The Christian Mystery

Author by : Rudolf Steiner
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Description : In this major collection, Rudolf Steiner affirms the reality of esoteric Christianity and unveils many of its secret teachings. His lectures are on the significance of the Mystery of Golgotha and of the Blood that flowed on the Cross; the relationship of Christ and Lucifer (or Love and Knowledge); the various paths of initiation, including the Christian-Gnostic and Rosicrucian Paths; and Steiner's early interpretations of St. John's gospel and the sermon on the mount. All of Steiner's lectures on the Lord's Prayer are also included, as well as the version of the prayer that Steiner himself prayed throughout his life. This is an excellent book for all those who want to deepen their understanding of the Western stream of Christian esotericism and Rudolf Steiner's approach to Christianity as a spiritual practice. C O N T E N T S Introduction by Christopher Bamford 1. Prologue The Mystical Meaning of the Mass The Significance of Christmas from the Perspective of Spiritual Science The Origin of Religious Confessions and Forms of Prayers 2. The Christian Mystery The Christian Mystery The Mystery of Golgotha The Promise of the Spirit of Truth The World-historical Significance of the Blood that Flowed on the Cross The Purification of the Blood from the Passion of Selfhood through the Mystery of Golgotha 3. Lucifer and Christ Lucifer, the Bearer of Light; Christ, the Bringer of Love The Children of Lucifer: The Step from Love Based on Kinship to Spiritual Love The Intellect as a Gift from Lucifer 4. Paths of Initiation The Three Paths of Initiation The Yoga Path, Christian Gnostic Initiation, and the Esotericism of the Rosicrucian How Does One Gain Higher Knowledge in the Rosicrucian Sense? Who Are the Rosicrucians? Christian Initiation and Rosicrucian Training The Schools for Adepts of the Past Earlier Initiation and Esoteric Christianity Christian Gnostic Meditations 5. The Lord's Prayer The Lord's Prayer as Prayed by Rudolf Steiner The Lord's Prayer, 1 & 2 The Lord's Prayer Considered Esoterically, 1 & 2 6. Gospel Readings John's Gospel John's gospel as a Record of Initiation: The First Twelve Chapters The Sermon on the Mount 7. Epilogue Christianity Began as a Religion but is Greater than a Religion


The Church And Development In Africa Second Edition

Author by : Stan Chu Ilo
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Description : In this book, Stan Chu Ilo offers an integral theology of development and a critical social analysis of different development theories and practices in the world, especially in Africa. Ilo offers a comprehensive biblical, anthropological, and theological foundation of the principles and praxis of Catholic social ethics from the Second Vatican Council to Pope Francis. Drawing from the social encyclical Charity in Truth, Ilo shows how Catholic social teaching responds to some of the challenging questions and concerns of our times in relation to human rights, ecology, globalization, international cooperation, development and aid, human and cultural development, business ethics, social justice, and the challenges of poverty eradication. He creatively applies these principles to the social context of Africa, and lays a groundwork for sustainable Christian humanitarian and social justice initiatives in Africa.


Christian Thought

Author by : Anonim
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Dictionary Of Mission

Author by : Karl Muller
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Description : ÒConceived and developed by two of Europe's most eminent missiologists, in the country where the scientific and sustained study of mission first took shape, [the 'Dictionary of Mission'] represents the finest of the chorus of voices that comprise contemporary missiology . . . The choice of topics and the authors to address them reflects what Christian mission has become: a genuinely worldwide and ecumenical phenomenon. That there would be entries on regional theological developments is indicative of how the world church is developing. A host of other topics here explored show too how the landscape of mission is changing. Taken as a whole, then, the 'Dictionary of Mission' is a road map through this exciting and challenging terrain. --from the Foreword


Human Development

Author by : Franco Imoda
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Publisher by : Peeters Publishers
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Description : This book is a magisterial treatment of the wide spectrum of psychological aspects of growing in grace as a spiritual creature, while also developing as a human being. For the author 'being human' is physical, psychological, and spiritual. The integration of all three is for him a possibility both to be desired and worked toward, not a paradox. As a teacher of teachers, Imoda has been commited to transmitting to his students a way to teach novices and laymen how growing in the love of God is a logical development from increasing the grasp of their emotional bases. For teachers this book is a 'vade mecum' which gives them a structure within which people can be encouraged to explore their emotional underpinnings, so that they may grow out of their psychological and spiritual immaturity.


Pillars

Author by : Bishop Wayne Babb
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Publisher by : Xulon Press
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Description : As I began to write the declarations and decrees of a warrior, God said I had to become one. Becoming a warrior is a process, a journey that you grow, develop and mature into. This book gives you the track and method to use to get started. So whether you're a beginner or advanced, you will be inspired, strengthened, and motivated, to move forward, into God's realms of success. Declarations and Decrees: What are they? How do they work? How do I apply them? Where do they come from? Declarations and Decrees have been illustrated and demonstrated throughout the word of God. They are more than just words compiled together. Its' an authoritive order, a rule of regulation having the force of the law behind it. The force of the law of God's word. In Job 22:28 Declare and Decree a thing and it shall be established unto you. We are to be imitators, to echo, pursue and follow after our Lord. This book teaches you how to do just that. Born into a Christian home, I was saved and baptized at an early age, then filled with the Holy Spirit, as a young adult. My husband and I have been married for 35 years. We have two children. We have served as cell leaders, and at present, deacons and choir ministry. We are currently serving in Restoring the Foundation Ministry, A deliverance ministry that sets the captives free.


Someone Beautiful To God

Author by : Chu Ilo, Stan
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Publisher by : Paulist Press
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Description : Someone Beautiful to God conveys the commonality of our human experience and the spiritual bond that holds us together as one family.


Christian Lives Given To The Study Of Islam

Author by : Christian W. Troll
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Publisher by : Fordham Univ Press
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Description : A collection of 28 articles by Christian students of Islam, each with several decades of experience. They address motivation, methodologies, spiritual and intellectual nourishment, achievements and personal reflections. They come from many Christian churches and nationalities and bring a worldwide perspective to the subject. A unique record of a unique generation.


The Millennial Kingdom Of Christ Rev 20 1 10

Author by : Onyema Eke Wilfred
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Publisher by : Gregorian Biblical BookShop
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Description : Of all the themes in the book of Revelation none has proved to be more controversial than the Millennial Kingdom of Christ. Notwithstanding the very vast bibliography on the theme, there is not yet a critical history which systematically measures the adequacy of the interpretations of Rev. 20,1-10 made by different interpreters. The first part of this book sets our to fill this lacuna by making available in one place the standard exegetical responses, of the past and present, to the enigmas of Rev 20,1-10. The second part, in dialogue with scholarly opinions, offers a carefully thought out exegesis of the text containing original perspectives that help to overcome the noticeable weak points in the contributions of critical biblical scholarship on this subject. It also attempts to penetrate into the theological message hidden in the suggestive words and images in the text. After that, it goes ahead to determine an interpretative paradigm that is profitable for the pastoral and spiritual application of the theological message. The exegete and the theologian will find in this study helpful data for their research. This work can also help anyone bewildered by the millenarian prophecies often associated with Rev 20,1-10 to discern the aberrations in the text’s interpretation that are not the correct statements of it’s message and meaning.


Christian Mindfulness

Author by : Peter Tyler
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Publisher by : SCM Press
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Description : Beginning with an exploration of the practice of mindfulness in its Buddhist origins, Peter Tyler reflects on the practical use of mindfulness, its place within the Christian tradition of prayer, and its future within the Christian tradition.


What Is The Meaning Of Life

Author by : William L. Sharrar
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Publisher by : Xlibris Corporation
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Description : This book will show you God’s plan for the meaning of life. It will show strength and support for each other. Wisdom, faith and understanding of God’s plan will help us know the meaning of life. It gives me great joy and pleasure to share these thoughts and unspoken words with you so that you can appreciate God’s plan. Our Father in heaven lets us make our own decisions in life. One can see His plan unfold in this book ‘What is the Meaning of Life’. Although we have differences in life we can all come to know Gods love and the confidence one needs to face the world day after day. Knowing the real reason of ‘What is the Meaning of Life’ one will know ones purpose in life and Gods love for them.


Awesome Mysteries Beyond Heaven S Gate

Author by : Tara Keeling
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Description : The Word of God is laced with profound mysteries peppered with power to saturate your soul with salvation. The Holy Spirit has made known to me many of these mysteries, and God has compelled me to convey this knowledge with you liberally. Awesome Mysteries beyond Heaven’s Gate offers a greater insight into God’s Holy word through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit; thereby, giving the elect of God ultimate peace in their struggles, while maintaining an intimate relationship with Christ Jesus. God has equipped this powerful manifestation of the word with manifold blessings. This in depth study of the promises of God will employ direction into every area of the believer’s life as well as impart salvation into the lives of those who are lost, and hopelessly on their way to hell. Through the readings of this word, God will endow you with strength to overcome the temptation of the devil, and increase your faith to endure the test of life’s journey. You will learn how to conquer each battle encountered, and count each victory won as you endeavor to run this Christian race.


The Mystery Beyond Human Development

Author by : George Farahat
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Description : This book will fascinate the reader as the author shares his own true story since his childbirth in Egypt, his growth, passions, sufferings and hopes and that of many others he knew. The book brings to light the relational character of the cosmos and all life it contains, as a reflection of the Mystery of God who is Love. Based on the historical development of thought and science as well as recent research, the author argues that humanity is destined for the Second Coming of Christ, the Alpha and Omega. Based on the development of civilizations the book illustrates violence, vengeance, greed, passion, fear, security, collaboration, love, and success as examples from history of individuals as well as cultures. The premise of the book is that humans by nature are relational. Since early civilizations, collaboration and reciprocity between tribes led to trade and thus learning developed in many centers. But knowledge is not only intellectual. Knowledge is completed in the love of the other which is pervasive in human thought and relations. The conclusion proposes imitation of love, the love shown in the life and teachings of Christ, even if hard, in order to live eternal life.


College What S The Point

Author by : David B. Van Heemst
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Description : In the compelling bookCollege: What's the Point? Embracing the Mystery of the Kingdom in a Postmodern World, author David Van Heemst passionately and insightfully challenges Christian college students to abandon superficiality and apathy during their four years of college to instead go deep, ask the hard questions, and pursue a life of radical meaning. College: What's the Point? addresses the significant issues facing college students today such as identity, calling, academic integrity, relationships, and healthy sexuality to guide the reader in a thought-provoking journey of faith, reflection, and discovery.College: What's the Point?frames these difficult issues confronting college students in the context of biblical justice and God's redemptive purpose for the world, and speaks directly to the young adult desiring more than the status quo. The author invites students to use their time in college to grapple with the tough questions, to embrace the brokenness, and to participate in ushering in the Kingdom of God. Accessible and engaging, College: What's the Point? enables the reader to approach their college education with a deeper understanding of the impact of these years upon their life, their calling, and the world.


Horace Bushnell On Christian Character Development

Author by : Lee J. Makowski
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Publisher by : University Press of America
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Description : Horace Bushnell on Christian Character Development examines the issue of character development in the speculative works and sermons of Horace Bushnell, in relation to Orthodox Calvinist, Unitarian, and contemporary Catholic considerations of the same. The author emphasizes the practical purpose of theological investigation to promote the universal cause of personal growth and development. He systematically presents Bushnell's thought on that popular issue by way of a critical analysis of his language theory, his rhetoric, and his understanding of theology as a kind of persuasive art. Bushnell proposed a 'theological alternative' to the typical understanding of character development (conversion) espoused by Orthodox Calvinism, Unitarianism, and secular humanism. His 'alternative' incorporated the strengths of those historically influential bodies of thought and compensated for what he thought to be deficient in them. In this book, the reader is introduced to a theology that is remarkable for its insights into human interiority, its soundness as a proposal for wholesome human living, and its ecumenical spirit.


Christian Esoterism

Author by : Annie Besant
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Description : The object of this book is to suggest certain lines of thought as to the deep truths underlying Christianity, truths generally overlooked, and only too often denied. The generous wish to share with all what is precious, to spread broadcast priceless truths, to shut out none from the illumination of true knowledge, has resulted in a zeal without discretion that has vulgarised Christianity, and has presented its teachings in a form that often repels the heart and alienates the intellect. The command to "preach the Gospel to every creature"-though admittedly of doubtful authenticity-has been interpreted as forbidding the teaching of the Gnosis to a few, and has apparently erased the less popular saying of the same Great Teacher: "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine." This spurious sentimentality-which refuses to recognise the obvious inequalities of intelligence and morality, and thereby reduces the teaching of the highly developed to the level attainable by the least evolved, sacrificing the higher to the lower in a way that injures both-had no place in the virile common sense of the early Christians. S. Clement of Alexandria says quite bluntly, after alluding to the Mysteries: "Even now I fear, as it is said, 'to cast the pearls before swine, lest they tread them underfoot, and turn and rend us.' For it is difficult to exhibit the really pure and transparent words respecting the true Light to swinish and untrained hearers."


A Christian Understanding Of Human Nature

Author by : Michael B. Raschko
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Publisher by : Twenty-Third Publications
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Description : This is a fascinating study of Christian Anthropology, grace, and sin and is intended for the educated lay person. This is a challenging and engaging study for all who want to explore these themes more deeply.


The Meaning Of Religion

Author by : F. Kristensen
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Publisher by : Springer
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Faith And History A Comparison Of Christian And Modern Views Of History

Author by : Reinhold Niebuhr
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Publisher by : Read Books Ltd
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Description : FAITH AND HISTORY A COMPARISON OF CHRISTIAN AND MODERN VIEWS OF HISTORY by REINHOLD NIEBUHR. PREFACE: THE theme of this volume was first presented as the Lyman Beecher Lectures On Preaching at the Yale Divinity School in 1945. Some of the same lectures were given, by arrange ment, under the Warrack Lectureship On Preaching at the Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen in Scotland in the winter of 1947. Some of the chapters were used as the basis of lectures given under the Olaf Petri Foundation of the University of Uppsala in Sweden. I sought to develop various portions of a general theme in these various lectureships. In this volume I have drawn these lectures into a more comprehensive study of the total problem of the relation of the Christian faith to modern conceptions of history. While the total work, therefore, bares little resemblance to the lectures, it does contain consideration of the specific problems which were dealt with in the lectures. I shall not seek to identify this material by chapters as I subjected the whole to reorganization. Two of these lectureships usually deal with the art of preaching, though not a few of the actual lectures have been concerned with the preachers message. Since I had no special competence in the art of homiletics I thought it wise to devote the lectures to a definition of the apologetic task of the Christian pulpit in the unique spiritual climate of our day. Since several of the Beecher lecturers in the past half-century sought to accommodate the Christian message to the prevailing evolutionary optimism of the nineteenth and early twen tieth centuries, I thought it might be particularly appropriate to consider the spiritual situation in a period in which this evolutionary optimism is in the process of decay. This volume is written on the basis of the faith that the Gospel of Christ is true for men of every age and that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. It is, nevertheless, the task of the pulpit to relate the ageless Gospel to the special problems of each age. In doing so, however, there is always a temptation to capitulate to the characteristic prejudices of an age. The preaching of the Gospel was not immune to this temptation in the past centuries. The real alternative to the Christian faith elaborated by modern secular culture was the idea that history is itself Christ, which is to say that historical development is redemp tive. Typical modern theology accommodated itself to this secular scheme of redemption much too readily. Meanwhile the experiences of contemporary man have refuted the modern faith in the redemp tive character of history itself. This refutation has given the Christian faith, as presented in the Bible, a new relevance. It is not the thesis of this new volume that this new relevance could establish the truth of the Christian Gospel in the mind of modern man. The truth of the Christian faith must, in fact, be apprehended in any age by repentance and faith. It is, therefore, not made acceptable by rational validation in the first instance. It is important, nevertheless, for the preacher of the Gospel to understand, and come to terms with, the characteristic credos of his age. It is important in our age to understand how the spiritual com placency of a culture which believed in redemption through history is now on the edge of despair.


Mysteries Of The Kingdom The Missing Essentials In Modern Christianity

Author by : Terry Stanley
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Description : Why do so many Christians experience dryness, apathy, and a lack of passion in their life with God? How do we really connect with God? What does it really mean to believe and how do we do it? Can the presence of God be a part of our everyday life? What is actually happening in the heart when we trust? Explore the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, the lost spiritual disciplines, and discover what we all should have heard from the beginning.


God S Ways With The World

Author by : Daniel Hardy
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Publisher by : A&C Black
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Description : This book is devoted to recovering the truth and vitality of Christian faith by attempting to trace the ways of God with the modern world. Professor Hardy contends that the profundity of God's interaction with the world, despite centuries of valuable contemplation, can best be understood by addressing those aspects of human thought which often give modern life its vitality. These are the very features with which theology has tended to lose touch, but which here are explored as areas in which the character and purposes of God may be manifest. Following the example of the great eras of theological understanding in the past, this book seeks a new and deeper synthesis of faith, theology and other disciplined forms of life and thought to recover the dynamic of God's life and work in and from them. As it does so, it concentrates on the heartlands of Christian faith: worship; the Triune God; and the activity of God in the world, in language and cultures, in cosmology and the human being, in society and the form of the Church, and in the forms of human understanding - scientific, historical, cultural, religious and theological. The result is an uncompromising study which attempts to show the possibilities for a theology which becomes more fully realised by discovering and following the ways of God with the modern world.


Being Christian In The Twenty First Century

Author by : Sam Gould
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Description : Being Christian in the Twenty-first Century was written to help struggling and doubting Christians develop an understanding of Christianity that avoids literalism, creeds, and doctrines--all factors which seem to be driving people away from the church. The book is well suited for individual or group study, complete with a study guide and sample lesson plans. It responds to the call for theological reform advocated by many contemporary clergy and religious leaders. Being Christian does not restate orthodox positions or drift into fundamentalism or sentimentalism. Instead it draws from a broad base of historical, theological, archaeological, and sociological scholarship to place Scripture within its original context, yet present it within a perspective suitable for the twenty-first-century mind. Being Christian is scholarly, yet readable, interesting, and often provocative. One reviewer put it this way, "the book reminds me of a baseball pitcher with a long wind up and a hard fastball getting better in every inning." By building upon progressive thought available today and throughout history, it offers an important resource for Christians and would-be Christians seeking a more fulfilling and thoughtful faith journey.


Seeking God In All Things

Author by : William Reiser
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Publisher by : Liturgical Press
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Description : The practice of spiritual direction assumes a theology of the Holy Spirit, a theology of revelation and of the Church, and a theology of prayer. Seeking God in All Things explores each of these themes as the underpinnings of spiritual direction and examines what makes the Christian religious experience distinctive. Since not every experience of God bears a Christian imprint, William Reiser, SJ, asks whether and in what way a Christian might be ale to assist someone who is not Christian in developing his or her interior life. This question looks beyond suggesting the concrete steps a person might take in initiating, nurturing, and solidifying a way of praying. It looks, rather, toward the fundamental issue of helping others as they discover and deepen their relationship to the mystery of God. Chapters are It Is God Who Directs," *Imagining Divine Action in Human Lives, - *Where Do Holy Desires Come From? - *What's Distinctive About the Christian Religious Experience? - *Further Elements of Christian Distinctiveness, - *The Incarnation as a Starting Point for Spiritual Direction, - and *Should Christian Spirituality Move Beyond Jesus? - William Reiser, SJ, PhD, is a professor of theology in the religious studies department at Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts. Over the past twelve years, he has also served as an associate staff member at the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge. He is the author of Jesus in Solidarity with His People, published by Liturgical Press. "


Restoration Renewal

Author by : Joseph F. Eagan
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Publisher by : Sheed & Ward
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The Developing Christian

Author by : Peter Feldmeier
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Publisher by : Paulist Press
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Description : "In The Developing Christian, Peter Feldmeier wrestles with the interconnections between normal human development and spiritual growth. Beginning with the basic principles of Christian spirituality, he goes on to investigate human maturing through the stages of life, with each stage's typical challenges and opportunities. Particular attention is given to moral and ego development. In this context of human maturation, he investigates spiritual progress, particularly as it relates to prayer, work, and primary relationships. Touchstone voices from the theological tradition including St. John of the Cross, Teilhard de Chardin, and James Fowler. These are augmented with an array of wisdom figures from contemplative, prophetic, and pastoral expressions of holiness."--BOOK JACKET.