Tongue Screws and Testimonies: Poems, Stories, and Essays by Kirsten Eve Beachy,Julia Spicher Kasdorf

By Kirsten Eve Beachy,Julia Spicher Kasdorf

From the writer of Martyrs Mirror comes this clean, reflective, heartbreaking, humorous—and occasionally irreverent—anthology of poems, inventive essays and fiction via new and famous authors with connections to the Anabaptist tradition.

Featuring writers reminiscent of Rudy Wiebe, Di Brandt, Jeff Gundy, Jean Janzen, Julia Kasdorf, John Ruth, Rhoda Janzen and others, Tongue Screws and Testimonies exhibits how tales from Martyrs Mirror intersect with the lives of writers and their characters—and how those tales proceed to have a robust carry on religion, existence and mind's eye today.

Collected and edited by way of Kirsten Eve Beachy, who teaches writing at jap Mennonite college, Tongue Screws and Testimonies demanding situations readers to think about the consequences of Martyrs Mirror of their personal lives.

Tongue Screws and Testimonies is for the younger lady who recalls hiding in the back of the sofa at her grandparents' apartment to examine Jan Luykens' engravings, and who nonetheless will get chills considering it. It’s for the fellow who, drawn right into a Mennonite congregation in center age, is making an attempt to get a grab of Anabaptist background. it is going to function a talk starter with theologians of many traditions who're eager about the problems of residing faithfully.
—Kirsten Eve Beachy

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Faith Over Fear!: Bishop Charles Harrison Mason & the Church by Dr. Mable Springfield Scott

By Dr. Mable Springfield Scott

think an adolescent born to former slaves, correct after the Emancipation Proclamation, within the segregated, rural South. This humble, unassuming, loner survived disease, dying, melancholy, and isolation because of his connection to God and the Bible. The Slave faith his mom poured into his soul preserved him via a life of crises, hardships, persecutions, and ache. His trials turned triumphs as his religion navigated him via insufferable storms. Biblical heroes molded he and his fans into robust disciples with scriptural rules and disciplined life.
These marginalized sharecroppers have advanced into one of many greatest denominations in the US. This super progress around the kingdom and all over the world has occurred simply because humans see a distinction within the Church of God in Christ. The founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, lived his whole existence all in favour of God, the Bible, prayer and fasting. His legacy of overall submission to God remains to be an incredible element of the Church of God in Christ culture. Their love, religion, compassion, energy, compliment and worship all represent the particular anointing that units the Church of God in Christ as a beacon of sunshine.
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The Layman's Guide to Pentecostalism by Cameron Childress

By Cameron Childress

"The Layman's consultant to Pentecostalism appears at a few of the Pentecostal church buildings this day who name themselves "Pentecostal", yet have not one of the theology or orientation of Pentecostalism. This publication seems to be on the Prosperity Gospel to Judging Prophetic phrases given individually and to a neighborhood church. a few of the matters mentioned are issues the writer observed being performed in a unfavorable method. This booklet is for lay humans to benefit and consider what they're being taught. Lay humans to wish to take extra of a management position of their neighborhood church buildings, they usually have to reflect on a few of these concerns raised."

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A Church for the Future: South Africa as the Crucible for by Harold T. Lewis,Desmond Tutu

By Harold T. Lewis,Desmond Tutu

Examines present matters dealing with the Anglican Communion in the course of the prism of the heritage of the Southern African church and folks. via this mixed narrative of the worldwide and native church, the writer deals a outstanding tale combining historical past, race, type and tradition in Africa. He strains the paradigm shift in Anglicanism as its power strikes past the borders of britain and the USA to the worldwide South, with all of the theological implications. this day, South African Anglicanism makes an attempt a center manner via the most important concerns like HIV/AIDS, poverty, and human sexuality. perfect for these drawn to "inculturation" - the intersection of church, tradition, and ethnicity.

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The Shaker Village by Raymond Bial

By Raymond Bial

The Shaker religion is anticipated to have had a complete of fewer than 20,000 individuals throughout its 250-year heritage, but greater than 100,000 humans stopover at a number of the Shaker villages and museums scattered around the japanese usa each year. we're nonetheless enthusiastic about the realm of the Shakers, and actual examples of Shaker structure, furnishings, and crafts are prized anywhere they continue to be. within the Shaker Village, writer and photographer Raymond Bial brings readers the background of the Shaker faith and an exam of the Shaker lifestyle, which was once in keeping with cooperation and self-sufficiency. every one Shaker village was once equipped with the target of constructing a heaven on the earth for its population. The Shaker humans have been one of the first in the United States to use technological know-how and new studying on to conventional farming and homekeeping. They invented or greater considerably upon designs of many farm and home items, together with a few nonetheless used this day: the flat broom, the slotted spoon, the round observed, and the belief of promoting gardening seeds in packets. even though every one Shaker group used to be self-supporting, the Shakers’ good fortune at utilizing their center values—simplicity, application, and tranquility—carried Shaker villages to some degree of abundance: they have been in a position to export their appealing furnishings, scrumptious meals, and more desirable wares to the skin global, the place they've been preferred ever considering that. The Shaker Village is generously illustrated with Bial’s evocative pictures of constructions and artifacts from the Shaker Village of friendly Hill, Kentucky, one of many greatest and best-preserved Shaker websites. The Shaker stream reached its top within the mid-nineteenth century. club started to drop with the onset of the Civil battle, and because the new promise of industrialization started to take carry in the USA, Shaker numbers progressively faded. even if the Shaker faith has all yet departed, The Shaker Village captures a revelatory glimpse of a legacy that also resounds with glossy Americans.

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Creatures of Possibility: The Theological Basis of Human by Ingolf U. Dalferth,Jo Bennett

By Ingolf U. Dalferth,Jo Bennett

A widespread Theologian Explores What It ability to Be Human

Preeminent student and theologian Ingolf Dalferth bargains mature reflections on what it ability to be human, an issue on the vanguard of up to date Christian idea. Dalferth argues that people could be outlined no longer as poor beings--who needs to catch up on the weaknesses in their organic nature through expertise, morals, media, faith, and culture--but as creatures of risk. He knows people via connection with their skill to reside a really humane existence. Dalferth explores the sheer gratuitousness of God's enterprise in justifying and sanctifying the human individual, defining people no longer through what we do or in attaining yet by way of God's artistic and saving motion. within the gospel, we're let loose to have interaction with the realm and creation.

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Conquering the Dragon Within by Marvin Moore

By Marvin Moore

Conquering the Dragon inside is set victory--victory over the enticements and failings that make us lower than God wishes us to be. Drawing at the distilled assistance of the Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the Twelve-Step restoration circulation, writer and editor Marvin Moore exhibits us dating with Jesus is the foremost to remodeling our characters. He stocks potent religious thoughts for defeating the enemy and resisting his temptations.

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Leben in Pfarrhäusern: Zur Transformation einer by Katrin Hildenbrand

By Katrin Hildenbrand

Angesichts vielfältiger gegenwärtiger Veränderungsprozesse in Kirche, Familie und Gesellschaft wird die Zukunft der Pfarrhäuser vielerorts diskutiert. Der Idee nach verkörpert das Pfarrhaus eine exemplarische protestantische Lebensform. Diese ist verbunden mit der mehr oder weniger selbstverständlichen Erwartung, dass der Auftrag des Pfarrers und der Pfarrerin das ganze Leben bestimmt und dabei nicht zuletzt die Familie einbezieht. Um die Spannung zwischen den Krisensymptomen des Lebens in Pfarrhäusern und ihrer Bedeutung für die Kirchen auszuloten, wird die gegenwärtige scenario einer praktisch-theologischen Reflexion unterzogen. Einseitige und vereinheitlichende Pfarrhausbilder werden dekonstruiert und historische, gesellschaftsanalytische sowie systematische Perspektiven auf das Thema vorgestellt. Eine qualitative Untersuchung erschließt subjektive Sichtweisen von Pfarrhausbewohnern, die anschließend auf darin erkennbare Spannungen hin interpretiert werden. So entsteht ein facettenreiches und differenziertes Bild des Lebens in Pfarrhäusern, das nachvollziehbar macht, worin zentrale Probleme, aber auch Chancen dieser Lebensform heute bestehen.

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Displacing the Divine: The Minister in the Mirror of by Douglas Alan Walrath

By Douglas Alan Walrath

As non secular leaders, ministers are usually assumed to include the religion of the establishment they symbolize. As cultural symbols, they replicate refined alterations in society and belief-specifically people's conception of God and the evolving position of the church. For greater than 40 years, Douglas Alan Walrath has tracked altering styles of trust and church participation in American society, and his learn has printed a very interesting development: portrayals of ministers in American fiction replicate altering perceptions of the Protestant church and a Protestant God.

From the novels of Harriet Beecher Stowe, who portrays ministers as trustworthy Calvinists, to the works of Herman Melville, who demanding situations Calvinism to its very middle, Walrath considers various fictional ministers, together with Garrison Keillor's Lake Woebegon Lutherans and Gail Godwin's girls clergy. He identifies a variety of kinds: non secular misfits, harsh Puritans, incorrigible scoundrels, secular businessmen, perpetrators of oppression, sufferers of trust, prudent believers, phony preachers, reactionaries, and social activists. He concludes with the trendy legacy of 19th- and early-twentieth-century pictures of ministers, which highlights the continuing demanding situations that skepticism, secularization, and technology have delivered to present day non secular leaders and fictional opposite numbers. Displacing the Divine bargains a unique come across with social switch, giving the reader entry, during the intimacy and humanity of literature, to the evolving personality of an American tradition.

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Protestantism and Progress: A Historical Study of the by Ernst Troeltsch

By Ernst Troeltsch

Ernst Troeltsch focuses his Protestantism and growth on major parts. First, he facilities at the highbrow and spiritual state of affairs, from which the importance and the chances of improvement possessed by way of Christianity could be deduced. This ends up in a fascinating old research in regards to the spirit of the fashionable global. Troeltsch argues that the trendy international can simply be understood within the mild of its relation to past epochs of Christian civilization in Europe. He notes that for a person who holds the opinion that during spite of all of the importance that Catholicism keeps, the dwelling chances of improvement and development are to be stumbled on on Protestant soil, the query in regards to the relation of Protestantism to trendy civilization turns into of valuable importance.Troeltsch additionally distinguishes parts in glossy civilization that experience confirmed their price from these that are basically transitority and lead nowhere. He supplies the non secular principles of Christianity a form and shape in a position to doing justice to the absoluteness of non secular conviction, and even as contemplating them in concord with what has truly been entire in the direction of answer of the sensible difficulties of the Christian life.A new advent by means of Howard Schneiderman brings this huge paintings into the twenty-first century, and explains why its rules are extra very important than ever, 100 years after its unique publication.

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