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A Bigger Table

Author : John Pavlovitz
ISBN : 9781611648256
Genre : Religion
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No one likes to eat alone; to approach a table filled with people, only to be told that despite the open chairs there isn't room for you. The rejection stings. It leaves a mark. Yet this is exactly what the church has been saying to far too many people for far too long: "You're not welcome here. Find someplace else to sit." How can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion? Pastor John Pavlovitz invites readers to join him on the journey to find--or build--a church that is big enough for everyone. He speaks clearly into the heart of the issues the Christian community has been earnestly wrestling with: LGBT inclusion, gender equality, racial tensions, and global concerns. A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, Hopeful Spiritual Community asks if organized Christianity can find a new way of faithfully continuing the work Jesus began two thousand years ago, where everyone gets a seat. Pavlovitz shares moving personal stories and his careful observations as a pastor to set the table for a new, more loving conversation on these and other important matters of faith. He invites us to build the bigger table Jesus imagined, practicing radical hospitality, total authenticity, messy diversity, and agenda-free community.
Category: Religion

A Bigger Table Expanded Edition With Study Guide Building Messy Authentic And Hopeful Spiritual Community

Author : John Pavlovitz
ISBN : 0664264905
Genre : Religion
File Size : 53.66 MB
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A Bigger Table invites readers to envision a church that is big enough for everyone, by holding up a mirror to the modern church and speaking clearly on issues at the heart of the Christian community: LGBT inclusion, gender equality, racial tensions, global concerns, and theological shifts. John Pavlovitz shares moving personal stories, his careful observations as a pastor, and his understanding of the ancient stories of Jesus to set the table for a new, positive, more loving conversation on these and other important matters of faith. Though there are many who would remove chairs and whittle down the guest list, we can build the bigger table Jesus imagined, practicing radical hospitality, total authenticity, messy diversity, and agenda-free community. This new edition includes a small-group study guide complete with ideas for exploring A Bigger Table in a congregation-wide sermon series and program along with a new foreword by Jacqui Lewis and new afterword by the author to explore the challenges of living out the bigger table when voices of hate and exclusion seem stronger and louder than ever.
Category: Religion

Reflections From The Marriage Table

Author : Ron Clark
ISBN : 9781498298124
Genre : Religion
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In the midst of hectic and fast paced families, one stable element that can bring grace, love, and joy is the table. Biblically, the table was a place of mercy, unity, and hospitality. Marriage also is a uniting of male and female, to complement and partner, to create a new family, ministry, and community. When the marriage table becomes a central element, sacred and safe spaces are created for individuals, couples, and families to thrive and mature as God intended. Ron and Lori Clark share their experiences as a couple in ministry, working with family violence, and creating safe spaces for their marriage and children to mature and develop healthy self-esteem. This book, with discussion questions, is designed to help couples find partnership, peace, and grow together in relationship and love, whether in ministry or simply seeking to be who God called them to be.
Category: Religion

Ai And Human Thought And Emotion

Author : Sam Freed
ISBN : 9780429671197
Genre : Computers
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The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has grown dramatically in recent decades from niche expert systems to the current myriad of deep machine learning applications that include personal assistants, natural-language interfaces, and medical, financial, and traffic management systems. This boom in AI engineering masks the fact that all current AI systems are based on two fundamental ideas: mathematics (logic and statistics, from the 19th century), and a grossly simplified understanding of biology (mainly neurons, as understood in 1943). This book explores other fundamental ideas that have the potential to make AI more anthropomorphic. Most books on AI are technical and do not consider the humanities. Most books in the humanities treat technology in a similar manner. AI and Human Thought and Emotion, however is about AI, how academics, researchers, scientists, and practitioners came to think about AI the way they do, and how they can think about it afresh with a humanities-based perspective. The book walks a middle line to share insights between the humanities and technology. It starts with philosophy and the history of ideas and goes all the way to usable algorithms. Central to this work are the concepts of introspection, which is how consciousness is viewed, and consciousness, which is accessible to humans as they reflect on their own experience. The main argument of this book is that AI based on introspection and emotion can produce more human-like AI. To discover the connections among emotion, introspection, and AI, the book travels far from technology into the humanities and then returns with concrete examples of new algorithms. At times philosophical, historical, and technical, this exploration of human emotion and thinking poses questions and provides answers about the future of AI.
Category: Computers

The Five Wives Of Maurice Pinder

Author : Matt Charman
ISBN : 9780571318988
Genre : Drama
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No family photograph can truly prepare Rowena for her first meeting with Maurice's three wives and teenage son. Young, nervous and extremely pregnant, she is warmly welcomed into the fold but her presence soon has the family questioning the nature of their delicate balance. Then Fay brings home a one-night stand, with far-reaching consequences for them all. Set in an ordinary house in a tree-lined street in Lewisham, Matt Charman's new play takes a provocative look at married life, and the alternatives.
Category: Drama

The Pinsetter

Author : Myron Bubnak
ISBN : 9781453539545
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This story is about a sixteen (16) yearold boy, who stayed away for fourteen(14) months, and the experiences he had. Thefirst night he spent on Skid Row in a cheapflophouse. The nights he spent in an all nighttheater, and the people he met. An ex prizefighter who helped him get a job. Turned out tobe the best friend he ever had, and who openedup the world of bowling for him. Especially, thepeople he met, the bowlers, employees, and theowner of the bowling center. In addition, of thepeople who work in the pits that no one sees thepinsetters.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Monsters In The Shadow

Author : Elizabeth Horvath
ISBN : 9781469127255
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 23.96 MB
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I dedicate this book to the children of addicts, the tender souls who do not know that they are being cheated out of a life and that they are being sacrificed and misled before they know why. It doesn’t take long for the children of addicts to realize that they are different from others, that their souls have been burned, and that they will never find the parental love they so relentlessly pursue. But the human spirit will prevail, and the children of addicts will survive. All they have to do is dream, dream past the addicted parent, dream out of a hopeless situation created. The tender souls can dream themselves into productive and happy lives. I am the product of my own dream, and this is my story.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Prairie Preacher

Author : P. J. Hoge
ISBN : 9781450200264
Genre : Fiction
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Prairie Preacher tells the story of a young Lutheran pastor who accepts his first call to a church in central North Dakota in 1955. Byron Ellison is assigned there for one year, at the end of which the congregation will vote to keep him on permanently. The year is full of trials and hardships for the rural church, even threatening its very existence. Pastor Ellison has much to learn about becoming an accepted member of the provincial area. He makes mistakes while helping his congregation deal with prejudices and the trials of life. He makes many good friends and at least one staunch enemy. The young man grows in faith as he is often tested. With humor and through tears, he grows in understanding about trust, forgiveness and acceptance as he shares tears and joy with his best friend and neighbors.
Category: Fiction

The Snack Thief

Author : Andrea Camilleri
ISBN : 9780330526203
Genre : Fiction
File Size : 20.26 MB
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Never has Inspector Montalbano's character – a unique blend of humor, cynicism, compassion, earthiness, and love of good food – been more compelling than in Andrea Camilleri's third Montalbano novel, The Snack Thief. When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off Sicily's coast, only Inspector Montalbano suspects a link between the two incidents. His investigation leads to the beautiful Karima, an impoverished house cleaner and sometime prostitute, whose young son steals other school children's mid-morning snacks. But Karima disappears, and the young snack thief's life – as well as Montalbano's – is endangered when the inspector exposes a viper's nest of government corruption and international intrigue. The Snack Thief is followed by the fourth Inspector Montalbano novel, The Voice of the Violin.
Category: Fiction