The Weekly Hit List: May 20, 2016

Cover ArtBethany Hanke Hoang was interviewed about The Justice Calling on Equipped with Chris Brooks.

“As we look at the evil in the world, we may be tempted to toss up our hands in despair and ask ‘Is it even worth trying to make a difference for good?’ Guest host Susie Larson will talk with author and speaker Bethany Hoang. They will remind us of the One who is the source of justice and who calls us to join Him in His victorious work in the world!”

Andrew Wilson reviewed James K. A. Smith’s You Are What You Love.

You Are What You Love is a wonderful book: rich, readable, searching, provocative, theological, practical. For a book on how to live the Christian life well, it has remarkable depth; for a book on worship and character formation, it has remarkable bounce. I highly recommend it.”


Quick Hits:

At Godspace, Christine Sine reflected on Lisa Graham McMinn’s To The Table, and share the excerpt “Every Meal Holds the Hope of Life“.

J. Todd Billings, author of Rejoicing in Lament, reviewed When Breath Becomes Air for Christianity Today.

Spiritual Friendship, by Wesley Hill, was featured in the Christian Century’s Take & Read.

First Things will be hosting a book talk and reception with theologian and pastor Victor Lee Austin, author of Losing Susan.

 

The Weekly Hit List: May 6, 2016

Cover ArtAt Comment Magazine, Christen Borgman Yates reviewed The Justice Calling, by Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson.

“Hoang and Johnson have given us a gift in The Justice Calling. In a world with so many distracting voices, they’ve helped clarify the biblical account of God’s desire for this world to be set to rights, and have invited us to practice renewal in a thousand small, daily ways.”

Jonathan Storment, at Jesus Creed, finished his series on James K. A. Smith’s You Are What You Love.

Quick Hits:

At Relevant Magazine, J. Todd Billings, author of Rejoicing in Lament, discussed how lament could help us fight racism.

Matthew Skinner’s article Exposing a Government’s Abuse of Power was featured at Sojourners, and drew from his book Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel.

 

The Weekly Hit List: April 29, 2016

Cover ArtJames K. A. Smith, author of You Are What You Love, was interviewed by Heather Walker Peterson at Humane Pursuits.

“Nobody thinks their way into consumerism. Rather, the liturgies of the mall and market co-opt our love by capturing our imagination.”

In Justice, Beauty, and Habits of Waiting, Christen Borgman Yates reviewed Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson’s The Justice Calling for Comment Magazine.

Hoang and Johnson have given us a gift in The Justice Calling. In a world with so many distracting voices, they’ve helped clarify the biblical account of God’s desire for this world to be set to rights

J. Todd Billings was part of a Calvin Institute for Christian Worship panel discussion on Rejoicing in Lament and racism – connecting lamenting cancer with lamenting cancerous racism.

“As Yale theologian Willie James Jennings has argued, racism is ‘woven like a cancer’ into American Christianity. Like cancer, racism is a deep-seated disease that requires more than a ‘quick fix’ treatment.”

Quick Hits:

James K. A. Smith was interviewed on The Eric Metaxas Show, Equipped with Chris Brooks, and Newsworthy with Norsworthy.

You Are What You Love was reviewed by The Gospel Coalition, Influence Magazine, and Jesus Creed.

J. Todd Billings recently wrote the post Superficial Resurrection Hope? and his article A Luminous Mystery was honored at the annual Associated Church Press competition.

The Weekly Hit List: April 15, 2016

 Cover ArtNijay Gupta, at Crux Sola, reviewed Matthew Skinner’s Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel.

“I heartily recommend Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel to everyone and encourage a wide readership. It’s good for the soul – and body – and church!”

The Future of Our Faith, by Ron Sider and Ben Lowe, was reviewed at Leadership & Life.

“A compelling, thoughtful and challenging book that every North American Christian should read.”

Quick Hits:

J. Todd Billings spoke on The Church’s Witness in the Midst of Dying and Death at TEDS. Also, First Things recently made available an essay drawn from Billings’ Rejoicing in Lament.

Matthew Skinner, author of Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel, shared some commentary on Acts 2:1-21 at Working Preacher.

At Marketplace Faith, Dr. Chip Roper reflected on how James K. A. Smith’s You Are What You Love gives insight into how we can find wholeness in our work.

The Weekly Hit List: February 12, 2016

Cover ArtAt A Slice of Infinity, Jill Carattini reflected on Rejoicing in Lament by J. Todd Billings.

“Lament is an expression of grief, a practice—maybe even a word—that has fallen out of use in modern times, a discipline often avoided, even buried in Christian liturgies. “[I]n a growing trend,” writes Billings, “many funerals completely avoid the language of dying and death as well as the appearance of the dead body—turning it all into a one-sided ‘celebration’ of the life of the one who has died.”(1) Such language might be fitting for certain worldviews, particularly those worldviews where death remains an enemy that puts an end to the life we are celebrating. But the biblical paradox about death attends to far more of the human experience.”

Quick Hits:

The Colossian Forum staff members enjoyed a sneak peek at the new book The Justice Calling, by Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson.

James K. A. Smith, author of the forthcoming You Are What You Love, wrote about An American Lent.

Just in time for Lent – a Free Discussion Guide for Rejoicing in Lament

The Weekly Hit List: January 8, 2016

Cover ArtWesley Hill’s Spiritual Friendship was featured in The 2015 Christ and Pop Culture 25.

“Raises the possibility of deeper friendships being not just as a bulwark against corrosive individualism or a solution to the “problem” of gay Christians, but also a rich font of spiritual blessing for everyone. This short book is desperately needed in our cultural context, raising questions we shouldn’t keep to ourselves.”

Publishers Weekly reviewed The Justice Calling, coming soon from Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson.

“Powerful insights, based in scripture and Christian teaching, to help Christians to live out Jesus’ teachings in a globalized, interconnected, but impersonal world.”

Quick Hits:

Rejoicing in Lament, by J. Todd Billings, was a book of the year at Pilgrim in Progress and The Fidelity Essays, and was recommended at Scrawlings & Ramblings.

Ellen Charry’s Psalms 1- 50 was reviewed at SirReadaLot.

James K. A. Smith, author of the forthcoming You Are What You Love, was interviewed Thursday on The Ride Home with John & Kathy. You can find the podcast here, starting at the 1:12:00 mark.

The Weekly Hit List: December 18, 2015

 Cover ArtWe are very pleased to announce that Wesley Hill’s Spiritual Friendship received an Award of Merit in the Beautiful Orthodoxy category of the Christianity Today Book Awards.

The book makes an acute diagnosis of our atomized lives in a world that imagines sex as the only source of real intimacy, and marriage as the only setting for real commitment. It retrieves elements of the historic church tradition relating to friendship and commitment. And all this is presented in sensitive, evocative language, with a reverence for literature, language, and art that makes it a delight to read. Hill’s account has a raw, even wrenching, honesty that’s essential to authentic Christian testimony in our broken world. —Andy Crouch

Wes wrote a brief response here.

To have the flagship magazine of evangelical Christianity turning its attention to the beauty and power of relationships other than romantic ones, and turning its attention thereby to the actual lived experience of celibate, gay people — well, let’s just say it feels not only like a professional honor but also like a deeply, deeply personal one.

Also, our congratulations Stephen Monsma and Stanley Carlson-Thies, whose Free to Serve won an Award of Merit in Politics and Public Life, and to Jonathan Grant, whose Divine Sex tied in Christian Living/Discipleship.

“The church’s response to the seemingly limitless trajectory of hypersexualization has been puny, negative, and ineffective…Divine Sex properly widens the frame, delivering an incisive and nearly comprehensive analysis of our present state”

“Religious liberty desperately needs defending as a matter of public policy, and Free to Serve shows how it’s done.”


Quick Hits:

Todd Wilson reviewed Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy at Books at a Glance.

Rejoicing in Lament, by J. Todd Billings, was recommended at Pastoral Backstory.

Matthew Skinner, author of Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel, wrote Learning from Mary in Our Age of Endless War for Odyssey Networks.

The Weekly Hit List: December 11, 2015

Cover ArtMatthew Skinner’s Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel was reviewed by Steve Walton for Themelios.

This book will be eminently helpful to a church Bible study group working through Acts. It will also inform and help preachers or teachers engaging with Acts, and students who want to see ways in which the book’s themes and issues relate to Christian life and experience today. I commend it very warmly.

J. Todd Billings wrote the post Gratitude for God’s Surprising Work, which reflects on the stories people have shared with him after reading Rejoicing in Lament. Also, Sean Lucas at Reformation 21 named Rejoicing in Lament as one of his Top Ten Books of 2015.

A powerful book. Billings explores his own battle with incurable cancer in the larger narrative of the psalms of lament and union with Christ. As a pastor who has several parishioners dealing with cancer at any given time, this was a rich theological resource and personal reflection.

The Weekly Hit List: October 9, 2015

Cover ArtRejoicing in Lament, by J. Todd Billings, was reviewed by Don McKim at The Presbyterian Outlook

By all means, read this book. It speaks to a range of Christians — caretakers, counselors and those experiencing cancer or loss. It witnesses to faith in the midst of deep lament.


Quick Hits:

Roger Olson continued his series on Kingdom Conspiracy by Scot McKnight.

Wesley Hill, author of Spiritual Friendship, discussed what happens When Friendships Fail.

 

 

The Weekly Hit List: September 11, 2015

Cover ArtJ. Todd Billings, author of Rejoicing in Lament, wrote A Luminous Mystery for The Banner.

When disaster hits, the sovereign God is present and active, even when things seem out of control. Yet this is a truth that we cannot embody in abstractions or easy clichés: we embody it by joining with the suffering in praying with the psalmists—joining the Spirit and Jesus Christ in hopeful lament. This is God’s world, but it’s also not the way things are supposed to be.


Quick Hits:

Rejoicing in Lament was reviewed by Harry Monroe at The Monroe Doctrine.

Kingdom Conspiracy, by Scot McKnight, was reviewed at Think Apologetics.