Christianity is often seen as conservative and complacent, and Christians as being obsessed with single issues such as abortion and sexuality, as saying no rather than yes. To put it bluntly, the perception of the Christian faith in North America and much of Europe is overwhelmingly negative. For the past five years Michael Coren has written articles and columns in all of Canada's major newspapers and magazines trying to reclaim the Christian faith, and to present it in its genuine, vibrant, and liberating form. The baby born, the man who lived, the Messiah who was killed, the God who rose again, and spent most of His time with the very sort of people who today would be held behind walls, abused as threats, used as political pawns by those who see power as a means to reassuring the comfortable instead of challenging the complacent and repairing the kingdom. Jesus the worker, Jesus fleeing war and fear for a better place, Jesus the lonely, Jesus the homeless, Jesus the teenager thrown out of His home because of His sexuality, Jesus the victim beaten in the side street because He looks and dresses strangely and differently, Jesus on strike for a living wage, Jesus in the camp for those whose lives have been destroyed by wars often started by alleged Christians in the West, Jesus the destitute, suffering, torn and wounded. This is the meaning of the faith Coren is presenting and trying to reclaim in this book.
Release on 1993 | by Ephraim Radner,George R. Sumner
Essays on Orthodoxy in the Episcopal Church and the Baltimore Declaration
Author: Ephraim Radner,George R. Sumner
Pubpsher: Eerdmans Publishing Company
The essays in this volume together commend the usefulness of traditional Christian language and doctrine for articulating the gospel today. Taking as their point of departure the Baltimore Declaration, a manifesto made by a group of Episcopal priests in 1991; the "post-liberal" theologians contributing to Reclaiming Faith explore such issues as the exclusivity of salvation in Christ, the proper limit to doctrinal reformulation, the authoritative forms of biblical language, and the nature of the church community as a confessing body of Christians.
Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right
Author: E. J. Dionne Jr.
Pubpsher: Princeton University Press
The religious and political winds are changing. Tens of millions of religious Americans are reclaiming faith from those who would abuse it for narrow, partisan, and ideological purposes. And more and more secular Americans are discovering common ground with believers on the great issues of social justice, peace, and the environment. In Souled Out, award-winning journalist and commentator E. J. Dionne explains why the era of the Religious Right--and the crude exploitation of faith for political advantage--is over. Based on years of research and writing, Souled Out shows that the end of the Religious Right doesn't signal the decline of evangelical Christianity but rather its disentanglement from a political machine that sold it out to a narrow electoral agenda of such causes as opposition to gay marriage and abortion. With insightful portraits of leading contemporary religious figures from Rick Warren and Richard Cizik to John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Dionne shows that our great religions have always preached a broad message of hope for more just human arrangements and refused to be mere props for the powers that be. Dionne also argues that the new atheist writers should be seen as a gift to believers, a demand that they live up to their proclaimed values and embrace scientific and philosophical inquiry in a spirit of "intellectual solidarity." Written in the tradition of Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr, Souled Out will help change how we think and talk about religion and politics in the post-Bush era.
This work attempts to uncover the function of religion for those degraded on the basis of race. Accordingly, Recalibrating Spirit reveals the role of religion in critical reflection on and active protest against negative assertions about racial identity in general, and the abuse of black life in particular.
Release on 2016-09-20 | by J. Marshall Jenkins, Ph.d.
Reclaiming Faith and Purpose with the Beatitudes
Author: J. Marshall Jenkins, Ph.d.
Pubpsher: Skylight Paths Publishing
This vital resource shows how the Beatitudes address the paradox of living through suffering on the way to joy. It helps you recognize Jesus as a fellow struggler who meets you in your suffering, offering and embodying life and hope. It features engaging spiritual practices and discussion questions for use by individuals or in groups.
Join author and former pastor, Tamara J. Buchan, as she journeys through her surprise invitation to leave the "church building" and to discover Jesus' Kingdom ways. Imagine her chagrin to discover that God was showing her the door, asking her to leave her familiar and fruitful church life. Walk with her as she experiences great disequilibrium, confusion, and even grief. Come around the bend to see the light begin to shine, as she uncovers the hidden ways of the Kingdom and discovers that Jesus' Kingdom ways are simpler, lighter, and a whole lot more fun than she ever imagined. Along the way, connect with your own story and consider where God is inviting you to walk as we navigate this tremendous transition between the long held Church Season and the emerging Kingdom Age.
Our troubled and unmoored culture needs to reclaim God from the extremists, scoffers and fundamentalists; the key is found in moving beyond a simplistic childish belief to a "quantum faith" --by embracing paradox.
Ray Waddle encourages us to find meaning inside, sometimes despite, the contentious times we live in. He helps readers see through spiritual insecurity and distraction to see God in new places: in the sky, in writing, in walking, in music, in memory, in Gospel reading, the bread and wine, worship, the very name Jesus—and get beneath social habits or routine theological assumptions in order to find a fresh core of epiphany.
Are you watching as your family spins out of control? Are you pulled in so many directions that you aren’t doing anything well? We live in an era when children often know more about their electronic devices than their own family history, parents invest more time in the carpool line than at the dinner table, and marriages teeter on the cliff of neglect. "Reclaiming Home" offers families creative, life-changing solutions to these modern day dilemmas. Learn how to throw small pebbles of intentional actions into daily life to create a mountain on which your family can stand for generations. *Reclaim and master your chaotic schedule, creating room to breathe. *Reclaim traditions that will ignite family identity. *Reclaim the sizzle that keeps romance alive in a marriage. *Reclaim the hypnotic influence media is having over your children. *Reclaim a work ethic in children that will impact their future success. *Reclaim peace and meaningful connections around the family dinner table. *Reclaim a family legacy that will offer children a place to call home.
Wil preached that we are all embraced by the unbounded everlasting love of God. With a twinkle in his eye, he often said that he stole that right out of the Bible. Hopefully, this collection of his sermons will continue that process of acceptance, liberation, and love.