During the last 30 years, childhood studies has become an established programme in many universities and colleges of further education. This text has been specially designed for such courses and introduces students to all the major issues in the study of childhood, from infancy through to adulthood.
The Beggar's Banquet is a feast of reflections to savor while meditating on the astounding mystery of God's love for His people. Dr. Regis Martin infuses these discourses on Christ, His Mother, the spiritual life, and the saints with a wide breadth of influences—the writings of popes, mystics, and theologians, great works of literature, and even poetry. The author rekindles the familiar Gospel message with ever deepening wonder, whetting the appetite for that which alone truly satisfies: the Bread of Life.
In this powerful new interpretation of the book of Revelation, the late, revered author and translator of The Message Bible offers timely insights into how we can lean into growth, not in spite of challenging times, but because of them. “Insightful and inviting . . . This is Eugene at his pastoral best.”—Rev. Dr. Glenn Packiam, associate senior pastor at New Life Church and author of Blessed Broken Given The book of Revelation is filled with angels and dragons, fantastic beasts and golden cities, bottomless pits and mysterious numbers. It’s dramatic, sure—but what exactly does that have to do with the tests we face today? Actually, a lot. When the apostle John penned the book of Revelation, believers lived in a time of deception and injustice. But his message doesn’t just reflect their cries for things to be made right; it reveals heaven’s perspective of the bigger picture. In this never-before-published work, Eugene H. Peterson traces the dramatic symbolism found in John’s letters to the seven churches, uncovering Christ’s instructions to these ancient communities. Along the way, encounter seven key tests, of our love, suffering, truth, holiness, reality, witness, and commitment, tests from Christ that can deepen our faith and even shape our future. This Hallelujah Banquet is your personal invitation to grow deep and begin living now in a generous, abundant, and hopeful reality in Christ.
A collection of essays on 'Plutarch's Table Talk', an influential Greek prose text which is a combination of philosophical dialogue and miscellany. The contributors offer a range of methodologically innovative and sophisticated readings of the work's literary form, themes, and cultural background.
This revealing collection presents a selection of twenty poets, prophets, and preachers who share their understandings of what makes a "good spiritual life." They draw on their professional experiences and, as important, grace us with their personal thoughts. The result is essentially a textbook for spirituality courses, exposing readers to the spiritual lives of a wonderfully diverse group of people with a wide range of Christian experiences. Every reader is sure to find a perspective with which he or she can identify.
A young adult speaks to young adults on the basic questions of spirituality. How do we seek meaning? How can Christianity speak to my own situation? What does it mean to pray? What do I want to do with my life? How can I know God? Assuming no prior experience with Christian theology or spirituality, Come to the Banquet outlines how Christianity can offer spiritual seekers nourishment for our most basic needs as human beings. Writing in a conversational style, Muldoon recognizes the pluralistic situation in which we live today and offers readers a timely and relevant exploration of Christianity. Discussion questions are ideal for individual and group study.
It is an easy to read book that follows the main development of Calvin's theology, accentuating Calvin's positive convictions without lingering over matters of only dated importance. Also, persons who desire authentic texts of a religious tradition.
The wisdom of the desert fathers and mothers lies in their experiences of solitude, prayer, community life, work, and care for their neighbors. Their goal was transformation of their lives through openness to the presence and energy of God in Christ. They taught by example and by sharing narratives and sayings that reflect the deep human psychological and spiritual aspects of their journey toward authentic human life. The venue for their transformation was the whole person 'body, mind, and spirit. They emphasized self-knowledge, humility, purity of heart, and love of God and neighbor. Far from being naïve, their sayings and narratives reflect honest struggles, temptations, and failures. They also demonstrate the disciplines of prayer and meditation that kept them centered in God as their only source of strength. The daily reflections in Desert Banquet introduce readers to a variety of these early Christian mentors and offer reflections on the significance of their wisdom for life in the twenty-first century. David G. R.Keller, an Episcopal priest, is adjunct professor of ascetical theology at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. He is co-steward, with his wife, Emily Wilmer, of Oasis of Wisdom: An Institute for Contemplative Study, Practice, and Living based in Asheville, North Carolina (www.oasisofwisdom.net). He is the author of Oasis of Wisdom: The Worlds of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (Liturgical Press) and Come and See: The Transformation of Personal Prayer (Morehouse Publishing).
In the Luke 14 Parable of the Great Banquet Jesus taught that a celebration unlike any other in all human history- a Great Banquet also known as the Wedding Feast of the Lamb- has been planned and is being prepared in heaven at this very moment. At the end of human history this banquet will be thrown for all who have responded to God’s RSVP. The magnitude and size of this banquet are incomprehensible. It will include all the people of faith of all history- the patriarchs, prophets, and apostles; the most infamous of saved sinners to the most insignificant of saints- the very least whom society had forgotten and discarded. The RSVP invitation list is growing daily but the questions is “How does one respond? “Who will be there?” How do we qualify? This award-winning book will tell you how as it motivates you with in-depth descriptions of the celebration. All the Old and New Testament accounts of this celebration are covered in depth. Jesus will be there! The optimal question is: are you Kingdom-bound and Banquet-ready?
“The most powerful spiritual healer, fixer, teacher on the planet.” —Oprah Winfrey Shift your attitude and live your best life with this inspiring collection of 365 daily devotionals from New York Times bestselling author and star of the OWN Network’s hit show Iyanla: Fix My Life. If there are situations, circumstances, or perhaps relationships in your life that you have been struggling to overcome, trying to work through, or doing your best to work around, throw your head back and declare to the universe, “Until Today!” Whatever has been going on in your mind, your life, or your heart can stop—right now, if that is truly what you desire. However, you must be willing to “do a new thing.” You must spend a little time, each day, in devotion to the truth about yourself and your life. You must make a conscious approach to what you think, what you feel, and what you do. Devotion will clear up misconceptions that may have obscured your vision until today! Bestselling author Iyanla Vanzant presents a new book of devotions for anyone on the path to spiritual empowerment. These daily devotions will create powerful changes in the circumstances of your life that have held you back and will place you on the road to personal strength and peace of mind.