The Gift of Blessing

The Gift of Blessing

Blessing is God's idea--it's the first thing He did when He made Adam and Eve, and it's the last thing Jesus did before He ascended into heaven. And yet many of us picture God as a grumpy old man who measures out blessing in measly thimblefuls. Building on her book The Promise of Blessing, which explores the Aaronic blessing from Numbers 6, this encouraging devotional from Kate Patterson offers daily opportunities to see God afresh through that shining blessing made to God's people as they wandered in the desert. Though thousands of years old, this blessing still holds surprising truths for God's children today. With reflections, Scripture, and prayer prompts, Patterson looks at each phrase of God's blessing in Numbers 6. Each day shares a significant discovery about the God at the heart of our faith--a God who loves us and longs to bless His people so they can be a blessing to others. For those wanting to know God's blessing for themselves, this inviting giftbook will bless not only them but also those around them.

The Gift of the Blessing

The Gift of the Blessing

Packed with compelling news stories and up-to-date research, this expanded version of the bestselling The Blessing helps readers discover the roots of family acceptance. Includes step-by-step instructions on how to be a blessing and pass on life-changing acceptance to family and friends.

The Gift of Responsibility

The Promise of Dialogue Among Christians, Jews, and Muslims

The Gift of Responsibility

This book argues that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, locked as they have been over the centuries in many kinds of mutual enmity and violence, now need to join resources to resist the destructive economic and political forces on the loose across the globe, some of which distrust among these faiths has tended to intensify.

The Gift of Theology

The Contribution of Kathryn Tanner

The Gift of Theology

Kathryn Tanner is undoubtedly one of the most important contemporary North American theologians. From landmark studies in systematic and constructive theology to economics, Tanner’s work is a contribution of inestimable value, hallmarked by its depth, precision, provocativeness, and grace. Unifying the immense scope of her work is the particular vision of God’s self-gift: an internal, dynamic, communal reality that is expressed outward in acts of love and generosity that are creation, incarnation, and capacious life in the Spirit. This vision, as the grounding matrix of Tanner’s theology, has been extended beyond the disciplinary boundaries of theology in constructive explorations of economics, social and political theory, cultural studies, and ethics. This volume celebrates the vision and breadth of Tanner’s unique contribution. Essays by established scholars, colleagues, and former students trace out the key loci and themes, from theological method, the Trinity, Christology, creation, to economics, environmental and social ethics, and politics, to generate constructive and ecumenical conversation that presents Tanner as an important, contemporary public theologian.

Ordination: Celebrating the Gift of Min

Celebrating the Gift of Ministry

Ordination: Celebrating the Gift of Min

For graduating seminary students, Stephen Sprinkle has written a practical theological guide for preparing for ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), United Church of Christ, American Baptist Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), and other closely related denominations. He provides a theology of what ordination is and what it means to the person being ordained, to the life of the church at large, and to the congregation gathered for the celebration. Sprinkle includes "hands-on" practical guidance on how to plan the service, plus samples of ordination services from each of the four traditions.

The Gift of Rest

Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath

The Gift of Rest

Discusses the importance of observing the Jewish Sabbath as both a practical and spiritual exercise, and provides guidelines for properly incoporating the Sabbath into everyday life.

The Gift of Stern Angels

The Gift of Stern Angels


The Gift of Compassion

A Guide to Helping Those Who Grieve

The Gift of Compassion

Unfortunately, grief and loss are inevitable parts of living. No one escapes. Even so, it's difficult to know how to console those who have reached a broken place in their lives. What is the best way to show compassion when words cannot be enough? In The Gift of Compassion, author Becca Stevens offers practical help for pastors, Stephen ministers, congregational caregivers, and other laity serving the broken-hearted. With a central message on the importance of simply being present for people who are grieving, Stevens combines practical how-to's with prayers, Scriptures, suggestions fro ways to serve the sacraments, and inspiration about the peace of God that passes all understanding. This small book outlines meaningful ways to show compassion through planning visits, writing notes, finding appropriate Scriptures and prayer to read, avoiding cliches, and offering the presence of God to people suffering through the dark and searching experience of grief.

The Gift of Pain

The Gift of Pain

Marks puts pain in its place. Few readers will come away from this series of meditations without feeling lighter and more optimistic in the face of life's challenges.

The Gift of Tongues

Women's Xenoglossia in the Later Middle Ages

The Gift of Tongues

The Gift of Tongues examines a wide range of sources to show that claims of miraculous language are much more important to medieval religious culture than previously recognized.