This book creates a big problem for me. There is so much to
work through and think through it’s impossible to put it in a book review. This
is a book for thought, for contemplation, for discussion, and then for action.
The book is edited by Jenney Eaton Dyer and Cathleen
Falsani, but the feature is the articles by so many people involved in the issue
of hunger, food insecurity, and the work to actually think of ending hunger
InterVarsity Press is re-issuing some classics from their catalogue. Basic Christianity by John Stott is a standard. It is every bit a classic in the explanation of Christianity as Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Having read Stott’s book years ago, I took the opportunity to read it again.
Donna Barber is cofounder of The Voices Project, an
organization that influences culture through training and promoting leaders of
color. Her work is dedicated to training up leader of color to step into key
roles in the church and culture.
Authentic Human Sexuality,
3rd Edition, by Judith K. Balswick and Jack O.
“Sex pervades our culture,
going far beyond the confines of the bedroom into the workplace, the church,
and the media. Yet despite all the attention and even obsession devoted to sex,
human sexuality remains confusing and even foreboding. What, after all, is
authentic human sexuality?”
“Privilege has a way of blinding us to the realities
faced by those society has made invisible, and in true incarnational fashion,
Terence takes us with him on a journey to uncover the true experiences of our
most vulnerable neighbors.” (Chad Wright-Pittman)
The word “mystic” is about as useful as “monk” or “monastic”
in many of our lives as believers. We may have an idea of what that word
entails, but to become a “mystic” (or “monk” or “monastic”)? No thanks.
There are those who have gone before considered to be
mystics who wrote of their experiences, or their experiences were given as
accounts by someone else. In the Christian sense, when reading their writings,
such as St. John of the Cross, we read those deep words and think, “Good for
him. Not a calling for me!”
This is a must read. It challenges. There are things to be argued over. There are things to be implemented. Lukianoff and Haidt present much needed material to challenge the deep divisions of our current society.