A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Nonviolence, edited by Tripp York and Justin Bronson Barringer. Many people assume that Christian pacifists lack good or even coherent answers to hard questions: Shouldn’t you protect the innocent? Wouldn’t you fight for your loved ones? What about war in the Old Testament?
Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
By Sherry Turkle
The Borders of Baptism
Identities, Allegiances, and the Church
By Michael Budde
A Watered Garden
Christian Worship and Earth's Ecology
By Benjamin Stewart
War and the American Difference
Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity
By Stanley Hauerwas
The Christian Art of Dying
Learning from Jesus
By Allen Verhey
Making a Welcome
Christian Life and the Practice of Hospitality
By Maria Poggi Johnson
Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics
By Joel B. Green, Jacqueline E. Lapsley, Rebekah Miles and Allen Verhey
The Betrayal of Charity
The Sins that Sabotage Divine Love
By Matthew Levering
The Devil Wears Nada
By Tripp York
A Key to Balthasar
Hans Urs von Balthasar on Beauty, Goodness, and Truth
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, by Sherry Turkle (Basic Books, 384 pp., $28.95). Amidst the deluge of propaganda, technophilia and idolatry that masquerades as objective assessment of digital culture, Turkle offers us galoshes and a sump pump.
A Very Short Introduction
By D. Stephen Long
Christian Ethics in the Workplace
By Esther D. Reed
The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom
By Peter J. Leithart
God’s Movement Toward Beloved Community
By Charles Marsh and John Perkins
Good News for Anxious Christians
10 Practical Things You Don’t Have to Do
By Phillip Cary
By Michelle A. Gonzalez
God and Gadgets
Following Jesus in a Technological Age
By Brad J. Kallenberg
A Culture of Place
By bell hooks
Is God Still at the Bedside?
The Medical, Ethical, and Pastoral Issues of Death and Dying
Christian Ethics: A Very Short Introduction, by D. Stephen Long. Beginning with the challenge pressed by atheist Christopher Hitchens and engaging Christianity's historic failures, Long brings elegant clarity to the project of Christian ethics.
typically think of name-calling as trash talk, violent speech, all harm and no
good. Often it is. In the aftermath of the midterm elections, I'm well past my
quota of derogation and defamation. But not all name-calling is violence.
There is an ongoing debate about the angels in Andrei Rublev's icon of the Trinity, painted around 1410, and about which one represents the Son and which the Holy Spirit. For the Word become flesh, my money is on the one wearing blue and brown, for those hues suggest one who comes from heaven to earth to reconcile both in his one person.
On a Sunday when John the Baptist's call
for repentance roars in our ears, we need reminders of the precedence of
gift, the prevenience of grace. For John's sermonic cry to "prepare the
way of the Lord" can seem all task and no gift. It calls out the Pelagian in all
of us, the voluntarist who wants to build the kingdom. Careless hearing leads
us to imagine that if we "make his paths straight," he will come.
On this second Sunday of Advent, perhaps the paraments should be red rather than blue or purple. Red has become our Holy Spirit hue, the liturgical color that accompanies occasions of heightened concentration on pneumatological presence and power. Hanging red isn't like firing a signal flare, as if the Spirit has suddenly been glimpsed after a long absence or concealment.
Trails of Hope and Terror: Testimonies on Immigration
Miguel A. De La Torre
Introducing Christian Ethics
Samuel Wells and Ben Quash
Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, a Memoir
Cornel West with David Ritz
Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir
Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church Rather Than the State
Daniel M. Bell Jr.
The Ten Commandments (Interpretation series)
Patrick D. Miller
Family Ethics: Practices for Christians
Julie Hanlon Rubio
Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga
Beth Felker Jones
Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals
Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw
Hunger and Happiness: Feeding the Hungry, Nourishing Our Souls
De La Torre writes “to assist the churchgoing layperson in understanding the complexity of the current immigration debate.” His book does far more than exhibit many of the complexities and calumnies of the politicized debate about immigration in the U.S.
Living Gently in a Violent World
Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier
Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Studies on the New Testament's Christology of Divine Identity
Christology and Science
F. LeRon Shults
This Mortal Flesh: Incarnation and Bioethics
Against the Tide: Love in a Time of Petty Dreams and Persisting Enmities
Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World
Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life
Margaret Kim Peterson
Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation
For all the saints in your congregation, today is a crucial moment to
name both the importance of the saints--that great cloud of
witnesses--and the source of saintliness, our “one instructor, the
Messiah” (Matt. 23:10).
In many church traditions, this Sunday is Reformation Sunday—a time for
trumpets and triumphalism, for remembering where we Protestants got it
right and for justifying our salvation with a vigorous singing of
Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” We may even believe that it is
we who are the prophets like Moses, the ones whom God knows face to
Noting that Jesus’ interlocutors in today’s gospel reading were truly
amazed at his answer, Stanley Hauerwas comments that it’s too bad
Christians have not been equally amazed. Rather than being amazed that
Jesus has come to usher in God’s reign, we are preoccupied with the
politics and rulers of the world.
What a great party Aaron managed to throw while Moses was on
sabbatical! (Perhaps Exodus 32 is a caution for associate pastors
against starting new initiatives while the senior pastor is on
vacation—even if the people beg.) Jesus too offers a parable of a
party. Such festivity will likely be the last thing on most people's
minds this week, however.
Two years ago, one of my students wrote a master's thesis defending just war.Then he joined the U.S. Air Force. I suppose you could look at it as a pedagogical success: I helped him turn the corner from theory to practice. But as a pacifist, I took it pretty hard.
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