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How Gertrude the Great Saw Christ
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Gertrude of Helfta
Gertrude’s experienced relationship with the incarnate Christ was like that of a child seeking a support. She was a young nun at the time and confesses that she had built up a “tower of vanity”[footnoteRef:1] within herself and that Christ came to tear that tower down so that He could make room for himself. In the first apparition, she wanted to reach and touch Christ, whom she described as the most beautiful of all persons ever seen, but she could not touch Him because of some obstacle that was in the way. She saw that this obstacle was her sins and her attachment to things of the world. In order to fully experience union with God, she had to rid herself of these attachments and empty herself of her vanity and pride. [1: Gertrude of Helfta. The Herald of Divine Love 1 Translated by Margaret Winkworth. Classics…

Gertrude of Helfta. The Herald of Divine Love 1 Translated by Margaret Winkworth. Classics of Western Spirituality Paulist Press, 1993.

Lectio Divina and Making Room
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Action and Reflection
Reading, meditating, praying and contemplating are the four steps of the Lectio Divina. By inviting the community to take part in this process, my goal was to increase the presence of the Holy Spirit in the community and in the hearts and minds of the people in my community. By directly engaging with this community through prayer walks in the neighborhood and prayer readings followed by an observation of silence, I was able to engage with the members of the community and get to know them, share experiences with them, and discuss these experiences in a focus group like setting. These actions all together served to provide me with much reflection as I felt the more we all directly engaged with the God, the more the Spirit was felt among us in a very positive way.
The prayer-walks through the neighborhood were particularly meaningful as the community…

Works Cited
Aquinas, Thomas. Summa Theologica.
Dever, Mark. Discipling: How to help others follow Jesus. Crossway, 2016.
Dulles, Avery. The Assurance of Things Hoped For. New York: Oxford, 1994.
Georgia Baptist Mission Board. A Brief Theology of Intercessory Prayer.
Green, Cheryl Ann. \\\\"Complimentary Care: When Our Patients Request to Pray.\\\\" Journal of religion and health 57.3 (2018): 1179-1182.
Sheen, Fulton. Life of Christ. NY: Image Books, 2008.
Smith, Christian. \\\\"Why Christianity works: An emotions-focused phenomenological account.\\\\" Sociology of Religion 68, no. 2 (2007): 165-178.

Berulle and High Christology
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Berulle’s Discourses
At a time when Europe was rushing blindly into reform, rationalism and naturalism via the Protestant Reformation, the Scientific Revolution and later during the Enlightenment, Berulle and the French School represented a return to the kind of mysticism of the medieval world (Howells). Berulle’s focus was on the Incarnation, the mystery of God Made Man through the union of the Holy Ghost and the Virgin Mary. Berulle and the French School, including St. Francis de Sales, placed a profound emphasis on the intercession of the Blessed Virgin in the spiritual journey to God. Since Christ came to man through the Virgin Mary it only made sense that man should seek God through the Mediatrix of Divine Grace in return (Leo XIII). What Berulle accomplishes in “Discourse on the State and Grandeurs of Jesus” is a kind of middle-ground Christology that brings high and low Christology together, emphasizing the…

Works Cited
Berulle, Pierre de. Discourse on the State and Grandeurs of Jesus.
Howells, Edward. \\"Relationality and Difference in the Mysticism of Pierre de Bérulle.\\"  Harvard Theological Review102.2 (2009): 225-243.
Leo XIII. Iucunda Semper Expectatione.

Compassion as a Christian Rule
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Process NotePastoral Issue: How do I respond to someone in need of compassion?Learning goal for this session: The learning goal for this session is to develop the skill of compassion for pastoral ministry.BackgroundI served my ministry at a suburban parish that consists of primarily Americans from the suburbs and some from the city across the river. People come to this parish because it is conservative. For that reason, the parish consists of many people who are conservative minded about the Church and towards life in a way that some might consider outside the norm.The parish brings in newcomers from both sides of the river because the church itself is remarkable to seeit has beautiful paintings and statues inside and the architecture is of an old style. The ministry that I served was an adult catechism RCIA class. The class consisted of adults from the parish as well as newcomers. All…


Birch, Charles. \\\\\\"Regaining compassion for humanity and nature.\\\\\\" (1993). 

Griffin, Brandon J., Caroline R. Lavelock, and Everett L. Worthington, Jr. “On Earth as It is in Heaven: Healing Through Forgiveness.” Journal of Psychology & Theology 52, no. 3 (2014): 252-259.

Harrington, Daniel J. The Gospel of Matthew. Vol. of Sacra Pagina Series. Edited by Daniel J. Harrrington. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1999.

Louw, Daniel J. \\\\\\"On facing the God-question in a pastoral theology of compassion: From imperialistic omni-categories to theopaschitic pathos-categories.\\\\\\" In die Skriflig 49, no. 1 (2015): 1-15.

LGBTQ Youth in the United Methodist Church
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The United Methodist Church (UMC) is a mixture of being rooted in the traditions of the Christian experience and being grounded in the here and now. For an LGBTQ youth, the church’s outlook can be frustrating and confusing. How a good pastor responds to the feelings of this youth can be a determining factor in the extent to which the relationship blooms and flourishes or wilts and dies. The church pastor is there to set the example and serve as the voice of the UMC. Therefore it is important to consider this case study in detail to discover what is at the heart of the youth’s feelings and how the youth might best prepare for whatever may come with the UMC.
The Particular Experience
In this case, an LGBTQ youth came to the UMC looking for guidance. The youth was anticipating a welcoming reception, comfort, support and acceptance. She…

Agnew, R. “Strain Theory.” In V. Parrillo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of social problems. (pp. 904-906). Thousand Oaks: SAGE, 2008..
Cohen, Jonathan, ed. Educating minds and hearts: Social emotional learning and the passage into adolescence. Teachers College Press, 1999.
Huitt, W. (2011). A holistic view of education and schooling: Guiding students to develop capacities, acquire virtues, and provide service. In Revision of paper presented at the 12th Annual Conference sponsored by the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens, Greece.
Ritter, Chris. “Augustine, Luther and the Inward Curve.”
Stoneking, Kristin. \\"Beloved Community In the UMC.\\" Fellowship 81, no. 1-6 (2017):10.

What is the Civil Religion
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Ends and Means
The story of Baruch Goldstein is one that for me helps me to define ends and means. Goldstein was a deranged lunatic who believed that by murdering Muslims at prayer he could further the aims of Zionism. While his means were despicable in and of themselves, the fact that many extreme Jewish settlers have memorialized him shows that they are sympathetic both with his means and the end he embodied (Chapter 5, n.d.): total domination of the West Bank and the total annihilation of the Palestinian people. The reason I think if Goldstein when I think of ends and means is that he represents in the most literal way exactly how ends and means go together. They must align: the ends must be in alignment with the means and vice versa. From a Christian point of view, the end is union with God and the means are…

Chapter 5. (n.d.). Digital file.
Rodriguez, Fr. (n.d.). Bellah’s Theory of Civil Religion in America. Digital File.


Aspects of Religion
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Hinduism—Rituals (Life Rituals/Worship)
Dawn and dusk are the two most important times of the day for Hindu rituals. All rituals are concerned with moving from impurity to purity. Water is a common tool used to help wash away impurity during worship. This can be used during a ritualistic bathe, for example. The intention is to purify the body. Prayer at the shrine of a Hindu god is a normal form of worship. Puja (worship) can consist of making an offering to the gods, particularly on special days set aside for the gods. The practitioners will smear sacred ash on their foreheads after making puja to show they have made their devotions to the gods.
In Jainism, there is no God Creator or God Destroyer. There is only the perfect being—i.e., God the Perfect Being. Those who eliminate all their karmas and pass into a state of perfection become the…

Funeral Homily
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Gospel: John 11: 17-27
1. Contextual information about the community addressed:
Historical context: John’s Gospel was addressed to an Ephesian Gentile audience—modern day Turkey.
John 11:17-27 describes the meeting between Jesus, Mary and Martha after Lazarus has died. Jesus’ hour is prefigured in this text but the text should be considered in light of the whole, larger passage, which includes the miraculous resurrection of Lazarus (page 681).
2. Significant information:
Jesus knows of the death of Lazarus before Mary and Martha tell Him, indicating that he is Omniscient (page 687).
Martha indicates that she expected Jesus would have saved her brother but that now it is too late, even though she confesses her belief in a resurrection. This belief does not come across as holding much resignation to the will of God, however, for she is still upset that her brother is dead (page 688).
Jesus announces that He is the…

Meister Eckhart and Selected Writings
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Selected Writings
Throughout history, mystical experience is related to spiritual maturity. It merely describes the state of consciousness ("Mystical Experiences"). Selected Writings focuses on the teaching and preaching of Meister Eckhart, a fourteenth century mystic, academic theologian and administrator (McGinn 40). He believes that one can reach God spiritually and not necessarily through the church. Church leaders condemned his teachings and later in life he was accused of heresy (Eckhart XV).
Eckhart original audience were Dominicans. He taught them ways of developing a deep spiritual life. His writings are classified into five main teachings. Namely: The book of divine consolation, the noble man, the talk of instruction, German sermons and Latin sermons. This essay analyzes how Meister Eckhart expresses mystical experiences in his writings.
The feeling of Oneness or Interconnection is the first element of mystical experience. Philosophy of oneness is equated to the Universe. The Universe is one and undivided…

Works Cited
Eckhart, Meister. Selected Writings. Kindle ed., Penguin UK, 1994.
Eckhart, Meister, et al. The Complete Mystical Works of Meister Eckhart. PDF file, The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2009.
McGinn, Bernard. The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart: The Man from Whom God Hid Nothing. 1st ed., PDF file, Herder & Herder, 2001.
\\\\"Mystical Experiences.\\\\" The Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research, 2 Aug. 2017, Accessed 25 March 2019

Sociology of Religion Resistant Towards Scientific Approaches to Studying Religion
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For grasping religion and science’s scope, besides the connection existing between them, it is imperative to acquire, at a minimum, a general idea of what entails religion and science. In any case, the two concepts aren’t invariably rigid terms having definite meanings. In fact, both words coinage dates back to the recent past and their meanings differ for different cultures and eras. Two centuries ago, the word “religion” was seldom utilized. Aquinas and other medieval era writers interpreted religion as prayer or piousness; besides orthodoxy, no other “religious” systems was ever conceived of (Harrison 2015). “Religion” as a term garnered its significantly more wide-ranging present meaning owing to initial anthropologists’ efforts.
Further, the word “science”, as employed presently, became widely known and utilized during the same century. Earlier, “science” as we know it was represented by a different name – experimental philosophy or natural philosophy. Only in the year…

Bashour, B., & Muller, H. D. (2013). Contemporary philosophical naturalism and its implications. Contemporary Philosophical Naturalism and its Implications (pp. 1–199). 
Carroll, S., (2009). Science and Religion are Not Compatible. Retrieved 13 November, 2017 from
Carroll, S. M. (2005). Why (Almost All) Cosmologists are Atheists. Faith and Philosophy, 22(5), 622–640.
Clark, K. J. (2014). Religion and the sciences of origins: Historical and contemporary discussions. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
Clouser, R. (2006). Prospects for Theistic Science. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 58(1), 2–15.
Dutch. S. (2011). Why Science Cannot Address the Existence of God, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. Retrieved 13 November, 2017, from
Forrest, B. (2000). Methodological Naturalism and Philosophical Naturalism. Philo, 3(2), 7– 29
Garwood, C. (2008). Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea. 2008 New York: St. Martin\\'s Press

The Reversals of Fortune in Luke With Mary
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One of the most quintessentially Christian messages is related to the reversal of fortunes, to the exultation of the poor and the demotion of the rich and powerful. The story of Mary and her annunciation embodies the great reversal, which is as tangible and concrete as it is spiritual in nature. In Luke especially, the reversal provides meaningful instruction in how to prepare for God’s judgment. Luke describes the story of Mary and Elizabeth, especially with the “choice of Mary” as an “example of God’s preference for those who do not enjoy abundant prosperity,” (p. 463). However, these passages can be broadly misunderstood and misinterpreted. Luke is not suggesting necessarily that God actively scorns the wealthy. God’s mercy is boundless and infinite. What these passages about fortune reversals imply is that “in an unjust world, the form this universal love takes differs according to circumstance,” (p. 266). The wealthy and…

The First Council of Nicaea
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The First Council of Nicea established and solidified the fundamentals of Christian theology as well as outlining the organizational structure of the Catholic Church. Among the most pressing issues discussed at the Council was the nature of Christ being “consubstantial,” of the very same substance, as God the Father, and yet who “became human” for the good of humanity. Known thereafter as the Nicene Creed, the concept of the Holy Trinity as spiritual unity—with Christ as equal to the father and differentiated solely in Christ’s role as redeemer--remains a fundamental Catholic tenet and one embraced by many other branches of Christian faith. The need to resolve the debate over the nature of Christ was in part precipitated by Arius and expressed in doctrines claiming that Christ was “created,” as if out of nothing. According to the Council, it would have been impossible to “create” Christ out of nothing because Christ…

Cassian and the Conferences
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There are various types of prayer that can be used to connect with one’s beliefs and a higher power. These types of prayers allow people a variety of ways to worship and feel unified with God. Cassian in his work (Conferences), expounds on prayer and connecting via the highest form of prayer. Evagrius in a similar fashion has the same kind of desire to explain what such a prayer would entail and does so not just by verbalizing it, but by living it. This essay will briefly reflect on the various types of prayer and how the highest form of prayer can be performed according to Evagrius.
The first type of prayer is blessing and adoration or what some call worship. This kind of prayer is about acknowledging one’s dependence on God and exalting God. Another kind of prayer is prayer of petition. This is where people ask God for…

‘Essential knowledge’ is what can be read and learned in the Bible. Evagrius had a daily routine that allowed him to absorb and become well versed in essential knowledge. “His work and other exercise was accompanied by the recitation of biblical texts. When copying he would have meditated on the text he was writing: when doing other kinds of manual labor, he could recite from memory” [footnoteRef:3] This kind of routine can be seen as the highest form of prayer because it is putting into practice the idea of becoming one with God. If becoming one with God is absorbing the ‘essential knowledge’ and one performs such a task each day, that is the physical and literal representation of prayer. [3: Columba Stewart, \\\\"Imageless Prayer and the Theological Vision of Evagrius Ponticus,\\\\" Journal of Early Christian Studies 9, no. 2 (Summer 2001): 185, doi:10.1353/earl.2001.0035.]

In conclusion, prayer is a powerful means of connecting with God. There are various ways to pray to God. Some of which can be considered the highest form of prayer because one is gaining the ‘essential knowledge’ to connect with God.

Religion and Selflessness
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Religion and Selflessness

In “Homo Religiosus,” Armstrong presents the idea that people need to believe in God to make sense of their own lives, to order their lives, and to give their lives meaning.  She argues that this is a very ancient idea and that people should be used to this need by now because it is not going away and is unlikely to ever go away.  Nelson suggests, however, that our consciousness is not necessarily linked to our desire or ability to “do better.”  Nelson points out how reality TV watchers find the horrific and the brutal to be “great to watch”—and she cites a number of examples to prove it:  from To Catch a Predator to Shattered and Unbreakable.  These programs show that people are no different from the days of the Gladiators:  they still want to watch others suffer and be tormented—it stimulates them and entertains them…

Works Cited
Armstrong, Karen.  “Homo Religiosus.”
Nelson, Maggie.  “Great to Watch.”
Thurman, Robert.  “Wisdom.”

Levels of Evidence Business
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Business Articles Review: Levels of EvidenceArticle reviews provide a direction to understand the knowledge presented in the article and the background of the phenomenon of why and how it happened. The discussion in the article reviews is based on the research that leads the human mind to explore new arenas in a certain profession or way of life. There is no wonder that humans were created for the worship of God and did have a reflection of Him in their much-created image. The purpose of this paper is to provide levels of evidence for the selected articles, a summary description for the reason of the assigning of the evidenced level along biblical integration.Level of Evidence Identified in the articleReason/Criteriafor Level Selected(Type/design of research)Biblical IntegrationIf Scripture is quoted, explain how it is integrated into the assignment or articleArticle 1 Title: Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of a novel product to…


Bell, J. (2017, April 24). Christian, take care of your body. Intersect. 

Cox, J. (2017, December 18). How a hearing loss taught me a better way to listen to God? Publishous. 

Fullington, D., Song, J., Gilles, A., Guo, X., Hua, W., Anderson, C.E. & Griffin, J. (2017). Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of a novel product for the removal of impacted human cerumen. BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders, 17, 5.