In this provocative new contribution to public theology, world-renowned theologian Miroslav Volf named "America's New Public Intellectual" by Scot McKnight on his Jesus Creed blog and Matthew Croasmun explain that the intellectual tools needed to rescue us from our present malaise and meet our new cultural challenge are the tools of theology.
For the Life of the World: Theology That Makes a Difference Theology for the Life of the World #ad - The question of what makes life worth living is more vital now than ever. A renewal of theology is crucial to help us articulate compelling visions of the good life, find our way through the maze of contested questions of value, and answer the fundamental question of what makes life worth living.
Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of EmpireBaylor University Press #ad - Finally, which is so often read as simply an abstract soteriological scheme, McKnight shows how the widely regarded "universal" sinfulness of Romans 1–4, applies to a particular rhetorical character’s sinfulness and has a polemical challenge. Romans 5–8 equally levels the ground with the assertion that both groups, and systemic evil, flesh, once trapped in a world controlled by sin, can now live a life in the Spirit.
It focuses all of romans―paul’s apostleship, and Christ’s transformation of humanity―on achieving grace and peace among all people, God’s faithfulness, both strong and weak. To read romans from beginning to end, from letter opening to final doxology, is to retrace the steps of Paul. Reading forward has led readers to classify Romans as abstract and systematic theology, as a letter unstained by real pastoral concerns.
But what if a different strategy were adopted? could it be that the secret to understanding the relationship between theology and life, the key to unlocking Romans, is to begin at the letter’s end? Scot McKnight does exactly this in Reading Romans Backwards. Mcknight begins with romans 12–16, foregrounding the problems that beleaguered the house churches in Rome.
Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire #ad - Beginning with the end places readers right in the middle of a community deeply divided between the strong and the weak, each side dug in on their position. The strong assert social power and privilege, while the weak claim an elected advantage in Israel’s history. But to read romans forward may have kept the full message of Romans from being perceived.
Continuing to work in reverse, mcknight unpacks the big themes of romans 9–11―God’s unfailing, but always surprising, purposes and the future of Israel―to reveal Paul’s specific and pastoral message for both the weak and the strong in Rome.
Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized WorldYale University Press #ad - In this perceptive, deeply personal, and beautifully written book, a leading theologian sheds light on how religions and globalization have historically interacted and argues for what their relationship ought to be. Recounting how these twinned forces have intersected in his own life, despite their malfunctions, he shows how world religions, remain one of our most potent sources of moral motivation and contain within them profoundly evocative accounts of human flourishing.
A celebrated theologian explores how the greatest dangers to humanity, to university curricula, globalization and the great world religions are shaping our lives, affecting everything from the public policies of political leaders and the economic decisions of industry bosses and employees, as well as the greatest promises for human flourishing, are at the intersection of religion and globalization More than almost anything else, all the way to the inner longings of our hearts.
Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World #ad - Integral to both globalization and religions are compelling, overlapping, and sometimes competing visions of what it means to live well. Through renewal and reform, religions might, in turn, shape globalization so that can be about more than bread alone. Yale University Press. Globalization should be judged by how well it serves us for living out our authentic humanity as envisioned within these traditions.
Pastor in a Secular Age Ministry in a Secular AgeBaker Academic #ad - In the pastor in a secular age, root explores how this secular age has impacted the identity and practice of the pastor, obscuring his or her core vocation: to call and assist others into the experience of ministry. Using examples of pastors throughout history--from Augustine and Jonathan Edwards to Martin Luther King Jr.
And nadia bolz-weber--Root shows how pastors have both perpetuated and responded to our secular age. In faith formation in a secular age, the first book in his Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy, Andrew Root offered an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulated how faith can be formed in our secular age.
Pastor in a Secular Age Ministry in a Secular Age #ad - Root turns to old testament texts and to the theology of Robert Jenson to explain how pastors can regain the important role of attending to people's experiences of divine action, offering a new vision for pastoral ministry today. Yale University Press.
Christ the Heart of CreationBloomsbury Continuum #ad - Christ the heart of creation concerns fundamental issues for Christian belief and Williams tackles them head-on: he writes with pellucid clarity and shows his gift for putting across what are inevitably complex ideas to a wide audience. This book draws on insights from eastern christianity, from the Western Middle Ages and from Reformed thinkers, from Calvin to Bonhoeffer – as well as considering theological insights sparked by philosophers like Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein.
Yale University Press. In this wide-ranging book, rowan williams argues that what we say about Jesus Christ is key to understanding what Christian belief says about creator and creation overall. Throughout his life, rowan williams has been deeply influenced by thinkers of the Eastern Christian tradition as well as Catholic and Anglican writers.
Christ the Heart of Creation #ad - Through detailed discussion of texts from the earliest centuries to the present day, we are shown some of the various and subtle ways in which Christians have discovered in their reflections on Christ the possibility of a deeply affirmative approach to creation, and a set of radical insights in ethics and politics as well.
That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal SalvationYale University Press #ad - But it is not so. With great rhetorical power, and emotional range, wit, Hart offers a new perspective on one of Christianity’s most important themes. But today, this view is no longer prevalent within Christian communities. There is no such thing as eternal damnation; all will be saved. A stunning reexamination of one of the essential tenets of christian belief from one of the most provocative and admired writers on religion today The great fourth‑century church father Basil of Caesarea once observed that, in his time, most Christians believed that hell was not everlasting, and that all would eventually attain salvation.
Yale University Press. On the basis of the earliest christian writings, scripture, and logic, Hart argues that if God is the good creator of all, theological tradition, he is the savior of all, without fail. In this momentous book, david bentley Hart makes the case that nearly two millennia of dogmatic tradition have misled readers on the crucial matter of universal salvation.
That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation #ad - And if he is not the savior of all, the Kingdom is only a dream, and creation something considerably worse than a nightmare.
History and Eschatology: Jesus and the Promise of Natural TheologyBaylor University Press #ad - How can we know about god? that question increasingly bothered scientists and philosophers in the modern period as they chipped away at previously imagined "certainties. They refused to take on trust the "special revelation" of the Christian Bible, trying instead to argue up to God from the "natural" world.
T. History and eschatology: jesus and the promise of Natural Theology represents the first Gifford delivered by a New Testament scholar since Rudolf Bultmann in 1955. Wright argues that, since the philosophical and cultural movements that generated the natural theology debates also treated Jesus as a genuine human being―part of the "natural world"―there is no reason the historical Jesus should be off-limits.
History and Eschatology: Jesus and the Promise of Natural Theology #ad - . The crucifixion of the subsequently resurrected Jesus, turns out to meet, as solid an event as any in the "natural" world, in unexpected and suggestive ways, the puzzles of the ultimate questions asked by every culture. Yale University Press. At the same time, these events open up vistas of the eschatological promise held out to the entire natural order.
Against bultmann’s dehistoricized approach, N. Genuine historical study challenges not only what we thought we knew but how we know it. What would happen if we brought him back into the discussion? what, in particular, might "history" and "eschatology" really mean? And what might that say about "knowledge" itself?This lively and wide-ranging discussion invites us to see Jesus himself in a different light by better acquainting ourselves with the first-century Jewish world.
The result is a larger vision, both of "natural theology" and of Jesus himself, than either the academy or the church has normally expected.
On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless HeartsBrazos Press #ad - Publishers weekly starred reviewnamed one of the top 100 Books and One of the 5 Best Books in Religion for 2019 by Publishers WeeklyThis is not a book about Saint Augustine. In a way, it's a book Augustine has written about each of us. Popular speaker and award-winning author James K. A. Augustine, is the patron saint of restless hearts--a guide who has been there, says Smith, asked our questions, and knows our frustrations and failed pursuits.
Augustine spent a lifetime searching for his heart's true home and he can help us find our way. What makes augustine a guide worth considering, what peace feels like, "is that he knows where home is, " says Smith, where rest can be found, even if it is sometimes ephemeral and elusive along the way. Addressing believers and skeptics alike, sex, parenthood, friendship, covering topics such as ambition, freedom, this book shows how Augustine's timeless wisdom speaks to the worries and struggles of contemporary life, and death.
On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts #ad - As smith vividly and colorfully brings Augustine to life for 21st-century readers, fears, he also offers a fresh articulation of Christianity that speaks to our deepest hungers, and hopes. Smith has spent time on the road with Augustine, and he invites us to take this journey too, for this ancient African thinker knows far more about us than we might expect.
Following smith's successful you are what You Love, this book shows how Augustine can be a pilgrim guide to a spirituality that meets the complicated world we live in. Yale University Press.
Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church Theological Explorations for the Church CatholicBrazos Press #ad - As leaders, pastors both create and nurture culture in a church. The biblical vision for that culture is Christoformity, or Christlikeness. 9:22. Being a pastor is a complicated calling. Mcknight explores seven dimensions that illustrate this concept--friendship, generosity, siblings, storytelling, witness, subverting the world, and wisdom--as he calls pastors to be conformed to Christ and to nurture a culture of Christoformity in their churches.
The pastor's central calling, then, is to mediate Christ in everything. Pastors are often pulled in multiple directions and must "become all things to all people" 1 Cor. Grounding pastoral ministry in the pastoral praxis of the apostle Paul, McKnight shows that nurturing Christoformity was at the heart of the Pauline mission.
Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic #ad - Yale University Press. What does the new testament say or not say about the pastoral calling? And what can we learn about it from the apostle Paul?According to popular New Testament scholar Scot McKnight, pastoring must begin first and foremost with spiritual formation, which plays a vital role in the life and ministry of the pastor.
Exploring Protestant Traditions: An Invitation to Theological HospitalityIVP Academic #ad - Some things take time, like coming to know a religious tradition. But exploring Protestant Traditions is an excellent place to start. Used book in Good Condition. Clearly and evenhandedly, W. David buschart traces the histories of each tradition, explains their interpretive approaches to Scripture and identifies their salient beliefs.
Protestant is shorthand for a spreading family tree of church and theological traditions. Yale University Press. Whether you are an insider to one tradition, exploring protestant traditions is a richly informative field guide to eight prominent Protestant theological traditions: Lutheran, a hybrid of two or three, Wesleyan, Baptist, Anabaptist, Anglican, or--as many Christians today--an outsider to all, Reformed, Dispensational and Pentecostal.
Exploring Protestant Traditions: An Invitation to Theological Hospitality #ad - Charts displaying the denominational representatives of each tradition and bibliographies mapping the path for further explorations add to the value of this guide. Each tradition embodies a historically shaped perspective on the beliefs, practices and priorities that make up a Christian community. This is a book that seeks to receive rather than evaluate, to listen and understand rather than judge or correct.
His is a model of theological hospitality that encourages you to open your doors to the varied ways in which Protestantism has taken root in history and human society. As a result, you will gain a sense of what it is to believe and worship as a Reformed or Pentecostal Christian, who the traditions' heroes are and where the "theological accents" are placed.
Adventures in Evangelical Civility: A Lifelong Quest for Common GroundBrazos Press #ad - Through nearly half a century of scholarship, leadership, and ministry, Mouw has sought to learn from non-Christian scholars and other faith traditions and to cultivate a civility that is compatible with his Calvinist convictions. In adventures in evangelical civility, Mouw reflects on his almost fifty years of Christian public life, which provides a unique lens for understanding twentieth-century evangelicalism.
. A hopeful calvinist's quest for common groundrichard mouw, one of the most influential evangelical voices in America, has been on a lifelong "quest for commonness"--engaging with others in a positive manner and advocating for a "convicted civility" when conversing with those with whom we disagree. Yale University Press.
Adventures in Evangelical Civility: A Lifelong Quest for Common Ground #ad - He explores themes such as common grace, the imago Dei, and interfaith dialogue, offering a critical assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of what he has accomplished as a spokesperson for evangelical and Reformed perspectives. Used book in Good Condition.