The Out-and-Out Strangeness of an Alternative, Redeemed Society

A Feature Review of

Keep Christianity Weird:
Embracing the Discipline of Being Different
Michael Frost

Paperback: NavPress, 2018
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Reviewed by Joshua Rhone
 
 
Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon are two cities at the forefront of what has become a movement of sorts. They are weird cities. Cities that reject the conformity and homogeneity that characterize so many of the cities of the modern era, in favor of all things artisanal, unique, and sustainable. As such, these cities, and others like them, both stand out and stand in stark contrast to what we have come to associate with a normal city, which have led them to attract a different type of resident––the offbeat and eccentric, the creative and out-of-the-box thinker.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( NT Wright, Brueggemann, Krista Tippett, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

 

The VERY BEST
Ebook / Audiobook Deals

from Amazon’s monthly sale!!! 
(February 2019)

#1:
The Meal Jesus Gave Us, Revised Edition

N.T. Wright

*** $3.99 ***

Important book on the Eucharist!

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Raising Racial Awareness

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In the last month, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing Jemar Tisby, and then this week attending a talk he gave at a local university… 

Jemar Tisby is a historian and author of the new book The Color of Compromise: The Truth about The American Church’s Complicity in Racism. [ READ our review ]  As the way forward toward a culture of anti-racism, Tisby suggests the course defined by the acronym ARC: Becoming AWARE; Fostering deep interracial RELATIONSHIPS; and COMMITTING to act against the forces of racism. 

Following Tisby’s rubric, here are some books that will help raise our awareness, and orient us into committed patterns of action:

[ Awareness of the History of Racism ] 
[ Awareness of Black Theology ]
[ White Authors Explain White Privilege ]
[ Vision for Anti-racist Action ]
 
 

Awareness of the History of Racism

 
 

Stamped from the Beginning:
The Definitive History
of Racist Ideas
in America

 
 
Ibrahim Kendi

 
 
 
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Here are some excellent theology* books that will be released this month:

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That’s Great News  

Peter Enns

HarperOne

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A Great Read on Feminist Eco-Theology…
On Sale now for Kindle!
 

The Body of God:
An Ecological Theology

 
Sallie McFague

 
 

*** $4.99 ***

 
 
A very distinctive and important new option for Christian theology. McFague proposes in a clear and challenging way a theological program based on what she calls ‘the organic model’ for conceiving God.

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The Ecology of Faith Formation

 
A Review of

Cultivating Teen Faith:
Insights from the Confirmation Project
Richard Osmer / Katherine Douglass, Eds.

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]
 
Reviewed by Daniel Ogle
 
 
The good news – and there is plenty of good news shared in Cultivating Teen Faith – is that when it comes to teenagers participating in confirmation, they are participating by and large in order to form a stronger connection with God.

Cultivating Teen Faith, edited by Richard Osmer and Katherine Douglass, is an interpretation of a three-year study of how over 3000 Christian congregations guide teenagers through an intentional process of Christian formation under the broad heading of confirmation.

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Yesterday (Feb. 14) was the birthday attributed to Frederick Douglass, noted anti-slavery activist.

Douglass’s major works are all in the public domain, and we highlight them here, with links to download them as ebooks and audiobooks.

 A Narrative of the Life of
Frederick Douglass,
an American Slave  (1845)

 
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass during his time in Lynn, Massachusetts. It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period. In factual detail, the text describes the events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass encompasses eleven chapters that recount Douglass’s life as a slave and his ambition to become a free man.

Download FREE EBook Editions:
[ PDF- Google Books
[ Various Formats – Project Gutenberg ]

FREE Audiobook:    [ Librivox

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47 devotional reflections on Lent and Easter:
 

Relevant Words of Bonhoeffer
for the Trump Age

 

God Is on the Cross
 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

*** $3.99 ***

 
 
Passages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s letters and sermons provide special encouragement as readers prepare themselves spiritually for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Supplemented by an informative introduction to Bonhoeffer’s life and a Scripture passage for each day of the season, these daily devotions are moving reminders of the true gift of Christ on the cross.

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For Valentine’s Day today, I was delighted to hear this poem that one of our favorite poets, Kwame Alexander wrote… or more precisely, compiled. Alexander is author of, among many other books:

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
Kwame Alexander

Hardback: Candlewick, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon

Last month, NPR asked elementary and high school teachers to give the following prompt to their students: “Love is … ” Students then filled in the blank with a line or, in some cases, a whole poem. Teachers from around the country submitted what their students wrote; NPR received more than 2,000 entries. Alexander read through them and created one big love poem.

Listen to the poem, as heard on NPR:

 
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Important book on the meaning of the Eucharist…
 

N.T. Wright –
Our Intro Reading Guide

 

The Meal Jesus Gave Us
 
N.T. Wright

 

*** $2.99 ***

 
 
Acclaimed theologian and writer N. T. Wright explains in clear and vivid style the background of the Last Supper, the ways in which Christians have interpreted this event over the centuries, and what it all means for us today.
 

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*** The Best Ebook / Audiobook Deals
from Amazon’s monthly sale for  February!