Archives For Will Samson

 

We  have recently made a slight change to our format and the reviews, excerpts, poems, etc. of our Midweek update will be posted to “pages” on the ERB website, and announced via social media.  If you’re a “first-to-know” sort of person, you can get these updates when they first come out in one of two ways:

Otherwise, in our regular issue each Friday, we will recap the content of our midweek update.  For instance, this week’s update included:


UPCOMING INDIANAPOLIS AREA EVENT…

WILL SAMSON will be leading a seminar on his book JUSTICE IN THE BURBS, at Grace Community Church in Noblesville on Saturday July 24, from 9AM-12PM.

In the suburban world of nice homes, neat lawns, and new cars, it can be easy to forget the poor and disenfranchised of our world. But we can be a force for the least of these in our county, our city and our world. Join us on Saturday, July 24 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the North Auditorium for this discussion as we move from apathy and ignorance to concern and awareness.

This is a FREE event, but registration is requested…

Go here for more info and to register:
http://gracecc.org/serve/local-outreach/justice-seminars/


In our continuing effort to fund the publication and free distribution of The Englewood Review, we are going to be collaborating more intentionally with Christian Book Distributors. Primarily, we will be offering you the opportunity to buy bargain books from CBD that we think of are interest. Buying books this way is a win / win / win proposition. You get great books for a great price, CBD gets the sale and we get an excellent referral fee from CBD.

This week’s bargain books on the theme
Evangelicalism, etc. (Click to learn more/purchase):

224091: Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism Encyclopedia of EvangelicalismBy Randall Balmer / Westminster John Knox Press

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Evangelicalism has been one of the fastest-growing segments of Christianity in recent decades, so it’s hard to keep abreast of all the leaders, organizations, schools, and movements it has helped spawn. Thus, Balmer’s beautifully written reference is most welcome. This book is the most comprehensive resource about evangelicalism available. With nearly 3,000 separate entries, this book covers historical and contemporary theologians, preachers, laity, cultural figures, musicians, televangelists, movements, organizations, denominations, folkways, theological terms, events and more. Students, scholars, and libraries will all benefit from it.

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No other work so ambitiously paints the history of the English-speaking evangelical movement with as broad a brush! Lewis’s “who’s who” features 3,570 biographies of individuals from diverse denominational backgrounds—from Adventist to Wesleyan. Researched and written by 344 historians from around the globe, it’s a highly convenient resource. 1296 pages total, two hardcovers from Hendrickson.

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Exemplifying what J.I. Packer calls “superb theological journalism,” Noll and Nystrom bring meticulous research, broad-minded historical perspective, and engaging prose to their analysis of the changing relationship between evangelicals and Catholics. Chapters include “Things Are Not the Way They Used to Be”; “Ecumenical Dialogues”; and “The Catholic Catechism.” 272 pages, hardcover from Baker.

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Sometimes it seems as if there are almost as many different Christian churches as there are Christians. But despite widely diverse forms of worship, organizational structures, and biblical interpretations, Christianity over the last several centuries has been shaped by a number of common experiences. Arguably the most powerful and vibrant has been revivalism.
As a movement within Protestantism, revivalism is characterized by techniques of mass organization and leadership; an emphasis on repentance and conversion; and the transformation of lukewarm Christians into fervent disciples. But revival has occurred throughout Christian history and has affected all branches of the Christian Church.

Complete with intriguing illustrations and helpful bibliography, Morris’s clear and stirring account captures the restless, continually self-regenerating character of Christianity, rooted in Scripture, but lived out in real human communities.

035920: Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the  21st Century Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st CenturyBy Craig Detweiler / Baker Academic

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In Into the Dark, screenwriter and producer Craig Detweiler, examines forty-five 21st century films with thematic theological undertones and offers groundbreaking insight into their scriptural connections and theological applications. Using the wildly popular Internet Movie Database, Detweiler deftly dissects up-to-date productions and opens up lively discussions on anthropology, the problem of evil, sin, interconnectivity, postmodern relationships, ethics, fantasy, and communities in crisis. Notable films include Memento, The Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, United 93, Million Dollar Baby, Little Miss Sunshine and Walk the Line. Into the Dark comes highly recommended for college and seminary students in film, theology, and communications courses as well as pastors, film fans, and others interested in Christianity and the cinema.

032615: GloboChrist: The Great Commission Takes a Postmodern Turn GloboChrist: The Great Commission Takes a Postmodern TurnBy Carl Raschke / Baker Academic

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With the rise of the Internet and newer hi-tech innovations, digital technology has profoundly affected the world. But what role does the church play in this multi-media dominated globe? In GloboChrist: The Great Commission Takes a Postmodern Turn Carl Raschke tackles the subjects of globalization, postmodernism, and information technology and the underlying impact these elements have on missions and evangelism. In addition, Raschke addresses the role Christianity plays in our increasingly pluralistic world, while providing concrete strategies for confronting these challenges. In short, Raschke helps Christians understand and respond to the technological shifts of the twenty-first century. This third volume in the well-received Church and Postmodern Culture series, will appeal to scholars, students, pastors, and interested lay readers alike leaving a lasting impact on culture at large.

 

The Season of Lent is a time on the Church’s Calendar when we through prayer and fasting reflect upon our desires and submit ourselves to the transforming power of God.

Here are six recent books — one for each week of Lent — that reflect the Lenten spirit or that challenge us to take a deeper look at the seasons of the Christian year.


Fasting
(Ancient Practices Series)

by Scot McKnight.
Thomas Nelson, 2009.
[ Our Review ] [ Buy the Book ]

——

Seasons of Celebration:
Meditations on the Cycle of Liturgical Feasts
.
By Thomas Merton.
Ave Maria Press, 2009.
[ Our Review ] [ Buy the Book ]


Being Consumed:
Economics and Christian Desire

by Bill Cavanuagh.
Eerdmans, 2008.
[ Our Review ] [ Buy the Book ]

—–

The Liturgical Year
(Ancient Practices Series)

By Joan Chittister
Thomas Nelson, 2009.
[ Our Review ] [ Buy the Book ]


Enough: Contentment in An Age of Excess.
By Will Samson.
David C. Cook, 2009.

[ Our Review ] [ Buy the Book ]
—–
Living the Christian Year:
Time to Inhabit the Story of God
.
By Bobby Gross.
IVP Books, 2007.
[ Our Review ] [ Buy the Book ]

 

The audio recordings of  all three THROUGH THE CONSUMING FIRE conference speakers are now available on cd. The cd’s are $5 ea (basically just the cost of materials and time for copying, etc.), but if you buy all three We’ll throw in a bonus cd with MP3 recordings of most of the workshops.

Main Speakers:
– Will Samson — Community and Contentment
– Kelly Johnson — St. Francis, Stewardship and Filthy Lucre?
– Shane Claiborne — Creativity in Resisting Consumerism

Unfortunately, Kelly Johnson’s talk was a little lower quality because our computer crashed during it and we lost our soundboard recording and had to use a recording made in the audience. (Thanks, Mykel).

If you want a set of the recordings, here is a link to pay for them $15 + $3.95 S/H (If you’re here in Indy, I think PAYPAL will allow you the choice to pick them up and save the S/H fee…)
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9807594

Order Individual CD’s:

 

Win a Free Conference Registration!!!

Through the Consuming Fire:
Economic Faithfulness
in An Age of Consumerism

November 13-14, 2009 – Indianapolis

http://englewoodcc.com/consumingfire/

Through the month of September, we will be running a contest to see who can refer the most people to register for the Through the Consuming Fire conference. The grand prize will be a free conference registration! We will also give away three book prizes!

So, tell your friends and urge them to register listing you as their reference! Feel free to use your blog, twitter, the Facebook e-vite, the conference flyer, or whatever other means (legal, of course…) you want to spread the word. You are welcome to use any of the images/logos on our site to assist in spreading the word.

Here are the full details:

  1. The contest will run from September 1 through 11:59PM ET on September 30, 2009.
  2. Listing yourself as your referrer will not count toward your total.
  3. All winners must have referred at least TWO people. (NOTE: A spouse is a valid referal…)
  4. The grand prize winner will be the person who has referred the most registrants. If there is a tie, the winner will be drawn at random.
  5. A registration is not complete, and will not count toward your total, until payment is received. Although the contest ends on September 30, we will continue to accept payments for people who registered for the contest through Wednesday Oct 7. Any registration for which we have not received payment by Oct 7 will be eliminated from the contest totals.
  6. If the grand prize winner has already registered and paid, we will refund his/her money.
  7. The book prizes for the runners-up will be awarded to the three people who have the second, third and fourth most referrals. Any ties will be resolved by picking a winner at random.


QUESTIONS?
Email us:
englewood [d o t] conferences [ a t ] g m a i l [ d o t ] c o m

 

Win a Free Conference Registration!!!

Through the Consuming Fire:
Economic Faithfulness
in An Age of Consumerism

November 13-14, 2009 – Indianapolis

http://englewoodcc.com/consumingfire/

Through the month of September, we will be running a contest to see who can refer the most people to register for the Through the Consuming Fire conference. The grand prize will be a free conference registration! We will also give away three book prizes!

So, tell your friends and urge them to register listing you as their reference! Feel free to use your blog, twitter, the Facebook e-vite, the conference flyer, or whatever other means (legal, of course…) you want to spread the word. You are welcome to use any of the images/logos on our site to assist in spreading the word.

Here are the full details:

  1. The contest will run from September 1 through 11:59PM ET on September 30, 2009.
  2. Listing yourself as your referrer will not count toward your total.
  3. All winners must have referred at least TWO people. (NOTE: A spouse is a valid referal…)
  4. The grand prize winner will be the person who has referred the most registrants. If there is a tie, the winner will be drawn at random.
  5. A registration is not complete, and will not count toward your total, until payment is received. Although the contest ends on September 30, we will continue to accept payments for people who registered for the contest through Wednesday Oct 7. Any registration for which we have not received payment by Oct 7 will be eliminated from the contest totals.
  6. If the grand prize winner has already registered and paid, we will refund his/her money.
  7. The book prizes for the runners-up will be awarded to the three people who have the second, third and fourth most referrals. Any ties will be resolved by picking a winner at random.


QUESTIONS?
Email us:
englewood [d o t] conferences [ a t ] g m a i l [ d o t ] c o m

 

Win a Free Conference Registration!!!

Through the Consuming Fire:
Economic Faithfulness
in An Age of Consumerism

November 13-14, 2009 – Indianapolis

http://englewoodcc.com/consumingfire/

Through the month of September, we will be running a contest to see who can refer the most people to register for the Through the Consuming Fire conference. The grand prize will be a free conference registration! We will also give away three book prizes!

So, tell your friends and urge them to register listing you as their reference! Feel free to use your blog, twitter, the Facebook e-vite, the conference flyer, or whatever other means (legal, of course…) you want to spread the word. You are welcome to use any of the images/logos on our site to assist in spreading the word.

Here are the full details:

  1. The contest will run from September 1 through 11:59PM ET on September 30, 2009.
  2. Listing yourself as your referrer will not count toward your total.
  3. All winners must have referred at least TWO people. (NOTE: A spouse is a valid referal…)
  4. The grand prize winner will be the person who has referred the most registrants. If there is a tie, the winner will be drawn at random.
  5. A registration is not complete, and will not count toward your total, until payment is received. Although the contest ends on September 30, we will continue to accept payments for people who registered for the contest through Wednesday Oct 7. Any registration for which we have not received payment by Oct 7 will be eliminated from the contest totals.
  6. If the grand prize winner has already registered and paid, we will refund his/her money.
  7. The book prizes for the runners-up will be awarded to the three people who have the second, third and fourth most referrals. Any ties will be resolved by picking a winner at random.


QUESTIONS?
Email us:
englewood [d o t] conferences [ a t ] g m a i l [ d o t ] c o m

 

Earlier this summer, we had the opportunity to sit down with Will Samson and chat over Twitter about his newest book, Enough: Contentment in an Age of Excess (Click here for our review).  We have cleaned up the text of the interview and are posting it here.

Enough: Contentment in an Age of Excess.
Will Samson.

Paperback: David C. Cook, 2009.
Buy now: [ ChristianBook.com ]

The Englewood Review of Books (ERB):  Welcome to The Englewood Review’s Summer #Twinterview No. 3 ! Our guest today is Will Samson.  Will is the author of the new book ENOUGH: CONTENTMENT IN AN AGE OF EXCESS (David C Cook 2009) … Welcome, Will!

Will Samson (WS):  Thanks for having me, Chris!

ERB:ENOUGH opens with your own story. What have been a few key points on your journey from living the American dream to wrestling with consumerism?

WS: The first major point along the way was reading Lesslie Newbiggin and thinking about the witness of the Church.  I came to believe that if all people knew of Jesus was the Church as I knew it, that we were all in trouble.  It looked nothing like Jesus.

ERB: Why is our theology (especially our views of the endtimes) so important to how we think and live in a consumer culture?

Continue Reading…

 

Tobias Winright Reviews
Two Recent Books on Criminal Justice
For THE CHRISTIAN CENTURY.

http://www.christiancentury.org/article.lasso?id=6938

As an undergraduate student 25 years ago, I found myself behind bars—not as an inmate but as a correctional officer. One of the youngest members of a large metropolitan sheriff’s department on the west coast of Florida, I worked full-time at the maximum-security jail in order to pay for college. Those four years working in the slammer schooled me, and they raised a number of questions for me as a Christian, especially about the death penalty and the use of force. I am continuing to unlearn certain attitudes and assumptions I held then, including some about punishment itself.

By vividly putting into words much of what I have personally pondered about prisons and punishment, these two books should help American readers—Christian or not, possessing firsthand experience with incarceration or not—to step back and take an honest look at what is happening in our current practice of large-scale imprisonment. Each book also asks why we insist on continuing down this punitive path.

Read the full review:
http://www.christiancentury.org/article.lasso?id=6938

Good Punishment?
Christian Moral Practice and U.S. Imprisonment

James Samuel Logan

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2008.
Buy now: [ CBD ]

Changing Paradigms:
Punishment and Restorative Discipline

Paul Redekop

Paperback: Herald Press, 2007.
Buy now: [ CBD ]


BookForum Reviews
HOW THE BEATLES DESTROYED ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

http://bookforum.com/review/4002

Millions heard the sound of freedom in the Beatles’ music. Elijah Wald hears a death knell. In the songs of the Fab Four, he argues, pop music completed its decades-long transformation from a kingdom of democratic dance and authorless song to a lonesome land of private pleasures and isolated audiences. The result was segregation along lines of race as well as taste: In the late ’60s, as white rock sought introspection in albums and black pop chased good times on singles, an “increasing divide between rock and soul, listening music and dance music,” developed. Wald writes that the Beatles destroyed rock ’n’ roll by leading “their audience off the dance floor, separating rock from its rhythmic and cultural roots,” and “point[ing] the way toward a future in which there need be no unifying styles.”

Read the full review:
http://bookforum.com/review/4002

How the Beatles Destroyed Rock n Roll:
An Alternative History of American Popular Music

by Elijah Wald

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2009.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]


Julie Clawson Reviews Will Samson’s ENOUGH
For Next-Wave Magazine.

http://www.the-next-wave-ezine.info/issue126/index.cfm?id=49&ref=ARTICLES_REVIEWS_664

I recently read Will Samson’s latest book Enough: Contentment in an Age of Excess. When I first started the book, I half-expected it to be a diatribe against modern culture, focusing on the sins of our excess. While the book does mention those excesses, what I found instead was a call to live into true church community. Will encourages us to say “enough” to the consumeristic tendencies that have overtaken our personal lives, our churches, or friendships, and our theology and return to a Christ-centered practice instead.

Read the full review:
http://www.the-next-wave-ezine.info/issue126/index.cfm?id=49&ref=ARTICLES_REVIEWS_664


Enough: Contentment in An Age of Excess.
Will Samson.

Paperback: David C. Cook, 2009.
Buy now: [ CBD ]

 

Monday, June 22 beginning at 2PM ET, The Englewood Review of Books will engage Will Samson in a Twitter conversation about his recent book ENOUGH: CONTENTMENT IN AN AGE OF EXCESS (David C. Cook, 2009).In order to follow this twinterview live, you will need follow both:

@ERBks and @WASamson

I will kick off the twinterview at 2 PM ET on June 22, and having a set number of questions, the interview will continue until all the questions are answered.

If you don’t use twitter, the interview will eventually be published on the ERB website.

Help us spread the word:

  • Tweet about it, encouraging people to follow both @ERBks and @WASamson
  • Announce it on your blog or Facebook profile…

You won’t want to miss this special event!!!

AND WATCH FOR MORE TWINTERVIEWS THIS SUMMER ON @ERBKS !!!

 


Tomorrow, June 10 beginning at 12PM ET, The Englewood Review of Books will engage Scot McKnight in a Twitter conversation about his recent book FASTING, which is part of Thomas Nelson’s “Ancient Practices” series, edited by Phyllis Tickle.

In order to follow this twinterview live, you will need follow both:
@ERBks and @ScotMcKnight

I will kick off the twinterview at 12 PM ET on June 10, and having a set number of questions, the interview will continue until all the questions are answered.

If you don’t use twitter, the interview will eventually be published on the ERB website.

Help us spread the word:

You won’t want to miss this special event!!!

Other upcoming twinterviews:

Monday June 15: David Dark ( @DavidDark )
on his book, The Sacredness of Questioning Everything.
Monday June 22: Will Samson ( @WASamson )
on his book, Enough: Contentment in An Age of Excess

AND WATCH FOR MORE TWINTERVIEWS THIS SUMMER ON @ERBKS !!!