybels. It is an answer to those who say that the silence of Christian leadership is approval. And although this book is sometimes tough on the church and its leaders, its purpose is not to tear down the evangelical church, but to restore it to its rightful place of influence in the culture and in the lives of people who desperately need its message of grace and truth. &“Explains why shining sunlight on churches and ministries in America is important.&” —Paul Glader, Director of the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute, The King&’s College
By Michael Phillips. 1992
The author of Pinnacles of Power delivers a post-Cold War spy thriller featuring globe-hopping journalist Jackson Maxwell. The place: A…European center of power in the emerging new world order. The event: An international conference plotting the strategy for evangelism in the post-Cold War era. Jackson Maxwell, Christian journalist, travels to Berlin intent upon capturing the spirit of this historic gathering. But behind the scenes, a much more crucial chain of events is about to take shape. As high-tech churchmen plan a big-money conversation of the East, Jackson is suddenly faced with the life-or-death struggle of one solitary Christian. He is Andrassy Galanov, a former KGB spy, whom aspiring leaders of the new order want dead as soon as possible. When Jackson and leading evangelist Jacob Michaels make the decision to help, they are plunged into a hidden world of political intrigue, phony coups d’état, plans for a one-world currency, and a sinister religious vision for the globe. In their race against time, Jackson and Jacob also run headlong into their most surprising find—the rethinking of the very nature of Christian conversion itself.
By Daphna Lee Flegal. 2011
Offer your children a "taste" of The Last Supper with this retelling of the biblical story from the Gospel of…Luke. Engaging pictures and simple text work together to tell the story in words children will understand. The storybook also includes helps for parents as they talk with their children about Communion. It is also used as the primary student resource for leader's using the Touch the Water, Taste the Bread Ages 4-8 CD-ROM. <P><P><i>Advisory: Bookshare has learned that this book offers only partial accessibility. We have kept it in the collection because it is useful for some of our members. Benetech is actively working on projects to improve accessibility issues such as these.</i> <P><P><i>Advisory: Bookshare has learned that this book offers only partial accessibility. We have kept it in the collection because it is useful for some of our members. Benetech is actively working on projects to improve accessibility issues such as these.</i>