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              The New Possible: Visions of Our World beyond Crisis
                

              The New Possible: Visions of Our World beyond Crisis (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Clayton, Philip; Archie, Kelli M.

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              2020 upended every aspect of our lives. But where is our world heading next? Will pandemic, economic instability, and social distance lead to deeper inequalities, more nationalism, and further erosion of democracies around the world? Or are we moving toward a global re-awakening ...to the importance of community, mutual support, and the natural world? In our lifetimes, the future has never been so up for grabs. The New Possible offers twenty-eight unique visions of what can be, if instead of choosing to go back to normal, we choose to go forward to something far better. Assembled from global leaders on six continents, these essays are not simply speculation. They are an inspiration and a roadmap for action. With essays by: Kim Stanley Robinson, Michael Pollan, Varshini Prakash, Vandana Shiva, Jack Kornfield, Mamphela Ramphele, Justin Rosenstein, Jack Kornfield, Helena Nordberg-Hodge, David Korten, Tristan Harris, Eileen Crist, Francis Deng, Riane Eisler, Arturo Escobar, Rebecca Kiddle, Mike Joy, Natalie Foster, Jess Rimington, Jeremy Lent, Atossa Soltani, Mark Anielski, Ellen Brown, John Restakis, Zak Stein, Oren Slozberg, Anisa Nanavati, and Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam
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              ISBN 9781725285835
              Released NZ 26 Jan 2021
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              So What Makes Our Teaching Christian?
                

              So What Makes Our Teaching Christian? (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pazmino, Robert W.

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              This work explores a perennial question that Christians who are called to teach must consider: So what makes our teaching Christian? It considers the essential and distinctive elements of Christian teaching by examining the apostles' teaching ministry in the Book of Acts and aspe...cts of Jesus's own teaching in the Gospel of John. It proposes how teaching in the name, spirit, and power of Jesus relates to the teaching ministries of Christians today. For example, an in-depth look at Jesus's teaching of both Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman known in Christian tradition as Photini provides insights for transformative teaching of both insiders and outsiders in a Christian community. This work is a theological, pastoral, and educational exploration of Christian teaching that has implications for both laity and clergy in their ministries. Robert W. Pazmino is Valeria Stone Professor of Christian Education at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, where he has taught since 1986. He has also taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and other theological schools across the United States. He is the author of eight works including God Our Teacher: Theological Basics in Christian Education (2001), a third edition of Foundational Issues in Christian Education (2008), and Doing Theological Research: An Introductory Guide for Surviving and Thriving in Theological Education (2008).
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              ISBN 9781556359439
              Released NZ 22 Sep 2008
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              Meet Jesus
                

              Meet Jesus (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Staton, Knofel

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              Released NZ 1 Jul 2001
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              The Crack Between the Worlds: A Dancer's Memoir of Loss and Faith
                

              The Crack Between the Worlds: A Dancer's Memoir of Loss and Faith (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Kast, Maggie

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              Synopsis: A car crashes, and Maggie Kast, at the peak of a modern dance career, loses a three-year-old daughter. Raised without religion and now mired in grief, she senses a persistent connection to the little girl, a love somehow more powerful than the brute fact of death. This ...awareness leads her, over three years, to the Catholic Church. After the accident, her marriage is greatly stressed by the entrance of religion into married life, and she and her husband each accuse the other of being too religious or too secular at various times. Despite conflict, dialogue keeps the marriage intimate and vital. Following study of liturgy at Catholic Theological Union, she teaches and tours sacred dance nationally and internationally, exploring the arts as a spiritual path. Moving forward and looking back at once, she discovers early hints of religious experience in childhood celebrations, encounters with art, and marriage. Her husband dies. Now a single parent of a ten-year-old and a developmentally disabled teenager, as well as college-aged sons, she continues her search. Endorsements: In prose that is spare, lucid, and elegiac, Maggie Kast's memoir, The Crack Between the Worlds, tells the story of a pilgrimage and a conversion. A dancer and choreographer, Kast knows that the most expressive gestures-and words-are often the simplest, rooted in the dailiness of our lives. Her search for a faith that can embrace both the tragic sense of life and the ecstatic sacramentality of ordinary matter leads her inexorably to the church whose name means 'universal.' Readers will find in Kast's particular story something universal, moving, and true. -Gregory Wolfe, Editor, Image Maggie Kast's memoir is a rich, powerful, affecting story of how even in tragedy grace can be found. She has written a book that will be a consolation and resource for many. -Ron Hansen, author of Mariette in Ecstasy and Exiles The Crack Between the Worlds is a graceful, deeply-felt spiritual memoir. Dancer and
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              ISBN 9781606087770
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              Currents in Twenty-First-Century Christian Apologetics
                

              Currents in Twenty-First-Century Christian Apologetics (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Johnson, Professor John J.

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              In this book, Johnson avoids the standard approach of many apologetic works that seek to prove, in systematic fashion, that Christianity is true. Rather, he takes the position of orthodox Christianity and looks at various challenges that have been raised against it. For example, ...should the horrors of the Holocaust force Christian thinkers to alter their view of God's goodness? Is Christianity inherently anti-Jewish for claiming that Jews must embrace Jesus as Messiah? Are revived hallucination theories about Christ's resurrection tenable explanations of the birth of the Christian movement? Is the presuppositional approach of certain Reformed thinkers useful for doing Christian apologetics? These and similar questions are addressed in this book. John J. Johnson received his MA in Religion from Wake Forest University and is currently writing a dissertation for his PhD from Baylor University. He has published numerous journal articles and book reviews and has taught at New York University, Caldwell College, and Delaware County Community College.
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              A Survey of the Bible
                

              A Survey of the Bible (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Satta, Ronald F.

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              Description: Among books, the Bible is unique. Compiled over a time period spanning some 1600 years, it includes contributions from over forty different writers. Yet it has a unified message and a clear theme--redemption through sacrifice, and most especially redemption through t...he sacrifice of the Christ, the Messiah, the Promised One from God. This coherence across time and space is the product of a single, unseen author--the Holy Spirit. Using the personality and style of each of the different sacred penmen, the Spirit so guided their work as to produce documents that expressed the divine mind precisely. Thus the Scripture, in the original autographs, was entirely without error in everything to which it spoke whether pertaining to matters of faith or fact--right down to the very words. However, this amazing book--God's message to the human race--remains rather mysterious and even inaccessible to many Christians. I hope that these summaries will help interested students of the Bible acquire a clearer and more comprehensive understanding of the sixty-six canonical books of sacred Scripture, making their own Bible study more productive and meaningful. About the Contributor(s): Ronald F. Satta is an American historian at Finger Lakes Community College. He earned his research doctorate in American history from the University of Rochester and his professional doctorate in homiletics from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of three books and many scholarly articles.
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              ISBN 9781606080689
              Released NZ 4 Nov 2008
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              Senses of the Soul: Art and the Visual in Christian Worship
                

              Senses of the Soul: Art and the Visual in Christian Worship (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Dyrness, William A.

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              Description: Senses of the Soul explores the way art and visual elements are incorporated into Christian worship. It incorporates research conducted in Los Angeles congregations. Through extensive interviews in a sample of Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox congregations it looks... into the way visual elements actually become part of the experience of worship. By looking at attitudes and experiences of beauty, art, and memories, it suggests that believers appropriate images and aesthetic encounters in terms of imaginative structures that have been formed through worship practices over time. By comparing responses across denominations, the book proposes that people receive visual elements in ways that have been shaped by long traditions and specific background beliefs. In addition to discussions of the differences between the major Christian traditions, the book also examines the relation of art and beauty to worship, the role of memories and everyday life, and the power of images in spirituality and worship. By its focus on the worshiper, the book seeks to make a contribution to the growing conversation between the arts and Christian worship and to the process of worship renewal. Endorsements: Senses of the Soul is an invaluable grass-roots study of how people actually use and engage the visual aspects of Christian worship. Rather than emphasizing what theology and liturgy think the arts should contribute (or not) to worship, Dyrness breaks new ground by listening to ordinary Christians' talk about what the arts actually do contribute. In so doing, he re-draws the boundaries of art and points to the power of our religious imaginations to direct our engagement with the visual and physical dimensions of Christian worship. I am very much looking forward to using this book in my own teaching and research. --Lisa DeBoer Art Historian, Westmont College William Dyrness offers us here a very timely and strategic contribution to the growing conversation about how the arts can
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              ISBN 9781556358647
              Released NZ 1 May 2008
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              Barrenness and Blessing: Abraham, Sarah, and the Journey of Faith
                

              Barrenness and Blessing: Abraham, Sarah, and the Journey of Faith (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Gossai, Hemchand

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              Description: The themes of these stories are profoundly human themes, capturing the persistent interaction between God and humankind. These narratives invite us to witness the manner in which God enters human community in all of its complexities, struggles, challenges, fears, and... ultimately hope. As the narratives unfold, not only is it clear that God will not be restricted by societal and cultural conventions, but the human journey will be generated by faith and doubt, fear and hope, promise and fulfillment. Hemchand Gossai not only explores the various themes within a variety of texts, but maintains a constant eye on the implications for the church and contemporary readers. In this regard, some of the literal and particular experiences such as barrenness, wilderness, and wrestling with God are examined as metaphors for our experiences. The richness and texture of metaphors allow us to embrace these stories in a way that makes them our stories. Endorsements: Hemchand Gossai has long been working on the stories of Abraham and Sarah with great clarity, literary sensitivity, and theological savvy.In this volume, he expands upon that journey with newstudiesregarding God, the human characters, and their interrelationships.Gathering the major themes from these narratives, Gossai presents them in such a waythat Israel's stories canspeak once again into the complexities of our interreligious world.Students and scholars alike will benefit from his many insights. --Terence E. Fretheim, Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament, Luther Theological Seminary; author of Abraham: Trials of Family and Faith About the Contributor(s): Hemchand Gossai is Director of Religious Studies at Georgia Southern University. He is also the author of Social Critique by Israel's Eighth-Century Prophets and River Crossings: Memories of a Journey--A Memoir.
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              Released NZ 1 Jan 2008
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              The Life of a Galilean Shaman: Jesus of Nazareth in Anthropological-Historical Perspective
                

              The Life of a Galilean Shaman: Jesus of Nazareth in Anthropological-Historical Perspective (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Craffert, Pieter F.

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              Description: Historical Jesus research remains trapped in the positivistic historiographical framework from which it emerged more than a hundred and fifty years ago. This is confirmed by the nested assumptions shared by the majority of researchers. These include the idea that a h...istorical figure could not have been like the Gospel portrayals and consequently the Gospels have developed in a linear and layered fashion from the authentic kernels to the elaborated literary constructions as they are known today. The aim of historical Jesus research, therefore, is to identify the authentic material from which the historical figure as a social type underneath the overlay is constructed. Anthropological historiography offers an alternative framework for dealing with Jesus of Nazareth as a social personage fully embedded in a first-century Mediterranean worldview and the Gospels as cultural artifacts related to this figure. The shamanic complex can account for the cultural processes and dynamics related to his social personage. This cross-cultural model represents a religious pattern that refers to a family of features for describing those religious entrepreneurs who, based on regular Altered State of Consciousness experiences, perform a specific set of social functions in their communities. This model accounts for the wide spectrum of the data ascribed to Jesus of Nazareth while it offers a coherent framework for constructing the historical Jesus as a social personage embedded in his worldview. As a Galilean shamanic figure Jesus typically performed healings and exorcisms, he controlled the spirits while he also acted as prophet, teacher and mediator of divine knowledge. Endorsements: In this book, Craffert uses the metaphor of traveling to describe the task he has undertaken. Given the existence of the two prevailing pathways leading into contemporary 'historical Jesus' study, Craffert leaves the century-and-a-half old Schweitzer Street (Schweitzerstrasse) and Wrede Road (
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              ISBN 9781556350856
              Released NZ 1 Jan 2008
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              Gathered Around Jesus: An Alternative Spatial Practice in the Gospel of Mark
               

              Gathered Around Jesus: An Alternative Spatial Practice in the Gospel of Mark (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Stewart, Eric C.

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              Description: Modern theorists are virtually united in understanding that space encodes social practices and power relations. Those who control space exert their control by means of particular spatial practices. Models of critical spatiality, such as that of territoriality, show h...ow social relationships are predominant in the classification, communication, and control of space. Space is seen as a relational category rather than an absolute category. In this innovative study, Stewart addresses Mark's editorial and/or compositional control over the geographic presentation of Jesus's ministry. He makes the case that Mark presents the world spatially in a manner widely consistent with geographic traditions found in Greek and Roman texts. In Mark, Stewart argues, Jesus offers an alternative spatial practice, one that is centered on himself. The kingdom of God exists spatially in the area around Jesus in which the new community gathers. Endorsements: In a splendid presentation, Eric R. Stewart guides the reader through the intricacies of critical social theory of spatiality and argues that Mark eschews the space of the synagogue, house, and city in which to locate the movement of Jesus, and instead founds Jesus's movement in the borderland territories of the wilderness/desert, the sea, and the mountain. There Jesus creates the new space of the kingdom of God in gathering people around himself. This is an important book. --Dietmar Neufeld Associate Professor of Christian Origins Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies University of British Columbia For the first time in the long scholarly discussion of Mark's problematic geography, Stewart uses both modern spatial theory and an exhaustive review of ancient evidence to demonstrate how Mark's spatial perceptions reflect Greek, Roman, and Jewish understandings of human geography. Moving well beyond the anachronistic studies that have dominated the discussion to date, he has provided a significant advance i
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              ISBN 9781606080849
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