A Study of the New Testament by Rev. John Paul Heil, S.S.D.

A Study of the New Testament by Rev. John Paul Heil, S.S.D.

New Testament Scripture

with Rev. John Paul Heil, SSD

John Paul Heil is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Ordained in 1974, he studied at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, where he received his Doctorate in Sacred Scripture in 1979. After teaching at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis for 27 years, he joined the faculty of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA in 2006.

His early career focused on the Gospels and the Letters of Paul, resulting in the publication of several articles and monographs. More recently his focus has been on the worship dimension of the New Testament. This has resulted in monographs on worship in the Letters of Paul, Hebrews, James, 1-2 Peter and Jude, and the Book of Revelation.

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Galatians: Worship for Life by Faith in the Crucified and Risen Lord

This book presents two new proposals regarding Paul’s letter to the Galatians. First, it demonstrates an entirely new chiastic structure embracing the entire letter, based on strict linguistic and textual criteria rather than on conceptual or theological themes. This chiastic structure accords with the view that Galatians was originally performed orally in a setting of communal worship. Secondly, it offers a new proposal for a key theme that runs throughout Galatians, as expressed by the subtitle of this book—“Worship for Life by Faith in the Crucified and Risen Lord.” It considers “worship” to be a comprehensive concept that includes liturgical, cultic, or ritual worship as well as the moral behavior that is to complement it as ethical worship in accord with the biblical tradition. “Life” refers both to the present way of living as well as to future eternal life. “Faith” refers to the acceptance of divine grace available to the believer because of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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ISBN: 9781532656088

The Letters of Paul as Rituals of Worship

This book focuses on worship in the letters of Paul in an effort to shed some light upon this key theme and bring the various dimensions of its significance into the foreground of Pauline studies. Each of the thirteen New Testament letters attributed to Paul are treated exclusively from the aspect of worship, as understood in its most comprehensive sense in the biblical tradition, with the liturgical and the ethical facets of worship held in dynamic interrelationship. The result is a fresh way of reading and listening to the letters of Paul for a deeper appreciation of their original purpose and message.

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ISBN-13: 978-1498213141 (hardback)

ISBN-13: 978-1608998708 (paperback)

The Book of Revelation: Worship for Life in the Spirit of Prophecy

John Paul Heil presents an original analysis of the theme of worship in the book of Revelation guided by a new illustration of its comprehensive chiastic structure. The worship that Revelation exhorts and enables is in the divine Spirit of prophetic witness against all forms of idolatrous worship on earth in favor of a true, heavenly, and universal worship of the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb, for an eternal and heavenly life. The audience begins this worship in the eucharistic supper into which Revelation leads them by inviting them to respond to the promise of Jesus, “Yes, I am coming soon” with “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus” They thereby affirm and welcome the coming of the Lord Jesus, the exalted sacrificial Lamb, to the eucharistic supper that anticipates his final coming and the divine grace, the gift of eternal life, of the Lord Jesus that is intended to be the destiny of all -“The grace of the Lord Jesus with all”

Paperback: $41.00 | Hardback: $71.00 | eBook: $9.99

ISBN-13: 978-1625644442 (paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1498216999 (hardback)

The Gospel of John: Worship for Divine Life Eternal

The Gospel of John has been examined from many different perspectives, but a comprehensive treatment of the theme of worship in this Gospel has not yet appeared. John Paul Heil offers a contribution toward a remedy of this deficiency by analyzing the entire Gospel of John from the perspective of its various dimensions of worship. The aim is to illustrate that three different but complementary dimensions of worship-confessional, sacramental, and ethical-dominate this Gospel. Indeed, these different types of worship represent the ways one expresses and demonstrates the faith that includes having divine life eternal, which is the stated purpose for writing the signs Jesus did in this Gospel- “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that, believing, you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).
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ISBN-13: 978-1498231169 (paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1498231183 (hardback)

The Gospel of Matthew: Worship in the Kingdom of Heaven

The Gospel of Matthew encourages and inspires its audience to practice the true, authentic, and holistic worship required for believers in Jesus to live in the kingdom of heaven. In accordance with all that Jesus taught and exemplified regarding authentic worship, believers are invited to complement their worship of God by worshiping and praying to Jesus as God’s beloved Son, who represents “God with us.” They are also invited to complement their ritualistic worship, especially the baptism and Eucharist instituted for them by Jesus, with an ethical worship that extends to others, especially to disciples, children, and “the least ones” with whom Jesus identifies himself, the mercy God desires for a holistic worship. Indeed, a compassionate mercy toward all is the distinctive and noteworthy hallmark that characterizes the theme of worship in the kingdom of heaven, according to the Gospel of Matthew.

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ISBN-13: 978-1532600838 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1532600852 (Hardback)

Luke-Acts: Foundations for Christian Worship

This book demonstrates that Luke-Acts provides its audience with a basic foundation for all of the various dimensions of Christian worship. With the arrival of Jesus, and especially his being raised from the dead by God, the preeminent locations, leadership, and times for worship move beyond the Jerusalem temple, Jewish synagogues, Sabbath, and the Jewish feasts of Passover and Pentecost to worship in and by the Christian community.   As Son of God and Lord, Jesus becomes an object of true worship along with God the Father. Jesus serves as a subject for laudatory worship. Jesus teaches about prayer, engages in it, and serves as an object for supplicatory worship. Jesus not only took part in the ritual worship of being baptized by John, but as the risen and exalted Lord baptizes believers with the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of baptism. In addition, the many meal scenes throughout Luke-Acts provide numerous insights foundational for proper celebrations of the Eucharist.

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ISBN-13: 978-1532635809 (paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1532635823 (hardback)

1-3 John: Worship by Loving God and One Another to Live Eternally

This book treats the three letters of John as a unified epistolary package. It proposes two new contributions to the study of 1-3 John. First, it presents new comprehensive chiastic structures for each of the three letters of John based on concrete linguistic evidence in the text. These chiastic structures serve as the guide for an audience-oriented exegesis of these letters. Secondly, it treats these letters from the point of view of their worship context and themes. Not only were 1-3 John intended to be performed orally as part of liturgical worship, but together these three letters exhort their audience to a distinctive ethical worship. In accord with the subtitle of this book, the three letters of John are concerned with giving their audience an experience of living eternally by the worship that consists of loving God and one another.
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ISBN-13: 978-1498201605 (paperback)

1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude: Worship Matters

This book proposes new and comprehensive chiastic structures as well as new unifying themes for the often-neglected New Testament letters of 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude. In accord with these structures, which organize the oral performance of these letters in a context of communal worship, the subtitle of the book, “Worship Matters” expresses the letters’ main concern. By “worship” is meant not only liturgical worship but also the ethical behavior that complements it for a holistic way of worshiping God. “Matters” refers not only to the “matters” or issues regarding worship in these letters but also to the fact that worship “matters” in the sense of making an all-important difference to Christian living, not only for the original audiences of letters, but equally for their contemporary audience. Accordingly, this book proposes that: 1 Peter exhorts its audience to worship for life, both present and eternal, through the sufferings of Jesus Christ; 2 Peter exhorts its audience to worship in the knowledge regarding the final coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and Jude exhorts its audience to worship in the mercy and love of God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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ISBN-13: 978-1620324370 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1498215770 (Hardback)

The Letter of James: Worship to Live By

This book proposes a new and comprehensive chiastic structure as well as a new unifying theme for the Letter of James. In accord with this structure that organizes its oral performance, the words “worship to live by” express what the letter as a whole is exhorting its audience to adopt. “Worship” includes not only liturgical worship but also the ethical behavior that complements it, so that the result is a holistic way of worshiping God. And the words “to live by” embrace the worshipful conduct by which to live out presently one’s birth to a new life as a believer before the final coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, with a view to the future eternal life to be granted at the last judgment as the outcome of such worship. In short, the Letter of James urges its audience to practice the worship to live by now in order to live eternally.

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ISBN-13: 978-1610976015 (paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1498214346 (hardback)

Worship in the Letter to the Hebrews

This book seeks a more comprehensive understanding and appreciation for the Letter to the Hebrews by examining it from the viewpoint of its prominent theme of worship. It aims to demonstrate the topic of worship in all of its rich and varied dimensions provides the major concern and thrust that embraces Hebrews from start to finish. The author of Hebrews encourages his audience to hold on to the letter he has written to them as “the word of the encouragement” (Heb 13:22). In a very carefully concerted and masterfully artistic way, the letter persistently encourages the members of its audience with regard to their worship. Indeed, Hebrews was intended to be presented orally in a public performance as a liturgical or homiletic letter, an act of worship in itself, heard by its audience gathered together as a worshiping assembly. Hebrews exhorts the members of its audience not only with regard to their liturgical worship in which they engage during their communal gatherings, but also with regard to their ethical or moral worship in which they engage by the way they conduct themselves outside of their communal gatherings. This close examination of Hebrews through the lens of worship is intended to inform and enrich the worship of Christians today. Hebrews presents important and unique points about worship not found in any other New Testament writing. The goal is to illustrate and illuminate these points for the benefit of those who desire to deepen their worship as Christians by deepening their understanding of the magnificent literary masterpiece that the poetically lively letter to the Hebrews articulates for all Christians.

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ISBN-13: 978-1608999477 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1608999477 (Hardback)

The Fullness of Life by Martin Dybicz

The Fullness of Life by Martin Dybicz

The Fullness of Life

by Martin Dybicz

This complete and highly readable overview of the Catholic faith explains how living fully is found in knowing three things: that God is real, that He communicates with us, and that He wants us to respond. The author explains the relationship between Faith and Reason, the importance of our being familiar with the Bible, and the value of our understanding our human nature, including our sexuality, through the light of our faith.
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TESTIMONIALS

“Martin Dybicz has synthesized for Catholic readers a comprehensive understanding of what it means to live to the fullness of our lives, which is nothing less than living through the fullness of Truth, Who is a Person, namely Jesus Christ.” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, co-author with Dr. Ronda Chervin of Catholic Realism: A Framework for the Refutation of Atheism and the Evangelization of Atheists

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Martin Dybicz holds an M.A. in Religious Education and has taught high school Theology for thirty-five years. He is currently the president of the Boards of both L’Arche Cleveland and LifeWorks Ohio, co-host of “From the Median” on the Salem Radio Network, author of a monthly column for www.catholicstand.com, an emcee, and a speaker.

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COMING SUMMER 2019

Walking the Parables of Jesus

by Deacon Bob Evans

Walking the Parables of Jesus is a unique treatment of Jesus’ parables. Drawing on the work of many scholars, the author takes those who seek a deeper understanding of the Christian faith on a “journey” with Jesus’ disciples, from one town to another, as Jesus shared His parables in their original order and context. What is especially new and engaging, in this book, is the application of insights from Middle Eastern Biblical Anthropology. People of Jesus’ time listened to and told stories differently than people do in Western cultures today. Through applying those insights, a fresh understanding is gained of what Jesus intended at the time He spoke, as well as what the evangelists intended in later recounting the story of Jesus sharing the parable.

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“I highly recommend this beautifully written spiritual guide through the parables of Our Lord. Deacon Bob Evans’ book Walking the Parables of Jesus helps to strengthen one’s friendship with Jesus. As Jesus said: ‘You are my friends if you do what I command you'” [Jn 15:14].  – Most Rev. James S. Wall, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup

“In Walking the Parables of Jesus, Deacon Bob Evans takes us on a pilgrimage, a “walking journey” along the Jordan River and throughout the Judean countryside as disciples of an itinerant Jewish Rabbi of His times. Dcn Bob opens to our senses the sights, the smells, the sounds, the historical context of Jesus’ teaching stories. We become a part of the history of that time and place as we travel along with Jesus and His disciples. We delight in the profound simplicity of Jesus’s parable stories, which speak directly to the experiences and trials shared in our own daily lives. Deacon Bob’s imaginative writing style helps us to engage our own imaginations and to “see” a mental picture as we walk along with Jesus on our own spiritual journey. Amen.” – Deacon James Trant, Director of the Diaconate, Diocese of Phoenix

Walking the Parables of Jesus is a great gift to all who love Scripture. It is a unique feast of biblical commentary and meditation. Those reading this work will be gifted with more knowledge of the Word and led by this same Word into prayer.” – Deacon James Keating, Director of Theological Formation, Institute for Priestly Formation

“When I consider that Jesus intended to teach and draw His disciples and us close to Him by using parables, I am so grateful for this book! The ‘Details’ are both relevant to the intellect and treasures for the heart. If we want to draw closer to Jesus we need to read and understand His word. This brilliantly written and keenly crafted book helps us to do just that. Thank you, Deacon Bob, for sharing such a bounty in this superb book.” – Julie Carrick, Catholic Recording Artist & Inspirational Speaker

“From page one on, Deacon Evans grips the interests of both the academic and the person in the pew with a fascinating perspective on the parables of Jesus. Through Evans’ expert background explanations and by the portrait he paints of each parable, it is impossible for readers not to feel as though they were sitting with Jesus as he spoke each of these teachings of faith. While Walking the Parables of Jesus is an excellent resource text, it is an even better inspirational servant of the soul!” – Dennis Lambert, author of The Table, winner of two 2018 Catholic Press Association awards

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dcn. Bob Evans and his wife Rose live in Phoenix where he serves as a deacon in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, ministering at Blessed Sacrament parish in Scottsdale. They have three children and six grandchildren. His formal training in Scriptures was at the Kino Institute.Since 2004, he has been engaged in extensive biblical studies and is a popular teacher who draws heavily from the works of many others in bringing people deeper into Sacred Scriptures. He teaches Biblical Foundations with the parish-level U of Faith, Scripture for Homiletics to candidates in deacon formation and Jesus’ Parables in a diaconate post-ordination program. He mentors newly-ordained deacons, serves as the Asst. Director of Deacon Personnel for the Diocese of Phoenix, and as a Spiritual Director on Cursillo retreats. His website may be found at https://www.stephensbrother.com/

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by Paula Witkowski and Dianne Swenson Koehnecke

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Paula Witkowski, an Associate Professor at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, previously worked in both elementary and secondary schools for twenty-seven years as a speech-language pathologist/reading specialist. When she earned her Ph.D. in Literacy in 2004, her research for her dissertation focused on developing content area reading courses in World History and U.S. History for 10th and 11th grade special education students. Data collected and analyzed during this period demonstrated that content area reading strategies do serve to increase reading skills significantly as well as help struggling students learn content materials. Currently, Dr. Witkowski is teaching reading methods courses for B.A. and M.A.T. majors in education and for teachers seeking an M.A. in reading and certification as reading specialists. She’s married with five adult children, nine grandchildren, and one wonderful dog named Parker, who has been trained as a “reading dog” so that she can visit area schools and have students practice reading to her.

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Broken Hearts in a Broken World, authored by Gerard M. Verschuuren

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by Gerard M. Verschuuren

Brokenness has become endemic in our days. In poll after poll, the vast majority of respondents say that our country is fundamentally broken. Our political system is broken. Our economy is broken. Our very society, the way we live together, our values, our priorities, all of them are broken. For Christians, however, the brokenness of the world and their own brokenness should not come as breaking news; in fact, brokenness and the healing of brokenness are at the very heart of the Christian faith. Christians believe that God became a human being in Jesus who suffered and died on the Cross. He came to be among the broken-hearted in a broken world. That’s the very painful, yet comforting thought behind this book.

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“Verschuuren’s book Broken Hearts in a Broken World is a wonderful treatise, full of fresh insights.  Using philosophy to refute skepticism and relativism, Verschuuren also provides a panoramic view of all that gives us hope in our Christian vision. There is no cliché advice, but instead blunt, witty, realistic and compassionate analysis of the ills of our times and the wounds in our hearts.” – Ronda Chervin, Professor Emerita, Holy Apostles College & Seminary, Cromwell, CT

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Gerard M. Verschuuren is a human geneticist who also earned a doctorate in the philosophy of science. He studied and worked at universities in Europe and the United States. Currently semi-retired, he spends most of his time as a writer, speaker, and consultant on the interface of science and religion, faith and reason.

More information about his life and works may be found on his Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_Verschuuren

A review of Aquinas and Modern Science: A New Synthesis of Faith and Reason, by Gerard M. Verschuuren, has appeared in Volume 57, Issue 4 (December 2017) of the International Philosophical Quarterlyi>, and The Pluralist Game.

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History of the Eucharist

History of the Eucharist by Roger Skrenes The Eucharist is not a topic of the moment. Like any good teacher, God took “his time” in revealing the Eucharist slowly, step by step, throughout Biblical history. In this history there are two main tracks: 1) the...

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Political Science from a Catholic Perspective

Political Science from a Catholic Perspective by Fr. Peter Samuel Kucer, MSA Today, many specializations within the field of political science identify it particularly as a social science, and these are namely political theory, government and politics,...

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Catholic Church History: Pre-Christian to Modern Times

Catholic Church History: Pre-Christian to Modern Times by Fr. Peter Samuel Kucer, MSA Catholic Church History: Pre-Christian to Modern Times presents how the Catholic Church developed from her earliest days up to modern times. The reader will encounter the...

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Parish Management and Operations

Parish Management and Operations: The Buck Stops Here by Michael A. Brinda How often have we heard the sayings, “It’s harder than it looks” and “If it were easy everyone would be doing it”?  These sayings were never more appropriate than when they are...

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99 Ways

99 Ways to Teach Like the Master by T.J. Burdick 99 Ways to Teach Like the Master is a journey into the instructive techniques of Jesus. By learning from the Master, we can learn better how to communicate and impart knowledge to others. Whether it is for...

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