As a youth i was confused by faith in God. It bothered me that i could intellectually explain away most gospel doctrine. As i sat in seminary, however, i realized that i could not explain away the Spirit. It was independent of me and the one reliable anchor I had. Testimony is simply a different kind of knowledge, a knowledge not acquired empirically, yet just as valid and as real as my knowledge of the physical world around me. This different kind of knowledge is difficult to explain to others, just as the concept of color is difficult to explain to someone who is blind. Knowledge of the heart is the sweetest and most rewarding of all knowledge. This book tells you how and why to obtain that knowledge.
Have you ever been disappointed by the church? Do you find yourself feeling as if you are on the outside looking in? For many of us church, religion, and even God seem to be unattainable. Whether we have been burned, never truly accepted, or lost in the sea of programs and church growth strategies, we all sense that something is off. Where is the Grace, Love, and Mercy that Christ came to share with us all? Miraculous stories abound of lives that have been turned around. But where is the proof of changed lives? At some point, shouldn't we see these transformations? The truth is that God's grace is for everyone. We have all fallen short, but that is only the beginning of our story. Only God's testimony is powerful enough to save us from ourselves. Our story should not be told in words, but should be lived and explored through our daily walk. We should not merely talk about grace, and mercy, and love, when we have been given the amazing gift, by Christ's death and resurrection, to show grace, mercy, and love. Our real testimonies are defined not by who we were, but by who we are willing to become.
In a lucid and compelling style, Cartledge takes the reader inside the `ordinary theology' of contemporary British Pentecostalism. He raises issues of great importance to leaders of diverse religious communities. while sharing ground-breaking scholarship in Pentecostal/Charismatic studies and Practical Theology Richard Osmer, Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA --
“A touching portrait of human desires and frailties.” —Booklist Award-winning author Felicia Mason is at her riveting best with this powerful tale of discord and drama among the members of a gospel choir… After eighteen years, Roger McKenzie is questioning his calling as leader of the gospel choir, The Triumphant Voices of Praise. Not only have they failed to achieve the success he craves, their relationships are unraveling, turning them into disillusioned and bitter strangers… Tyrone Thomas has always considered his cousin Roger his best friend. So he can’t understand why his own wife, Georgie, seems intent on driving a wedge between them. For Georgie’s part, there’s something about Roger she doesn’t trust. Yet she has secrets of her own—the kind that could destroy her cherished marriage….Pampered, privileged Margaret Hall-Stuart may have the voice of an angel, but she’s determined to make a play for Roger—until someone else in the group opens her eyes to a world she’s never imagined. And when Roger begins to receive hateful, anonymous messages, the whole choir is plunged into an ordeal. Now they’ll have to confront their pasts, their demons, and their greatest obstacles: themselves… Praise for Felicia Mason’s Hidden Riches “Rich prose…top-notch humor, and loveable characters.” —USA Today.com “Fabulous family drama.” —Midwest Book Reviews “Readers will laugh through their tears.” —RT Book Reviews
This book brings Quaker thought on theological ethics into constructive dialogue with Christian tradition while engaging with key contemporary ethical debates and with wider questions about the public role of church-communities in a post-secular context. The focus for the discussion is the distinctive Quaker concept and practice of ‘testimony’ – understood as a sustained pattern of action and life within and by the community and the individuals within it, in communicative and transformative relation to its context, and located in everyday life. In the first section, Rachel Muers presents a constructive theological account of testimony, drawing on historical and contemporary Quaker sources, that makes explicit its roots in Johannine Christology and pneumatology, as well as its connections with other Quaker “distinctives” such as unprogrammed worship and non-creedalism. She focuses in particular on the character of testimonies as sustained refusals of specific practices and structures, and on the way in which this sustained opposition gives rise to new attitudes and forms of life. Articulating the ongoing relevance of this approach for theology, Rachel Muers engages with the “ethics of witness” in contemporary Protestant theology and with a longer tradition of thought (and debates) about the significance of Christian ascesis. In the second section, she develops this general account through a series of case studies in Quaker testimony, written and practised. She uses each one to explore aspects of the meaning of, and need for, shared and individual testimony.
A leading French presidential candidate offers an outspoken, thought-provoking look at his vision for the future of France, criticizing the government of Jacques Chirac and presenting his own take on the problems facing France: immigration, integration, employment, globalization, law and order, and more. 17,500 first printing.
This is a riveting and disturbing account of the medical atrocities performed in and around Japan during WWII. Some of the cruelest deeds of Japan's war in Asia did not occur on the battlefield, but in quiet, antiseptic medical wards in obscure parts of the continent. Far from front lines and prying eyes, Japanese doctors and their assistants subjected human guinea pigs to gruesome medical experiments. In the first part of Unit 731: Testimony author Hal Gold draws upon a painstakingly accumulated reservoir of sources to construct a portrait of the Imperial Japanese Army's most notorious medical unit, giving an overview of its history and detailing its most shocking activities. The second half of the book consists almost entirely of the words of former unit members themselves, taken from remarks they made at a traveling Unit 731 exhibition held around Japan in 1994–95. These people recount their vivid first–hand memories of what it was like to cut open pregnant women as they lay awake on the vivisection table, inject plague germs into healthy farmers, and carry buckets of fresh blood and organs through corridors to their appropriate destinations. Unit 731: Testimony represents an essential addition to the growing body of literature on the still-unfolding story of one of the most infamous "military" outfits in modern history. By showing how the ethics of normal men and women, and even an entire profession, can be warped by the fire of war, this important book offers a window on a time of human madness, in the hope that such days will never come again.
By shedding light on the many factors that can intervene and create inaccurate testimony, Elizabeth Loftus illustrates how memory can be radically altered by the way an eyewitness is questioned, and how new memories can be implanted and old ones changed in subtle ways.
(Limelight). This is the powerful memoirs which an ailing Dmitri Shostakovich dictated to a young Russian musicologist, Solomon Volkov. When it was first published in 1979, it became an international bestseller. This 25th anniversary edition includes a new foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy, as well as black-and-white photos. " Testimony changed the perception of Shostakovich's life and work dramatically, and influenced innumerable performances of his music." New Grove Dictionary
A testimony is not a long explanation of how you know, but rather a witness of what you know. What exactly is a testimony? Few have ever stopped to consider the question in-depth. In meetings people often will share spiritual stories and show gratitude to those who have had an impact in their lives, but do these things constitute bearing a testimony? In his book, Testimony, Douglas J. Vermeeren discusses the concept of a testimony as it is most often manifest by members of the Church today, and gives valuable insight into what a testimony actually is. He broaches important issues commonly encountered in connection with growing a testimony and helps the reader to better understand them. Using the words of our modern prophets and apostles as support, Vermeeren guides the reader toward discovering what a testimony truly is and developing a strong testimony of the restored gospel. He also shares thoughts and insights on the worth of a testimony and why it is important for each and every person to develop their own powerful testimony. If you have ever felt the need for something more, this book will be a valuable resource to you in your pursuit to obtain and maintain a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The epistemology of testimony has experienced a growth in interest over the last twenty-five years that has been matched by few, if any, other areas of philosophy. Testimony: A Philosophical Introduction provides an epistemology of testimony that surveys this rapidly growing research area while incorporating a discussion of relevant empirical work from social and developmental psychology, as well as from the interdisciplinary study of knowledge-creation in groups. The past decade has seen a number of scholarly monographs on the epistemology of testimony, but there is a dearth of books that survey the current field. This book fills that gap, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of all major competing theories. All chapters conclude with Suggestions for Further Reading and Discussion Questions.
Anthony Heaton-Armstrong,Eric Shepherd,David Wolchover
A Guide for Legal Practitioners and Other Professionals
Author: Anthony Heaton-Armstrong,Eric Shepherd,David Wolchover
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The consideration of witness testimony had traditionally been a task left to fact-finders with scant guidance from legal professionals. As a result, various practices have developed during the investigative and trial process which can obscure or even eradicate critical material. Miscarriages of justice will continue to occur, so long as those working within the justice system continue to accept witnesses and their testimony at face value. This book aims to make practitioners, as well as the fact-finders and those who guide them, aware of a wide range of perspectives on witness testimony. Each contributor identifies bad practice and puts forward ideas for improvement or removal of previously acceptable investigative and forensic methods.
Testimony, as the title suggests, is the documentation for posterity, of the numerous events in which God systematically and steadfastly intervened in the writer’s life. These interventions, coming miraculously at all times, include: saving him from imminent dangers; providing sustenance where no known means of livelihood existed; diverting his course to avert imminent harm or demise; and above all, giving him healthy life, spanning over seventy years. God already has it all, and no one really has anything to offer Him, except “thank you Lord.” So, the book is Mr. Braide’s show of utter gratefulness to the Almighty for His grace, steadfast, and miraculous intercessions in his struggles through life. It is the author’s hope and prayer that this book will prepare people’s minds to experience God’s miracles as well, knowing that the Great One cares for all in just the same way He cared for Mr. Braide in similar circumstances.
Part social commentary, part autobiography, part personal growth tutorial, this book is not for the faint of heart. It will disturb provincial sensibilities. If you are up for a story of radical transformation; from the gritty to the graceful, this book is for you. This Darling Princess was conceived by violent rape and abused as a child. By fourteen years old she entered prostitution and other criminal activity. She was pregnant by age seventeen by an organized crime boss and told to have an abortion or be killed. Find out how she became a faithful wife, mother of five, trusted nurse and competent business owner.
Robbie Robertson's singular contributions to popular music have made him one of the most beloved songwriters and guitarists of his time. With songs like ‘The Weight’, ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ and ‘Up on Cripple Creek’, he and his partners in the Band fashioned a music that has endured for decades, influencing countless musicians. In this captivating memoir, written over five years of reflection, Robbie employs his unique storyteller's voice to weave together the journey that led him to some of the most pivotal events in music history. He recounts the adventures of his half-Jewish, half-Mohawk upbringing on the Six Nations Indian Reserve and on the gritty streets of Toronto; his odyssey at sixteen to the Mississippi Delta, the fountainhead of American music; the wild, early years on the road with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks; his unexpected ties to the Cosa Nostra underworld; the gripping trial-by-fire of 'going electric' with Bob Dylan on his 1966 world tour and their ensuing celebrated collaborations; the formation of the Band and the forging of their unique sound, culminating with history’s most famous farewell concert, brought to life for all time in Martin Scorsese’s great movie The Last Waltz. This is the story of a time and place - the moment when rock 'n' roll became life, when legends like Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley crisscrossed the circuit of clubs and roadhouses from Texas to Toronto, when the Beatles, Hendrix, the Stones and Warhol moved through the same streets and hotel rooms. It’s the story of exciting change as the world tumbled through the '60s and early '70s and a generation came of age, built on music, love and freedom. Above all, it’s the moving story of the profound friendship among five young men who together created a new kind of popular music. Testimony is Robbie Robertson’s story, lyrical and true, as only he could tell it.
Testimony is a crucial source of knowledge: we are to a large extent reliant upon what others tell us. It has been the subject of much recent interest in epistemology, and this volume collects twelve original essays on the topic by some of the world's leading philosophers. It will be the starting point for future research in this fertile field.