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

Barnes & Noble

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

The Weekly Hit List: May 3, 2013

Broken Hallelujahs by Christian Scharen was reviewed in Themelios.

“Christian Scharen, echoing Andy Crouch, reminds us that “culture is not some distinct area from which we can remove ourselves” (p. 140). Fish, as the saying goes, don’t think much about their being wet.

And yet we sometimes approach the issue of engaging culture all too naively. Quite simply, we live in culture, and we are engaging it all the time.

“The question Scharen puts before us is this: How can we live in culture theologically?”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

 

On God’s Side media:

“To the Point” on Public Radio International

“Sojourners’ Jim Wallis Ponders Immigration, Guns at Washington National Cathedral” on Juicy Ecumenism

“Surprising Our ‘Enemies’: What If We Flipped the Script?” by Adam Ericksen for The Common Good Forum

“What Jim Wallis, Chicago, and Free-Market Economists Can Teach Us About the Common Good” by Tyler Castle on Values & Capitalism blog

“Creating a Culture of Unity Through Interfaith Cooperation” by Rachael McNeal on The Huffington Post

Georgetown University Common Good Forum video

“Forum” on KQED-FM NPR, San Francisco

LA Quaker review

 

Quick Hits:

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was cited by Morgan Guyton.

 

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

The Weekly Hit List: February 22, 2013

Speaking of DyingSpeaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was reviewed by pastor Conrade Yap.

“I am deeply grateful for this book because it shines light into a dark place where few people dare to tread. It speaks into the needs of people who struggle with the questions of death and dying.

“Above all, as it helps the Church recover her voice for speaking hope to the dying, it also illuminates ways in which pastors, preachers, leaders, and concerned believers can participate in the ministry of caring for the dying.

“Well written and researched, intelligent and practical, this book is a strongly recommended reference book for all in Christian ministry and leadership. As much as we all want to live well, we need also to learn what it means to die well. This book provides much wisdom and guidance.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

Quick Hits:

Christian Smith, author of The Bible Made Impossible, appeared on Dr. Bill Maier Live on Faith Radio.

Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, appeared on Relevant Magazine‘s web site with the article “Do Video Games Cause Violence?“.

Darkness Is My Only Companion by Kathryn Greene-McCreight was recommended as one of “My Top 5 Books on Mental Illness” by Amy Simpson on Christianity Today.

Matthew Dickerson, author of A Hobbit Journey, wrote an article for The High Calling: “The Slippery Slope of Idolatry.”

 

Cross-Shattered Christ Giveaway Winners:

Congratulations to Phillip Johnston, Laura Nickelson, Glenn Davis, Andrew Jacobs, and Cameron Merrill.

They have each won a copy of Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words by Stanley Hauerwas on The Brazos Blog.

Keep checking back for our next giveaway.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

February ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 41% off.

Abraham (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Paul (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
David (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Peter (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Women of the Gospels (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Women of the Torah (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis by Craig L. Blomberg
Magnifying God in Christ by Thomas R. Schreiner
Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson
Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas
The Forgotten Ways Handbook by Alan Hirsch with Darryn Altclass