Inspired

Inspired

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans invites readers on a journey of rediscovery as she explores the magic of the Bible, engaging the old, familiar stories in new ways that honor the past and enlighten the present.

Author: Rachel Held Evans

Publisher:

ISBN: 0718022319

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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If the Bible isn't a science book, instruction manual, or position paper, then what is it? New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans invites readers on a journey of rediscovery as she explores the magic of the Bible, engaging the old, familiar stories in new ways that honor the past and enlighten the present. Is the Bible relevant to modern people of faith? This is the question Rachel Held Evans, bestselling author of Searching for Sunday, found herself asking, launching her on a quest to understand better what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her forever. Drawing upon recent scholarship and literary analysis, Evans creatively retells our favorite Bible stories, explaining their contexts and possible interpretations, and then connects these ancient stories to our present-day ones. Using her well-honed literary instincts and experience in both evangelical and mainline Protestant traditions, Evans discovers a way of understanding that avoids noncommittal liberalism on one hand and strident literalism on the other. Readers are invited to fall in love with Scripture all over again without checking their intellect--or their imaginations--at the door.
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Inspired

Inspired

Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again Rachel Held Evans ... on something as complicated as the Bible, perhaps the best endorsement I can give Rachel's book Inspired is that before I was even halfway through, ...

Author: Rachel Held Evans

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9780718022327

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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If the Bible isn't a science book or an instruction manual, what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she embarked on a journey to better understand what the Bible is and how it's meant to be read. What she discovered changed her--and it can change you, too. Evans knows firsthand how a relationship with the Bible can be as real and as complicated as a relationship with a family member or close friend. In Inspired, Evans explores contradictions and questions from her own experiences with the Bible, including: If the Bible was supposed to explain the mysteries of life, why does it leave the reader with so many questions? What does it mean to be chosen by God? To what degree did the Holy Spirit guide the preservation of these narratives, and is there something sacred to be uncovered beneath all these human fingerprints? If the Bible has given voice to the oppressed, why is it also used as justification by their oppressors? Drawing on the best in biblical scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bible's most difficult passages and unafraid to ask the hard questions, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating the mysteries surrounding Scripture. Discover alongside Evans that the Bible is not a static text, but a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that can equip us and inspire us to join God's loving and redemptive work in the world.
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A Year of Biblical Womanhood

A Year of Biblical Womanhood

A strong Christian woman embarks on a radical life experiment-a year of biblical womanhood.

Author: Rachel Held Evans

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc

ISBN: 9781595553676

Category: Religion

Page: 321

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A strong Christian woman embarks on a radical life experiment-a year of biblical womanhood. Strong and committed in her faith-but frustrated by the inconsistencies she saw in her evangelical culture's view of women-Rachel Held Evans became an independent woman. But, intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans had a crazy idea:What if I took "biblical womanhood" literally for a full year? In the next twelve months Rachel: Wore a scarf over her head to pray Called her husband "master" and stood on the roadside with a sign that said "Dan is Awesome" Adopted a computerized baby Perched on the roof for an afternoon of penance for gossiping Camped out in her front yard during her period Visited an Amish schoolhouse, a pig farm in Bolivia, and a Benedictine monastery Took up baking and knitting Interviewed a polygamist, a Quiverfull daughter, and a courtship couple With just the right mixture of humor and insight, Evans takes readers along with her on a lively adventure. In the process she discovers that the journey itself leads her right to the heart of God.
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Evolving in Monkey Town

Evolving in Monkey Town

In a changing cultural environment where new ideas threaten the safety and security of the faith, Evolving in Monkey Town is a fearlessly honest story of survival.

Author: Rachel Held Evans

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780310293996

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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Eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and brought national attention to her hometown, Rachel Held Evans faced a trial of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith. Growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetics, Evans asks questions she never thought she would ask. She learns that in order for her faith to survive in a postmodern context, it must adapt to change and evolve. Using as an illustration her own spiritual journey from certainty, through doubt, to faith, Evans adds a unique perspective to the ongoing dialogue about postmodernism and the church that has so captivated the Christian community in recent years. In a changing cultural environment where new ideas threaten the safety and security of the faith, Evolving in Monkey Town is a fearlessly honest story of survival.
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Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans embarks on a quest to find out what it really means to be part of the Church. Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore.

Author: Rachel Held Evans

Publisher: Nelson Books

ISBN: 0718022122

Category: Religion

Page: 269

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Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals--church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it.
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Reading the Bible Badly

Reading the Bible Badly

Evans, Rachel Held. Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. Nashville: Nelson, 2018. ———. “Is Abolition 'Biblical'?” February 28, 2013. https://rachelheldevans.com/blog/is-abolition-biblical. Fea, John.

Author: Karl Allen Kuhn

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725267008

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Reading the Bible Badly exposes how American Christians misunderstand and misuse the Bible, reading Scripture through "lenses" that distort its true character. As Americans, we often read the Bible's stories and instruction unmindful of their historical and cultural settings, disregarding the testimony of our spiritual ancestors, and finding mostly a mirror image of our own values and selves in Scripture. Some of us insist that the Bible must be the "inerrant word of God," historically factual in every way and doctrinally infallible, and overlook so much of what makes Scripture beautiful and relevant. Others follow a lectionary that dices and splices Scripture into bite-size morsels for Sunday worship, divorces passages from their biblical settings, strikes verses deemed offensive, and undermines the literary artistry that is the lifeblood of Scripture's profound revelation. Many of us read the Bible in fear, warping our witness to Jesus and tragically neglecting Scripture's ever-persistent call to compassion, hospitality, and love. We come to the Bible looking for simple rules that affirm our sense of right and wrong, while missing the point of what Jesus taught about wisdom and true righteousness. Reading the Bible Badly challenges Christians to set aside their misaligned lenses, that they may encounter the Bible more fully and faithfully.
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Jump into the Story

Jump into the Story

Love, Acceptance, & Forgiveness: Equipping the Church to be Truly Christian in a Non-Christian World. ... Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. nashville: nelson, 2018. excell, edwin o.

Author: Ray R. Friesen

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532670404

Category: Religion

Page: 262

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Preaching is a challenging, privileged, and awesome responsibility. As important as mining the text for its meaning and message and making connections to our twenty-first-century world is the responsibility to engage the imaginations of the people in the pews (or chairs). In this book, Ray Friesen—life-long preacher and retired pastor—has provided twenty examples of how to be creative and engage those imaginations. Most were written under the pressures of bi-vocational ministry (preaching forty times a year as half-time pastor and operating a mediation practice). They are offered to you, not as sermons for you to preach, but as examples of what is possible, even with all the other responsibilities you may have. Each sermon and type of creativity will create an opportunity to set your imagination and creativity free to engage the imaginations, hearts, and dreams of your parishioners.
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When Kids Ask Hard Questions Volume 2

When Kids Ask Hard Questions Volume 2

Unfortunately, the Bible isn't completely full of cheerful and love-filled stories. ... Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions, Rachel Held Evans • Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, ...

Author: Bromleigh McCleneghan

Publisher: Chalice Press

ISBN: 9780827243385

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 224

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From the creators of When Kids Ask Hard Questions comes MORE questions – and thank goodness, responses! – on today’s tough topics. In an increasingly complex world, children deserve thoughtful responses informed by our progressive faith values. In this second volume for parents, teachers, and faith leaders, respected experts, pastors, and parents address more than two dozen tough topics, offering theological perspectives and suggestions for comforting and spiritually guiding children. Topics include: racism and white supremacy; vaping and illegal drugs; domestic abuse and family stigma; pornography and sexuality; mental illness and teen suicide; social media and isolation; and terminal illness and grief.
Categories: Family & Relationships

The Badly Behaved Bible

The Badly Behaved Bible

3 W. Brueggemann, The Book that Breathes New Life: Scriptural Authority and Biblical Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, ... Chapter 9 1 Cited in R.H. Evans, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again ...

Author: Nick Page

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473686205

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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We're told that the Bible is beautiful, uplifting and a joy to read - but, while we know this is how we're supposed to feel about it, in reality many of us find the very opposite. On opening the Bible, we are faced with a multitude of problems; from its form and historical content to its sheer size and often distasteful stories, we can be left feeling overwhelmed and disheartened. But the problem is not with the Bible - and it's not with us either. The problem is we've been misinformed. And so, we end up believing things about the Bible that the Bible never claims for itself. But the Bible won't politely sign up to the neat categories and terms we force on it. That's why it's badly behaved. We want to control the Bible and tame it so that we can ride it into battle; but the Bible bucks and rears and throws us off. We want to pin the Bible down so that it proves our theology; but the Bible evades capture and plays hide and seek. We want answers; but the Bible keeps firing questions. We want it to tell us what to do; but the Bible keeps telling us to think. We want to make the Bible dance to our tune: but the Bible has music of its own. The Bible is an invitation and a call. The breath of God lifts its pages, and they rise and fall with his breathing. In his honest and accessible style, Nick Page urges us to re-discover a fresh look at the Bible as the scriptural bedrock of the Christian faith, to learn how we can undo unhelpful ways of reading it and demystifying its purpose and scope. Nick tackles what the Bible is and what it isn't, how we can critically read this inspired text and how we approach the difficulties in its content. Alongside helpful analysis and practical advice - including kickstarting his one-man campaign to ban "Bible study" - Nick helps us re-discover how to rediscover the Bible as Holy Ground, as a place where we meet and encounter God.
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A Love Letter to Twentysomethings Everywhere

A Love Letter to Twentysomethings Everywhere

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. Nashville, TN: omas Nelson, . Fitzmaurice, Rosie. “is Is e Exact Age When You're Most Likely To Experience a QuarterLife Crisis—And How To Deal With It If You Do.

Author: Paul Shotsberger

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781666719697

Category: Religion

Page: 100

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These days, I hear postcollege friends wishing their way through their twenties, hoping for better days. Relationships are a burden, work is a burden, finances are a burden--everything is a burden. The thought seems to be that if they can just get to their thirties, they'll have everything figured out and can finally feel like successful adults. But that's an illusion, as anyone who is in or has already passed through their thirties knows. We don't grow up because we hit some chronological age; we grow up when we decide to live, when we reach out and grasp hope by the tail and allow it to pull us into the future. I'm a professor of undergraduate students and I attend a church populated by twentysomethings, so I spend at least six days a week with college- and postcollege-aged folk. Since in my mind I'm still in my twenties, I'm obviously in my element. But I've been through some stuff and have had a few days of growing up, so I wanted to share some of those stories.
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