The Weekly Hit List: May 29, 2015

“Bigger than Cancer: In the Darkness, a Theologian Meets God in a New Way” by J. Todd Billings, author of Rejoicing in Lament, appeared on RCA.org.

Right now, our lives are “hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). We shouldn’t expect our lives right now to look like a seamless story of victory and success. We may die a death that looks senseless. For our true lives are hidden from sight, for now.

But “when Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory” (Colossians 3:4). In the meantime, we are freed to wrestle with God in our suffering and also rejoice in his unshakeable love in Christ, for this is our most basic identity: that we belong in body and soul, in life and in death, to our faithful savior, Jesus Christ.

Read the rest of “Bigger than Cancer” here.

 

Other Rejoicing in Lament Media:

WORLD Magazine recommended Rejoicing in Lament.

California Bookwatch reviewed Rejoicing in Lament.

Julie Golden reviewed Rejoicing in Lament.

Matthew Manry quoted and recommended Rejoicing in Lament.

Chris Ho reviewed Rejoicing in Lament.

 

 

Conciliar Post interviewed Wesley Hill: “The Positive Vocation of Celibacy: An Interview with Dr. Wesley Hill”

George Aldhizer: Your first book, Washed and Waiting, emphasized your struggle of living a celibate life. Spiritual Friendship emphasizes your hope and calling in living a celibate life. Does this contrast reflect an evolution in your thinking on your own sexual identity?

Wesley Hill: I think it does, yes. Washed and Waiting was more focused on what those of us who are gay are called to abstain from and how painful that can be. Spiritual Friendship is more focused on the “yes” of Christian discipleship for gay believers—what we called to pursue, positively.

The earlier book was more interested in painting a picture of the challenges and difficulties of being gay and Christian, while the latter is more interested in the question of vocation and calling. As Paul Evdokimov has put it, “[I]n all the cases of deprivation Scripture speaks of, grace offers a gift; out of a negative renunciation it creates a positive vocation. To renounce one thing means to be totally consecrated to another that this very renunciation allows us to realize.”

It’s the consecration that I’m more interested in now.

Read the entire interview here.

 

Other Spiritual Friendship Media:

Wesley Hill’s interview with Peter Smith for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was picked up by Salina Journal and Valley News.

Seth Crocker recommended Spiritual Friendship.

Elliot Ritzema reviewed Spiritual Friendship

 

Quick Hits:

Scot McKnight, author of Kingdom Conspiracy, was interviewed by Jonathan Merritt for Religion News Service: “Who are ‘the least of these’? Scholars say they may not be the poor.” The article was picked up by The Salt Lake Tribune and The Washington Post.

Traces of the Trinity by Peter J. Leithart was recommended and excerpted by Books at a Glance and reviewed by Nick Norelli.

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut was recommended by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books.

Marlena Graves, author of A Beautiful Disaster, wrote  “Remembering the Gospel with Alzheimer’s” for Her.meneutics.

Scot  McKnight continued discussing Glittering Vices by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung on Jesus Creed.

The Weekly Hit List: April 3, 2015

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J. Todd Billings (author of Rejoicing in Lament) appeared with Christian Wiman (author of My Bright Abyss) at Western Theological Seminary on March 31. 

View the video of their conversation about being diagnosed with incurable cancer in the prime of life here.

 

Other Rejoicing in Lament Media:

One Billings’s articles was translated into Portugese for Reforma21.

Matthew Forrest Lowe reviewed Rejoicing in Lament.

Rejoicing in Lament was mentioned by Dr. Adam DeVille.

 

Christianity Today featured Ronald Sider and his new book, Nonviolent Action, in their April 2015 issue: “My Top 5 Books on Nonviolence.”

Ron Sider’s many books—about poverty, politics, and global justice—emphasize some of the most difficult and easily overlooked ethical obligations of following Christ.

In Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands But Most Christians Have Never Really Tried (Brazos Press), the author of the now-classic Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger makes the biblical case for pursuing peaceful alternatives to conflict.

Here, Sider chooses 5 books on how nonviolence really works.

Read the entire article here.

 

Christianity Today included Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory by Jerry L. Walls as one of their April 2015 “New & Noteworthy Books.”

Walls, who teaches philosophy at Houston Baptist University, has written a trio of scholarly books defending the doctrines of heaven, hell, and—more controversially among Protestants—purgatory. Here, he packages those arguments into a single volume pitched at ordinary readers, delivered at a moment when debates about the hereafter have picked up steam.

“The Christian story is extraordinary, to be sure,” Walls maintains, “but it is radically incomplete and ultimately unsatisfying without a robust doctrine of the afterlife, and one simply cannot seriously affirm Trinity, incarnation, atonement, and resurrection without going on to heartily affirm ‘the life everlasting.’ ”

 

Quick Hits:

Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory was reviewed by John Mark N. Reynolds and discussed by Scot McKnight.

Traces of the Trinity by Peter J. Leithart was recommended on Faithlife.

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut was recommended by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books.

The Brazos Press Best of 2014

Many of our titles received awards and were included in “best of” lists in 2014.

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

 

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg won Christianity Today‘s Award of Merit in the Apologetics/Evangelism category.

iGods by Craig Detweiler won a Top Shelf Book Cover Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

iGods also won an IndieFab Book of the Year Award in the Popular Culture category.

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut won in the Culture category of the 26th annual Word Awards.

Kingdom Conspiracy by Scot McKnight was included on The Englewood Review of Books “Best Books of 2014” and Missio Alliance‘s “Essential Reading List of 2014.”

Presence and Encounter by David G. Benner, PhD, was included on LeaderKick‘s “Top Books of 2014.”

 

Happy 2015!

The Weekly Hit List: October 31, 2014

Scot McKnight, author of Kingdom Conspiracy, was interviewed by Patheos blogger Zach Hoag.

“I have been thinking about and writing about kingdom for nearly twenty years now, and I first published something about kingdom at an extensive level in 1999 in A New Vision for Israel. At that time I was already connecting ‘kingdom’ to ‘Israel’ but I was in a historical mode and not much of a theological mode.

“As my life shifted into college student teaching, I began to think about that view of kingdom more and more theologically so that I could explain the significance of kingdom to students who were wondering why this term even mattered. I published a few observations about kingdom in this more theological mode in books like Embracing Grace, One.Life, and The King Jesus Gospel.

“But I wasn’t happy because (1) I wasn’t sorting out what I was seeing in the Bible comprehensively enough and (2) I was hearing an increasing use of this term in ways that bothered me because the uses were veering far from what the Bible means.

“So, there, that’s why I wrote this book: to set out my thoughts in the context of an increasing popularity of a term that was being used in ways significantly different than the Bible’s use.”

Read the entire interview, “Skinny Jeans, Ruffled Feathers, and Kingdom Mission,” here.

 

Other Kingdom Conspiracy Media:

Scot McKnight wrote “What Does Kingdom Mean?” on Jesus Creed.

David Fitch continued his review of Kingdom Conspiracy.

Matthew94 shared some highlights from Scot McKnight’s recent talk at Northeastern Seminary.

 

Brazos Press ECPA Cover Award:

iGods by Craig Detweiler won an Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Top Shelf Book Cover Award.

Congratulations to art director Paula Gibson for her input and direction on this excellent cover.

The 2014 Top Shelf Book Cover Awards were presented during a PUBu session held on October 21 at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

 

Quick Hits:

Jerry L. Walls, author of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory (February 2015), was quoted in the Religion News Service article “Does purgatory have a prayer with Protestants?

Patheos blogger Ben Witherington began reviewing Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are posted.

Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, was interviewed for WORLD Magazine article “Virtual games, real empathy.”

The Weekly Hit List: June 20, 2014

A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves was reviewed by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books.

“Allow me to say clearly how helpful this is for those wanting a spirituality of the ordinary, of finding God’s presence amidst the turmoil of daily life and the injustices we ourselves face. (Not only did Graves grow up with some hardships, she’s observed some harsh injustices, even within Christian organizations, and she names some of these travesties, telling us how she reacted.)

“She is brave, but yet down to Earth; she writes as a young woman, mother, youth leader at a church, and now active writer and blogger — fairly ordinary, actually. She knows what you are going through. She guides readers towards the virtues of steadfastness and joy, bringing living water to the deserts of our lives.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

The (Un)Common Good Media:

Jim Wallis appeared on Morning Joe.

Jim Wallis appeared on Melissa Harris-Perry.

Jim Wallis wrote “A Letter to Graduates: Whatever Happened to the Common Good?” for TIME.

 

A Beautiful Disaster media:

Her.meneutics featured an interview with Marlena.

Addie Zierman shared a guest post from Marlena Graves.

Preston Yancey reviewed Marlena’s book.

Dorothy Greco reviewed Marlena’s book.

Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books reviewed Marlena’s book.

 

Quick Hits:

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut won in the Culture category of the 2014 Word Awards.

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, appeared live on Connecting Faith with Neil Stavem.

iGods by Craig Detweiler and Sidewalks in the Kingdom by Eric O. Jacobsen were recommended in the June 28 issue of WORLD Magazine.

Peter Enns, author of The Evolution of Adam, was interviewed on the Newsworthy with Norsworthy podcast.

A Life Observed by Devin Brown was reviewed by Jennifer Neyhart.

The Liberating Image by J. Richard Middleton was discussed by Scot McKnight on Jesus Creed.

The Weekly Hit List: May 9, 2014

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed in Journal of Religion, Media & Digital Culture.

“An email message alert chimes, and you instinctively react. As you click to reply, your phone’s beep alerts you that a text message has arrived. Picking up your phone, a Twitter mention flashes. Who is in charge here?

“A Californian who has only ever owned Apple computers, Detweiler sings the glories of modern technologies, marveling in their design and enjoying the affordances they provide.

“Detweiler strives always to complicate his praise, examining the diverse effects of technologies on our lives in ways both spiritual and practical.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

Craig Detweiler was interviewed by InTouch Magazine.

“iGods are the technological leaders we have set up as our cultural ideals because of their creativity, brilliance, and profitability. And it is also that tendency within ourselves, aided by technology, to build a digital cocoon of our own making.”

 

Quick Hits:

Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, wrote “Death and deletion in Continue?9876543210” for Think Christian.

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was quoted on the Summit Church blog.

iGods by Craig Detweiler was quoted on the LCS Middle School blog.

 

Ebook Specials:

The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins by Peter Enns is only $2.99 (83% off) through May 15.

The Weekly Hit List: May 2, 2014

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut was chosen as a finalist in the Culture category of The Word Guild’s 2014 Word Awards.

Five other Baker Publishing Group titles were selected as finalists in several categories.

The Word Awards (previously the Canadian Christian Writing Awards) has awarded prizes to Christian Canadian Writers for more than twenty-five years and are designed to raise the writer’s profile and acknowledge works of excellence in twenty-eight categories.

The award presentation will take place at the World Vision headquarters in Ontario on June 11 at 7:30 PM.

For a complete list of finalists, click here.

 

 

Quick Hits:

Jim Wallis, author of On God’s Side, appeared this morning on Morning Joe.

The April 2014 issue of Border Crossings is now available.

Publishers Weekly interviewed Miroslav Volf, author of A Public Faith.

Nicole Baker Fulgham, author of Educating All God’s Children, received the City Funds Entrepreneur to Watch Award.

Nicole Baker Fulgham spoke at Q Nashville.

Educating All God’s Children was referenced by Megan Westra on Natasha Robinson’s blog.

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: 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.