Laughing With God

Author: Gerald A. Arbuckle
Editor: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814652251
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When Sarah overhears God tell Abraham that she will give birth to a son, she laughs. She laughs to herself at the impossibility of her, in her old age, bearing a child (Gen 18:12). But God's ways are not Sarah's ways; God is far more wonderful than Sarah imagines. Of course, Sarah does give birth to a son and names him Isaac, whose name means to laugh: God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me (Gen 21:6). Surely, the ancient audience--aware of the many incongruities in this story--did laugh. But can we in modern times recover the divine humor, the paradox and promise, in this and other biblical accounts? Can we use that sacred laughter as a means to evangelize a world that longs for God every bit as much as the ancients did? In Laughing with God: Humor, Culture, and Transformation, Catholic priest and cultural anthropologistGerald Arbuckle helps us do just that. With Arbuckle, readers will enter many rich biblical stories and come away laughing, not laughter as in response to a joke or comedy, but a profound laughter of the heart. Readers will laugh at Sarah as she laughs at God, and they will laugh together with Sarah and God. Readers will discover divine humor in the parables of Jesus and even in his suffering and death, the ultimate paradox for Christians. In addition to uncovering and recovering humor in Scripture, Arbuckle's work is a treasure trove of modern examples of humor--from literature, movies, and television--that surprisingly can be a means of transforming cultures to better reflect the kingdom of God. In the end, readers will want to turn the phrase, He who laughs last, laughs best, into, They who laugh with God, evangelize best. Gerald A. Arbuckle, SM, PhD, is co-director of Refounding and Pastoral Development, a research ministry, in Sydney, Australia. He is internationally known for his expertise in helping church leaders minister effectively in a postmodern world. Arbuckle's most recent books include: Confronting the Demon: A Gospel Response to Adult Bullying; Violence, Society, and the Church: A Cultural Approach; and Healthcare Ministry: Refounding the Mission in Tumultuous Times(2001 Catholic Press Association Award), all published by Liturgical Press.

Laughing With God

Author: Jerry Stocking
ISBN: 9780962959363
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A dialogue between two characters: a person much like you -- with the same needs, dreams and desires -- and God. Together they explore the human condition. The conversation emphasizes amusement and playfulness over thc scriousness which is currently robbing us of thoroughly wonderful lives. God is representative of the inspired bliss that exists in all of us. The person takes on the role of being truly ignorant, sometimes embarrasing, yet always sincere and continually willing to learn.

God S Gonna Make You Laugh

Author: Noel Jones
Editor: Destiny Image Publishers
ISBN: 0768495679
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Everyone can relate to walking through very dark periods in life which seem will never end. Noel Jones is not speaking from a vantage point of one who has never suffered so his words of encouragement and promise carry weight and hope. Sorrow and adversity come, but they do not stay. This book conveys the message that suffering and endurance are preparations for the reward that will come to the one who holds on to and trusts in the faithfulness of God. That one will experience the laughter of triumph. Joy comes in the morning to those who endure.

Laughter And The Grace Of God

Author: Brian Edgar
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1532649851
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Laughter is important because we cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh, and this is true of our relationship with God. Having a sense of humor is essential for maturity in faith and holiness. Unfortunately, humor and the role that laughter plays in life and spirituality have often been neglected and the aim of Laughter and the Grace of God is to restore laughter to its central place in Christian spirituality and theology. It examines the role of laughter in Scripture and finds it in unexpected places including the story of Abraham and the formation of the covenant and the tragedy of Job. There is laughter in the incarnation, the resurrection, and even the crucifixion. Jesus is the great Laugh-maker. Thomas Aquinas spoke of the sin of having too little laughter as well as the danger of having too much, while Martin Luther said, "If you're not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there." Laughter is nothing less than a participation in the life and love of God.

Surprised By Laughter Revised And Updated

Author: Terry Lindvall
Editor: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1595554793
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For C. S. Lewis, merriment was serious business, and like no book before it, Surprised by Laughter explains why. Author Terry Lindvall takes readers on a highly amusing and deeply meaningful journey through the life and letters of one of the most beloved Christian thinkers and writers. As Lindvall shows, the unique magic of Lewis's approach was his belief that explosive and infectious joy dwells deep in the heart of Christian faith. Readers can never fully understand Lewis, his life or his legacy until they learn to laugh with him.

Slightly Bad Girls Of The Bible

Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
Editor: WaterBrook
ISBN: 9780307446183
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Good Women Behaving Badly A spiteful boss, a defiant employee, a manipulative mother, a desperate housewife, an envious sister…honey, we know these women. We’ve lived with them, worked with them, or caught a glimpse of them in our mirrors. Now let’s take a look at their ancient counterparts in Scripture: Sarah mistreated her maidservant, Hagar despised her mistress, Rebekah manipulated her son, Leah claimed her sister’s husband, and Rachel envied her fertile sister. They were far from evil, but hardly perfect. Mostly good, yet slightly bad. In other words, these matriarchal mamas look a lot like us. “A Slightly Bad Girl is simply this: a woman unwilling to fully submit to God. We love him, serve him, and worship him, yet we find it difficult to trust him completely, to accept his plan for our lives, to rest in his sovereignty.” —from Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible

Laughing With Sarah

Author: Gene Jennings
ISBN: 0578019639
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Following Christ is a journey. It's a series of mountaintops and valleys. Most of the time, we are somewhere in between. There are times when God shows us something so unbelievable that we, like Sarah in Genesis, laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. There are also times when he moves us so profoundly that we can do nothing but stare in awe. This is a collection of essays that will trigger thoughts, bring wisdom, and give practical insight to help you along the way - wherever it is you may find yourself - on the journey with God.

The One Year Coffee With God

Author: Sarah Arthur
Editor: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 9781414370040
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There's nothing quite like the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to start your day. And what better way to spend those first few morning moments than in quiet reflection with God? In a warm, casual, conversational style, Sarah Arthur takes you on a transformational journey as she explores both the subtle and the startling ways God transforms us through daily spiritual routines such as prayer and living simply. Part personal story and part spiritual search, The One Year Coffee with God will fill your cup with plenty of brew for thought.

Healing Blessings And Freedom

Author: T. D. Jakes
ISBN: 1459600355
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Every believer goes through those seasons of life when walking with God leaves you perplexed, persecuted, and in pain. Bishop T.D. Jakes is by no means a stranger to such trying times. This 365-day devotional shares from his personal struggles to minister encouraging words to those desperate for the Lord's comforting touch. Are you weary from wandering the wilderness, battling the loneliness of leadership, or seeking solace as a single? Then the testimony and teaching of Bishop Jakes will empower your faith and propel you from breakdown to breakthrough in one year. Writing to the hungry and hurting with a powerful anointing, T.D. Jakes has been firmly entrenched on the best-seller lists since his first book, Woman Thou Art Loosed, was published in 1995.

Lectionary Worship Workbook Series Ii Cycle B

Author: Wayne H. Keller
Editor: CSS Publishing
ISBN: 0788013610
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Keller says, "I have seen people bored to death in worship, seemingly because they come to worship as spectators, not as participants. For me no spectators are allowed! Soren Kierkegaard's analogy of worship as drama has guided my thinking and planning".