The Weekly Hit List: November 6, 2015

Cover ArtJames K.A. Smith was interviewed at The Living Church.

Do you plan to write a book at a more popular level, more in line with your talks that have been broadcast on YouTube?
Yes, it’s called You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (2016). When I wrote Desiring the Kingdom, I thought it was a popular book. Only an academic could make that mistake! In my talks I translate more of my concepts into metaphors. With this new book I reworked what works in the talks and developed some stickier metaphors. I’ve added new material on family and household, children and youth, and faith and work. I’ve tried to write it with a little more verve and scriptural cadences. It’s coming out in March.

Traces of the Trinity, by Peter Leithart, was reviewed at The Solid-State Archive.

An invaluable resource, not only for understanding the operation of the Trinity in the everyday stuff of life, but for the shaping of worldviews and ideas we hold of what God has to do with our personal lives. I can’t recommend this volume enough. It crosses literary boundaries and may be enjoyed by the apologist and the layman, the pastor and the congregant.


Quick Hits:

At his blog, Peter Enns, author of The Evolution of Adam argues that seeing the need to move beyond biblical categories is in fact biblical.

Craig Blomberg was interview at White Horse Inn about his book Can We Still Believe the Bible?.

Derek Rishmawy attended the recent Center for Pastor Theologians’ conference, and reflected on the messages of Brazos Press authors Peter Leithart and James K.A. Smith.

The Weekly Hit List: May 15, 2015

Desiring God featured “God Is Bigger Than My Cancer” by J. Todd Billings, author of Rejoicing in Lament.

PrintCancer changes your perception of life. Each day comes to us as a gift from the gracious hand of God — whether it is the last day of a short life or the first day of a long and healthy life. But living into the reality that each day is a gift also involves coming to recognize a stark, biblical truth that is deeply countercultural: God is not our debtor.

Surely God is not capricious or untrustworthy. God has disclosed himself as gracious in his dealings with creation, with Israel, and most fully, in Jesus Christ. The Triune God binds himself to covenant promises that include, envelop, and hold us in a communion that sin and death cannot break. God is faithful to these promises, fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

But this does not mean life is “fair,” or that we are shielded from all of the present consequences of sin and death. God is not our debtor. He does not “owe” us a certain number of requisite years of life.

Read the entire article here.

 

 

Wesley Hill, author of Spiritual Friendship, was interviewed by Peter Smith for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Wesley Hill is convinced that taking a road less traveled doesn’t have to be a lonely journey.

Mr. Hill, a professor at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, and a small corps of other writers around the country have churned out a small library of books and blog posts, united in a single premise.

They believe gay Christians can and should affirm their sexual orientation — but should also commit to celibacy.

Read all of “Gay and celibate: Some Christians affirming their homosexuality but pledging to forgo sex” here.

Toledo’s The Blade also ran this interview: “Reviving tradition of spiritual friendship”

 

 

Foreword Reviews reviewed Nonviolent Action by Ronald J. Sider.

Nonviolent ActionSider boldly states that nonviolence can work and work very well. But his vision is not some idealistic dream. Study, training, and organization are needed to fully execute this vision, he says. And it is not the easy or safe route—that’s why faith is critical; as with Christ, modern-day nonviolence may be met with violence and death. This sober reality showcases the gravity of people’s often-glib aversion to violence. But this approach is urgently needed: “The twentieth century was the bloodiest in human history.” Sider also highlights the opportunities of the present time—like the role of social media during the Arab Spring—but focuses primarily on the most timeless of assets, like prayer, persistence, and community.

While his approach is academic and well researched, it’s also intensely readable. He summarizes events and ideas well without oversimplifying. While the task at hand is daunting, his voice is friendly and optimistic.

Read the entire review here.

 

Quick Hits:

Traces of the Trinity by Peter J. Leithart was reviewed  by Michael Hansen for Torrey Gazette.

Peter Enns discussed his book The Evolution of Adam in “11 recurring mistakes in the debate over the ‘historical Adam’.”

The Weekly Hit List: March 13, 2015

Outreach Magazine Resources of the Year Awards:

Congratulations to Scot McKnight: Outreach Magazine chose Kingdom Conspiracy as their Resource of the Year in the Missional Church category.

Todd Engstrom, executive pastor of ministries at The Austin Stone Community Church, described Kingdom Conspiracy as “a timely resource for the missional church to re-examine some basic assumptions that impact church practice in the everyday.”

 

Also congratulations to Craig Detweiler: Outreach Magazine honored iGods in the Culture category.

 

 

Rejoicing in Lament Media:

Todd Billings was interviewed on Jesus Creed.

“Instead of a theodicy, scripture gives us a prayer book. The Psalms shape our response to evil through laments, which focus our eyes upon God’s promise to make things right, even when things are a mess and through thanksgiving, which rightly recognizes that we are not “entitled” to good things, but the goods of creation and redemption come from the gracious hand of God.

“I think that we cultivate our confidence in God and his promise through prayer, through worship – feeding upon Christ by Word and Sacrament in community – and through compassionate service.”

Read the entire interview here.

 

Todd appeared on INSIGHT (on Canada’s Miracle Channel).

Immanuel UCC‘s blog reviewed Rejoicing in Lament.

Dr. Conrade Yap reviewed Rejoicing in Lament.

 

 

Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory Media:

Scot McKnight recommended Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory by Jerry L. Walls on Jesus Creed.

“No one in the world has thought more about heaven, hell and purgatory than Jerry Walls.

“He has an academic, but accessible, book on each topic and now he has brought all his thinking together in one far more accessible, rearranged book called Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: A Protestant View of the Cosmic Drama.”

 

Peter Leithart discussed Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory by Jerry L. Walls on his First Things blog.

 

Jerry M. Ireland reviewed Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory.

 

 

Quick Hits:

Presence and Encounter by David G. Benner was recommended by Kathy Milans on Soul Care Collective.

Nonviolent Action by Ronald J. Sider was reviewed by Chris Woznicki.

 

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) from participating retailers through March 13.

Ebook Special for The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns

Now through March 13, the ebook of The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins by Peter Enns is only $2.99 (83% off) from the following participating retailers:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

CBD

 

2012 Book of the Year Award, Foreword Magazine

“On the basis of what is known about Genesis, its origins, and its subsequent interpretation, Enns argues in this sensitive and highly readable book that modern evolutionary science can coexist with the scriptural account of creation in Christian understanding. Writing with high respect for scripture, he cogently assembles information and perspectives to help Christians understand Genesis on its own terms and navigate the troubled passage between science and theology.”
Christian Century

 

Can Christianity and evolution coexist? Traditional Christian teaching presents Jesus as reversing the effects of the fall of Adam. However, an evolutionary view of beginnings doesn’t allow for a historical Adam, making evolution seem incompatible with what Genesis and the apostle Paul say about him. For Christians who accept evolution and want to take the Bible seriously, this presents a tension that endangers faith.

Peter Enns offers a way forward by explaining how this tension is caused not by the discoveries of science but by false expectations about the biblical texts. Focusing on key biblical passages in the discussion, Enns demonstrates that the author of Genesis and the apostle Paul wrote to ask and answer ancient questions for ancient people; the fact that they both speak of Adam does not determine whether Christians can accept evolution. This thought-provoking book reconciles the teachings of the Bible with the widely held evolutionary view of beginnings and will appeal to anyone interested in the Christianity-evolution debate, including college and seminary students in science and religion courses.

 

Peter Enns (PhD, Harvard University) is the Abram S. Clemens Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He was formerly senior fellow of biblical studies for The BioLogos Foundation, an organization that explores the integration of science and Christian faith, where he wrote a regular column for their Science and the Sacred blog. He has taught at several schools, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Temple University, and Westminster Theological Seminary. Enns has authored or edited numerous books, including The Bible Tells Me So and The Evolution of Adam.

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 30, 2014

A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves (June 2014) was reviewed in the June 14, 2014, issue of CBA Retailers + Resources.

A Beautiful Disaster examines the many and varied “disasters” that Graves endured from childhood to adulthood. She transparently shares numerous life-altering events that compelled her to seek Jesus more intimately.

“Because life is fraught with difficulty and pain, Christians must make peace with that truth and build their faith upon the foundation of God’s love and His Word. Graves tenderly opens the deepest of her own heart’s wounds while demonstrating that God is always present in our pain, always attending to us in our troubles, and always at the ready to provide us the strength and grace to endure.”

The text of the full review is available to subscribers of CBA Retailers + Resources.

 

Quick Hits:

The May issue of Border Crossings is now available.

Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was mentioned by Publishers Weekly.

Generous Spaciousness was reviewed on A Queer Calling.

Generous Spaciousness was also recommended by the CRC’s YALT and Norville Rogers.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was recommended by Rachel Held Evans.

Miroslav Volf, author of A Public Faith, delivered four lectures at the Re:Thinking a Public Faith conference in Sydney. The lectures are available via the Centre for Public Christianity.

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.

Ebook Special for The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns

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

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

CBD

2012 Book of the Year Award, Foreword Magazine

“On the basis of what is known about Genesis, its origins, and its subsequent interpretation, Enns argues in this sensitive and highly readable book that modern evolutionary science can coexist with the scriptural account of creation in Christian understanding. Writing with high respect for scripture, he cogently assembles information and perspectives to help Christians understand Genesis on its own terms and navigate the troubled passage between science and theology.”
Christian Century

Can Christianity and evolution coexist? Traditional Christian teaching presents Jesus as reversing the effects of the fall of Adam. However, an evolutionary view of beginnings doesn’t allow for a historical Adam, making evolution seem incompatible with what Genesis and the apostle Paul say about him. For Christians who accept evolution and want to take the Bible seriously, this presents a tension that endangers faith.

Peter Enns offers a way forward by explaining how this tension is caused not by the discoveries of science but by false expectations about the biblical texts. Focusing on key biblical passages in the discussion, Enns demonstrates that the author of Genesis and the apostle Paul wrote to ask and answer ancient questions for ancient people; the fact that they both speak of Adam does not determine whether Christians can accept evolution. This thought-provoking book reconciles the teachings of the Bible with the widely held evolutionary view of beginnings and will appeal to anyone interested in the Christianity-evolution debate, including college and seminary students in science and religion courses.

Peter Enns (PhD, Harvard University) teaches biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He was formerly senior fellow of biblical studies for The BioLogos Foundation, an organization that explores the integration of science and Christian faith, where he wrote a regular column for their Science and the Sacred blog. He has taught at several schools, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Temple University, and Westminster Theological Seminary. Enns has authored or edited numerous books, including Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament.

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 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.