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"A short but powerful discourse, Listening to the Groans rejects a spirituality that's inward, personal and individual for one that's faithfully attentive, active and compassionate in society.
Sadly, many Christians talk more than listen. The danger is that those who have shut out their neighbor may also shut out God - losing in the process a chance to participate in God's dream of mending a broken world.
For God so loved the world...so God must care about what happens in it.
""Listening to the groans...is the ticket to evangelism, healing, pastoral care, community building, peacemaking and so much more,"" the authors write. ""As we listen we find ourselves able to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves.""
Hudson and Bryant challenge Christ-followers to be vulnerable enough to listen to the groans of creation, to be still enough to hear the groans within ourselves, and to find hope and strength for the journey by relying on the Holy Spirit. They breathe new life into familiar scripture to propel laity, clergy, scholars and mystics to be transformed to a deeper faithfulness.
Are you ready to really listen and engage? A more equitable, compassionate and just society won't happen if we remain the same and continue life as usual.
Illustrated with charcoal drawings by Jan L. Richardson. Listening to the Groans also includes a retreat model for group study and action."
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Trevor Hudson has been in the Methodist ministry for over 30 years, spending most of his time in and around Johannesburg. Presently, he is part of the pastoral team at Northfield Methodist Church in Benoni, where he preaches and teaches on a weekly basis. He is deeply committed to the work and ministry of the local congregation and believes strongly that for something to be real it must always be local. Trevor travels internationally and leads conferences, retreats and workshops in a number of diverse settings. He has authored several books, four of which are published by Upper Room Books. Stephen D. Bryant was the world editor and publisher of Upper Room Ministries from 1997 to 2009 and is currently directing international ministry initiatives for the General Board of Discipleship. Before his election as world editor and publisher, Bryant served as director of spiritual formation for The Upper Room and as the international director of The Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis movements. His vision of small groups as important settings for spiritual formation and his experience in the contemplative life as well as local churches provided the inspiration for the Companions in Christ series. Bryant was instrumental in shaping the foundational 28-week resource.
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Book Description Upper Room, 2007. Pamphlet. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110835899330