Preacher of Death

The Shocking Inside Story of David Koresh and the Waco Siege
Author: Martin King,Marc Breault
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 9780451180001
Category: Cults
Page: 375
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A reporter who interviewed cult leader Vernon Howell/David Koresh in 1992, and a former cult member who was second-in-command of the Branch Davidians for many years, describe and explain what led up to the horrifying end of the cult in the Waco fire of April 1993. It is the story of a deluded maniac who exerted a hypnotic influence over his followers and committed many crimes without any legal constraints being brought to bear on him or his sect.

Speaking of Dying

Recovering the Church's Voice in the Face of Death
Author: Fred Craddock,Dale Goldsmith,Joy V. Goldsmith
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1441238816
Category: Religion
Page: 240
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The church does not cope very well with dying. Instead of using its own resources to mount a positive end-of-life ministry for the terminally ill, it outsources care to secular models, providers, and services. A terminal diagnosis typically triggers denial of impending death and placing faith in the techniques and resources of modern medicine. If a cure is not forthcoming, the patient and his or her loved ones experience a sense of failure and bitter disappointment. This book offers a critical analysis of the church's failure to communicate constructively about dying, reminding the church of its considerable liturgical, scriptural, and pastoral resources when it ministers to the terminally ill. The authors, who have all been personally and professionally involved in end-of-life issues, suggest practical, theological bases for speaking about dying, communicating with those facing death, and preaching about dying. They explore how dying--in baptism--begins and informs the Christian's life story. They also emphasize that the narrative of faith embraces dying, and they remind readers of scriptural and christological resources that can lead toward a "good dying." In addition, they present current best practices from health professionals for communication among caregivers and those facing death. The book includes a foreword by Stanley Hauerwas.

The Undoing of Death

Author: Fleming Rutledge
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802830210
Category: Religion
Page: 382
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In this collection of sermons representing 25 years of Holy Week and Easter preaching, Fleming Rutledge offers a wide-ranging vision of the cross and the resurrection.

Thus Spake Zarathustra

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
ISBN: 9781853267765
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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This series of aphorisms, put into the mouth of Zarathustra, contains the kernel of Nietzche's original thought. In it he states that "God is dead" and that Christianity is decadent and leads mankind into a slave morality concerned with the next life rather than this.

Preachers of the Italian Ghetto

Author: David B. Ruderman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520077355
Category: History
Page: 168
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"What was the role of the preacher as a shaper of Jewish culture? How did he present his ideas to the audience? In what way did he serve as a bridge between the ghetto and the world outside, between old and new conventions, and between elite and popular modes of thought? Judah Moscato in Mantua, Judah del Bene in Ferrara, Azariah Figo in Pisa and Venice, Leon Modena in Venice, Samuel Judah Katzenellenbogen in Padua, Abraham of Sant'Angelo in Bologna, and Isaac de Lattes in Mantua, Venice, and elsewhere are the rabbis whose published sermons the authors investigate. Among the subjects they consider are the influences of Renaissance and Baroque thinking on the content and style of the sermons, the interplay of ideas and speaking techniques with the Christian world, the "popularization" of the kabbalah, and the eulogy as a successful new form of sermon in Jewish society. The story of how these preachers reflected and shaped the culture of their listeners, who felt the pressure of cramped urban life as well as political, economic, and religious persecution, is finally beginning to be told."--BOOK JACKET.

A Polemical Preacher of Joy

An Anti-apocalpytic Genre for Qoheleth's Message of Joy
Author: Jerome N. Douglas
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1625640641
Category: Religion
Page: 186
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How is the interpreter to approach Ecclesiastes? What is the message of the author? What is the genre of Ecclesiastes? Many scholars have posited varying interpretations of the message of Ecclesiastes and have observed the number of statements that appear to be conflicting or, at least, in tension with one another. Discussions about the argument and genre label(s) in Ecclesiastes have not fully considered the author's polemics against the apocalyptic beliefs of his day, 200 B.C.E. This book will propose that the author of Ecclesiastes utilizes a hybrid genre in his work--an "anti-apocalyptic genre"--in order to further his message of joy. Jerome Douglas explores how recognizing the presence of an anti-apocalyptic genre within the tapestry of Ecclesiastes assists the interpreter in understanding the book.

Singing in a Strange Land

C. L. Franklin, the Black Church, and the Transformation of America
Author: Nick Salvatore
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316030779
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 432
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A prizewinning historian pens this biography of C.L. Franklin, the greatest African-American preacher of his generation, father of Aretha, and civil rights pioneer.

The Preacher and the Prelate

The Achill Mission Colony and the Battle for Souls in Famine Ireland
Author: Patricia Byrne
Publisher: Merrion Press
ISBN: 1785371703
Category: History
Page: 258
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This is the extraordinary story of an audacious fight for souls on famine ravaged Achill Island in the nineteenth century. Religious ferment swept Ireland in the early 1800s and evangelical Protestant clergyman Edward Nangle set out to lift the destitute people of Achill out of degradation and idolatry through his Achill Mission Colony. The fury of the island elements, the devastation of famine, and Nangle’s own volatile temperament all threatened the project’s survival. In the years of the Great Famine the ugly charge of ‘souperism’, offering food and material benefits in return for religious conversion, tainted the Achill Mission’s work. John MacHale, powerful Archbishop of Tuam, spearheaded the Catholic Church’s fightback against Nangle’s Protestant colony, with the two clergymen unleashing fierce passions while spewing vitriol and polemic from pen and pulpit. Did Edward Nangle and the Achill Mission Colony save hundreds from certain death, or did they shamefully exploit a vulnerable people for religious conversion? This dramatic tale of the Achill Mission Colony exposes the fault-lines of religion, society and politics in nineteenth century Ireland, and continues to excite controversy and division to this day.


Author: N.A
Publisher: Canongate U.S.
ISBN: 9780802136145
Category: Bibles
Page: 64
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The publication of the King James version of the Bible, translated between 1603 and 1611, coincided with an extraordinary flowering of English literature and is universally acknowledged as the greatest influence on English-language literature in history. Now, world-class literary writers introduce the book of the King James Bible in a series of beautifully designed, small-format volumes. The introducers' passionate, provocative, and personal engagements with the spirituality and the language of the text make the Bible come alive as a stunning work of literature and remind us of its overwhelming contemporary relevance.

Preaching Must Die!

Troubling Homiletical Theology
Author: Jacob D. Myers
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1506411878
Category: Religion
Page: 240
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The real question for homiletics in our increasingly postmodern, post-Christian contexts is not how are we going to prevent preaching from dying, but how are we going to help it die a good death. Preaching was not made to live. At most, preaching is a witness, a sign, a crimson X marking a demolition site. The church has developed sophisticated technologies in modernity to give preaching the semblance of life, belying the truth: preaching was born under a death sentence. It was born to die. Only when preaching embraces its own death is it able to truly live.

America's Pastor

Author: Grant Wacker
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674744691
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 441
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More than a conventional biography, Grant Wacker’s interpretive study deepens our understanding of why Billy Graham has mattered so much to so many, and how his uncanny ability to appropriate trends in the wider culture allowed him to transform his born-again theology into a moral vocabulary capturing the aspirations and fears of average Americans.

Life in Light of Death

Author: James Lindsay
Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
ISBN: 1634310888
Category: Religion
Page: 160
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Life is short, and it can be sweet. Contemplating death is looking into a mirror that allows us to see these simple facts clearly, as if for the first time. We have every reason to believe that we have but one life to live—and no good reasons to believe otherwise—and death marks the termination of each life. Examining this reality opens doors to understanding ourselves, each other, connection, love, and life itself in an entirely new way. Life in Light of Death offers a short exploration of the sweetness and opportunity available to those who understand and embrace this fact. By looking at life as reflected by death, we can see what really matters and how best to live.

Waiting for the Last Bus

Reflections on Life and Death
Author: Richard Holloway
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 1786890232
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 176
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Where do we go when we die? Or is there nowhere to go? Is death something we can do or is it just something that happens to us? Now in his ninth decade, former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway has spent a lifetime at the bedsides of the dying, guiding countless men and women towards peaceful deaths. In The Last Bus, he presents a positive, meditative and profound exploration of the many important lessons we can learn from death: facing up to the limitations of our bodies as they falter, reflecting on our failings, and forgiving ourselves and others. But in a modern world increasingly wary of acknowledging mortality, The Last Bus is also a stirring plea to reacquaint ourselves with death. Facing and welcoming death gives us the chance to think about not only the meaning of our own life, but of life itself; and can mean the difference between ordinary sorrow and unbearable regret at the end. Radical, joyful and moving, The Last Bus is an invitation to reconsider life's greatest mystery by one of the most important and beloved religious leaders of our time.

Life Everlasting

The Animal Way of Death
Author: Bernd Heinrich
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0547752695
Category: Nature
Page: 256
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An enlightening look at animal behavior and the cycle of life and death, from “one of the finest naturalists of our time” (Edward O. Wilson). When a good friend with a severe illness wrote, asking if he might have his “green burial” at Bernd Heinrich’s hunting camp in Maine, it inspired the acclaimed biologist to investigate a subject that had long fascinated him. How exactly does the animal world deal with the flip side of the life cycle? And what are the lessons, ecological to spiritual, imparted by a close look at how the animal world renews itself? Heinrich focuses his wholly original gaze on the fascinating doings of creatures most of us would otherwise turn away from—field mouse burials conducted by carrion beetles; the communication strategies of ravens, “the premier northern undertakers”; and the “inadvertent teamwork” among wolves and large cats, foxes and weasels, bald eagles and nuthatches in cold-weather dispersal of prey. Heinrich reveals, too, how and where humans still play our ancient and important role as scavengers, thereby turning not dust to dust, but life to life. “If it has not been clear to readers by now, this book confirms that Bernd Heinrich is one of the finest naturalists of our time. Life Everlasting shines with the authenticity and originality that are unique to a life devoted to natural history in the field.” —Edward O. Wilson, author of The Meaning of Human Existence and The Social Conquest of Earth

Preaching as Testimony

Author: Anna Carter Florence
Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp
ISBN: 0664223907
Category: Religion
Page: 177
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By exploring the historical, theoretical, and practical elements of the tradition of testimony, Anna Carter Florence seeks in this much-anticipated book to establish the historical and contemporary validity of women's preaching and to introduce testimony to a new generation of preachers and teachers. She begins with the stories of three women whose preaching was often described as testimony: Anne Marbury Hutchinson, Sarah Osborn, and Jarena Lee. Then, she examines biblical and theological perspectives on testimony. Finally, she explores how testimony plays out in a preacher's life, offering constructive proposals for preaching as well as helpful guidelines, direction, and exercises.