Celebrating the presence of God in the reality of ordinary daily life, believing hope, joy and love are here right now instead of looking to a future reward in heaven; knowing the joy of living in community; learning about the world around us and welcoming new biblical insights and teachings; loving and staying close as possible to nature; respecting the beliefs of those whose religious beliefs differ from ones own since God is much greater than any religion, following the teachings of Jesus who says (15 times) in the New Testament not to be afraid—“Fear not.”
|Joy Ibsen is a writer, lay minister, and musician who lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Joy is the editor of the journal Church and Life, and the author of Songs of Denmark; Songs to Live By. (More)|
|Harald Ibsen (1898 - 1972) was a Danish-American pastor as well as a gymnast, woodworker, sportsman, and scholar. He served small town congregations in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska. His candid sermons reflect the community-centered theology (Human First, then Christian) of
N. F. S. Grundtvig, a Danish nineteenth-century philosopher-theologian, with
significant relevance to issues of the twenty-first century.
Harald Ibsen CV (PDF)
What Theologians Are Saying About Unafraid
"This intergenerational collusion of father and daughter makes available for us a testimony of faith that is light, knowing, hope-filled and honest."
Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"A pleasure to read, insightful, and often moving Ibsen's father's
sermons and her own wonderfully written thoughts have become part of my
daily devotional reading."
"I am mightily moved and impacted by the insightful sermons and stories."
Pastor Harry Andersen, Bishop Emeritus, Northern Great Lakes Synod ELCA
"UNAFRAID reminds readers -- preachers and parishioners alike -- that the gospel is rightly preached when it is heard and received: sometimes convicting, sometimes comforting, always bringing life."
L. DeAne Lagerquist, St Olaf College
"UNAFRAID, the book, combines the act of parish preaching, with the lived
experience of church members through their stories. It is a voice for
preachers and parish members today who wish to live free and unafraid"
Rev. Lars Clausen
Wipf and Stock of Eugene, Oregon publishes new works in theology, biblical studies, church history, philosophy and related disciplines. Its vision is to publish according to the merits of content rather than exclusively to the demands of the marketplace.