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Pastoral Care and Politics

 
A Review of

Care of Souls, Care of Polis:
Toward a Political Pastoral Theology

Ryan Lamothe

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2017
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Reviewed by James Matichuk
 
 

*** This review originally appeared on the reviewer’s blog,
      and is reprinted here with permission.  Visit his blog for tons of great reviews!

 
Pastoral Care is often thought of on a purely micro level—counseling congregants through a crisis, walking alongside families in grief, or shepherding local congregations. Political theology, on the other hand, describes political, economic, social structures and practices, examining the issues at a more macro level. But what if there is a deep link between the political and the personal? What if the best way to care for souls, is to care for the polis—providing a framework for the flourishing of both individual persons and the common good?

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The Power of Beauty
 
A Feature Review of

Called to Attraction:
An Introduction to the Theology of Beauty
Brendan Thomas Sammon

 
Paperback: Cascade Books, 2017
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Reviewed by Julie Sumner
 

It was around noon when I walked out of my house one day in August, as the air cooled and the light took on a silvered quality. I joined my neighbor and her parents to watch the moon eclipse the sun. My husband, who rarely stops for lunch, joined his co-workers, walked out on a sidewalk downtown, and stared upward at the darkening sky. We, and eighty-eight million other Americans, all stopped what we were doing to watch a solar eclipse. We all stopped for the simple reason that the eclipse was beautiful, and because it was beautiful, we wanted all of our friends to see it, too.

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Here are a some excellent theology* books that will be released this month:

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

  

Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America

Craig Van Gelder / Dwight Zscheile

Eerdmans
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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…)

  

Is This All There Is?: On Resurrection and Eternal Life

Gerhard Lohfink

 

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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What Psychology and the Church
Can Teach Each Other About Virtues

A Review of

The Science of Virtue: Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church
Mark R. McMinn

Paperback: Brazos Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Alisa Williams
 

Author Mark McMinn begins his book The Science of Virtue with a personal anecdote that sets the stage for the following chapters: when he was preparing to leave for graduate school, a concerned couple from his church approached with a dire warning that to pursue a degree in clinical psychology would likely cause him to abandon his faith.

It’s a story that rings familiar to many Christians who have pursued degrees in the sciences, myself included. Even as an undergraduate studying psychology at a Christian college, I was told my chosen degree would lead me away from God.

The Christian church has had a tense relationship with science for centuries (to put it mildly), but McMinn’s intriguing look at positive psychology is an effort to reinforce the delicate bridge between the two.

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( Alan Jacobs, Arundhati Roy, Hidden Figures,
 MORE )

 

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#1:
Original Sin: A Cultural History

Alan Jacobs

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With 2018 almost upon us, here are the 30 new books that we are most eager to read…

Due to the nature of publishers’ catalogs, this list mostly cover just the first half of the year.  We will do a similar list in June for the second half of the year.
 

[ Top Ten -Pt A ] [ Top Ten- Pt B ] [ Faith-in-Practice ]
[ Theology ] [ Fiction ] [ Gen. Nonfiction ]
[ Poetry / Young Readers ]

TOP TEN (Part A):

These titles are arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s last name…

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What is our Identity?

A Review of

The Zombie Gospel:
The Walking Dead and What it Means to Be Human

Danielle Strickland

Paperback: IVP Books, 2017
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Reviewed by Jeff Nelson

 

“We are the walking dead.” This line, uttered by main protagonist Rick Grimes in both the TV show and comic versions of The Walking Dead, sums up what the real focus of this popular series is. While the presenting conflict that frames the characters’ experiences and problems is the zombie apocalypse, the true focus is their reactions and sense of identity as a result of everything they know collapsing.

Early on in The Zombie Gospel, Danielle Strickland notes this as well. Recounting a conversation with a friend, she shares this thought: “’Think about it,’ he said to me, ‘everything that defines your life has been deconstructed. What then’” (9)? In other words, if we can no longer define our lives by our jobs, our creature comforts, our favorite places to hang out, or even our enemies, what is our identity to ourselves and to others?

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Here are a some excellent theology* books that will be released this month:

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

  

Divinations: Theopolitics in an Age of Terror (Theopolitical Visions)

Daniel Bell

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A Powerful Medium of Storytelling
 
A Review of 
 

God in the Movies: A Guide for Exploring Four Decades of Film
Catherine Barsotti / Robert Johnston, Eds.

Paperback: Brazos Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Fred Redekop
 
 
The Sound of Music (1966) was the first movie that I saw at the theatre. My parents and their eight children went the Brock Theater in Niagara-on -the-Lake, Ontario. The other movie experience that I remember growing up with was The Wizard of Oz. It came on once a year, in the spring, and our family sat down and watched it together on television. My first R-rated movie I saw was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. So, I am a movie-watcher, who likes movies from all over the world. My brother is a set designer and set builder for the movie industry in Toronto. I was a pastor for over 30 years, and know from the people that I was pastor to,  that movies are a powerful medium of storytelling

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