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What is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

What is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

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Few evangelical Christians today understand Reformed theology, even though it has become an immensely influential theological tradition. Recognizing only key terms relating to predestination or the five points, many Christians want a better explanation of the concepts and beliefs that make up a Reformed perspective.

What is Reformed Theology? is an introduction to a doctrine that has eluded so many evangelical Christians. And who better to teach about Reformed theology than R. C. Sproul? In thoroughly expounding the foundational doctrines and five points, Sproul asserts the reality of God’s amazing grace.

For anyone wanting to know more about Reformed theology, this candid book offers a coherent and complete introduction to an established belief.

Previously published as Grace Unknown

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As Christ Submits to the Church: A Biblical Understanding of Leadership and Mutual Submission

As Christ Submits to the Church: A Biblical Understanding of Leadership and Mutual Submission

What does the Bible really say about gender, the ethics of submission, and male-female roles? In this book, well-regarded theologian Alan Padgett offers a fresh approach to the debate. Through his careful interpretation of Paul’s letters and broader New Testament teaching, the author shows how Christ’s submission to the church models an appropriate understanding of gender roles and servant leadership. As Christ submits to the church, so all Christians must submit to, serve, and care for one another. Padgett articulates a creative approach to mutual submission and explores its practical outworking in the church today, providing biblical and ethical affirmation for equality in leadership.

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New Kind of Church, A: Understanding Models of Ministry for the 21st Century

New Kind of Church, A: Understanding Models of Ministry for the 21st Century

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There is no shortage of books these days on new ways of “doing church.” New church models have been both warmly embraced and roundly criticized. What are church leaders and others concerned about the state of the church to make of all this? Does the Bible prescribe a standard model for doing church? Or is there freedom within certain guidelines?
In A New Kind of Church, respected church consultant Aubrey Malphurs addresses these important questions and suggests that there is room for new ways of doing ministry while being true to Scripture. In the process, he offers a theological and interpretive framework for evaluating any church model, new or old. He also offers suggestions for implementing change in the local church.

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His Broken Body: Understanding and Healing the Schism Between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches

His Broken Body: Understanding and Healing the Schism Between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches

A comprehensive, objective, scholarly and yet easy-to-read presentation of the differences, both historical, theological and liturgical between Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. The ideal complement (or even antidote) to such books as Upon this Rock; Jesus, Peter and the Keys; Two Paths; Popes and Patriarchs; The Primacy of Peter; etc. Discusses Peter’s Primacy and Apostolic Succession, Ecclesiology, Infallibility, the Filioque, Divorce, Celibacy, etc.

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Understanding the Sacraments: A Guide for Prayer and Study

Understanding the Sacraments: A Guide for Prayer and Study

Understanding the Sacraments is a popular guide for prayer and study of all seven sacraments, designed for use by individuals and groups. Everyday anecdotes and examples enliven the text. Questions for group discussion are appended.

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CONNECTICUT COUNCIL FOR INTERRELIGIOUS UNDERSTANDING PLANS 9/11 PRAYER SERVICE FOR REMEMBERANCE AND PEACE

(PRWEB) September 10, 2003

Hartford, Conn. — The Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, Inc., today announced its second annual 9/11 Memorial remembrance service.

Titled September 11: An Interreligious Prayer Service for Remembrance and Peace, it will offer prayers from the following religions: Baha’i Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Unitarian Universalist. Members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend on Thursday, September 11, 2003 at Christ Church Cathedral (Church and Main Streets in Downtown Hartford) from noon to 1:00 p.m.

“We gather in the spirit of prayer, together, to remember those who lost their lives and their loved ones who survive them,” stated The Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Sidorak, Jr. Executive Director of the Christian Conference of Connecticut.

Speakers for the program include Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez; Reverend Andrew D. Smith, Bishop of the Espicopal Diocese of Connecticut and Reverend Dr. Stephen J. Sidorak, Jr., Chair of the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, Inc.

Parking, within easy walking distance of the Cathedral, is available at the following parking garages: MAT Garage (Hartford Stage Company Garage – across Church Street); Sheraton Garage – behind the hotel on Church Street; LAZ-Metro Lot (corner of Church and Ann Streets) or Talcott Street Garage (behind Capital Community College – old G. Fox).

The Connecticut Committee for Interreligious Understanding welcomes the increasing religious diversity in our society and recognizes the need for dialogue and interaction among participants of all religions in order to promote mutual respect. We foster interreligious understanding and act against ignorance, intolerance, and violence.

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Understanding the Roman Catholic Church

The purpose of this video is to help Protestant Christians and others develop a better understanding of the Roman Catholic Church, its history and basic beliefs by listening to Roman Catholics tell their own story. The 35-minute program is organized into three parts: Roman Catholic beliefs, Church history, Catholic Renewal. The program includes interviews with Roman Catholic theologians, scholars, pastors and lay people. Portions of this program were recorded in Rome, Assisi, Trent and Casino, Italy. After centuries of mistrust, indifference and even hostility, attitudes between Roman Catholics and other Christians are changing. Dialogue, cooperation and understanding is healing old wounds, locally and up to the highest organizational levels. The Roman Catholic Church is the largest block of Christianity. In the US 65 million Roman Catholics are organized into 200 archdioceses and dioceses and more than 19000 local Catholic parishes. Each year over one million infants and 70000 adults are baptized in US Roman Catholic churches. Yet for all its great size, influence and long history, many non-Roman Catholics understand very little about the largest Christian denomination. www.elca.org/mosaic 800.638.3522 ext. 6009

Understanding Gospel Music

Understanding Gospel Music

Another Uniquely American Invention, Black Gospel Music Lyrics and Songs are Universally Uplifting

When an individual not entirely familiar with the character of gospel music thinks of the genre, that person probably wouldn’t consider it as intricately tied into American culture. Perhaps that person would think of the kind of music often sung in black Churches, or the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” might pop into mind.

One might acknowledge the music’s relevance to specific niche groups of our society, but probably wouldn’t rank it nearly as influential as, say, Rock, Jazz, Rap, or even Country.

What most people don’t understand, but which is understood within the gospel song industry, is that ‘Gospel music’ isn’t just a single genre. The gospel label encompasses a wide range of sounds, styles, and messages, and the simplistic description of it as “God music” simply isn’t appropriate. In fact, understanding the evolution and impact of Gospel provides valuable insight in the character of American culture.

Black Gospel and Southern Gospel Explained

The primary difference was that Black Gospel was and still is primarily about God, while Southern Gospels tend to be addressed to God. Both genres, then also vary radically from other Christian music, with which they are often confused. The history of Gospel is rich and intricate. So, to make it simple, let’s look at it from two basic perspectives. We’ll take the earlier examples, and consider black Church music, and the kinds of sounds people know from O Brother Where Art Thou. These two perspectives summarize the essential roots of Gospel music, as a fusion between early American white and black culture.

Similar Roots to Jazz

Black church music is probably the most obvious example of gospel music that people have in their minds. Similarly to Jazz, this type of music traces its roots back to slave spirituals sung in the 19th century, and, also like Jazz, continues its evolution up through work songs sung in labor camps in the early 20th century. However, it splits from the more secular jazz music at this point.

Segregation Breeds Invention

Due much in part to the segregation of America in the early and mid twentieth century, black churches quickly developed a very different culture than those that white people often attended. The oral tradition that began with black spirituals had grown and developed, and synthesizing with religious connotations, found its way into churches. These spirituals became a staple part of church life, but never saw much commercialization until the end of the 20th century. After public exposure in film and even some pop music, perhaps most famously by Madonna in “Like a Prayer, gospel music, alongside and sometimes overlapping the growing popularity of rap, black gospel has become not only a viable commercial enterprise, but a prominent, if understated, feature of American culture.

Southern Gospel has ingrained itself in American culture in a similar manner, though its evolution is surprisingly analogous. Think of George Clooney crooning away in the hit movie “Oh Brother, Where art Thou?”. The type of music he sings there is actually representative of one of the few musical genres that has maintained its popularity since the early days of sound recording. This type of music has its origins in a mixture of the slave spirituals of black gospel, and a more Puritan sound known as heart song. This acapella music, one of the few really acceptable in Puritan society, was commonly sung in praise of God and spirituality. Fast forward 150 years or so, and there’s a new industry booming through the use of radio and recorded songs. Very quickly the easy, upbeat, and catchy sounds of quartet music gained prominence with listeners.

It’s important to point out that while Southern Gospel is different from ‘black’ Gospel, that doesn’t mean one is just in the domain of the white folks while the other is for black folks. Many of the early quartet groups had some or all black members. In fact, as Black Gospel did not gain popularity outside of black culture until many decades later, these quartets were one the earliest opportunities for black entertainers to gain mainstream attention and recognition.

As Popular as Ever

Nearly a century later, and much of Southern Christian Gospel has remained unchanged. While its popularity died in the middle of the century, the couple Bill and Gloria Gaith did much to revive it in the early 90’s through a massive national tour. This inspired a movement that reached out to new listeners, and eventually grew into Progressive Christian Gospel, a sub-genre that mixes elements of traditional, traditional Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, modern country, contemporary Christian and pop music. This evolution has helped spread its popularity and accessibility, particularly among younger listeners.

Today, Southern Christian Gospel remains one of the most popular forms of music in the country, though it functions within a very closed community. Despite this exclusiveness, its influence has spread to other countries, particularly Ireland, (List others). More than being simply religious Southern Christian Gospel represents the spiritual and aethetic characteristic of American society.

So, while one might not see billboards prominently displaying the latest Gospel artists, or read about it in history textbooks, it remains an important and stalwart part of the American identity.

Gary Hayduk loves all things gospel music, from Black Gospel Music Lyrics, class gospelmusic, original gospel lyrics, Southern Gospel Music Lyrics and free printable Old time gospel song lyrics.