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Rooted and Grounded in Love: Holy Communion for the Whole Creation

By Dr. Timothy Eberhart
Published by Pickwick Publications, June 2017

God's invitation to join in the love feast of Holy Communion resounds at the very heart of the Christian faith and life. But how are Christians faithfully to gather together in relational bonds of love--in particular, through our daily bread and common cup--amidst a global market economy sustained by social and ecological violence? Drawing on the holiness-communitarian and agrarian-ecological traditions, Rooted and Grounded in Love provides a systematic theological affirmation of holiness as divine wholeness in examining our present industrial agro-economy while also promoting a practical vision for how Christians might participate in the emergence of a more ecologically sustaining, economically charitable, and politically just food system.


 

Common Worship: Tradition, Formation, Mission

By Dr. E. Byron Anderson
Published by United Methodist General Board of Higher Education, May 2017

Common worship? Yes, because a broken church cannot repair a broken world. Common worship is evidence of our engagement with Christ's prayer "that we may be one."

Dare we think about "common worship" in a social context that more readily identifies polarization rather than commonality--traditional or contemporary, liturgical or non-liturgical, high church or low church, evangelical or sacramental, protestant or catholic, unity or diversity?

This book will help the church learn, through reflection on its liturgical practices, how to be a both/and community in a time when current discussion focuses on either/or: traditional or contemporary, liturgical or non-liturgical, evangelical or sacramental; and in which the diversity of the church receives more attention than its unity.

How and to what end might we speak of "common worship," of shared liturgical patterns and practices that express something of the unity of the church?

Common worship: idealistic? Certainly, but only if we believe that we are responsible for creating that unity rather than for receiving it as gift already given. But, to get to this requires that we learn to think and act differently as the church. We need to learn how to think and speak conjunctively rather than oppositionally, to speak and think of traditional and contemporary, evangelical and sacramental, protestant and catholic. In doing so, we will learn to live out of what Paul Ricouer calls a "second naivete" or what James Fowler calls a conjunctive or paradoxical faith.


 

Bible Sisters: A Year with the Women of the Bible

By Dr. Gennifer Benjamin Brooks
Published by Abingdon Press, April 2017

365 days of Bible devotions on the named and unnamed women of the Bible.These Bible passages, reflections, and prayers will lead women through the Bible, from Eve to the women at the empty tomb and in the early church. Bible Stories: A Year of Devotions with the Women of the Bible is perfect for daily personal devotions or for small group discussions that explore women's perspectives in the Bible. This volume is also an excellent companion resource to the CEB Women’s Bible.

 


 

Evangelism for Non-Evangelists: Sharing the Gospel Authentically

By Dr. Mark Teasdale
Published by InterVarity Press Academic, November 2016

Evangelism. The very word makes palms sweat and images spin: buttonholing in a city park, knocking on neighborhood doors, being conscripted into evangelistic campaigns, to say nothing of that annoying religious neighbor or coworker. We have met the evangelists―and they are not us. If evangelism is the welcome door to faith, why does it grate open on rusting hinges? Dr. Mark Teasdale has met these challenges and more. They come in the shape of students in his evangelism class. In Evangelism for Non-Evangelists he sympathizes with the perceptions and discomfort we bring to evangelism. But he also opens up a nonthreatening space for us to weigh what we believe the evangel of evangelism―the good news!―to be. And he helps us navigate our way toward expressing the gospel in a manner true to what we believe, authentic to who we are, and attractive and even compelling to others. For pastors, seminarians, church leaders, and lay people, here is a refreshing, practical, and companionable look at evangelism. It might even chart a course toward your own authentic evangelism.

Read our interview with Dr. Mark Teasdale


 

Awake to the Moment: An Introduction to Theology

Edited by Dr. Laurel C. Schneider and Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr.
Published by Westminster John Knox, September 2016

For more than thirty years, the Workgroup on Constructive Theology has brought the liberal and liberationist theological traditions into creative encounter with lived human experience. In this introduction to the methods and tasks of theology,  they invite a new generation of readers, many who will have little or no exposure to Christian doctrine, to see theology as a partner in the struggle for a better world. They demonstrate how theological ideas have "legs," playing themselves out not only in religious communities but in the public square as well. Theology, the authors tell us, is constructive when it joins in God's work of building human lives and human societies. Readers will learn to think about all of life in light of their religious commitments and to see theology as an essential tool for a life well lived.

Read our interview with Dr. Stephen Ray


 

Just Capitalism: A Christian Ethic of Economic Globalization

By Dr. Brent Waters
Published by Westminster John Knox, September 2016

Just Capitalism: A Christian Ethic of Economic Globalization is a Christian moral defense of economic globalization as a system that is well-suited to provide the necessary material needs that are prerequisite for human community and flourishing. Global-based market exchange offers the development and distribution of the goods of creation for humans to enjoy and share. Globalization also offers "the most realistic and promising way of exercising a preferential option for the poor." Waters argues that economic globalization, and thus capitalism, is a necessary condition for sustaining human life but not a sufficient condition for enabling human flourishing. Even though globalization is generally compatible with Christian theological and moral claims and can realistically facilitate the well-being of the human family, it must be reoriented toward koinonia—human community, communication, fellowship—as the global economy's primary goal in order to help actualize human flourishing. Readers will gain insight about how economic globalization (and thus capitalism) is good for the human family and can be made better by certain reorientations that are compatible with Christian moral values. Waters provides a mature and civil counterargument against knee-jerk condemnations of economic globalization and capitalism.

Read our interview with Dr. Brent Waters


 

Galatians (Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible)

By Dr. Nancy Bedford 
Published by Westminster John Knox, August 2016

In this incisive commentary, Dr. Nancy Bedford explores Paul's Letter to the Galatians as it addresses pressing issues in the earliest Christian churches. Paul argues that it is not necessary for Gentiles to become full-fledged Jews in order to follow Jesus. In Jesus Christ, differences among people will continue. Bedford sees that equality in Christ (Galatians 3:28) does not erase differences but instead breaks down hierarchical relationships among many different people and groups. She considers the implications of these convictions for Christian faith today, particularly for those outside of Western Christian traditions. Bedford's unique theological-interpretive approach to Galatians is suitable for preaching and teaching preparation and is a welcome addition to the Belief series.