Desiring the Kingdom (Cultural Liturgies)

Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

Author: James K. A. Smith

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 757

Malls, stadiums, and universities are actually liturgical structures that influence and shape our thoughts and affections. Humans--as Augustine noted--are "desiring agents," full of longings and passions; in brief, we are what we love. James K. A. Smith focuses on the themes of liturgy and desire in Desiring the Kingdom, the first book in what will be a three-volume set on the theology of culture. He redirects our yearnings to focus on the greatest good: God. Ultimately, Smith seeks to re-vision education through the process and practice of worship. Students of philosophy, theology, worldview, and culture will welcome Desiring the Kingdom, as will those involved in ministry and other interested readers.

Desiring the Kingdom

Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

Author: James K. A. Smith

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 570

Malls, stadiums, and universities are actually liturgical structures that influence and shape our thoughts and affections. Humans--as Augustine noted--are "desiring agents," full of longings and passions; in brief, we are what we love. James K. A. Smith focuses on the themes of liturgy and desire in Desiring the Kingdom, the first book in what will be a three-volume set on the theology of culture. He redirects our yearnings to focus on the greatest good: God. Ultimately, Smith seeks to re-vision education through the process and practice of worship. Students of philosophy, theology, worldview, and culture will welcome Desiring the Kingdom, as will those involved in ministry and other interested readers.

Imagining the Kingdom (Cultural Liturgies)

How Worship Works

Author: James K. A. Smith

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 586

How does worship work? How exactly does liturgical formation shape us? What are the dynamics of such transformation? In the second of James K. A. Smith's three-volume theology of culture, the author expands and deepens the analysis of cultural liturgies and Christian worship he developed in his well-received Desiring the Kingdom. He helps us understand and appreciate the bodily basis of habit formation and how liturgical formation--both "secular" and Christian--affects our fundamental orientation to the world. Worship "works" by leveraging our bodies to transform our imagination, and it does this through stories we understand on a register that is closer to body than mind. This has critical implications for how we think about Christian formation. Professors and students will welcome this work as will pastors, worship leaders, and Christian educators. The book includes analyses of popular films, novels, and other cultural phenomena, such as The King's Speech, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, and Facebook.

Exploring Psychology and Christian Faith

An Introductory Guide

Author: Paul Moes

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 300

Introductory psychology courses can raise significant questions about the nature of being human. Christianity, with its emphasis on humans made in the image of God, has a clear perspective. Psychology offers answers too, but they are often subtly implied. This introductory guide, drawn from more than fifty years of classroom experience, provides students with a coherent framework for considering psychology from a Christian perspective. The authors explore biblical themes of human nature in relation to all major areas of psychology, showing how a Christian understanding of humans can inform the study of psychology. Brief, accessible chapters correspond to standard introductory psychology textbooks, making this an excellent supplemental text. End-of-chapter questions are included. A test bank for professors is available through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.

Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession?

The Mission of the Holy Christian Church

Author: Lucas V. Woodford

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 252

View: 985

There is a great debate going on in the church today. It centers on one question: What is the mission of the church? From culturally relevant, emerging congregations to strategic methods of organization and outreach, many claim they have the answer. They say the mission must become missional. Yet the churches of North America continue to struggle. Uncertainty is growing. What does it really mean to be 'missional'? Competing claims abound. Get the message out! Get the message right! Great confusion has set in, particularly in the postmodern North American church. The Gospel is getting lost. Yet, throughout the ages, the creedal confession of the Holy Christian Church has carried her through uncertainty and struggle. The Apostles' Creed has steadied and stayed the mission of the church for centuries. It centers on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit--the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. This book celebrates the historic mission of the Holy Christian Church, and it invites the North American church to do the same.

Incorporating Children in Worship

Mark of the Kingdom

Author: Michelle A. Clifton-Soderstrom

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 166

View: 683

Incorporating children in worship is a powerful and overlooked mark of God's kingdom. This book argues that children's full participation in worship signifies not only a vibrant, faithful communion but also offers a critical window into the Spirit's work of linking the church to Christ. Children have a vocation in worship. They embody the theological virtues in distinct ways that enrich the worship of the whole church. Moreover, incorporating children reflects the difference in unity that is God's triune life. Receiving children in their difference moves the worshipping body toward the telos of worship--glorification of God and sanctification of humanity--and habituates the worshipping body to incorporate other, often more threatening, kinds of difference.

You Are What You Love

The Spiritual Power of Habit

Author: James K. A. Smith

Publisher: Brazos Press

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 952

You are what you love. But you might not love what you think. In this book, award-winning author James K. A. Smith shows that who and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts. And while we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. We might not realize the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. Smith helps readers recognize the formative power of culture and the transformative possibilities of Christian practices. He explains that worship is the "imagination station" that incubates our loves and longings so that our cultural endeavors are indexed toward God and his kingdom. This is why the church and worshiping in a local community of believers should be the hub and heart of Christian formation and discipleship. Following the publication of his influential work Desiring the Kingdom, Smith received numerous requests from pastors and leaders for a more accessible version of that book's content. No mere abridgment, this new book draws on years of Smith's popular presentations on the ideas in Desiring the Kingdom to offer a fresh, bottom-up rearticulation. The author creatively uses film, literature, and music illustrations to engage readers and includes new material on marriage, family, youth ministry, and faith and work. He also suggests individual and communal practices for shaping the Christian life.

THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD (SPIRIT) WITHIN

A Spiritually Inspired and Compiled Textbook and Guide of Theology, Theosophy, and Philosophy for the New Age

Author: Timothy F. Gardner

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 722

Desire for lasting peace, joy, and happiness is an inherent prompting engaging the senses and the intellect toward an inward search for the meaning of life. The Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom of God (Spirit) Within is the spiritual guidebook for the Aquarian Age. These writings provide the foundation for spiritual awareness, growth, and development toward the realization of at-one-ness with the source of all life. Complete comprehension and proper application of the techniques of Contemplative and Mantric Meditation as presented by this author will assist in the attainment of divine bliss. Your spiritual journey awaits.

The Gospel According to the Blues

Author: Gary W. Burnett

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 170

View: 906

The Gospel According to the Blues dares us to read Jesus's Sermon on the Mount in conversation with Robert Johnson, Son House, and Muddy Waters. It suggests that thinking about the blues--the history, the artists, the songs--provides good stimulation for thinking about the Christian gospel. Both are about a world gone wrong, about injustice, about the human condition, and both are about hope for a better world. In this book, Gary Burnett probes both the gospel and the history of the blues as we find it in the Sermon on the Mount, to help us understand better the nature of the good news which Jesus preached, and its relevance and challenge to us.

Desiring God's Will

Aligning Our Hearts with the Heart of God

Author: David G. Benner

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 140

View: 233

How do we become both willing and able to do what God asks of us? In this expanded edition of a spiritual formation classic, psychologist and spiritual director David G. Benner explores the transformation of the will in Christian spirituality, examining why our desires are disordered and how we can align our hearts with God's.