Participating in God

This important new book engages in conversation with recent thought about the Trinity in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox theology. But it does so always through theological reflection on pastoral concerns.

Participating in God

Author: Paul S. Fiddes

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664223359

Page: 312

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Participating in God claims that a doctrine of the Trinity cannot be developed in isolation from pastoral experience. It is not sufficient to view the persons of the Trinity as offering a mere example for human relationships; actual participation in this triune communication shapes both our knowledge of God and the pastoral practices that flow from it. Paul S. Fiddes develops a radical understanding of the "persons" in God as nothing other than relations, or as movements of divine relationship into which we are drawn. This important new book engages in conversation with recent thought about the Trinity in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox theology. But it does so always through theological reflection on pastoral concerns. Fiddes brings the doctrine of the Trinity into dialogue with key issues, including the relation of the individual to community, the nature of power and authority, the effect of intercessory prayer, the problems of suffering, the power of forgiveness, the threat of death, the use of spiritual gifts, and the living of a sacramental life. Participating in God is essential reading for all those interested in Christian doctrine and pastoral care.

Participating in God

In this exciting work, Samuel Powell offers a new constructive and systematic vision of creation by interpreting it in terms of contemporary science and trinitarian theology.

Participating in God

Author: Samuel M. Powell

Publisher: Theology & the Sciences

ISBN:

Page: 238

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In this exciting work, Samuel Powell offers a new constructive and systematic vision of creation by interpreting it in terms of contemporary science and trinitarian theology. Powell's work unfolds in three stages, building on the multiple ways the doctrine of creation actually functions for Christians. He first analyzes its regulative dimension. Even in all the multiplicity of historical Christianity, he shows, the doctrine commits Christians to a particular set of normative beliefs about the world and God's relation to it. Second, Powell builds on the doctrine's hermeneutical potential. It allows Christians both to interpret the meaning of creation in terms of other prevalent philosophical, religious, or scientific ideas and also to interpret the world, as disclosed by scientific theory, in theological terms. In the heart of his book, Powell correlates creaturely characteristics with their participation in God through the trinitarian persons. Finally, in light of his findings, Powell drives home the often ignored ethical dimension of the doctrine, especially in relation to the environment, our consumerist lifestyle, and eschatology. Powell's bold proposal harvests from two of the most fruitful fields of recent theology – trinitarian theory and religion-and-science – and crafts a creative new vision of how we and all creation participate in the life and work of the triune God.

Participation in God

Offers a substantial discussion of a central theme in Christian theology - that everything comes from and depends upon God.

Participation in God

Author: Andrew Davison

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108483283

Page: 396

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Offers a substantial discussion of a central theme in Christian theology - that everything comes from and depends upon God.

Participating in God s Mission

They then bring the story forward to the present day, discussing current realities confronting the church, discerning possibilities of where and how the Spirit of God might be at work today, and imagining what participating in the triune ...

Participating in God s Mission

Author: Craig Van Gelder

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 1467449679

Page: 384

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Explores how the church has engaged—and should engage—the American context What might faithful and meaningful Christian witness look like within our changing contemporary American context? After analyzing contemporary challenges and developing a missiological approach for the US church, Craig Van Gelder and Dwight Zscheile reflect on the long, complex, and contested history of Christian mission in America. Five distinct historical periods from the beginning of the colonial era to the dawn of the third millennium are reviewed and critiqued. They then bring the story forward to the present day, discussing current realities confronting the church, discerning possibilities of where and how the Spirit of God might be at work today, and imagining what participating in the triune God’s mission may look like in an uncertain tomorrow.

A Theology of the Christian Life

"An expert in contemporary theology shows how the doctrines of the triune God and the divine attributes shape our understanding of the Christian life"--

A Theology of the Christian Life

Author: Christopher R. J. Holmes

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781540964700

Page:

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"An expert in contemporary theology shows how the doctrines of the triune God and the divine attributes shape our understanding of the Christian life"--

Dancing in the Dark Revised Edition

This revised edition of Dancing in the Dark--shaped, as in the first edition, by the two overarching themes of God as Trinity and a theology of participation--embraces the notion of mystery in presenting a compelling vision of seeing all ...

Dancing in the Dark  Revised Edition

Author: Graham Buxton

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498221173

Page: 334

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Christians are often tempted to encapsulate God in their own little boxes, as if God could be tied down to our finite way of thinking. But we can neither domesticate nor fully understand God, for theology has a lot to do with coming to terms with the mystery of God. This revised edition of Dancing in the Dark--shaped, as in the first edition, by the two overarching themes of God as Trinity and a theology of participation--embraces the notion of mystery in presenting a compelling vision of seeing all things finally united within the inner life of God. As we engage in Christian ministry, we are summoned to participate as grace-filled faith communities in the triune God's immeasurably loving and healing work in the world, leading those who are in darkness into an awareness of the God who imparts life in all its glorious abundance, that which is so . . . and a journey into the mystery of that which is to come. The liberating ministry of the gospel is both a declaration and an invitation--an invitation to the dance!

The Glory of Preaching

This book is for any pastor or student who wants to cultivate a deeper pulpit approach, one that participates in the transforming mystery of God working through our less-than-perfect proclamation.

The Glory of Preaching

Author: Darrell W. Johnson

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 083087867X

Page: 278

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In these pages you will find a vision of preaching that is both illuminating and inspiring. Drawing from biblical and theological resources as well as years in the pulpit, Darrell Johnson takes us far beyond the mere mechanics of delivering sermons. He dynamically unpacks the link between the human task of speaking to a congregation and the real, gracious action and presence of the living Christ in and through our proclamation. Johnson assists preachers to profoundly engage the biblical text and then liberates them to make use of their own personality, gifts and abilities as they communicate that message. This book is for any pastor or student who wants to cultivate a deeper pulpit approach, one that participates in the transforming mystery of God working through our less-than-perfect proclamation. Here is a solid foundation for preaching the good news as if God was living, Jesus was resurrected and the Holy Spirit was faithfully at work among us.

Participating in God s Life

In an age marked by loneliness, estrangement and the vacuous spiritualities increasingly offered to fill the void, this book offers much-needed wisdom for recovering a biblical Spirituality rooted in the triune nature of God.

Participating in God s Life

Author: Leonard Allen

Publisher: ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers

ISBN: 9780970083647

Page: 202

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In an age marked by loneliness, estrangement and the vacuous spiritualities increasingly offered to fill the void, this book offers much-needed wisdom for recovering a biblical Spirituality rooted in the triune nature of God. It offers not only a fully biblical view of God's relational nature, but also an equally biblical view of humans as relational beings, created in the image of God. It will provide enormous benefit to anyone seeking to discern the contours of a contemporary biblical Spirituality.

Participating in God s Mission of Reconciliation

This study draws on biblical scholarship, theological reflection, and social scientific research as well as the experience and reflection of local churches in Fiji, the Sudan, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka and elsewhere.

Participating in God s Mission of Reconciliation

Author: World Council of Churches

Publisher:

ISBN: 9782825414712

Page: 67

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This study draws on biblical scholarship, theological reflection, and social scientific research as well as the experience and reflection of local churches in Fiji, the Sudan, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. Grounded in the imperative for unity, it offers theological and practical resources for Christians and churches in situations of conflict.

God s Beauty in Act

God's Beauty-in-Act addresses these issues, in part, by arguing that the redemptive-creative suffering and glorious resurrection of Christ are the nexus of God's being, beauty, and Christian living.

God s Beauty in Act

Author: Stephen M. Garrett

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1610977300

Page: 262

View: 120

Jurgen Moltmann and others contend that Christian theology and the church face a dual crisis--one of relevance and the other of identity. Despite making this pronouncement nearly forty years ago, the church in the West continues to struggle with this crisis. Several proposals have been espoused, from the way of wisdom to the way of ecclesial praxis. Yet, little attention is given in Protestant theological discourse to the role God's beauty plays in bringing theology and ethics together. By neglecting God's beauty for theological discourse, we risk diminishing Christian worship, witness, and wisdom. God's Beauty-in-Act addresses these issues, in part, by arguing that the redemptive-creative suffering and glorious resurrection of Christ are the nexus of God's being, beauty, and Christian living. God's beauty, understood as the fittingness of the incarnate Son's actions in the Spirit to the Father's will, radiates God's glory and draws perceivers into the dramatic movements of God's triune life. These movements serve as the patterns that shape the imagination, enabling participants to perform their parts creatively and fittingly in God's drama of redemption. In doing so, human beings flourish as they jettison false identities and realities of their own making that are incommensurate with God's purpose found in Christ by the Spirit.

The Drama of Ephesians

In Timothy Gombis's dramatic reading of Ephesians we are drawn into a theological and cultural engagement with this epochal story of redemption.

The Drama of Ephesians

Author: Timothy G. Gombis

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 083082720X

Page: 188

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In Timothy Gombis's dramatic reading of Ephesians we are drawn into a theological and cultural engagement with this epochal story of redemption. The Drama of Ephesians stands in the space between commentaries and specialized studies in Ephesians. Here you will renew your excitement for studying, preaching and teaching this great letter of Paul.

Participating in Worship

Interiorized Verbal Participation memorializes God's gra- ciousness. Slow to
anger and abounding in steadfast love, God receives the church's intercessions
offered through Christ its high priest. The church is the elect, God's chosen ones,
and ...

Participating in Worship

Author: Craig Douglas Erickson

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780804219006

Page: 223

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Transcending the common distinctions between high church/low church and formal/informal, this book argues for a balance in the patterns and various levels of worship participation, giving all Christians a fresh look at worship as a whole. Craig Erickson discusses the elements of participation in detail, setting historical and theological insights within a comprehensive theory of liturgical participation. He enables students, ministers, and congregations to understand the historical significance of the elements of worship and offers useful suggestions for strengthening Christian worship.

Participating in Christ

The implicit corollary of this epistemological criterion for discerning the means by
which God works, and the space in which God works, is that we participate in
God's sort of activity—which is of course the work of God's Spirit (2:4, 6–16)—by ...

Participating in Christ

Author: Michael J. Gorman

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1493416936

Page: 320

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World-renowned scholar Michael Gorman examines the important Pauline theme of participation in Christ and explores its contemporary significance for Christian life and ministry. One of the themes Gorman explores is what he calls "resurrectional cruciformity"--that participating in Christ is simultaneously dying and rising with him and that cross-shaped living, infused with the life of the resurrected Lord, is life giving. Throughout the book, Gorman demonstrates the centrality of participating in Christ for Paul's theology and spirituality.

The Drama of Preaching

But where do the hearers of sermons fit into the drama? This book suggests ways in which the drama metaphor may help to address age old questions about the centrality of the gospel and the place of the hearer in preaching.

The Drama of Preaching

Author: Eric B. Watkins

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498278604

Page: 274

View: 760

Preaching is dramatic. Through it, we hear the voice of the living God as he speaks to us both through the reading and the preaching of the word of God. But where do the hearers of sermons fit into the drama? This book suggests ways in which the drama metaphor may help to address age old questions about the centrality of the gospel and the place of the hearer in preaching. As God in Christ is the central character in the biblical drama of redemption, he also calls hearers to understand their role in creatively, yet faithfully living according to the biblical script. Thus, no sermon is complete until God's redemptive work is powerfully proclaimed, and his people are instructed in how they too are participating in the Missio Dei. In this work, Hebrews 11 is employed as a means of showing how God not only reveals his redemptive work to his people, but also through them. As postmodernism sets the stage of contemporary preaching, The Drama of Preaching interacts with some of the particular challenges preachers face in engaging postmodern listeners, that they might not only be hearers, but doers of the preached word.

U S Foreign Policy Briefing for University Officials Participating in Technical Assistance Program

... 100 per cent Moslem , and he said to these leaders : " How can you do this --
don't you know that communism and Islam are oil and water and that the two
cannot possibly be mixed . You believe in God . You cannot mix a belief in God
with ...

U S  Foreign Policy Briefing for University Officials Participating in Technical Assistance Program

Author: United States. International Cooperation Administration

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 103

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Extending the Invitation

This is why the religious leaders were so scandalized when Jesus ate with 'sinners' and tax collectors. This wasn't just a meal. By eating with them he was identifying himself with them, saying, "These are my people.

Extending the Invitation

Author: Dr John Arnold Forrester

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781502368829

Page: 114

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How do we extend the Gospel invitation to Muslims? We Christians love to eat together. In our Baptist church we often joke about spending more time in the kitchen than the sanctuary. But in the world of the Middle East eating together takes on even more significance. Eating together is a sign of belonging. When you are invited to the table you are no longer a stranger, an outsider, you are one of us-you are family. This is why the religious leaders were so scandalized when Jesus ate with 'sinners' and tax collectors. This wasn't just a meal. By eating with them he was identifying himself with them, saying, "These are my people." There is no greater privilege than to be invited to the table in the household of God. Once we were all aliens, transients, orphans, now we have a place, a home, and a new identity-a seat at the table. This is a book about sharing our Christian faith. It is about inviting others to the banquet. My wife and I spent almost three years in a Muslim country. But, though the thoughts and meditations here are shaped by that experience, they apply equally to life in our modern, diverse, Canadian neighbourhoods. How do we extend the invitation into a different culture, whether in a far off land, or in our own apartment building? In particular, how do we extend the invitation to Muslims? This book will encourage you to risk the kind of authentic friendship with strangers that makes the Good News attractive and the astonishing invitation to the King's banquet table more believable.

Doing Integrative Theology

By means of an explanation of Integrative Theology, its aims, goals, and methods, and then through a series of essays illustrating the results of such a theology, this volume serves as a textbook for doing Integrative Theology.

Doing Integrative Theology

Author: Myk Habets

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0473342030

Page: 228

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The doing of theology comes in many different guises and styles. This volume is concerned with Integrative Theology, a discipline which serves participation in the mission of God. It is a practice of discernment by which we aim to be attentive to God in God's world, God's word, and God's work, so as to grow in our understanding of what God wants for and is doing in the world. We seek this knowledge so that we may align ourselves with God's desire in relation to specific realities and issues and serve what we discern to be God's purpose with wisdom and courage. When we do that, we are participating in the mission of God. By means of an explanation of Integrative Theology, its aims, goals, and methods, and then through a series of essays illustrating the results of such a theology, this volume serves as a textbook for doing Integrative Theology. Students and faculty alike will find in this volume a valuable resource for doing theology in the early twenty-first century.

Perfecting Human Actions

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John Rziha is associate professor of theology at Benedictine College. PRAISE FOR THE BOOK: "[A] competent and indeed masterful study. . .

Perfecting Human Actions

Author: John Michael Rziha

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 0813216729

Page: 300

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During the last few centuries, a practical dichotomy between God and humans has developed within moral theory. As a result, moral theory tends to focus only on humans where human autonomy is foundational or only on God where divine commands capriciously rule. However, the moral theology of Thomas Aquinas overcomes this dichotomy. For Thomas, humans reach their perfection by participating in God's wisdom and love. Perfecting Human Actions explores the ways humans participate in eternal law--God's wisdom that guides and moves all things to their proper action. The book begins with a thoughtful examination of the philosophic recovery of the notion of participation in Thomistic metaphysics. It then explains Thomas's theological understanding of the notion of participation to show how humans are related to God. It is discovered that when performing human actions, humans participate in the eternal law in two ways: as moved and governed by it, and cognitively. In reference to participation as moved and governed, humans are directed by God to their proper end of eternal happiness. This mode of participation can be increased by perfecting the natural inclinations through virtue, grace, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In reference to cognitive participation, humans as rational creatures can know their proper end and how to attain it. Through this knowledge of moral truths, the intellect participates in the eternal law. Cognitive participation is perfected by the intellectual virtues (especially faith) and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (especially wisdom). The book concludes by showing how the notion of human participation in the eternal law is a much better foundation for moral theory than the contemporary notion of autonomy. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John Rziha is associate professor of theology at Benedictine College. PRAISE FOR THE BOOK: "[A] competent and indeed masterful study. . . . Rziha's book is to be welcomed as not just an important, but indeed an overdue contribution to the contemporary recovery of Aquinas's moral theory. More importantly, this study is of surpassing importance in advancing the correct understanding of the relationship between human freedom and natural law. . . . Rziha's lucidly written and well-documented study displays all the characteristics of a competent and learned interpretation of the thought of the doctor communis according to the highest standards of current Aquinas scholarship."--Reinhard Hutter, Thomist "Rziha explores at length the two modes by which human participate in God's eternal law: as moved and governed by it and as having knowledge of it. . . . [T]his book proves to be something of a comprehensive course in Thomistic thought. This project is supported by extensive and meticulous footnote reverences to texts of Aquinas." --Janine Marie Idziak, Speculum

A New Revival

becomes God through transformation by participating in God ' s divinity ( John 1 :
14 ; 2 Cor . 3 : 18 ) : a . Participating in God ' s life ( John 3 : 15 ; Col . 3 : 4 ) . b .
Participating in God ' s nature ( Eph . 1 : 4 ; 2 Pet . 1 : 4 ) . c . Participating in God ...

A New Revival

Author: Witness Lee

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 115

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