I found the practical sections of this book to be extremely helpful. For instance, when Brooks explains the benefit of asking the “so what” question of the good news text, I was motivated to look at a few of my sermons that had already been preached and ask the “so what” question of the text. Brooks is clear that the Bible is the foundation of preaching. This statement as she points out may seem to be one that there is agreement with among preachers, however as is pointed out there are those who believe that good news may come from other sources. It has been my experience in hearing sermons that the Bible is the source of the good news that is proclaimed.
The simple fact that the declaration gives power to the legislature to command the people to attend religious teachings is irrefutable evidence that Massachusetts felt that there should be a connection between church and state. Also, the fact that the public can use their taxes for the maintenance of the public houses of worship and religious instruction “to promote their happiness and to secure the good order and preservation of their government” also lends its support. The declaration, at times, reads vague and confusing. Its exact message may seem unclear, but the point seems to be that Massachusetts, while in favor of some individual religious rights, wants to keep a handle on just how far those rights can extend. The Virginia Statute of Religious Liberty conveys the far-reaching
The First Crusade and the idea of crusading by Jonathan Riley-Smith- I find this book so far to be a good read and chapter 1:Pope Urbans Message to very useful in helping me write my paper. This chapter discusses focuses on pope Urban and his sermons to the people. The chapter gives reasons on why the Crusade was called and how the church legitimized the crusade through his sermons. Also goes into the goals of the crusades that were mentioned over and over again by the Popes Sermons. The Pilgrimage Tradition and the Holy War Before the First Crusade James A. Brundage- I will be using this article to help connect holy wars and their justification with Pope Urban’s justification of war.
Some would argue that religion is a force for social change. This statement appears to be true because of things such as the civil rights movement in America, and the fact that without religion the changes that occurred during the civil rights movement would have never happened. This is because during the civil rights movement religion helped to mobilise public opinion by the use of preaching. Too get the people motivated for social change preaching would help pass messages across through a religious service and thus motivate people to change laws. A famous example of this was Martin Luther Kings ‘I have a dream’ speech, his use of religion in his passionate speech for equality helped to motivate people in society to push for social change, and ultimately changed America’s legislation and outlook on integration and equality between the black and white community in America.
Analytical Review of the Book of James The book of James has been called the practical book of the New Testament by many. This review will cover the purpose of the book, why it was included in the Bible, what would be missing if not included, and how it applies or is relevant to today. The purpose of the book of James is to foster practical Christian living. The church people in James’ day were beginning to have undermining attitudes and practices. James speaks against these in his teaching.
Dr. Anderson displays a strong foundation of counseling through truth and having a relationship with Christ. Other web based articles were used to support the theory of Anderson’s book. Although the web based articles other different avenues of Christian counseling all of the sources used share a common root, how to show others how to overcome their problems to become healthy well adjusted individuals by using biblical concepts. Christian Counseling to the Spiritually Oppressed Discipleship is receiving instruction from a religious leader and being a follower who has learned to believe in the truth of the doctrine of his teacher. Discipleship in today’s world can be in the form of a Christian counseling.
King also states that he is “compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my (his) home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid” (p. 3). King’s reference to Paul (a notable biblical figure who sought to spread the gospel of Christ) allows for readers to see that there are reasonable and justifiable means behind Dr. King’s actions/argument. King then states that “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality” (p. 4) giving a sense that he is in some way related (spiritually) to his readers, therefore we (as readers) should lend open ears and open minds to what King is arguing. Throughout his letter, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attempts to draw an emotional connection with readers.
The repetition of similar words beginning with we ,also gives a sense of unity with the people. Unity is a main component of this speech because he comes from such a higher power than the listeners. Hallow shows another connection to the bible, hallowed grounds meaning sacred or blessed. “We cannot dedicate” is an example of how lincoln used antithesis to the
In detail we will discuss the relationship between inspiration and inerrancy. And then, before concluding this paper we will discuss how the answers to these questions provide structure to how we as Christians should live our lives. To a Christian who has accepted God as their personal Lord and Savior the Bible has authority. The same should not be said for someone who hasn’t made that confession. As a Christian we have accepted that the Bible contains the true Word of God written by apostles who received divine inspiration to guide the recorded works.
Dr. King’s Letter Analysis While trapped in a jail cell Dr. King wrote an extremely long letter stating his argument using ethos, pathos, and logos to the clergymen of Birmingham. The brilliance of his letter details the facts and the emotional civil issues that are still happening during his time of fame. In this essay I will break his letter, or book, by extracting the ethos, pathos and logos from beginning to end. In the title of the letter our civil rights hero uses ethos to show that he is equal to the clergymen and they are equal to him. He does this because he does not want the men to see him as a person on a lower standard or lower level than they are.