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New School Year, New Resources

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Many of you have made use of the fill-in-the-blank “Story of the Bible” resource that I use in class and share on my website. I have made multiple changes to it that make it a stronger resource. For example, I added section titles that match my OT Timeline resource and I simplified the language a bit to make it more accessible to those less familiar with Christian language. The new versions are available here.

Those of you who were tracking the Leithart debate a while back may be interested to know that Wipf & Stock published a book of essays that engage Defending Constantine. The name of that book is Constantine Revisited. It is edited by John Roth. The collection begins with my essay, “A Yoderian Rejoinder to Peter J. Leithart’s Defending Constantine,” and contains several additional essays by people smarter than me like Branson Parler, Mark Thiessen Nation, William Cavanaugh, Alan Kreider, Stephen Long, and others. Stanley Hauerwas wrote the foreword and Leithart offers a thoughtful afterword. This book exemplifies gracious dialogue in an age when Christians are losing the ability to disagree strongly while respecting their conversation partners. I’ve written an exegetically based response to Leithart’s response (in the Mennonite Quarterly Review 85) to my article (in the Mennonite Quarterly Review 85) that also appears in this volume. It will soon appear on the Englewood Review of Books website. I will certainly inform you when this is released.

I’ve also done some writing for ThinkChristian.net. These are the sorts of things I would normally write about on this website, so I wanted to give those who frequent my site, but not ThinkCristian, a couple of links in case you would like to see what I wrote there. Some of you will be happy to know that ThinkChristian only gives me about 500-600 words to work with, so these pieces are shorter than my usual posts.

The first piece engages Reza Aslan’s new provocative biography of Jesus, Zealot. Read it here. I have much more to say about this interesting book. Hopefully I will find time to post about it here on Walk & Word.

The second piece engages Antoinette Tuff’s testimony of disarming a dangerous man with Christian love. Read it here. More importantly, click on the links I include in that article and listen to her live conversation with the gunman and police dispatcher during the crisis and her powerful testimony after things settled down.

Also, in case you missed it, phase one of the Yoder Index is now complete. This means that every Yoder book has been entered into the database and the website has received a cosmetic touch up by my brother Brian. Of course, this database will have some catching up to do when Revolutionary Christian Discipleship (vol. 2 of the Yoder for Everyone series) is released in mid-September, and Theology of Christian Mission is released in January. Phase two is well under way. We are about a third of the way into indexing through Yoder’s published articles. Some tweaks still need to be made to the website to allow you to search through them.

Finally, I have begun working on a commentary on the book of Genesis for the new Polis Bible Commentary series. Each volume will be co-authored by a Bible scholar (me) and an urban missiologist (Kyuboem Lee). My focus will be on what the text meant and means for the God’s mission in this world. Kyuboem will focus on its practical application in urban mission contexts. I am honored to be working with a man with such energy, experience, and intelligence on this project.

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