Category: Church History

  • This Far by Faith: Tradition and Change in the Episcopal by David R. Contosta

    By David R. Contosta

    The heritage of the Diocese of Pennsylvania is in lots of methods a heritage of the Episcopal Church at huge. It continues to be one of many biggest and so much influential dioceses within the nationwide church. Its tale has paralleled and illustrated the demanding situations and accomplishments of the broader denomination—and of matters that drawback the yank humans as a complete. In This a long way through Faith, ten expert historians give you the first whole background of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. it is going to develop into crucial analyzing for somebody wishing to appreciate the heritage and value of the Episcopal Church and of its evolution within the larger Philadelphia area.

    Aside from the editor, the participants are Charles Cashdollar, Marie Conn, William W. Cutler III, Deborah Mathias Gough, Ann Greene, Sheldon Hackney, Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner, William Pencak, and Thomas F. Rzeznik.

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  • Effectiveness By The Numbers: Counting What Counts in the by William R. Hoyt

    By William R. Hoyt

    Accurately counting the ideal issues can profoundly influence ministry effectiveness. realizing “the tale within the stats” can tell judgements and result in the issues that produce the consequences so much exciting to God. collecting and learning the fitting numbers may also help a church properly make investments its assets of time, attempt, humans, funds, and amenities. Effectiveness by means of the Numbers can help make sure that your church is measuring the proper issues for the ideal purposes. Counting what counts permits a church to satisfy its mission--making mature fans of Jesus Christ. 

    Jesus and his disciples counted. They knew what percentage he fed with the 5 loaves and fishes. while a crowd amassed they generally knew and recorded the variety of males, ladies and kids current for the development. The early church counted. They knew that at the day of Pentecost approximately 3,000 have been additional to their quantity. The publication of Acts reviews that “many believed,” “people have been added,” and “many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and have been baptized.” If Jesus counted and the early church stored music of numbers, it isn't unreasonable to count on church buildings this present day to exploit metrics to increase their effectiveness in doing God’s paintings on earth.

    Chapter One: the terror of Numbers
    Chapter Two: If you may count number just one Thing
    Chapter Three: How Many and the way Often
    Chapter Four: How Many Stick?
    Chapter Five: what percentage Serve?
    Chapter Six: Who's New?
    Chapter Seven: Growing by way of Staying Small
    Chapter Eight: What's extra vital than Dollars?
    Chapter Nine: What Product Are You generating Anyway?

    About the author:  William R. Hoyt
    During his 38 years of ministry, Dr. invoice Hoyt has served as Pastor, Seminary Professor, government Minister of the Southwest Baptist convention and a specialist to church buildings, denominations and different not-for-profit companies. by means of advantage of his diversified heritage, Dr. Hoyt has been privileged to watch numerous church buildings from many alternative vantage issues.

    Dr. Hoyt is the President of NexStep training and Consulting, a firm dedicated to improving the effectiveness of Christian leaders and enterprises via govt training and consulting for organizational improvement. Dr. Hoyt is usually President of UniReach foreign, a non-profit association that engages in humanitarian paintings in Vietnam.

    Dr. Hoyt and his spouse Gwyn were married for forty years. they've got sons and daughters-in-law, a granddaughter and 3 grandsons. 

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  • Trust Not in Princes: The New Holland Settlers and the Last by Robert Westra

    By Robert Westra

    In 1910, twenty Dutch immigrants known as the Dutch Twenty arrived in medication Hat, Alberta and have been the 1st in their countrymen to use for the “free” homesteads which have been marketed because the “last top west” by means of the govt of Canada.



    This booklet describes how the folk attempted to farm this arid zone. They got here jointly to construct a church, later salvaging what they can after they made up our minds to go away for solid after their brief settlement.



    the folks lived and grew spiritually through giving because of God after they may have cursed the govt., the land, and their state of affairs. They in its place selected to steer lives jam-packed with thanksgiving, integrity, braveness, and religion in a sovereign God who they believed had introduced them to Canada regardless of their preliminary trust that this land will be the “last top west.”

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  • The Way to Heaven: Catechisms and Sermons in the by Yudha Thianto

    By Yudha Thianto

    This e-book explores the creation and transplantation of Calvinism to the Dutch East Indies within the 17th century via shut research of the earliest Malay translations of Reformed catechisms and published sermons written by means of Dutch ministers operating within the archipelago. This ebook exhibits how those ministers brought, taught, and defined the most teachings of Calvinism to the folks of the Dutch East Indies in a language they can comprehend, in addition to the demanding situations those ministers encountered as they moved ahead of their efforts to unfold the gospel to the folks.

    "Yudha Thianto writes with nice readability and verve. This learn is mature, revealing, and deft. Bravo!"
    --Cornelius Plantinga Jr., writer of Reading for Preaching

    Yudha Thianto is Professor of Theology at Trinity Christian university in Palos Heights, Illinois.
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  • Godly Women Modest Apparel by Leroy Hawthorne,Herma Hawthorne,Joan Hill

    By Leroy Hawthorne,Herma Hawthorne,Joan Hill

    Modest costume displays dedication to a Christ-like existence and indicates admire for self, for fellow beings, and for God. Being modestly dressed replicate a good impact on either vainness and behaviour. while a girl clothes modestly, it serves as a actual and non secular protect opposed to immoral habit and its inherent actual, emotional, and non secular damage. simply because modesty in costume can't be decreased to a question of specific kinds, everyone is inspired to exploit warning and prudence to figure out acceptable gown in various situations.
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  • Landscape, Nature, and the Sacred in Byzantium by Veronica della Dora

    By Veronica della Dora

    Nature is as a lot an idea as a actual truth. by way of 'placing' nature inside of Byzantine tradition and in the discourse of Orthodox Christian suggestion and perform, panorama, Nature and the Sacred in Byzantium explores attitudes in the direction of construction which are completely and fascinatingly varied from the fashionable. Drawing on Patristic writing and on Byzantine literature and artwork, the publication develops a clean conceptual framework for coming near near Byzantine perceptions of house and the surroundings. It takes readers on an imaginary flight over the Earth and its various topographies of gardens and barren region, mountains and caves, rivers and seas, and invitations them to shift from the linear time of historical past to the cyclical time and areas of the sacred - the time and areas of everlasting returns and revelations.
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  • Die Wurzel allen Übels: Vorstellungen über die Herkunft des by Fabienne Jourdan,Rainer Hirsch-Luipold

    By Fabienne Jourdan,Rainer Hirsch-Luipold

    Die Frage nach der Herkunft des Bösen hat philosophische wie religiöse Denker seit jeher beschäftigt. Unde malum? Wo immer die Erfahrung des Ausgeliefertseins an Gewalt und Zerstörung, Krankheit und Tod, aber auch die Erfahrung der Abgründigkeit der Seele Menschen erschüttern, drängt sich die Frage nach Ursache und Verantwortlichkeit auf. Die fortgesetzte Suche nach Antworten, durch mythisches Erzählen, durch philosophische Reflexion, durch psychologische, soziale sowie politische Rationalisierung oder durch naturwissenschaftliche Hypothesenbildung wird in den Beiträgen des vorliegenden Bandes in der Literatur des 1.-4. Jahrhunderts n.Chr., nachgezeichnet. Die behandelten Texte spiegeln ein die Geistes-, Philosophie- und Religionsgeschichte durchziehendes Verlangen, die Existenzbedingungen des Menschen zu verstehen und seiner Leiderfahrung auf den Grund zu gehen, getrieben von der Hoffnung, sich am Ende des Übels entheben oder es doch zumindest intellektuell domestizieren zu können.
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  • Liebesbriefe an die Kirche (German Edition) by Petra Knapp-Biermeier,Roland Noé,Kardinal Kurt Koch

    By Petra Knapp-Biermeier,Roland Noé,Kardinal Kurt Koch

    Liebesbriefe an die Kirche? Ja, es gibt sie auch im three. Jahrtausend! Rund forty eindrucksvolle Zeugnisse hat die größte deutschsprachige Internetzeitung KATH.NET ausgewählt und aus Anlass ihres zehnjährigen Bestehens im Herbst 2011 publiziert. Das Buch "Liebesbriefe an die Kirche" ist eine spannende Pflichtlektüre für jeden, der die katholische Kirche ganz neu erleben möchte.
    Ihr Wesen ist so vielfältig wie die modernen "Bekenntnisse", die KATH.NET Leser und prominente Autoren hier ablegen. Unter ihnen sind die Bischöfe Klaus Küng, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Franz-Josef Overbeck und Gregor Maria Hanke OSB, ebenso Peter Seewald, Paul Badde, Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz, P. Karl Wallner OCist, Gabriele Kuby, Monika Metternich, Barbara Wenz, Karin Maria Fenbert, Dario Pizzano und Maite Kelly.
    Das Buch möge nachdenklich machen und neue Freude am Glauben und an der Kirche wecken, wünscht Kardinal Kurt Koch in seinem Vorwort. Lesen Sie die "Liebesbriefe an die Kirche" und erfahren Sie mehr von der kraftvollen, lebensverändernden Liebe Gottes zu den Menschen!
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  • Herrscherpanegyrik unter Trajan und Konstantin: Studien zur by Christian Ronning

    By Christian Ronning

    Welche Funktion erfüllte die Herrscherpanegyrik der römischen Kaiserzeit? Handelte es sich hierbei um 'propagandistische' Auftragswerke zur Glorifizierung des Machthabers oder um Instrumente einer raffinierten Lenkung des Monarchen unter dem Deckmantel des Lobpreises? Anhand der dichten examine exemplarischer Reden aus der Zeit Trajans (Plinius, Panegyricus) und Konstantins (Pan. Lat. five u. 12) arbeitet Christian Ronning die Rahmenbedingungen dieser Festreden, die gesellschaftliche und politische Stellung der Redner sowie die individuelle Zielsetzung heraus und stellt sie in ihren historischen Kontext. Besonderes Augenmerk liegt dabei auf der Verschränkung der Panegyrik mit ihrem zeremoniellen Umfeld, auf den Ritualen, die die Rede umgeben und die in sie selbst Eingang gefunden haben. Festreden erscheinen dabei als ein konstitutives aspect der Austauschbeziehungen zwischen Herrscher, Städten und Funktionseliten im Römischen Reich. Sie spiegeln die jeweils aktuellen Machtlagerungen wider und zeugen von der Aneignung und spezifischen Deutung der herrscherlichen Rituale durch die Beteiligten. Die kaiserzeitliche Panegyrik ist damit keine Rhetorik der propagandistischen Beeinflussung oder Verschleierung, sondern ein gemeinsamer Code, dessen sich Herrscher und Untertanen bedienen, um sich ihres wechselseitigen Verhältnisses zu versichern - und dieses gegenüber den Ansprüchen und Interessen Dritter abzugrenzen. Zugleich dient die Panegyrik der Speicherung, Aktualisierung und Re-Interpretation vergangener Ritualhandlungen; sie ist in diesem Sinne von einer auf Zeremonien basierten Gesellschaft nicht zu trennen.
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  • The Essential Handbook of Denominations and Ministries by George Thomas Kurian,Sarah Claudine Day

    By George Thomas Kurian,Sarah Claudine Day

    notwithstanding the church common is an historic establishment, the modern ministry panorama is usually altering. that is why a brand new source with precious information regarding Christian agencies is needed.

    The crucial guide of Denominations and Ministries is an easy-to-use advisor to greater than 2 hundred of the most important denominations and three hundred ministries within the usa. The entries for firms comprise a short historical past and precis, a modern profile, and dialogue on doctrinal emphases, creeds, club, and interdenominational and ecumenical alliances. Pastors, ministry leaders, group leaders, and scholars will locate this source a priceless advisor as they search to appreciate Christian denominations and ministries.
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