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The Good Funeral: Death, Grief, and the Community of Care, Thomas G. Long & Thomas Lynch, 2013
Two of the most authoritative voices on the funeral industry come
together here in one volume to discuss the current state of the funeral.
Through their different lenses—one as a preacher and one as a funeral
director—Thomas G. Long and Thomas Lynch alternately discuss several
challenges facing "the good funeral," including the commercial aspects
that have led many to be suspicious of funeral directors, the sometimes
tense relationship between pastors and funeral directors, the tendency
of modern funerals to exclude the body from the service, and the rapid
growth in cremation.
Arts Ministry: Nurturing the Creative Life of God’s People, Michael J. Bauer, 2013
First United Methodist Church in Augusta, Georgia, gives concerts to
raise money for local service organizations. Trinity Lutheran Church in
Mission, Kansas, has been sponsoring a religious art show for more than
twenty-five years. Fellowship Lutheran Church runs a Christian arts camp
for young people every summer. These are just three of the eighteen
case studies of practicing arts ministries in this book, in which
Michael Bauer encourages the nurture and support of all the creative
gifts of God's people.
Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works, James K. A. Smith, 2013
How does worship work? How exactly does liturgical formation shape us?
What are the dynamics of such transformation? In the second of James K.
A. Smith's three-volume theology of culture, the author expands and
deepens the analysis of cultural liturgies and Christian worship he
developed in his well-received Desiring the Kingdom. He helps us
understand and appreciate the bodily basis of habit formation and how
liturgical formation--both "secular" and Christian--affects our
fundamental orientation to the world. Worship "works" by leveraging our
bodies to transform our imagination, and it does this through stories we
understand on a register that is closer to body than mind. This has
critical implications for how we think about Christian formation.
Church Worth Getting Up For, Charles E. Gutenson, 2013
While research identifies a disturbing exodus from church life by all age groups
and young people in particular, many churches continue to maintain the status quo.
Can we do no better? Are we too afraid to confront the realities of living in today’s world? Have we failed? This book will help readers create a church worth getting up for. In the book, Chuck Gutenson presents the thoughts of eight successful church leaders, including Deb Hirsch, Al Hirsch, Mike Slaughter, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Chris Seay, Greg Boyd, Olu Brown, and Doug Pagitt. Learn what characteristics they have in common. We all want to be a part of something meaningful—something or someone who will change our lives for the better. The Church has to find new ways to encourage, nurture, guide, inspire, and motivate people to find their true source in Jesus Christ. 'Jesus is worth getting up for."
‘Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America, Naomi Schaefer Riley, 2013
In the last decade, 45% of all marriages in the U.S. were between people
of different faiths. The rapidly growing number of mixed-faith families
has become a source of hope, encouraging openness and tolerance among
religious communities that historically have been insular and suspicious
of other faiths.
'Til Faith Do Us Part is a fascinating exploration of the promise
and peril of interfaith marriage today. It will be required reading not
only for interfaith couples or anyone considering interfaith marriage,
but for all those interested in learning more about this significant,
yet understudied phenomenon and the impact it is having on America.
The Ox-Herder and The Good Shepherd: Finding Christ on the Buddha’s Path, Addison Hodges Hart, 2013
In the twelfth century, the Chinese Zen master Kakuan Shien produced the
pictures, poems, and commentaries we know as the Ten Ox-Herding
Pictures. They trace a universally recognizable path of contemplative
spirituality, using the metaphor of a young ox-herder looking for his
According to Addison Hodges Hart, the Ten Ox-Herding
Pictures and the teachings of Christ, the Good Shepherd who guides us to
God, share a common vision. Both show us that authentic spiritual life
must begin with an inner transformation of one's self, leading to an
outward life that is natural and loving. In The Ox-Herder and the Good Shepherd
Hart shares the story that these pictures tell, exploring how this
ancient Buddhist parable can enrich and illumine the Christian way.
The Search for Truth About Islam: A Christian Pastor Separates Fact from Fiction, Ben Daniel, 2013
Are Muslims infiltrating American society? What does Islam really teach
about women's roles? Does the Qur'an condone violence? Presbyterian
pastor Ben Daniel tackles common stereotypes and misconceptions that
tend to define Islam in the popular imagination. Daniel also looks at
Christianity's own history of violence and explores what he calls "the
American cult of fear," particularly as it relates to the rise of
Islamophobia in the United States. Blending travel narrative,
interviews, and well-crafted storytelling, Daniel helps debunk the myths
and put a human face on Islam in America.
Letters from “Apartheid Street”: A Christian Peacemaker in Occupied Palestine, Michael T. McRay, 2013
In 1984, Ron Sider challenged that until Christians are ready to risk
everything in pursuit of peace, “we dare never whisper another word
about pacifism . . . Unless we are ready to die developing new
nonviolent attempts to reduce conflict, we should confess that we never
really meant that the cross was an alternative to the sword.” From this
challenge, Christian Peacemaker Teams was born. Nearly thirty years
later, Michael McRay too explored Sider’s challenge, interning with CPT
in the West Bank city of Hebron. Alongside local and international
peacemakers, McRay learned how to resist the violence of occupation,
sharing in the stories of a suffering people as he struggled to embody
the peaceable spirit of the rabbi from Nazareth. This book tells those
The Nonviolent God, J. Denny Weaver, 2013
This bold new statement on the nonviolence of God challenges
long-standing assumptions of divine violence in theology, the violent
God pictured in the Old Testament, and the supposed violence of God in
Revelation. In The Nonviolent God J. Denny Weaver argues that since God is revealed in Jesus, the nonviolence of Jesus most truly reflects the character of God.
to Weaver, the way Christians live -- Christian ethics -- is an ongoing
expression of theology. Consequently, he suggests positive images of
the reign of God made visible in the narrative of Jesus -- nonviolent
practice, forgiveness and restorative justice, issues of racism and
sexism, and more -- in order that Christians might live more peacefully.
John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel, Richard Horsley and Tom Thatcher, 2013
In this book Richard Horsley and Tom Thatcher trace the Gospel of John's
portrayal of Jesus as a prophet of renewal by reading the text against a
double backdrop -- the social history of Roman Palestine and the media
world of John.
This innovative study is the first to consider the Gospel of John as story
in the ancient media context of oral communication and oral
performance. Horsley and Thatcher creatively combine concerns from the
fields of Jesus studies and ancient media studies in their analysis.
Taking the main conflict evident in John's story of Jesus as the key to
its plot, they discern how this Gospel -- usually read as "spiritual" --
portrays Jesus engaged in a concrete program of renewal and resistance.
||The Oral Gospel Tradition, James D. G. Dunn, 2013
The traditions about Jesus and his teaching circulated in oral form for
many years, continuing to do so for decades following the writing of the
New Testament Gospels. James Dunn is one of the major voices urging
that more consideration needs to be given to the oral use and
transmission of the Jesus tradition as a major factor in giving the
Synoptic tradition its enduring character.
Common English Study Bible, 2013
Common English Study Bible with Apocrypha, 2013