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2 Kings

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Book by Brueggeman, Walter
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9780804232142
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1982-11-30

7 Deadly Lawsuits: How Ministers Can Avoid Litigation and Regulation

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During the last two decades, American law has undergone some startling developments that will affect all church leaders and religious organizations, regardless of denomination. Reacting to events allegedly occurring in the church counseling office or board room, the American public is suing its religious leaders and organizations at an unprecedented rate.

7 Deadly Lawsuits is about preventing lawsuits against clergy, religious professionals, churches, and religious organizations. The book, however, is not about "how to fight back." Thomas Taylor leaves this to the lawyers, once the alleged damage is done. Instead, this book is about how clergy, religious professionals, and religious organizations can be educated about the kinds of lawsuits that are typically levied against them. Taylor then shows how to avoid such costly legal involvement. The final chapter discusses "responding to lawsuits.""

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9780687008223
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1996-03-31
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7 Ways of Teaching the Bible to Children

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There are seven distinct ways of teaching and learning: verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spatial, body/kinesthetic, musical/rhythmic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. In 7 Ways of Teaching the Bible to Children, Barbara Bruce uses these seven learning styles to show you how to meet the various learning needs of each child in your classroom.

The 25 Old and New Testament lessons which are included feature warm-up exercises, scripture readings, activities, and options for tailoring the lesson to all your students' individual learning needs. Practical advice for discovering each child's learning preferences, reproducible patterns and handouts, and a teacher training session are also included. The Bible story lessons can be used independently or with existing class curriculum.

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9780687020683
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1996-10-01
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About a Loving God: Twenty-Four Meditations on the Funeral Scriptures

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Book by Barone, Joe
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9781556733550
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1991-07-01

Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral

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Thomas G. Long, one of America's most trusted and thoughtful pulpit voices, provides a much needed theological and cultural critique of today's Christian funeral. Long begins by describing how the Christian funeral developed historically, theologically, and liturgically and then discusses recent cultural trends in funeral practices, including the rise in number of cremations and memorial services. He describes the basic pattern for a funeral service, details options in funeral planning, identifies characteristics of a "good funeral," and provides thoughtful guidance for preaching at a funeral.

But Long also notes a disturbing trend toward funeral services that seem theologically right and pastorally caring but actually depart from the primary aims of the Christian funeral. Long argues that the proper Christian funeral should be constructed around the metaphor of the deceased as a saint traveling on a baptismal journey toward God, accompanied by the community of faith on "the last mile of the way." He cautions that the cultural conditions for maintaining this view are under stress and a new, less theological and less satisfying metaphor that focuses on the mourner has begun to erode the Christian view. He contrasts the ancient grand community drama with today's trend toward body-less memorial services that focus primarily on the living and grief management, arguing that this is a loss for the church and calling for the church to reclaim the classic metaphor.

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9780664239701
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2013-04-24

Active Spirituality: A Guide for Seekers and Ministers

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A practical guidebook for the inquiring layperson seeking a holistic, intelligent look at the spiritual life, and for the pastor or religious professional seeking a systematic framework and spiritual practices to re-ignite the flame of faith. Groff explains what it means to believe and what to do after you say you believe-through a unique integration of spirituality and service, heart and mind, and various faith traditions. Explore five spiritual disciplines: community, solitude, learning, service, and vocation. Great for study groups.
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9781566991179
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1993-11-30

Activism That Makes Sense: Congregations and Community Organization

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This classic resource for community organization is aimed primarily at clergy who have accepted the need for active involvement in the social problems of the world in order to fulfill the basic religious mission, but don't know how to do it successfully. In this roadmap to community organization and activism, Pierce points out the major traps and stumbling blocks for congregations to avoid along the way. He encourages an ecumenical approach to community organization and offers concrete stories and experiences as examples to follow.
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9780809126002
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1983-12-31
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Activities of Teaching

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McGraw-Hill Series in Education. Foundations in Education Series.
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9780070243361
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1970-12-31
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Addict In The Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery

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Witnessing the addiction of a family member or loved one is a heart-rending experience. But hope can prevail, as shown in this compelling revised and updated book. In "Addict in the Family," the gripping stories of fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters of addicts offer important lessons on loving, detachment, intervention, and self care.
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9781568389998
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2003-08-01

Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions

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Explores the psychology and physiology of addiction from the perspective of contemplative spirituality, describing the relationship between addiction and spiritual awareness.
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9780061122439
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2006-12-31
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Addiction and Spirituality

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Religious and secular counselors from a variety of disciplines share their basic approaches in working with addicted persons and their understandings of the spiritual dimension in treatment and recovery.
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9780827200234
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1999-06-01
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Addiction: Pastoral Responses

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Chances are, no church is immune to the drug demographics in America. Pointing out that addiction is a pervasive problem in North American society, Lynn Dann provides pastors and other pastoral caregivers with crucial help in understanding the needs of the addicted, their families, and the congregations of which they are a part. He draws on years of experience as a pastor and a certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor to offer practical guidance on how to recognize the addicted and minister effectively to them.

Dann begins by outlining, in clear and accessible terms, the best contemporary thinking on the nature of addiction. From there he moves to a discussion of the particular resources that Christian churches can add to the treatment of addiction and the support of the addicted and their families. Finally, he includes tools for preaching and teaching on the nature of our drug-obsessed culture and biblical themes related to the care of the addicted. Those who are just beginning in pastoral ministry, as well as those who have engaged in it for many years, will find this an invaluable resource for knowing how to deal with this tragic and increasingly prevalent problem.

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9780687045044
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2002-10-31
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Addressing Cultural Complexities in Practice: A Framework For Clinicians and Counselors

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A guide for therapists, designed to help them understand the multiplicity of cultural influences that work to form each of us. Pamela A. Hays offers the ADDRESSING framework for helping readers understand identity as a multidimensional combination of Age, Developmental and acquired Disabilities, Religion, Ethnicity, Socioeconomic status, Sexual orientation, Indigenous heritage, Native origin, and Gender. The book should be useful to counsellors, clinicians, and any professional working with clients from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
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9781557987686
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2000-12-31
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Adventures with the Bible

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9780687011704
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1994-12-31
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African American Pastoral Care, Revised Edition

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In this timely sequel to his "Pastoral care in the Black Church,"Edward P. Wimberly shows pastoral counselors how to care for African Americans through a narrative methodology.

he suggest several narrative counseling techniques and relates these techniques to narrative aspects of preaching and worship in the black church. By linking personal stories and the pastor's stories to the heart language of the Bible stories, counselors can use God's unfolding dramas to bring healing and reconciliation to human lives.

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9780687649495
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2008-09-01
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Aging Death and the Quest for Immortality

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Aging is a fact of life, and issues surrounding it are hot. There are currently 35 million Americans over the age of sixty-five - more than ever. This demographic shift is noteworthy not only because the ranks of the elderly will continue to swell in coming years but also because it is taking place in what the editors of this book call an "ageist society," one that increasingly loathes every facet of aging. Indeed, the ethical issues associated with aging are among the thorniest in medicine and public policy today. Aging, Death, and the Quest for Immortality is a timely volume by physicians, health-care professionals, pastors, and ethicists who explore the experiences, dilemmas, and possibilities associated with aging. The book opens by offering three distinct perspectives on aging; this section includes practical suggestions for dealing with retirement, disability, healing, and death. Several contributors then analyze controversial ethical issues raised by aging and health care, including medical decision-making, the moral standing of patients with dementia, health-care rationing, and assisted suicide. A third group of essays applies a theology of care to ministry to and through older adults, the counseling of seniors, and the application of palliative care. The book closes by discussing some of the emerging technologies and interest groups aimed at achieving immortality, also asking, appropriately, what insights the Christian faith brings to the discussion. Reflecting much wisdom and sensitivity, this book will give welcome help to care providers and to those who are themselves in the later stages of life.
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9780802827845
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2004-07-01

Aging Matters: Finding Your Calling for the Rest of Your Life

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Vocational discernment, says R. Paul Stevens, is a lifelong process one that takes on even more significance in later life. In this book Stevens argues that our calling does not end with formal retirement; to the contrary, we do well to keep on working, if possible, till life s end.
Stevens delves into matters of calling, spirituality, and legacy in retirement, showing that we must continue to discern our vocation as we grow older in order to remain meaningfully engaged for the rest of our lives. He reframes retirement as a time of continued calling and productivity and points to biblical wisdom that can help us redefine aging as an extraordinarily fruitful season of life.
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2016-04-15

Aids To The Psalms Year A

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The Psalms are wonderful sources of encouragement, enlightenment, and strength. This series explores the Psalms for Cycle A of the Common Lectionary using New Revised Standard Version of the Bible texts.
Each meditation is in three parts. First is the Psalm itself. Second is the alternate image, offering readers new insights to stimulate their vision of the Psalms. Third is the reflection section, offering a short analysis and comment on the passage.
"Aids to the Psalms" is appropriate for liturgical aids, sermon starters, personal and group meditation, and Christian education.
Among the Psalms of Cycle A are:
- Christmas Eve -- O sing to the Lord a new song.
- Good Friday -- My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
- Thanksgiving -- Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion.
- Ascension -- Clap your hands, all you peoples.
This is part of a three-book set on exploring the message of the Psalms.
Hugh H. Drennan is a Presbyterian minister serving in the Oakland-Cambridge Presbyterian church in Cambridge, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque. Iowa.
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9781556734359
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1992-05-01
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All Grown Up and No Place to Go

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Once our society set aside time for adolescents to grow from children to adults, to become accustomed to their expanding bodies and minds. Now the markers that defined passage—differences in dress, behavior, and responsibilities—have vanished. The institutions that guarded adolescence, such as family and schools, now expect “young adults” to deal with adult issues. Those trends leave teens no time to be teens.All Grown Up and No Place to Go spotlights the pressures on teenagers to grow up quickly. The resulting problems range from common alienation to self-destructive behavior. Quoting teenagers themselves, Elkind shows why adolescence is a time of “thinking in a new key,” and how young people need this time to get used to the social and emotional changes their new thinking brings. Many of his ideas, such as the “imaginary audience” that makes teens so self-conscious, have become seminal in adolescent psychology.Already there are more than 175,000 copies of All Grown Up and No Place to Go in print. In this thoroughly revised edition, Elkind also explores the “post-modern family” in which teenagers are growing up. He helps parents and those who work with youth and understand teens in crucial ways, because the root of so many adolescent frictions is the gap between what teenagers need and what our culture provides.
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9780201113792
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1984-06-01

Alternative Medicine and American Religious Life

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The late 1980s have seen an explosion of interest in an unconventional, and sometimes bizarre, set of practices and beliefs commonly called the New Age movement. Led by such visible figures as Shirley MacLaine, thousands of Americans have turned to a wide range of self-help methods and philosophies geared toward spiritual fulfillment and, particularly, healing of the body, including acupuncture, channeling, and crystals. What all these methods seem to have in common is an attempt to eschew conventional medical treatments, to move beyond the mysteries of the body to those of the psyche and soul. But as Robert C. Fuller demonstrates in this fascinating and surprising new book, such "alternative" forms of healing are nothing new in American culture.
Going back to the early nineteenth century, Fuller asserts, Americans have relied on a bewildering assortment of unorthodox medical systems that represent a characteristically American strain of religious thought--a belief that spiritual, physical, and even economic well-being flow from an individual's rapport with the cosmos. Drawing on a wealth of historical, psychological, and sociological information, Fuller's story begins with such early health reforms as homeopathy, hydropathy, and Thomsonianism (which held that all disease was caused by cold and could be cured by heat). Though fairly conventional in outlook, they signalled the appearance of metaphysical elements that were destined to erupt in later movements. Fuller then looks at mesmerism and Swedenborgianism, which sprang up in the 1830s and 40s. Both of these movements were extremely popular in America, promising a triumph of piety and spirituality over the weaknesses of the body and mind, and changing the way thousands of Americans looked at modern medicine. Fuller traces this increasing metaphysical dimension, first in the early practices of osteopathic and chiropractic medicine, and then throughout the twentieth century in such varied and colorful systems as crystal healing, rolfing, spirit channeling, holistic health, and even Alcoholics Anonymous.
Fuller argues that these healing movements have played an important role in American religious life, offering people a more vivid experience of a "sacred reality" than do most organized religions. His fascinating and sympathetic look at this thriving, and peculiarly American, mode of religion will interest a wide range of readers interested in American religious, cultural, and medical history.
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9780195057751
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1989-08-01

Alzheimer's Disease: A Call to Courage for Caregivers

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9780870292026
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1986-12-31
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AMERICAN SERMONS: THE PILGRIMS TO MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

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The sermon is the first and most enduring genre of American literature. The essential medium of the Puritan settlements, it continued in succeeding centuries to play a vital role - as public ritual, occasion for passion and reflection, and, not least, popular entertainment. The 58 sermons collected in this volume display the form's eloquence, intellectual rigor, and spiritual fervor. Ranging from the first New England settlements to mass-media evangelism and the civil rights movement in the 1960s, these texts reclaim a neglected aspect of American literature.
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9781883011659
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1999-03-01
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American University in a Postsecular Age

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For much of the twentieth century, it was assumed that higher education was and ought to be a secular enterprise, but that approach no longer suffices. The culture has shifted, and contemporary college and university students are increasingly bringing religious and spiritual questions to campus. In response, college and university leaders are exploring anew the relationship between religion and higher education.
The American University in a Postsecular Age grapples with key questions:
--How religious or irreligious are faculty and students today? What level of religious literacy should be expected from students?
--Can religion be allowed into the classroom without being disruptive?
--Should colleges and universities help students reflect on their own faith?
--Is religion antithetical to critical inquiry?
--Can religion have a positive role to play in higher education?
This is a state-of-the-art introduction to the national discussion about religion and higher education. Leading scholars and top educators express a wide spectrum of opinions that reflect the best current thinking. Introductory and concluding essays by the editors describe the postsecular character of our age and propose a comprehensive framework intended to facilitate ongoing conversation.
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9780195323443
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2008-02-01

Analysis of Fantasy

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The analysis of fantasy is a problem in the interpretation of symbolic statements. This book covers three significant areas relevant to any effort to interpret responses. These include the general principles of interpretive psychodynamics, the ways in which variation is present within the basic data, and finally, the characteristics of the stimuli.
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9780882751146
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1973-06-01

Ancient Sins...Modern Addictions: A Fresh Look at the Seven Deadly Sins

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About the Contributor(s): R. Scott Sullender is Associate Professor of Pastoral Counseling at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is a licensed psychologist in California and a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He is the author of Losses in Later Life: A New Way of Walking with God. His forty years of professional work has focused on the integration of spirituality and psychology in the context of the healing of persons and their families.
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9781620326909
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2013-07-05
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