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The Secret Seminary

The Secret Seminary Author Brendan Pelphrey
ISBN-10 1468082124
Release 2012-04
Pages 326
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Outside the tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church, theological schools and seminaries in the West today frequently bear little resemblance to their ancient Christian predecessors. The ancient way of spiritual formation aimed at producing men and women of prayer, with the idea that to pray well meant to be a theologian and the true theologian was one who could pray well. Theological training was intended to cultivate the practice of continual prayer, humility and kindness. In some ways similar to the preparation of Hindu and Buddhist adepts, it involved personal asceticism, the practice of continual prayer centered around the Divine Liturgy, hand-work, obedience, the practice of interior and exterior silence, the cultivation of humor, and charity for the poor, along with study of the Scriptures and the teaching of the Apostles and saints. This book was written as a reminder that the ancient Way still exists in “secret seminaries” where ascetics model for their students their way of prayer and spiritual life. The author was privileged to know several such ascetical teachers in different parts of the world, beginning with the priest-hermit Roland Walls in Roslin, Scotland. Much of this volume derives from notes from his classes at New College, the University of Edinburgh, and from conversations with him at his skete in Roslin, originally known as the Community of the Transfiguration and in later times as the Hermitage of St. Francis. The wisdom presented here derives from the earliest ascetics, hermits and spiritual directors of the Christian Church, especially from the 3rd to 5th centuries in the great deserts of Egypt, the Sinai and Palestine. The book also cites modern teachers of this ancient Way, especially in the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is hoped that these reflections will help to encourage present-day Christians—bishops, seminary professors, theological students and families interested in Christian spiritual life—to recover an ancient Christian way of teaching and learning theology. The goal is that Christian schools of theology might not simply graduate “clever once-born fellows” (as Fr. Roland called them) but humble and willing servants of the Crucified One whose lives reflect the joy, simplicity, and compassion of the Holy Gospel.

A Little Book for New Theologians

A Little Book for New Theologians Author Kelly M. Kapic
ISBN-10 9780830866700
Release 2012-08-05
Pages 126
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Whenever we read, think, hear or say anything about God, we are doing theology. Yet theology isn't just a matter of what we think. It affects who we are. In the tradition of Helmut Thielicke's A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, Kelly Kapic offers a concise introduction to the study of theology for newcomers to the field. He highlights the value and importance of theological study and explains its unique nature as a serious discipline. Not only concerned with content and method, Kapic explores the skills, attitudes and spiritual practices needed by those who take up the discipline. This brief, clear and lively primer draws out the relevance of theology for Christian life, worship, mission, witness and more. "Theology is about life," writes Kapic. "It is not a conversation our souls can afford to avoid."

How to Stay Christian in Seminary

How to Stay Christian in Seminary Author David Mathis
ISBN-10 9781433540332
Release 2014-01-31
Pages 80
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Seminary is exhilarating . . . and dangerous. Seminary can be thrilling, with the potential to inspire and equip church leaders for a lifetime of faithful ministry. But it’s not without its risks. For many who have ignored the perils, seminary has been crippling. But with an extra dose of intentionality, and God’s help, this season of preparation can invigorate your affections for Jesus. How to Stay Christian in Seminary takes a refreshingly honest look at the seminarian’s often-neglected devotional life, offering real-world advice for students eager to survive seminary with a flourishing faith.

A Simple Life

A Simple Life Author John Miller
ISBN-10 9780861537136
Release 2014-04-28
Pages 256
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For 50 years, a unique and courageous group of people have quietly opted for a life of poverty and the discipline of prayer. Always with the time and care to understand people’s hidden pains, their permanently open meal-table usually rocked with laughter.Drawing exclusively on the memories of the Community’s members, their private papers and the reminiscences of those they have known, this book captures a life of humour, tragedy, inspiration and insight. In our increasingly dehumanising culture, the Community’s devotion to the details of daily life has had a life-changing impact on many people across the world.

Hidden Mountain Secret Garden

Hidden Mountain  Secret Garden Author Anthony Lilles
ISBN-10 0988627000
Release 2012-11-01
Pages 192
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"Hidden Mountain Secret Garden: a theological contemplation on prayer" helps the reader discover the riches of mental prayer in the Catholic Tradition. In fact, the images of the "Hidden Mountain" and the "Secret Garden" are ancient metaphors for contemplative prayer, a kind of prayer that begins and ends in faith. This book is especially for those whose prayer is a search for the loving eyes of One who has conquered death. This kind of prayer beholds the wonder of Christ's living but hidden presence in one's highest thoughts and most noble aspirations as well as in one's instinctual urges and deepest longings. The ecstasy of this kind of prayer extends beyond even the vast unexplored horizons of the human heart and opens to an immensity of such excessive mercy that all else is forgotten -- and only love remains. The whole world needs this love: it is the secret garden, the hidden mountain, the inexhaustible riches only prayer knows and an excess of grace only prayer can make known. This is why Blessed John Paul II told the Church not to be afraid to open wide the doors of our hearts to Christ and it is why He told the young people of the world to be proud to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord. For those brave souls who have faithfully open their hearts to the Lord through this discipline of this kind of prayer, every Christian owes you a debt of gratitude. For those who want to join them, this work encourages you along the way -- for the journey you endeavor is at once the most perilous, the most heart-rending and the most wonderful adventure this world has ever known. "Dr. Anthony Lilles has authored an introduction to prayer that is inspiring and encouraging. For those desiring to pray this is a resource that is full of practical advice - written simply and attractively. This book bears the mark of a man - husband, father and teacher - who is not only imbued with the wisdom of the Saints, but who has also, through his own prayer, learned how all of us can, through prayer, foster faith in and love for Jesus and his Gospel." THOMAS G. WEINANDY, O.F.M., CAP. Executive Director for the Secretariat for Doctrine United States Conference of Catholic Bishops This is a wonderful book. I've taught spiritual theology many years and I wish I had had this text use. In fact, I wish I had written this book. It is scriptural, patristic, historical, theological, mystical, experiential and user friendly. Dr. Lilles takes us through the spiritual journey of prayer, citing Fathers and doctors, saints and even sinners to guide us on our Christian way toward contemplation. Weaving many themes into a harmonious whole, he opens up the life of contemplation for all Christians, our baptismal birthright in a way that is accessible and attractive. This is a book one will read more than once. FR. GILES DIMOCK, O.P., S.T.D University Parish of St. Thomas Aquinas At the University of Virginia In this book we find the real meat of the new evangelization. The church in America will not be renewed by "facts about Jesus" but only through one's choice to let Christ reach the heart and change it from within. It is an ancient message received by only few: Do not be afraid of letting go of what now defines you. Let Christ tell you who you are. Dr. Lilles is one of the ablest guides to lead us through to such a choice. Will I stay with knowledge about Jesus or will I enter the garden of prayer and finally come to know Him!! Do not be afraid to be loved, read this book. DEACON JAMES KEATING, PH.D, Institute for Priestly Formation, Omaha, NE

They Found the Secret

They Found the Secret Author V. Raymond Edman
ISBN-10 9780310356301
Release 2018-07-10
Pages 192
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"The exchanged life." Hudson Taylor first used the term to describe what it means to know Christ as our sufficiency in all things. Taylor is but one of the many Christian luminaries who have discovered Christ as the secret to abundant living. John Bunyan, Andrew Murray, Amy Carmichael, Oswald Chambers, Charles Finney--behind the varied lives and personalities of these and other men and women lies a common theme, a pattern that leads from desperation to the abundant life Jesus promised. From their stories, we too can find the path to deeper faith and a more vital relationship with God. In They Found the Secret, Raymond Edman presents the lives of twenty well-known and little-known Christians. "The details of their experience of the crisis of the deeper life are delightfully different," Edman writes, "yet their testimony to the reality of the joy and power of the Spirit-filled life is unanimous . . . It is [the Lord] who satisfies the longing soul. He is the secret of the exchanged life!"

Developing Your Secret Closet of Prayer with Study Guide

Developing Your Secret Closet of Prayer with Study Guide Author Richard A. Burr
ISBN-10 9781600669705
Release 2008-03-03
Pages 208
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Developing Your Secret Closet Of Prayer—With scriptural insights and spiritual principles, Richard Burr will guide you into a more intimate, moment-by-moment dialogue and relationship with your heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Your "secret closet" is a place of silent retreat from the world, a place of entrance into the eternal where your spiritual life is strengthened and revived. Includes personal as well as group study questions at the end of each chapter.

Catalogue of Andover Theological Seminary

Catalogue of Andover Theological Seminary     Author Andover Theological Seminary
ISBN-10 UOM:39015068473357
Release 1897
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Seven Prayers That Will Change Your Life Forever

Seven Prayers That Will Change Your Life Forever Author Stormie Omartian
ISBN-10 9781400317516
Release 2010-11-07
Pages 128
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Seven prayers that offer the life-changing power to move life from ordinary to amazing. Stormie Omartian is well known for her powerful books on prayer. These seven life-changing prayers guide readers to find renewal and transformation into their spiritual lives. Prayer topics include: Confession, Salvation, Release, Submission, Praise, Promise, and Blessing. The brand new design appeals to a new and younger audience, spreading the power of prayer beyond borders never reached before.

Prayer and the Knowledge of God

Prayer and the Knowledge of God Author Graeme Goldsworthy
ISBN-10 9780830853663
Release 2004-08-10
Pages 220
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Graeme Goldsworthy explores the reality of God, the ministry of Jesus Christ, and our experience of being his redeemed people as the grounds for prayer, which he defines as "talking to God."

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Author Tad Szulc
ISBN-10 9781476794693
Release 2014-06-17
Pages 624
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A comprehensive and exclusive biography on one of the most pivotal figures of the 20th century: Pope John Paul II. As the spiritual head of more than one billion Catholics and a world statesman of immense stature and influence, Pope John Paul II was a major international figure. Yet he remained a mystery—theologically, politically, and personally. Through unprecedented access to both the Pope himself and those close to him, veteran New York Times correspondent and award-winning author Tad Szulc delivered the definitive biography of John Paul II. This strikingly intimate portrait highlights the Polishness that shapes the Pope's mysticism and pragmatism, while providing a behind-the-scenes look at the significant events of his public and private life. Fascinating and thought-provoking, this biography of Pope John Paul II is vital reading not only for Roman Catholics, but for anyone interested in one of the most important figures of our time. The inside story of the negotiations involving John Paul II, Soviet President Gorbachev, and General Jaruzelski of Poland that led to Poland's and Eastern Europe's transition from communism to democracy John Paul II's secret diplomacy, which resulted in the establishment of relations between the Holy See and Israel The never-before-told story of how the Polish communist regime helped to "make" Karol Wojtyla an archbishop, the key step on his road to the papacy. Fascinating and thought-provoking, this biography of Pope John Paul II is vital reading not only for Roman Catholics, but for anyone interested in one of the most important figures of our time.

Providence Prayer

Providence   Prayer Author Terrance L. Tiessen
ISBN-10 9780830876600
Release 2009-09-20
Pages 432
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Recipient of an Honourable Mention in the 2001 God Uses Ink Contest! "Lord, please give me a parking space!" That prayer sounds right on your third time around the block, frustrated and late for an appointment. But is it consistent with how God works in the world? Does prayer change God's mind or only our feelings? Does God do things because we ask him to? Or do we ask him because he prompts us to do so? How much control does God really have in the world, anyway? If he has given us free will, can he always guarantee that things will happen as he intends or wishes? Is our need for parking spaces important enough to bother God, or is he only concerned about things that advance his program of salvation? If God has already decided how things will turn out, what use is it to pray? On the other hand, if our freedom limits God's ability to achieve his wishes all the time, how much could he do even if we asked for help? How much does God know about the future, and how does this factor into the way our prayers affect the outcome? And how does God's relationship to time enter into the whole equation? With such questions in mind, Terrance Tiessen presents ten views of providence and prayer--and then adds an eleventh, his own. He describes each view objectively and then tackles the question, If this is the way God works in the world, how then should we pray? The result of his investigation is a book that puts us at the intersection between theological reflection and our life and conversation with God. It prods and sharpens our understanding, making us better theologians and better prayers.

University Record

University Record Author University of Chicago
ISBN-10 WISC:89069590958
Release 1897
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University Record has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from University Record also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full University Record book for free.

Building Dynamic Faith

Building Dynamic Faith Author Jerry Falwell
ISBN-10 9781418552596
Release 2007-07-01
Pages 244
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Though perhaps better known for political activism through his creation of the Moral Majority, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell's personal activities confirmed his passion for being a pastor and a Christian educator. Out of this desire to teach and lead, he wrote Building Dynamic Faith so that readers would know God better and see their lives radically changed for Him. Divided into 31 chapters, Building Dynamic Faith is perfect for a month of daily readings, but it is more than simply a devotional. Readers will progress from a simple understanding of faith, to practicing the skills needed to exercise their faith, and finally to experiencing the blessing of God through answered prayer.

Longing to Pray

Longing to Pray Author J. Ellsworth Kalas
ISBN-10 9781426723223
Release 2010-09-01
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From the Foreword - This little book invites us to study with some ancient experts in prayer, the persons who wrote the Book of Psalms. We haven't read long in the psalms before we realize that the authors were altogether human, with a massive catalog of troubles, inconsistencies, and questions. Their lives were marked by breathtaking highs and lows, with sometimes only a few paragraphs between. But with all of that, they were saints. They left us with the greatest collection of prayers in the possession of our human race. What was their secret? I believe it was the quality of their friendship with God. And of course the language of that friendship is prayer. The psalmists don't give us any formula for effective praying. They don't offer a set of rules. But if we read their prayers carefully, we will learn something of their secret, the secret of the Ultimate Friendship. I hope through this book to start us on that special journey. ---- J. Ellsworth Kalas The book will contain a disussion guide by John Schroeder


Prayer Author Dave Earley
ISBN-10 0899570321
Release 2008
Pages 193
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"All other factors being equal, the common denominator of great spiritual leaders and dynamic spiritual influencers throughout the ages lies in their prayer lives. Tracing the lives of high impact Christian leaders from Abraham to Billy Graham, Dave Earley reveals the central role prayer played in their effectiveness"--Provided by publisher.

The Princeton Seminary bulletin

The Princeton Seminary bulletin Author Princeton Theological Seminary
ISBN-10 NYPL:33433089962470
Release 1909
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