Joyful Exiles: Life in Christ on the Dangerous Edge of Things

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Waltke and Houston focus their in-depth commentary on thirteen psalms that represent various genres and perspectives or hold special significance for Christian faith and the life of the church, including Psalm 1, Psalm 23, Psalm 51, and Psalm While much modern scholarship has tended to "despiritualize" the Psalms, Waltke and Houston's "sacred hermeneutic" listens closely to the two voices of the Holy Spirit—heard infallibly in Scripture and edifyingly in the church's response. A masterly historical-devotional commentary, The Psalms as Christian Worship will deepen the church's worship and enrich the faith and life of contemporary Christians.

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World Religions Catholic Studies. Hard to explain, this mysterious, deeply pious, learned, Godly gentleman: he founded the C. Eugene Peterson took his place there upon his retirement. Anyone who has heard him speak knows him as a kindly, old-school scholar, who can speak as fluently about the pre-Socratic Greeks as the monks of the Middle Ages; he swerves effortlessly between the Greco-Roman rhetorical influences on Paul, say, and the Gnostic dangers found in medieval monasticism. He seems to bring all his learning into fine-tuned pastoral wisdom, and this mentoring influence has struck many as the kind of teaching we so desperately need: evangelical, historically-rooted, doctrinally sound, widely-applied and counter-cultural intuitions about the ways and means of following the triune God.

In many ways, this is a gleaning from all his many books, edited generously so that his dense writing is made readable for anyone willing to work through it, and learn. A profound offering, worthy of the highest commendation. By the way, about six of his previous books have been re-issued in uniform, very handsome, paperback editions.

I will be doing a blog post on them all—-this is a great sign, good, meaty writing by a deep and educated man, offered up to help you and me grow in our daily discipleship, in the world as it really is. Barrett explains the nuances of which text he used, and why, and he makes a convincing case that this is the best translation yet done.

Besides being accurate and relevant, it is just nice to see this chestnut published anew. Mostly, though, he suggests its relevance for church folk, new members, confirmands and persons seeking deeper discipleship. They are all important and good, but a few are truly great.

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Here, Bader-Saye invites us to think through our fears especially in a world of terrorism alerts, airport security, and school shootings. Through helpful use of movie scenes and popular novels, and serious Bible study, Scott helps us all move towards a life of love, learning to embody the hospitality of Christ, and engage in peacemaking ministries. Good discussion questions, too, making this an ideal tool for study groups. Along the way, readers are inspired to care about the Biblical text, alert to new ways to study, and excited to see how this author, at least, struggles to be honest before the text, and discern how to helpfully proclaim it to his community of faith.

Easy to read, but obviously not light-weight. Very, very nicely done, and therefore my pick for the best homiletics book of the year. The other homiletics text that deserves a very special award is The Word Militant. The cover annoys me a bit, and the price is offensive. Still, the many books written by this important scholar are among my best friends, and I come back to his sermons again and again.

He has written some other gems about preaching that are beloved and often-cited like Finally Comes the Poet and he reminds us of hard truths, offers big comfort, calls us to radical discipleship, and teaches us how to preach the Word with imagination and punch. It is amazing how widely-read Walt is, and how interdisciplinary and inter-denominational he is.

Not just for preachers or teachers. No matter who reads it, it truly deserves our commendation. The research shows, now, in the most extensive data yet gathered, that young adults think Christianity is pretty lame or, worse, hostile, uncreative, hypocritical, judgmental, politically rigid, etc.

This groundbreaking research into the perceptions of 16 to 29 year olds makes a very, very compelling case that we have a serious image problem. Yet, the real strength of this book is that a forward-looking, creative and gracious lifestyle of faith can turn around these hostile perceptions. Christian leaders of all sorts—Brian McLaren and John Stottt, Andy Crouch and Jonalyn Fincher, Gary Haugen and Jim Wallis, for instance—all offer testimonials of their cultural engagement that shows how to reverse these negative notions of bad faith. This is sociology for a transformed life, data for the Kingdom.

Not geeky at all. And, as he carefully argues, fully Biblical. Smith-Christopher is Director of Peace Studies at Loyola Marymount and has written some impressive books—Walt Brueggemann who graces this volume with a lovely preface always cites his early, rare Religion of the Landless. He has done major work on the theology of exile, and it shows, here, too. Prophetic, peacemaking, provocative. Maybe our celebrating it will help it get known—-it deserves wide consideration as a significant contribution to our calling as agents of transformation and reconciliation. And, happily, he carries on with serious but readable cultural criticism in light of deep faith.

Terrorism, war, poverty, ecological degradation cannot be appropriately regarded let alone solved without a renewed faith and a different framing narrative—brilliant! McLaren has done us a great service in sorting through excellent literature, bringing together in tentative proposals some of the best thinkers of our time.

So what? This is a major proposal, a call to a movement, the maturing of a conversation among social activists, emergent villagers, Sojourners and other streams that are flowing in the same direction. Educate yourself about this movement, at least, by buying the book. Join us in celebrating—agreeing in the details or not—this good effort to bring Christian principles into normative relationship with some of the largest looming issues of our day.

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Audacious to think we can make a difference? Our God is the One who promises restoration, renewal, resurrection. Brian is, at his best, a signpost pointing the way to the coming reign of the new King. Thanks be to God for such audacity.

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