Experiencing God can at once inspire worship, incite fear, melt us in love, and increase our desire to experience Him more. Such is the unique relationship we have with the Once we call Almighty as well as dead Friend. In Rhythms of the Inner Life, Howard Macy Plumbs the depths of one of Scripture's most heart-tugging books, the Psalms, to explore seven typical heart responses to God's interaction with each of us--longing, waiting, trembling, despairing, resting, conversing, celebrating. As we become alert and sensitive to these inner spiritual rhythms, we will learn to walk ever more closely with the God who holds and delights in us.
Some folks are surprised to find humor in the Bible; they don't think it has any. Others are embarrassed; they worry about being sacrilegious. Some laugh and don't tell anyone; others laugh out loud and share it with those around. However people respond, the Bible does, in fact, use humor. This book examines why it's there, why it matters, what it looks like, how to look for it, and what to do with it when you find it. The author's goal is to help people become better Bible readers, growing in both skill and insight. So the book doesn't just display a collection of museum pieces, showing the treasures of other explorers. Instead, it offers readers tools and field guides to become explorers discovering on their own. It's a fun how-to manual, dealing with what is routinely overlooked in teaching about biblical interpretation. Individuals will enjoy reading it, but it's also a rich resource for reading groups, Bible study groups, and classes.
This funny and practical book shows how humor can help us know who we are, how to live well, and why "saints" can laugh a lot. Humor is an important and often overlooked part of the spiritual life. Howard Macy aims to help readers learn to appreciate the formative power of laughter in the Christian pilgrimage. We're so sure you'll love this book that we don't even offer a money-back guarantee. Instead we warn you that you'll want to buy copies for all your friends. They'll love it too, even the grim ones.
The Eternal Promise: A contemporary Quaker classic and a sequel to A Testament of Devotion by Thomas Kelly with foreword by Howard Macy The Eternal Promise includes two of Thomas Kelly's classic essays, "The Gathered Meeting" and "Hasten unto God." Published in this edition is an essay, "Have you Ever Seen a Miracle?" of which Douglas Steere writes, "It is Thomas Kelly at his absolute best and will pierce the hearts of ever so many readers."
The Quakers in America is a multifaceted history of the Religious Society of Friends and a fascinating study of its culture and controversies today. Lively vignettes of Conservative, Evangelical, Friends General Conference, and Friends United meetings illuminate basic Quaker theology and reflect the group's diversity while also highlighting the fundamental unity within the religion. Quaker culture encompasses a rich tradition of practice even as believers continue to debate whether Quakerism is necessarily Christian, where religious authority should reside, how one transmits faith to children, and how gender and sexuality shape religious belief and behavior. Praised for its rich insight and ...
In this book, Gordon Heath and James Dvorak bring together three traditions that are not often brought together under one roof: Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. Authors from a number of Protestant traditions, as well as one from Orthodoxy and one from Catholicism, have contributed to a volume that provides a grander vision of the diversity of the church as well as a deeper sense of the differences that divide and the similarities that unite. This book provides a much-needed and helpful forum for a variety of Christian positions to be presented and defended so that Christians can at least operate out of understanding rather than ignorance. The authors also hope that such understanding will nudge people closer together as baptized followers of Jesus Christ. The gracious spirit of each contributor to this volume indicates that it is possible. All contributors in this volume write about their own tradition, and a number write not just as academics but also as ordained leaders in their churches. The insider's perspective that each author brings allows passionate presentations of each perspective but also committed defenses of the same.
Quakerism began in England in the 1650s. George Fox, credited as leading the movement, had an experience of 1647 in which he felt he could hear Christ directly and inwardly without the mediation of text or minister. Convinced of the authenticity of this experience and its universal application, Fox preached a spirituality in which potentially all were ministers, all part of a priesthood of believers, a church levelled before the leadership of God. Quakers are a fascinating religious group both in their original 'peculiarity' and in the variety of reinterpretations of the faith since. The way they have interacted with wider society is a basic but often unknown part of British and American his...