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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – May 2023

Here are some excellent new theology books * that will be released in May 2023 :

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

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Christ Among the Classes: The Rich, the Poor, and the Mission of the Church

Al Tizon

(Orbis Books)

Jesus championed the poor, warned the rich, and loved them both. If this is a portrait of Christ among the classes, and we looked at it like a mirror, what would we see? Is the church in North America (and other affluent societies) anywhere near reflecting this Christ? How can the church reflect Jesus more fully, and thus become an advocate-friend to the poor and a prophet-friend to the rich? This book offers a fresh theology of wealth and poverty, urging the church to be faithful to Jesus and therefore to her mission to bear witness to the gospel of the kingdom of God. It discusses six “life movements” toward living lives of compassion, generosity, simplicity, hospitality, friendship, and solidarity. To the extent that the church moves toward these things, it undermines the sin of classism that plagues our world and becomes truly good news to the poor, oppresses, marginalized, and traumatized.


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Why the Gospel?: Living the Good News of King Jesus with Purpose

Matthew Bates

( Eerdmans )

We know what the gospel is—but do we know why it is?  
  
As Christians, we often ask what the gospel is, when we should be asking why it is. Matthew W. Bates has previously demonstrated that the “good news” of the gospel is that Jesus is King. But in his latest book, he explores God’s intentions: why has God issued this royal proclamation? And what role can it play in our everyday lives?

As Bates observes, we find the answer in a simple but challenging realization: “I am a horrible king of my own life.” With examples from Scripture, literature, and personal experience, Bates explains what pledging allegiance to Jesus as ruler of our lives looks like. Living authentically according to God’s reign conforms humanity to the image of Jesus and extends his glory and honor to all creation.

Perfect for church studies, evangelism, or personal spiritual reading, Why the Gospel? invites readers to consider how we can transform our lives and communities through loyalty and devotion to King Jesus. The book includes questions to guide discussion.

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