Archives For Theology

 

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…)

  

He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art 

Christian Wiman

*** READ the starred review from Publishers Weekly
  

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Wendell Berry, Walter Brueggemann, Anne Bogel, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

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#1:
The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry 

Wendell Berry

*** $3.99 ***

Extraordinary collection
of poems!

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Beyond Evangelicalism:
Finding Spiritual Renewal in the Ancient

A Review of 

Theosis: Patristic Remedy for Evangelical Yearning
at the Close of the Modern Age
Michael Paul Gama

Paperback: Wipf & Stock, 2017
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Reviewed by Cynthia Beach

 

 

When Dr. Michael Gama told me about his book beneath a patio umbrella one April day in Portland, I listened. I could relate.

Dissatisfied with the faith expression of my church heritage? Check.

Hungering for a faith that permitted more mystery, more God? Check.

Gama, whose pedigree includes the likes of Fuller Seminary (MDiv) and George Fox Evangelical (Doctorate of Ministry), keenly examines evangelicalism itself and his own journey beyond.

Early chapters explore the shifts in philosophical zeitgeist that became the soil, roots and structures for the blossoming of evangelicalism.

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With the Labor Day weekend upon us, here are the 25 new books that we are most eager to read this fall…

Thanks to our Contributing Editor John Wilson for some of these recommendations!

[ Theology ] [ Fiction ] [ Gen. Nonfiction ]  [ Literary ]
[ Place ]   [ Poetry / Young Readers ]

THEOLOGY:

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Christ-like Thinking
about Religious ‘Others’

 
A Review of
 

A Christology of Religions
Gerald O’Collins, SJ

 
Paperback: Orbis Books, 2018.
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Reviewed by Leroy Seat
 
 
Australian Jesuit priest Gerald O’Collins was from 1973 to 2006 a professor of systematic theology and of what Roman Catholics call “fundamental theology” at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. The author of many scholarly theology works, O’Collins (b. 1931) has now written another book, a slim volume that attests to his scholarship and to his stature as a theologian.

O’Collins begins his book by stating that the term “theology of religions” has been used at least since 1959, but no one has previously proposed a “Christology of religions.” This book is his attempt to sketch the contours of the latter term.

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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…)

  

Healing Our Broken Humanity: Practices for Revitalizing the Church and Renewing the World 

Grace Ji-Sun Kim /
Graham Hill

*** WATCH an intro video for this book…
  

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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…)

  

A Peculiar Orthodoxy: Reflections on Theology and the Arts 

Jeremy Begbie

*** READ the Introduction to this book…
   (via Google Books)

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Robert Williamson
 

Our friend Ragan Sutterfield recently had the opportunity to ask Robert Williamson a few questions about his new book:

The Forgotten Books of the Bible:
Recovering the Five Scrolls for Today
Robert Williamson, Jr.

Paperback: Fortress Press, 2018
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Turning Our Attention to the Forgotten

An Interview with Biblical Scholar Robert Williamson
Interviewed by Ragan Sutterfield

 

Few of of us read the bible in its entirety.  We like to skip around, focusing on those books that show up in our weekly lectionary readings (for Revised Common Lectionary churches) or returning to those favorite books of the Old and New Testaments.  But such reading often steers us away from some of the richest books of the biblical tradition. Thankfully, Robert Williamson helps redirect our attention and appreciation to these scriptures in his new book The Forgotten Books of the Bible: Recovering the Five Scrolls for Today
 

Ragan Sutterfield: The Bible can be overwhelming with all of the books available for our study and attention.  Why should we spend time with these “forgotten books” (Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther) when few Christians have really explored the Torah or major prophetic books?

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Working Together Across Divides

A Feature Review of 

A Flexible Faith:
Rethinking What it Means to Follow Jesus Today
Bonnie Kristian

Paperback: FaithWords, 2018
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Reviewed by Justin Cober-Lake

 

In many ways, it’s not a new story: the church continues to divide, members continue to find problems with their own local church or denominations and switch memberships, Protestantism continues to protest. In some ways, though, the old story has taken a new shape: young Christians see rigid teaching in one church they can’t follow or deem theologically unsound, and they leave church altogether. Bonnie Kristian responds to this moment with A Flexible Faith and its look at the variety of views within Christianity. As she says, “I don’t want to see Christians becoming nones because they’ve been falsely told there’s just one way to follow Jesus. That’s why I think there’s a lot of value to introducing Christians to our siblings and even distant cousins in the faith” (6). With that idea in mind, she discusses doctrines, opinions, people, and traditions that show the various ways that Christians have found to explore their faith.

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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

[ Last Month’s Theology Book List ]

 

A Peculiar Orthodoxy: Reflections on Theology and the Arts 

Jeremy Begbie

Baker Academic

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