CATEGORY: Book Lists & Reviews

Radical Reconciliation Reimagined

The Jesus that I’ve come to know is not a Jesus of comfort and convenience but rather a Jesus who inconveniently and nonsensically disrupts the status quo theologically, historically, politically, socially, racially, and personally. This Jesus is the Jesus we were always meant to follow.

Reading as Good Leadership

Reading in and beyond one’s field is important to offering good leadership. And secondly, passing on what has been worthwhile is also a mark of good leadership. NEXT Church is committed to developing leaders and to continual growth and learning in the context of community. We hope this month of blog posts will offer some good food for thought as we put reading/learning back on the front burner.

If You Want to Know More About Appalachia

What I found in curating this series of blog posts is more questions than answers. So, if you’d like to know more, here are some places to start.

Resources for Postliberal Preaching

These resources were provided by Dan Lewis and Pen Peery at the conclusion of their August 2017 online roundtable: “Toward the Purple Church.”

Emmett Till: Then and Now

Timothy B. Tyson’s book, The Blood of Emmett Till, is especially timely for a 21st century audience, telling the story once again within the context of the increasingly reported deaths of so many unarmed black men as well as the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Thinking About Your Own Theology of Migration

Theological perspectives are lacking in news reports and political debates about immigration policies even though many religious leaders and faith communities are inspiring non-violent demonstrations and advocating for a new, more robust sanctuary movement. Indeed, there is a deep well of resources to inspire faith-filled activism.

A Method in the Midst of Madness

When the method to the madness is lost and we are simply left with just madness, how are we to respond? Examining the courageous leadership of Chief Plenty Coups of the Crow nation, Jonathan Lear offers “Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation.”