Ebook Special for Just Politics by Ronald J. Sider

Now through November 9, the ebook of Just Politics: A Guide for Christian Engagement by Ronald J. Sider is only $3.99 (80% off) from the following participating retailers:

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“Sider has given the Christian community yet another thoughtful critique, this time exhorting Christians to become politically active. . . . Just Politics offers an insightful overview of the theology and history of political engagement. Sider has offered Evangelicals convincing reasons to engage politically as well as the beginnings of a methodology for how to do so thoughtfully and effectively.”
Brethren in Christ History and Life

“If I were to pick one book on politics for educated lay readers, this would be it. Sider offers a faithful methodology, starting with the biblical narrative as it shapes our worldview and public philosophy, to a coherent view of the state, to an examination of the pertinent biblical texts, to a judicious study of various sides of the contemporary issues. Biblical, gracious, balanced, this is a fine example of the way evangelical thoughtfulness can make a contribution to our civic lives.”
Byron BorgerHearts & Minds BookNotes blog

Evangelicals today probably have more political influence in the United States than at any time in the last century–but they might not be certain what to do with it. It has been difficult to develop a unified voice on pressing issues such as social justice and moral renewal.

Bestselling author and theologian Ron Sider offers a biblically grounded, factually rooted, Christian approach to politics that cuts across ideological divides. Shaped by a careful study of society, this book will guide readers into more thoughtful and effective political activity.

Practical, balanced, and nonpartisan, this book will be a welcome resource during the 2012 presidential race. It is a revised version of what was previously published as The Scandal of Evangelical Politics and includes a new introduction and revisions throughout.

Ronald J. Sider (PhD, Yale University) is the founder and president emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action and distinguished professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger and The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience.

The Weekly Hit List: March 21, 2014

Five Brazos Press titles were selected as finalists in the ForeWord Reviews 2013 Book of the Year Awards.

A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis by Devin Brown in the Biography category
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.

 

 

Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can—and Should—Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids by Nicole Baker Fulgham in the Education category
Education expert explores what Christians can—and should—do to champion urgently needed reform and help improve our public schools. The book provides concrete action steps for working to ensure that all of God’s children get the quality public education they deserve.

 

 

iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives by Craig Detweiler in the Popular Culture category
Provides needed Christian perspective on navigating today’s social media culture. Detweiler interacts with major symbols, or “iGods,” of our distracted age—Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Pixar, YouTube, and Twitter—to investigate the impact of the technologies and cultural phenomena that drive us. Detweiler offers a historic look at where we’ve been and a prophetic look at where we’re headed, helping us sort out the immediate from the eternal, the digital from the divine.

 

Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games by Kevin Schut in the Popular Culture category
Kevin Schut, a communications expert and an enthusiastic gamer himself, offers a lively, balanced, and informed Christian evaluation of video games and video game culture. He expertly engages a variety of issues, encouraging readers to consider both the perils and the promise of this major cultural phenomenon.

 

 

On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good by Jim Wallis in the Religion category
Wallis explores how Jesus’s agenda can serve the common good, what it takes to sustain a lifelong commitment to social justice, and how reading the Bible as well as the culture can shape our lives for genuine transformation.

 

 

 

The complete list of the ForeWord Reviews’ 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalists is available here.

The full press release from Brazos Press is available here.

 

Can We Still Believe the Bible? Media:

Margaret Feinberg published the second of several weekly interviews with Craig Blomberg.

This week for the Can We Still Believe the Bible? blog tour, Ken Schenck responded to chapter 1, Joel L. Watts and Lee Martin McDonald responded to chapter 2, and Phillip J. Long responded to chapter 3. The remaining blog tour posts will appear next week.

Don’t miss our five-book package giveaway (worth $180), which ends next Thursday, March 27.

 

Quick Hits:

Miroslav Volf, author of A Public Faith, wrote “Exclusion or Saturation? Rethinking the Place of Religion in Public Life” for ABC Religion and Ethics.

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed by Jim Kane.

Just Politics by Ronald J. Sider was recommended by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books.

 

Ebook Specials:

Letters to a Young Calvinist: An Invitation to the Reformed Tradition by James K. A. Smith is only $2.99 (80%) off through March 27.

The Weekly Hit List: July 12, 2013

Just Politics by Ronald J. Sider was reviewed by Emmanuel Octubre for Revival Magazine.

Ronald Sider asks: ‘How do we acquire the wisdom to act in politics in a way that truly reflects Christ? How do we move from a commitment to Jesus Christ and biblical authority to concentrate political decisions that lead us to support or oppose specific laws and candidates? Is there an approach, a method, a frame work that will help us do that?’

“Ronald Sider’s Just Politics: A Guide for Christian Engagement discusses today’s pertinent political issues such as abortion, marriage, human rights and war; his book is unique because it isn’t polemical. Instead, he responds by creating a balanced methodology rooted in biblical foundations. His systematic approach raises volume to a voice that is rarely heard when discussing these difficult topics— the voice of an impartial christian.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

On God’s Side Media:

“Coordinating the Kingdom and the Common Good” by Luke Bretherton for Comment magazine

“My Weirdest Interview Ever with Jim Wallis” by Christian Piatt for Red Letter Christians

Steve Brown Etc. podcast

 

Quick Hits:

Jonah (BTCB) by Phillip Cary was reviewed by Rev. Brent L. White.

Luke (BTCB) by David Lyle Jeffrey was reviewed by Jeff Borden.

 

Ebook Specials:

Good News for Anxious Christians: 10 Practical Things You Don’t Have to Do by Phillip Cary is $2.99 (80% off) through July 13.

The Weekly Hit List: February 1, 2013

Speaking of DyingSpeaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was chosen by the Academy of Parish Clergy as one of their Top 10 Books of the Year.

This book offers a critical analysis of the church’s failure to communicate constructively about dying, reminding the church of its considerable liturgical, scriptural, and pastoral resources when it ministers to the terminally ill. The authors, who have all been personally and professionally involved in end-of-life issues, suggest practical, theological bases for speaking about dying, communicating with those facing death, and preaching about dying.

They explore how dying–in baptism–begins and informs the Christian’s life story. They also emphasize that the narrative of faith embraces dying, and they remind readers of scriptural and christological resources that can lead toward a “good dying.” In addition, they present current best practices from health professionals for communication among caregivers and those facing death.

 

Quick Hits:

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was chosen as the “Most Timely Re-Issue” of 2012 by Hearts & Minds Books“What is so interesting about this is how seamlessly Dickerson weaves together contemporary social ethics — from justice issues to questions about the body — and the Tolkien narratives.”

Just Politics by Ronald J. Sider was chosen the “Most Needed Re-Issue” of 2012 by Hearts & Minds Books“I think everyone who votes should read this book! Just Politics is one of the year’s best.”

Soulful Spirituality by David Benner was recommended by Steve Saccone.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was recommended by Matthew Barrett on Credo.com.

 

February Ebook Specials:

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The Weekly Hit List: November 9, 2012

Matthew Dickerson, author of A Hobbit Journey, was interviewed by PJ Review of Books.

[In response to the question: “In what ways does A Hobbit Journey differ from your other books on Tolkien, Following Gandalf and Ents, Elves, and Eriador?“]

“It is quite different in tone that [of] Ents, Elves and Eriador.  That book has a somewhat more academic voice — though I think it is still very readable — and it is also much narrower in topic, focusing really just on environmental and ecological aspects of Tolkien’s writing. A Hobbit Journey has a much broader topic, and I think therefore a broader audience, both in the breadth of what I explore and in my approach.  I will say that both books do get at the ideological core of Tolkien’s works.”

Read the rest of the interview here.

 

Quick Hits:

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was reviewed by Mathew Sims.

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was reviewed by J. C. Schaap.

Miroslav Volf’s “Values of a Public Faith” were recommended by Arni Zachariassen.

Just Politics by Ronald J. Sider was recommended by Kacie Rogers.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

November ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 60% off.

Luke (BTCB) by David Lyle Jeffrey
Beginnings by Peter C. Bouteneff
Creation Untamed by Terence E. Fretheim
From Stone to Living Word by Debbie Blue
Evangelicals and Empire by Bruce Ellis Benson and Peter Goodwin Heltzel
The Forgotten Ways Handbook by Alan Hirsch with Darryn Altclass
God in the Gallery by Daniel A. Siedell
The Vampire Defanged by Susannah Clements
Adventures in Daily Prayer by Bert Ghezzi
Seven Deadly Spirits by T. Scott Daniels

Ron Sider on the Importance of Voting and Political Engagment

On the eve of the 2012 election, we thought we would share from Ronald Sider’s recent Brazos book Just Politics: A Guide for Christian Engagement. The following excerpt is taken from the first chapter of Just Politics where Sider explains why faithful Christians should be active in politics and voting.

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It is a simple historical fact that political decisions have a huge impact—good or bad—on the lives of literally billions of people. Think of the devastation and death the world might have avoided if German voters had not elected Hitler to public office. Think of the freedom, goodness, and joy that followed for tens of millions from the fact that evangelical member of Parliament William Wilberforce labored for more than thirty years and eventually persuaded his colleagues in the British Parliament to outlaw first the slave trade and then slavery itself in the British Empire.

It is through politics that country after country has come to enjoy democracy. It is through politics that nation after nation has stopped jailing and killing “heretics”—thousands of my ancestors in the sixteenth century were burned at the stake or drowned in the rivers by fellow Protestants who disagreed with our belief that the church should be separate from the state. It took centuries, but eventually more and more politicians in more and more countries decided that religious freedom for everyone is a necessary mark of a just political order. It is through politics that Marxist-Leninist totalitarianism first conquered and developed and then waned and disappeared in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. It is through politics that we develop laws that either restrict or permit abortion, allow or forbid “gay marriage,” protect or destroy the environment. Politics is simply too important to ignore.

The theological reason for political engagement is even more compelling. The central Christian confession is that Jesus is now Lord—Lord of the entire universe. The New Testament explicitly teaches that he is now “ruler of the kings of the earth” (Rev. 1:5). “All authority in heaven and on earth” has been given to the risen Jesus (Matt. 28:18). Christians who know that must submit every corner of their lives to their wonderful Lord.

Since we live in democratic societies where we have the freedom to vote, our votes—or even our failure to vote—shape what happens in important areas of politics. If Christ is my Lord, if Christ desires the well-being of all, and if my vote has the potential to encourage political decisions that will promote the well-being of my neighbors, then the obligation to vote responsibly follows necessarily from my confession that Christ my Lord calls me to love my neighbor. One way Christians must live out our belief that Christ is Lord, even of political life, is to think and pray for wisdom to act politically in ways that best reflect Christ our Lord.

©2012 by Ronald J. Sider. Published by Brazos Press. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

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Ronald J. Sider (PhD, Yale University) is president of Evangelicals for Social Action and professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He is the author of many books, including the bestselling Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger and The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience.

For more information about Just Politics, click here.
To read a longer excerpt, click here.

The Weekly Hit List: November 2, 2012

Just Politics by Ronald J. Sider was recommended by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books

“If I were to pick one book on politics for educated lay readers, this would be it. Sider offers a faithful methodology, starting with the Biblical narrative as it shapes our worldview and public philosophy, to a coherent view of the state, to an examination of the pertinent Biblical texts, to a judicious study of various sides of the contemporary issues.

“Biblical, gracious, balanced, this is a fine example of the way evangelical thoughtfulness can make a contribution to our civic lives.

“An early friend of CLS, James Skillen, says ‘Ron Sider builds on years of experience and conversations with Christian across a very wide spectrum. His balance is better than that of most who want to influence politics for the better. And biblical faith is the solid platform on which he builds and balances. Listen to Ron carefully before taking your next step.’”

 

Quick Hits:

Psalms for All Seasons was featured as a Book for Leading & Worshiping in Worship Leader‘s Best of the Best issue.

Psalms for All Seasons was also reviewed and recommended in The Banner.

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was reviewed by Fr. Daren J. Zenle.

A Hobbit Journey was also reviewed by Hearts & Minds blog.

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was also reviewed by Hearts & Minds blog.

Luke (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) was recommended by Pastor Clint Schnekloth.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

For the month of November, we have several wonderful Brazos Press and Baker Academic ebooks available at deep discounts.

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The Weekly Hit List: October 26, 2012

An article by Christian Scharen, author of Broken Hallelujahs, was featured in the latest issue of Immerse Journal.

“The Wisdom of Elders: Listening to Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas

“In just over a year, after playing his final show in December 2010, Cohen recorded and released one of the best albums of his career.

“Playfully called Old Ideas, the album represents both the ideas of an old man and at the same time a set of songs engaging old ideas, those deep and enduring concerns that remain after the fluff of life blows away in the wind.”

Read the rest of Scharen’s article here.

 

 

Quick Hits:

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was reviewed by Anne Brown on her blog, The Book Garden.

A Hobbit Journey was also reviewed by Velma Daniels for the News Chief.

Just Politics by Ronald J. Sider and A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson were included in a post by Patrick Floyd on The Methoblog.

Michael Gorman linked to Miroslav Volf’s values of A Public Faith and recommended Just Politics by Ronald J. Sider in a post on “Christians and Politics.”

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

October ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 75% off.

Deconstructing Theodicy by David B. Burrell
Song of Songs (BTCB series) by Paul J. Griffiths
Under the Influence by Monica Ganas
The Mind and the Machine by Matthew Dickerson
John (Paideia series) by Jo-Ann A. Brant
The Fall of Interpretation by James K. A. Smith
Killing Enmity by Thomas R. Yoder Neufield
Finding Your Plot in a Plotless World by Daniel de Roulet
Second Corinthians (CCSS series) by Thomas D. Stegman, SJ
A Liturgy of Grief by Leslie C. Allen

The Weekly Hit List: October 19, 2012

An excerpt from Just Politics by Ronald J. Sider was posted on RelevantMagazine.com.

“. . .nonviolence frequently works! Even without much preparation and training, even without a large investment of money and personnel, nonviolent direct action has frequently been highly effective.

“One wonders what might be accomplished if all parts of the Christian church (in cooperation with all others who are interested) would get serious about investing resources, time, money, and people to explore what more could be done nonviolently to end injustice and prevent war.”

Read more of “War, Pacifism and a Third Option: Ron Sider explains how there’s a middle ground in the war debate” here.

 

Quick Hits:

Just Politics by Ronald J. Sider was recommended by Eric Roseberry on his blog.

The Space Between by Eric Jacobsen, author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom, was reviewed by Englewood Review of Books.

The Space Between was also reviewed by Kaid Benfield on The Atlantic Cities blog.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

October ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 75% off.

Deconstructing Theodicy by David B. Burrell
Song of Songs (BTCB series) by Paul J. Griffiths
Under the Influence by Monica Ganas
The Mind and the Machine by Matthew Dickerson
John (Paideia series) by Jo-Ann A. Brant
The Fall of Interpretation by James K. A. Smith
Killing Enmity by Thomas R. Yoder Neufield
Finding Your Plot in a Plotless World by Daniel de Roulet
Second Corinthians (CCSS series) by Thomas D. Stegman, SJ
A Liturgy of Grief by Leslie C. Allen

The Weekly Hit List: August 3, 2012

God and Charles Dickens by Gary L. Colledge was reviewed in Englewood Review of Books.

“. . . Colledge’s work has been among the most valuable contributions to Dickens scholarship in recent years. His new book, God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author, focuses on a crucial aspect of Dickens’s life and work that has been sadly neglected of late.

“Without an awareness of this aspect, Colledge rightly believes, we are hampered in our understanding of  Dickens’s work. . . .

“. . . The resulting book will appeal to and enlighten Dickens readers at all levels, from the casual fan to the serious scholar.”

 

Quick Hits:

Letters to a Young Calvinist by James K. A. Smith was reviewed in American Theological Inquiry.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was reviewed in the July issue of Salvationist.

The Bible Made Impossible  by Christian Smith was reviewed on the blog Late Emerger.

 

We are giving away copies of two September 2012 Brazos Press releases over on Goodreads.

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We currently have giveaways posted for A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth by Matthew Dickerson and Just Politics: A Guide for Christian Engagement by Ronald J. Sider.