Jamie Smith’s most recent book, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, is a more popular version of his books Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom. It removes some of the more academic conversations and distills his thesis into a two introductory chapters. But the book is not just a redo; there are new metaphors, new illustrations and he applies his thesis to the spheres of Christian worship, the home, youth ministry, and work.
Ephesians is about the triumph of Christ over supernatural forces and how he is bringing unity to all things. One of the key passages for understanding this is Ephesians 4. Ephesians 4:1-6 bases an encouragement to unity on a Trinitarian reflection (One Spirit, One Lord, One God and Father). Then verses 7-16 shift the focus to diversity within unity.
The biggest questions in the world matter for our everyday lives more than we often realize. For instance, how you understand time, space, and God will affect what makes you laugh.
Bartholomew’s passionate and pastoral demeanor, along with the fact that he interacts well with the interrelated fields of philosophy, theology, and biblical studies, made me eager to crack the binding on his newest work, “Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics.”
The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology is an ambitious project seeking to overview biblical, historical, dogmatic, and philosophical issues related to sacramental doctrine. The co-editors of the volume, Hans Boersma (J.I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College) and Matthew Levering (Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology at Mundelein Seminary), describe the purposes of the Handbook as threefold: historical, ecumenical, and missional.