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A Review of

Without Apology: Sermons for Christ’s Church
Stanley Hauerwas

Paperback: Seabury, 2013
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Reviewed by Joseph Krall

Submitting a late review of an untimely book, this reviewer offers his apologies to the readers of the Englewood Review. The untimeliness of Stanley Hauerwas’s latest collection of sermons, Without Apology (Seabury, NY: 2013), is of a different kind. It is an unapologetic untimeliness, neither ashamed of the Gospel nor trying to render its foolishness comprehensible or defensible in an era after Christendom. I would call it a holy untimeliness, because in these pages a Christian theologian and ethicist walks to the pulpit and speaks to a “peculiar people,” the church.

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of George Macdonald.

Although I was familiar with Macdonald’s name through the work of C.S. Lewis before I went to college, it was as a student of David Neuhouser at Taylor University that I was immersed into Macdonald’s work. I was particular captivated by his fantasy stories, and his non-fiction.  I was much less enthralled by his general fiction, which although it explored many rich themes, often veered into Scottish dialects and like other Victorian novels of his day, was abundantly wordy.  (There are editions that have been edited into contemporary English by Michael Phillips, but the editing renders them sounding too much like Christian romance novels by Michael Phillips for my tastes!)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with George Macdonald’s work — you should be — so, here is a brief guide to lead you into the thick of his work.

Which books have you read? Which have impacted you most?


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by C.S. Lewis

Lewis’s anthology serves as a perfect portal into reading Macdonald’s work, offering samples of a wide variety of his writings.  It also helps that with Lewis as curator, there is a strong emphasis in this collection on themes of Christian faith in Macdonald’s work.

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Samuel Wells - Be Not AfraidInto Engagement
with the World and With God.

A Review of

Be Not Afraid:  Facing Fear with Faith

Samuel Wells

Paperback: Brazos Press, 2011.
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Reviewed by Jennifer Burns Lewis

Sam Wells’ new book, Be Not Afraid, is a powerful antidote to the fear-based news and views so prevalent in our time.  These short essays read like sermons – very good sermons – grounded in scripture and bringing to life some important insights and reminders about courage, authenticity and candor.  A person seemingly acquainted with despair and fear, Wells writes from a heart-felt place of deep reflection that would invite even the most intractable soul to reconsider what it means to live in the world today as a person of faith.
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“How then Shall we Speak?

A review of
Working with Words:
On Learning to Speak Christian

by Stanley Hauerwas.

Review by Chase Roden.

Working with Words:
On Learning to Speak Christian
Stanley Hauerwas.
Paperback: Wipf and Stock, 2011.
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Christ as true king. The church as polis. Constantinianism as idolatry. Those familiar with Stanley Hauerwas already know his major themes and vocabulary. Although he has spent decades working with these ideas – many of which he inherited and adapted from John Howard Yoder – Hauerwas continues to explore them in new and interesting ways, applying his interpretation of the nonviolent gospel to different contexts. Because the core of Hauerwas’s work contains such radical ideas which run counter to the implicit thought of mainstream American Christianity, many Christians keep coming back to his writings year after year for a fresh perspective.

For these readers, there will not be many surprises in Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian, a new collection of Hauerwas’s writings. In it the Duke professor of theological ethics presents a “kitchen sink” bundle of writings admittedly not intended to form any particular argument. The writings are quite varied; of the 22 works presented (including the appendix), 13 are essays (five co-written), seven are sermons, and three are addresses – a commencement speech, a lecture, and one fascinating speech to a Christian youth conference at Duke Divinity School.

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A Brief Review of The Word in This World:
Two Sermons by Karl Barth
Kurt Johanson, ed.
Paperback: Regent College, 2007.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith.

There was once a phase in my life where I was reading anything I could get my hands on by Karl Barth.  However, that phase has sorted of waned over the last decade and it has been quite awhile since I’ve read anything by Barth.  Thus, I was delighted to have the opportunity to immerse myself again in some of Barth’s work, when Kurt Johanson invited me to review his new little book The Word in the World: Two Sermons by Karl Barth.   Although Barth’s sermons are an essential part of this volume, they are almost equaled in significance by the supporting materials that Johanson has assembled alongside the sermons here, particularly Will Willimon’s introduction “Preaching with Karl Barth,” in which he examines these two sermons as exemplars within the larger context of Barth’s homiletic work.

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A Review of

The Concise King:
(Selected Sermons and Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

2 cd’s : Hachette Audio, 2010.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith.

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THE CONCISE KING - Hachette Audio 2010I was excited to learn recently that Hachette Audio was going to be releasing two new collections of audio recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermons and speeches.  I will eventually be reviewing the gem of these two releases, Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Essential Box Set, but at 15 cd’s in length, it is going to take awhile to work my way through that.  The other new release, The Concise King, is actually an abridged edition of the box set, with eight selected talks representing the finest of Dr. King’s oratory.

As we remember Dr. King, on this holiday set aside for honoring his legacy, there are two essential things about him that we must bear in mind.  First, he was primarily an orator.  We can read his speeches or his sermons, but in doing so we lose the vibrant richness of the experience of hearing or seeing him speak.  Secondly, as Andrew Young emphasizes in the introduction to The Concise King: “Martin was first of all a man of faith, a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus, which had as its symbol of triumph his death on the cross and hope in a resurrection.”

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THE CONCISE KING - Hachette AudioIn honor of the faithful witness of Dr. Martin Luther King and his bold proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are giving away today a free copy of the new audio book with recordings of his most significant sermons and speeches, The Concise King (Hachette Audio 2010, reviewed above).

To win a copy of this superb audio collection, you must do the following two things:

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  2. Leave a comment on this post, noting which option you chose for #1 and a brief statement of what you appreciate most about Dr. King.

This contest ends tomorrow, January 19, 2010 at 11:59PM PT.
On Wednesday Jan. 20, we will choose a winner from the eligible entrants.


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)