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Mirror to the Church:
Resurrecting Faith after Genocide in Rwanda

By Emanuel M. Katongole,
 Associate Research Professor of Theology and World  Christianity
 Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Zondervan, February 2009
Paperback, 176 pages, $15.99

The child of a Hutu mother and a Tutsi father, Emmanuel Katongole points out how the tragedy in Rwanda reflects the brokenness of the church in the West, and how the church offers transformation and hope in the possibility of reconciliation. Together, the authors propose a new kind of Christian identity for the global body of Christ — a people on pilgrimage together, a mixed group, bearing witness to a new identity made possible by the gospel.

Wilson-Hartgrove D’06 is an author and a founding member of Rutba House, an intentional Christian community in Durham, N.C., that is part of the New Monasticism movement.

The Will of God:
Answering the Hard Questions

By James C. Howell
Adjunct Professor of Preaching
Westminster John Knox, January 2009
Paperback, 106 Pages, $14.95

A veteran pastor and theologian, Howell considers issues relating to God’s will: how it is known, how it is enacted, and how we respond when bad things happen and we feel God has turned away from us. He provides a strong theological approach for understanding why misfortune occurs, and shows how we might recognize the true things to which we can hold in the midst of hard times.

Ten Questions Every Pastor Fears

By F. Belton Joyner, Jr.,
Visiting Lecturer
Abingdon Press, February 2009
Paperback, 95 Pages, $12.00

Even when things are going swimmingly for a pastor, there are a number of questions that can arise at a moment’s notice and prove awkward to answer. These questions might come from a tear-stained child, a gruff church member, or from a desperate Sunday School teacher. The pastor must respond, representing 2,000 years of Christian thought on the topic, and this disarming book seeks to help smooth the exchange.

Mark 8–16

By Joel Marcus,
Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins
Yale University Press, May 2009
Hardcover, 672 pages, $55.00

Part of the Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries, this new translation of Mark 8–16 by professor Joel Marcus situates the narrative within the context of first-century Palestine and the larger Greco-Roman world; within the political context of the Jewish revolt against the Romans (66–73 C.E.); and within the religious context of the early church’s sometimes rancorous engagement with Judaism, pagan religion, and its own internal problems. Marcus is also the author of Mark 1–8 in the same series.