The Weekly Hit List: October 10, 2014

Scot McKnight, author of Kingdom Conspiracy, was interviewed by Paul Pastor for PARSE: Ministry and Culture from Leadership Journal.

“Kingdom is misused because we all assume we know what it means. Like the word ‘gospel,’ which I examined in King Jesus Gospel, which constantly is used for ‘how to get saved’ or the ‘message that can be shaped into the plan of salvation.’ This is not how ‘gospel’ was used in the New Testament. So with the word ‘kingdom,’ which has become nearly synonymous with two different standard uses.

“For some ‘kingdom’ means acting in the public sector for the common good in order to create a world with better conditions, and for others it has come to mean little more than salvation, or what I often call ‘redemptive moments.’ If we care to shape our theology and our use of terms like “kingdom” on the basis of what the Bible says, then those two definitions are gross reductions of what the Bible says.

“Yes, of course, kingdom includes ethics (though they are not to be secularized as progressives sometimes do) and it brings redemption (as many Christians are prone to say), but those are only two aspects of a much fuller story about kingdom in the Bible. Until we get each of the elements into play we are not looking at what the Bible is saying.”

Read the entire interview here.

 

Other Kingdom Conspiracy Media:

Publishers Weekly included Kingdom Conspiracy as one of their October 2014 Religion Books of Note: “Over the past decade, McKnight has emerged as America’s theologian . . . . This is must reading for church leaders today.”

Hearts & Minds Books reviewed Kingdom Conspiracy.

Alvin Rapien reviewed Kingdom Conspiracy.

Claude Mariottini recommended Kingdom Conspiracy.

Chris Woznicki quoted Kingdom Conspiracy.

 

Quick Hits:

Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins by Dennis Okholm was reviewed by Dr. Conrade Yap.

A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves was reviewed by Aleah Marsden.

Letters to a Young Calvinist by James K. A. Smith was reviewed on Bookwi.se.

Nonviolent Action by Ronald Sider (February 2015) was mentioned by Preston Sprinkle.

Presence and Encounter by David G. Benner was quoted on Stilling Learning.

 

Ebook Specials:

Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters Most in an Age of Distraction by Arthur Boers is only $2.99 (85% off) from participating retailers through October 15.

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Recipient of a Word Guild 2013 Canadian Christian Writing Award

“[Boers] offers a needed antidote to the way of life he maintains has hijacked our humanity: technology addiction. . . . He defines the distraction of technology as low-threshold activity (or better, non-activity) that diminishes humans and breaks down connectedness to people and one’s sense of place. . . . The commitment to reverse this fragmentation is what he calls ‘eccentric faithfulness': stay connected to those in our families and communities face to face, heart to heart. That takes ‘focal practices’ that demand more but render intangible returns–the ballast of authentic belonging. . . . The book is lengthy and tightly written, and makes demands of the reader for patience. But that, one presumes, is precisely the point.”
Publishers Weekly

“Boers does an admirable job of translating Borgmann’s theories in a way that honors their complexity. . . . Living into Focus is . . . the most potentially transformative book on technology and faith that I’ve read, and it is one that individual readers, small groups, and churches should not ignore, in part because it moves beyond diagnosis to ask the question of how we should then live. . . . Pastors will find Boers’s reflections on worship technologies, e-mailed prayer requests, and parishioners’ technology-saturated lives especially thought-provoking.”
Christian Century

In today’s high-speed culture, there’s a prevailing sense that we are busier than ever before and that the pace of life is too rushed. Most of us can relate to the feeling of having too much to do and not enough time for the people and things we value most. We feel fragmented, overwhelmed by busyness and the tyranny of gadgets.

Veteran pastor and teacher Arthur Boers offers a critical look at the isolating effects of modern life that have eroded the centralizing, focusing activities that people used to do together. He suggests ways to make our lives healthier and more rewarding by presenting specific individual and communal practices that help us focus on what really matters. These practices–such as shared meals, gardening, hospitality, walking, prayer, and reading aloud–bring our lives into focus and build community. The book includes questions for discernment and application.

Arthur Boers (DMin, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor and R. J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Ontario. He served as a pastor for sixteen years and is the award-winning author of numerous articles and six books, including The Way Is Made by Walking and The Rhythm of God’s Grace. He speaks regularly at churches, conferences, and retreats.

The Weekly Hit List: September 19, 2014

Nicole Baker Fulgham, author of Educating All God’s Children, was interviewed by Religion News Service columnist Jonathan Merritt.

“All Christians, even those without school-aged children, have an incredible opportunity to be salt and light in our public schools. From loving and supporting teachers and administrators, to seeking out opportunities to serve under-resourced schools in our communities, each new school year brings with it countless ways to demonstrate God’s love.

“For those of us with school-aged children, public schools are often wonderful places for our kids to be exposed to students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds that prepares them to engage in an diverse and interconnected world. Far from undermining their faith, it gives them the opportunity to learn to be better neighbors, thoughtful citizens, and stronger Christians.”

Read all of “What Christian parents need to know about America’s schools” here.

 

Quick Hits:

A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves was reviewed by Angela Shupe.

A Life Observed by Devin Brown was reviewed by Stan Bohall.

Wendy VanderWal-Gritter, author of Generous Spaciousness, will appear live on LifeLine (WDCX Radio) on Tuesday, September 23, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET.

Arthur Boers, author of Living into Focus, wrote “Too Busy to Be Faithful?” for Faith Today.

Living into Focus was quoted on Tides and Turning.

The Weekly Hit List: March 28, 2014

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed in Portland Book Review.

“The danger of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter is when we allow their influence to convince us that we, too, hold the prominence of what Detweiler calls ‘iGods': ‘The temptation of Google goes back to the garden – to become like God. … The proper response remains timeless – resist temptation. Acknowledge how little we know despite the resources available. Practice humility because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ (225).

“With a Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary and a self-proclaimed love of all things Apple, Detweiler presents a cogent, important argument in a book that shouldn’t be missed.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

iGods was also recommended in WORLD magazine.

 

Can We Still Believe the Bible? Media:

Margaret Feinberg published the third of several weekly interviews with Craig Blomberg—and is giving away three copies of Can We Still Believe the Bible?.

This week for the Can We Still Believe the Bible? blog tour, Daniel Wallace responded to chapter 1, Darrell Bock and Michael Bird responded to chapter 4, Matthew Montonini and Nijay Gupta responded to chapter 5, and David B. Capes and Craig Keener responded to chapter 6.

Giveaway winners were also announced.

 

Quick Hits:

Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, appeared on the Christ & Pop Culture podcast.

Kevin Schut also spoke for Geneva Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was referenced by My Kids Adventures’ in “5 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Your Kids.”

Spirituality and the Awakening Self by David G. Benner was referenced and quoted by Peter Enns.

 

Ebook Specials:

Death and Afterlife: A Theological Introduction by Terence Nichols is only $3.99 (83% off) through April 3.

The Weekly Hit List: February 28, 2014

Learning for the Love of God by Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby was reviewed and recommended by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books

Learning for the Love of God fleshes out the vision, explains the challenge and offers essential guidance to all that we mean by ‘developing the Christian mind’ in just the right way and a cheerful, intermediate level. It is easy to read and yet challenging, thoughtful but not arcane.

Learning for the Love of God is ideal for students, offering insight about the nature of learning, the ways to think faithfully in college, and how to discern God’s fingerprints (and the smear of idolatry and ideology) all over the subjects they are studying.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

 

Quick Hits:

A Life Observed by Devin Brown was reviewed by Kristen Hannum.

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed by Stephen Hiemstra.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was quoted by Ben Ditzel.

 

Ebook Specials:

Why You Should Care about the Person Who Made Your Cell Phone by Jim Wallis is FREE until March 5.

The Weekly Hit List: February 7, 2014

Devin Brown, author of A Life Observed, was interviewed on Dr. Bill Maier Live.

“C. S. Lewis is one of the most influential Christian writers of our time. The Chronicles of Narnia has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and all Lewis’s works are estimated to sell 6 million copies annually. At the fiftieth anniversary of his death, Lewis expert Devin Brown brings the beloved author’s story to life in a fresh, accessible, and moving biography through focusing on Lewis’s spiritual journey in Brown’s book – A Life Observed.

“Although it was clear from the start that Lewis would be a writer, it was not always clear he would become a Christian. Drawing on Lewis’s autobiographical works, books by those who knew him personally, and his apologetic and fictional writing, this book tells the inspiring story of Lewis’s journey from cynical atheist to joyous Christian and challenges readers to follow their own calling. The book allows Lewis to tell his own life story in a uniquely powerful manner while shedding light on his best-known works.”

Hear the entire interview here.

 

Quick Hits:

iGods by Craig Detweiler was recommended by Tim Challies.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was recommended by Buddy Greene in Homecoming Magazine.

Jim Wallis, author of On God’s Side, was quoted on God & Politics in the UK.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was mentioned in Huffington Post article “Creation Debate Recap: Bill Nye Invites Us to Explore the World, Ken Ham Does Not.”

The Evolution of Adam was recommended by Internet Monk.

Nicole Baker Fulgham, author of Educating All God’s Children, was quoted in Religion News Service article “National Hispanic Leadership Conference Joins Christian and Conservative Leaders in Support of Common Core State Standards.”

 

Ebook Specials:

God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author by Gary L. Colledge is only $3.99 (80% off) from participating retailers through February 13. 

The Weekly Hit List: January 31, 2014

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, was interviewed by James Allen for Teachings of Enoch.

This interview originally aired on KKVV AM 1060 in Las Vegas.

  

Quick Hits:

Devin Brown, author of A Life Observed, will appear on Dr. Bill Maier Live tomorrow (Saturday, February 1) at 12:10 p.m. ET.

The Mennonite wrote about how Living into Focus by Arthur Boers inspired a couple to embark on a six-week, 500-mile walking pilgrimage.

Educating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham was mentioned by Practical Catholic Evangelization.

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, was interviewed in The Christian Chronicle“iGods and other devices: Teens connected and distracted.”

iGods was quoted by Professor Josh Chalmers.

Nijay Gupta recommended the forthcoming Brazos Press book by Craig Blomberg, Can We Still Believe the Bible?.

The Weekly Hit List: January 24, 2014

Hearts & Minds Books named On God’s Side by Jim Wallis the “Best Book for the Common Good” of 2013.

“I think this one is a splendid example of a third voice between the so called religious right and secular left.

“Here he has given us his best book in years, and an important set of considerations for citizens who have long worked for the common good, and a great starter book for anyone beginning to read for the first time about evangelical faith and public life.

“I really love much about this, and very sincerely want to honor it.”

Read the rest here.

 

 

 

Quick Hits:

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was reviewed by Joshua Reich.

CRC News and Views wrote about Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, in “Seeking God in Video Games.”

Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, author of Glittering Vices, wrote New Life in the Desert: Monastic Wisdom for Public Life” for Comment magazine.

 

Ebook Specials:

Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants by Dennis Okholm is only $2.99 (81% off) from participating retailers through January 25.

 

The Weekly Hit List: January 17, 2014

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut was reviewed by several reviewers for EFCA Today.

Of Games and God is part of a growing body of literature encouraging Christians to think critically about our relationship to technology. . . .

“For the pastor wanting to understand the child playing Elmo Loves ABCs, the teenager playing Call of Duty, the young professional playing World of Warcraft or the mom playing Candy Crush, Of Games and God helps us think about God, faith, video games and gaming culture from a distinctly Christian perspective.”

Read the rest of the reviews here.

 

And in case you missed it, this past Monday Kevin Schut spoke at The January Series at Calvin College.

Video of his talk is available here.

 

Quick Hits:

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was recommended by Walt Mueller.

Roger Olson shared that he is reading iGods  by Craig Detweiler.

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut and The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns were recommended by Pastor  Matt Mitchell.

Educating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham was quoted on Flower Patch FarmGirl blog.

Jesus and Money by Ben Witherington III was quoted by Paul Beasley-Murray.

 

Ebook Specials:

The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture by Christian Smith is only $2.99 (82% off) from participating retailers through January 23.

The Brazos Press Best of 2013

Many of our titles received awards and were included in “best of” lists in 2013.

Following are some of the honors Brazos Press books received this year.

          

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns won Gold in the Religion category of ForeWord Reviews‘ Book of the Year Awards.

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was one of the Academy of Parish Clergy’s Top 10 Books of the Year.

          

Esther & Daniel (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) by Samuel Wells and George Sumner was included in Preaching.com’s 2013 Survey of Year’s Best Bibles and Bible Reference.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers won in the Christian Living category of The Word Awards.

On God’s Side by Jim Wallis was one of Revangelical Blog’s Best Books of 2013.

 

A happy 2014 to all our readers!