Episode 74 – David Fitch and Myles Werntz (On Power in the Church)

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ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith hosted a lively and interactive conversation between first-time guest David Fitch and returning guest Myles Werntz concerning the thesis of David’s brand-new book from Brazos Press, the use of power in ministry and the institution of the church, whether power and conflict can be leveraged healthily in community, and of course what they are currently reading.

David Fitch teaches at Northern Seminary and is currently on the pastoral staff at Peace of Christ Church in Westmont, Illinois. His new book is Reckoning with Power: Why the Church Fails When it’s on the wrong side of Power. Myles Werntz is Professor of Theology and Ethics at Abilene Christian University. He has authored or edited a number of books including the superb book, From Isolation to Community: A Renewed Vision for Christian Life Together (Baker Academic 2022)

Books (and other works) Mentioned in this Episode:

If you’d like to order any of the following books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger) 

  • Reckoning with Power: Why the Church Fails When it’s on the Wrong Side of Power by David Fitch
  • From Isolation to Community: A Renewed Vision For Christian Life Together by Myles Werntz
  • Sanctorum Communio: A Theological Study of the Sociology of the Church by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Myles’ Substack
  • Myles’ Review of ‘Reckoning with Power’ for Christianity Today
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Shadow Work by Ivan Illich
  • The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe by Richard Rohr
  • God’s Israel and the Israel of God: Paul and Supercessionism by Michael Bird and Scot McKnight
  • Five Lies of Our Anti-Christian Age by Rosaria Butterfield
  • Gender as Love: A Theological Account of Human Identity, Embodied Desire and Our Social Worlds by Fellipe do Vale

If you’d like to order any of the above books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books
(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger)

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