Archives For VOLUME 10

 

Tomorrow (December 8th) marks the birthday of the most important missiologists, Lesslie Newbigin.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

1)  The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission

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Claiming Too Much.
 
A Review of 
 

5Q: Reactivating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ.
Alan Hirsch

Paperback: 100M, 2017.
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Reviewed by Chris Schoon
 
 
Relying on Ephesians 4, one of my early mentors taught: “Ministers are not hired to do the work for the church; they are called to equip God’s people to do works of service.” In light of that teaching, I have followed missional discussions of the five-fold gifts of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor/Shepherd, and Teacher (APEST) with great interest. From Frost and Hirsch’s The Shaping of the Things to Come to Hirsch’s other work in The Forgotten Ways and The Permanent Revolution to works from a few other missional theologians, this conversation has kept my attention. As such, I eagerly engaged Hirsch’s latest exploration of APEST through 5Q.
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Hailing from Cincinnati, Over The Rhine has been making some of the finest music around for over a quarter century…

 
OTR has especially made a name for themselves for with their annual Christmas tour, which they have been doing for almost two decades.
 

To liven up your holidays, here are three superb Christmas shows (from three different tours) that you can stream or download for FREE (via Archive.org)…

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TODAY (Dec. 7) is the birthday of Willa Cather, one of the greatest fiction writers of the twentieth century!

In honor of her life and work, we offer five of her short stories that can be read in full…

The Sculptor’s Funeral
Willa Cather
(1905)

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Wisdom Sprinkled Lavishly
 
A Brief Review of 

Love Big, Be Well:
Letters to a Small-Town Church

Winn Collier

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2017.
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Reviewed by Rhodara Shreve
 
 

In this new novel by Winn Collier, you might think letters written by a pastor to his small church congregation would be irrelevant to the modern, urban churches in larger city areas but, you would be so wrong. In fact, reading this book is more about getting a chance to remember what we can be robbed of in this crazy high-tech, global world and why this has to do with our deepest need for friendships that matter as as we journey through life. In this book, a pastor finds himself called to a rural church, and as he writes these letters to his congregation, he shares so much wisdom through the stories of people he meets in this church as he gets to know them and the community they inhabit.

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In advance of the new movie adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel,

A Wrinkle in Time

FSG Books, 1963
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Television station CUNY-TV sat down with an astrophysicist and a biologist to talk about science in L’Engle’s space trilogy.
 
(HT: Sarah Arthur. Thanks for alerting us to this!)

*** Watch the movie trailer!

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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…)

  

What Will Soon Take Place: Poems

Tania Runyan

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: We have sadly reached the end of this series of Sabbath Wanderings cartoons by Josh Dease,
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Outro: The Laborers are Few
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Environmentalism’s Constaninian Turn 
 
A Review of
 

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays
Paul Kingsnorth

Paperback: Graywolf Press, 2017
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 Reviewed by Ragan Sutterfield
 
 
 
When I first heard of Paul Kingsnorth I was walking through the streets of New York City, megaphones near by, banners broadcasting slogans about mother earth, CO2, and poisoned water. I was walking in the “religious” section of the People’s Climate March, a gathering of over 200,000 environmentalists set on making a clear call that the time to act against the rise of climate change is now. My friend Fred Bahnson was in the crowd and since you can only chant “he, he, ho, ho, climate change has got to go” so long, we talked writing, reading, and climate as we marched.

Fred told me about an English writer, Paul Kingsnorth, who was the leader of a different kind of response to the climate crisis. Kingsnorth, he told me, had begun a project called Dark Mountain which was gathering people to create new stories about the human relationship with the earth. “There’s a great profile of him in the New York Times Magazine,” Fred said. “It’s titled ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It…and He Feels Fine.’”

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Richard Rohr, Howard Thurman, Richard Foster,
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Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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#1:
Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent

Richard Rohr

*** 99c ***

 

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