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I recently finished reviewing this superb new book for our fall print magazine issue.
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ACTS: Belief Commentary Series
A Theological Commentary on the Bible
Willie James Jennings
Hardback: WJK Books, 2017
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I’m excited to share the following excerpt from this book with you, which I take as one of Jennings’s central (and most timely) themes in this commentary.
Reprinted from Acts: A Theological Commentary on the Bible
by Willie James Jennings.
Used by permission of Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved.
Word of God against Word of God.
A Reflection on the Story of
Peter in the House of Cornelius
“You have heard that it was said, . . . but I say to you . . .” (Matt. 5). These often repeated words of Jesus set the stage for our interaction with the living God, whose words to us are living, because they are bound up with the source and giver of life itself. Acts 11 is a moment of reorientation where the Spirit is teaching us a crucial lesson that the church must constantly remember: God yet speaks and word of God always presses against word of God. What God has said in the past is pressed against by what God is saying now. Israel shows us that the human creature is always positioned between these two words and destined for yet more hearing from a God ever extended in grace toward us. This in-between position has often been painful for us as we try to grasp clarity of thought and action on a walk of obedience to God on a well-lit path, albeit with multiple twists and turns. (Ps. 119:105) In this regard, the struggle of the church has been twofold: we struggle to hear the new word that God is constantly speaking, and we struggle to see the link between the new word and the word previously spoken.
Yesterday marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau.
Here are five of the most relevant and compelling passages from this work:
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1) To Walk is to Saunter
Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy
Ben Nadler / Steven Nadler
Read the Introduction to this book, and an excerpt of it…
(via Google Books)
This trilogy is a unique mix of memoir, social criticism, and biblical meditation. Though originally published in the 1980s, it is strikingly timely today!
This new edition features a foreword by Rachel Held Evans
(Each volume contains the same foreword)
“I came to the Genesis Trilogy, as I came to A Wrinkle in Time — like a child. Frightened. Fledgling. Longing for a good story. L’Engle’s words, lovingly, patiently took me back to the Source.”
– Rachel Held Evans
One of this week’s best new book releases is:
Mother Tongue: How Our Heritage Shapes Our Story
READ AN EXCERPT
via Google Books
Here is a snippet from an interview I did with Leonard Sweet for RELEVANT magazine…
( Will appear in the May/June 2017 issue )
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
Conway Memorial Lecture
Delivered March 24, 1922