Who said summers are quiet at Alloway Library? In the past week 721 new titles were added (quietly) to our collection. Here is the first sample of 31 of them, all falling under the general heading of Religious Studies.
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Anxious: choosing faith in a world of worry /Amy Simpson.
Simpson encourages us to root our faith in who God is, not in our own will power. This is a book not just for people who worry; this is a call to the church to turn its eyes from the things of earth and fix its eyes on the author and completer of our faith.
The calling of congregational leadership[electronic resource]: being, knowing, doing ministry /Larry L. McSwain.
Rooted in research, The Calling of Congregational Leadership teaches a three-pronged approach to congregational leadership: being a good leader, the knowledge needed by the leader, and the managing of ministry leadership. By using this practical, holistic approach to leading congregations, McSwain shows you how to use your church’s potential for conveying the power of God in the lives you touch.
The age of Christendom is now over, and as Lee Beach demonstrates, this is something for which the church should be grateful. Drawing on a close engagement with Old Testament and New Testament texts, and practical theology for the church in a post-Christian age,Beach helps the people of God today to develop a hopeful and prophetic imagination, a theology responsive to its context, and an exilic identity marked by faithfulness to Gods mission in the world.
Death before the fall: biblical literalism and the problem of animal suffering /Ronald E. Osborn ; foreword by John H. Walton.
Considering the topic of animal suffering and predation as a theodicy dilemma, Osborn offers an open-minded exploration of the subject, specifically coming against the fundamentalist and literalist view of the book of Genesis and the creation account. He challenges one-dimensional reading of Scripture and shines a sobering light on the evangelical dogma responsible for advancing viewpoints long ago dismantled by science. Always acknowledging the traditionalist viewpoint, Osborn demonstrates with a wealth of exegetical and theological insight how orthodox Christianity can embrace evolutionary concepts without contradiction
Activist Ben Lowe renews our mission with key postures and practices for sustaining faithful social action. Moving beyond theory, Lowe showcases practical examples of what it looks like to persevere in faithful activism and advocacy today.
Dwell: life with God for the world /Barry D. Jones.
Jones shares his vision for authentic Christian spirituality focused on becoming more like Jesus.
Emergence Christianity[electronic resource]: what it is, where it is going, and why it matters /Phyllis Tickle.
As readers join Tickle down the winding stream of Emergence Christianity, they will discover fascinating insights into concerns, organizational patterns, theology, and most pressing questions. Anyone involved in an emergence church or a traditional one will find here a thorough and well-written account of where things are--and where they are going.
Burgess asks how an encounter with Orthodoxy can help Protestants better see both strengths and weaknesses of their own tradition. In a time in which North American Protestantism is in decline--membership has now fallen to below 50% of the population--Russian Orthodoxy can help Protestants rethink the ways in which they worship, teach, and spread the gospel. Burgess considers Orthodox rituals, icons, saints and miracles, monastic life, and Eucharistic theology and practice. He then explores whether and how Protestants can use elements of Orthodoxy to reform church life.
Faith, freedom, and the Spirit: the economic Trinity in Barth, Torrance and contemporary theology /Paul D. Molnar.
Exploring why it is imperative to begin and end theology from within faith, Molnar relies on the thinking of Karl Barth and of Thomas F. Torrance in dialogue with other contemporary theologians (Catholic and Protestant) about divine and human freedom. Powerfully argued and meticulously documented.
God dwells among us: expanding Eden to the ends of the earth /G.K. Beale and Mitchell Kim.
Beale and Kim take temple theology off the bookshelf and bring it to our modern-day life, where the church is instructed and exhorted in its purpose.
Twenty-four low-prep, in-depth sessions that will ground believers in the basics of their faith. It is a user-friendly guide to growth in the Christian faith that covers important topics such as justification, overcoming temptation, sanctification, evidence for the inspiration of the Bible, the value of prayer, the guidance of God, the Trinity, the uniqueness of Christ, and the attributes of God.
Help and hope: disaster preparedness and response tools for congregations /Amy Gopp, Brandon Gilvin, editors.
Shares stories to show why disaster preparedness is a sacred calling and gives you the tools to be healers, places of refuge, enablers of communication--whatever is needed after disaster hits your town.
Hidden in Christ: living as God's beloved /James Bryan Smith.
Smith walks readers through a thirty-day immersion in Colossians 3:1-17. Each of the thirty short chapters of this book bring out the main truth of just one word or phrase of this rich passage. You'll also find a very simple daily practice to take up, reflection questions and a guide for five weeks of group discussion.
Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the ecological crisis /Patricia K. Tull.
Anyone interacting with this resource, whether Christians long dedicated to ecological justice or those just beginning to ask about the connections between faith and the environment, will go away with new ideas, rejuvenated spirit, and a willingness to try something new. This important book provides a biblical basis for thinking about our world differently and prompts us to consider changing our own actions.
An introduction to biblical ethics: walking in the way of wisdom /Robertson McQuilkin and Paul Copan.
An overview of biblical ethics that not only addresses the life of love and wisdom to be lived out by Christians as virtuous individuals, but also as Christians in community, in society and in a world of God’s creation. McQuilkin and Copan stay focused on how we are fulfilling the purposes of God for our lives—a will that is for our good and our well-being.
Invitational ministry: move your church from membership to discipleship /Laurene Beth Bowers.
Takes the awkwardness and guesswork out of inviting others by equipping church members to talk about their faith in the form of a sincere invitation—creating disciples out of members. This isn't another book on evangelism—it's so much more. Based on her experience leading several churches to real numerical growth, Laurene Beth Bowers presents practical strategies to help congregations turn around declining numbers and thrive once again. By creating change within the current membership and teaching them how to effectively reach out to others, Invitational Ministry moves beyond usual evangelism strategies. Pastors and church leaders are guided through a process of identifying whom to invite, what kinds of invitational events are likely to reach certain groups, and how to make your event successful.
Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament /Christopher J.H. Wright.
In this revised and updated book Christopher Wright traces the life of Christ as it is illuminated by the Old Testament and describes God's design for Israel as it is fulfilled in the story of Jesus.
Sheridan, an expert in early Christianity, explores how ancient Christian theologians interpreted Scripture in order to address the problem of attributing human characteristics and emotions to God.
Latino Pentecostals in America: faith and politics in action /Gaston Espinosa.
Seeks to provide a history of the Latino Assemblies of God that can also serve as a case study and window into the larger Latino Pentecostal, Evangelical, and Protestant movements along with the changing flow of North American religious history.
Lessons in belonging from a church-going commitment phobe /Erin S. Lane ; foreword by Parker J. Palmer.
Lane’s church experience might be described in two words :'It’s complicated.' Having grown up in a church, she has an appreciation for liturgy and covenant community. Having graduated from divinity school and taken a job in spiritual formation, she appreciates the structured, shared pursuit of theological and spiritual integrity. Having married a pastor, she sort of had church coming. Her story is an invitation to reclaim God's promise of inclusion and live like we belong to one another.
Luke /edited by Beth Kreitzer ; general editor, Timothy George ; associate general editor, Scott M. Manetsch.
The Reformation Commentary on Scripture is a twenty-eight-volume biblical commentary bringing the insights of the Reformation to the contemporary church. Incorporating the accurate and readable text of the English standard Version of the Bible (ESV), these volumes assemble exegetical and theological comment on the entire canon of Scripture by a vast array of Reformation-era thinkers and leaders. T
Managing stress in ministry /David and Lisa Frisbie.
With quick, practical and inspirational readings on discernment, relaxation, recognition and more, this book will help leaders get on the fast track to achieving their goals while having a positive impact on the people around them.
New meanings for ancient texts: recent approaches to biblical criticisms and their applications /Steven L. McKenzie, John Kaltner, Editors.
Explores recent developments in, and approaches to, biblical criticism since 1999. Leading contributors define and describe their approach for non-specialist readers, using examples from the Old and New Testament to help illustrate their discussion. Topics include cultural criticism, disability studies, queer criticism, postmodernism, ecological criticism, new historicism, popular culture, postcolonial criticism, and psychological criticism.
Recounting stories from a network of community projects around the world, Hewitt raises awareness of and provides support for those working toward liberation, addressing the root causes of injustice and poverty.
The Pietist vision of Christian higher education: forming whole and holy persons /edited by Christopher Gehrz.
Until now there has not been a single work dedicated to exploring a distinctively Pietist vision for higher education. In this groundbreaking volume edited by Christopher Gehrz, scholars associated with the Pietist tradition reflect on the Pietist approach to education.
Raw spirituality: the rhythms of the Jesus life /Tom Smith.
This book is a witness to what takes place when stories with their accompanying metaphors keep relationships personal and prayerful. In this raw, honest, whole-life approach to Christian formation, Tom Smith introduces us into a 'rhythm of life' that that brings flourishing to our personal spirituality that then extends to our service in the world.
Reading the Synoptic Gospels[electronic resource]: basic methods for interpreting Matthew, Mark, and Luke /O. Wesley Allen, Jr.
Introduces students of the Bible to the layers of meaning that can be uncovered by serious study of the synoptic gospel texts. Included are two new chapters introducing ideological exegetical approaches to the gospels and a concluding chapter that helps the student synthesize the exegetical discoveries they have made using the methods taught in the book.
Theology of work Bible commentary /Theology of Work Project ; William Messenger, executive editor. [Print]
An in-depth Bible study tool put together by a group of biblical scholars, pastors, and workplace Christians to help you discover what the first part of the New Testament says about work.
A woman called [electronic resource]: piecing together the ministry puzzle /Sara Gaston Barton.
In many churches today, Christians assume that women are excluded from the public role of preaching--yet women like Sara Barton experience a call to preach, forcing congregations and individuals to confront a complicated rethinking of tradition and theology
Award-winning journalist Rob Moll chronicles the fascinating ways in which our brains and bodies interact with God and spiritual realities. He reports on neuroscience findings that show how our brains actually change and adapt when engaged in spiritual practices. Moll explores the neuroscience of prayer, how liturgy helps us worship, why loving God causes us to love others, and how a life of love and service leads to the abundant life for which we were created.
Why can't they get along?: a conversation between a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian /Dawoud El-Alami, Dan Cohn-Sherbok, George D. Chryssides.
Three men of faith debate the differences between them.