Archives For Walter Brueggemann



Really enjoyed the Neighborhood Economics conference in Cincinnati this week, and left with much to think about!

What is Neighborhood Economics?  Peter Block has described it this way:

“Neighborhood Economics is an idea committed to accelerating the flow of capital into resident driven entrepreneurial enterprise. It calls us to shift how we think about ending poverty. It brings the world of social investors, community builders, community philanthropists, residents and local neighborhood leaders into the same conversations. This is what a systems approach to economic and racial justice is going to require.”

I came away from the conference with a hefty list of books that I hope to read (or re-read). 

Here are some highlights from that list:

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Brueggemann, N.T. Wright, Annie Dillard, MORE)

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Sabbath as Resistance:

By Walter Brueggemann

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Great video of Walter Brueggemann discussing his new book:

Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks.

Paperback:  Eerdmans, 2014
Buy now:  [ Amazon

This book is one of our New Book Releases to Watch for this week

Books by Walter Brueggemann

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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…)

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Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was

By Gerhard Lohfink

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Just discovered the following videos of a conversation between two of the most important Christian writers of the last century:
Frederick Buechner and Walter Brueggemann

The first video is a little slow getting rolling, but these videos are well worth your time!!!

Books by Frederick Buechner ] [ Books by Walter Brueggemann ]

Part One:


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God’s People as Truth-tellers

 A Feature Review of

Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture
Walter Brueggemann

Paperback: WJK Books, 2013
Buy now: [ Amazon ]   [ Kindle ]

Reviewed by Aaron Woods

***Other Books By Walter Brueggemann

Power is a tricky thing for many of us to understand. What is power? How does it work and should we use it? Can it be used well or does it always corrupt? How does Scripture reframe the use of power? These questions and more are the focus of theologian, Walter Brueggemann, in his latest book, Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture.


In his retirement, Brueggemann continues to write extensively, and his books continue to enlighten. Truth Speaks to Power invites readers to reconsider commonly known Old Testament narratives in a new light: through the lens of truth and power. He challenges the reader through this hermeneutical lens to see that, whether the reader recognizes it or not, Scripture is in a process of contesting power.

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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
13 February 2013


Like the smell of strong coffee wafting down the hall, we offer a few book-related thoughts and stories to jumpstart your day…

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Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent…
ERB Editor Chris Smith wrote a new piece on Lent for The Good Men Project,
entitled Fasting Toward the Common Good.
(Check it out, and if you like it, share it with others…)


Poems of the Day: Two poems for Ash Wednesday by T.S. Eliot and Walter Brueggemann


“The richness of the world, all artificial pleasures, have the taste of sickness and give off a smell of death in the face of certain spiritual possessions.” – Painter Georges Rouault, who died on this day in 1958
*** Books on Rouault’s work


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Scholar, Teacher, Preacher, Human Being.

A Review of

LIVING COUNTERTESTIMONY: Conversations With Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann with Carolyn J. Sharp.

Paperback: WJK Press, 2012.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

Reviewed by Bob Cornwall.
This review originally appeared on Bob’s blog, and is reprinted here with permission.

There are figures in every field of endeavor who seem larger than life.  They seem to stand apart and above the rest.  It’s not that they’re celebrities, but they have left their mark on life, and has a result they’ve influenced and impacted many people.  When you have the opportunity to meet and even enter conversation with them, they become more human and accessible, but in the end you know you have been blessed to have shared in the conversation.

This past summer I had the privilege of participating in a conversation with Walter Brueggemann, one of the foremost and influential biblical scholars of our day.  His books line the shelves of many a preacher, including my own.  He is a preacher’s scholar, a person able to push through the minutiae to the heart of issues.  He sees in the text of the Hebrew Bible words that speak not only to an earlier day, but to our day as well.  Scripture isn’t merely an ancient word, it is a word that continues to make itself felt in the lives of those who heed it to the present day.

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Walter Brueggemann - Remember You Are DustThe Prophet of God in the Modern World

A Feature Review of

Remember You are Dust

By Walter Brueggemann, edited by K.C. Hanson

Paperback: Cascade, 2012
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Reviewed by Alex Joyner

Walter Brueggemann is not sure that the church as we know it will survive.  Like the Old Testament prophets he has been studying and channeling through his long, distinguished, provocative career, Brueggemann has a keen awareness of the distortions of modern life and thought and how out of touch a biblical vision seems.  “The issue,” he says, is “whether there will be sustained and sustainable communities of faith that can bear witness to the life of God in the world and to the life of the world lived in response to the God of the gospel.  It is not very difficult to imagine the wholesale silencing of that witness” (x-xi).

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A review copy of this book hit my desk today…

Letters to a Future Church:

Words of Encouragement and Prophetic Appeals.

Chris Lewis, Editor.

Paperback: IVP/Likewise, 2012.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

Watch for our review of this book in the near future…

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