Archives for January 2015

Lectionary Reflection for the First Sunday after the Epiphany

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 29:

Psalm 29 is a meditation on the splendor of God’s voice as it speaks through creation and elicits the response of God’s people gathered for worship.

The final verses offer an assurance that God sits enthroned as King forever and will strengthen and bless the congregation of the faithful, emphasizing that the one who strengthens and blesses is none other than the one whose power is seen in creation.

 

Prayer for reflection:
Lord God Almighty,
by the power of your Spirit we can sing “Glory!” with the angels
and praise you with all of creation.
Holy God, receive the worship of those for whom you sent your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.

 

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Ebook Special for Secret Faith in the Public Square by Jonathan Malesic

Now through January 12, the ebook of Secret Faith in the Public Square: An Argument for the Concealment of Christian Identity by Jonathan Malesic is only $1.99 (93% off) from the following participating retailers:

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2009 Book of the Year Award, ForeWord Magazine

“Those interested in the ongoing discussion of the relation of Christianity and culture will want to read this book, as will any theologian interested in what it means to preserve the distinctiveness of Christianity in contemporary America.”
—Bill Reddinger, Religious Studies Review

In this groundbreaking and provocative book, Jonathan Malesic examines the tradition and practice of keeping faith separate from public life. Going against the general theological trend of advocating an ever more visible presence for Christianity in American public life, he argues that the best way for Christians to be caretakers of their tradition and to love their neighbors selflessly is to conceal their religious identity in the public square. The alternative—insisting on Christianity’s public visibility in politics, the marketplace, and the workplace—risks severely compromising the distinctiveness of Christian identity.

Delving deep into the Christian tradition, Malesic explains that keeping Christian identity secret means living fully in the world while maintaining Christian language, prayer, and liturgy in reserve. He shows how major thinkers—Cyril of Jerusalem, Søren Kierkegaard, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer—sought to protect Christian identity from being compromised by the public sphere. He then shows that Christians’ dual responsibilities for the tradition and for the neighbor must be kept secret.

Jonathan Malesic (PhD, University of Virginia) is assistant professor of theology at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He has written several essays for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Ebook Special for Adventures in Daily Prayer by Bert Ghezzi

Now through January 7, the ebook of Adventures in Daily Prayer: Experiencing the Power of God’s Love by Bert Ghezzi is only $0.99 (86% off) from the following participating retailers:

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“At the risk of seeming to have engaged in an extravagant statement, I still venture to say that not one of us presently writing about religion in this country is better equipped by experience, skill, and devotion to write about prayer than is Bert Ghezzi. He lives what he speaks, and he speaks what he lives very, very well.”
—Phyllis Tickle, author of Prayer Is a Place and The Great Emergence

For the past forty-five years, beloved author Bert Ghezzi has begun each day with prayer. At first he had to work at doing it consistently, but eventually he couldn’t imagine starting his day without it. Through his discovery of the gift of daily prayer, he came to see God’s connection with us as a bountiful and permanent act of love.

In this delightful book Ghezzi shares his adventures in prayer, offering readers a winsome invitation to experience the promise and power of this faithful daily practice. For those who have struggled at cultivating a strong prayer life, he provides practical help for overcoming obstacles. He also covers how to pray, praying for and with others, and persevering in prayer. The book includes questions for further reflection and group discussion at the end of each chapter.

Bert Ghezzi (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is a popular speaker and columnist. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Heart of a Saint: Ten Ways to Grow Closer to God and The Sign of the Cross: Recovering the Power of the Ancient Prayer.