Summer is a good time to read! Though it has been difficult to find the time, I have been able to focus on the following books:
"If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die": How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor by Geoffrey Robinson. I am reviewing this book for Missiology. Not the most uplifting, to be sure, but insightful with respect to the ways societies can move toward sanctioning and carrying out mass violence.
Christianity & Contemporary Politics by Luke Bretherton of King's College. After reading Bretherton's first book Hospitality as Holiness: Christian Witness amid Moral Diversity, I wanted to see what Bretherton would say in this volume. Needless to say, I have not been disappointed. I highly recommend it. Bretherton needs to be read on this side of the Atlantic by as many people as possible.
Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community by Elaine Heath and Scott Kisker. This book is part of the New Monastic Library Series. Heath and Kisker open up a lively conversation with our Wesleyan heritage, missional church, and new monastic movements.
Wesley and the People Called Methodists by Richard Heitzenrater. It is always good to re-read the classics!
Beyond Maintenance to Mission: A Theology of the Congregation by Craig Nessan. I am reviewing this book for Reviews in Religion & Theology. Nessan takes a very practical approach to congregational life arguing that mission flows out of worship. Worship is the identity-shaping practice that allows the church to move into God's mission in the world.
Enjoy the summer!