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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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One of today’s best new book releases is:

The Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It
Kyle Strobel and Jamin Goggin

Paperback: Nelson Books, 2017
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*** Read ERB editor Chris Smith’s
brief review of this book

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Today is the Feast of
St. Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335-c.395)…

 
I’ve been digging into his work recently, especially his theology of the Trinity, and this book by Hans Urs von Balthasar…
 

Presence and Thought: Essay on the Religious Philosophy of Gregory of Nyssa
Hans Urs von Balthasar

Paperback: Ignatius Press, 1995
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I’ve been particularly been fascinated by von Balthasar’s understanding of history as described in this passage…
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Today (Jan. 6) marks the birthday of noted novelist, Elizabeth Strout.

In honor of the occasion, here is an introductory guide to her novels…

Olive Kitteridge

 

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, it’s in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama–desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

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An excerpt from our 2016
novel of the year…

 

Swing Time: A Novel
Zadie Smith

Hardback: Penguin Press, 2016
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*** Browse our full
Best Books of 2016 list

 
Our review of this novel ran in our Advent 2016 print magazine… 
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The finalists in the running for the National Book Award were announced earlier this month…

[ See the full list of finalists ]

 

If you are like us, then there probably are a number of these books that you haven’t read yet.

So, we thought we’d give you excerpts from ten of them to give you a taste of their contents.
These excerpts feature books from all four categories


The Association of Small Bombs: A Novel

Karan Mahajan

Viking

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One of the best new book releases of the last couple of weeks is:
 

Love, Henri:
Letters on the Spiritual Life

Henri Nouwen

 
Gabrielle Earnshaw, Editor
Hardback: Convergent Books, 2016
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Read the editor’s preface to this collection, and Brene Brown’s foreword:

 
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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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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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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
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*** Three Poems by St. Augustine *** 

 
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