Books

Books

Not Ashamed of the Gospel: Sermons from Paul's Letter to the Romans

When I carried this book into a gas-station diner I saw the waitress look at the title and roll her eyes. I turned the book over. But was I ashamed of the gospel? Well, of course not—so I turned its face up again, wondering what else might happen.

Creation and Covenant: The Significance of Sexual Difference in the Moral Theology of Marriage

In their debates over homosexuality, denominations tend to assume that the “orthodox” people will be antigay and that advocates for inclusion are eager to toss out anything older than, say, 1968.

Native Guard

This collection, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, opens with “Theories of Time and Space,” a poem that alerts the reader to the territory under artistic surveillance. It begins with the lines: “You can get there from here, though / there’s no going home.

Texts of terror

Either the world is growing more violent or, because of more intense media coverage, we are increasingly aware of the violence that is all around us.

The New Measures: A Theological History of Democratic Practice

Not long ago the New York Times carried a story about a California congregation that maintains three separate bands: one specializing in soft rock, one in hard rock and one in classic rock. It effectively recruits its members, all 8,000 of them, according to their taste in Christian rock music.