In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.
The phrase "I'm spiritual but not religious" has become a cliché. It's easy to find God amid the convenience of self-styled spirituality--but is it possible (and more worthwhile) to search for God through religion?
Minister and celebrated author Lillian Daniel gives a new spin on church with stories of what a life of faith can really be: weird, wondrous, and well worth trying. From a rock-and-roller sexton to a BB gun-toting grandma, a church service attended by animals to a group of unlikely theologians at Sing Sing, Daniel shows us a portrait of church that is flawed, fallible--and deeply faithful. With poignant reflections and sly wit, Daniel invites all of us to step out of ourselves, dare to become a community, and encounter a God greater than we could ever invent.
Humorous and sincere, this is a book about people finding God in the most unexpected of places: prisons, airports, yoga classes, committee meetings, and, strangest of all, right there in church.
Watch out! At Art Camp, kids explode in artistic expressions of worship! Art Camp is a four-day VBS experience for preschool and elementary kids. You'll spend four action-packed, art-filled days exploring the life of David in the Bible and his worshipful responses in the book of Psalms. You'll learn that God is my Shepherd, God is my Victory, God is my Fortress and Rock, and God is Holy. The more we get to know about God, the more we want to worship Him! Your week will be full of artistic expressions of worship brought to you by "experts" from your community and church family. You'll sing, dance, paint, draw, sculpt, create, invent, and explore. Kids will respond in worship through mosaics, journaling, music, dance, song, collage, pottery, muraling, photography, videography, ... and the list goes on and on! Everything you need to pull off this explosion of worship is included in this guide.
Reflecting on experiences of teaching confirmation, the author provides a helpful list of topics she believes to be essential knowledge. each topic is explored with invitations of how to enable this growth by planting, feeding, and watching growth in understanding and experience.
They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join Adam Hamilton in searching for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus. The clichés include: Everything happens for a reason. God helps those who help themselves. God won’t give you more than you can handle. God said it, I believe it, that settles it. Love the sinner, hate the sin. DVD & Book loaned out separately
In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.
Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.
Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.
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