The Heart Of Christianity

Author: Marcus J. Borg
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0061746592
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World-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus J. Borg shows how we can live passionately as Christians in today's world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith. For the millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith, Borg shows why the Christian life can remain a transforming relationship with God. Emphasizing the critical role of daily practice in living the Christian life, he explores how prayer, worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage, and more can be experienced as authentically life-giving practices. Borg reclaims terms and ideas once thought to be the sole province of evangelicals and fundamentalists: he shows that terms such as "born again" have real meaning for all Christians; that the "Kingdom of God" is not a bulwark against secularism but is a means of transforming society into a world that values justice and love; and that the Christian life is essentially about opening one's heart to God and to others.

Living The Heart Of Christianity

Author: Marcus J. Borg
Publisher: Kelowna, B.C. : CopperHouse
ISBN: 9781551455433
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Marcus Borg's "The Heart of Christianity" struck a chord for countless Christians across this country. Church groups and small groups have been reading this influential book, hoping to put into practice Borg's helpful suggestions for how we can be passionate believers today. For the millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith, The Heart of Christianity presents a new outlook on Christianity that is both refreshing and compelling. This companion to "The Heart of Christianity" is an invaluable resource that provides the tools to talk about Borg's new vision for a life of Christian faith and how it can change our spiritual lives and Christian communities today. For groups as well as individuals hoping to go deeper in "The Heart of Christianity", this guide includes personal reflection questions, discussion topics, exercises, and selections from the best-selling book. Organised into twelve chapters, or sessions, the book includes both an individual or participant's guide as well as a guide for group leaders, allowing the reader to engage with the issues that lie at the heart of Christianity today.

Experiencing Jesus

Author: Tim Scorer
Publisher: Wood Lake Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1551455579
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2 books, DVD, 10 posters & 12 participant booklets. In this 10 session study, discover who Jesus was, what he taught, and why he still matters today. Explore Jesus as a religious revolutionary, a Jewish mystic totally centred in the reality of God, and a movement initiator who opened a path of personal and political transformation.

Experiencing The Bible Again For The First Time

Author: Tim Scorer
Publisher: Wood Lake Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1551455560
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2 books, DVD, 10 participant booklets & 10 posters. At last, an important and relevant faith development curriculum for grown-ups! Inspired by Marcus Borg, Experience! offers adults an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible in the formation of their mature faith. Accept the invitation to come into the kind of experiential learning community that Jesus gathered around him.

Jesus Is Still Speaking Through The Gospel Of Mark

Author: Jimmy R. Watson, Ph.D.
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1456873563
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The title of this book is a play on the United Church of Christ’s “God Is Still Speaking” marketing campaign. I have sifted through two decades of sermon writing, which were primarily focused on the Gospels, to see how Mark’s Gospel portrays the still speaking voice of Jesus. The essays in this book work with some of Jesus’ most provocative words as related through the pen of Mark. But what meaning do these words carry in our world today? Are they practical and relevant for us? Is Jesus still speaking to us ... through the Gospel of Mark?

The Making Of American Liberal Theology

Author: Gary J. Dorrien
Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp
ISBN: 0664223567
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In this first of three volumes, Dorrien identifies the indigenous roots of American liberal theology and demonstrates a wider, longer-running tradition than has been thought. The tradition took shape in the nineteenth century, motivated by a desire to map a modernist "third way" between orthodoxy and rationalistic deism/atheism. It is defined by its openness to modern intellectual inquiry; its commitment to the authority of individual reason and experience; its conception of Christianity as an ethical way of life; and its commitment to make Christianity credible and socially relevant to modern people. Dorrien takes a narrative approach and provides a biographical reading of important religious thinkers of the time, including William E. Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Bushnell, Henry Ward Beecher, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Charles Briggs. Dorrien notes that, although liberal theology moved into elite academic institutions, its conceptual foundations were laid in the pulpit rather than the classroom.

The Discerning Heart

Author: Wilkie Au
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 9780809143726
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Integrating the wisdom of Christian tradition and recent psychological findings on effective decision-making, this book presents a view of Christian discernment that honors the body-spirit unity of the person and the broad and mysterious ways we can be led by the spirit of God in our life-choices. Going beyond discernment skills and concrete practices, this book presents a coherent theoretical understanding of discernment that grounds the many spiritual practices used by Christians today. By providing a broad and inclusive understanding of the multiple ways God can provide guidance to individuals, this book helps individuals to honor the unique and idiosyncratic way that they receive divine guidance, as well as provides guidelines that guard against possible self-deception and personal blind-spots. While including anecdotal accounts and practical elements or Christian discernment, this book provides a conceptual understanding of discernment that will be helpful for those training to be professional ministers, pastors, priests, religious counselors, and spiritual directors. It is unique in applying Christian tradition and contemporary psychological insights to the process of discernment.

O Me Of Little Faith

Author: Jason Boyett
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0310289491
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In O Me of Little Faith, author Jason Boyett brings you a transparent and personal account of his own of struggles with doubts and unbelief in living out his faith. With humor and frankness, Boyett uses personal anecdotes and a fresh look at Scripture to explore the realities of pursuing Christ through a field of doubt. After three decades of knowing God, understanding Christianity, and living a Christian life, Boyett has come to the place where he can voice the tough questions and travel the road of uncertainty with blinders off, candor on. The message along the way is one of encouragement: Relax. Rely on the grace of a merciful God, a kind father who realizes that his finite creatures must have doubts, should have questions, and will have trouble making sense of an infinite Creator. Ultimately, Boyett concludes that doubt and faith are not polar opposites, but actually work together, existing side-by-side. Uplifting, entertaining, hopeful, O Me of Little Faith will strike a chord with you and any Christian who's dealing with the uncertainties of living life in pursuit of a God who occasionally seems to disappear.

Teaching Virtue

Author: Marius Felderhof
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472528107
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In much of the world, religious traditions are seriously valued but, in the context of religious plurality, this sets educationalists an enormous challenge. This book provides a way forward in exploring religious life whilst showing how bridges might be built between diverse religious traditions. Teaching Virtue puts engagement with religious life - and virtue ethics - at the heart of religious education, encouraging 'learning from' religion rather than 'learning about' religion. The authors focus on eight key virtues, examining these for what they can offer of religious value to pupils and teachers. Individual chapters put the discussion into context by offering a vision of what religious education in the future could look like; the need for responsible religious education; a historical review of moral education and an introduction to virtue ethics. Lesson plans and examples demonstrate how the virtues may be approached in the classroom, making it an invaluable guide for all involved in teaching religious education.

Four Views On Christian Spirituality

Author: Bruce A. Demarest
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310591899
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Spirituality, or the cultivation of the with-God life, lies at the heart of what it means to be a Christian in the body of Christ. Bored by consumerism, satiated by sensualism, stressed-out by technology and depressed by the loss of the transcendent in life, people today are turning from the scientific ‘what’ and ‘how’ to the transcendent ‘who’ and ‘why.’ Indeed, the spiritually inclined represent one of America’s largest ‘faiths.’ Interest in spirituality within the church thus is not a fleeting fad but a return to historic Christian roots. A book that focuses on the Church’s search for identity, meaning and significance as interpreted by the major Christian traditions possesses considerable relevance to many in our day. Perspectives include the Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholic, Evangelical and Liberal Protestant viewpoints. Currently, there exists no work that contains a side-by-side comparison of the major perspectives on spirituality as found within these Christian traditions. As such, there is great need for a volume that will examine and compare how the Church views and understands the topic of spirituality. In order to maintain a balance in content from the various traditions, contributors will focus their entries on the following areas: definition and key emphases of spirituality in their tradition; the relation of spirituality to spiritual formation; the means, disciplines or regimens by which spirituality is achieved; the ultimate goal of spirituality; and the role of Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Church in the process of spiritual growth.