William Stringfellow was a lawyer, a social activist, and a dedicated communicant of the Episcopal Church. He graduated from Harvard Law School in the 1950s but put aside the promise of a lucrative career and went to work in East Harlem, one of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods. At the height of the Vietnam War, he took the Reverend Daniel Berrigan into his home and was indicted for harboring a fugitive.
Everything William Stringfellow said and did was grounded in his profound belief in the Incarnation and the Eschaton. He knew Jesus Christ to be the Word of God, who is in all things and who challenges the powers and principalities of this world, calling people and institutions to repentance and newness of life.
Wipf and Stock have republished Stringfellow’s works, as well as a number of books about Stringfellow.
Presence in the Modern World, Jacques Ellul’s most foundational book, is now in a new, more accessible translation, combining his social analysis with his theological orientation. It is a classic that retains all of its relevance today in the face of the challenges that beset us. And there are plenty more books on and about Jacques Ellul.
Catherine Miles Wallace is a cultural historian, and in her series of books she confronts various prejudices and distortions of Christian faith, including judgmentalism and violence in the name of God.
You can read Catherine’s introduction to her series of books on her website.
Most popular Christian views of the Bible, church, sin, salvation, judgment, the kingdom of God, the “end times,” and the afterlife–pretty much all religious sacred cows–don’t align with the beliefs of the original Jesus movement. Some of them not even close. Craft Brewed Jesus paves a fascinating journey of a group of disillusioned evangelicals and Catholics. When they decide to meet regularly over craft beers to study the historic foundations of their faith, their findings both rock their world and resolve ancient mysteries.
In The Melbourne Anglican Mark Lindsay says of Keith Mascord’s new book Faith Without Fear, “Mascord prizes open some of the most treasured, and yet at the same time contested, assumptions of conservative Christianity… [Faith Without Fear] provides a ray of hope to those whose own, or whose families’, lives and faith have been shattered by an inflexible and unforgiving hermeneutic.”
The relationship between science and religion is a complex one, and one that has changed over the centuries, from a time when they pretty much meant the same thing, through the nineteenth century, when proponents of each battled for supremacy while a more moderate middle group tried to argue for synthesis, to today when issues of origins, meaning and reach are constantly debated.
See here for some of our helpful titles exploring this fascinating topic.
Live Like You Give a Damn! Declares the very good news that God is raising up a new generation, largely outside the church, to bring impressive change to the lives of our neighbors locally and globally by creating innovative forms of social enterprise and community empowerment. The even better news is that those of us within the church can join this changemaking celebration and discover creative new ways God can use our mustard seeds to make a more remarkable difference than we ever imagined possible.
Colleagues and friends at the Brisbane launch of Geoff Thompson’s book about the creation of the Uniting Church, Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many…
Did you see the recent Compass episode on Rosendo Salvado? You can access it via ABC iview here:
His report on the WA Benedictine mission can be found here: