Gerhard-Lohfink

Yesterday (Aug. 29) marked the birthday of theologian Gerhard Lohfink, one of the thinkers whose work has been most formative for us at Englewood Christian Church…

His work also was a major contributor to the theological foundation of my book Slow Church (co-written with John Pattison).
 

*** Read an excerpt from Lohfink’s most significant book, 
Does God Need the Church?

 
Here is a recent talk that Lohfink gave that has been translated into English and published by the Bruderhof in their Plough magazine
(If you know German, there is also a video recording of this talk…)
 
 

Did the Early Christians Understand Jesus?
Nonviolence, Love of Neighbor, and Imminent Expectation

Gerhard Lohfink

 

This is a translation of Gerhard Lohfink’s keynote address on November 21, 2015 at a conference commemorating Eberhard Arnold.

There are statements so ­bewildering that they are quoted again and again. Among these is a remark, now a century old, by the French biblical scholar Alfred Loisy: “Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God – and what came was the church.” I’ll leave to the side the question of what Loisy himself meant by this sentence. Rather, I’ll focus on how it’s understood by those who gleefully quote it. Usually, they understand it as bitterly ironic.

Here, on the one side, is the kingdom of God that Jesus proclaimed: the immense, all-comprehensive, yet incomprehensible trans­form­ation of the world under God’s reign – and there, on the other side, is the church that came after Easter: a finite body with all the limitations of any other social structure. Clearly, then, there’s a gaping chasm between Jesus’ proclamation and the post-Easter reality! Here the glory of the kingdom of God; there the bitter paltriness of the actual existing church.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

Embrace: God’s Radical Shalom for a Divided World

Leroy Barber

 

10 Reasons why you should read this book

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Against Nostalgia

 
A Feature Review of
 

The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in an Age of Individualism
Yuval Levin

Hardback: Basic Books, 2016.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [  Kindle ]

 
Reviewed by Ben Brazil

 

“Make America Great Again” is Donald Trump’s slogan, but it conveys a sentiment that reaches far beyond his supporters: that our nation is diminished. The Right laments moral decline, while the Left bemoans rising economic inequality.  Everyone agrees that we have, somehow, lost what is essential.

Such pervasive nostalgia, however, is actually near the root of our problems, argues conservative intellectual Yuval Levin in The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in an Age of Individualism. Moving forward, he contends, requires that we focus on the achievements, the problems, and the possibilities of our current, fractured society.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Scot McKnight, Phyllis Tickle, MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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Ethics

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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Fall2016-ERB-CoverThe new Fall 2016 ERB print issue has been mailed recently…

 

Featuring interviews with Makoto Fujimura and D.L. Mayfield, reviews and articles by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, Tom Sine, Mae Elise Cannon, and Meghan Florian, reviews of new books by Lisa Sharon Harper, Don DeLillo and MORE.

 

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We are excited to announce that our quarterly magazine
will now be available in
both PRINT and DIGITAL formats!

 

*** As a one-time, special promotion for the new digital edition, we will be giving away a PDF copy of this issue to everyone subscribed to our free weekly email digest (or who signs up for the weekly digest before Sept. 15, 2016).   SIGN UP NOW for our email digest

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One of this fall’s best theology books is: 

Endangered Gospel:
How Fixing the World
is Killing the Church

By John Nugent

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2016.
Buy now:  [ Amazon [  Kindle ]

This is a provocative book that asks vital questions about how the church should live in the world, and how we bear witness to the good news of Jesus.

 

Watch an introductory video
and read an excerpt of the book:

*** ALSO, we are planning to do a month-long read-a-long discussion of this book in November, so get a copy and start reading now!
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Sunday Aug 28 is the birthday of poet Rita Dove.

In honor of the occasion, we offer these videos of her reading her poems…


Black on a Saturday Night

 



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In honor of the Feast Day of St. Augustine on this coming Sunday (Aug. 28), here is an excerpt from the excellent new book…
 

On Augustine
Rowan Williams

Hardback: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 

*** Three Poems by St. Augustine *** 

 
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Reducing Suffering Where We Can
 
A Review of
 

Vegangelical: How Caring for Animals Can Shape Your Faith
S
arah Withrow King

Paperback: Zondervan, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [  Kindle ]
 
 
Reviewed by Alisa Williams
 
 
As someone who was raised in a large Christian community that actively promotes the virtues of vegetarian and vegan diets, I was intrigued to learn about Vegangelical. I’ve been vegetarian my entire life – raised by parents whose faith led them to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle in early adulthood, and King’s premise that “animal stewardship is part of a holistic ethic of Christian peace and justice” is I something I wholeheartedly agree with.

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101-TransformativeBooks - MEDIUMWe have just switched our weekly email digest over to the Aweber platform (from Feedburner, which was so antiquated that Google stopped supporting it almost five years ago, and MailChimp).

If you are already on our email list, the new weekly emails you receive from us, will look a little different — hopefully a little more stylish! — but will continue to feature all the top-notch book news and reviews that you have come to expect from us. I also expect that this new service will make it more likely that our emails will end up in your inbox and not in your spam folder or other low priority folders.

If you are already subscribed, and enjoy our emails, now would be a great time to recommend us to your friends (share this post on social media, for instance).

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