Nancy Lukens has written a very interesting piece in the Sojourner Magazine in which she compares the two biographies on Bonhoeffer published last year, one by Eric Metaxas, the other one our own by Ferdinand Schlingensiepen. Enjoy!
I have received four great endorsements, which are pasted below – I am sure you’ll be very interested to read each of these:
‘Angela Reed has done churches a monumental favour by reminding us that the ancient practice of spiritual guidance is not just for mystics and monks. Reed places spiritual guidance in the middle of congregations, and moves the task of Christian discernment straight to the top of the list of tasks confronting postmodern congregations. Chock-full of practical strategies and concrete examples, Quest for Spiritual Community re-imagines Christian leadership - not as a source of therapeutic or moralistic advice - but as conduit for practical wisdom, wonder, and awe. All I can say is: it's about time.’ - Kenda Creasy Dean, Author of Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church (Oxford), Professor of Youth, Church and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA.
‘Angela Reed honors the contemporary phenomenon of spiritual seeking as a sign of genuine hunger for encounter with the Divine. She claims that historic Christian practices like spiritual guidance can help churches connect seekers to the unfolding mystery of God’s presence and activity in the world. Drawing on Scripture, the history of Christian spirituality and empirical research Reed develops a sound practical theology of spiritual guidance and offers concrete examples of how guidance is practiced in everyday congregational life. Most welcome is her emphasis on the integration of interior and exterior growth, as she demonstrates how spiritual guidance promotes the flourishing of the individual, the community, and the church’s mission. This is a wonderfully helpful and insightful book.’ – Timothy Hessel-Robinson, Brite Divinity School, USA
Happy New Year to you all! Well, I am hoping you are ready for some news from our corner – we are currently preparing to publish another title in the Doing Theology series. Yes, Lutheran Theology by Steven D. Paulson is currently being worked on and all seems to be going according to the schedule. This book will be published pretty soon – on the 5th of March 2010 in the UK. Readers in the US will have to wait a little bit longer, until the 4th of May 2011.
I have received some good endorsements from Mark Mattes, John T. Pless and Robert Kolb and thought I’d share these with you:
‘Unwilling to neutralize the core Lutheran teaching that God is in the business of killing off sinners just so that new beings might rise in faith, Paulson holds the wider Lutheran tradition accountable to Luther’s own unique distinction of the law as accusation and the gospel as promise. Here we learn much of the Lutheran tradition—Paulson himself writes in the grand style of theological loci, approaching doctrine as outlined from Paul’s argument in Romans. Paulson’s approach to faith has an inerasable edge—if theology is to avoid being pointless, it must be for proclamation. Here is a theology beholden to God’s word that does what it says and says what it does—finally remaking humanity out of the nothingness of sin and death.’ – Mark Mattes, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Department of Religion, Grand View University, Iowa, USA.
Happy New Year! Continuum/T&T Clark will be at the Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting (January 6-9 in New Orleans, LA) displaying and selling three tables worth of books in the exhibit area. I'll be flying in from our New York office on Thursday morning to set up. If you'll be there, please stop by and chat, browse our books, and keep me company (I'll be there solo). Offering: a 35% discount on all titles and a warm smile from me.