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A Familiar Wilderness: Searching for Home on Daniel Boone's Road

A Familiar Wilderness: Searching for Home on Daniel Boone's Road

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"This book traces Dahlman's 2013 trek over the 275-mile trail from Sycamore Shoals, near Elizabethton, Tennessee, to Fort Boonesborough, Kentucky. Initially undertaken after the death of his wife, Dahlman's account interweaves the history of the places he traverses with personal reflections and dozens of profiles and conversations with people he meets along the way. He questions how the Wilderness Road devolved from an important early American route predating Lewis and Clark to the humble footpath, both paved and wild, that now meanders through Southern Appalachia"--
A LOVE AFFAIR WITH MILLIGAN

A LOVE AFFAIR WITH MILLIGAN

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FAITH IN WRITING: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF JACK L. KNOWLES

FAITH IN WRITING: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF JACK L. KNOWLES

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HE STILL SPEAKS: A LITERARY BIOGRAPHY OF ROBERT MILLIGAN

HE STILL SPEAKS: A LITERARY BIOGRAPHY OF ROBERT MILLIGAN

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Nineteenth Century Educator, Theologian and Author Robert Milligan's life is lovingly remembered and beautifully retold in this literary biography.
JAPAN AND THE COSMOPOLITAN GOTHIC

JAPAN AND THE COSMOPOLITAN GOTHIC

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Japan is imagined routinely in American discourse as a supernatural entity. Gothic tales from these two cultures have been exchanged, consumed, and adapted. Here, Blouin examines a prevalent tendency within the United States-Japan cultural relationship to project anxiety outward only to find shadowy outlines of the self abroad.
LEST WE FORGET

LEST WE FORGET

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A collection of seventy-five meditations, Lest We Forget-Meditations at the Meal of Remembrance utilizes anecdotes, family life, historical references, familiar hymns, and more to relate the ancient practice of the Lord's Supper in ways that are both applicable and uplifting for the modern community of faith. In the tradition of the free churches that regularly observe the Lord's Supper, communion is often presided over by the laity, or members of the congregation, rather than strictly being the function of the ministerial staff. These brief meditations are intended to provide those who direct the thoughts of a congregation during the Lord's Supper with words that focus on the body and blood of Jesus Christ and the centrality of the meal of remembrance in Christian worship. In addition, a brief introduction gives practical tools and helpful insights into the preparation of the communion time, building confidence in those who are called upon to speak the words of Truth.
LIFE ON THE VINE (P)

LIFE ON THE VINE (P)

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Philip Kenneson combines in this book rich, theologically grounded reflection on Christian life and practice with stunning analysis of contemporary culture. After a probing introductory chapter on the necessity and complexity of cultural analysis, Kenneson takes up each of the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. He explores what each fruit means in its biblical context, then investigates how key traits of late modern Western culture inhibit the development and ripening of each fruit. Life on the Vine is that rare book that will reward the reader on many levels. It may be read as a biblical and theological study, as an inspirational work on spirituality, as incisive cultural criticism and as a practical guide to Christian discipleship.
MAGICAL THINKING, FANTASTIC FILM, & THE ILLUSION OF NEOLIBERALISM

MAGICAL THINKING, FANTASTIC FILM, & THE ILLUSION OF NEOLIBERALISM

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​This book analyzes how contemporary popular films with fantastic themes, including Candyman, Frozen, The Cabin in the Woods, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, cultivate neoliberal subjectivities. These films promise dramatic change, but they too often deliver more of the same. Although proponents maintain the illusion that the militant enforcement of freemarket economics will resolve racism, climate change, and imperialism, their magical thinking actually fuels the crises. Magical Thinking, Fantastic Film, and the Illusions of Neoliberalism explores the ways in which the visual economies of Hollywood fantasy compliment this particular political economy.

Milligan Celebrates 150 Years: Scholarship, Community, Faith

Milligan Celebrates 150 Years: Scholarship, Community, Faith

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE THE CAMPUS HISTORY SERIES

MILLIGAN COLLEGE THE CAMPUS HISTORY SERIES

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Milligan College began as an early 1800s community effort to educate young people in Northeast Tennessee, and it has grown to serve individuals from around the globe. Established by church members along the waters of Buffalo Creek between Johnson City and Elizabethton, the school sought to equip its pupils to become productive citizens with a mission-minded worldview. Its graduates have had positive influences throughout the world as servant leaders, and Milligan remains committed to the development of intellect, body, and spirit, with a devotion to personal attention and a Christian, liberal arts education. The institution has grown from a single creek-side building with a handful of students to a beautiful, extensive campus offering more than 25 majors, master's programs, and degree completion options to over 1,100 traditional and nontraditional students. US News & World Report consistently recognizes Milligan as one of "America's Best Colleges."
ON POINT: FOUR STEPS TO BETTER LIFE TEAMS

ON POINT: FOUR STEPS TO BETTER LIFE TEAMS

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Practical and Spiritual
Principles for Better Life Teams

We are inevitably on various Life Teams throughout our lives--family, school, business, church and community, to name the most basic. Whether we are the de facto team leader or a role player, each of us would like our Life Teams to be winning ones. The Four-Step System, described as a metaphor based on four wheels, is intended for all who desire to improve their Influence Quotient, which is a specific kind of intelligence: the ability to influence our teams for a positive outcome.

This approach is different from the usual leadership mandates set out in so many books. We cannot all be leaders all the time, which would negate the concept of a team. But we do need to be good influences on others. The emphasis should be on acknowledging the value of every teammate's role while helping them prepare for times when they will need to step to the front to influence an outcome.

Mastering the elements in the wheels of the Four Step System provides momentum and enables you to be On Point; regardless of what role you play. The end game is to improve the performance of our Life-Teams by cultivating meaningful relationships, which are far more rewarding than rings or trophies!

Praying the Names of God Journal: Devotional Prayers Inspired by The Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord

Praying the Names of God Journal: Devotional Prayers Inspired by The Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord

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Inspired by the beloved classic, The Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord
God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Alpha and the Omega, the all-loving, forgiving Father and the Great I Am. With such a big God, how can we understand His many facets? One way is through scripture, where God is described in more than 200 unique ways. Praying the Names of God Journal takes these names and makes them personal through heartfelt prayers accompanied by the scriptures where these names of God are found. This beautiful journal will lead you to a deeper faith in the one true Lord.
Praying the Names of God: 200 Devotional Prayers Inspired by The Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord

Praying the Names of God: 200 Devotional Prayers Inspired by The Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord

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God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Alpha and the Omega, the all-loving, forgiving Father and the Great I Am. With such a big God, how can we understand His many facets? One way is through scripture, where God is described in more than 200 unique ways. Praying the Names of God takes these names and makes them personal through heartfelt prayers accompanied by the scriptures where these names of God are found. Inspired by the beloved classic, The Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, this brand-new book will lead you to a deeper faith in the one true Lord.
Psalms of My Heart

Psalms of My Heart

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Christine Browning shares her personal story of recovery from sexual abuse through this lovely book of poems which are written patterned after the Psalms in scripture. She shares about salvation, days of lament, and her experiences of redemption.

Pursuing an Earthy Spirituality: C. S. Lewis and Incarnational Faith

Pursuing an Earthy Spirituality: C. S. Lewis and Incarnational Faith

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"Red beef and strong beer" was how C. S. Lewis described his education under one of his early tutors. It was, in other words, a substantial education that engaged deeply with the intellectual tradition and challenged him to grow. Gary Selby sees Lewis's expression as an indication of the kind of transformation that is both possible and necessary for the Christian faith, and he contends that spiritual formation comes about not by retreating from the physical world but through deeper engagement with it. By considering themes such as our human embodiment, our sense of awareness in our everyday experiences, and the role of our human agency--all while engaging with the writings of Lewis, who himself enjoyed food, drink, laughter, and good conversation--Selby demonstrates that an earthy spirituality can be a robust spirituality.
Quentin U. Quackenbush Celebrates Q and U

Quentin U. Quackenbush Celebrates Q and U

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Join Quentin U. Quackenbush, our quirky and quixotic minister, as he celebrates the coming together of Mr. Q (with "curly Q" horns!) and the lovely Miss U (as shy a ewe as ever there was!) in the bonds of alphabetic matrimony! And along the way enjoy his quest to quote as many Qu words as possible. There's even a quiz at the end! What the English language has joined together, let no misspelling undo!

RENEWAL FOR MISSION: A CONCISE HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (P)

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SELLING OUT THE CHURCH (P)

SELLING OUT THE CHURCH (P)

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Description: Marketing the church is hot. For many church leaders, marketing might even be the first article of their creed, which goes something like this: ""We believe that our church determines its identity and mission through the tactics of marketing strategies."" Theologians Kenneson and Street offer a thoughtful and provocative protest, with a foreword from Stanley Hauerwas. The authors ""expose the theological presuppositions that inform the marketing project. . . and help us to see that the marketer's presumption that form can be separated from content of the gospel betrays an understanding of the gospel that cannot help betraying the gift that is Christ."" The authors propose an alternative, constructive account of the church's mission and purpose that is ""not based on exchange of value but on reminding us that the gospel is always a gift - a gift that makes impossible any presumptions that there can be an exchange between human beings and God that is rooted in the satisfaction of our untrained needs."" The cross and resurrection challenge the world's understanding of what our needs should be. Endorsements: ""A well-written and thought-provoking work that provides a much needed corrective for those of us involved in church planting and church growth."" Paul S. Williams, President, ""'Go Ye'"" Chapel Mission, Inc., East Islip, NY ""Kenneson and Street open our eyes to subtle dangers, ambiguous terms, and hidden hazards that we might not have recognized in marketing approaches to the gospel. I am very grateful for their keen insight and biblical wisdom!"" Marva J. Dawn, Freelance Theologian for Christians Equipped for Ministry and author of 'Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down' ""As Luther posted his theses on the cathedral door, so have Kenneson and Street posted their own point-by-point protest on the door of the market-driven church. And they leave little room for doubt--the issue is still the selling of indulgences. Take it from a pastor who has carefully learned at the feet of some of the best and brightest church marketers, this is the theological counterbalance for which we have long waited."" James E. Baucom, Jr., Pastor, Rivermont Avenue Baptist, Lynchburg, VA and Moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia About the Contributor(s): Philip Kenneson is Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Milligan College. He is the author of 'Life on the Vine' and has contributed to 'Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World' and 'The Nature of Confession' (both IVP). James L. Street is Pastor of North River Community Church, Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Speaking Hope: The Body of Christ and Pastoral Counseling

Speaking Hope: The Body of Christ and Pastoral Counseling

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Western culture and many of its churches and pastors are enamored by the assumption that life's most difficult problems call for in-depth psychological treatment. This book offers a different model of care than the dominant perspectives of modern psychology to those who have the responsibility of pastoral counseling. While there are a number of models and training programs for Christian lay counselors, this work is original in its application of the Solution-Focused approach to training lay members. The fundamental value of this book is as a guide for ministers in equipping the members of their congregations to care for one another. It is in caring for and being cared for by others that we truly discover the joy of living in God's community. ""Speaking Hope is a theoretically sound and practical methodology for lay pastoral caregivers in the Christian faith community. Frankly, it can also inform local pastors in their caregiving as well. What seems most helpful to me is that Dr. Holland emphasizes beginning with a person's strengths, and that the person seeking help is the expert on his or her problem. This is a well written and very useful guide for lay people in the local church."" --Larry Easterling, retired United Methodist minister, ACPE Certified Educator ""Pastoral counseling in the church is often a sticky and complicated endeavor. In Speaking Hope, Dr. Holland gives a practical guide that navigates the challenges of theory, theology, and the ethics involved in pastoral counseling. This book is essential reading for anyone providing counsel and care in their church."" --Larry Albrecht, Administrative Minister, Crossroads Christian Church, Johnson City, Tennessee Jack Holland is the Russell F. and Marian J. Blowers professor of Christian ministries at Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan College. Jack frequently conducts workshops and seminars in lay-counseling, ministerial ethics, sexuality, grief, and other pastoral care issues.
The Bountiful Table: Food for the Body and Soul

The Bountiful Table: Food for the Body and Soul

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Celebrate nourishment

by cooking up recipes from times past and present,

while enriching yourselves with

art, poetry, meditations,

and stories.

The tradition of gathering around the table

continues for the Hopwood community

with the publication of

THE BOUNTIFUL TABLE

Food for Body and Soul

complied by

Hopwood Memorial Christian Church

from 80 contributors

more than 200 recipes

and over 100 writings

accompany 50 pieces of art

The Motivated Worker

The Motivated Worker

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How can managers and executives motivate workers to make them happier and more productive? How can employees find meaning and motivation in their careers? The classic Two Factor Theory--a simple, time-tested model for conceptualizing job satisfaction--is here re-imagined for a modern world, with relevant examples, and backed by dozens of academic studies that organizational leaders can draw upon to improve worker motivation. The Universal Dual-Factor Survey (UDS) is introduced, providing a means to assess workforce job satisfaction. Managers will be able to understand which factors need improvement, leading to more meaningful work. Employees, at all levels of business, government and nonprofit organizations, will be able to improve personal motivation, facilitating a more cohesive and thriving workforce.
The Sound of Hope: Music As Solace, Resistance and Salvation During the Holocaust and World War II

The Sound of Hope: Music As Solace, Resistance and Salvation During the Holocaust and World War II

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Since ancient times, music has demonstrated the incomparable ability to touch and resonate with the human spirit as a tool for communication, emotional expression, and as a medium of cultural identity. During World War II, Nazi leadership recognized the power of music and chose to harness it with malevolence, using its power to push their own agenda and systematically stripping it away from the Jewish people and other populations they sought to disempower. But music also emerged as a counterpoint to this hate, withstanding Nazi attempts to exploit or silence it. Artistic expression triumphed under oppressive regimes elsewhere as well, including the horrific siege of Leningrad and in Japanese internment camps in the Pacific. The oppressed stubbornly clung to music, wherever and however they could, to preserve their culture, to uplift the human spirit and to triumph over oppression, even amid incredible tragedy and suffering. This volume draws together the musical connections and individual stories from this tragic time through scholarly literature, diaries, letters, memoirs, compositions, and art pieces. Collectively, they bear witness to the power of music and offer a reminder to humanity of the imperative each faces to not only remember, but to prevent another such cataclysm.
Walking in the Prophetic Tradition: Models of Speaking Truth and Acting in Love for Everyday People

Walking in the Prophetic Tradition: Models of Speaking Truth and Acting in Love for Everyday People

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Contrary to popular belief, the biblical prophets do far more than predict the future. They speak truth to power, they tell the truth about the uncomfortable past, they indict empty religiosity, they advocate for poor people and working people while seeking justice--all at tremendous risk to themselves. In Walking in the Prophetic Tradition Jason Bembry argues that the prophets have too often been domesticated by cultural impulses that reduce the prophetic message to prediction about Jesus or the end times. This book highlights themes addressed by the Old Testament prophets and connects each theme to modern people who exemplify passion for those same ideals. In this sense the prophetic tradition comes to life in the lived testimony of Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, Myles Horton, Cesar Chavez, and Cornel West--moderns who stand courageously in this tradition. This book is a guide for all who seek a fuller understanding of the Old Testament prophets and who want to continue their work in the present. ""This powerful and insightful book lays bare how the prophetic fire is manifest in mortal and fallible human beings grounded in Christian faith and radical love! Bembry shows us why we need this courage and compassion more than ever in this Trump moment!"" --Cornel West, philosopher, political activist, and author of Democracy Matters ""This is the book you have been waiting for, whether you know it or not. In our troubled times (which times aren't) we are led to wonder if scripture can say anything that really matters. But in those parts of the Bible we often read the least, OT scholar Jason Bembry has found a treasure trove of riches that address our most vexing questions . . . But perhaps more important than the particular issues he addresses, he teaches us what a truly Biblical STANCE in our world might look like."" --Randy Harris, Abilene Christian University ""Professor Jason Bembry is a gifted scholar of the Bible and Biblical languages, and he also firmly believes that the trenchant voices of the Bible's prophets remain deeply relevant for our fractured modern world. Thus, Bembry describes the bravery of the Bible's prophets and then seamlessly weaves into his discussion courageous modern prophetic figures such as Rosa Parks, Myles Horton, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dolores Huerta, and Cesar Chavez. This is a priceless volume."" --Christopher Rollston, George Washington University ""Bembry skillfully brings into conversation the Old Testament prophets and modern-day truth-tellers in ways that are mutually enriching, freeing these ancient voices from domestication while at the same time offering those who would dare speak truth to power in our day timely lessons from this oft-ignored Biblical tradition. An inspiring and challenging call to all who desire in our day to walk more faithfully in the way of justice and truth."" --Philip D. Kenneson, Milligan College ""If you've ever wanted to live in the spirit of the Hebrew prophets, heeding the call to 'enact justice and the love of mercy and to walk with your God humbly' (Mic 6:8), this book is a must. Be prepared to be challenged and emboldened by rarely told stories of the biblical prophets and their contemporary exemplars. Bembry unlocks the power of the prophetic tradition in a moment when the church so desperately needs it."" --Miriam Y. Perkins, Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan Jason A. Bembry is Professor of Old Testament at Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan College. He has also published Yahweh's Coming of Age (2011).