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Last weekend, we hosted the annual retreat of the Nurturing Communities Network (NCN) here at Englewood Christian Church.

 

NCN is

“an informal and growing network of Christ-centered intentional communities. Older established communities connect with novice communities for the purpose of learning from each other, encouragement and growing.  This happens through visits, regional and local gatherings, meals together, and many conversations.  The hope is mutual encouragement in Jesus’ way of simplicity, justice and peace.”

 

I was inspired by this retreat to compile the following list of books that offer diverse perspectives on life in Christian intentional community. (Some of these titles are recommended on the NCN Resource list.)
 
If you are curious about Christian intentional community, I encourage you to take a look at some of these books, and the NCN website.

 

By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith

 

  

The Intentional Christian Community Handbook: For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus 

David Janzen

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With the disappearance and apparent death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi leading the news this week, Saudi Arabia has been in the hot seat.
 
Here are five recent books that are essential for understanding the Saudis, one of the wealthiest and most mysterious nations on the globe:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include an interview or shorter piece by the author that introduces the book’s central ideas…)

    

On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines–and Future

Karen Elliott House

*** WATCH a brief interview with the author

With over thirty years of experience writing about Saudi Arabia, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former publisher of The Wall Street Journal Karen Elliott House has an unprecedented knowledge of life inside this shrouded kingdom. Through anecdotes, observation, analysis, and extensive interviews, she navigates the maze in which Saudi citizens find themselves trapped and reveals the sometimes contradictory nature of the nation that is simultaneously a final bulwark against revolution in the Middle East and a wellspring of Islamic terrorists.

Saudi Arabia finds itself threatened by fissures and forces on all sides, and On Saudi Arabia explores in depth what this portends for the country’s future—and our own.  

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Helsinki Summit

The news has been dominated this week by the Helsinki Summit, Donald Trump’s private meeting with Vladimir Putin, framed beforehand by Robert Mueller’s indictment of twelve Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 presidential election, and afterward by Trump’s waffling on whether Russia actually interfered with the election and whether he would hold Putin responsible for this interference. 

 

To make sense of this week’s events, here are a few recent books that help us understand Russia, the fragmented world of social media that provided an entrée for Russian interference, our post-truth culture that has energized this scandal, and what it might all mean for Christians…

 

   

1. The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump 

Michiko Kakutani

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Churches in the West will celebrate Easter on Sunday, and the season of Easter will continue through Pentecost.

 

Top 10 Kids’ Easter Books

 

We offer the following recommended books on the life of the resurrection. Consider reading one or two of these during the Easter season.

 

 

  

The Resurrection of the Son of God]

N.T. Wright
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With Easter upon us this weekend, here is our theology reading list of books that have been helpful for us in understanding the resurrection of Jesus for the life of the church… 

 

1)  The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3)

N.T. Wright

*** This book is only $4.99 for Kindle, through the end of April 2017

Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question – which any historian must face – renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright focuses on the key points: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about his belief?

This book, third is Wright’s series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians’ belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his “appearances.”

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One of the great challenges of the theological academy in the twenty-first century is that it is still dominated by males. In honor of Women’s History Month, here is our recommended list of women theologians that you should be reading and talking about. We have reviewed many recent books by these theologians, and will continue to read and review their work.

NOTE: We are defining theology broadly here, to include biblical studies, ethics, etc.

See also:

Ten Essential Women Writers for Christian Readers

These theologians are arranged in alphabetical order by their last names… 
 

Sarah Coakley

Sarah Anne Coakley is an Anglican systematic theologian and philosopher of religion with interdisciplinary interests. She is the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, and Professorial Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.

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I’m going to start assembling some reading lists to accompany the Slow Church book… The book includes a Recommended Reading List as an appendix, but these lists I’m working on will go deeper than that, and will include books that have been released since the launch of Slow Church.

 
Haven’t read Slow Church?  Get a copy now… 

 

Part 3: Stability (Rootedness in a place)
Previous Parts of this list:  [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ]

Chapter 3: Stability is the Benedictine concept of being rooted in a particular place. We argue that a healthy dose of this rootedness is essential for the well-being of our churches.

 

Here are some books that fit with this chapter:

The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

*** If you can only read one other book, on stability, read this one.

*** Read our review

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Yesterday, the issue of immigration was back in the news, as the Supreme Court announced that it will take up a case to decide whether Pres. Obama’s executive actions on immigration are constitutional

 
Not sure if immigration matters to Christians or if it does, why it matters?  Here is a reading list that will help you better understand immigration in theological perspective. 
 
Most of these books focus on immigration from Mexico and other parts of Latin America, but there are a couple that focus on immigration from other parts of the world.
 
What books have been most helpful to you in thinking theologically about immigration?
 

Welcoming the Stranger:
Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate

Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang

 
*** If you only have time for one book, read this one!
 
*** Read our review
 
 
 
 
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Today is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., born Atlanta, Georgia, 1929…

There have been hundreds of books about MLK published in recent decades. Here are some of the best of them.

We have divided this list into 4 parts:

[ Books by MLK ]  [ Books About MLK ]
[ Books about MLK’s Faith ]  [ Kids’ Books about MLK ]

Books by MLK:

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Tomorrow is All Saints Day, the day when the Church remembers the faithful ones who have gone before us.

To help you get acquainted with the saints, we recommend the following books.  We’ve tried to emphasize collections that feature the stories of a wide range of saints, as a reminder that we are all saints, and not just the super-heroes of faith (the Francises, the Mother Teresas, etc).

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Butler’s Lives of the Saints: Concise Edition, Revised and Updated

*** For a limited time, this paperback edition is available for $6.98

A decent FREE ebook edition of the original work is available from Project Gutenberg. Note that navigating this massive work on your e-reader might be a challenge…

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