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Reading the Bible with Martin Luther coverThe Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert
Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor, Reformation History

Scheduled to be released in November: Reading the Bible with Martin Luther (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013). This book looks at several aspects of Martin Luther's approach to the authority of Scripture and its interpretation through the distinction between law and gospel as well as the importance of the theology of the cross.

The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman
Associate Professor of Homiletics and Director of United Methodist Studies

I Refuse to Preach a Bad Sermon coverPreaching is the centerpiece of worship, meant to inspire, empower, and engage. Preachers, with the best intentions, have preached sermons that did not connect with the audience, left the listener uninspired, confused, or simply bored. I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon: Engaging the 21st Century Listener (The Pilgrim Press, October 2013) encourages preachers to be creative, to take risks and to adapt to tough realities. From imagery to technology, Wiseman offers new techniques that will enable any preacher to creatively energize their sermons.

From the publisher: I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon: Engaging the 21st Century Listener takes your preaching into the areas of social media, narrative techniques, technology, imagery, imagination and more. Each chapter in I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon discusses the importance of using these techniques to engage your congregation - and how it can be done.  With easy-to-follow suggestions, Karyn Wiseman will help any preacher, lay and ordained, to gain insights into preaching for a new day.

Eucharist and Globalization coverThe Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes
Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgy

Eucharist and Globalization. Redrawing the Borders of Eucharistic Hospitality (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, Wipf & Stock, 2013).

From the back cover:
The ritual of eating and drinking together is one of the most important Christian events. Often called Eucharist, Lord’s Supper, or Communion, this sacrament is about the presence of Christ transforming not only those who participate in it but also the world. In this book, the authors engages this Christian liturgical act with movements of people around our globalized world and checks the sacramental borders of hospitality, The author calls our attention to the sacramental practices of Reformed churches and, form this liturgical practice, challenges Christian churches to expand the borders of hospitality. Engaging several critical lenses around the notion of the sacrament – namely, Greco-Roman meals, Calvin’s theology, and feminist and Latin American theologies – the author challenges theological and liturgical understandings of the Eucharist. He fosters an interreligious dialogue around the table (Christians and Candomblé people, an African Religion in Brazil) and ends up using ritual theory to expand the circles of traditions, vocabularies, and practices around the sacrament. Proposing a borderless border eucharist hospitality, the author encourages readers to ask who and where we are when we get together to eat and drink, and how this liturgical act around Jesus’ table/meal can transform the lives of the poor, our communities, societies, and the world.

“To gather around a Eucharistic table is to practice participation in a world where unconditional hospitality permeates every word, sound, and action. Maybe it’s a pipe dream. Not for Carvalhaes. It is urgent, necessary, and possible. Life and death are at stake.”

 - Janet Walton, Professor of Worship, Union Theological Seminary

Faith on the Avenue coverThe Rev. Dr. Katie Day
Charles A. Schieren Chair in Church and Society

Faith on the Avenue: Religion on a City Street (Oxford University Press, December 2013) Based on five years of in-depth research, including interviews and demographic analysis, Faith on the Avenue draws on Germantown Avenue's rich history, from the earliest settlements of Swedish, Dutch and German immigrants to the Revolutionary War, the Yellow Fever Epidemic, the Underground Railroad, Civil Rights Movement and the beginnings of many American faith traditions. A crucial resource for urban policymakers and leaders of urban congregations, the book also includes more than 70 photographs of different faith communities found on the avenue.