Receiving The Gift Of Friendship

Author: Hans S. Reinders
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802862322
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Receiving The Gift Of Friendship from the Author: Hans S. Reinders. Does what we are capable of doing define us as human beings? If this basic anthropological assumption is true, where can that leave those with intellectual disabilities, unable to accomplish the things that we propose give us our very humanity? Hans Reinders here makes an unusual claim about unusual people: those who are profoundly disabled are people just like the rest of us. He acknowledges that, at first glance, this is not an unusual claim given the steps taken within the last few decades to bring the rights of those with disabilities into line with the rights of the mainstream. But, he argues, that cannot be the end of the matter, because the disabled are human beings before they are citizens. "To live a human life properly," he says, "they must not only be included in our institutions and have access to our public spaces; they must also be included in other people's lives, not just by natural necessity but by choice." Receiving the Gift of Friendship consists of three parts: (1) Profound Disability, (2) Theology, and (3) Ethics. Overturning the "commonsense" view of human beings, Reinders's argument for a paradigm shift in our relation to people with disabilities is founded on a groundbreaking philosophical-theological consideration of humanity and of our basic human commonality. Moreover, Reinders gives his study human vividness and warmth with stories of the profoundly disabled from his own life and from the work of Jean Vanier and Henri Nouwen in L'Arche communities.

Amplifying Our Witness

Author: Benjamin T. Conner
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802867219
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Amplifying Our Witness from the Author: Benjamin T. Conner. Nearly twenty percent of adolescents have developmental disabilities, yet far too often they are marginalized within churches. Amplifying Our Witness challenges congregations to adopt a new, practice-centered approach to congregational ministry -- one that includes and amplifies the witness of adolescents with developmental disabilities. Replete with stories taken from Benjamin Conner's own extensive experience with befriending and discipling adolescents with developmental disabilities, Amplifying Our Witness Shows how churches exclude the mentally disabled in various structural and even theological ways Stresses the intrinsic value of kids with developmental disabilities Reconceptualizes evangelism to adolescents with developmental disabilities, emphasizing hospitality and friendship.

The Wiley Blackwell Companion To Practical Theology

Author: Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444345729
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The Wiley Blackwell Companion To Practical Theology from the Author: Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore. Through a series of essays contributed by leading experts in the field, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology presents an introduction to practical theology as a major area of Christian study and practice, including an overview of its key developments, themes, methods, and future directions. The first comprehensive reference work to provide a survey, description and analysis of practical theology as an area of study A range of leading scholars in the field provide original contributions on the major areas, issues, and figures in practical theology Reviews an extensive range of methods for studying theology in practice, along with sub-disciplines in theological education such as pastoral care and preaching Covers developments in the discipline in a range of global contexts and distinct Christian traditions Shows how practical theology is relevant to everyday life

Traditionalism And Radicalism In The History Of Christian Thought

Author: C. Simut
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230113141
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Traditionalism And Radicalism In The History Of Christian Thought from the Author: C. Simut. This book is concerned with the presentation and analysis of certain dogmatic issues such as christology, ecclesiology, pastoral work, anthropology, faith and bioethics among many others-all meant to illustrate how Christian thoughts stands between traditionalism and radicalism. It is both a dogmatic study and a historical overview of the topic.

The Question Of The Gift

Author: Mark Osteen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136481435
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The Question Of The Gift from the Author: Mark Osteen. The Question of the Gift is the first collection of new interdisciplinary essays on the gift. Bringing together scholars from a variety of fields, including anthropology, literary criticism, economics, philosophy and classics, it provides new paradigms and poses new questions concerning the theory and practice of gift exchange. In addressing these questions, contributors not only challenge the conventions of their fields, but also combine ideas and methods from both the social sciences and humanities to forge innovative ways of confronting this universal phenomenon.

The Gift Of Friendship

Author: Tamyra Horst
Publisher: Pacific PressPub Assn
ISBN: 9780816317097
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The Gift Of Friendship from the Author: Tamyra Horst.

Founding Friendships

Author: Cassandra A. Good
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199376182
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Founding Friendships from the Author: Cassandra A. Good. "When Harry Met Sally" is only the most iconic of popular American movies, books, and articles that pose the question of whether friendships between men and women are possible. In Founding Friendships, Cassandra A. Good shows that this question was embedded in and debated as far back as the birth of the American nation. Indeed, many of the nation's founding fathers had female friends but popular rhetoric held that these relationships were fraught with social danger, if not impossible. Elite men and women formed loving, politically significant friendships in the early national period that were crucial to the individuals' lives as well as the formation of a new national political system, as Cassandra Good illuminates. Abigail Adams called her friend Thomas Jefferson "one of the choice ones on earth," while George Washington signed a letter to his friend Elizabeth Powel with the words "I am always Yours." Their emotionally rich language is often mistaken for romance, but by analyzing period letters, diaries, novels, and etiquette books, Good reveals that friendships between men and women were quite common. At a time when personal relationships were deeply political, these bonds offered both parties affection and practical assistance as well as exemplified republican values of choice, freedom, equality, and virtue. In so doing, these friendships embodied the core values of the new nation and represented a transitional moment in gender and culture. Northern and Southern, famous and lesser known, the men and women examined in Founding Friendships offer a fresh look at how the founding generation defined and experienced friendship, love, gender, and power.

No Time For Goodbyes

Author: Sharolyn Sidebottom
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
ISBN: 9780974093949
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No Time For Goodbyes from the Author: Sharolyn Sidebottom. ?No Time For Goodbyes? begins with the heart-wrenching days Sharolyn Sidebottom and Connie Harris find themselves widowed. The two friends shared a common tragedy- the unexpected death of their husbands within weeks of each other. The stages of grief, including anger and guilt, are phases of the journey both women handled differently, yet each came to testify of God's unwavering faithfulness. Their unique insight gained from coping with personal loss, raising children, learning new skills, and dealing with life's greatest test will be an inspiration to every reader. ?No Time For Goodbyes? is an intimate and powerful celebration of God's grace even when we are tempted to ask ?Why It is also the story of friendship under fire and receiving the ?gift of friendship? that God makes possible. Only God could have brought these two distinctively different women together to face their darkest days and then catapult them into their brightest days of ministry and opportunity.

Social Psychology

Author: James T. Tedeschi
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Social Psychology from the Author: James T. Tedeschi.

Friendship At The Margins

Author: Christopher L. Heuertz
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830879471
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Friendship At The Margins from the Author: Christopher L. Heuertz. In our anonymous and dehumanized world, the simple practice of friendship is radically countercultural. But sometimes Christians inadvertently marginalize and objectify the very ones they most want to serve. Chris Heuertz, international director of Word Made Flesh, and theologian and ethicist Christine Pohl show how friendship is a Christian vocation that can bring reconciliation and healing to our broken world. They contend that unlikely friendships are at the center of an alternative paradigm for mission, where people are not objectified as potential converts but encountered in a relationship of mutuality and reciprocity. When we befriend those on the margins of society by practicing hospitality and welcome, we create communities where righteousness and justice can be lived out. Heuertz and Pohl's reflections offer fresh insight into Christian mission and what it means to be the church in the world today.