Books

Books

Uneasy partners

My Easter Sunday sermon preparation was interrupted this year by a two-hour emergency meeting at a local housing authority, where we discussed marketing plans, reserve funds and retaining walls.

Marriage and Modernization: How Globalization Threatens Marriage and What to Do About It

The phrase “family values” became an early catchword in the culture wars. The way people define those values and implement them politically marks a bitter line of division between liberals and conservatives.

An Annotated Anthology of Hymns

Hymns are “important in the history of ideas, the formation of culture, and the inner life of individual readers,” J. R. Watson reminds us in this time when the disciplines of hymn writing and singing are undervalued by many Christian worshipers.

Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann

A good preacher should be able to teach in a right and orderly way . . . be able to speak well . . . have a good memory . . . be sure of the material and be diligent . . . stake body and life, goods and honor on it . . . [and] know when to stop,” said Martin Luther.

High anxiety

If life in America has improved so much since World War II, why do we feel so insecure and unhappy?