September 29, 2009

The Justice Project Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, Baker Books asked me if I would read and write a review of the the The Justice Project. They sent me a copy, and, so far, I am finding it a fascinating book. I will post a more detailed review in the coming week or so, but wanted to give a quick synopsis of the book now.

This book is a collection of chapter written by various voices in the search for social justice in our world. The work is edited by Brian Mclaren, Elisa Shannon Padilla, and Ashley Bunting Seeber.

Baker describes the book this way:
"Justice and the call for change are in the air. Whether it's extreme poverty, human rights, racism, or the Middle East, news outlets bombard us with stories about the need for justice in the world. But how are Christians to respond to these stories and the conditions to which they refer? Here's help. Editors Brian McLaren, Elisa Padilla, and Ashley Bunting Seeber have amassed a collection of over 30 brief chapters by some of the most penetrating thinkers in the justice conversation, including René Padilla, Peggy Campolo, Will and Lisa Samson, Sylvia Keesmaat, Bart Campolo, Lynne Hybels, Tony Jones, and Richard Twiss. Divided into sections, "God of Justice," "Book of Justice," "Justice in the USA," "Just World," and "Just Church," The Justice Project invites readers to deepen their understanding of the pressures our world faces and to take up the challenge of alleviating them. Never has the world been in greater need of Christians who "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God." This resource will help them do just that."

I am looking forward to finishing this book and wrestling with these varied voices as they wrestle with God's call for Christians to act with justice and bring His justice to our world.

September 24, 2009

New Design

I like moving the furniture around every once in awhile...what do you think of the new blog design?

September 11, 2009

A Review of A People's History of Christianity

I wish I had received this book earlier in the year...I could have referenced it during a church history class I was teaching. Though for introductory, academic study of Church history I still recommend Justo Gonzalez's two-part series on Church History. This book would be a great supplemental text.

Diana begins the book by telling the story of her having dinner with a friend who expressed some consternation at Diana's ability to hold on to her faith. Her friend says, "I don't have any trouble with Jesus. It's all the stuff that happened after Jesus that makes me mad." This same question rattles around the minds of many both within and without the church.