Description : God's Beauty Parlor opens the Bible to the contested body of critical commentary on sex and sexuality known as queer theory and to masculinity studies. The author pursues the themes of homoeroticism, masculinity, beauty, and violence through such texts as the Song of Songs, the Gospels, the Letter to the Romans, and the Book of Revelation.
Description : What if we began our study of Christian ethics not with an examination of our moral duties but with an exploration of the call of beauty? For like justice, beauty generates a call to a larger, more generous self. In Gods Beauty, Patrick McCormick asks:How does the beauty of the righteous community manifest the glory of God?How can we imitate and improve this beauty by reforming our own societies? What fundamental need and right do all of us, especially the poor, have to experience and create beauty in our lives and communities? Why is it also essential to our own humanity that we recognize and treasure the beauty of the stranger, alien, and foe, and resist every effort to render these unrecognized neighbors ugly? McCormick offers a fresh, positive approach to moral arguments calling us to work for social justice. Instead of laying out the evils of failing to work for justice, protect human rights, overcome alienation and hostility, or tend to the earth, Gods Beauty focuses on the calling of divine beauty summoning us to be tenders and creators of beauty.
Description : "God's Beauty Bag" is a book that provides a healthy perspective of beauty and well-being from a Biblical outlook. Joy Mitchell, the author, also explores the superficial world of beauty and encapsulates fun, diversity and freedom, encouraging women of all nationalities to embrace their uniqueness. This book is a testimony as the author shares insight into how God cares for every aspect of our lives. Joy Mitchell shares this 'spiritual cosmetic' in a holistic and thought-provoking way.
Description : Jurgen Moltmann and others contend that Christian theology and the church face a dual crisis--one of relevance and the other of identity. Despite making this pronouncement nearly forty years ago, the church in the West continues to struggle with this crisis. Several proposals have been espoused, from the way of wisdom to the way of ecclesial praxis. Yet, little attention is given in Protestant theological discourse to the role God's beauty plays in bringing theology and ethics together. By neglecting God's beauty for theological discourse, we risk diminishing Christian worship, witness, and wisdom. God's Beauty-in-Act addresses these issues, in part, by arguing that the redemptive-creative suffering and glorious resurrection of Christ are the nexus of God's being, beauty, and Christian living. God's beauty, understood as the fittingness of the incarnate Son's actions in the Spirit to the Father's will, radiates God's glory and draws perceivers into the dramatic movements of God's triune life. These movements serve as the patterns that shape the imagination, enabling participants to perform their parts creatively and fittingly in God's drama of redemption. In doing so, human beings flourish as they jettison false identities and realities of their own making that are incommensurate with God's purpose found in Christ by the Spirit.
Description : In this six-session small group Bible study, Pursuing God's Beauty, Margaret Feinberg looks at six stories of beauty from the Gospel of John that illustrate how God's beauty is present in your life. God created us to be drawn toward beauty--created us to pursue beauty so that we might know more about His character, attributes, and work in our world. Perhaps no book of the Bible paints a clearer picture of this than the Gospel of John. Throughout John's Gospel, the beauty of God radiates in the person of Jesus Christ--the one in whom God displayed His whole heart for the world to see. It's within the person of Jesus that we find the invisible attributes of God being made visible, on display like fine pieces of artwork--to be enjoyed, celebrated, and reflected on. This Participant Guide includes six sessions that can be adapted to any number of weeks. It includes ideas for experiential activities and icebreakers, and five after-hours studies per session for those who want to dig deeper into Scripture at home. Pursuing God's Beauty reveals breathtaking portraits of the salvation, redemption, and restoration that God the Artist longs to complete in us. Designed for use with the Pursuing God's Beauty DVD (sold separately). Sessions include: 1. Encountering Jesus (John 1 - 3) 2. When God Sees through You (John 4 - 8) 3. Recognizing the Blind Spots (John 9 - 11) 4. When Worship Costs More than Expected (John 12 - 17) 5. Mistakes that Refine Instead of Define (John 18 - 19) 6. The Hope and Healing of Resurrection (John 20 - 21)
Description : "In God's House! Beautiful! Let's Go!, Jane Ann Derr has told us more than we have a right to ask. She has let us into the world of her marriage, her family, her work, her loss, her fears, and her happiness. She has let us into her faith in God and her devotion to Jesus Christ. She has let us into her husband's illness and death, and into the grief and resolve of her life as the one who survived. But her real interest is what she has seen of the goodness and mercy of God."-Stephen E. Broyles, author of The Wind that Destroys and Heals."I highly recommend this book, especially for those who are called upon to pass through this valley of shadows."-Neil R. Lightfoot, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Abilene Christian University"For Harold and Jane Ann, the journey has been exceedingly fruitful. I predict that as you read this book, you will cry, you will laugh, and you will be encouraged. At least, that's what happened when I read it."-Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages and Love as a Way of Life.Jane Ann Derr is also the author of Trailblazing with God, describing her family's missionary experiences in Ghana, West Africa. She lives in Georgia. You may write her at [email protected] Her books are also available for download on most eReader platforms.
Description : Beauty is more than skin deep— it starts in the heart and works outward Exploring the timeless wisdom of Proverbs 31, Bible teacher Elizabeth George reveals how you can become a woman of true beauty—a woman who desires to honor God in all that she says and does. Beautiful in God's Eyes helps you make each day immensely meaningful as you delight in God and discover how to... experience instant progress toward personal goals manage daily life more effectively tap into unlimited energy apply biblical principles to enhance relationships move from the ordinary to the extraordinary You can experience a richer, more exciting spiritual walk as you embrace God's design for true beauty in your life.
Description : In a bridge-building exercise between Christians, Muslims, and other "people of the book," David Bentley traces the Semitic pre-Islamic origins of Islam's 99 names of God. He points the reader to Old Testament counterparts of these names as well as to Jesus' comparable representations of Himself.
Description : For thirty years, Stratford Caldecott has been an inspirational figure in liturgy, fantasy literature, graphic novels, spirituality, education, ecology and social theory. Hundreds of people have learned from his spiritual approaches to the great existential questions. The Beauty of God's House is a Festschrift dedicated to him. The book seeks to cover the whole range of Caldecott's interests, from poetics to politics. Anyone interested in the field of theology and the arts will find much to intrigue them in this delightful multi-authored volume. The common core of Stratford's interests is in the beauty of the cosmos and how it reflects the beauty of God. This book is about the beauty of God's realm, and it conceives God's realm as the arts, politics, liturgy, religions, and human life. It touches on the many places where beauty and spirituality overlap. It is an engagement in theological aesthetics that goes well beyond the aesthetic.