Archives For Theology


Today is the birthday of Henri Nouwen, the noted priest, teacher, and theologian…

In honor of the occasion, we offer this series of brief video clips that introduce his work.

[ Books by Henri Nouwen ]

*** Want to read more of Henri Nouwen’s Books?
Our Intro Guide to his Writings

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Audiobooks are a great way to enjoy books while you are on the go!

While these audiobooks are available through, we encourage you to check for them at your local library, where you may be able to listen to them for FREE!

If you find yourself regularly purchasing audiobooks from Audible, you might want to sign up for a subscription,
$14.95/month, plus two FREE audiobooks for signing up!


Here are the best audiobooks that will be released this month…
(Some of these are new books, others are older books just released as audiobooks)

<<<<< Best New Audiobooks
– Dec. 2018


The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism 

Jemar Tisby

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Willie Jennings, David Fitch, Sr. Joan Chittister,  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.


Ebook / Audiobook Deals

from Amazon’s monthly sale!!! 
(January 2019)

Acts: A Theological Commentary on the Bible

Willie Jennings

*** $3.99 ***

More than merely a commentary,
one of the most important books

of the last few years!
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As we tiptoe into 2019, 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 ]  [ Honorable Mentions ]


TOP TEN (Part A):

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

Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism 

Kathryn Tanner

Yale UP

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Single People Matter
A Feature Review of

The Significance of Singleness:
A Theological Vision for the Future of the Church
Christina Hitchcock

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2018
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
Reviewed by Catherine Guiles
To many evangelicals – and even some in wider American culture – applying the word significance to singleness seems strange, even offensive. After all, if God commanded the first couple to “be fruitful and multiply” in Genesis 1:28, what else could possibly be as significant as marriage and family? In her new book, Christina Hitchcock, a professor of theology at the University of Sioux Falls, responds with a robust explanation of why singleness has theological, not just practical, significance for the church that is based on the gospel, points to the resurrection and needs to be recovered and promoted.

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Sounding the Note that
Enables Human Creativity to Sound
A Feature Review of

A Peculiar Orthodoxy: Reflections
on Theology and the Arts

Jeremy Begbie

Hardback: Baker Academic, 2018
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Review by Danielle Davey Stulac
I first encountered the theological thought of Jeremy Begbie not through printed words, but through vibrating strings. In the chapel of my seminary, I and many others listened, rapt, as Begbie sounded the middle C on the grand piano, and then silently depressed the C an octave higher. To our surprise, we heard not only the middle C, but also the quiet vibration of the higher C. The second string sounded, as Begbie explained, by “sympathetic resonance” with the first. In other words, the sounding of the first C enabled the second note to sound. “How might this phenomenon,” Begbie asked, “help us to think about God?” He went on to observe that in visual models of perception, two bodies cannot occupy the same space. (We cannot see red and yellow in the same space without them blending into orange.) Therefore, equipped only with visual perceptual categories, it is difficult for us to conceive God’s three-in-oneness, or Christ’s two natures, or the co-existence of divine and human agency. But, a simple perceptual shift from visual to aural metaphors can render the classic conundrums of theological thought into pseudo-problems. As a young seminary student (and life-long pianist) contending with these aporias, the implications of this perceptual shift struck me like a hammer on a piano string.

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Best Theology Books of 2018!

December 13, 2018


Here are twelve of the best theology books of 2018:

One of the distinctive parts of our mission here at the ERB is recommending substantial theology books that deserve to be read not only among academics, but also in churches, as we seek to discern what faithfulness to the way of Jesus looks like in our particular places amidst all the challenges of the twenty-first century.

So, in addition to our Advent calendar of 2018’s Best Books
(which will feature a few of the following books),
we offer this deeper look at the year’s best theology books. 

*** What other books would you add to this list?



Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear

Matthew Kaemingk


*** Reviewed in our Lent 2018 magazine issue
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*** Our Best Theology Book of 2018!!!

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Misappropriating Bonhoeffer
A Feature Review of

The Battle for Bonhoeffer:
Debating Discipleship in the Age of Trump

Stephen Haynes

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018.
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Audible ]

Reviewed by James Dekker

The ten chapters and postscript “Open Letter to Christians Who Love Bonhoeffer but (Still) Support Trump” of Stephen Haynes’s Battle for Bonhoeffer are some of the densest I’ve ever read outside of graduate theses, but it is far more engaging than any thesis. Dense is by no means bad. Battle is carefully organized, clearly written and always compelling. And well it should be, since this closely-argued discursus explores possibly the most incandescent questions in American Christians’ conversation since the Vietnam War: “Why and how has Dietrich Bonhoeffer become a hero to evangelicals in the first twenty years of the 21st century, when for decades after his death his theology was widely suspect outside mainline Protestantism? Why do so many evangelicals support Donald Trump?” Such rocky geography covers the American evangelical battleground that Stephen Haynes attempts to delimit.

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