Engagement With God

Engagement with God
Language: en
Pages: 106
Authors: Hans Urs von Balthasar
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008 - Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Foreword by Dr. Margaret Turek The brilliant theologian and philosopher Hans Urs von Balthasar writes about God's involvement with man and man's involvement with God in the Old and the New Testaments. He shows how that interaction of the divine with the human reveals the meaning of true freedom that man is always hungering for but often strives after in wrong and dangerous ways. He shows that God's free revelation of himself in Christ is an invitation to enter into the realm of absolute and divine freedom, in which alone human freedom can be fully realized. From the true Christian there radiates the kind of freedom that is constantly being sought after by the non-Christian. In modern times, the freedom of man is a theme that preoccupies everyone. Atheistic philosophies are wholly taken up with this preoccupation. The Enlightenment was concerned with the freeing of reason from the "fetters of faith." Marx wrote about freeing man economically, and Freud wrote of freeing man from the bondage of a past as yet unmastered. As opposed to those whose search for freedom urges them onward into a barren void, the Christian stands as the messenger of freedom accomplished and a freedom attainable by all. A true freedom of the sons and daughters of God.
31-Day Structured Engagement with God
Language: en
Pages: 76
Authors: Martha A. Alexander
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-10-18 - Publisher: iUniverse

A life-transforming approach to tearing down relationship barriers, Structured Engagement is a dialogical (communication) act between participants (in this case, God and the reader) that evolves around knowledge of and relationship with one another to create a pathway to truth-telling, freedom to act, and mutuality of purpose. Although words matter in the Structured Engagement process, this journal speaks to the reader with photos more than with words! This 31-Day Structured Engagement with God, unlike most devotional journals, is a collection of photos (from the deep south that the photographer calls the tools of life and leadership) that have been paired with Scripture to glorify God, and inform the spirituality, character, and leadership skills of the reader. This 31-day meditational/devotional journal is an excellent tool for building relationship and leadership skills of small groups, Sunday School classes or youth groups. It is a unique, spiritual journey that encourages thinking outside the box about Scripture and spirituality from a relationship-centered focus versus a self-centered focus.
God's Praise and God's Presence
Language: en
Pages: 302
Authors: Gabriele G. Braun
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-06-19 - Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

The main aim of this book is to provide an answer to the question: is there a connection between God’s people’s praise and God’s presence? The central argument is that Scripture in both Testaments testifies to a correlation between human praise and divine presence. This hypothesis has been investigated in the light of contemporary Christian worship culture and the ensuing need for further biblical studies, which represents the background for this investigation. The study achieves the above aim by applying biblical theology as a discipline and canonical and intertextual models as a method.
The Aesthetics of Discipleship
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Adrian Coates
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-09-30 - Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

Discipleship is embodied. Formation in the Christian life is not an otherworldly exercise but one that plays out in this world, interwoven with everyday sensory experience in ordinary life. The Aesthetics of Discipleship explores this dynamic through Kierkegaard’s framing of “aesthetic existence”—the sensory experience of being “in the moment”—further developed by Bonhoeffer, as operating within a realm of freedom, encompassing not only art but play, friendship, and cultural formation. In addition to Kierkegaard and Bonhoeffer, the work of Iain McGilchrist, Graham Ward, and Nicholas Wolterstorff is employed to offer a fresh perspective on discipleship, “from below”: Everyday sensory experiences are integral not only to being human but to the practice of discipleship, such that discipleship integrates aesthetic, ethical, and religious existence. Aesthetic existence unhinged from a life of faith or fueled by distorted Christendom creates and sustains aestheticized pseudorealities centered on the self. Mature aesthetic existence, however, anchored in love for God, plays a fundamental role in the Christian life, both as the incarnational celebration of being fully human, and also through the preconscious formation of imaginaries by which we live.
Engaging with Heaven
Language: en
Pages: 148
Authors: Geoff Daplyn
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-06-26 - Publisher: Paragon Publishing

HEAVEN WANTS to engage directly with you. Are you actively engaging with Heaven and allowing Heaven to engage with you? Many are so busy with personal, family and church agendas that engaging directly with Heaven is altogether foreign. As a believer, you are Heaven’s conduit to earth. The Father’s kingdom is to be manifested through you, but unless you engage with Him, how are you to know what He wants of you. Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing. ENGAGING WITH HEAVEN will help you understand why you can. It will also outline how you can take the initiative to engage with Heaven, and how Heaven takes the initiative to engage with you. It will open up new possibilities for living a life pregnant with the kingdom, the power and the glory of Heaven. Heaven is waiting … www.yourkingdomcome.org “This book could well be in your hands at an opportune time, a time when there could be a significant impact.” MARTIN SCOTT
This Morning with God
Language: en
Pages: 152
Authors: Carol Adeney, Bill Weimer
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-02-18 - Publisher: InterVarsity Press

What is God saying to you today? This guide will help you dive deep into the text of Scripture and reflect on its implications for your life. With fifty-two weeks of six daily readings, you can start at the beginning of any week and read through all four Gospels and the Psalms in one year. Inductive study questions help you observe, interpret, and apply the text and let the Bible speak for itself.
C.H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: Steve J. Miller
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-09-01 - Publisher: Moody Publishers

C.H. Spurgeon's passion for raising up future spiritual leaders marked his ministry. Drawing on the strategies of this tremendous man of God, Steve Miller presents C.H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership for leaders interested in understanding the role of faith and conviction in forming a philosophy of spiritual leadership. Miller highlights the qualities Spurgeon viewed as indispensable to servant-hearted leadership. Here is a comprehensive guide for the church, providing help in developing leaders for today and tomorrow.
Whole Church
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: Mel Lawrenz
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-06-03 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Praise for Whole Church "Mel is a thoughtful analyst of church life today. Best of all—he actually does what he writes about. This book can lead to new levels of engagement for your church." —John Ortberg, author and pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church "Mel Lawrenz's vision of a local church that actually reflects the wholeness and beauty of God as it engages with the Lord, one another, and the community is a much-needed call back to God's original Plan A – a plan that has too often been cast aside in the name of specialization, church growth, and expediency." —Larry Osborne, North Coast Church, and author, Sticky Church and Spirituality for the Rest of Us "Wow! This book is for every Christian leader who wants to move their church from a narrow self-focus to active engagement in the world with all the resources and possibilities of heaven." —Mike Slaughter, Ginghamsburg Church "While Mel Lawrenz's 'four kinds of engagement' aims at congregational application, it also creates a template that individual Jesus-followers can use for self-evaluation of what it means to be the church today. The final 'dynamics' section is worth the price of admission for church leaders." —Reggie McNeal, author, The Present Future and Missional Renaissance "Having known Mel Lawrenz for thirty-five years in various capacities as student, intern, colleague, and eventual successor as senior pastor of Elmbrook Church, I can testify to his keen mind, his profound respect for and knowledge of history, his forward-looking curiosity, and his undoubted communication gifts. Add all these to his many years as a seasoned practitioner of church ministry, and the result is this very helpful book, Whole Church." —Stuart Briscoe, author, Flowing Streams and broadcaster, Telling the Truth
Arguing with God
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Anson Laytner
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998-01-01 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

As an old proverb puts it, "Two Jews, three opinions." In the long, rich, tumultuous history of the Jewish people, this characteristic contentiousness has often been extended even unto Heaven. Arguing with God is a highly original and utterly absorbing study that skates along the edge of this theological thin ice at times verging dangerously close to blasphemy yet also a source of some of the most poignant and deeply soulful expressions of human anguish and yearning. The name Israel literally denotes one who "wrestles with God." And, from Jacob's battle with the angel to Elie Wiesel's haunting questions about the Holocaust that hang in the air like still smoke over our own age, Rabbi Laytner admirably details Judaism's rich and pervasive tradition of calling God to task over human suffering and experienced injustice. It is a tradition that originated in the biblical period itself. Abraham, Moses, Elijah, and others all petitioned for divine intervention in their lives, or appealed forcefully to God to alter His proposed decree. Other biblical arguments focused on personal or communal suffering and anger: Jeremiah, Job, and certain Psalms and Lamentations. Rabbi Laytner delves beneath the surface of these "blasphemies" and reveals how they implicitly helped to refute the claims of opponent religions and advance Jewish doctrines and teachings."
Partnering with God
Language: en
Pages: 204
Authors: Lynette Edge, Gregory Morgan
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-05-12 - Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

God has an epic plan for the flourishing of all people and places. Want to join in? Partnering with God will help you find your place in that quest as we join in building God's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Mission is no spectator sport, and God invites our participation in the millennia old story of the missio Dei. Lynette Edge and Gregory Morgan have lived and taught mission within The Salvation Army for many years. In these pages, they offer a missiological framework and practice in the West today from a Salvation Army perspective. You will be challenged in these pages to think and live missionally. We are called to join a profound partnership with God to bring about the world as it was intended to be. Are you in?
Losing the Bond with God
Language: en
Pages: 199
Authors: Kailla Edger
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011 - Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Empirical research provides the basis for a comprehensive depiction of evangelical Christian men who self-identify as sexual addicts. * Direct quotes and stories from interviews with study participants * Diagrams of the Cycle of Sexual Addiction and the Life Worlds of the Evangelical Sexual Addict * Appendices covering: participant profiles, research design, data analysis, and the definitions of terms
In the Twilight with God
Language: en
Pages: 138
Authors: Benjamin W. Farley
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-11-19 - Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

Granted that God may exist, how may God be defined in our time? Addressing this issue Benjamin Farley explores a variety of belief systems, Western and Eastern, religious and skeptical. Taking an approach that is both critical of religion as well as sympathetic, Farley refuses to shy away from hard questions or to dismiss constructive answers that speak to the human condition. He distinguishes human "intellectual ascent" towards God from humankind's "innate and inner sense" to know and relate to the living God, demonstrating the efforts and rewards of both approaches in Christianity, as well as in Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Zen. Alongside these more obviously "religious" approaches, Farley reviews the methodologies and findings of today's greatest scientific minds, including skeptics such as Hawking, Dawkins, and Wilson, as well as their skeptical forerunners of the past. He argues that belief in God can no more ignore the scientific truth about the universe than science can dismiss the spiritual yearnings and hunger of humanity for purpose, meaning, and its inescapable sense of the presence of God.