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“There’s not a plant or flower below,
but makes Thy glories known,

And clouds arise, and tempests blow,
by order from Thy throne;

While all that borrows life from Thee
is ever in Thy care;

And everywhere that we can be,
Thou, God art present there.”
– Isaac Watts, Hymnist
born on this day in 1674

 

Poem of the Day:
Summer
by Amy Lowell

 
Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
Repenting of Religion: Turning from Judgment to the Love of God
by Greg Boyd
Only $3.99!
 
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The Wake Up Call – July 17, 2014

 

An Essay by Alan Jacobs on Book Culture
Written for (not surprisingly… ) BOOKS AND CULTURE

http://booksandculture.com/articles/2010/julaug/bookcultures.html

It wasn’t until after I read Ted Striphas’ book The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control that I realized that its title and subtitle are somewhat at odds with each other. As I began reading, it was the title that governed my expectations: coined by Jay David Bolter, the phrase “late age of print” is meant to be analogous to the Marxist concept of “late capitalism.” “Late” in this case suggests a highly developed, sophisticated set of structures that are beginning to fall into decadence—structures that have lost their essential motive energy and are living off capital generated long ago. With these thoughts in mind, I was expecting and hoping that Striphas would provide a kind of critical ethnography, and perhaps a diagnosis, of print culture in the past hundred years or so.

But no: the book really isn’t about print culture at all; it is rather, as the subtitle more reliably informs us, about book culture.

Read the full essay:
http://booksandculture.com/articles/2010/julaug/bookcultures.html


Greg Boyd Reviews Scott Boren’s new book
MISSIONAL SMALL GROUPS

http://www.gregboyd.org/blog/missional-small-groups-a-book-review/

After 18 years of pastoring a rather large American church, I would have to say that the second hardest challenge our leadership team has faced as we have labored to make disciples of weekend church attenders is getting people to commit to sharing life with others in a small group context. The hardest challenge, however, has been to get small groups to view themselves as distinctly kingdom communities who come together not simply to hang out or engage in an occasional Bible study, but to carry out the mission God has given us.

My friend Scott Boren, who is also the “Connecting Pastor” at Woodland Hills Church, has just published a book on this topic called Missional Small Groups: Becoming a Community That Makes a Difference in the World (Baker). Scott artfully places his assessment of the challenges facing small groups as well as his proposed solutions to these challenges in a narrative framework.

Read the full review:
http://www.gregboyd.org/blog/missional-small-groups-a-book-review/

Missional Small Groups:
Becoming a Community That Makes a Difference in the World
.
Scott Boren.
Paperback: Baker Books, 2010.
Buy now:  [ ChristianBooks.com ]

 

“Overwhelmed by a sense
of  God’s presence
and breathtaking beauty

A Review of
Present Perfect:
Finding God in the Now
.
By Greg Boyd.

Reviewed by Shaun C. Brown.

Present Perfect:
Finding God in the Now
.
Greg Boyd.

Paperback: Zondervan, 2010.
Buy now: [ ChristianBook.com ]

Greg Boyd - Present PerfectIn his new book, Present Perfect: Finding God in the Now, pastor and theologian Gregory Boyd advocates what he calls, “the most important discipline that you could ever practice” (10).  Drawing upon two monks from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Brother Lawrence and Jean-Pierre de Caussade, as well as a twentieth century evangelical missionary and literacy advocate, Frank Laubach, Boyd defends the need for Christians to practice the presence of God.

To illustrate the need of Christians to be aware of God’s presence, Boyd tells a story of a time he went on a run through the woods to train for an ultra-marathon.  While Boyd ran, his mind focused on the upcoming race and his performance in it.  A few hours into his run, he noticed a cricket chirping.  Boyd then noticed more and more crickets, and then some frogs, bees, and birds.  Boyd then noticed the beauty of the scenery around him and the fragrances.  Boyd says:

The moment felt sacred.  I felt I was waking up to God’s presence permeating all things and reflecting in all things.  It seemed I was, for the first time, waking up to the way the world is supposed to be experienced—the way it really is.  Overwhelmed by this sense of  God’s presence and breathtaking beauty, I began to weep (13).

Boyd uses this story to illustrate how many Christians go through life seemingly unaware of God’s presence around them.  Boyd calls on them to awaken to the “reality . . . that God is present in . . . every moment” (15).

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In our continuing effort to fund the publication and free distribution of The Englewood Review, we are going to be collaborating more intentionally with Christian Book Distributors. Primarily, we will be offering you the opportunity to buy bargain books from CBD that we think of are interest. Buying books this way is a win / win / win proposition. You get great books for a great price, CBD gets the sale and we get an excellent referral fee from CBD.

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430371: Why Church Matters: Worship, Ministry, and Mission in Practice Why Church Matters: Worship, Ministry, and Mission in Practice

By Jonathan R. Wilson / Baker

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6730X: The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church

By Gregory A. Boyd

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012945: Judas and the Gospel of Jesus: Have We Missed the Truth About Christianity? Judas and the Gospel of Jesus: Have We Missed the Truth About Christianity?

By N.T. Wright

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In our continuing effort to fund the publication and free distribution of The Englewood Review, we are going to be collaborating more intentionally with Christian Book Distributors.  Primarily, we will be offering you the opportunity to buy bargain books from CBD that we think of are interest.  Buying books this way is a win / win / win proposition.  You get great books for a great price,  CBD gets the sale and we get an excellent referral fee from CBD.  These books make great gifts!

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30708: The Making and Unmaking of Technological Society The Making and Unmaking of Technological Society

By Murray Jardine / Baker

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Has Christianity failed to engage the culture of technology and use scientific advancements responsibly? Jardine offers an incisive critique of the damaging elements in Western societies and argues that it’s possible to adandon the destructive aspects of technology while still embracing its benefits. Thought-provoking! 304 pages, softcover from Brazos.

6730X: The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church

By Gregory A. Boyd / Zondervan

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Should church and state really be separated? Does the church belong in the political arena? Arguing from Scripture and history, The Myth of a Christian Nation makes a compelling case that whenever the church gets too close to any political or national ideology, it is disastrous for the church and harmful to society.

031613: The Story of the Christ The Story of the Christ

By Scot McKnight / Baker

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For two thousand years the figure of Jesus has been the most powerful and pervasive influence on Western culture, not only in religion and ethics but also in politics, literature, music, and the visual arts. This book features insights from Scot McKnight, author of the bestselling book The Jesus Creed.

 

20 Page Excerpt from
Greg Boyd’s Myth of a Christian Religion.
Zondervan 2009
.
Buy now: [ ChristianBook.com ]

Read our review here.

 

As I have been spreading the word about the upcoming Through the Consuming Fire conference, my mind was drawn back to this excellent conversation about the Church and politics from 2008’s National Pastors’ Conference — featuring Greg Boyd, Shane Claiborne and Chuck Colson.

Related books:

78424: Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals
By Shane Claiborne with Chris Haw
$12.99 (Paperback)
6730X: The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church
By Gregory A. Boyd
$3.99 (Hardback)
77647: God and Government: An Insider God and Government: An Insider’s View on the Boundaries Between Faith & Politics
By Charles W. Colson
$4.99 (Paperback)

 

In our continuing effort to fund the publication and free distribution of The Englewood Review, we are going to be collaborating more intentionally with Christian Book Distributors.  Primarily, we will be offering you the opportunity to buy bargain books from CBD that we think of are interest.  Buying books this way is a win / win / win proposition.  You get great books for a great price,  CBD gets the sale and we get an excellent referral fee from CBD.  These books make great gifts (perhaps for Fathers’ Day!)

 

This week’s bargain books (Click to learn more/purchase):

 

Here is an excellent collection of five sermons in mp3 format from Greg Boyd, whose book Myth of A Christian Religion, we recently reviewed:

  • Taking-America-Back-for_God.mp3
  • The-Difference-Between-Two-Kingdoms.mp3
  • Abortion-A-Kingdom-of-God-Approach.mp3
  • Is-the-Church-the-Gardian-of-Social-Morality.mp3
  • In-But-Not-of-the-World.mp3

Click here to listen to or download these sermons.

(HT: Jason Evans)

 

“Naming and Unmasking the Powers
That Enslave Us”

 

A Review of
The Myth of a Christian Religion.
by Greg Boyd.

 Reviewed by Chris Smith.

 

The Myth of a Christian Religion:
Losing Your Religion for The Beauty of a Revolution
.
Greg Boyd.
Hardcover: Zondervan, 2009.
Buy now: [ Doulos Christou Books $17 ]  [ Amazon ]

 

 

 

After tackling the myth of the United States as a Christian Nation, Greg Boyd has now set out in his most newest book to topple the myth that Christianity is a religion.  The Myth of the Chistian Religion: Losing Your Religion For the Beauty of a Revolution further cements Boyd’s reputation as a bold prophetic voice in the midst of American evangelicalism.  He begins the book with the observation:

 

 

What Jesus was about had nothing to do with being religious.  Read the Gospels! He partied with the worst of sinners and outraged the religious.  This is what got him crucified.
What Jesus was about was starting a revolution.  He called this revolution “the Kingdom of God” (9).

 

Thus, Boyd’s argument here against Christianity as a religion and for the revolution of the Kingdom of God is presented as a series of “revolts” against the prevailing powers in American culture (and especially American evangelical culture) that would deter us from following in the way of Jesus.  Before launching into his description of this multi-faceted revolution, Boyd opens the book with two foundational chapters that remind us who Jesus is and what the Kingdom of God is about.  In these two introductory chapters, Boyd pleads with the Church to return to a high Christology that is rooted primarily in the person of Jesus and the Kingdom of God that he proclaimed and not in a stifling religion that is loosely based on the scriptures.  Continue Reading…