Description : How can Christianity touch the imagination of our contemporaries when ever fewer people in the West identify as religious? Timothy Radcliffe argues we must show how everything we believe is an invitation to live fully. God says: 'I put before you life and death: choose life'. Anyone who understands the beauty and messiness of human life – novelists, poets, filmmakers and so on – can be our allies, whether they believe or not. The challenge is not today's secularism but its banality. We accompany the disciples as they struggle to understand this strange man who heals, casts out demons and offers endless forgiveness. In the face of death, he teaches them what it means to be alive in God. Then he embraces all that afflicts and crushes humanity. Finally, Radcliffe explores what it means for us to be alive spiritually, physically, sacramentally, justly and prayerfully. The result is a compelling new understanding of the words of Jesus: 'I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.'
Description : If in an earlier generation people sometimes were said to be so heavenly-minded that they were no earthly good," begins Carl F. H. Henry, "in our day the very opposite is more apt to be the case." At the same time the hunger for spiritual vitality is growing. What, then, is the nature of spiritual experience, and how can it be integrated into Christian and academic disciplines?
Description : When much of modern devotionals tends to be man-centered, with a pre-occupation with individual and world problems, Alive to God Through Praise restores a Biblical perspective and balance with the superb blending of words from the Bible and devotional classics, brimming with God-directed, joyful praise. A contemporary flavor permeates each page. Each Scripture passage and quote from classic devotional statements is delightfully paraphrased by the author into immediate English. The most eloquent expressions of praise from God's Word and Church history, are blended with the fresh touch of contemporary language. To the unquestioned wealth of the Scriptures is added the golden statements of Thomas ‡ Kempis, Andrew Murray, William Temple, Edward Reynolds, St. Augustine, St. Patrick, Walter Hilton, A. W. Tozer, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and John Newton.
Description : God is always up to something. Days, weeks, or months may pass without us being aware that God is at work in the ordinary stuff of our lives—in hidden and mysterious ways, as well as in perfectly obvious and unmistakable ways. God is Alive! presents a collection of personal stories that illustrate how God is really at work in today’s world. Shared by members of the Pilgrim Covenant Church in Granby, Connecticut, the stories reveal true, everyday encounters with God through personal trials, private journeys, uncanny events, unexpected blessings, special signs, and miraculous comfort in times of pain. God is Alive! includes a diverse offering of beyond-coincidence experiences that reflect common themes of new hope and healing, uplifted spirits, and peace that passes understanding—all blessings from a living God. From momentous occasions to seemingly insignificant events, God is Alive! communicates the redemptive presence of God. The stories demonstrate God’s unmistakable love, providential care, and gentle hand in every part of our lives.
Description : In this portion taken from The Spiritual Life, Andrew Murray offers biblical advice in allowing the Holy Spirit complete control of your life.