The Souls of Black Folk,
by W. E. B. Du Bois

A book I like to teach

"What does it feel like to be a problem?” For the first time in college, a line from a book rang in my head for days. W. E. B. Du Bois’s realization of his racial reality and the question of how he would choose to exist in the face of this new knowledge struck me as a deeply theological question.


Faith Speaking Understanding, by Kevin J. Vanhoozer

Kevin Vanhoozer demonstrates that Christian thought is a more engaging, embodied affair than much that passes for thinking these days.


We Make the Road by Walking, by Brian D. McLaren

Academics may find no theological breakthrough in Brian McLaren's latest book, but the ones who care about church life may still do a double take.


Practical theology

Take & Read

Transforming Congregations through Community: Faith Formation from the Seminary to the Church, by Boyung Lee. In this highly accessible work, pastor and seminary professor Lee offers readers a vision, plus practical guidance for helping mainline congregations become vital and faithful communities in the 21st century.