School of Theology Undergraduate Faculty Books

The School of Theology faculty has published more than 50 books, on topics that include global Christianity, missiology, theodicy, pneumatology, ecclesiology, discipleship, women and Christianity, Christian ethics, popular culture and Christianity, Christian imagination, race and Christian identity, Christian reconciliation, and Wesleyan studies — as well as commentaries and scholarly monographs on numerous books and topics of the Bible.

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Miriam Adeney

Wealth, Women and God: How to Flourish Spiritually and Economically in Tough Places, with Sadiri Joy Tira

LifeChange Publishing, 2014

Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity

InterVarsity, 2009

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"A visceral call to Christians worldwide to engage in something bigger than their own culture and church...Adeney's work can be read by adherents of any religion as a primer to a new view of world Christianity...Not primarily a book about American Christians and what they should do, this is a humble and complex anthem to the diverse kingdom of Christ found in worldwide cultures." (Publishers' Weekly, 10-12-09).

How to Write: A Christian Writer's Guide

Regent College Publishers, 2006

Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges With Muslim Women

InterVarsity Press, 2002

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Received an award from the International Bulletin of Mission Research as one of the 15 best mission books of the year. More than 30,000 copies sold in five languages.

God's Foreign Policy: Practical Ways to Help the World's Poor

Regent College Publishers, 1993

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Received an award from the International Bulletin of Mission Research as one of the 15 best mission books of the year.

Brian Bantum

Redeeming Mulatto: A Theology of Race and Christian Hybridity

Baylor University Press, 2010

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"[M]ulatto/a bodies allow us to look upon the life of Christ anew and grasp the depth of his work more profoundly. Through the fissures of discourse that render 'mixed' possible we can see Christ’s own life as the ground of this peculiar personhood, even as he is its salvation." (83)

Daniel Castelo

Hosea (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary), with Bo H. Lim

Eerdmans, 2015

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"In this commentary Bo Lim, an Old Testament scholar, and Daniel Castelo, a theologian, come together to help the church recover and read the prophetic book of Hosea in a way that is both faithful to its message and relevant to our contemporary context."

Pneumatology: A Guide for the Perplexed

Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015

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“This guide aims to elaborate and constructively engage some of the ongoing dogmatic challenges within the field of Christian pneumatology. Rather than a strict survey, the book largely represents a collection of working proposals on a number of relevant themes, including cosmology, mediation, the nature and role of Spirit-baptism, and discernment.”

Confessing the Triune God

Cascade Books, 2014


Holiness as a Liberal Art

Pickwick Press, 2012


Kerry Dearborn

Drinking from the Wells of New Creation: The Holy Spirit and the Imagination in Reconciliation

Cascade Books, 2014

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“Dearborn provides us with the gift of deep insight into the heart of God and the ways of the Spirit to open our eyes, our hearts, our homes, and our lives to God and others. Through profound theological reflection interwoven with compelling stories, this book draws us into God's healing love and new creation.”

Baptized Imagination: The Theology of George MacDonald

Ashgate Publishing, 2006

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"The imagination has been called 'the principal organ for knowing and responding to disclosures of transcendent truth.' This book probes the theological sources of the imagination, which make it a vital and reliable tool for knowing and responding to such disclosures. It approaches this study through focus on the theological and imaginative writer George MacDonald." (1)

Laura C.S. Holmes

The Theological Role of Paradox in the Gospel of Mark

Bloomsbury, 2013

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Scholarship on the Gospel of Mark has long been convinced of the paradoxical description of two of its primary themes, christology and discipleship. This book argues that paradoxical language pervades the entire narrative, and that it serves a theological purpose in describing God's activity.

Jeffrey Keuss

Blur: A New Paradigm For Understanding Youth Culture

Zondervan, 2014

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Today’s blurred youth culture is mobile, connected, and wired in. This is a generation that skips over perceived cultural boundaries and resists definition. How does one reach a demographic that is so difficult to pin down? Dr. Jeff Keuss argues a qualitative approach to describing young people is needed, one that recognizes the “blurred” nature of today’s mobile youth culture. As we learn to see youth culture through this new lens, we will become better informed and better equipped to minister to the teens of today’s rapidly changing world.

Your Neighbor’s Hymnal: What Popular Music Teaches Us About Faith, Hope, and Love

Wipf and Stock, 2011

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"Christian rock pioneer Larry Norman once sang, 'Why should the devil have all the good music?' In reality, most of the good music belongs not to the devil but to our neighbor — those that Jesus calls us to love as ourselves. 'Your Neighbor’s Hymnal' is an opportunity to spend some time reflecting on the wide bandwidth of popular music that our neighbor listens to across the many genres of the FM dial and iTunes catalog — jazz, folk, pop, rock, electronic, and others — and see that our neighbor is not only listening to the music that many Christians listen to but also listening for the very things that animate the hearts and minds of those sitting in the pews on a Sunday morning." (5–6)

Sara M. Koenig

Isn't This Bathsheba?: A Study in Characterization

Pickwick, 2011

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"I offer a reading of Bathsheba that critiques some other readings of her, specifically those that see her as simple, stupid, seductive, or unchanging. I offer this different reading, first, because the text suggests it. But second, those other readings of Bathsheba are misogynistic, with harmful and even dangerous implications for the way women are viewed." (2)

 

Douglas Koskela

Immersed in the Life of God: The Healing Resources of the Christian Faith: Essays in Honor of William J. Abraham (with Gavrilyuk, Paul L., and Vickers, Jason E.)

Eerdmans, 2008

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"Douglas M. Koskela reflects on ecclesial reconciliation as a healing practice. With attention to both ecumenical and intra-ecclesial relationships, he examines the impetus toward and patterns of reconciliatory practice ... He suggests that, by approaching reconciliation in a posture of humility and attentiveness to its own canonical riches, the church has genuine hope of restoration and revitalization." (x)

Eugene Lemcio

Soaring With St. John: Flight Paths of the Eagle — A Pedagogical Aid

Wipf & Stock, 2013

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Not a reference tool, this unique work is a teaching-learning guide to understanding the Fourth Gospel. The focus is on showing how rather than on telling. Thirty-five "Flight Paths," followed by leading questions and statements, help both faculty and students to see as well as read how the Evangelist plotted his itinerary: adopting, adapting, and arranging the texts (both biblical and extra-biblical) that constituted his horizon.

The New Testament as Canon: A Reader in Canonical Criticism (with Wall, Robert W.)

Academic Press, 1992

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"A New Testament theology of the church ... must be the yield of an interpretive strategy that seeks to relate the parts together as an interdependent whole; only then can the biblical theologian create a dynamic portrait of how the whole New Testament defines the church ...." (22)

David Leong

Street Signs: Toward a Missional Theology of Urban Cultural Engagement

Pickwick, 2012

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Street Signs is an engaging missiological inquiry into the cultural and theological meaning of the city. Through the lens of Seattle's Rainier Valley, one of the most ethnically and socioeonomically diverse communities in the US, this work constructs an urban, missional, and contextual theology shaped by the local realities of urban neighborhoods but relevant to cities everywhere. Focused on the themes of incarnation, confrontation, and imagination, Street Signs explores the contours of missional theology in urban contexts marked by physical density, social diversity, and economic disparity, utilizing creative research methods such as urban exegesis, cultural semiotics, and theology of the built environment.



Bo H. Lim

Hosea (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary), with Daniel Castelo

Eerdmans, 2015

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"In this commentary Bo Lim, an Old Testament scholar, and Daniel Castelo, a theologian, come together to help the church recover and read the prophetic book of Hosea in a way that is both faithful to its message and relevant to our contemporary context."

The 'Way of the LORD' in the Book of Isaiah

T&T Clark, 2010

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"The focus of this study will be to define the way of the Lord and to trace the development of this theme in conjunction with the growth of the book of Isaiah." (3)

Stephen Newby

Worship Outside the Music Box: Theology of Music & Worship and Multi-Ethnic Ministry

Redemption Press, 2015

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“This book calls for Christians to set aside personal preferences, to welcome different musical and liturgical genres, to learn from each other about what pleases God, and to model his love for a multiethnic, multicultural congregation of believers.”

David Nienhuis

Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John, & Jude as Scripture: The Shaping & Shape of a Canonical Collection, with Robert W. Wall

Eerdmans, Nov. 2013

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Through a detailed examination of the historical shaping and final canonical shape of seven oft-neglected New Testament letters — James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1-2-3 John, and Jude — Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John & Jude as Scripture introduces readers to the historical, literary, and theological integrity of this indispensable apostolic witness. It is the only treatment of the Catholic Epistles that approaches these seven letters as an intentionally designed and theologically coherent canonical collection.

A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible: Learning to Read Scripture’s Story, with Rob Wall

Baker Academic Press, 2015

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This compact introduction to the Bible prepares students to begin reading the biblical text as Christian Scripture.

Not By Paul Alone: The Formation of the Catholic Epistle Collection and the Christian Canon

Baylor University Press, 2007

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"This book makes a brilliant and original and (to my mind) convincing contribution to the current attempt to rethink the relationship between text and community, Scripture, and church" –Francis Watson

"This book proposes that the letter of James was written with the nascent apostolic letter collection in view, in order that it might forge together a discrete collection of non-Pauline letters, one shaped according to a particular logic of apostolic authority (that is, 'not by Paul alone') in order to perform a particular function in the larger Christian canon (the correction of Paulinist misreadings of the whole apostolic message)." (5)

Brenda Salter McNeil

Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice

IVP Books, 2016

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"It's time for the followers of Jesus to embark on the prophetic journey that leads to reconciliation and transformation around the world. Many of us may already be aware of the need for reconciliation in our own backyards. . . . We cannot ignore the plight of the people around us and as globalization continues its relentless march onward, we cannot turn a blind eye to the world at large either. We have to face the realities here at home and we must also embrace the stories of people all around the world."

A Credible Witness

InterVarsity Press, 2008

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Frank Spina

The Faith of the Outsider: Exclusion and Inclusion in the Biblical Story

Eerdmans, 2005

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"If someone were going to invent a story designed to make a people look good and therefore deserving of divine election, the result would never have been the Old Testament depiction of Israel... Just as Israel did not deserve to be divinely elected, the world did not deserve to receive the benefits of God’s grace either; but in both cases God’s limitless and amazing grace was operative." (7-8)

Les Steele

Richard Steele

I've Been Wondering: Conversations With Young Theologians

Paternoster Press, 2007

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"[P]aradox cannot be resolved 'on paper,' that is on purely exegetical and dogmatic grounds. It can only be resolved in the living of the Christian life, where gratitude for undeserved mercies merge with a commitment to public service." (76)

"Heart Religion" in the Methodist Tradition and Related Movements

Scarecrow Press, 2001

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"This volume defends the cogency of [Methodism’s conviction that 'authentic knowledge of God is both an ineffably delightful experience and a life-transfiguring process'], and argues that a better understanding of what it does and does not mean may help us to overcome some of the chilling fractiousness which it has spawned. We take it that our founder would approve, for he insisted that Methodism is the religion of the heart warmed by divine grace and employed in neighbor love." (xxxviii)

Douglas M. Strong

Robert W. Wall

Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John, & Jude as Scripture: The Shaping & Shape of a Canonical Collection, with David Nienhuis

Eerdmans, Nov. 2013

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Through a detailed examination of the historical shaping and final canonical shape of seven oft-neglected New Testament letters — James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1-2-3 John, and Jude — Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John & Jude as Scripture introduces readers to the historical, literary, and theological integrity of this indispensable apostolic witness. It is the only treatment of the Catholic Epistles that approaches them as an intentionally designed and theologically coherent canonical collection.

A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible: Learning to Read Scripture’s Story, with David Nienhuis

Baker Academic Press, 2015

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This compact introduction to the Bible prepares students to begin reading the biblical text as Christian Scripture.

Why the Church? (Reframing New Testament Theology)

Abingdon Press, 2015

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“Given the way many in the West have read the New Testament in the last century, the church might be regarded as an afterthought at best. But at the worst, it can be viewed as an unnecessary, perhaps even problematic, institutionalization of genuine faith especially in our post-denominational context. These perspectives fly in the face of the robust ecclesiological concerns and commitments of the New Testament documents when read as witnesses from, to, and for congregations of God’s people. Why the church? Because this peculiar fellowship of saints, whose loving communion is with the risen One, has been appointed by the triune God as God's herald.”

1 & 2 Timothy and Titus

Eerdmans, 2012

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This theological commentary powerfully demonstrates the ongoing relevance and authority of the Pastoral Epistles for the church today. This innovative yet reverent volume will help revive the interest of students, pastors, and other Christian leaders in the Pastoral Epistles.

Called to Lead: Paul's Letters to Timothy for a New Day, with Anthony B. Robinson

Eerdmans, 2012

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Featuring both exegetical study and dynamic contemporary exposition, each chapter of Called to Lead first interprets the text of 1 and 2 Timothy as Scripture and then engages 1 and 2 Timothy for today's church leaders. The book covers many vexing issues faced by church leaders then and now — such issues as the use of money, leadership succession, pastoral authority, and the role of Scripture. Through it all, Called to Lead shows how Timothy remains a text of great value for the church today.

For a taste of this important book, read “Preachers of Least Resistance” (PDF), a brand-new chapter, on 2 Timothy 3:1-9, not included in the book.

The New Testament as Canon: A Reader in Canonical Criticism (with Lemcio, Eugene)

Academic Press, 1992

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"A New Testament theology of the church, then, must be the yield of an interpretive strategy that seeks to relate the parts together as an interdependent whole; only then can the biblical theologian create a dynamic portrait of how the whole New Testament defines the church, which we argue is a truer and more useful portrait than merely describing the sum of the definitions found within the New Testament letters."

Revelation (New International Biblical Commentary)

Hendrickson, 1991

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"At the very center of Revelation the good interpreter will always find the simple (not simplistic!) gospel of God. In this way, any interpretation worthy of the gospel will bear witness to the slain, yet exalted, Lamb through whom the salvation of God breaks into and radically transforms those who depend upon his dependable work; it will celebrate the triumph of God's kingdom, which is already realized in the Lamb's shed blood and which will be fully realized at its return."

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