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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – January 2022

Theology Books January 2022

Here are some excellent new theology books * that will be released in January 2022 :

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

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Theology Books January 2022

Foolishness to Gentiles: Essays on Empire, Nationalism, and Discipleship

Michael Budde

(Cascade Books)

What happens to the Gospel when you put other loyalties into positions of power in Christian life and practice? You get deformations, distortions, and caricatures of Christianity – killing in the name of love, defense of worldwide systems of domination, idolization of the nation instead of the membership in the global body of Christ, and baptism of exploitative and destructive economic ideologies. You get much of what world sees as contemporary Christianity, in other words.
Too often, however, the inadequacies of contemporary Christian life, especially in the United States, are seen as separate issues in need of ‘improvement’ or ‘reform.’ Foolishness to Gentiles invites readers to see the pathologies of the churches not as a series of disconnected problems, but predictable outcomes of deep defects of Christian formation, commitments and theology. Having mortgaged so much of the integrity of the Gospel in the pursuit of imperial and national citizenship, and having allowed the powers of race and capital to divide the unity of the church, Foolishness to Gentiles calls Christians into deeper reflection, repentance and redirection.
In a series of essays (new and previously unpublished, previously unpublished in English, and published previously in specialized venues), Foolishness to Gentiles opens doors to deeper theological and socio-political reflection, and some guideposts for more adequate practices of Christian discipleship in a variety of contexts and circumstances.


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Theology Books January 2022

God’s People Made New: How Exploring the Bible Together Launched a Church’s Spirit-Filled Future

Rachael Powell

(Fortress Press)

God’s People Made New: How Exploring the Bible Together Launched a Church’s Spirit-Filled Future reveals the essential role of God’s Word in forming a thriving congregation.

Through the voices of congregants living in crisis and hope, creative investigation of biblical texts, and solid, accessible theological reflection, Rachael J. Powell offers hope for congregations.

Readers will appreciate Powell’s wise pastoral companionship through the often exasperating yet life-giving process of helping a congregation discern who and what they are called to be.

Powell also suggests concrete tools for engaging the biblical text so congregations, in their own contexts, can listen for God’s voice to empower them in their God-given identity. Finally, she calls on preachers to claim their role in this powerful work.

God’s People Made New demonstrates how through active engagement with God’s Word, we are shaped, equipped, and empowered to be forces for God’s good news. While uncertainty and fear abound in congregational life, this book will inspire congregations to enter into the power of Scripture through word and deed.

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