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The Bible In American Life

Author : Philip Goff
ISBN : 9780190468941
Genre : History
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There is a paradox in American Christianity. According to Gallup, nearly eight in ten Americans regard the Bible as either the literal word of God or the inspired by God. At the same time, surveys have revealed gaps in these same Americans' biblical literacy. These discrepancies reveal the complex relationship between American Christians and Holy Writ, a subject that is widely acknowledged but rarely investigated. The Bible in American Life is a sustained, collaborative reflection on the ways Americans use the Bible in their personal lives. It also considers how other influences, including religious communities and the internet, shape individuals' comprehension of scripture. Employing both quantitative methods (the General Social Survey and the National Congregations Study) and qualitative research (historical studies for context), The Bible in American Life provides an unprecedented perspective on the Bible's role outside of worship, in the lived religion of a broad cross-section of Americans both now and in the past. The Bible has been central to Christian practice, and has functioned as a cultural touchstone, throughout American history, but too little is known about how people engage it every day. How do people read the Bible for themselves outside of worship? How have denominational and parachurch publications influenced the interpretation and application of scripture? How have clergy and congregations influenced individual understandings of scripture? These questions are especially pressing in a time when denominations are losing much of their traditional cultural authority, technology is changing reading and cognitive habits, and subjective experience is continuing to eclipse textual authority as the mark of true religion. From the broadest scale imaginable, national survey data about all Americans, down to the smallest details, such as the portrayal of Noah and his ark in children's Bibles, this book offers insight and illumination from scholars across the intellectual spectrum. It will be useful and informative for scholars seeking to understand changes in American Christianity as well as clergy seeking more effective ways to preach and teach about scripture in a changing environment.
Category: History

Writer S Market 2016

Author : Robert Lee Brewer
ISBN : 9781599639536
Genre : Reference
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THE MOST TRUSTED GUIDE TO GETTING PUBLISHED Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer's Market 2016 guide you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings include contact and submission information to help writers get their work published. Beyond the listings, you'll find all-new material devoted to the business and promotion of writing. Discover the secrets of six-figure freelancers, how to create a productive home office, and apps that make freelancing easier. Plus, you'll learn how to build relationships in the publishing business, use video to promote your work, and remove obstacles from your path to freelance writing success. This edition includes the ever-popular pay-rate chart and the return of the much-requested book publisher subject index! You also gain access to: Lists of professional writing organizations Sample query letters A free digital download of Writer's Yearbook featuring the 100 Best Markets: WritersDigest.com/WritersDigest-Yearbook-15 + Includes exclusive access to the webinar "How to Build an Audience and Business With Your Writing" from Robert Lee Brewer, editor of Writer's Market "As a young writer, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the newest Writer's Market. No other annual has provided such a shot-in-the-arm to my dreams--nor such priceless guidance in making them come true. To read Writer's Market is to surround yourself with friends, teammates, teachers, experts, coaches, and cheerleaders--all of whom return season after season with entirely new voices but the same mission: to help you get from writer to published writer." --Tim Johnston, New York Times best-selling author of Descent
Category: Reference

Encyclopedia Of Christianity In The United States

Author : George Thomas Kurian
ISBN : 9781442244320
Genre : Religion
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From the Founding Fathers through the present, Christianity has exercised powerful influence in America—from its role in shaping politics and social institutions to its hand in art and culture. The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States outlines the myriad roles Christianity has played and continues to play. This masterful multi-volume reference includes biographies of major figures in the Christian church in the United States, documents and Supreme Court decisions, and information on theology and theologians, denominations, faith-based organizations, immigration, art—from decorative arts and film to music and literature—evangelism and crusades, women’s issues, racial issues, civil religion, and more.
Category: Religion

Adult Bible Studies Summer 2016 Student

Author : Clara K. Welch
ISBN : 9781501805721
Genre : Religion
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Summer theme: Toward a New Creation Genesis, Psalms, Zephaniah, Romans This summer, lessons in Adult Bible Studies follow the theme, “Toward a New Creation.” The student book writer is Clara Welch; Mark Price is the writer for the teacher book. Judgement and Salvation The quarter’s first four lessons deal with the concept of the day of the Lord, the consequences of disobedience, assurances and joy for the faithful, and the consequences of ignoring God’s truth. Scriptures come from Genesis, Zephaniah, Psalm 8, and Romans 1. A World Gone Wrong The first lesson in this unit leads us to consider God’s truth within us, while the second lesson reminds us of sin’s power. The third lesson celebrates that God has set things right, while the next lesson reminds us that we are not without hope. Scriptures come from the Book of Romans. Left on God’s Terms The five lessons that conclude this quarter’s study lead us to discover how death becomes life, how we are safe in God’s love, what it means to live under God’s mercy, how God prunes and grafts us into God’s family, and how love fulfills the law. Scriptures again come from the Book of Romans. Based on the Uniform Series, this quarterly study presents stimulating lessons that explore the biblical message and how to apply it to daily life. The curriculum helps adults move from a focus on the Word to reflection on personal, family, church, and community concerns. Ideal for a variety of settings, lessons are Bible-based, Christ-focused, and United Methodist – approved curriculum for use in adult Sunday school classes, mid-week Bible study, and small-group studies. Available in regular and large print or as an eBook. Free Extras! All found at adultbiblestudies.comSupplemental Resources Free supplemental resources related to each lesson enhance teacher preparation and small group participation. Current Events Supplement The free Current Events Supplement offers a way to connect each week’s lesson to a timely event or topic in the news. The supplements can enhance all resources using the Uniform Series. Register for the Forums at adultbiblestudies.com, and you can post and read comments about the lessons from other readers.
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Calvary Rock Resource Booklet Volume Two

Author : Calvary Rock Resource Writers
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This volume contains children, youth and adult world with stories, cartoons, poems, plays, messages, articles, Bible studies, seminars and Christian education materials. The headings include "The Child Atheist", "A Critical Debate Between An Atheist Professor And His Christian Student", "Going Haywire", "The Belief In Reincarnation", "The Game", "The Children Of God And The Slaves", "A Product Of Evangelism", "Cheap And Expensive Lies", "The Woman With Four Lovers", "Encounter With A Demon From The Grave", "The Life That Saves All" and a host of others.
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Adult Bible Studies Summer 2015 Student

Author : Lori Broschat
ISBN : 9781426797989
Genre : Religion
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God’s Prophets Demand Justice This summer, lessons in ADULT BIBLE STUDIES follow the theme “God’s Prophets Demand Justice.” The student book writer is Sarah McGiverin. Stan Purdum is the writer for the teacher book. Unit 1 Amos Rails Against Injustice The four lessons in this unit come from the Book of Amos. The first lesson focuses on knowing right from wrong and choosing wrong. Lesson 2 deals with attempts to hide injustice. Lesson 3 focuses on the injustice of greed and selfishness, while Lesson 4 deals with failure to heed warnings to end injustice. Judgment on Israel and Judah (Amos 2:4-8) God Is Not Fooled (Amos 5:14-15, 18-27) Rebuked for Selfishness (Amos 6:2-8, 11-14) God Will Never Forget (Amos 8:1-6, 9-10) Unit 2 Micah Calls for Justice Among Unjust People The first lesson in this four-lesson unit from Micah focuses on social and moral injustice. Lesson 2 deals with the injustice of corrupt leaders. The last two lessons examine what God requires for justice and how God dispenses mercy to restore justice. No Rest for the Wicked (Micah 2:4-11) No Tolerance for Corrupt Leaders and Prophets (Micah 3:5-12) Justice, Love, and Humility (Micah 6:3-8) God Shows Clemency (Micah 7:14-20) Unit 3 Advocates of Justice for All The final unit this quarter offers five lessons from five different biblical prophets. Lesson 1 features Isaiah’s prophecies that God will come as a redeemer bringing righteousness and justice to Israel. Lesson 2 focuses on Jeremiah’s description of corruption in the Temple as a choice to do good or bad, resulting in God’s blessing or punishment. In Lesson 3, the focus is on Ezekiel’s call for confession and repentance in order to build a healthy faith community. Lesson 4 features Zechariah’s words on God’s clear instruction for showing kindness, mercy, and justice to others. Finally, Lesson 5 examines Malachi’s efforts to inform the people that God requires justice and faithfulness and will bestow bountiful blessings in proportion to what they were willing to give. Our Redeemer Comes (Isaiah 59:15-21) A Choice to Be Just (Jeremiah 7:1-15) A Call for Repentance (Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32) God Demands Justice (Zechariah 7:8-14) Return to a Just God (Malachi 3:1-10) Based on the Uniform Series, this quarterly study presents stimulating lessons that explore the biblical message and how to apply it to daily life. The curriculum helps adults move from a focus on the Word to reflection on personal, family, church, and community concerns. Ideal for a variety of settings, lessons are Bible-based, Christ-focused, and United Methodist – approved curriculum for use in adult Sunday school classes, mid-week Bible study, and small-group studies. Available in regular and large print or as an eBook. About the Series Hundreds of thousands of students and teachers use ADULT BIBLE STUDIES each week in Sunday school classes, mid-week Bible studies, and other small group settings. Bible-based and Christ-focused, it is an approved resource by the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church. It is published quarterly. Each week’s lesson features: A purpose statement offering focus and direction for the lesson. Printed biblical text from The Common English Bible .Reliable and relevant biblical explanation and application. closing prayer, guiding personal commitment. Free Extras! All found at adultbiblestudies.com Supplemental Resources Free supplemental resources related to each lesson enhance teacher preparation and small group participation. Current Events Supplement The free Current Events Supplement offers a way to connect each week’s lesson to a timely event or topic in the news. The supplements can enhance all resources using the Uniform Series. Register for the Forums at adultbiblestudies.com, and you can post and read comments about the lessons from other readers.
Category: Religion

Daily Bible Study Fall 2015

Author : Lee Franklin
ISBN : 9781501805752
Genre : Religion
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Fall 2015 The Christian Community Comes Alive This fall, DAILY BIBLE STUDY presents a series of readings following the theme “The Christian Community Comes Alive.” Readings come primarily from the Book of Acts and focus on the beginnings of the Christian church; the boldness with which Jesus’ followers testified to their faith; and the ways the gospel spread among the Jews and then the Gentiles. These daily readings, which prepare us for the 13 lessons in ADULT BIBLE STUDIES, are written by Bill Carter, Katie Shockley, and Lee Franklin. Seeds of New Growth Daily readings in this four-week unit recall how the early Christians supported one another through prayer, how they lived generously and shared all things, ways they witnessed to the truth, and how they remembered God’s faithfulness. Giving Bold Testimony Daily readings in this four-week unit follow the members of the early church as God’s Spirit worked in and through them, enabling them to stand firm, follow God’s way, take risks to share the gospel, and trust the Spirit to equip them to do the work God called them to do. Spreading the Gospel Daily readings in this five-week unit explore the role of prayer in the spread of the gospel, the abundant grace of God that makes salvation available to all with no distinctions, the cost of following Christ, the majesty and goodness of God, and the wisdom of living based on teachings from God’s Word For individual reading This daily devotional Bible study guide helps individuals develop the discipline of engaging with the Bible every day. Bible-based, Christ-focused, and United Methodist-approved, the daily readings support and lead up to the weekly lessons in Adult Bible Studies. Each one-page daily reading includes: A focal Scripture. An introductory reflection question. Commentary on the biblical text. Life application. A concluding prayer. Coming for next quarter! DAILY BIBLE STUDY is also available as a mobile app! The DAILY BIBLE STUDY mobile app helps individuals on the go develop the discipline of engaging with and applying the teachings of the Bible to their lives. Each daily reading opens with a question to ponder, a reading and commentary on the daily Scripture passage, application to life, and a concluding prayer. The app also allows you to share content with friends via Facebook, Twitter, or email! Get the app on iTunes!
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Swing Time

Author : Zadie Smith
ISBN : 9783462316001
Genre : Fiction
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»Nicht nur Freundschaft, sondern die ganze verrückte, ungerechte Welt wird einem präzisen prüfenden Blick unterzogen.« New York Magazine.Beim Tanzunterricht lernen sich zwei kleine Mädchen kennen und werden Freundinnen. Beide träumen davon, Tänzerinnen zu werden. Doch nur die eine hat Talent. Die andere hat Ideen: über Rhythmus und Zeit, über schwarze Haut und schwarze Musik, über Stammeszugehörigkeit, Milieu, Bildung und Chancengleichheit. Als sich die beiden Mädchen zum ersten Mal begegnen, fühlen sie sich sofort zueinander hingezogen. Die gleiche Leidenschaft fürs Tanzen und für Musicals verbindet sie, doch auch derselbe Londoner Vorort und die Hautfarbe. Ihre Wege trennen sich, als Tracey tatsächlich Tänzerin wird und erste Rollen in Musicals bekommt. Ihre Freundin wiederum jettet als Assistentin der berühmten Sängerin Aimee um die Welt. Als Aimee in Afrika eine Schule gründen will, reist sie ihr voraus und lässt sich durch das Land, in dem ihre Wurzeln liegen, verzaubern und aus dem Rhythmus bringen. Dieser grandiose Roman von Zadie Smith, der in den USA und in Großbritannien von Presse und Publikum gefeiert wird, erzählt am Beispiel zweier Freundinnen vom Siegen und Scheitern, vom Beginnen und Enden. »Bewegend, lustig und wahrhaftig analysiert dieser Roman mit der Eleganz von Fred Astaire oder Michael Jackson Themen wie Hautfarbe und Weltpolitik.« Kirkus Reviews
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Bible Lessons For Youth Winter 2017 2018 Leader

Author : Sally Hoelscher
ISBN : 9781501833397
Genre : Religion
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The Bible Lessons for the winter quarter will help teens explore the twofold nature of faith as belief and action. The Book of Acts offers some examples of proclaiming faith in Christ. In the Book of Daniel, teens will learn about faith in action as sincere, obedient, bold, and strong. The unit also explores the Epistles to learn how believers’ actions, both as individuals and as communities, demonstrate our faith in Christ. Winter Theme: Faith (Acts, Daniel, Matthew, Ephesians, James, and First Timothy) Bible Lessons for Youth is a comprehensive 6-year Bible-to-life curriculum that helps teens apply the Bible to their real-life. Its teacher-friendly format is built around a step-by-step sequence with thought-provoking activities designed to help youth understand Scripture and apply it to their individual experiences. Begin The Bible Lessons for Youth format of “Explore,” “Focus,” and “Connect” is an intentional learning approach to help teens FOCUS on the original context, EXPLORE how the passage speaks to their lives, and CONNECT with how to live out God’s Word in their daily lives and in the world. Key Verse Taken from the passage printed in the student book, this verse can be used to emphasize Scripture memorization in your class. Take-Away This is the basic point of the lesson and is summed up in a short sentence. It’s the big idea you want your teens to grasp from each week’s session. Bible Lesson For easy access, the Scripture passage your class or group will explore is taken from the Common English Bible, and are coordinated with the Uniform Lesson Series. Contains options for younger and older youth.
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