to Digital Worship News, Edition 35. This issue includes six encouraging resources for you. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the free song!
blessings, Kim Gentes
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Through her own autobiography, Thérèse de Lisieux appears to us as a childish and effusing figure, bent on achieving the goal of grand spiritualism and union with God. But Therese (both in her life and her story) quickly grows into a wonderful herald of childlike simplicity and devotion.
Her story is uniquely fit within the tradition of Catholic mystics, and was venerated to even higher status by the declaration of the title of Doctor which was given to her about a century after her death.
Saint Teresa of Avila is another of the Catholic mystics who has profoundly impacted Christian formation/spirituality in the last 500 years. Like Therese of Lisieux, St. John of the Cross and others in the mystic tradition, Teresa of Avila takes a route of growth that focuses profoundly on the topic of love and uses the lens of introspection to probe the depths of the soul to find and purge inconsistencies for the person to find ultimate union with God.
Teresa of Avila and her description of the "Interior Castle" have become an archtype for spiritual understanding and formation, as well as a source of wisdom for others trying to understand obstacles towards union with God.
Book Review: "Dominion Dynasty" by Stephen Dempster
Dominion and Dynasty is a purposeful book meant to articulate the guiding narrative of the Hebrew scriptures by examining the original structure of Text (and texts within), re-envisioning a supportive literary approach as a hermeneutic for micro-interpretation within a macro-context, identifying the covenantal promises and blessings of land and lineage, and guiding the further interpretation of the narrative through understanding the symbols of Eden and David.
This is a scholarly work and requires careful reading. And such reading is greatly rewarding. Dempster's approach and focus keep the book on track to deliver exactly what it promises to in the introduction. An excellent resource for any preaching/teaching pastor.
Book Review: "Jesus and the Victory of God" by NT Wright
Reading and reviewing NT Wright's "Jesus and the Victory of God" is a monolithic task, as the book is both lengthy and academic. Its success is not in its volume of pages, however, but in its thorough treatment of Jesus and his work as historical fact leading to theological reality.
The portrait of Jesus of Galilee as the first century Jew who is both prophet/messiah is so profoundly unlike our 20th/21st Century thinking, that it is a shock treatment into the historical Jesus. It re-levels our Christian beliefs and theology from our arrogant "looking back on history" to a profound looking from the 1rst century forward, through the eyes of Judaism and its traditions and worldview. When we wake up from the shock, we find we are in a world that is thoroughly Jewish, thoroughly 1rst century, living as a conquered nation of Israel with its neck under the heel of the tyrannical Roman Empire.
We are delighted to let you know of a free Christmas song available on our website.
You can download MP3s, video and sheet music for the song I Will Remember – its a modern worship song styling of the ancient Christmas message of Jesus coming to earth from the celebration story of the gospel accounts.
Click here to get the free MP3 (full, listening, and performance tracks), sheet music for 9 different instrument parts, Chord Charts and demonstration videos (with and without lyric guides)!