Archives For *Conversations*

 

One of the most unique and fascinating books coming out later this month is this one that records a conversation between noted evangelical Tony Campolo, and his son Bart Campolo, who in 2014 announced his exit from the Christian faith.
 

Why I Left, Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity…
Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo

Hardback: HarperOne, 2017
Pre-order: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 

Watch for our review
which will run in two weeks,
when the book releases!

 

This trailer video is a good introduction to the book:

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One of the best new book releases
of this week is:

 

Universal Harvester: A Novel 
John Darnielle 

Hardback: FSG Books, 2017
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]   [  Kindle ]

 
 
John Darnielle is also known as the lead singer of the indie band, The Mountain Goat [ ALBUMS ]…

He did the following interview yesterday
with NPR’s Morning Edition.  It is worth a listen…

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BonhoefferTrumps

Tomorrow (Feb. 4) is the birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer… 

In the Trump era of propaganda (e.g., “alternative facts”) and violence and oppression toward anyone who is not a white heterosexual male, we would do well to return to the writings of Bonhoeffer — not just the wrongheaded spin of some who have written about Bonhoeffer (AHEM, Eric Metaxas), but his actual writings themselves.

Here are 5 stunning passages that shed light on our call to costly discipleship in the present age…

 
 

Christianity has adjusted itself much
too easily to the worship of power.

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Janisse_Ray

Yesterday (Feb. 2) was the birthday of ecologist and nature writer, Janisse Ray. 

 
Here are two wonderful video clips that beautifully convey her passion for being attentive to and caring for the places in which we live.

This I Believe:

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TODAY marks the anniversary of the 1970 death of philosopher Bertrand Russell…

Russell, a committed atheist, was the author of Why I Am Not a Christian. This excerpt, however, is strikingly pertinent in our day of “alternative facts,” in which truth has little relevance. It is worth taking the time to read!

 

Free Thought and Official Propaganda
Bertrand Russell
(Excerpt)

Conway Memorial Lecture
Delivered March 24, 1922

 
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Rublev-Trinity

As I have been writing my book manuscript on the practice of conversation, I have been reading quite a bit on social trinitarianism, the theology rooted in the conviction that the three persons of the Trinity exist in an eternal conversation with one another. (I recognize that this perspective is not without critique, but it is a helpful way of imagining the Trinity when one wants to make a case for the importance of human conversation!) 

Here is a short, annotated reading guide to the books I have been reading.

*** What other books should I be considering?
 

[ Contemporary Trinitarian Theology ]   [ Jurgen Moltmann ]
[ Other Social Trinitarians ]   [ Critical Engagements ]

 
 

PAGE 1: Contemporary Trinitarian Theology

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In conjunction with the release of Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel SILENCE [ Watch the movie trailer ], Makoto Fujimura has released a series of videos and a downloadable discussion guide that are both intended to foster conversation about the movie / novel.  

 

Silence: A Novel
Shusaku Endo

Paperback: Picador, 2017
Buy now:
[ Amazon ] [ Audible ]

 
 

Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering
Makoto Fujimura

Hardback: IVP Books, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle
*** Selected as one of our Best Books of 2016!
 
 

Watch Two Sample videos 
from these new discussion materials:

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Kate Hennessy.cred Gary Jones

We recently had the opportunity to interview Kate Hennessy…

the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, about her new biography of her grandmother’s life: Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty(which releases next Tuesday, Jan 24).

The full interview will run in our Lent 2017 magazine issue, but we wanted to offer you a taste here in anticipation of the book’s release.

SUBSCRIBE NOW to our magazine
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and don’t miss this interview!

 

Dorothy Day:
The World Will Be Saved by Beauty:
An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother

Kate Hennessy

Hardback: Scribner, Jan. 24, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [  Kindle ]
 
Interviewed by
Erin Wasinger

 
 

ERB: Why did you feel you needed to write this book? What was your vision?

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One of this week’s best new book releases is…

My Life, My Love, My Legacy
Coretta Scott King

Hardback: Holt, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]   [  Kindle ]
 

*** Read ERB Editor
Chris Smith’s review of this book

 

Here is a great video intro to the book from Good Morning, America,that features a brief interview with King’s daughter, Bernice…

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Radner-Ephraim

Ephraim Radner’s new book, Time and the Word: Figural Reading of the Christian Scriptures,

explores the theological foundations of figural interpretation, the hermeneutic that was practiced by Christians from the earliest days of the church through the early modern period. Figural interpretation was replaced by the historical critical method that we use today, and contemporary Christians tend to look down on figural reading as an interpretive method that finds things in the text that aren’t actually there. But Radner argues that this attitude doesn’t do justice to the depth of figural reading, and he makes a compelling argument for the recovery of this ancient practice. Radner, who is a professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, is known for work that is both rich and fresh, and this book is no exception.

Time and the Word: Figural Reading of the Christian Scriptures
Ephraim Radner

Hardback: Eerdmans, 2016
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]
 
 
Interview by Erin Zoutendam
 
 
ERB: Let’s start with what might be the hardest question. How would you define figural interpretation for people who have never heard of it before?

ER: That’s a good question, and you’re right—it is a hard question. The first thing to be said is that figural interpretation is something that the church has always done. It’s not a matter of inventing a method; it’s a matter of identifying a way that the Bible has been read and continues to be read by lots of different people. The Bible is God’s book that describes the world, the world as it actually is—not just the world as it was.

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