Caught in the Pulpit

Caught in the Pulpit
Author: Daniel C. Dennett,Linda LaScola
Publsiher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2015-05-01
ISBN 10: 1634310225
ISBN 13: 9781634310222
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Caught in the Pulpit Book Review:

What is it like to be a preacher or rabbi who no longer believes in God? In this expanded and updated edition of their groundbreaking study, Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola comprehensively and sensitively expose an inconvenient truth that religious institutions face in the new transparency of the information age—the phenomenon of clergy who no longer believe what they publicly preach. In confidential interviews, clergy from across the ministerial spectrum—from liberal to literal—reveal how their lives of religious service and study have led them to a truth inimical to their professed beliefs and profession. Although their personal stories are as varied as the denominations they once represented, or continue to represent—whether Catholic, Baptist, Episcopalian, Methodist, Mormon, Pentecostal, or any of numerous others—they give voice not only to their own struggles but also to those who similarly suffer in tender and lonely silence. As this study poignantly and vividly reveals, their common journey has far-reaching implications not only for their families, their congregations, and their communities—but also for the very future of religion.

From Apostle to Apostate

From Apostle to Apostate
Author: Catherine Dunphy,Richard Dawkins
Publsiher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2015-07-21
ISBN 10: 1634310187
ISBN 13: 9781634310185
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Apostle to Apostate Book Review:

What happens when your entire life and career are constructed around a religious faith that you no longer possess? Do you continue to promote a gospel that you have intellectually and emotionally rejected to maintain your livelihood and the support and respect you receive from your community? Or do you renounce your faith to your congregation and the public at large, putting yourself and your family at risk? From Apostle to Apostate offers a comprehensive introduction to the Clergy Project, established in 2011 to provide a safe space where clergy who have lost their faith can connect with others facing the exact same questions—often alone and in isolation. Charting the origins, growth, and goals of the project, the book draws on the author's own experience as a founding project member and on interviews with its founders. It also reveals the troubles and triumphs experienced by many of its members, whose numbers have grown from just over 50 to more than 500 in a few short years. As the book movingly demonstrates, despite the substantial personal and professional challenges nonbelieving clergy face, for many, a loss of faith has turned out not to be a loss at all—but a gain of newfound community, self-respect, and honesty with themselves and others.

Fathomless Riches

Fathomless Riches
Author: Richard Coles
Publsiher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2014-10-16
ISBN 10: 0297870319
ISBN 13: 9780297870319
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fathomless Riches Book Review:

The memoir of popular BBC Radio 4 SATURDAY LIVE presenter and former member of the Communards, the Reverend Richard Coles. 'I love @RevRichardColes SO MUCH' Caitlin Moran FATHOMLESS RICHES is the Reverend Richard Coles's warm, witty and wise memoir in which he divulges with searing honesty and intimacy his pilgrimage from a rock-and-roll life of sex and drugs in the Communards to one devoted to God and Christianity. The result is one of the most unusual and readable life stories of recent times, and has the power to shock as well as to console.

Who Moved My Pulpit?

Who Moved My Pulpit?
Author: Thom S. Rainer
Publsiher: B&H Publishing Group
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2016-06-01
ISBN 10: 143364388X
ISBN 13: 9781433643880
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who Moved My Pulpit? Book Review:

Who Moved My Pulpit? may not be the exact question you’re asking. But you’re certainly asking questions about change in the church—where it’s coming from, why it’s happening, and how you’re supposed to hang on and follow God through it—even get out ahead of it so your church is faithfully meeting its timeless calling and serving the new opportunities of this age. Based on conversations with thousands of pastors, combined with on-the-ground research from more than 50,000 churches, best-selling author Thom S. Rainer shares an eight-stage roadmap to leading change in your church. Not by changing doctrine. Not by changing biblical foundations. But by changing methodologies and approaches for reaching a rapidly changing culture. You are the pastor. You are the church staff person. You are an elder. You are a deacon. You are a key lay leader in the church. This is the book that will equip you to celebrate and lead change no matter the cost. The time is now.

The Pipe and the Pulpit

The Pipe and the Pulpit
Author: Jr. D. Min Jordan
Publsiher: WestBow Press
Total Pages: 110
Release: 2016-08-12
ISBN 10: 9781512746945
ISBN 13: 1512746940
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pipe and the Pulpit Book Review:

There are untold numbers of Americans, especially those in religious institutions, who are suffering in silence from the disease of addiction, primarily drugs and alcohol. Professionals, including pastors, who have money, power and prestige, can get caught up in any addiction and think it will not happen to them because of their position. Their families go through living hell because someone in the house has a drug or alcohol problem and they don't know what to do. The Pipe and the Pulpit tells the true story of an addicted, inner -city, highly educated, pastor who got caught up in alcohol and cocaine abuse but found hope and deliverance through a tried and proven way. This book is for the addicted and their families, especially in the church, and want help. Fasten your traditional, religious, seatbelt for the non-traditional, Spiritual ride of your life for deliverance. There is Hope for you!

The Devil's Pulpit

The Devil's Pulpit
Author: Robert Taylor
Publsiher: Book Tree
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2006-06
ISBN 10: 1585092576
ISBN 13: 9781585092574
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Devil's Pulpit Book Review:

A series of sermons meant to challenge the rigid and uncompromising views held by Christianity in England at the time. The Author came to the conclusion that Christianity is based on much older religions and its rituals are directly descended from ancient Egyptian and pagan practices

My Turn at the Bully Pulpit

My Turn at the Bully Pulpit
Author: Greta Van Susteren,Elaine Lafferty
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2003-09-09
ISBN 10: 1400051975
ISBN 13: 9781400051977
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Turn at the Bully Pulpit Book Review:

Welcome to the bully pulpit where opinions fly but common sense rules. Here’s where you’ll find straight talk about the most pressing issues of the day, all delivered in the trademark commonsense style of one of America’s most popular and admired television news anchors. Always resisting the political label that attempts to place people in one ideological camp or another, Greta Van Susteren speaks from the mind and the heart, not as a liberal or a conservative, but as a right-thinking, sensible citizen. “Our country is at a critical juncture,” she writes, and “too many of us are caught up in old definitions of left and right that no longer apply. If I favor the death penalty in some cases, does that make me right-wing? If I think hate crimes legislation is stupid, does that make me a conservative? If I happen to like and enjoy Ozzy Osbourne and have him on my show, does that make me a liberal? And if I believe that corporations should be held accountable if their products harm citizens and they should be subject to the rulings of a jury—ditto for doctors who commit medical malpractice—does that make me a lefty trial lawyer?” Here’s more of Greta in her own words: On the military: Liberty isn’t free. As a nation, we must provide for the men and women who put their lives on the line for us. That means good pay, adequate funding for defense, and our heartfelt support. Vietnam was a very long time ago. We Baby Boomers have to wake up and realize that today’s military is a different military from the one we grew up with, and we are fighting a very different war. Patriotism is not a conservative or a liberal thing. Patriotism, as far as I am concerned, is the duty and obligation of every American. On the Supreme Court: There should be a litmus test for Supreme Court and federal court judges, and that test should be their opinion about allowing public access to court proceedings. Let cameras inside the courthouse, or at least allow an audio feed to radio. What are they hiding? On the death penalty: It should be legal and available to courts and juries . . . but it should be used extremely rarely, and only when we are absolutely certain that a fair trial has taken place. On how you look: It’s your business and nobody else’s. Your looks and your life are not a democracy—not everybody gets a vote. Make your appearance and your choices a totalitarian regime—you are the boss. On fun: It isn’t a curse word. It’s actually quite serious business, as it makes the hard times livable and the sad times bearable. Fun should be part of a work environment, too. Stuffed shirts and snobs who can’t stop and laugh at themselves should be banished! In Greta’s company you’re guaranteed to get a fresh dose of common sense and a good hearty rant on many of the most important issues we face today. One more guarantee: you’ll have some good fun while you’re at it.

Secrets Behind the Pulpit

Secrets Behind the Pulpit
Author: Sweet Tee
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2018-01-21
ISBN 10: 9781984056948
ISBN 13: 1984056948
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secrets Behind the Pulpit Book Review:

Ever wonder what life is like for a pastor after Sunday service is over? Charles Wallace, Pastor of Calvary Christian Life Baptist Church, was no saint. He didn't always practice what he preached. His lovely wife and three daughters appeared to be the perfect family to those looking in from the outside. However, during Thanksgiving dinner a showdown takes place exposing everyone's secrets for all to hear. The shocking revelations that come to light rock the Wallace household dividing the family. Lies, deceit, infidelity and broken trust put a strain on Charles's ability to serve as a leader, husband and father. Will the Wallace Family find unity to get there house in order before they run out of time to make things right?

Soil and Sacrament

Soil and Sacrament
Author: Fred Bahnson
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2013-08-06
ISBN 10: 1451663307
ISBN 13: 9781451663303
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Soil and Sacrament Book Review:

Recounts the author's experiences founding a faith-based community garden in rural North Carolina, and emphasizes how growing one's own food can help readers reconnect with the land and divine faith.

The Pastors Diaries

The Pastors Diaries
Author: N.A
Publsiher: Booktango
Total Pages: 329
Release:
ISBN 10: 1468922181
ISBN 13: 9781468922189
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pastors Diaries Book Review:

Profaned Pulpit

Profaned Pulpit
Author: Jerry D. Kaifetz
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Pub
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2012-10-01
ISBN 10: 9781479180295
ISBN 13: 1479180297
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Profaned Pulpit Book Review:

A look at the life, ministry and abuses of Jack Schaap, the disgraced pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond, a Chicago area megachurch, and the influences they had on the Independent Fundamental Baptist Movement.

Venom from the Pulpit

Venom from the Pulpit
Author: Laura Day
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 74
Release: 2006-02
ISBN 10: 9781594537790
ISBN 13: 1594537798
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Venom from the Pulpit Book Review:

Have you been deceived and don?t even know it? Deception is sometimes hard to recognize because you don?t always see the source and get caught up in a whirlwind of destruction. Learn to see the snares and close the door on situations that are designed to destroy your life.This is a life changing book intended to change your way of thinking and to open your eyes. There may be areas in our lives that cause harm to us and people around us. Learn to listen to the words that are spoken to you and determine their source. We sometimes feel trapped in our situations or come out of a hurting relationship and are seeking comfort and love. We are looking in the right direction but are deceived by the person because they are not whom we thought they were, their character is flawed and we go down the wrong path by following them. There are people in the world who have no scruples and uses manipulation to get what they want with no concern about the person or persons they are hurting. They are self-centered and focused on money and what it will get them.But God will show you the way to truth and lead you to victory and will remove you from ANY bad situation just like he did for me. Where there is hope there is God. Hear the sound of his trumpets and shut the door on the devil now. Make the right decision, take the right actions and change your destiny.

Dancing with the Devil

Dancing with the Devil
Author: Christopher Geraghty
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 334
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 9780867861723
ISBN 13: 086786172X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dancing with the Devil Book Review:

At the age of nearly forty, Christopher Geraghty stopped dancing with the Devil and invited another partner out onto the dance floor. A Catholic priest for nearly fifteen years, Geraghty endured bullying and persecution. This, coupled with a desire for intimacy and belonging, eventually caused Geraghty to turn his back on the priesthood for a chance at love and a family. During the ensuing thirty five years, while learning to dance to a different beat, Geraghty studied law and, for the last 16 years of his professional life, worked as a judge in Sydney. This is a story that is at times painful, sometimes funny, and at times, embarrassing and surprisingly honest. By luck and the grace of God, his story has a happy ending.

The Armageddon Factor

The Armageddon Factor
Author: Marci McDonald
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 445
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 0307356477
ISBN 13: 9780307356475
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Armageddon Factor Book Review:

In her new book, award-winning journalist Marci McDonald draws back the curtain on the mysterious world of the right-wing Christian nationalist movement in Canada and its many ties to the Conservative government of Stephen Harper. To most Canadians, the politics of the United States — where fundamentalist Christians wield tremendous power and culture wars split the country — seem too foreign to ever happen here. ButThe Armageddon Factor shows that the Canadian Christian right — infuriated by the legalization of same-sex marriage and the increasing secularization of society — has been steadily and stealthily building organizations, alliances and contacts that have put them close to the levers of power and put the government of Canada in their debt. Determined to outlaw homosexuality and abortion, and to restore Canada to what they see as its divinely determined destiny to be a nation ruled by Christian laws and precepts, this group of true believers has moved the country far closer to the American mix of politics and religion than most Canadians would ever believe. McDonald's book explores how a web of evangelical far-right Christians have built think-tanks and foundations that play a prominent role in determining policy for the Conservative government of Canada. She shows how Biblical belief has allowed Christians to put dozens of MPs in office and to build a power base across the country, across cultures and even across religions. “What drives that growing Christian nationalist movement is its adherents' conviction that the end times foretold in the book of Revelation are at hand,” writes McDonald. “Braced for an impending apocalypse, they feel impelled to ensure that Canada assumes a unique, scripturally ordained role in the final days before the Second Coming — and little else.” The Armageddon Factor shows how the religious right's influence on the Harper government has led to hugely important but little-known changes in everything from foreign policy and the makeup of the courts to funding for scientific research and social welfare programs like daycare. And the book also shows that the religious influence is here to stay, regardless of which party ends up in government. For those who thought the religious right in Canada was confined to rural areas and the west, this book is an eye-opener, outlining to what extent the corridors of power in Ottawa are now populated by true believers. For anyone who assumed that the American religious right stopped at the border, The Armageddon Factor explains how US money and evangelists have infiltrated Canadian politics. This book should be essential reading for Canadians of every religious belief or political stripe. Indeed,The Armageddon Factor should persuade every Canadian that, with the growth of such a movement, the future direction of the country is at stake. From the Hardcover edition.

Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking

Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking
Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2014-05-05
ISBN 10: 0393348784
ISBN 13: 9780393348781
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking Book Review:

The philosophy professor behind Breaking the Spell and Consciousness Explained offers exercises and tools to stretch the mind, offering new ways to consider, discuss and argue positions on dangerous subject matter including evolution, the meaning of life and free will.

Sharing the Word

Sharing the Word
Author: Lucy Atkinson Rose
Publsiher: Westminster John Knox Press
Total Pages: 158
Release: 1997-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780664256586
ISBN 13: 0664256589
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sharing the Word Book Review:

Lucy Atkinson Rose proposes a nonhierarchical, communal relationship between pastor and congregation that questions traditional assumptions of preaching, and offers insight from those on the margin and those outside the field of homiletics. She invites preachers to practice a style of conversational preaching rooted in connectedness and a sense of mutuality between preacher and worshipers.

From Pit to Pulpit

From Pit to Pulpit
Author: Clarence Eugene Overstreet
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 102
Release: 2015-03-18
ISBN 10: 9780996216500
ISBN 13: 0996216502
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Pit to Pulpit Book Review:

The Book Against God

The Book Against God
Author: James Wood
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2004-06-01
ISBN 10: 1429932120
ISBN 13: 9781429932127
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Book Against God Book Review:

A Passionate, Profoundly Funny First Novel from "the Best Literary Critic of His Generation" (Adam Begley, Financial Times) Thomas Bunting, the charming, chaotic, and deeply untruthful narrator of James Wood's wonderful first novel, is in despair. His marriage is disintegrating and his academic career is in ruins: instead of completing his philosophy Ph.D. (still unfinished after seven years), he is secretly writing what he hopes will be his masterwork, a vast atheistic project he has privately entitled "The Book Against God." But when his father suddenly falls ill, Thomas returns to the tiny village in the north of England where he grew up and where his father still works as a parish priest. There, Thomas hopes, he may finally be able to communicate honestly with his father, a brilliant and formidable Christian example, and sort out his own wayward life. But Thomas is a chronic liar as well as an atheist, and he finds, instead, that once at home he soon reverts to the evasive patterns of his childhood years—with disastrous results. The story of a husband and wife, a father and son, faith and disbelief, and a hero who couldn't tell the truth if his life depended on it, The Book Against God is at once hilarious and poignant; it introduces an original comic voice—edgy, elegiac, lyrical, and indignant—and, in the irrepressible Thomas Bunting, one of the strangest philosophers in contemporary fiction.

Every Waking Hour

Every Waking Hour
Author: Benjamin T. Quinn,Walter R. Strickland II
Publsiher: Lexham Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2016-04-25
ISBN 10: 1577996798
ISBN 13: 9781577996798
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Every Waking Hour Book Review:

Pastors and chaplains aren't the only ones in ministry--every Christian is called to be a minister through his or her work in the world. But in order to fully understand what this entails, we must look to the Bible and develop a fuller understanding of work as any way we interact with God's creation. Doing so may transform our view of how Sunday morning impacts our work-a-day lives--and vice versa. In Every Waking Hour, Benjamin Quinn and Walter R. Strickland develop a biblically and theologically rich view of work, vocation, and how we may glorify God through everything we do.

Agony in the Pulpit

Agony in the Pulpit
Author: Marc Saperstein
Publsiher: ISD LLC
Total Pages: 1200
Release: 2018-06-15
ISBN 10: 0822983087
ISBN 13: 9780822983088
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Agony in the Pulpit Book Review:

Many scholars have focused on contemporary sources pertaining to the Nazi persecution and mass murder of Jews between 1933 and 1945--citing dated documents, newspapers, diaries, and letters--but the sermons delivered by rabbis describing and protesting against the ever-growing oppression of European Jews have been largely neglected. Agony in the Pulpit is a response to this neglect, and to the accusations made by respected figures that Jewish leaders remained silent in the wake of catastrophe. The passages from sermons reproduced in this volume--delivered by 135 rabbis in fifteen countries, mainly from the United States and England--provide important evidence of how these rabbis communicated the ever-worsening news to their congregants, especially on important religious occasions when they had peak attendance and peak receptivity. A central theme is how the preachers related the contemporary horrors to ancient examples of persecution. Did they present what was occurring under Hitler as a reenactment of the murderous oppressions by Pharaoh, Amalek, Haman, Ahasuerus, the Crusaders, the Spanish Inquisition, the Russian Pogroms? When did they begin to recognize and articulate from their pulpits an awareness that current events were fundamentally unprecedented? Was the developing cataclysm consistent with traditional beliefs about God's control of what happened on earth? No other book-length study has presented such abundant evidence of rabbis in all streams of Jewish religious life seeking to rouse and inspire their congregants to full awareness of the catastrophic realities that were taking shape in the world beyond their synagogues.