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Strangers And Pilgrims Once More

Author: Addison Hodges Hart
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 1467440450
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In this book Addison Hodges Hart articulates some crucial questions for contemporary Christians: What sort of church must we become in today's post-Christendom world, where we can no longer count on society to support Christian ideals? What can we salvage from our Christendom past that is of real value, and what can we properly leave behind? How do we become "strangers and pilgrims" once more, after being "at home" in Christendom for so long? Summoning readers to wise and faithful discipleship in our post-Christendom age, Hart suggests both how Christ's disciples can say "yes" to much that was preserved during the age of Christendom and why they should say "no" to some of the cherished accretions of that passing epoch.

Two Kingdoms And Two Cities

Author: Robert C. Crouse
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1506425194
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The recent emergence of “two kingdoms” and “two cities” approaches to Christian social thinking are shown to have a key—and often unacknowledged—connection to Luther’s reshaping of the Augustinian paradigm. The project works for a better understanding of Luther’s own thought to help understand the convergences and divergences of Christian political theology in the twentieth century and today. In particular, Luther’s two-kingdom thinking issued forth in a strong distinction of law and gospel that was also worked out in twofold pairs of Israel and church, general and special revelation, creation and redemption, and especially the outward and inward life. The work traces this legacy through acceptance and modification by Niebuhr and Bonhoeffer, Lutheran and Catholic neoconservatives, Reformed two-kingdom proponents, Augustinian liberals, and finally Oliver O’Donovan. The conclusion reflects on both the historical narrative and its connection to an account of modern liberalism, as well as a theological reflection on hermeneutical decisions of the “twoness” of Christian theology.

Taking Jesus At His Word

Author: Addison H. Hart
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 1467435961
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Blessed are the poor in spirit. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. You cannot serve God and mammon. Judge not, that you be not judged. Though such sayings from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount are very familiar, many people -- including Christians! -- struggle to fully understand and follow them. For those who are brave enough to reconsider what Jesus really said, Addison Hodges Hart offers Taking Jesus at His Word.

Knowing Darkness

Author: Addison Hodges Hart
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802863442
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Too often, Christians who discover melancholy or skepticism occupying a place in their minds are perplexed, troubled, or even ashamed. Knowing Darkness is a frequently provocative apologetic for the benefits of both skepticism and melancholy for biblical/Christian faith. / Arguing that these concepts are not only not detrimental to faith, but also often decidedly helpful, Addison Hart draws from familiar figures in Scripture like Job and Qoheleth of Ecclesiastes, and from the well-known life and experience of Mother Teresa. Understanding the challenges that melancholy and skepticism present to those who experience them, he reflects on the need for genuine human friendship in the life of faith. / With writing both engaging and forthright, Hart inspires us to look more deeply into troublesome matters of the heart and soul ? emotions we would often rather ignore or condemn ? and therein find a far more authentic faith.

The Woman The Hour And The Garden

Author: Addison Hodges Hart
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802873391
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Opens an illuminating window into John's Gospel Was Jesus ever married? Yes, indeed, says Addison Hodges Hart, who boldly asserts that the church's tradition has always regarded Jesus as "married" -- but not in the way that recent sensationalist writers have claimed. Rather, Christ is "the Bridgroom" of "the Woman" in John's Gospel. In this book Hart explores John's rich, poetic imagery, particularly the metaphorical significance of "the Woman," embodied and imaged by Mary the mother of Jesus, the Samaritan woman, and Mary Magdalene. Hart shows what this image reveals about salvation, personal holiness, and the church as a whole. Inspired by the writings of early church fathers and medieval theologians, Hart presents John's Gospel as an incarnational, sacramental text and shows that it is primarily a revelation of salvation, deeply mystical and intended to lead its readers into a living relationship with the One who is the Bridegroom of his people.

The Yoke Of Jesus

Author: Addison Hodges Hart
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802865100
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The Yoke of Jesus is an introduction to spiritual discipline, emphasizing the individual s devotion to Jesus. The thirteen chapters of The Yoke of Jesus explore the meaning of faith, our need for stillness and solitude, how we should read, how we must engage nature, how we ought to pray the Psalms, and much more. / Addison Hodges Hart works to deepen our understanding of essential spiritual disciplines, explaining them in terms both ancient and contemporary. The book is at once informative and pragmatic in its approach, grounding the disciplines in Scripture and patristic sources and making them relevant for Christians of the twenty-first century. Hart s vivid and intelligent language highlights the wisdom found here.

The Ox Herder And The Good Shepherd

Author: Addison Hodges Hart
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802867588
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Argues how the messages of the Ten Ox-Herding pictures and the teachings of Christ, present similar guidance for living an authentic spiritual life.

Sacred Fire

Author: Ronald Rolheiser
Publisher: Image
ISBN: 080413944X
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When one reaches the highest degree of human maturity, one has only one question left: How can I be helpful?--TERESA OF �VILA Beloved author Ronald Rolheiser continues his search for an accessible and penetrating Christian spirituality in this highly anticipated follow-up to the contemporary classic, The Holy Longing. With his trademark acuity, wit, and thoughtfulness, Rolheiser shows how identifying and embracing discipleship will lead to new heights of spiritual awareness and maturity. In this new book, Rolheiser takes us on a journey through the dark night of the senses and of the spirit. Here, we experience the full gamut of human life, pleasure and fervor, disillusionment and boredom. But, as Rolheiser explains, when we embrace the struggle and yearning to know God we can experience too a profound re-understanding to our daily lives. "What lies beyond the essentials, the basics?" Rolheiser writes. "Where do we go once some of the basic questions in our lives have been answered, or at least brought to enough peace that our focus can shift away from ourselves to others? Where do we go once the basic questions in our lives are no longer the restless questions of youthful insecurity and loneliness? Who am I? Who loves me? How will my life turn out? Where do we go once the basic question in life becomes: How can I give my life away more purely, and more meaningfully? How do I live beyond my own heartaches, headaches, and obsessions so as to help make other peoples' lives more meaningful? The intent of this book is to try to address exactly those questions: How can we live less self- centered, more mature lives? What constitutes deep maturity and how do we reach that place? And, not unimportantly, what constitutes a more adult, Christian discipleship? What constitutes a truly mature following of Jesus?" As the poet Rainer Maria Rilke suggests, "Live the questions now." In Sacred Fire, Rolheiser's deeply affecting prose urges us on in pursuit of the most holy of all passions--a deep and lasting intimacy with God.

The Root Of War Is Fear

Author: Forest, Jim
Publisher: Orbis Books
ISBN: 1608336573
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Providing an intimate and timely view of Merton, this book traces the theme of peace and nonviolence in Merton's life and writings, drawing in particular on extensive correspondence with Jim Forest, a Merton biographer.

Being Christian

Author: Rowan Williams
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 1467442305
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In this simple, beautifully written book Rowan Williams explores four essential components of the Christian life: baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and prayer. Despite huge differences in Christian thinking and practice both today and in past centuries, he says, these four basic elements have remained constant and indispensable for the majority of those who call themselves Christians. In accessible, pastoral terms Williams discusses the meaning and practice of baptism, the Bible, the Eucharist, and prayer, inviting readers to really think through the Christian faith and how to live it out. Questions for reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter help readers to dig deeper and apply Williams's insights to their own lives.