The Weekly Hit List: A regular round-up of all things Brazos from around the web - including reviews, interviews and other activity.

The Weekly Hit List: April 29, 2016

Cover ArtJames K. A. Smith, author of You Are What You Love, was interviewed by Heather Walker Peterson at Humane Pursuits.

“Nobody thinks their way into consumerism. Rather, the liturgies of the mall and market co-opt our love by capturing our imagination.”

In Justice, Beauty, and Habits of Waiting, Christen Borgman Yates reviewed Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson’s The Justice Calling for Comment Magazine.

Hoang and Johnson have given us a gift in The Justice Calling. In a world with so many distracting voices, they’ve helped clarify the biblical account of God’s desire for this world to be set to rights

J. Todd Billings was part of a Calvin Institute for Christian Worship panel discussion on Rejoicing in Lament and racism – connecting lamenting cancer with lamenting cancerous racism.

“As Yale theologian Willie James Jennings has argued, racism is ‘woven like a cancer’ into American Christianity. Like cancer, racism is a deep-seated disease that requires more than a ‘quick fix’ treatment.”

Quick Hits:

James K. A. Smith was interviewed on The Eric Metaxas Show, Equipped with Chris Brooks, and Newsworthy with Norsworthy.

You Are What You Love was reviewed by The Gospel Coalition, Influence Magazine, and Jesus Creed.

J. Todd Billings recently wrote the post Superficial Resurrection Hope? and his article A Luminous Mystery was honored at the annual Associated Church Press competition.

The Weekly Hit List: April 15, 2016

 Cover ArtNijay Gupta, at Crux Sola, reviewed Matthew Skinner’s Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel.

“I heartily recommend Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel to everyone and encourage a wide readership. It’s good for the soul – and body – and church!”

The Future of Our Faith, by Ron Sider and Ben Lowe, was reviewed at Leadership & Life.

“A compelling, thoughtful and challenging book that every North American Christian should read.”

Quick Hits:

J. Todd Billings spoke on The Church’s Witness in the Midst of Dying and Death at TEDS. Also, First Things recently made available an essay drawn from Billings’ Rejoicing in Lament.

Matthew Skinner, author of Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel, shared some commentary on Acts 2:1-21 at Working Preacher.

At Marketplace Faith, Dr. Chip Roper reflected on how James K. A. Smith’s You Are What You Love gives insight into how we can find wholeness in our work.

The Weekly Hit List: March 18, 2016

Miroslav Volf, author of A Public Faith and the forthcoming Public Faith in Action, joined David Brooks for a conversation about human flourishing.

Brazos Press is pleased to announce we are working with Karen Swallow Prior on a forthcoming book. Releasing in early 2018, Prior’s book will model the exercise of virtue through the reading of classic works of literature, works that navigate the universal themes that inform and shape human life in all its moments, both bright and dark.

Quick Hits:

At RogerEbert.com, David Roark’s discussion of Terrence Malick drew on James K.A. Smith’s concept of “cultural liturgies” in books like You Are What You Love.

Bryan at The Happy Alternative reviewed Wesley Hill’s Spiritual Friendship.

Moroslav Volf’s A Public Faith was reviewed at BLOGEGESIS.

Jim Wallis, author of America’s Original Sin, was part of the conversation What’s Happening to “Value Voters?” at To The Point on KCRW.

The Latest on The Justice Calling

Kristen Deede Johnson discusses the passion for justice she sees in her students, and asks what it might look like for them to still be that passionate when they are 40 with a mortgage.

Bethany Hanke Hoang wrote “one key to walking through suffering” for Ann Voskamp’s blog, A Holy Experience.

“Lament is a gift.

In the midst of everything going wrong around us – whether in the world at large or in the lives of people whose names and faces we know and hold dear – lament is a gift given to help us hold fast to God.

God invites lament because He knows our temptation to turn away rather than toward Him in the heat of hardship.

The more we probe Scripture to see how prophets and leaders and ordinary people lamented their circumstances, the more it becomes clear that God invites our questions and pleadings rather than our despair and silence.”

Quick Hits:

Kristen Deede Johnson and Bethany Hanke Hoang wrote “Live As Saints (Not Heroes)” for Perspectives Journal.

Lived Theology featured The Justice Calling on its reading list, and will host a book launch on Thursday, March 17.

We created a series of sharable graphics for The Justice Calling. You can see an example below, and find the rest here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Feel free to share them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.

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Learn more at www.thejusticecallingbook.com

The Weekly Hit List: February 26, 2016

 The Englewood Review of BooksBook Trailer of the Week was for The Justice Calling by Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson.

Byron Borger praised The Justice Calling as well as The Future of our Faith by Ron Side and Ben Lowe.

“What a book! On the heels of #Jubilee2016 this is perfect for me, since the conversations within circle around a huge question for many of us: what is the future of the evangelical movement, in what ways do the rising Christian leaders see things similarly or differently than older church leaders, and what are the burning issues pressing on us now, and looming on the horizon.”

Quick Hits:

Peter Leithart’s Traces of the Trinity was reviewed at Mere Orthodoxy.

At Thoughts, Prayers, and Songs, James called Kathryn Greene-McCreight’s Darkness is my Only Companion “required reading for anyone doing pastoral work.”

Kristen Williams reviewed To The Table by Lisa Graham McMinn.

An Update on America’s Original Sin

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The Weekly Hit List: February 12, 2016

Cover ArtAt A Slice of Infinity, Jill Carattini reflected on Rejoicing in Lament by J. Todd Billings.

“Lament is an expression of grief, a practice—maybe even a word—that has fallen out of use in modern times, a discipline often avoided, even buried in Christian liturgies. “[I]n a growing trend,” writes Billings, “many funerals completely avoid the language of dying and death as well as the appearance of the dead body—turning it all into a one-sided ‘celebration’ of the life of the one who has died.”(1) Such language might be fitting for certain worldviews, particularly those worldviews where death remains an enemy that puts an end to the life we are celebrating. But the biblical paradox about death attends to far more of the human experience.”

Quick Hits:

The Colossian Forum staff members enjoyed a sneak peek at the new book The Justice Calling, by Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson.

James K. A. Smith, author of the forthcoming You Are What You Love, wrote about An American Lent.

Just in time for Lent – a Free Discussion Guide for Rejoicing in Lament

The Latest on America’s Original Sin

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  • Jim Wallis and Eddie Glaude Jr. joined Morning Joe to discuss the water crisis in Flint and how racial geography impacts the country.

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Op Eds:

“Many of us in the faith community are affirming the theological truth that black lives do matter, because while all human beings are made in the image of God, it is black lives, specifically, that have been devalued in our country – and our social systems must be held accountable.”

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The Weekly Hit List: January 8, 2016

Cover ArtWesley Hill’s Spiritual Friendship was featured in The 2015 Christ and Pop Culture 25.

“Raises the possibility of deeper friendships being not just as a bulwark against corrosive individualism or a solution to the “problem” of gay Christians, but also a rich font of spiritual blessing for everyone. This short book is desperately needed in our cultural context, raising questions we shouldn’t keep to ourselves.”

Publishers Weekly reviewed The Justice Calling, coming soon from Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson.

“Powerful insights, based in scripture and Christian teaching, to help Christians to live out Jesus’ teachings in a globalized, interconnected, but impersonal world.”

Quick Hits:

Rejoicing in Lament, by J. Todd Billings, was a book of the year at Pilgrim in Progress and The Fidelity Essays, and was recommended at Scrawlings & Ramblings.

Ellen Charry’s Psalms 1- 50 was reviewed at SirReadaLot.

James K. A. Smith, author of the forthcoming You Are What You Love, was interviewed Thursday on The Ride Home with John & Kathy. You can find the podcast here, starting at the 1:12:00 mark.

The Weekly Hit List: December 18, 2015

 Cover ArtWe are very pleased to announce that Wesley Hill’s Spiritual Friendship received an Award of Merit in the Beautiful Orthodoxy category of the Christianity Today Book Awards.

The book makes an acute diagnosis of our atomized lives in a world that imagines sex as the only source of real intimacy, and marriage as the only setting for real commitment. It retrieves elements of the historic church tradition relating to friendship and commitment. And all this is presented in sensitive, evocative language, with a reverence for literature, language, and art that makes it a delight to read. Hill’s account has a raw, even wrenching, honesty that’s essential to authentic Christian testimony in our broken world. —Andy Crouch

Wes wrote a brief response here.

To have the flagship magazine of evangelical Christianity turning its attention to the beauty and power of relationships other than romantic ones, and turning its attention thereby to the actual lived experience of celibate, gay people — well, let’s just say it feels not only like a professional honor but also like a deeply, deeply personal one.

Also, our congratulations Stephen Monsma and Stanley Carlson-Thies, whose Free to Serve won an Award of Merit in Politics and Public Life, and to Jonathan Grant, whose Divine Sex tied in Christian Living/Discipleship.

“The church’s response to the seemingly limitless trajectory of hypersexualization has been puny, negative, and ineffective…Divine Sex properly widens the frame, delivering an incisive and nearly comprehensive analysis of our present state”

“Religious liberty desperately needs defending as a matter of public policy, and Free to Serve shows how it’s done.”


Quick Hits:

Todd Wilson reviewed Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy at Books at a Glance.

Rejoicing in Lament, by J. Todd Billings, was recommended at Pastoral Backstory.

Matthew Skinner, author of Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel, wrote Learning from Mary in Our Age of Endless War for Odyssey Networks.