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August 19, 2014

Books Beside My Bed

  • Cross, Alan: When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus

    Cross, Alan: When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus
    Just getting started with this. as ongoing committment for my attention to racial hurt and inequity to not just be for the period of summer of 2020. trying to keep learning.

  • Hans Küng: On Being a Christian

    Hans Küng: On Being a Christian
    Been working through for a year now this magnum opus of one of 20th century's greatest Roman Catholic theologians. Written in the 70's, his prescience regarding post-Christian everything is almost unnerving.

  • Vanderslice, Kendall: We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God

    Vanderslice, Kendall: We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God
    I wanted a study and overview of the 'dinner church' movement in the US - here it is. a lovely treatment with much to glean. And great running theology of meals, food, and where they come from.

  • Thurman, Howard: Jesus and the Disinherited

    Thurman, Howard: Jesus and the Disinherited
    I read somewhere this book inspired MLK Jr to turn his faith motivation toward civil rights. Its a biblical/theological treatment of the experience of the poor and downtrodden; how clearly that was Jesus' personal situation; what concrete hope does Jesus give to such persons in this life. You could consider this a meditation on Jesus as lens to look at race today, rather than through the lens of current social theories. Really beautiful stuff from one of the deans of African-American Christian ttheology of the 20th century (which I did not know).

  • Kinnaman, David: Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon

    Kinnaman, David: Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon
    Our staff and elders are reading this together for 2021 - new ways to follow Jesus in 'digital Babylon' is the heart of what I'm interested in, to serve younger generations well

  • Bloom, Matt: Flourishing in Ministry: How to Cultivate Clergy Wellbeing

    Bloom, Matt: Flourishing in Ministry: How to Cultivate Clergy Wellbeing
    What a dense treasure, to calibrate my life against research based findings what leads to pastors flourishing - or not- in life and ministry. Highly recommend to pastors. From a Notre Dame professor.

  • Barnes, M. Craig: The Pastor as Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies)

    Barnes, M. Craig: The Pastor as Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies)
    Helpful read this summer particularly regarding the prophetic side of pastoral ministry, wearing it carefully, biblically

  • Brian Sanders: Underground Church: A Living Example of the Church in its Most Potent Form
    This church planter/author is going to video into my church planting class this june. I'm reading new books by creative church planters and trainers, ahead of teaching Gordon-Conwell's class "Church Planting in a Post-Christian Context" this June.
  • Angie Moses: Flying Home

    Angie Moses: Flying Home
    My wife Angie published her first novel a few years ago. #1 I'm proud of her. #2 It's stinkin' good (tension between dreams and duty for a young mother). #3 This book will never be published and stocked in a 'Christian' bookstore with the picture of a beatific looking prairie woman on the front wearing a bonnet - there's grittiness of real life like happens to real people, and perhaps some grace. #4 This link is to the Kindle version, look below for paperback also. #5 Angie had in mind precisely the type of 'given up on church but not on God' folks we love so much to welcome at Lake Forest as she wrote.