Two men of opposite faiths--a Christian pastor and an Islamic terrorist--are pitted against each other in a race to find the stones of the High Priest's Breastplate, a mysterious Old Testament artifact that some believe enable the owner to hear the audible voice of God. Original.
Thomas turns to the classic writings of well-known Christians to offer a program for rediscovering an authentic Christian spirituality that applies to everyday life's frustrations, problems, and even joys. "Many will be grateful for the forceful sensitivity of this survey of classical insights into our fellowship with God".--J.I. Packer.
The expression the “face of God” is a familiar one to Bible scholars and its meaning has long been a point of disagreement, especially in its use with the verb “to see”. While some scholars dismissed the expression as merely a metaphor with little significance, others have compared it to the ‘face’ of gods and goddesses of the ANE religious context, where worshippers sought an audience with their ‘divine’ king. Scrutinising previous scholarship and based on careful exegesis of several crucial passages in the Pentateuch, this publication presents the motif ”seeing the face of God” in an entirely new context of divine self-revelation.
Roger Scruton explores the place of God in a disenchanted world. His argument is a response to the atheist culture that is now growing around us, and also a defence of human uniqueness. He rebuts the claim that there is no meaning or purpose in the natural world, and argues that the sacred and the transcendental are 'real presences', through which human beings come to know themselves and to find both their freedom and their redemption. In the human face we find a paradigm of meaning. And from this experience, Scruton argues, we both construct the face of the world, and address the face of God. We find in the face both the proof of our freedom and the mark of self-consciousness. One of the motivations of the atheist culture is to escape from the eye of judgement. You escape from the eye of judgement by blotting out the face: and this, Scruton argues, is the most disturbing aspect of the times in which we live. In his wide-ranging argument Scruton explains the growing sense of destruction that we feel, as the habits of pleasure seeking and consumerism deface the world. His book defends a consecrated world against the habit of desecration, and offers a vision of the religious way of life in a time of trial.
All over the world, millions of people attend services every week, and most of them will hear sermons. What happens between the sermon and the listener? Does the sermon become meaningful to listeners? The present study in the fields of practical theology, homiletics, and psychology of religion combines quantitative and qualitative methods to offer an empirically-based approach to the study of preaching. Highlighting the psychological factors influencing how a sermon is heard, this study draws theoretical insight from the works of D.W. Winnicott, A.-M. Rizzuto and D. Bonhoeffer in its examination of the relationship between the meaning of the sermon and the hearer's God image, personality, and affective state.
Joel Krupa's book "The Face of God" is an absolute triumph and journey of a married man named Benjamin whose wife gets some of the worst news of her life. This news impacts both of them and as they do their best to make sense of what has transpired, they remember fondly the days of their youth and all the moments they got to share as a couple so madly in love could. You will feel the joy. You will taste the tears, and you will be crushed with heartache. This is Joel Krupa's "The Face Of God."
The author bares her soul to reveal how racial hatred has impacted every aspect of her life growing up in the Deep South as a light-skinned black woman. She views current racial conditions in America as life on the new plantation. Her faith in God enables her to interpret her experiences with profound spiritual insight. She does not just whine about racial hatred—she offers a solution, the only solution to the realization of justice and equality for all, in fact. Only with God is this possible. She states that prayer is a powerful weapon that we must use to overcome hate. Love conquers hate.
This inspirational novel explores the drama, sweep, and grandeur of World War II--those who fought it overseas and those who lived through it on the home front--and a time when faith in God was our national security. "Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth . . . Put out my hand, and touched the face of God"--John Gillespie Magee, Jr., a WWII airman who died in combat at the age of 19. It has been called "The Last Good War" and those who fought it have been called "The Greatest Generation." They lived every day as if it were their last--loving, laughing, and trusting that God held their future. In this moving novel, Lt. Mark White, a B-17 bomber pilot, meets Emily Hagan only weeks before he ships out to England. They fall in love through letters as each faces the war on separate sides of the Atlantic, but will the war and a misunderstanding tear them apart forever? Lt. Lee Arlington Grant has disappointed his military family by becoming a chaplain instead of a warrior. He hopes his service in the war will heal his rift with his father while he shares Christ with his fellow soldiers-especially Tom Canby. Their lives and the lives of the men and women who fight at their side are interwoven with danger, romance, tragedy, and ultimately hope as the war and their roles in it draw to a close. This powerful story is about a man's love for a woman, the soldiers' love for their country, and the love of God for each of His children. Written by a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, Touch The Face of God brings to life a time and a place that is quickly being forgotten.
Gazing upon the face of God is our only source for ultimate Truth. God did not just give us a bunch of rules to follow; He gave us His very nature. All of creation, including mankind, is a direct attribute of God Himself so it only makes sense that in order to understand anything we must look upon His face to determine Truth. The world today is slipping towards a world order that defines Truth by popular demand and a majority of vote. The screaming minorities become the majorities. Without God as the ultimate Truth then there is no source other than the will and laws of man; and who is to say they are wrong or right but the majority. Christianity has become a natural acceptance of belief that is acknowledged, but hardly lived! Reality as the world knows it has conformed completely to the natural laws of the physical senses. The nature of God is hardly recognized as our source of reality. Naturalism has become man’s god and Spiritualism has become simply--the reference of historical events back in bible times. It is time we, as Christians, accept our role as outsiders to this world and take on the Nature of God in ushering in the Kingdom of Heaven upon earth!
A fresh perspective on religious history that explores the Prophets of the past and offers new insight into the relationship between God and humankind. Author John Hatcher looks at the lives and stations of the Prophets of the past-Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, the Bab, and Baha'u'llah. He uncovers a pattern in religious history that seems to hold the answers to questions that so often go unasked in religious studies. In doing so, he offers a new insight into the method by which the Creator educates humankind, and provides us with a fascinating perspective about our existence on this planet.
In early June of 2002, I left the United States and traveled to the locus of my own soul. If one were to look at a map, they would say that my destination was Israel (specifically the Judean Desert) and that I had traveled 6,497 miles. But in actuality, I traveled much farther than that-upon a road whose traversing is not measured in miles, but by the deepening of the human experience, love and acceptance; and not by direction (for there is only one direction-inward). And whose perilous mountains, cliffs, and valleys were not composed of stone or sand, but of one's own psyche (the most dangerous of the world's creations). In Bill Elliott's forty days in the Judean desert he learns many deep and poignant truths about himself, his world, and his relationship with God. He reflects back on significant (and insignificant) moments in his life and learns from them as well-his parents dying at his home when he was 12, a dream he had about TV psychiatrist Frasier, the comical relationship with his best friend Dave who later committed suicide, and other incidents. This book is truly in the vein of the introspective works of Anne Lamott, Don Miller, and others. If you're looking for a deeper spiritual experience, you will devour this book.
“In all of these insights, I realize more and more, that there is a certain need I have to know Jesus better, and to love Him. For this reason, I am asking for the grace of the Lord to ‘Show me His Face.’ That image of coming to know the Face of Jesus has caught me.” (First paragraph of chapter one.) These words serve as the basis of Father Meehan’s life, prayer, and fifty years of ministry in the priesthood, and are the underlying theme of this book of reflections. For over fifty years, he wrote down reflections on prayer, the saints, Christian ministry, the Church, and moral theology issues, especially abortion and peace and justice issues, seeking God’s Face, and His truth and love, in all of these areas. Finally, on facing his death during the last year of his life, he reflected: “How much more should I review spiritual things such as praying more often … more generous time given to the Lord. So now I offer in the Holy Spirit a prayer of openness to God’s Will, whenever God calls. Main point: With the Lord’s grace, I need to commend my spirit to the Lord more and more.” (Last chapter.) By sharing with us over fifty years of seeking the face of God, Father Meehan leads us to see the Lord.
The dominant theme of post-Holocaust Jewish theology has been that of the temporary hiddenness of God, interpreted either as a divine mystery or, more commonly, as God's deferral to human freedom. But traditional Judaic obligations of female presence, together with the traditional image of the Shekhinah as a figure of God's 'femaleness' accompanying Israel into exile, seem to contradict such theologies of absence. The Female Face of God in Auschwitz, the first full-length feminist theology of the Holocaust, argues that the patriarchal bias of post-Holocaust theology becomes fully apparent only when women's experiences and priorities are brought into historical light. Building upon the published testimonies of four women imprisoned at Auschwitz-Birkenau - Olga Lengyel, Lucie Adelsberger, Bertha Ferderber-Salz and Sara Nomberg-Przytyk - it considers women's distinct experiences of the holy in relation to God's perceived presence and absence in the camps. God's face, says Melissa Raphael, was not hidden in Auschwitz, but intimately revealed in the female face turned towards the other as a refractive image of God, especially in the moral protest made visible through material and spiritual care for the assaulted other.
"Fr. Benedict, with practical advice and prayers for use in times of distress, guides the reader through the effects of catastrophes in relationship to our faith in divine providence, in God's goodness and mercy, and in the light of Christ's suffering and death."--Back cover.
"Touching the Face of God" is the fascinating true story of John Gillespie Magee, Jr., author of the poem "High Flight." Magee composed his famous poem while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force in England during World War II. Magee's "High Flight" gathered world-wide notice from such luminaries as Winston Churchill, King George IV, Helen Keller, Orson Welles, Tyrone Power, and Katherine Hepburn. The poem has been used countless times in music, books, movies and speeches. The history of John Magee and his famous poem have been told several times, but this book seeks to tell his complete and compelling story. From his birth in China to his entrance into WWII as a combat pilot, "Touching the Face of God" is a story of true love, courage, compassion and commitment.
Horton's concern is with "feel-good faith" which he sees as a reappearance of subjective, gnostic elements in evangelical Christianity. He calls for a return to the teachings of Paul as a corrective to the unbiblical mystical spirituality of our day.