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A Seal Upon the Heart God's Wisdom and the Meaning of Marriage: a Devotional

A Seal Upon the Heart God's Wisdom and the Meaning of Marriage: a Devotional

Author: Timothy Keller Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Tim and Kathy Keller's bestseller THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE looked at the human need for love and its expression in marriage. This new devotional, drawing on that book but consisting of all-new material, is a day-by-day devotional to help couples find God's wisdom as they navigate the complexities of married life. Each day includes a quotation from Scripture, a comment from the Kellers, and a prayer to help you ground your married life in God. Covering friendship and commitment, the completion of men and women in each other, and ministry and discipleship within the context of marriage, alongside many other themes, this is a profound resource to help you connect God's wisdom with your marriage.

Contemporary Christian-Muslim Dialogue Twenty-First Century Initiatives

Contemporary Christian-Muslim Dialogue Twenty-First Century Initiatives

Author: Douglas Pratt Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

By the late 20th century the Vatican and the World Council of Churches held other religions and their peoples, including especially Islam and Muslims, as worthy of respect and honoured as dialogue-partners. Early in the 21st century, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the concomitant global focus on Islam, two new dialogue initiatives arose, the 'Building Bridges' seminar series begun by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Christian-Muslim Theological Forum initiated by an ecumenical group of young German scholars. They have each focussed on deepening theological dialogue between the two faiths. This book provides a close analysis of these two initiatives during their first decade. It demonstrates the reality of deep interreligious engagement possible between the two faiths today, thereby presenting a counter to the widespread presumption of irredeemable hostility, inevitable mutual rejection and increased violent extremism.

The Greatest Secret

The Greatest Secret

Author: Krish Kandiah Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

Theologian Krish Kandiah had been a missionary, a youth worker and a pastor - but for all his Christian qualifications, he found himself lost in his relationship with God. That was until he rediscovered his Christian faith through a simple secret: he was adopted by God. Interweaving his personal story with theological insight, Krish shows us how the doctrine of adoption helps us to understand everything; it gives us purpose and power, perspective and peace. This book is for anyone seeking new depth and intimacy with the God by discovering the greatest secret woven throughout the pages of the whole Bible.

Eternity is Now A Radical Rediscovery of What Jesus Really Taught about Salvation, Eternity and Getting to the Good Place

Eternity is Now A Radical Rediscovery of What Jesus Really Taught about Salvation, Eternity and Getting to the Good Place

Author: John Ortberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Something in us is waiting - for what, we don't know. Something different? Something better? For Christians, perhaps the deepest expression of what we're waiting for is found in the phrase 'eternal life'. But what is eternal life? Why do we want it? And how do we know if we have it? In Eternity Is Now in Session, bestselling author John Ortberg dispels the myth that eternal life is something way out in outer space that we can only hope to experience after we die - and that being saved is merely about meeting the minimal entrance requirements for getting into heaven. Instead, John unpacks the reality that the moment we trust Christ, we are initiated into 'eternal living' with God as a here and now reality, one that will continue beyond our life on this earth. Jesus defined eternal life just once, in John 17:3: ... that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. The kind of 'knowing God' that is eternal life is an interactive relationship, not just an affirmation of certain facts about God. Once we begin the transformative journey of truly knowing God, we can start to experience his presence, favour, and resurrection power right here on this earth - in the details, tasks, and challenges of daily, ordinary life. And as we begin to know God this way, we'll realise each moment of our lives is a vehicle to the eternity we've been longing for all along.

On Deification and Sacred Eloquence Richard Rolle and Julian of Norwich

On Deification and Sacred Eloquence Richard Rolle and Julian of Norwich

Author: Louise Nelstrop Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2019

This book considers the place of deification in the writings of Julian of Norwich and Richard Rolle, two of the fourteenth-century English Mystics. It argues that, as a consequence of a belief in deification, both produce writing that is helpfully viewed as sacred eloquence. The book begins by discussing the nature of deification, employing Norman Russell's typology. It explores the realistic and ethical approaches found in the writings of several Early Greek Fathers, including Irenaeus of Lyons, Cyril of Alexandria, Origen, and Evagrius Ponticus, as well as engaging with the debate around whether deification is a theological idea found in the West across its history. The book then turns its attention to Julian and Rolle, arguing that both promote forms of deification: Rolle offering a primarily ethical approach, while Julian's approach is more realistic. Finally, the book addresses the issue of sacred eloquence, arguing that both Rolle and Julian, in some sense, view their words as divinely inspired in ways that demand an exegetical response that is para-biblical. Offering an important perspective on a previously understudied area of mysticism and deification, this book will be of interest to scholars of mysticism, theology, and Middle English religious literature.

Hild of Whitby and the Ministry of Women in the Anglo-Saxon World

Hild of Whitby and the Ministry of Women in the Anglo-Saxon World

Author: Anne E. Inman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2019

This book tells the story of Hild, the abbess of a highly successful double monastery at Whitby in Northumbria, where she was responsible for the education of five future bishops. Here she exercised an authority which in subsequent centuries would be reserved exclusively for men. At thirteen Hild was baptized by Paulinus, who had come to Britain to join Augustine's mission. Augustine had been sent by Pope Gregory to convert Britain, which had largely lapsed into paganism after the fall of the Roman Empire. Augustine in fact had little success in converting the Britons beyond Kent, and even in Kent Christianity had already been partially re-established by Queen Bertha, who had brought her Catholic Chaplain with her from Gaul upon her marriage to King Ethelbert. There were many powerful women, like Bertha, who had been at the forefront of keeping the faith alive in the Dark Ages, but whose agency has been written out of history or down-played in favour of the actions of famous men. Hild's story is brought back to life alongside Mary, who founded a desert community at Tabenisi; Macrina, the teacher (didaskalos) of Gregory of Nyssa, Basil of Caesarea; Ita, confessor to Brendan; the formidable Aelffled, who succeeded Hild at Whitby, a co-worker and confidante of Cuthbert. As the Catholic Church struggles under the weight of centuries-old misogyny, it is surprising to see how, in the early medieval period, abbesses had shared governance with bishops. As that Church struggles with a shortage of male priests to celebrate the sacraments, it is instructive to see how many sacramental ministries were once exercised by female monastics. Confession, for example, was once practiced in the same way whether the confessor was a man or, as in Hild's case, a woman. The span of Hild's life covers the period before and after the establishment of clericalism, the unbridgeable gap between the higher plane of the male priesthood and the lower plane of religious women. Bede's telling of Hild's life was already downplaying her authority as a powerful leader in the Anglo-Saxon church. It is time for that to be remedied.

U2 and the Religious Impulse Take Me Higher

U2 and the Religious Impulse Take Me Higher

Author: Scott D. (Cedarville University, USA) Calhoun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

U2 and the Religious Impulse examines indications in U2's music and performances that the band work at conscious and subconscious levels as artists who focus on matters of the spirit, religious traditions, and a life guided by both belief and doubt. U2 is known for a career of stirring songs, landmark performances and for its interest in connecting with fans to reach a higher power to accomplish greater purposes. Its success as a rock band is unparalleled in the history of rock `n' roll's greatest acts. In addition to all the thrills one would expect from entertainers at this level, U2 surprises many listeners who examine its lyrics and concert themes by having a depth of interest in matters of human existence more typically found in literature, philosophy and theology. The multi-disciplinary perspectives presented here account for the durability of U2's art and offer informed explanations as to why many fans of popular music who seek a connection with a higher power find U2 to be a kindred spirit. This study will be of interest to scholars and students of religious studies and musicology, interested in religion and popular music, as well as religion and popular culture more broadly.

God's Good Economy: Doing Economic Justice In Today's World

God's Good Economy: Doing Economic Justice In Today's World

Author: Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2019

`The earth is the Lord's' (Ps.24:1). God states that He is the rightful owner of the earth and everything in it. God wants people to enjoy material things - but God must be the centre of our lives. Christ's radical call to his followers includes the call to let him drive our economic and business life. This means letting God's justice rule all our economic relationships: treating people rightly; a constant seeking of justice for, especially, the poor and needy; working so that all participate in God's blessings, including material blessings. In Part 1, Andrew Hartropp looks at how Christ's followers are to do justice in our economic relationships: as individuals, as households, in the workplace and as church communities. Then, moving outward (in concentric circles), Part 2 shows how Jesus's disciples can do justice in and through secular institutions, including companies and firms, banks and other financial institutions, then government institutions, and then in the international/global context. The epilogue is on the glorious vision of God's everlasting kingdom, which both drives us and also keeps our efforts now in proper perspective.

International Religious Freedom The Rise of Global Intolerance

International Religious Freedom The Rise of Global Intolerance

Author: James P. MacGuire Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2019

This book documents the history of religious persecution, especially focusing on early Jewish and Christian experiences and the culmination of horrors in the Nazi era, in which six million Jews, over a million Catholics, and many others were put to death for their beliefs. The book then focuses on the many types of religious intolerance in the world today, particularly the genocide against Christians in the Middle East and Africa, and resurgent Anti-Semitism in the Middle East, Europe and even the United States. The book concludes by discussing how we work together to preserve the ancient civilizations that provided roots for both Christians and Jews so that their populace and historical artifacts are safe from destruction and their cultural and religious heritage are preserved.

Against the Academics St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 1

Against the Academics St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 1

Author: Saint Augustine Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2019

A fresh, new translation of Augustine's inaugural work as a Christian convert The first four works written by St. Augustine of Hippo after his conversion to Christianity are the remarkable Cassiciacum dialogues. In this first dialogue, expertly translated by Michael Foley, Augustine and his interlocutors explore the history and teachings of Academic skepticism, which Augustine is both sympathetic to and critical of. The dialogue serves as a fitting launching point for a knowledge of God and the soul, the overall subject of the Cassiciacum tetralogy.

Against the Academics St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 1

Against the Academics St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 1

Author: Saint Augustine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/08/2019

A fresh, new translation of Augustine's inaugural work as a Christian convert The first four works written by St. Augustine of Hippo after his conversion to Christianity are the remarkable Cassiciacum dialogues. In this first dialogue, expertly translated by Michael Foley, Augustine and his interlocutors explore the history and teachings of Academic skepticism, which Augustine is both sympathetic to and critical of. The dialogue serves as a fitting launching point for a knowledge of God and the soul, the overall subject of the Cassiciacum tetralogy.

The Archangel Michael in Africa History, Cult and Persona

The Archangel Michael in Africa History, Cult and Persona

Author: Ingvild Saelid (University of Bergen, Norway) Gilhus Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019

This book takes an interdisciplinary approach in order to understand angels, focusing on Africa and the cult and persona of the Archangel Michael. Traditional methods in the study of religion including philology, papyrology, art and iconography, anthropology, history, and psychology are combined with methodologies deriving from memory studies, graphic design, art education, and semiotics. Chapters explore both historical and contemporary case studies from Coptic Egypt, Nubia, Ethiopia, and South Africa, providing a comparative perspective on the Archangel Michael. The book contains 25 images, and further images can be found on the book's webpage. Innovative in both its methodologies and geographical focus, this book is an important contribution to the study of religion and art, Christianity in Africa, and Coptic studies.