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.
Abingdon. 1999. Pb. 176 pp. $17. ISBN 0-687-08549-7
Reviewed by Steve Sloop
I approached this assignment as an academic chore and was delightfully surprised to have an enriching spiritual experience. Troeger knows what it is like to minister as a pastor, and he scratched where many of my fellow pastor/preachers and I are itching.
The third edition of Presbyterian Polity for Church Officers by Joan Gray and Joyce Tucker is an improvement of a resource that has been essential for Presbyterian leaders since it first appeared in 1986.
If you are looking for a book to use this fall with your adult education class, look no further! This is a wonderful resource that lends itself to an eight-week class on "How a Church Can Engage the World."
Abingdon. 1998. 141 pp. Pb. $18. ISBN 0-687-08373-7
Reviewed by Stanley R. Hall
Tex Sample's volume on electronic culture and Christian worship is popular in the best sense: it is clear, concrete, accessible and not too long. Believe Leonard Sweet's book cover blurb: "It's the next best thing to Tex Sample live!"
John S. McClure and Nancy J. Ramsay, eds. Cleveland. United Church Press.1998. 162 pp. Pb. $15.95 ISBN 0-8298-1282-2
Reviewed by Gail A. Ricciuti
This challenging book, a collection of essays emerging from a 1997 Presbyterian Consultation on Preaching and Sexual and Domestic Violence, may be the most helpful resource available on preaching with integrity in the face of the violence that, often invisibly, permeates our congregations.
Continuum. 1998. 176 pp. $19.95 ISBN 0-8264-1048-0
Reviewed by Clifton Kirkpatrick
Lewis Mudge, professor of systematic theology at San Francisco Seminary, is one of the greatest gifts the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shares with the ecumenical movement. His vision and insights, matched by his gracious and generous spirit, have decisively shaped all of the major ecumenical movements in which our church has been engaged for more than a generation.
Fortress. 1999. 102 pp. Pb. $13. ISBN 0-8006-2628-1
Reviewed by Walter Brueggemann
Michael Welker, Heidelberg University, is only now becoming known and visible in the United States, both through his publications and his extended residency at Princeton Seminary. He is emerging as a major force in Reformed theology, perhaps destined to be the dominant German figure in Reformed theology as was JŸrgen Moltmann before him.
By Daniel O. Aleshire, Jackson W. Carroll, Penny Long Marler and Barbara G. Wheeler.
Oxford . 1997. 299 pp. $35. ISBN 0-19-511493-0
Reviewed by David Steele
The book has a snappy title: Being There. I wanted to read it because one of the four authors is Barbara G. Wheeler, president of Auburn Seminary, and I think she has one of the best minds in Christendom.
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.