Engaging with God

This book calls for a radical rethinking of the meaning and practice of worship, especially by those responsible for leading congregations. Here is the starting place for recovering the richness of biblical worship.

Engaging with God

Author: David G. Peterson

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830898859

Page: 317

View: 679

Worship is of immense concern in the church and ironically the source of controversy and dispute. Can we get behind the question of what style of worship we should engage in to understand the bedrock foundation for God's people--honoring him as he desires? Is the dissatisfaction with worship voiced by so many perhaps a result of our having wandered from biblical teaching on the subject? Through careful exegesis in both Old and New Testaments, David Peterson unveils the total life-orientation of worship that is found in Scripture. Rather than determining for ourselves how we should worship, we, his people, are called to engage with God on the terms he proposes and in the way he alone makes possible. This book calls for a radical rethinking of the meaning and practice of worship, especially by those responsible for leading congregations. Here is the starting place for recovering the richness of biblical worship.

Engaging God s World

An inspiring guide for developing the Christian mind extols the crucial roll of Christian higher education in the intellectual and spiritual formation of believers.

Engaging God s World

Author: Cornelius Plantinga

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802839817

Page: 150

View: 161

An inspiring guide for developing the Christian mind extols the crucial roll of Christian higher education in the intellectual and spiritual formation of believers.

Engaging God s Word

The Apostle Paul's letter to the Philippians is often called the "Joy Book." It is his most personal and most passionate epistle. In this 6-lesson in-depth Bible study, you will learn how to experience God's joy, peace and contentment.

Engaging God s Word

Author: Community Bible Study

Publisher: Engage Bible Studies

ISBN: 9781621940104

Page: 64

View: 113

The Apostle Paul's letter to the Philippians is often called the "Joy Book." It is his most personal and most passionate epistle. In this 6-lesson in-depth Bible study, you will learn how to experience God's joy, peace and contentment. You will discover that any gain in this life is worthless compared to knowing and becoming like Christ. Engage Bible Studies connect you with the enduring truth of God's Word. Come out of the clutter and clanging of our culture and discover the peace of meeting the God of the Bible in the pages of His Word. Engage Bible Studies take you verse by verse into the richness of the Scriptures in ways that impact your heart and illumine your mind. You won't find dry doctrinal debates. You will find simple tools that cultivate your understanding and engage your heart. Tools for transformation. You also will learn how to apply God's Word in your everyday life. You are beginning an incredible journey!

Engaging the Doctrine of God

" The essays gathered in this collection give evidence of the depth and creativity of contemporary evangelical theology as well as the variety of positions held by those within the movement.

Engaging the Doctrine of God

Author: Bruce L. McCormack

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 080103552X

Page: 271

View: 667

Internationally acclaimed scholars offer a progress report on current evangelical thinking about God's being and attributes in light of current controversies.

Engaging the Doctrine of Marriage

This book is the next volume in Levering’s Engaging Doctrine series. The prior volume of the series examined the doctrine of creation. The present volume examines the purpose of creation: the marriage of God and humans.

Engaging the Doctrine of Marriage

Author: Matthew Levering

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1725251930

Page: 316

View: 510

This book is the next volume in Levering’s Engaging Doctrine series. The prior volume of the series examined the doctrine of creation. The present volume examines the purpose of creation: the marriage of God and humans. God created the cosmos for the purpose of the marriage of God and his people—and through his people, the marriage of God and the entire creation. Given that the central meaning or “prime analogate” of marriage is the marriage of God and humankind, the study of human marriage needs to be shaped by this eschatological goal and foregrounded as a dogmatic theme. After a first chapter defending and explaining the biblical witness to the marriage of God and his people, the book explores various themes: marriage as an image of God, original sin as the fall of the primordial marriage, the cross of Jesus Christ and marital self-sacrificial love, the procreative and unitive ends of marriage, marriage as a sacrament, and marriage’s importance for social justice and for the upbuilding of the kingdom of God. Along the way, the book provides an introduction to the key biblical, patristic, medieval, modern, and contemporary thinkers and controversies regarding the doctrine of marriage.

Creation God and Humanity

Examines the history and development of ecological theological anthropology and how it engages human suffering, so that people of faith can better understand the suffering inherent to earth's creative processes and that inflicted by human ...

Creation  God  and Humanity

Author: Catherine Wright

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 1587686600

Page:

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Examines the history and development of ecological theological anthropology and how it engages human suffering, so that people of faith can better understand the suffering inherent to earth's creative processes and that inflicted by human sin.

Modern Muslim Theology

Modern Muslim Theology argues that theology is a creative process, rather than a purely academic pursuit, and discusses how the Islamic tradition can help contemporary practitioners negotiate their relationships with God, with one another, ...

Modern Muslim Theology

Author: Martin Nguyen

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538115018

Page: 220

View: 674

With this, Martin Nguyen aims to bring Muslim theology into the present day. Modern Muslim Theology argues that theology is a creative process, rather than a purely academic pursuit, and discusses how the Islamic tradition can help contemporary practitioners negotiate their relationships with God, with one another, and with the rest of creation.

Engaging the Written Word of God

In this collection of articles written over forty years, Packer sets out his beliefs about the authority of Scripture and the principles that should be applied when interpreting it.

Engaging the Written Word of God

Author: J. I. Packer

Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers

ISBN: 1598569619

Page: 331

View: 255

In this collection of articles written over forty years, Packer sets out his beliefs about the authority of Scripture and the principles that should be applied when interpreting it. Important topics such as the adequacy of human language, upholding the unity of Scripture, and challenges in Biblical interpretation are considered in the first two sections: "God's Inerrant Word" and "Interpreting the Word." In the final section, "Preaching the Word," Packer turns his attention to pastoral leaders and the importance of correct and responsible expository preaching.

Theology for Non Theologians

Here is theology as you have seldom seen it-warm, informal, even humorous-but always respectful and above all true to the Holy Scripture.

Theology for Non Theologians

Author: James Cantelon

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470739174

Page: 320

View: 655

How can I know God exists? Are there different gods? Are there religions that don't have a god at all? What does God mean to me in everyday life? Throughout h is 40-year ministry, James Cantelon has fielded questions like these about the nature of God and the relationship between God and believers and non-believers alike. They are deep and good questions, and to help people understand God he felt compelled to write a book that discusses theology in a step-by-step and accessible way. Here is theology as you have seldom seen it-warm, informal, even humorous-but always respectful and above all true to the Holy Scripture. In Theology for Non-Theologians, Cantelon concentrates on God and His word; the nature, existence and works of God; and God's revelation of himself in the Bible. James Cantelon has accomplished the near-impossible, making theology engaging, understandable and important in modern-day life. THEOLOGY FOR NON-THEOLOGIANS An Engaging, Accessible and Relevant Guide Features a Study Guide for ministers, pastors, lay people and students.

Captive to the Word of God

In this book, Miroslav Volf, a systematic theologian, interprets texts of the Christian scriptures and invites others to also delve into, as he puts it, the site of God s self-revelation for the sake of humanity s integral salvation.

Captive to the Word of God

Author: Miroslav Volf

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

ISBN:

Page: 180

View: 161

In Captive to the Word of God eminent theologian Miroslav Volf invites readers to dip with him into the deep well of Scripture---to look over his shoulder as he engages actively with the Bible, which, as he notes, is at once a sacred text, a witness to Jesus Christ, and the site of God's self-revelation for the sake of humanity's salvation. After a probing explanation of how and why he uses Scripture to shape theological thought, Volf applies his interpretive principles to 1 Peter, the Gospel of John, 1 John, and Ecclesiastes. Volf's explorations---far from esoteric reflections emanating out of a theological bubble---get at the heart of some of the most real and perplexing religious quandaries of our time: pluralism, materialism, Muslim-Christian relations, how Christians ought to relate to their surrounding culture, and what it really means to say that "God is love." Together, these chapters inspire a vision of life that is informed by Scripture and lived lovingly and joyfully before God and with others. "Miroslav Volf is one of the most exciting and well-respected theological voices on the American scene today. In the long run, however, the only work that lasts is by those theologians whose reflections arise from a deep attentiveness to and engagement with Holy Scripture. This volume shows that Volf is in that worthy company. Captive to the Word of God will enrich and nourish readers for many years to come."---Timothy Larsen Wheaton College "Full of insight and wisdom for those who wrestle with the challenges of living out Christian faith with the Bible in one hand and today's newspaper in the other."---John R. Franke Biblical Seminary "Volf has written a book of wisdom and clarity that connects the Bible, theology, and the meaning of Jesus Christ in a world hungry for love and truth. A book of sound biblical theology in dialogue with the culture of pluralism, this is a superb read!"---Timothy George Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

Engaging Biblical Authority

This book offers a brief introduction to the question of biblical authority, using essays written by sixteen scholars who use the Bible as the Word of God in their own religious tradition and in their scholarship.

Engaging Biblical Authority

Author: William P. Brown

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664230571

Page: 158

View: 932

Is the Bible infallible or inerrant, as some churches claim? Is it a historical document or a piece of literature, as some scholars suggest? This book offers a brief introduction to the question of biblical authority, using essays written by sixteen scholars who use the Bible as the Word of God in their own religious tradition and in their scholarship. Beginning with an introduction to the foundational issues of biblical authority, these scholars each present a different, but sympathetic, view of the Bible from his or her own perspective and experience. Their voices include traditional Reformed, Lutheran, Wesleyan, Catholic, Jewish, and Orthodox views; recent conservative or evangelical positions; and critical African American, Asian American, Hispanic, feminist, and womanist perspectives. --From publisher's description.

Sacraments

This volume is a first-ever companion to the intellectually and pastorally stimulating work of Louis-Marie Chauvet, one of the most important systematic theologians of liturgy and sacraments in recent times.

Sacraments

Author: Philippe Bordeyne

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814662182

Page: 242

View: 573

This volume is a first-ever companion to the intellectually and pastorally stimulating work of Louis-Marie Chauvet, one of the most important systematic theologians of liturgy and sacraments in recent times. In this trans-Atlantic venture, pairs of leading thinkers continue the development of sacramental-liturgical theology along six lines of Chauvet's thought: fundamental theology, Scripture and sacrament, ecclesiology, liturgy and ethics, theology and the social sciences, and the theological anthropology of symbolism. Embracing his constant attention to faith is actual practice in history, these francophone and anglophone authors test numerous of Chauvet's insights in the face of new challenges for the church and world, the ongoing mediation of the humanity of God" revealed in the crucified and risen Christ. Louis-Marie Chauvet retired in 2008 from the faculty of theology at the Institute Catholique de Paris, while continuing his work as pastor of Saint-Leu-la-Foret in the Diocese of Pontoise, just outside Paris. He is author of Symbol and Sacrament: A Sacramental Reinterpretation of Christian Existence and The Sacraments: The Word of God at the Mercy of the Body, both published by Liturgical Press. Philippe Bordeyne is professor of theological ethics and dean of the faculty of theology at the Institut Catholique de Paris. Bruce T. Morrill, SJ, holds the Edward A. Maloy Chair of Catholic Studies in the divinity school at Vanderbilt University where he is also Professor of Theological Studies. In addition to numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reviews, he has published several books, most recently Encountering Christ in the Eucharist: The Paschal Mystery in People, Word, and Sacrament (Paulist Press, 2012). His most recent book with liturgical Press is Divine Worship and Human Healing: Liturgical Theology at the Margins of Life and Death Pueblo/Liturgical Press, 2009). "

God on Mute

Here is a story of faith, hope, and love beyond all understanding.

God on Mute

Author: Pete Greig

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441266283

Page: 300

View: 691

Pete Greig, the acclaimed author of Red Moon Rising, has written his most intensely personal and honest account yet in God on Mute, a book born out of his wife Samie's fight for her life and diagnosis of a debilitating brain tumor. Greig asks the timeless questions of what it means to suffer and to pray and to suffer through the silence because your prayers seem unanswered. This silence, Greig relates, is the hardest thing. The world collapses. Then all goes quiet. Words can't explain, don't fit, won't work. People avoid you and don't know what to say. So you turn to Him and you pray. You need Him more than ever before. But somehow . . . even God Himself seems on mute. In this heart-searching, honest, and deeply profound book, Pete Greig looks at the hard side of prayer, how to respond when there seem to be no answers, and how to cope with those who seek to interpret our experience for us. Here is a story of faith, hope, and love beyond all understanding.

Corner Conversations

Written by Gold Medallion nominee Randy Newman, this captivating book allows readers to learn new evangelistic skills by eavesdropping on important conversations that grapple with hot-button issues.

Corner Conversations

Author: Randy Newman

Publisher: Kregel Publications

ISBN: 0825494400

Page: 206

View: 240

Written by Gold Medallion nominee Randy Newman, this captivating book allows readers to learn new evangelistic skills by eavesdropping on important conversations that grapple with hot-button issues.

Why God Won t Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away invites us to join in. The volume opens with a survey of the main ideas of the New Atheism, as expressed in the works of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens.

Why God Won t Go Away

Author: Alister McGrath

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281065764

Page: 128

View: 655

The recent rise of the New Atheism has aroused great general interest, thrown up questions of fundamental importance, and started a fascinating conversation. Why God Won't Go Away invites us to join in. The volume opens with a survey of the main ideas of the New Atheism, as expressed in the works of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens. We then examine the core views of the movement closely, making due reference to its 'virtual community' of websites and blogs. Subjects explored include: whether religion is delusional and evil, the belief that human beings are fundamentally good, whether we should have faith only in what can be proved through reason and science, the idea that the best hope for humanity is a 'New Enlightenment' The result is a lively and highly thought-provoking volume that poses a number of interesting questions. Why is religion experiencing a resurgence in the twenty-first century, when we are meant to have grown out of such a primitive fixation? Has the New Atheism's fascination with rationality led to a fatal underestimation of the longing of the human heart to adore? And if, as Christopher Hitchens writes in exasperation, religion is 'ineradicable', doesn't this tiresome fact suggest that dismissing belief in God as irrational and unscientific might just be a waste of time?

Engaging Theology

While not succumbing to the pragmatism of the age, this book shows that key elements of Christian theology ground an integrated worldview and are essential for spiritual formation.

Engaging Theology

Author: Ben C. Blackwell

Publisher: Zondervan Academic

ISBN: 0310092779

Page: 304

View: 426

Theology today is faced with increasing amounts of religious and theological pluralism. What is distinctive about Christian theology? Why do these ideas matter? And the biggest question of all: Who cares? Key aspects of orthodox theology are seen as speculative and irrelevant to "authentic" Christianity and to personal spirituality. While not succumbing to the pragmatism of the age, this book shows that key elements of Christian theology ground an integrated worldview and are essential for spiritual formation. Engaging Theology is an introductory theology textbook that grounds a treatment of standard systematic topics in the wider context of life and practice and shows the relevance of each doctrine to the church. The book treats the essential doctrines of Christian orthodoxy by following the pattern of story, doctrinal exposition, theological relevance, and spiritual relevance: Story: Each chapter begins with a brief and engaging account of the historical situation out of which the doctrine arose or where it played an essential role in the development of the church, showing students that orthodox theology matters and introducing them to most of the key theologians in the history of the church. Doctrinal Exposition: The heart of the chapter is exposition of key elements of the doctrine, highlighting core and debated elements while clarifying heterodox perspectives. Integrated with the narrative account this section also models the contextualized nature of theology. Each chapter includes biblical, historical, and contemporary views on the issue and notes key figures in the debates and their influence. Theological Relevance: While theological relevance is clear throughout each chapter, this section highlights relevance to the modern setting and concerns, including interaction with heterodox and non-Christian faiths. It identifies current theological problems besetting the church and shows how a proper understanding and integration of orthodox theology addresses these problems. It also points to other problems the church is facing for interesting discussion starters. Spiritual Relevance: Since orthodox theology has a direct influence on one's own spiritual formation and practice, each chapter concludes with practical encouragements and discussions about how each doctrine can be integrated in one's personal and corporate life. Engaging Theology is ideal for students and everyday people living in a post Christian era to help them seriously engage with the Christian faith.

Encountering God Together Leading Worship Services That Honor God Minister to His People and Build His Church

David Peterson helps us reclaim our sense of truly encountering God as a body of believers. He explores the foundations and meaning of the church service and describes the shape and flow it should take.

Encountering God Together  Leading Worship Services That Honor God  Minister to His People  and Build His Church

Author: David G. Peterson

Publisher: P & R Publishing

ISBN: 9781596387065

Page: 191

View: 683

David Peterson helps us reclaim our sense of truly encountering God as a body of believers. He explores the foundations and meaning of the church service and describes the shape and flow it should take.

Finishing Our Course with Joy

In Finishing Our Course with Joy, renowned theologian and author J. I. Packer challenges us to embrace old age as an opportunity for continued learning, careful planning, and heartfelt discipleship.

Finishing Our Course with Joy

Author: J. I. Packer

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433541092

Page: 112

View: 507

Thinning hair, failing eyesight, and arthritic hands reveal an inescapable truth: we’re only getting older. But that doesn’t mean we should simply sit back and take it easy. In Finishing Our Course with Joy, renowned theologian and author J. I. Packer challenges us to embrace old age as an opportunity for continued learning, careful planning, and heartfelt discipleship. Packer’s pastoral words and personal stories encourage us to press on toward the upward call of God with endurance and grace—that we might continue to glorify God in our aging and finish our lives with joy.

Engaging the Word

As a result, Jesus' followers are spiritually malnourished and failing to thrive. Engaging the Word will transform the Bible engagement habits of Christian disciples and leaders.

Engaging the Word

Author: PETER M. PHILLIPS

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780857465832

Page: 160

View: 109

Peter Phillips is convinced that the Church in the West is not devouring the Bible, it's not meditating on the word, as it should. As a result, Jesus' followers are spiritually malnourished and failing to thrive. Engaging the Word will transform the Bible engagement habits of Christian disciples and leaders. It will make an impact on the spiritual health of the Church and those who follow Jesus-opening up new opportunities for drawing on God's word and new flows of life as a result. Engaging the Word sets out what we mean by biblical literacy and what it looks like in contemporary Western culture, exploring the benefits of biblical literacy for Christian disciples, and focusing on the benefits for Christian leaders as local theologians and preachers. A series of practical explorations of the role of the Bible will help us reach up to God, reach in to develop our own identity in Christ, and to reach out to others.

Encounter

Encounter is an invitation to engage God with an open heart. God pursues our hearts, and we respond: it is a sacred encounter.

Encounter

Author: Christine Labrum

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 82

View: 434

Encounter is an invitation to engage God with an open heart. God pursues our hearts, and we respond: it is a sacred encounter. We open to God in deeper and broader ways as we engage with our whole hearts: our relational creative right brain and cognitive analytical left brain. Visual images and metaphors are one way to sink deeply into the truth God has given and defined in his Word. Jesus often used pictures in his teaching. Some of the familiar images in Scripture are sinking roots into God's love (Ephesians 3), abiding in the Vine (John 15), and responding to the hands of the Potter(Isaiah 64). Let these images capture your heart. This devotional will engage your heart on multiple levels: through Scripture, attention to emotions, reflection questions, visual images, prayers, and journal pages.