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.
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.
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.
Will Willimon will be familiar to many from his non-fiction works, especially those co-authored with Stanley Hauerwas, such as Resident Aliens. He may be less familiar as a writer of fiction. His latest is a Don Quixote-like tale set in the American South. More here: http://
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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:
Charles Williams now stands in the shadow of Tolkien and C S Lewis, but he was the centre of the Inklings’ gatherings, and a formidable poet, novelist and critic. Wipf and Stock are reprinting some of his works and you can find a selection here, including his famous study of Dante, The Figure of Beatrice: http://www.morningstarpublishing.net.au/…