Learning to Speak God from Scratch

Learning to Speak God from Scratch

In this groundbreaking book, Jonathan revives ancient expressions through incisive cultural commentary, vulnerable personal narratives, and surprising biblical insights.

Author: Jonathan Merritt

Publisher: Convergent Books

ISBN: 9781601429308

Category: Religion

Page: 258

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In a rapidly changing culture, many of us struggle to talk about faith. We can no longer assume our friends understand words such as grace or gospel. Others, like lost and sin, have become so negative they are nearly conversation-enders. Jonathan Merritt knows this frustration well. After moving from the Bible Belt to New York City, he discovered that the sacred terms he used to describe his spiritual life didn’t connect as they had in the past. This launched him into an exploration of an increasing American reluctance to talk about faith—and the data he uncovered revealed a quiet crisis of affecting millions. In this groundbreaking book, Jonathan revives ancient expressions through incisive cultural commentary, vulnerable personal narratives, and surprising biblical insights. Both provocative and liberating, Learning to Speak God from Scratch will breathe new life into your spiritual conversations and invite you into the embrace of the God who inhabits them.
Categories: Religion

Learning to Speak God from Scratch

Learning to Speak God from Scratch

Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing--and How We Can Revive Them Jonathan Merritt. Copyright © 2018 by Jonathan Merritt Foreword copyright © 2018 by Shauna Niequist All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Convergent Books, ...

Author: Jonathan Merritt

Publisher: Convergent Books

ISBN: 9781601429315

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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In a rapidly changing culture, many of us struggle to talk about faith. We can no longer assume our friends understand words such as grace or gospel. Others, like lost and sin, have become so negative they are nearly conversation-enders. Jonathan Merritt knows this frustration well. After moving from the Bible Belt to New York City, he discovered that the sacred terms he used to describe his spiritual life didn’t connect as they had in the past. This launched him into an exploration of an increasing American reluctance to talk about faith—and the data he uncovered revealed a quiet crisis of affecting millions. In this groundbreaking book, Jonathan revives ancient expressions through incisive cultural commentary, vulnerable personal narratives, and surprising biblical insights. Both provocative and liberating, Learning to Speak God from Scratch will breathe new life into your spiritual conversations and invite you into the embrace of the God who inhabits them.
Categories: Religion

Tongue Tied

Tongue Tied

implications of family instability on how faith is practiced and communicated.3 In Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing—and How We Can Revive Them, religion writer Jonathan Merritt observes, “In the Western ...

Author: Sara Wenger Shenk

Publisher: MennoMedia, Inc.

ISBN: 9781513807805

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Are you tongue-tied about faith? Many Christians easily and eagerly talk about movies, sports, politics, jobs, and emotions. So why are we tongue-tied when it comes to talking about our faith—even with each other? Even with our kids? What renders us incapable, embarrassed, or hesitant to talk about God? In Tongue-tied, theologian and former seminary president Sara Wenger Shenk investigates the reasons that people who claim the name of Christ are so reluctant to talk about him. Recovering an authentic vocabulary of faith—and learning to speak in trustworthy, captivating ways—is an urgent task for followers of Jesus today. In an era of dying churches, polarizing cultural arguments, and environmental and humanitarian crises, many people are longing for deep conversations about things that matter. We are longing for genuine spiritual connection with a just and loving God. By reflecting theologically on biblical wisdom and our shared humanness, Wenger Shenk calls readers to recover the winsome language of Christian faith. We don’t need to re-learn Christianese or brush up on churchy clichés. We need a language of faith that is authentic, candid, and robust enough to last.
Categories: Religion

Talk the Walk

Talk the Walk

In God ... I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:4) The title of this chapter comes ... in his very good book Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing—and How We Can Revive Them, ...

Author: Steve Brown

Publisher: New Growth Press

ISBN: 9781948130646

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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This attitude-altering book invites Christians to cultivate boldness and humility in communicating gospel truth. By uncovering self-righteousness and spiritual arrogance, Talk the Walk by pastor and author Steve Brown shatters stereotypes and helps believers consider how they present the good news without watering it down. The Christian faith is true, and while we may be right on issues of salvation and theology, we may miss the less articulated truths of humility, love, and forgiveness. We live in a culture that is increasingly hostile to Christians and their faith. Talk the Walk unpacks the call to “go out into the world” and share faith by being truthful and winsome. By helping men and women love others out of a deeper love in Christ—the one who first loved us—Talk the Walk helps Christians present the gospel clearly and with compassion. Take a step back and look at others’ perceptions. Explore the tools necessary to accomplish an attitude change of confidence and humility, repentance and truth. Share the message of Christ without distorting it. Speak confidently without being cold. By operating out of humble gratitude for the gospel, begin to talk the walk of Christian faith, reflecting the love and truth of Jesus.
Categories: Religion

Called to Care

Called to Care

—Jonathan Merritt, contributing writer, the Atlantic, and author, Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing—and How We Can Revive Them “When God calls you to step into the lives of children, he'll also prepare ...

Author: Bill Blacquiere

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781493421831

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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More and more individuals, families, and churches are seeking ways they can respond to the biblical mandate to care for "the least of these." The desire to help children coming from difficult situations is a necessary starting point, but what comes next? You need to know the steps for getting involved and what will truly help. Filled with real-life stories and practical advice, Called to Care starts by helping you honestly assess your motivation to help--sometimes the wrong motivation sets the stage for an unsuccessful experience. From there, the book shows what adoption and foster care really look like in a variety of situations, from domestic and international adoptions to short-term foster care and foster-to-adopt arrangements. Also included is how churches and individuals can minister to refugees. Rounding out this comprehensive yet concise book are tips for assessing your preparedness, how to meet common emotional and physical challenges, and the most effective ways to help families stay together and thrive. Bethany is a global nonprofit that supports children and families with world-class social services, all designed to help families thrive. We believe every child deserves to be loved, connected, and empowered through family.
Categories: Religion

Inhabited by Grace

Inhabited by Grace

Jonathan Merritt, Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing—and How We Can Revive Them (New York: Convergent Books, 2018). 181. James 2:26. 182.1 Thess. 5:17. 183. For a wonderful exposition on human nature, ...

Author: William Daniel

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781640651913

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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• Articulates how language, habits, and practices shape our liturgy, prayer, and worship • Engages the reader to connect the tables of our homes to the Eucharistic Table What does it mean to inhabit the life of liturgy? What does it mean to be inhabited by Christ? This book offers a way to rethink what we do when we pray, so that we do not so much call on God for help but join in a conversation. Readers will learn how to think about God through certain habits and practices: how posture effects our perceptions of God and Christ, how feasting on Christ in the Eucharist shapes our understanding of the body—both our individual bodies and the body of the Church. The author also offers tools for forming a deliberate rule of life to ground readers in the transcendent life of liturgy. Readers will recognize the inseparability of the tables of their homes and the Eucharistic Table, relating daily life with Eucharistic life. Dr. Daniel connects the language of the Book of Common Prayer with the everyday realities of ordinary life, compelling the worshiper to discern how daily practices correspond with or fight against her participation in the Eucharistic economy.
Categories: Religion

American Harvest

American Harvest

Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing—and How We Can Revive Them. New York: Convergent Books, 2018. Montgomery, David R. Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.

Author: Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 9781644451168

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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An epic story of the American wheat harvest, the politics of food, and the culture of the Great Plains For over one hundred years, the Mockett family has owned a seven-thousand-acre wheat farm in the panhandle of Nebraska, where Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s father was raised. Mockett, who grew up in bohemian Carmel, California, with her father and her Japanese mother, knew little about farming when she inherited this land. Her father had all but forsworn it. In American Harvest, Mockett accompanies a group of evangelical Christian wheat harvesters through the heartland at the invitation of Eric Wolgemuth, the conservative farmer who has cut her family’s fields for decades. As Mockett follows Wolgemuth’s crew on the trail of ripening wheat from Texas to Idaho, they contemplate what Wolgemuth refers to as “the divide,” inadvertently peeling back layers of the American story to expose its contradictions and unhealed wounds. She joins the crew in the fields, attends church, and struggles to adapt to the rhythms of rural life, all the while continually reminded of her own status as a person who signals “not white,” but who people she encounters can’t quite categorize. American Harvest is an extraordinary evocation of the land and a thoughtful exploration of ingrained beliefs, from evangelical skepticism of evolution to cosmopolitan assumptions about food production and farming. With exquisite lyricism and humanity, this astonishing book attempts to reconcile competing versions of our national story.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Models of Evangelism

Models of Evangelism

With the relentless pursuit of these five qualities, the church can be a distinctive community of disciples ... Jonathan Merritt, Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing—And How We Can Revive Them (New York: ...

Author: Priscilla Pope-Levison

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781493427383

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Many sincere Christians dismiss evangelism due to enduring evangelistic caricatures. This book helps readers move beyond those caricatures to consider thoughtfully and practically how they can engage in evangelism, whether it's through one-on-one conversations, social media, social justice, or the liturgy of worship services. At once biblical, theological, historical, and practical, this book by a seasoned scholar offers an engaging, well-researched, and well-organized presentation and analysis of eight models of evangelism. Covering a breadth of approaches--from personal evangelism to media evangelism and everything in between--Priscilla Pope-Levison encourages readers to take a deeper look at evangelism and discover a model that captures their attention. Each chapter introduces and assesses a model biblically, theologically, historically, and practically, allowing for easy comparison across the board. The book also includes end-of-chapter study questions to further help readers interact with each model.
Categories: Religion

Unholy

Unholy

How White Christian Nationalists Powered the Trump Presidency, and the Devastating Legacy They Left Behind Sarah Posner ... author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch : Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing — and How We Can Revive Them ...

Author: Sarah Posner

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781984820433

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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“In terrifying detail, Unholy illustrates how a vast network of white Christian nationalists plotted the authoritarian takeover of the American democratic system. There is no more timely book than this one.”—Janet Reitman, author of Inside Scientology Why did so many evangelicals turn out to vote for Donald Trump, a serial philanderer with questionable conservative credentials who seems to defy Christian values with his every utterance? To a reporter like Sarah Posner, who has been covering the religious right for decades, the answer turns out to be far more intuitive than one might think. In this taut inquiry, Posner digs deep into the radical history of the religious right to reveal how issues of race and xenophobia have always been at the movement’s core, and how religion often cloaked anxieties about perceived threats to a white, Christian America. Fueled by an antidemocratic impulse, and united by this narrative of reverse victimization, the religious right and the alt-right support a common agenda–and are actively using the erosion of democratic norms to roll back civil rights advances, stock the judiciary with hard-right judges, defang and deregulate federal agencies, and undermine the credibility of the free press. Increasingly, this formidable bloc is also forging ties with European far right groups, giving momentum to a truly global movement. Revelatory and engrossing, Unholy offers a deeper understanding of the ideological underpinnings and forces influencing the course of Republican politics. This is a book that must be read by anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.
Categories: Political Science

Traveling Home

Traveling Home

Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing and How We Can Revive Them. New York: Convergent Books, 2018. Nayeri, Farah. “A Bright Window Into His Own Faith.” The New York Times, October 3, 2018: C5.

Author: Mark R. Kowalewski

Publisher: Church Publishing

ISBN: 9781640651944

Category: Religion

Page: 209

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• Offers readers a way to find their place in God’s story • A creative invitation to those who are on the margins of the church Recent research in the sociology of religion indicates that around one in five Americans are religiously “liminal,” that is, they are on the fence about affiliating with a faith or a congregation. Traveling Home is an invitation to those people who are standing on the edges or just coming into the Church. It makes a case for why Christianity can make a difference by taking the reader on a spiritual journey through the story and ancient wisdom of the Bible. It shows the reader how to find a place within this great cosmic adventure. Why Christianity at all? How do we understand where we fit into a bigger picture? Anyone asking these questions, including people exploring other liturgical traditions, will find this book of interest. It is also a tool for clergy teaching newcomer/inquirer classes.
Categories: Religion