Brother to a Dragonfly, by Will D. Campbell (Continuum). Will Campbell distrusts institutions, the religious enterprise, and faith that is too settled. He’s often irreverent, finds church in a tavern, and will offer visitors a sip of whiskey and call it communion (so I hear).
Our Mother Saint Paul
Beverly Roberts Gaventa
Paul and His Letters (second edition)
Leander E. Keck
The Writings of St. Paul
John T. Fitzgerald and Wayne A. Meeks, eds.
Rereading Paul Together: Protestant and Catholic Perspectives on Justification
In addition to its roundup of book reviews, the Century's fall books issue features works that guest critics consider to be essential reading on three topics: John Calvin, Paul and preaching. A. Katherine Grieb's essential books on Paul are: Paul and His Letters (second edition), The Writings of St. Paul, Our Mother Saint Paul, Rereading Paul Together: Protestant and Catholic Perspectives on Justification, and A Shorter Commentary on Romans. Read her comments here.
Karl Barth’s theology grew out of the task of preaching, and he always kept that task in view. In a radio interview not long before his death, he noted, “My whole theology, you see, is fundamentally a theology for pastors.
On Being Liked
Friendship: Interpreting Christian Love
Blow the Trumpet in Zion! Global Vision and Action for the Twenty-First Century Black Church
Iva E. Carruthers, Frederick D. Haynes III and Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., eds..
Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture
Vincent J. Miller
In Search of the Good Life: The Ethics of Globalization
Rebecca Todd Peters
Having: Property and Possession in Religious and Social Life
William Schweiker and Charles Mathewes, eds.
The Divine Voice: Christian Proclamation and the Theology of Sound
Picking up where he left off in Faith Beyond Resentment, Alison, a Catholic priest, continues to expose the subversive potential of the gospel message, especially regarding the situation of gay Christians. In three sets of essays he rejects a patronizing Christian love that does not include liking the persons concerned.