Eternal Life A New Vision

Bishop John Shelby Spong, author of Jesus for the Non-Religious, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Sins of Scripture, and many other books, is known for his controversial ideas and fighting for minority rights.

Eternal Life  A New Vision

Bishop John Shelby Spong, author of Jesus for the Non-Religious, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Sins of Scripture, and many other books, is known for his controversial ideas and fighting for minority rights. In Eternal Life: A New Vision, a remarkable spiritual journey about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he came to a new conviction about eternal life. God, says spong, is ultimately one, and each of us is part of that oneness. We do not live on after death as children who have been rewarded with heaven or punished with hell but as part of the life and being of God, sharing in God’s eternity, which is beyond the barriers of time and space. spong argues that the discovery of the eternal can be found within each of us if we go deeply into ourselves, transcend our limits and become fully human. By seeking God within, by living each day to its fullest, we will come to understand how we live eternally. Always compelling and controversial, Spong, the leading Christian liberal and pioneer for human rights, wrestles with the question that all of us will ultimately face. In his final book, Spong takes us beyond religion and even beyond Christianity until he arrives at the affirmation that the fully realized human life empties into and participates in the eternity of God. The pathway into God turns out to be both a pathway into ourselves and a doorway into eternal life. To Job’s question “If a man (or a woman) dies, will he (or she) live again?” he gives his answer as a ringing yes!

A New Vision of Family Life

over to eternal life. For these sacraments, often it is the turn of the children to call for the sake of their parents. Although a vocation to priestly service in the Sacrament of Holy Orders is a grace God gives to an individual, ...

A New Vision of Family Life

Amoris laetitia calls on the Church to minister in a different way to families. In this document, Pope Francis offers a new vision of pastoral care that insists that the Church has a mission to accompany, discern, and integrate families into the Body of Christ, no matter the challenges in their lives. In A New Vision of Family Life: A Reflection on Amoris laetitia, Fr. Louis J. Cameli helps pastoral staff understand how they can support families as they accompany them through difficulties, aid them in discerning their conscience, and integrate them into the parish community. The author shows that such support is vital if the Church is to form families as disciples. Fr. Cameli shows pastoral staff that they can help families see how God works in their lives, understand their experience in light of the Gospel, hear how God is calling them to conversion, and carry their conversion to a world in need. The book situates marriage and family life as a central focus for transformation in the Christian life. Questions at the end of each chapter help the reader reflect on how parishes can implement the vision in Amoris laetitia.

People Who Met Jesus

But after listening to the Lord for two days, they saw for themselves the vision of the new life in Christ. ... The “I AM” sayings in the Gospel of John show us new dimensions of the eternal life and light Jesus offered people.

People Who Met Jesus

People Who Met Jesus is a book that will command the undivided attention of readers who yearn to know more of the significance of their relationship to the risen Lord. By delving in depth into the words and experiences of both well-known and cameo biblical characters, readers will come to a greater appreciation of the life-pervading influence of their relationship to the living Lord. (from the Introduction) Reuben T. Swanson Former Secretary Evangelical Lutheran Church in America In the latest installment of his popular series examining the basics of the Christian faith, Ron Lavin takes another look at the final days of Jesus' life on earth through the eyes of the people whose lives were changed by their encounters with the Lord. Lavin examines their stories, both familiar and little-known, and highlights how their experiences intersect our lives. By telling the story of Jesus, they point us toward God. People Who Met Jesus is an ideal Lenten group study resource -- each chapter includes questions for stimulating discussion. It's also excellent for adult Sunday school or new member classes throughout the year, as well as for sermon preparation or personal meditation. Ron Lavin is the award-winning author of more than 20 books, including the CSS titles Turning Griping Into Gratitude (on the Psalms) and Way To Grow (on small group dynamics). He is the former Pastor-Director of Evangelical Outreach for the Lutheran Church in America, and pastored five thriving congregations, all of which grew substantially under his leadership. Lavin is a popular speaker and church consultant on evangelism and small groups.

A New Vision a New Heart a Renewed Call

The Good News , however , is that God has sent His Son to overcome death and to grant eternal life to all who believe . Jesus offers the hope of eternal life ( John 5:24 ; Luke 14:14 ; Matthew 22:31 ) . Paul speaks about the victory ...

A New Vision  a New Heart  a Renewed Call


A New Vision for Israel

And these will go away into eternal punishment , but the righteous into eternal life . " ( Matt . 25 : 41-46 ) Punishment in an individual , eternal sense , then , is the inevitable corollary of belief in a holy God who has made a ...

A New Vision for Israel

The most important development in recent historical Jesus studies is the attempt to understand the ministry of Jesus in "political" terms. In calling the nation of Israel to repentance, Jesus served as a national prophet concerned with the salvation of Israel. Scot McKnight furthers this line of inquiry by showing how Jesus' teachings are to be understood in relation to his role as a political figure. McKnight looks closely at Jesus' teachings on God, the kingdom, and ethics, demonstrating in each case how Jesus' mission to restore Israel brings his teachings into a bold new light.

Religion as Art Form

His 2009 book, the main title of which is Eternal Life: A New Vision, identifies the John Gospel instead with the arrival of a new level of human consciousness about Reality. Luther and others have described John as the “most spiritual” ...

Religion as Art Form

If you find books such as Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion compelling but your faith heritage is also important to you, this book shows how you can affirm both. Taking a cue from Marcus Borg's contention that "scriptural literalism" is for many people a major impediment to authentic spirituality, Carl Jech describes how all religion can and should be much more explicit about its symbolic, metaphorical, and artistic nature. With a particular focus on mortality and the relationship of humans to eternity, the book affirms a postmodern understanding of "God" as ultimate eternal Mystery and of spirituality as an artistic, (w)holistic, visionary, and creative process of becoming at home in the universe as it really is with all its joys and sorrows. Religion as Art Form is a must-read for those who think of themselves as spiritual but not religious.

From Mormon to Mystic

John Shelby Spong, Eternal Life: A New Vision, Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell, (HarperCollins e-books, 2009), 119. Spong, Eternal Life: A New Vision, Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell, 160.

From Mormon to Mystic

From Mormon to Mystic: Journey from Religious Disillusionment to Soulful Liberation chronicles the journey of a sixth-generation Mormon woman. She travels a path that takes her from a tightly knit and theologically strict religious community to the open expanses of a mystical understanding of reality. Erin Jensen weaves together the account of her transformation and the strands of insight that come from James Fowler’s Stages of Faith. By rooting her narrative in the vivid details of the steps she takes along the way, the author tells how she weathers her life’s challenges, including a federal court “witch” trial, and emerges from the depths of several “dark nights of the soul.” While From Mormon to Mystic immerses itself in the details of one life, it simultaneously offers guidance for anyone seeking to overcome the strictures of rigid systems of belief and behavior. In its pages, the reader will learn how to make his or her way toward freedom and wholeness by understanding how faith develops, learning to work with shadow qualities, practicing non-attachment, taking personal responsibility, trusting one’s ability to choose, appreciating the power of total forgiveness, connecting to inner sources of wisdom, and embracing a state of consciousness filled with hope, love, and peace. From Mormon to Mystic: Journey from Religious Disillusionment to Soulful Liberation offers both a narrative of one woman’s path to spiritual freedom and a guide for others who seek their own way from the confines of their current circumstances to the liberation they desire to envision for the own futures.

Fire Vision

who put the life, the door, and the birth canal to eternal life! Through Him alone is the only way to Him. Let's look back once again at the flaming creature with the burning coal image with new Trinity vision.

Fire Vision

Within the pages of the Holy Bible, the Lord God Almighty used fire in powerful ways to deliver His message. His authority became apparent when He brought or sent fire down. A few excellent illustrations include Elijah and the prophets of Baal, the three young men in the fiery furnace, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Moses at the burning bush and the tongues of fire on the day of Pentecost. Consider also our largest visual source of fire and heat. The solar sun eclipses and blood moons are often considered as key events or signs in God's Word. Flames entered my apartment in 1992 and left behind four distinct burned images with sealed messages from the eternal consuming fire. The amazing images in my bedroom later told the story of my heart attack. The Holy Spirit unlocked these images by His Word through time. The Cokeville miracle story also has a detailed fire image that was burned into the wall. Its message had been well hidden until now. Learn the interpretations for these miraculous images and understand that the same Creator who made these images will be returning someday with His fire vision to judge all things. The single most important and unanswered question for many people today remains a mystery. Ask yourself, "How will the King of kings see me?"

Mercer Dictionary of the Bible

ETERNAL LIFE ETHICS IN THE NT of an existing theme — as is shown in the simple occurrence of the phrase " eternal life ... The Kingdom both gives and demands a new vision of God , neighbor , and self , a vision in conflict with natural ...

Mercer Dictionary of the Bible

An encyclopedic guide to the interpretation and understanding of biblical literature. Though written by members of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, the 1,450 original entries by some 225 contributors are diverse in viewpoint and devoid of theological prescription. They're

Soul Stripped Bare

In his book, The Eternal Life: A New Vision (Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven & Hell), John Spong, a retired Episcopal Bishop of Newark, tells of his journey that's taken him beyond religion and beyond Christianity as it's ...

Soul Stripped Bare

In an era of happiness, lattes and the ‘quick fix’ Donohoe explores the natural but painful experience of grief. The question on her lips is ‘Am I Grieving Normally?’ She soon discovers there is nothing normal about profound loss. This beautifully written memoir and grief manual is healing and transformative for anyone experiencing loss. “Grief provided time to heal from the brokenness of loss: my broken heart, my broken spirit, my broken life, my broken future...” Meet courageous parents who all learnt that love transcends death and that grieving is like breathing – we instinctively know how to do it. “Death stripped my son of his life yet grief provided the opportunity to strip away the protective walls I’d built around mine. Death was the doorway to his new life in spirit and as my precious son moved on, I too, was moving on. My soul had been stripped bare in preparation for my rebirth.”

Love Never Dies

Shelby Spong J, Eternal Life: A New Vision, Fourth Estate, USA, 2009. Thomas D, 'And Death Shall Have No Dominion', from Twenty-Five Poems, JM Dent and Sons, 1936. Walker G, Messages From Spirit: Breathtaking Insights Into Life and the ...

Love Never Dies

"Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality." - Emily Dickinson This is a book about the indestructability of love. Journalist and author Karina Machado spoke to over 60 Australians with stories of post-death contact. She shares their life-shattering experience of loss, and shows how their spiritual contact with a deceased lover, friend or family member brought peace, hope and the solace of knowing that their connection lives on. There is the story of a teenage boy who appears in bodily form on the eve of his funeral to bring comfort to his sister. A young husband returns to his widow in time to prevent another tragedy. A grandmother arrives to lovingly care for the infant children of her grief-stricken daughter. A man soothes his heartbroken brother with an otherworldly embrace. Written with grace and compassion, Love Never Dies is as much about the power of loving relationships as it is the phenomenon of the survival of consciousness beyond death.

Outgrowing Cultic Christianity

The New Cults. Santa Ana, CA: Vision House, 1980. McLaren, Brian. Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope. ... Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words. New ... Eternal Life: A New Vision.

Outgrowing Cultic Christianity

We live in a time of religious warfare, not just between different religions, but also between those with differing versions of the same faith. This religious distrust and political conflict may be the worst in American history since the Civil War. Speaking as a “progressive conservative,” biblical scholar Robert Vande Kappelle uses a four-stage model of faith development to rethink core Christian doctrines. Starting with current events and a discussion on the role of religion, this book examines how inadequate faith development makes people of faith susceptible to misinformation, conspiracy thinking, and even to cultic mindsets. People of faith do not choose to believe a lie; they all want to believe what is true. Hence, it is surprising that, in the realm of religion, so many people are willing to rely upon untested and even highly disputed beliefs, beliefs most received as children. Unfortunately, many of these teachings are based upon ancient hopes and fears rather than upon factual historical information. Taken literally, dualistic teachings concerning heaven and hell, sin and salvation, good and evil, and apocalyptic beliefs such as the “end times” and the imminent return of Christ to earth are questionable, not only because they are beyond historical and scientific verification, but also because they can be misused by authoritarian leaders to control and mislead devout individuals. Thankfully, there is a way to outgrow cultic Christianity. The path to spiritual maturity comes by restoring the role of religion, a form of spirituality discovered not by addition, but by a process of subtraction. Outgrowing Cultic Christianity is useful for individual or group study. Each chapter concludes with questions suitable for discussion or reflection.

David C Cook NIV Bible Lesson Commentary 2011 12

Only then do our eyes adjust to God's way of seeing things. Through faith in His Son, we are saved. As a result, we receive the Holy Spirit and a new vision on life, both temporal and eternal in nature.

David C  Cook NIV Bible Lesson Commentary 2011 12

Contains 52 weeks (from September 2012 through August 2013) of Bible lessons based on the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL) series. Includes Bible background and commentary, daily home Bible readings, and lesson suggestions for adult and youth classes.

Helping Those Experiencing Loss A Guide to Grieving Resources

Carmody outlines a five-point technique of thinking, feeling, sharing, determination, and prayer. Spong, John Shelby. Eternal Life: A New Vision—Beyond Religion, beyond Theism, beyond Heaven and Hell. New York: HarperCollins, HarperOne, ...

Helping Those Experiencing Loss  A Guide to Grieving Resources

This book provides a guide for grieving youth and adults as well as extensive descriptive lists of recommended professional literature resources. • Provides over 450 evaluative annotations of recommended books, audio recordings, video recordings, websites, and organizations • Presents an introduction to the topic as well as a bibliography of consulted sources with each chapter • Includes a comprehensive author-title-subject index

The Fourth Gospel Tales of a Jewish Mystic

Next Ibeganto work onmy book that was published in 2009 under the title Eternal Life:A New Vision—Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell, which plunged me intoa study ofthe origins oflife.I read astrophysics and biology.

The Fourth Gospel  Tales of a Jewish Mystic

John Shelby Spong, bestselling author and popular proponent of a modern, scholarly and authentic Christianity, argues that this last gospel to be written was misinterpreted by the framers of the fourth-century creeds to be a literal account of the life of Jesus when in fact it is a literary, interpretive retelling of the events in Jesus' life through the medium of fictional characters, from Nicodemus and Lazarus to the "Beloved Disciple." The Fourth Gospel was designed first to place Jesus into the context of the Jewish scriptures, then to place him into the worship patterns of the synagogue and finally to allow him to be viewed through the lens of a popular form of first-century Jewish mysticism. The result of this intriguing study is not only to recapture the original message of this gospel, but also to provide us today with a radical new dimension to the claim that in the humanity of Jesus the reality of God has been met and engaged.

The New Prophecy and New Visions

feminist perspective, attributed the redactor's emendations to male cultural expectations and ignored the ... delivered by Felicitas: “I choose to attain eternal life and everlasting splendor through temporal punishments” (Text B, 5.3).

The New Prophecy and  New Visions

In this book, Rex D. Butler examines the Passion for evidence of Montanism and proposes that its three authors--Perpetua, Saturus, and the unnamed editor--were Montanists.

Beyond Reason and Tolerance

Eternal life:A new vision: Beyond religion, beyond theism, beyond heaven and hell. New York: Harper Collins. Staudinger, U. M. (2001). Life reflection: A social-cognitive analysis of life review. Review of General Psychology, 5, ...

Beyond Reason and Tolerance

The major challenges facing higher education are often framed in terms of preparing students for life-long learning. Society's 21st century needs require civic-minded individuals who have the intellectual and personal capabilities to constructively engage political, ethnic, and religious differences, work effectively, and live together with many different kinds of people in a more global society. In this volume, Robert J. Thompson aims to influence the current conversation about the purposes and practices of higher education. Beyond Reason and Tolerance adopts a developmental science basis to inform the transformations in undergraduate educational practices that are necessary to empower students to act globally and constructively engage difference. It synthesizes current scholarship regarding the nature and development of three core capacities deemed essential: A personal epistemology that reflects a sophisticated understanding of knowledge, beliefs, and ways of thinking; empathy and the capacity to understand the mental states of others; and an integrated identity that includes values, commitments, and a sense of agency for civic and social responsibility. Beyond Reason and Tolerance argues that to foster the development of these capabilities, colleges and universities must recommit to providing a formative liberal education and adopt a developmental model of undergraduate education as a process of intellectual and personal growth, involving empathy as well as reasoning, values as well as knowledge, and identity as well as competencies. Thompson focuses on emerging adulthood as an especially dynamic time of reorganization and development of the brain that both influences, and is influenced by, the undergraduate experience. Advances in our understanding of human development and learning are synthesized with regard to the direct implications for undergraduate education practices.

The Fundamentals

The primary result is a new man . Not an old man made over , but a new man , possessed of a new life and endowed with new and enlarged possibilities . A man with a new vision both of this life and of the eternal future .

The Fundamentals

One of the greatest defenses of the faith that covers all the central teachings of Christianity, including the deity of Christ, the virgin birth, the second coming, and salvation by grace.

A Gracious Rain

of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3: 18), and several of the great saints have written of the next life as a continual journey. This new vision of everlasting life as moving from room to room, from strength to strength, from glory to ...

A Gracious Rain

Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent, Schmidt takes the reader on a journey through the church year as he reflects on the mystery and challenge of our human pilgrimage.

Refined by Fire

Eternal Life: A New Vision. new york: HarperOne, 2009. ———. Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes. San francisco: HarperSanfrancisco, 1996. ———. A New Kind of Christianity for a New World. new york: HarperOne, 2001.

Refined by Fire

From time immemorial, in every age, a set of questions has persisted, perplexing human beings. Does God exist? Where did the universe come from? Is there any purpose to our lives? Why is there so much suffering? Do we live on after death? How can we find release from suffering and sadness? For what can we hope? These have been called life’s “big questions”; they are the ones that never go away. It is the main business of religion to answer ultimate questions. To accomplish this task, every generation of believers benefits by reexamining its theology, thereby providing society with vision. A stagnant theology reflects a religion that is limited in usefulness and effectiveness. Refined by Fire is written for those who affirm the value of lifelong spiritual growth, realize the limits of logic, and embrace the paradoxes in life. This guide provides a mechanism for individuals and small groups to interact with timely theological topics such as the nature of God, Christ, Scripture, truth, faith, evil, sin, salvation, heaven, hell, creation and evolution, the role of the church, and the future of the human race. Each session (chapter) follows a threefold pattern: (a) “Getting Started” provides an initial assignment; (b) “Gaining Momentum,” the central part of the text, provides perspective; and (c) “Going Deeper” provides questions for discussion or further reflection.