Cambridge. 1999. 400 pp. $18.95. ISBN 0-521-64674-x
Reviewed by Donald L. Mykles
As a molecular biologist, I have grown to appreciate the complexity of genetic mechanisms underlying biological processes. No one doubts that molecular biology has revolutionized the biological sciences in the 20th century. We know a great deal about how genes are expressed, replicated and transmitted.
By N. T. Wright WJKP. 1999. 128 pp. $12.95. ISBN 0-664-25841-7
Reviewed by Michael D. Bush
While too much of the Christian world is coming off the rails in expectation of a divine cataclysm on Jan. 1, 2000, N. T. Wright offers us a challenge to celebrate the millennium as a Christian festival, rather than standing by passively or ex-citedly, waiting to see if the world will end. He issues the challenge in few words, with the clarity and good sense we have learned to expect from him in his New Testament scholarship.
If you are a feminist, female or male, you will find convictions and new insights resonating deep in your being. You will also be challenged to think through again the broader and deeper dimensions of life lived on the basis of feminism rather than the patriarchy that has so long dominated the culture of much of the world.
Chalice. 1999. Pb. 139 pp. $15.99 ISBN 0-8272-0626-7
Reviewed by William Hawkins
Out of his "25 years of pastoral work, 16 years of teaching ministry in a theological institution and more than 200 seminars with churches and judicatories," Robert Ramey offers congregations the distilled essence of his considerable wisdom.
By Tom Sine Baker Books. 1999. 249 pp. Pb. $14.99. ISBN 0-8010-9088-1
Reviewed by Elizabeth Dodson Gray
Watchman, tell us of the night, What its signs of promise are. -- Advent season hymn
It is seldom that we find a Christian preacher or writer like Tom Sine, who can stand like an Old Testament prophet on the parapet of the city and tell us of the present and the future without losing his own footing in the Christian faith.
The big problem is that theological seminaries do not and probably cannot fully prepare people for parish ministry. Seminaries can provide theology, Bible, church history and certain skills training in homiletics. They can give attention to the spiritual and emotional development of the person.
By Walter Brueggemann Fortress. 1999. 148 pp. Pb. $18. ISBN 0-8006-3176-5
Reviewed by Paul K. Hooker Executive Presbyter, St. Augustine Presbytery
Anyone who has read the work of Walter Brueggemann knows that he is a radical, in the true sense of the word. Impatient with worn-out ideologies (either liberal or conservative) that have lost touch with the text, Brueggemann is eager to confront his readers with the transforming power of Scripture.
Augsburg Fortress. 1999. 236 pp. Pb. $29. ISBN 0800631331
Reviewed by Deborah A. McKinley
Gordon Lathrop's book, Holy People: A Liturgical Ecclesiology, voices fresh thoughts in the sometimes cacophonous conversations about contemporary ecclesiology. Holy People is a reflection on the meaning of "church," working from the conviction that the church's identity arises from the One the church worships -- the Triune God.
InterVarsity. 1999. 224 pp. Pb. $12.99 ISBN 0-8308-2223-2
Reviewed by Lewis S. Mudge
This is a rich and nuanced study of voices on both sides of the well-known right-left division of American Protestantism, with special emphasis on the PC(USA). Richard Hutcheson and Peggy Shriver personally represent the "evangelical" and "liberal" wings of the church, respectively.