Books

Books

Churches inside and out

Outside my office door are boxes of free books and journals left behind by a recently retired professor.

Apostle of the Crucified Lord

To be a Christian is to suffer like the Lord. Or so St. Paul thought. Or so Michael Gorman thinks Paul thought. If there is a unifying theme to this nearly 700-page “introduction” to Paul, it is the cruciform shape of the apostle’s thought, which is also the pattern for Christian life.

The Shoes of van Gogh

With Henri Nouwen serving as spiritual guide, Cliff Edwards offers a provocative and thoughtful reflection on Vincent van Gogh’s religious sensitivity. He shows how the painter captured a sense of the sacred in the most ordinary scenes.

Sons of Mississippi

One picture has become a symbol of white resistance to James Meredith’s 1962 entrance to the University of Mississippi as its first African-American student: the Life magazine photograph, taken by Charlie Moore, showing seven white sheriffs gathered in a campus grove, one of them swinging a billy club.
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Pop pulpits

I know what it’s like to be a preacher desperate for some point of contact with an otherwise inert congregation.