The Weekly Hit List: December 12, 2014

Presence and Encounter by Dr. David G. Benner was reviewed by Englewood Review of Books.

“For being a relatively short book, it is contains a deeply powerful message. Although at times what Benner writes is complicated because of some philosophical language, it is challenging nonetheless.

“Most are seeking life change, and most seek it by adding more to their lives. We are told that that if we only had this thing or went to this seminar, then we could be changed. The truth is, true transformation starts with being present and will lead us to encounter with the divine. . . .

“Presence is such a powerful idea, but most of us miss it everyday. David Benner’s book presents us with a message that we all need to hear.”

Read the entire review here.

 

Quick Hits:

Scot McKnight, author of Kingdom Conspiracy, was quoted extensively in “The Painful Lessons of Mars Hill” in Leadership Journal.

Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was reviewed in Christian Courier and on Disembodied Beard.

Wendy VanderWal-Gritter spoke at Trinity Western University.

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was reviewed on One Theology.

 

Ebook Specials:

Creating a Spiritual Legacy: How to Share Your Stories, Values, and Wisdom by Daniel Taylor is only $1.99 (88% off) from participating retailers through December 13.

A Cross-Shattered Church: Reclaiming the Theological Heart of Preaching by Stanley Hauerwas is only $2.99 (85% off) from participating retailers through December 15.

Every volume in the Ancient-Future Bible Study: Experience Scripture through Lectio Divina series by Stephen J. Binz is only $0.99 (92% off) from participating retailers through December 31.

The Truth Shall Make You Odd: Speaking with Pastoral Integrity in Awkward Situations by Frank G. Honeycutt is only $1.99 (90% off) from participating retailers through December 31.

The Weekly Hit List: December 5, 2014

Scot McKnight, author of Kingdom Conspiracy, answered readers’ questions on Rachel Held Evans’ blog.

“Let’s agree that evangelicalism is almost uncontainable in a definition. But we can give a ballpark generic-package, lump-into-one-ball idea: evangelicalism affirms the necessity of personal faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior; it affirms the primacy of Scripture in forming beliefs and convictions; it affirms the centrality of Jesus’ life, death, burial, resurrection and rule.

“Yet evangelicalism transcends its core beliefs and has a history of its people and that means there’s some sociology or social description in this term so that it refers to America’s Calvinist and revivalist and holiness and Anabaptist impulses. Some are very evangelical and some are barely.”

Read the entire post here.

 

Other Kingdom Conspiracy Media:

Scot McKnight wrote “Kingdom: A Proposal,” “The Biggest Mistake in Kingdom Talk,” and “The Character of the King” on Jesus Creed.

Missio Alliance discussed and recommended Kingdom Conspiracy.

Joshua Reich recommended Kingdom Conspiracy.

 

 

J. Todd Billings, author of Rejoicing in Lament (February 2015), wrote “Deadly Healing Medicine” for Christianity Today‘s The Behemoth.

“Incurable cancer.

“I could hardly believe it when I heard the diagnosis. My wife and I had just celebrated our tenth anniversary, and our lives were spinning in joyful commotion with one- and three- year-olds at home. Initial testing brought back some worrying results. I had researched the possibilities, and I didn’t sound like a likely prospect for this cancer.

“The average diagnosis age is about 70; I had just turned 39. But here it was: an active cancer that had already been eroding the bones in my skull, arm, and hip.”

Read the entire article here.

 

Other Rejoicing in Lament Media:

Billings wrote “Undying Love” for the December 2014 issue of First Things.

Aimee Byrd recommended Rejoicing in Lament.

 

 

Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins by Dennis Okholm was reviewed by Englewood Review of Books.

“[Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins] earns its spot as a highly useful tool for understanding sin in our own lives, and in our culture.  In a tone that is gentle but frank, it’s full of useful observations and counsel, from both the ancients and the moderns.

“Okholm delves into the monks’ focus on concepts such as the importance of habits – habits for good and habits that degenerate into sin, or, seeing sin in the context of community and its counterproductive privatizing impact. There’s a strong pastoral and devotional impact to this volume, and while it’s aimed at Christians who assume that sin is essential to address, a great deal will be useful to all students of the soul.”

Read the entire review here.

Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins was also reviewed by Philip Zoutendam.

 

Quick Hits:

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, was interviewed by WORLD magazine’s Warren Cole Smith for Listening In.

Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was reviewed by Evangelicals for Social Action.

Presence and Encounter by David G. Benner, PhD, was reviewed by Leader Kick.

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was reviewed on Wineskins.

Marlena Graves, author of A Beautiful Disaster, was interviewed on Inside Out.

A Beautiful Disaster was recommended by Suzanne BurdenDorothy Greco, and Mark Votava.

 

Ebook Specials:

Every volume in the Ancient-Future Bible Study: Experience Scripture through Lectio Divina series by Stephen J. Binz is only $0.99 (92% off) from participating retailers through December 31.

The Truth Shall Make You Odd: Speaking with Pastoral Integrity in Awkward Situations by Frank G. Honeycutt is only $1.99 (90% off) from participating retailers through December 31.

The Weekly Hit List: February 14, 2014

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed by Englewood Review of Books.

“As the dust continues to settle in the Information Age and we further acquiesce our lives to ever-evolving technologies, Detweiler presents an astute perspective that dually avoids blind embrace as well as stubborn discount of today’s most important technologies. . . .

“Hopefully, Craig Detweiler encourages others to continue the push and pull and give and take necessary to sustain this ever-changing dialogue regarding an ever-evolving world, and will force each of us to pause in the midst of our technologically obsessed days to reflect on the presence of God in every moment amidst whatever technology we may find ourselves utilizing.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

 

Quick Hits:

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed by Dr. Conrade Yap.

Videoof Educating All God’s Children author Nicole Baker Fulgham’s talk at Calvin College’s The January Series is now available.

Nicole Baker Fulgham will be speaking next weekend, February 21-22, at The Justice Conference.

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was quoted by pastor Paul VanderKlay.

 

Ebook Specials:

iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives by Craig Detweiler is only $8.99 (50% off) through February 15.

Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today’s Church by Christine A. Colón and Bonnie E. Field is only $2.99 (80% off) through February 15.

Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung is only $2.99 (83% off) through February 20.

 

Ebook Special for The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith

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

Amazon

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CBD

 

2011 Jesus Creed Book of the Year

Named a “Best Book of 2011″ by Englewood Review of Books (most important theological work)

“[Smith] sets out in this finely constructed volume to question not just the wisdom but even the possibility of depending only on the Bible to define faith and practice. . . . Smith makes a persuasive case for shifting one’s focus from the sole authority of the words of scripture to the one whom scripture proclaims to be ‘the way, the truth and the life.’ Such a shift, he insists, is necessary for American evangelicalism to move forward.”
Publishers Weekly

“Buy this book, read it slowly and carefully, and ponder it . . . because this book is a very serious call for us to develop a more robust approach to the Bible.”
Scot McKnightJesus Creed blog

Biblicism, an approach to the Bible common among some American evangelicals, emphasizes together the Bible’s exclusive authority, infallibility, clarity, self-sufficiency, internal consistency, self-evident meaning, and universal applicability. Acclaimed sociologist Christian Smith argues that this approach is misguided and unable to live up to its own claims. If evangelical biblicism worked as its proponents say it should, there would not be the vast variety of interpretive differences that biblicists themselves reach when they actually read and interpret the Bible. Far from challenging the inspiration and authority of Scripture, Smith critiques a particular rendering of it, encouraging evangelicals to seek a more responsible, coherent, and defensible approach to biblical authority.

The Weekly Hit List: December 12, 2013

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, was interviewed by Daniel Darling on Leadership Journal blog Out of Ur.

Some might advocate a complete withdrawal from technology and yet you would say that reflects a poor theology as well, would you not?

“No one escapes the pull of technology and how it enhances our lives. Clothing was a great consolation for Adam and Eve. Same with the hoe or the plow. In building an ark to God’s specifications, Noah preserved the biodiversity of creation. We don’t think of the fork as technology, because we all embrace it as a great invention. Same with glasses. Who wants to go back to life without penicillin? God commanded us to be fruitful and multiply. Better agriculture, medicine, and education help us fulfill that calling. We’re also called to replenish the earth, to steward our resources. Technology can make us better servants of God and each other.”

Read the rest of the interview here.

 

Other iGods media:

iGods was reviewed by Ken Puls for Founders Ministries Blog: “[Detweiler] is to be commended for calling us to examine closely the technology we bring into our lives.”

Craig Detweiler wrote “Abundance and Open Source or Why I Wrote iGODS.”

Craig Detweiler wrote “What Amazon Is Priming Us For” for Leadership Journal blog Out of Ur.

 

Quick Hits:

Jim Wallis, author of On God’s Side, was interviewed on GOD TALKS.

Peter Enns, author of The Evolution of Adam, was interviewed by Randal Rauser for The Tentative Apologist Podcast.

The Evolution of Adam was reviewed by James F. McGrath for Reports of the National Center for Science Education.

Nicole Baker Fulgham, author of Educating All God’s Children, was included in Rachel Held Evans’ list of “101 Christian Women Speakers.”

Educating All God’s Children was recommended by Laura Turner.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was reviewed in Mockler Memo.

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was referenced in The Gospel Coalition article “Glory, Truth, Beauty: 500 Years of Reflection on Revelation.”

The Weekly Hit List: October 11, 2013

Cover ArtJack Heppner reflected on the role of Scripture and turned to The Bible Made Impossible, by Christian Smith.

“Christopher Smith laments the fact that evangelicals have too easily written off Barth’s view of revelation. He summarizes Barth’s view as follows: ‘The highest , truest, most real and authoritative divine revelation to humanity is the Word of God, Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity (John 1:1-18)…The Bible is also God’s Word, his word written. But Jesus Christ is the highest, most final, most real word of God. The Bible is God’s word written, which exists as a witness and testimony to the Word of God, Jesus Christ’ (124).”

Quick Hits:

Forthcoming Brazos author Marlena Graves wrote about pusillanimity, while re-reading Glittering Vices by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung.

J. Nelson Kraybill, author of Apocalypse and Allegiance, recommended books on Revelation for the “Take & Read” series at The Christian Century.

Heidi Schlumpf reviewed On God’s Side, by Jim Wallis.

 

Ebook Special for The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith

Now through September 23, the ebook for The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture by Christian Smith is only $3.99—76% off! 

More information and a list of participating retailers is available here.

 

2011 Jesus Creed Book of the Year

Named a “Best Book of 2011″ by Englewood Review of Books (most important theological work)

“[Smith] sets out in this finely constructed volume to question not just the wisdom but even the possibility of depending only on the Bible to define faith and practice. . . . Smith makes a persuasive case for shifting one’s focus from the sole authority of the words of scripture to the one whom scripture proclaims to be ‘the way, the truth and the life.’ Such a shift, he insists, is necessary for American evangelicalism to move forward.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Buy this book, read it slowly and carefully, and ponder it . . . because this book is a very serious call for us to develop a more robust approach to the Bible.”
—Scot McKnight, Jesus Creed blog

Biblicism, an approach to the Bible common among some American evangelicals, emphasizes together the Bible’s exclusive authority, infallibility, clarity, self-sufficiency, internal consistency, self-evident meaning, and universal applicability. Acclaimed sociologist Christian Smith argues that this approach is misguided and unable to live up to its own claims. If evangelical biblicism worked as its proponents say it should, there would not be the vast variety of interpretive differences that biblicists themselves reach when they actually read and interpret the Bible. Far from challenging the inspiration and authority of Scripture, Smith critiques a particular rendering of it, encouraging evangelicals to seek a more responsible, coherent, and defensible approach to biblical authority. This important book has generated lively discussion and debate.

Christian Smith (PhD, Harvard University) is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where he has been cited as an outstanding faculty member. He is the award-winning author or coauthor of numerous books, including What Is a Person? Rethinking Humanity, Social Life, and Moral Good from the Person Up and Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults. His research focuses primarily on religion in modernity, adolescents, American evangelicalism, and culture.

The Weekly Hit List: August 30, 2013

Educating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham was reviewed in WORLD Magazine

“Fulgham poses a question: ‘To what extent is the Christian community working to help improve public schools for poor children—regardless of where we choose to send our own children?’

“She argues that most poor kids go to public schools, and if we care about children, the poor, and justice, we need to be involved in making those schools better. She provides a history of evangelical engagement with and withdrawal from public education, and spotlights churches and faith-based organizations that are successfully partnering with urban schools.

“The book hopes to inspire Christians to engage with low-income public schools and lays out practical ways to do it.”

 

Quick Hits:

Douglas Gresham (C. S. Lewis’s closest relative and consultant for all of the Narnia films) will make three U.S. appearances, speaking on the world of Narnia and the life and legacy of C. S. Lewis. Gresham will also be signing copies of A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis by Devin Brown, for which Gresham wrote the foreword.

Arthur Boers, author of Living into Focus, was interviewed by Andy Byers for The Big Bible Project.

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was reviewed by Bob Trube for Intervarsity Emerging Scholars Blog.

Esther & Daniel  (BTCB) by Samuel Wells and George Sumner was reviewed by Steve Bishop.

 

Ebook Specials:

One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God by Christian Scharen is only $3.99 (75% off) through September 7.

We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Elaine A. Heath is only $3.99 (80%) off through September 5.

The Weekly Hit List: July 19, 2013

Educating All God's ChildrenEducating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham was reviewed by David Swanson for The Englewood Review of Books.

If there is any doubt that public education is in crisis then Nicole Baker Fulgham’s book, Educating All God’s Children, should convince the most dubious skeptic.

“Early on she outlines the inequities most of us have become accustomed to: far greater percentages of Asian American and White students gradate high school in four years than do African American and Hispanic/Latino students; noticeably fewer African American forth-graders preform basic math skills compared with White students.

“Many of us have heard these sorts of statistics often enough that we no longer really hear them; Educating All God’s Children makes sure we listen closely while beginning to imagine a different future.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

Quick Hits:

Jim Wallis, author of On God’s Side, spoke with Dan Koh of The Huffington Post on “Religion, Politics And Finding Common Ground.”

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was referenced by Jack Heppner.

 

Esther & Daniel Giveaway Winner:

Congratulations to Steven Smith, Doug Iverson, Kelly Hahn, Thomas Irby, and Nick Norelli!

They have each won a copy of Esther & Daniel (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) by Samuel Wells and George Sumner.

Keep checking back for our next giveaway.

The Weekly Hit List: May 17, 2013

Educating All God's ChildrenEducating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham was reviewed in Library Journal

“Fulgham draws on her extensive experience as a teacher in poor regions of the United States to piece together this account of the harsh realities and inherent inequities of the American public education system.

“By walking readers through a survey of the current state of education in low-income areas, Fulgham successfully paints a picture showing the urgent need to move toward bridging a gross educational gap in public schools. She helps readers dispel the misperception that students in underachieving schools lack the competencies necessary to find educational success and to parlay that into lifelong opportunities.

“Pointing to the role of faith-based advocacy groups in major social revolutions such as desegregation, Fulgham calls for a similar movement to close the education gap. Focusing on Christianity as the moral compass to compel action, she points out that the call can and should stem from any spiritual mindset. Fulgham’s call to action includes simple steps that individuals and groups can take to effect change.

VERDICT This is an intriguing survey of the current inequity in education and would be a valuable read for any teacher, community organizer, or religiously oriented person or group moved to work toward the ultimate improvement of American society.”

 

On God’s Side media:

“The Tavis Smiley Show” on Public Radio International

“The Craig Fahle Show” on WDET-FM NPR, Michigan Public Radio

“Stateside” on WUOM-FM NPR (WFUM 91.1 Flint & WVGR 104.1 Grand Rapids), Michigan Public Radio

Doug Pagitt Radio

So What Faith review by Dr. Greg Smith

“WATCH: Would Putting Me in Prison Serve the Common Good” on The Huffington Post

“VIDEO: 6 Months After Superstorm Sandy, Hope Emerges” on The Common Good Forum

“The Christian Church’s role in fighting hunger and poverty: Jim Walls speaks at Baylor” on Texas Hunger Initiative

“The Common Good, The Planet, and Humankind” on Opednews.com

“On God’s Side” by Marrton Dormish

 

Quick Hits:

Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, was interviewed by James Arnold for The Evangelical Outpost.

Of Games and God was also reviewed by James Arnold for The Evangelical Outpost.

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was reviewed by Dr. Conrade Yap.

Psalms for All Seasons was referenced in Worship Leader.

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was referenced by Roger E. Olsen.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

May ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 52% off.

Searching for Home by Craig M. Barnes
Conversations with Poppi about God by Robert W. Jenson and Solveig Lucia Gold
Everyday Apocalypse by David Dark
The Early Church on Killing edited by Ronald J. Sider
Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory by Markus Bockmuehl