Author: J Terpstra

Publisher: J TERPSTRA


Category: Religion

Page: 63

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Fourteen Bible Devotions in a conversational style, expounding biblical principles from the Old and New Testaments. Geared to spur the Christian Pilgrim to action, these devotions glean inspiration from numerous passages and the lives of some of the best known men and women hero’s of the holy scripture. These devotions are perfect for: personal use; bible camps; midweek bible studies; revival meetings; bible in universities; after-college bible clubs; small group meetings and retreats. Church leaders can use these devotions to equip, entertain and encourage members of their congregation to devote themselves to motion in the Lord’s service. You need this motivational book on the timeless themes of Revival, Evangelism and Assurance. CONTENTS Series Three JOSEPH DREAMED A DREAM THE GOOD SHEPHERD STAND, STRENGTHEN, SPEAK RUTH’S RICH REWARD GO TO SOW PRAYER WARRIOR OR FEAR WORRIER? IDOLS TO IDLE DAVID’S DAILY DEVOTIONS IMPRESSION OR DEPRESSION? PROCRASTINATION AND PRECIPITATION PUT OFF; PUT ON SETTLED OR SOJOURNING? JERRY IN JEOPARDY FACE THE RACE

Thecla's Devotion

Author: McLarty JD

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 0227905768

Category: Religion

Page: 265

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Second century apocryphal Christian texts are Christian fiction: they draw on the motifs of contemporary pagan stories of romance, travel and adventure to entertain their readers, but also to explore what it means to be Christian. The Thecla episodein the Apocryphal Acts of Paul recounts the conversion of a young pagan woman, her rejection of marriage, her narrow escapes from martyrdom and the end of her story as an independent, ascetic evangelist. In Thecla's Devotion, J.D. McLarty reads the Thecla episode against a paradigm pagan romance, Callirhoe: for both texts the passions are key to the unfolding of the plot - how are unruly emotions to be managed and controlled? The pagan would answer, 'through reason'. This study uses the portrayal of emotion within character and plot to explore the response of the Thecla episode to this key question for Christian identity formation.

Addiction and Devotion in Early Modern England

Author: Rebecca Lemon

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812294815

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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Rebecca Lemon illuminates a previously-buried conception of addiction, as a form of devotion at once laudable, difficult, and extraordinary, that has been concealed by the persistent modern link of addiction to pathology. Surveying sixteenth-century invocations, she reveals how early moderns might consider themselves addicted to study, friendship, love, or God. However, she also uncovers their understanding of addiction as a form of compulsion that resonates with modern scientific definitions. Specifically, early modern medical tracts, legal rulings, and religious polemic stressed the dangers of addiction to alcohol in terms of disease, compulsion, and enslavement. Yet the relationship between these two understandings of addiction was not simply oppositional, for what unites these discourses is a shared emphasis on addiction as the overthrow of the will. Etymologically, "addiction" is a verbal contract or a pledge, and even as sixteenth-century audiences actively embraced addiction to God and love, writers warned against commitment to improper forms of addiction, and the term became increasingly associated with disease and tyranny. Examining canonical texts including Doctor Faustus, Twelfth Night, Henry IV, and Othello alongside theological, medical, imaginative, and legal writings, Lemon traces the variety of early modern addictive attachments. Although contemporary notions of addiction seem to bear little resemblance to its initial meanings, Lemon argues that the early modern period's understanding of addiction is relevant to our modern conceptions of, and debates about, the phenomenon.

Conflicts of Devotion

Author: Daniel R. Gibbons

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 026810137X

Category: Poetry

Page: 318

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Who will mourn with me? Who will break bread with me? Who is my neighbor? In the wake of the religious reformations of the sixteenth century, such questions called for a new approach to the communal religious rituals and verses that shaped and commemorated many of the brightest and darkest moments of English life. In England, new forms of religious writing emerged out of a deeply fractured spiritual community. Conflicts of Devotion reshapes our understanding of the role that poetry played in the re-formation of English community, and shows us that understanding both the poetics of liturgy and the liturgical character of poetry is essential to comprehending the deep shifts in English spiritual attitudes and practices that occurred during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The liturgical, communitarian perspective of Conflicts of Devotion sheds new light on neglected texts and deepens our understanding of how major writers such as Edmund Spenser, Robert Southwell, and John Donne struggled to write their way out of the spiritual and social crises of the age of the Reformation. It also sheds new light on the roles that poetry may play in negotiating—and even overcoming—religious conflict. Attention to liturgical poetics allows us to see the broad spectrum of ways in which English poets forged new forms of spiritual community out of the very language of theological division. This book will be of great interest to teachers and students of early modern poetry and of the various fields related to Reformation studies: history, politics, and theology.