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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

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

Confessing the Triune God

Cascade Books, 2014

At the heart of Christian witness is the confession of the triune God. This book locates Trinitarianism in the life of the worshiping faithful through an ongoing dialectic between broad and particular confessional lines. Its breadth is constituted by an ongoing assessment of ecumenical consensus and scholarly debates related to Trinitarianism; its repeated framing stems from and returns to the Wesleyan and Methodist family of traditions. In this way, Christian commitments regarding the Trinity can be depicted for their wide appeal as well as their particular logic within a specific worshiping community, guiding readers through a process of growing awareness of how the dogma of the Trinity is central to all that Christians say, do, and hope to be.

Holiness as a Liberal Art

Wipf and Stock, 2012

Holiness is a topic that is rarely discussed in Christian colleges and seminaries, yet the rationale for the existence of these institutions is that they provide environments where people can grow into the image of Christ. In other words, these places exist so that Christians can grow in holiness. The essays collected in this volume treat the theme of holiness from a variety of theological disciplines, all with the purpose of disabusing Christians from mischaracterizations of the theme as well as offering a vision for what the Christian life could look like. In both simple and profound ways, holiness is a liberal art; it is the Christian way and shape of life.

Revisioning Pentecostal Ethics: The Epicletic Community

CPT Press, 2012

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Revisioning Pentecostal Ethics revisions Pentecostal ethics by means of a moral-theological proposal. Privileging the early years of the American Pentecostal Movement as a way of garnering "institutional memory," he seeks to establish a basis by which to evaluate historical and theological continuity and divergence. Specifically, he argues that early Pentecostals harbored certain impulses and intuitions that were quite important but were diminished or reconfigured in light of a number of pressures that arose over time. The practice-orientations of "abiding" and "waiting," drawn from the conceptual frameworks of the affections and virtues, enable Castelo to offer a sustained critique and reconstruction of holiness/sanctification and eschatological expectancy, both of which are currently in disrepair within the tradition. Throughout the work, a salutary reconfiguration of what it means to inhabit the Pentecostal ethos as a doxological and pneumatic existential is offered.

Theological Theodicy

Wipf and Stock, 2012

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The Apathetic God: Exploring the Contemporary Relevance of Divine Impassibility

Wipf and Stock, 2009

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"As Christ 'suffered impassibly,' believers too are called to 'suffer impassibly' with one another as a way of pointing to the world that sin and suffering do not ultimately determine the value and significance of existence." (145)

Kerry Dearborn

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

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)

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.

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

Baylor University Press, 2007


"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)

Priscilla Pope-Levison

How Is It With Your Soul? 

United Methodist Women, 2014

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This resource brings into balance the inner and outer dimensions of the Christian life. Organized around four verbs: pray, learn, mentor, and transform, the book will challenge you to become a more vibrant disciple of Christ.

Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era

NYU Press, 2013


In this ground-breaking study, Priscilla Pope-Levison dusts off the unpublished letters, diaries, sermons, and yearbooks of these pioneers to share their personal tribulations and public achievements. The effect is staggering. With an uncanny eye for essential details and a knack for historical nuance, Pope-Levison breathes life into not just one or two of these women—but two dozen.

Sex, Gender, and Christianity (with John R. (Jack) Levison)

Wipf and Stock, 2012

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Should women be priests? Should women submit to their husbands? Is premarital sex okay? This volume contributes an unprecedented collection of first-rate articles from a variety of disciplines — from the social sciences to history, from literary criticism to theology — that will challenge college administrators, professors, and students to address, in an atmosphere of scholarly inquiry, these and other such questions that have splintered Christianity and polarized the church.

Turn the Pulpit Loose: Two Centuries of American Women Evangelists

Palgrave Macmillan, 2004

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"Although hundreds of American women left home, often as prodigal daughters, wives, and mothers to join this great company of evangelists, theirs is a forgotten history. Their significant contribution to American religious life, past and present, has yet to be seriously considered… The present anthology… allows these women to speak in their own voices." (5-6)

Return to Babel: Global Perspectives on the Bible

Westminster John Knox Press, 1999

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In Return to Babel, each of ten historically significant biblical texts is interpreted by three scholars: one Latin American, one African, and one Asian. Geographic locales range from a tiny village in the Philippines to the city of Nairobi, Kenya; from Gwangju, South Korea, with its one million inhabitants, to the frontier city of Wiwili in the northern mountains of Nicaragua. The result is a collection of essays that shed new light on familiar texts and make the reader aware of the ways in which culture can shape our understanding of Scripture.

Jesus in Global Contexts (with Levison, John R.)

Westminster John Knox Press, 1992

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"Through listening and interpreting, we have begun to see the world through others’ eyes. These Christologies have broadened our vision, so that we are asking now the questions that we have heard these theologians ask… Perhaps most important, we have begun to ask about the adequacy of our own Christologies. Have we separated Jesus from the economic, political, and racial sphere in order to keep him personally relevant? In short, these conversations in Christology have unsettled us." (21-22)

Evangelization From a Liberation Perspective (American University Studies)

Peter Lang, 1991

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In this pioneering work, Pope-Levison marshalls an enormous amount of material on the topic of evangelization in Latin American liberation theology. By analyzing the writings of ten theologians, she demonstrates convincingly that evangelization serves uniquely as a bridge between theology and praxis. This study is indispensable for students of contextual theology and evangelization. In addition, the introductory discussion of evangelization in documents from the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches renders this an invaluable tool for ecumenical studies as well.

Brenda Salter McNeil

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.

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


"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."